On-campus: area alumni wrap up collegiate seasons

Mens’ basketball

Griffin Lentsch: The 6’4” senior guard averaged 19.3 points per game for Grinnell College,  a team-leading 443 in 23 games played. The Pioneer had a free throw percentage of .868 and field goal percentage of .388. Lentsch was second on his team in scoring average, following national sensation from last year, Jack Taylor, who averaged 36.3 points per game. Lentsch, a Forest Lake graduate, averaged the most minutes on the Pioneer squad with 19.4 and was the category leader in six areas (minutes (447 total), points, free throw percentage (99-114), free throws made, and field goal attempts and makes (141-363). Grinnell went 17-6 overall and 14-4 in the Midwest Conference, falling by three points at the first round in the conference tournament to Carroll University.

Ben Hoidal: The 5’11” University of Minnesota-Morris senior’s highlight reel included a season-high 20 points against Trinity Bible College at the end of January, one of the 24 games in which Hoidal played. The Forest Lake graduate closed his final collegiate season averaging 8.8 points a game and recording a .602 field goal percentage, .547 three-point percentage and .780 free throw percentage. The Cougars went 14-12  and lost 83-80 to Northwestern College in the UMAC Tournament.

Tyler Rosenberger: The Wyoming native debuted his college career at St. Scholastica and played 293 minutes this season, scoring 51 points and recording 25 assists and 16 steals. The Saints went 9-16 overall and 7-7 in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference.

Mens’ hockey

Christian Gaffy: After transferring from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, the Scandia native and sophomore goalie at St. Mary’s played in five games this season with 125 saves and a save percentage of .874 in 278 minutes. The Cardinals went 8-16-1 overall and 6-9-1 in the MIAC conference.

Isaac Kohls: The sophomore forward, a native of Forest Lake, scored four goals and had six assists in 22 games played this season. The Purple Eagles went 23-8-5 overall and 20-5-2 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Niagara also went undefeated (15-0-2) at home.

Danny Fick: The junior defenseman from Marine on St. Croix played in 29 games for the Harvard hockey team this season, recording two assists. The Crimson went 10-19-3 overall and 6-14-2 in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference, finishing their season in the first round of the ECAC tournament by losing two of three to Dartmouth.

Trevor Waldoch: The freshman defender from Forest Lake played in 22 games for the Air Force Falcons, recording three assists. Air Force went 17-13-7 overall, and 15-7-5 in the Atlantic Hockey Association. USAFA ended its season with a best-of-three loss to Canisius in the AHA quarterfinals on Saturday.

Mens’ swimming

Paul Knaack: The Forest Lake native and St. John’s freshman (Stillwater graduate) was part of the 400-yard freestyle team that took second in the with a time of 3:05.08 at the MIAC Championships on Feb. 16 while the team took fifth of eight.

Womens’ basketball

Rachel Bostrom: The 5’4” freshman guard for Northwestern College played in 10 games and scored 11 points and 7 rebounds while averaging 4.4 minutes a game off the bench. The Eagles went 16-10 overall this season and 11-3 in the MIAC.

Gina Lange: The 6’1” senior forward started all 31 games for Valparaiso and recorded the second-highest scoring average on the squad. The Crusader was also second in rebounds, averaging 5.4.  Lange was the leading scorer for Valpo in four games with a season-high 20 points against Detroit. The Crusaders went 11-20 overall and 5-11 in the Horizon League, and lost in the second round of the conference tournament to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Womens’ hockey

Charise Kendrick: The junior forward for Bethel played in 15 games and scored one goal while recording four assists. The Vikings went 15-10-2 overall and 12-6-2 in the MIAC conference, and lost to Gustavus in the second round of the MIAC playoffs.

Alex White: The 5’9” defender from Wyoming played in 21 games in her freshman season for St. Catherine’s. The Wildcats went 11-12-3 overall this season and 8-8-3 in the MIAC.

Audrey Hanmer: The sophomore defender played in 35 games for St. Cloud State. She scored five goals, assisted on 13 and blocked 31 shots on defense. The Huskies went 9-24-3 overall, and 5-21-2 in the Northern
Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

Womens’ gymnastics

Samantha Opsahl: The senior Gustie closed the year with a second-place finish at the WIAC Championships at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Opsahl became the first Gustavus gymnast in five years to earn a spot on the podium at the WIAC Championships after scoring a 9.575 on the balance beam. The senior also achieved a career-high 9.500 on the floor at Oshkosh, a career-high score of 9.625 on the beam at the Best of Minnesota and had a season-high 9.350 on the vault at Winona State. Gustavus finished eighth overall at the conference championships with a season-high performance of 178.075.

Womens’ swimming and diving

Laura Oberg-Hauser: She closed her collegiate career at St. Catherine’s by dropping 13 seconds off of her 500-yard freestyle event with a time of 5:41.92 in the MIAC swimming championships, just one-tenth of a second off of her career best. The distance freestyler also competed in the 1650-yard free at the MIAC Championships, swimming a time of 20:11.29. The Wildcats finished their season at the MIAC Championships in sixth place.

Jessica Ramberg: The Forest Lake native made her freshman diving debut for the Minnesota Gophers early in the season by taking sixth place in the three-meter dive against Iowa State and fifth (three meter) and seventh (one meter) at Kansas. Ramberg later took first in the three-meter dive at Wisconsin’s Quad Duals Meet with a score of 292.35, second in the one-meter dive in Wisconsin (288.25) and fourth at the Jean Freeman Invitiational in the three-meter dive for the Gophers. Minnesota went undefeated this season in dual meets at 10-0 overall and clinched another Big Ten Championship.

Olivia Olesiak: The freshman diver recorded five career wins in her 2012-13 season, including three in the one-meter dive at South Dakota, Nebraska-Omaha and St. Cloud State. Her two wins in the three-meter dive came at South Dakota and St. Cloud State. The Jackrabbits went 4-6 in dual meets this season.

Brooke Ewert: The freshman from Marine on St. Croix finished her rookie season for Carthage College in ninth place in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:34.73), 10th in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:11.67) and 14th in the 400-yard individual medley (5:07.03) at the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Swimming Championship. The Lady Reds have had a near-perfect season so far with a record of 5-0, three first-place finishes and second place overall at the CCIW Swimming Championship.

Katherine Anderson: The freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire took sixth in the 1000-yard freestyle against the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and St. Cloud, and took sixth in the event again against the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (12:19.11). Anderson also recorded three top-five finishes in the 500-yard freestyle with fourth place in the Alum/Intrasquad meet (6:06.83), a tie for fourth against UWSP and St. Cloud (5:58.20) and fifth place against UWLC (5:53.42). The Blugolds went 0-5 this season with three second-place finishes.

Others to watch
Resa Brockman (University of Minnesota-Morris swimming), Liz Peterson (St. Scholastica nordic skiing), Amber Anderson (St. Cloud State nordic skiing), Cassie Thobe (University of Wisconsin-Green Bay nordic skiing), Allie Bey (Northern Iowa diving), Kiki Parenteau (Southern Utah gymnastics), Mike Pleski and Tyler Isaacson (St. John’s wrestling), Paul Moberg (Air Force hockey), Ryan Wright (St. Scholastica nordic skiing), Michael Urban (University of Minnesota-Moorhead wrestling) and Ben Morgan (Nebraska wrestling).

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