All-American Bethel senior AddieKay Johnson (Detroit Lakes) will make a return to nationals after qualifying for the 2019 NCAA Division III Indoor National Championships in Boston, March 8-9.

The Bethel women's 4x400m relay team owns the fifth best time in Division III coming into nationals. Hannah Sankey, Delia Labatt, Corin McKinstrey, and Johnson ran 3:53.36 at the Parent's Day Open on February 16t That time stood as the best time in Division III for two weeks. Their converted time has the team seeded at 3:50.31.

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Johnson was one of nine Bethel track and field athletes to earn all-American awards at the NCAA Division III National Championships in 2018.

Bruggeman leads Mustangs into NSIC final

Senior Ryan Bruggeman (Pelican Rapids) recorded a double-double of 34 points and 11 rebounds adding six assists in an 84-78 overtime victory over Wayne State Monday, March 4 in the semifinals of the NSIC/Sanford Health Men's Basketball Tournament held at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Southwest Minnesota State rallied from a double-digit second half deficit and Bruggeman scored a game-high 34 points and set a school and NSIC Tournament single-game record with 17 free throws made. Bruggeman also grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds and dished out six assists. It was his third double-double of the season and eighth of his career. Bruggeman also set the program single-season field goals made record during the game, surpassing the record of 290 set by Sam Leggett during the 1975-76 season. Bruggeman finished the game making eight of 29 field goals and now has 296 made field goals in his career.

SMSU faces Northern State in the championship game Tuesday, March 5. The teams will be meeting for the second time this season with NSU earning a 91-81 victory in Aberdeen, S.D., on Feb. 9.

Bellefeuille wraps career at Northwestern

Senior Brady Bellefeuille (Frazee) finished his career for the Northwestern Eagles men’s basketball team dropping in 15 points in a 108-86 NCAA Division III tournament loss to the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Saturday, March 2 in Collegeville. Bellefeuille was one of five seniors on the team that led Northwestern to the program's eighth NCAA tournament in the past nine years and a first round win over No. 8 Saint John's.

Lyngaas contributes to dominant team bars performance for UWL

Sophomore Molly Lyngaas (Detroit Lakes) was one of five Eales in the top six on uneven parallel bars placing sixth with a score of 9.325 for the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse gymnastics team in a 185.550-183.800 win at Gustavus Adolphus College (Minn.) in the final regular-season meet of the year. The Eagles set a season-high on bars scoring 47.400.

UWL returns to action Saturday, March 9 at 2 p.m. in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships (WIAC) at UW-Stout. The meet also serves as the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) West Regional Championships.

Richards, BluGolds season ends in WIAC title game

Sophomore Jon Richards (Detroit Lakes) and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire men's hockey suffered a 3-2 loss to undefeated UW-Stevens Point (26-0-2) in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Championship Saturday, March 2. The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point received a bid into the NCAA Division III Men’s Ice Hockey Championship for the sixth consecutive season. The Pointers have made a league-high 15 NCAA appearances and won five national championships (1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 2016).

Eight conferences are awarded an automatic qualification. The remaining four teams are selected at-large by the committee. UW_Eau Claire did not qualify. The four spots went to Hobart College (19-7-2), University of Massachusetts Boston (19-7-1), State University of New York at Oswego (19-6-2), and University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (26-0-2).

Prussia, Jimmies take four of six in Arizona

Sophomore Sydney Prussia (Detroit Lakes) had a pair of hits and drove in two runs for the University of Jamestown in a 5-4 victory over Indiana Wesleyan at the Tucson Invitational in Tucson, Arizona March 2-4. The Jimmies won four of six games in the tournament to improve to 10-5 on the season.

Through 15 games, Prussia is battling .351 with 13 hits, including a team-high three triples, and has scored 11 runs.