NSIC Roundup

Each week, The Minot Daily News features a roundup of notable performances, news and results from teams in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. Here’s what happened last week:

First-year Minnesota Duluth head football coach Curt Wiese was named the Liberty Mutual Division II Coach of the Year.

The Bulldogs finished 11-2 and made the Division II national playoffs, beating No. 14 Emporia State before falling to eventual national champion Northwest Missouri State.

Along with the award, Wiese received $50,000 to donate to charities and a $20,000 scholarship to the UMD Alumni Association.

North Dakota State’s Craig Bohl won the same award for the Football Championship Subdivision.

Winona State senior Kellen Taylor was named the NSIC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week after averaging 14.5 points and 13.5 rebounds in wins over Bemidji State and Minnesota Crookston.

The 6-foot-7 guard scored 16 points and pulled down a career-high 16 boards against BSU. He was efficient in getting his points, too, making 8 of 13 field goals and 12 of 13 free throws on the weekend.

Southwest Minnesota State’s Vinard Birch hit a layup with 0.1 seconds remaining Saturday to lift the Mustangs to a 70-68 victory over Minnesota State University-Moorhead. The 5-11 guard finished with a season-high 20 points on 8 of 11 shooting.

Minnesota Crookston sophomore Katrina Moenkedick was named the NSIC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week after averaging 21 points and 10 rebounds in wins over Upper Iowa and Winona State.

The 5-10 forward had a career-high 30 points, along with 11 rebounds, on Friday against Upper Iowa.

Northern State senior guard Allison Kusler surpassed the career 1,000-point mark with a 26-point performance in a win over Sioux Falls. The Wolves beat Southwest Minnesota State the previous night for the weekend sweep.

The NSIC received a couple of strong performances from its wrestling programs last week.

No. 5 St. Cloud State finished first at the Mid-Atlantic Duals in Ashland, Ohio, and heavyweight Austin Goergen received the conference’s wrestler of the week honors after going 3-0 in the event. He recorded a major decision and two pins as the Huskies beat three ranked opponents.

The Upper Iowa grapplers also claimed a title this weekend, going 4-0 at the Chuck Porter Duals in Galesburg, Ill. Redshirt freshman heavyweight Logan Hopp won by pin in all four of his matches.

The Peacocks are ranked No. 10 in Division II.

– Daily News Staff