Around the NSIC
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:
– Minot State junior forward Christina Boag filled up the stat sheet this past weekend and was named NSIC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week. Boag recorded a career-high 29 points in a 94-84 victory against Bemidji State on Saturday. The night before, the 6-foot-2 junior registered a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds in a 72-64 win over Minnesota Crookston.
Boag shot 17-for-28 from the field over the weekend and also notched seven steals and six assists. The Beavers (14-4 overall, 10-4 NSIC) remain in second place in the North Division, one game back of Northern State (15-3, 11-3). MSU hits the road this weekend for a pair of NSIC contests against Concordia-St. Paul and Minnesota State-Mankato.
– St. Cloud State senior forward Matt Craggs posted several season bests over the weekend and was honored as the NSIC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week. Craggs netted a career-high 31 points in a 95-88 loss to Minnesota State-Moorhead in overtime Saturday. On Friday, the 6-6 senior grabbed his third double-double of the year with 21 points and a season-high 13 rebounds in a 79-71 win over Northern State. Beside highs in points and rebounds, Craggs also set season bests in assists (4), steals (4) and 3-pointers (4).
– After 10 years of service, NSIC Commissioner Lloyd “Butch” Raymond announced his retirement Thursday, effective Aug. 1. Prior to his duties as commissioner, Raymond served as a coach for 33 years and an athletic administrator for seven.
“I have been blessed for the past 50 years to have worked in the athletic community,” Raymond said in a press release. ” … I have been surrounded by talented staffs and peers that have made everyday fun for me to come to work. It has been an exciting ride, I am very thankful.”
Under his leadership, the NSIC has won 13 national team championships and crowned 36 individual national champions.
– Upper Iowa freshman Dalton Westerlund was named NSIC Wrestler of the Week after winning a pair of matches. The 165-pounder scored a 5-2 decision over Northern State’s Blake Lundgren and an 8-2 decision against Southwest Minnesota State’s Kyle Begin. Westerlund improved to 22-12 and has won five of his last six matches.
– Minnesota State-Mankato senior Chris Reed smashed his previous indoor mark in the shot put in the Jack Johnson Invitational and was named the NCAA Division II National Athlete of the Week by the U.S. Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association.
Reed’s mark of 65 feet, 5 inches broke the previous Division II record of 64-11 set by Ashland’s Kurt Roberts. Reed became the first Divison II athlete to surpass 65 feet indoors in the shot put.