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:
- Southwest Minnesota State set school and NSIC records for total offense in a season Saturday, pushing its total to 5,495 yards during a 55-24 victory over Concordia-St. Paul. Junior quarterback Charlie Kern was named the NSIC Offensive Player of the Week after completing 27 of 39 pass attempts for 317 yards and five touchdowns. He also ran for 57 yards and another score.
-Turtle Lake native and University of Mary junior Grant Singer was named the defensive player of the week for his performance in a loss to No. 5 Duluth. The outside linebacker had 13 tackles - including three for loss and two sacks - and picked off a pass. Singer leads the conference with 108 tackles.
- Minnesota State-Moorhead sophomore quarterback Jake Hodge continued his monster season, throwing for 286 yards and two touchdowns and running for 144 yards and two more TDs. The Dragons beat Bemidji State 35-17. Hodge leads the league with 358.8 yards of total offense per contest.
- Upper Iowa (6-4) secured its first winning season since 1999 and first as a Division II program with a 24-21 comeback win at Wayne State. Junior running back Chris Smith carried 39 times for 155 yards and two touchdowns, moving within three yards of breaking the school's all-time rushing mark. Smith has 3,176 career rushing yards.
- The NSIC was well-represented at the NCAA Division II Central Region Cross Country Meet on Saturday. Augustana's Paul Yak won the men's race to lead the Vikings to the team title. Minnesota Duluth won the women's title and University of Mary senior Jennifer Agnew was the individual winner.
- The Minnesota State-Mankato women's soccer team beat Minnesota Duluth 3-2 in penalty kicks Sunday to win the NSIC tournament.
Mankato junior Bre Steele scored in the 87th minute to tie the match at 2, and neither team scored in two overtime periods.
- Augustana sophomore forward Casey Schilling was named the NSIC Men's Basketball Player of the Week after averaging 18 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks and three steals in losses to Central Missouri and Missouri Western State.
Wayne State forward Jordan Spencer earned the women's honor after scoring 26 points in 20 minutes of a 105-41 win over Peru State College on Saturday.
- Concordia-St. Paul (26-1 overall, 18-0 NSIC) clinched at least a share of its 11th straight conference volleyball title this weekend. The top-ranked Golden Bears need to win one of their final two matches to claim the regular-season championship outright.
Senior Amanda Konetchy garnered NSIC Setter of the Week honors for the fifth time this season. She leads the nation with an average of 15.33 assists per set.
- Daily News Staff