Brad Elliott Schlossman
Schlossman is in his 13th year covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2016 and 2018, he was named the top beat writer in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He also was the NCHC's inaugural Media Excellence Award winner in 2018. Schlossman has voted in the national college hockey poll since 2007 and has served as a member of the Hobey Baker and Patty Kazmaier Award committees.
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Virgil Hill, the son of North Dakota boxing legend Virgil Hill Sr., was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals during the sixth round of the Major League Baseball draft Wednesday. Hill, who plays center field for Los Angeles Mission Community College, said he hopes to sign with the Cardinals this summer and start a professional baseball career. "I'm feeling very good and very relieved," said Hill, who grew up in California. "I was actually at the gym lifting weights when one of my good friends called me and told me that I got drafted. St. Louis is a great organization.
Brad Berry and Erik Fabian both played Division I college hockey and moved on to professional careers. Both will now be trying to help area athletes do the same. Ralph Engelstad Arena introduced The Hockey Academy on Tuesday afternoon. It is a year-round program that will focus on hockey-specific skill training both on and off the ice, as well as strength and conditioning. NHL veteran Brad Berry, who also has served as an assistant coach at UND and for the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League, is the program's director.
The Atlanta Thrashers had to wait one extra year to grab Andrew Kozek, but the new college graduate is now headed to the organization that drafted him four years ago. Kozek signed a two-year deal with the Thrashers on Tuesday and will report to development camp this summer and training camp this fall. Financial terms of the two-way contract were not disclosed. "It's very nice, this is something I wanted to get done," Kozek said. "It's always nice to sign with the team that drafted you.
ST. PAUL - Nobody could keep up with Analisa Huschle at the Minnesota state Class A track meet - entire teams included. Huschle's three first-place finishes and second-place finish in a relay accounted for 46 points - enough to give Bagley-Fosston its first state title in the sport. Bagley-Fosston finished with a total of 47 - senior Mariah Berg got one point in the long jump on Friday - to beat out Providence Academy's 40 points.
ST. PAUL -- Analisa Huschle had trouble putting it into words. Every time she was asked about her performance in the long jump at the Minnesota state Class A track and field meet, the Bagley-Fosston sophomore put her hands on her face, shook her head and let out a big smile. It may not be a surprise that Huschle, seeded second, won the title. It's how she won it. Huschle shattered the Minnesota all-time girls record with a jump of 19 feet, 2¼ inches.
NORTH MANKATO, Minn. -- Sandy Novak admits that this season has been a struggle at the plate. But it's all a distant memory now. With two outs and two strikes in the top of the seventh, East Grand Forks Sacred Heart's No. 9 hitter lined a base hit to center field, driving in the only run of a 1-0 Eagles victory over Silver Bay in the third-place game of the Minnesota state Class A softball tournament Friday. "I knew I had to get a hit," said Novak, a senior who entered state with a .142 batting average. "I had been struggling all season. But this was a perfect way to end it.
NORTH MANKATO, Minn. -- East Grand Forks Sacred Heart clinched the softball program's best state tournament finish ever on Friday, although that wasn't much consolation as the Eagles left Caswell Park. Maple Lake ended Sacred Heart's bid for a state title with a 4-2 decision in the semifinals of the Minnesota state Class A softball tournament. It came just two hours after the Eagles reached the final four for the first time. Sacred Heart will play Silver Bay for third place at 11 a.m. today. "It is bittersweet," Sacred Heart coach Mike Marek said.
The event to watch at the Minnesota Section 8A girls track and field meet was the 200-meter dash. East Grand Forks Senior High's Ashley Tingelstad was the defending state champion and Bagley-Fosston's Analisa Huschle was the state runner-up. Both had run identical preliminary times. "There was a lot of build up for it," Bagley-Fosston coach Doug Carlson said. The same will be the case for those two athletes at this weekend's Minnesota state Class A meet in St. Paul.
Justin Kalanquin had no idea that prep golf teams existed in North Dakota. At his previous high school in Valdosta, Ga., only basketball and soccer were available. "I was hoping they would have soccer here," said Kalanquin, who moved during the second semester of his freshman year. "When I was registering for classes, my counselor asked if I played any sports. I said 'golf and soccer.' " The counselor's face lit up because it was the first day of golf practice and Grand Forks Central was looking for players.