John Sutherland (Grand Rapids) was named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North Division Player of the Week on Monday.

The junior forward had 23, 21 and 26 points in a three-game week for the Beavers at Concordia-St. Paul (non-conference) and against Oak Hills Christian and Minnesota Morris.

Sutherland, the News Tribune’s 2020 All-Area Player of the Year, is averaging 18.5 points and 8.5 rebounds for the Beavers, who are 5-1 after winning their NSIC opener Tuesday against Minnesota Crookston.

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  • Mason Ackley (Superior) has averaged 12.3 points in four games of his junior season at Bethany Lutheran in Mankato. He had a double-double with 17 points and 10 boards in the season opener at the Milwaukee School of Engineering on November 11 and nearly repeated the feat on November 18 against Fontbonne when he had 14 points and nine rebounds.

Teammate Xavier Patterson (Superior) averaged six points and four boards in a reserve role for the Vikings, who went 4-0 in a game against Central College on Tuesday. Both Spartans graduates are in their junior seasons.

  • Monte Mayberry saw play time as a freshman for Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee.

The Northwest alum had eight points and five boards in an exhibition loss in Division I Milwaukee on Nov. 12 and has played at least 10 minutes in four of his team’s five games so far.

  • Tre Holmes (Hibbing) has played in four games for Iowa Lakes Community College this season, scoring 15 points in 14 minutes in a win over Rock Valley, where he went 4-6 from 3-point country.
  • Ethan Youso (Virginia) scored the first two points of his junior season at St. John’s in a MIAC win on Nov. 19 at St. Olaf. He has played in 16 collegiate games over the past two seasons.
NCAA WBB: Utah Utes vs. Oklahoma Sooners

Gianna Kneepkens drives in the basket for two in a home win against Oklahoma on November 16 at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Kneepkens is averaging 14.8 points per game as a sophomore for the 19th-ranked Utes.

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Gianna Kneepkens (Duluth Marshall) has been heating up after a slow (for her) start, scoring 24 and 21 points for Utah in victories over Oklahoma and Alabama on Nov. 16 and 21. The Oklahoma game was a 124-78 demolition of the then-no. 16 ranked Sooners. Kneepkens has started every game for the Utes, who are 6-0 and now No. 19 in the country. She averages 14.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists.

  • Heaven Hamling (Grand Rapids) continues to be a core starter for North Dakota State. In three games, the senior averages 16 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists.

  • Natalie Mikrot (Moose Lake/Willow River) started her first two varsity games and got regular minutes as a freshman at Minnesota Crookston, averaging 7.3 points in 20 minutes per game for the Golden Eagles.

  • Lexiss Trygg (Virginia) had 10 points in seven minutes for Bethany Lutheran in a November 9 win over Carleton.

  • Ava Butler (Mountain Iron-Buhl) has nine total points and seven rebounds in four games for NAIA Mayville (North Dakota) State.

  • Allie Negen (Mountain Iron-Buhl) has played in seven games for Valley City State of North Dakota, averaging 6.3 points and 2.9 rebounds, both career records.

  • Paris FierkeLepp (South Ridge) scored her first collegiate basket for Minnesota Morris in a loss at St. Olaf on Nov. 17.

  • Maddie Young (Cloquet) made her collegiate debut for St. Catherine on November 19, recording five points and four rebounds in a 56-43 loss at Hamline.

Spencer Wehr (Cloquet), a junior linebacker, made a significant contribution to the defense of the Bemidji State Football Team, amassing 37 solo tackles and 25 assists in 12 games with the Beavers still in the second round of the NCAA playoffs on Saturday #2 State of Angelo (Texas).

Weir had an interception on Oct. 15 at Minnesota State Moorhead and has abandoned four passes.

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Jarrett Gronski (25), a Bemidji State sophomore and a Superior native, scores a touchdown against Minnesota Duluth on Saturday, October 22 in Bemidji.

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Jarrett Gronski (superior) rushed for 455 yards with 103 carries in his sophomore season. His season high came close with 90 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries on Oct. 22 against Minnesota Duluth.

Gronski has a total of six touchdowns this season.

  • Offensive lineman Dylan Lauer (Cloquet) has been named the Southwest Minnesota state team captain for the 2022 season. Lauer played in all 11 games for SMSU going 4-7.
  • Nathan Wangensteen (Chisholm) was the starting kicker of the Augsburg football team. He made 34 of 38 PATs, including 6 of 6 in back-to-back games at Macalester and Hamline and 22 of his last 23 tries of the season.

Wangensteen made seven of nine field goal attempts, including three on Sept. 24 against St. Scholastica, and had a 42-yard season (Sep. 17 at Martin Luther).

  • Greg Ohman jumped in as linebacker for Minnesota Morris and had 18 solo tackles and 17 assists in his freshman season. The Northwestern product had two sacks and two pass break-ups.
  • Connery Wiecks (Duluth East) played in three games as a freshman at St. Olaf and recorded his first collegiate catch on September 3 at Central, Iowa for 10 yards.
  • Eli Werner (Moose Lake/Willow River) returned five kickoffs for 80 yards for Northwestern (St. Paul) in preseason games against Augsburg and Wisconsin-River Falls. In the Augsburg game on September 3, he had four returns for 60 yards. He played in six games for the Eagles this season.
  • Dawson Kriske (Northwestern) has handled kickoffs in his freshman season at Wisconsin-River Falls, hitting 20 of his 73 attempts for touchbacks and averaging 59.2 yards per attempt.
  • Gervase Thompson (Northwestern) received an honorable mention on the All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football team for Wisconsin-Stout.

Thompson, a junior linebacker, was second with the Blue Devils with 58 tackles and had six tackles for losses, three sacks and one forced fumble.
Carter Fonger (superior) had 259 yards on 22 carries for the Blue Devils. He had five touchdowns, including three in a quarter of a monster game against Wisconsin-Eau Claire in which he had 150 yards on six tries. In the 73-29 win, he hit from 4, 55 and 67 yards.

Payton Rodberg (Proctor) made an immediate impression for Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania, starting 18 of 26 games as a true freshman for the Division II Griffins.

Rodberg was third on the team with 182 kills, second with 2.07 per set. She had a five-match streak with double-digit kills, including 14 and a .353 batting average in a Sept. 3 match against West Liberty.

  • Kirstin Cotter (Duluth East) went away with a bang during her senior season on the Bethel volleyball team when she led her team with 368 kills for a 3.79 per set average.

Cotter also had 209 digs (2.15 per set) and had a hand in 59 blocks (six solo).

  • Destiny Herring (Superior) had 171 kills in 19 games for Vermilion Community College, including a .341 batting average. Her best match of the season was a 17-kill effort in a 3-0 win over Hibbing CC on October 19.

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