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Boys golf

Senior High fourth

WALKER, Minn. — Casey Thompson’s 74 lead East Grand Forks Senior High to a fourth-place finish Wednesday in the pre-section meet at Longbow.

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Fergus Falls won the meet with a 308. Detroit Lakes was second at 313, Roseau third at 317 and Senior High fourth at 327.

Swanson finished in a tie for third individually.

“This is the site of the section meet so you want to get some confidence,” said Senior High coach Jay Frydenlund. “We competed today but we saw that if we want to contend for the section title we have to get better.”

Central’s Petersen medalist in DL meet 

CARRINGTON, N.D. — Sophomore Riley Petersen of Grand Forks Central made a 12-foot birdie putt on the last hole to shoot a 1-under-par 71 and claim medalist honors at the Devils Lake Invitational on Wednesday.

“Riley is a player I can see shooting low numbers after we work on his consistency a little bit,” said Central coach Josh Cichy. “He’ll get better as he matures. He’s one of those players who always works hard in practice. He’s always focused and determined and sets a good example.”

The Knights finished sixth as a team with 324 points. Grand Forks Red River scored a 316, which was runner-up to Fargo Davies, which carded a 307. Josh Steen was the top Rider scorer with a 76.

College softball

Chewning honored

UND senior shortstop Caralyn Chewning was named to the all-Big Sky Conference second team Wednesday.

First baseman D Jantzer, second basemen Taylor Hansen, outfielder Emily Bell, and utility player Courtney Gonzales were honorable mentions.

With a .352 batting average this season, Chewning had the ninth-best average among all batters in the Big Sky. In conference games, Chewning batted .463 — the second-best mark in the league. She also led the Big Sky with a .569 on-base percentage. Chewning ended her career as the UND record holder for career doubles with 43.

Chewning’s honor is the first time UND has placed a player on the all-Big Sky team.

Academics

UND teams honored

A pair of UND athletics programs — women’s softball and men’s cross country — have received NCAA Public Recognition Awards for their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rates (APR).

The Public Recognition Awards are given each year to teams with APRs that rank among the top 10 percent nationally in their respective sport. The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in each sport. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-2012 and 2012-13 academic years.

UND’s women’s golf program was previously recognized in both 2010-11 and 2009-10.

“Congratulations to these two teams. The APR is a Division I report, and we’ve now had three different programs publically recognized in the last four years for their outstanding APRs. I applaud the student-athletes for their dedication to academics, their program, and their University, and I applaud the coaches for supporting that dedication to academic performance,” said Amanda Hajdu, UND’s assistant athletics director/director of academic services.

 APRs for all Division I teams will be released on May 14. The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams nationally. Teams must meet a certain academic threshold to qualify for the postseason, and they also can face penalties for continued low academic performance.

Fargo Marathon

Marathon coverage planned

FARGO — WDAY and The Forum of Fargo will provide coverage of Saturday’s 2014 Fargo Marthon.

The marathon will air live on the following sources: WDAY 970 AM Radio; WDAY.com online streaming; WDAY 6.3 (Fargo); WDAZ 8.3 (Grand Forks); KMCY 14.2 (Minot); KBMY 17.2 (Bismarck); Midcontinent 596; CableOne 73 or 40.73; Daktel 106; Halstad Telephone 7; MLGC 110.

Coverage will begin at 7:45 a.m.

WDAY sports director Dom Izzo will lead the team reporting of the race, with contributions from Jody Norstedt, Jeff Kolpack, Hanna Grinaker, Christopher Gabriel and Mike Kapel. WDAY’s coverage will be highlighted by live reports along the race course, special features, fan perspectives and interviews with race winners.

The 2014 marathon marks the 10th anniversary of the race. It has grown to more than 24,000 participants over the three-day event.

The Herald also will list the area finishers in the marathon and the top 10 finishers for men and women in the other races associated with the event.

Briefly

  •  Women’s basketball: Bemidji State University coach Mike Curfman announced that Sarah Durand of Warren, Minn., has signed a letter of intent to play at the school next season. Durand spent the past two seasons at Northland Community and Technical College. The 6-foot forward-center helped lead the Pioneers to the NJCAA Division III national title this past season. She was also the NJCAA Division III player of the year. “Sarah’s success over the last two years both as an individual and with her team, makes us very excited to have her join our program,” Curfman said. Durand averaged 23.5 points in her final Northland season.
  •  Boys tennis: East Grand Forks Senior High split two matches Wednesday at a rescheduled triangular in Bemidji. The Green Wave lost to Bemidji 4-3 but beat Detroit Lakes 5-2. Ty Misialek, at No. 1 singles, and Zach Straw, at No. 2 singles, both won their matches.
  •  Prep volleyball: Missy Miedema has resigned from her position as Grand Forks Central’s head volleyball coach. Miedema has held the position for the past five seasons.
  •  Women’s hockey: UND team held its annual end-of-the-year banquet and handed out its team awards on Tuesday. Senior Michelle Karvinen and junior Josefine Jakobsen were both named the team's most valuable players. Karvinen's season was highlighted by a trip to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games where she led all skaters in the women’s hockey tournament in scoring and was named the top forward. Jakobsen led UND with 33 points, stemming from 14 goals and 19 assists. Sophomore defenseman Tanja Eisenschmid was named the team’s best defensive player; Susanna Tapani and Gracen Hirschy were named co-rookies of the year; forward Amy Menke earned the most improved player award; senior Kayla Berg was named the team’s most dedicated player; and sophomore goaltender Shelby Amsley-Benzie rounded out the awards earning the team’s academic award. Amsley-Benzie holds a 4.0 grade point average in her third year as a chemical engineering major.
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