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:
- On Sunday the NCAA Division II Football Committee announced the field for the 24-team playoffs, and three NSIC teams were awarded spots in the Super Region 3 portion of the bracket. Minnesota State-Mankato received the No. 2 seed and a bye, and will face the winner of sixth-seeded St. Cloud State and third-seeded Henderson State (Ark.). Minnesota Duluth, a No. 4 seed, will meet No. 5 Emporia State (Kan.) in the first round on Saturday.
-St. Cloud State quarterback Phillip Klaphake continued his milestone-setting career by breaking more records in his final regular-season contest. The 6-foot-1, 196-pound senior passed for an SCSU-record 512 yards and went over the career 10,000-yard mark in a 64-27 win over Minnesota State-Moorhead.
Klaphake tied the school record (for the third time) with five touchdown passes in the game. He has 10,500 career passing yards and 2,302 career rushing yards, making him the third player in Division II history to have 10,000 through the air and 2,000 on the ground.
- Concordia-St. Paul junior kicker Tom Obarski drilled three field goals in a 23-13 win over Winona State, including a 51-yarder - the longest in the NSIC this season. Obarski also averaged 45.3 yards on three punts and was named the NSIC Special Teams Player of the Week.
- No. 3 Minnesota Duluth beat top-ranked Concordia-St. Paul in volleyball Saturday, snapping the Golden Bears' 33-match conference winning streak. C-SP (27-2, 19-1 NSIC) secured its 11th straight regular-season conference title with a win over St. Cloud State on Friday.
The conference honored a pair of Duluth players for their performances this weekend. Senior outside hitter Kate Lange smacked 43 kills at a clip of 5.38 per and was named the NSIC Offensive Player of the Week. Junior defensive specialist Julie Rainey garnered the defensive honor for the fifth time this season, averaging a league-high seven digs per set and receiving 45 serves without an error.
- The Minnesota State-Moorhead women's basketball team went 2-0 at the Radisson Hotel Roseville Classic this weekend in St. Paul, Minn. The Dragons beat No. 21 Michigan Tech 68-63 on Saturday, and senior forward Morgan Zabel was named the tournament MVP.
After scoring 16 points Friday in a win over Wisconsin-Parkside, Zabel had 18 points, five rebounds, four assists and two rebounds against Michigan Tech.
- Daily News Staff