On Campus: FL area grads excel in spring sports across the state

Senior pitcher Kyle Jensen earned first-team All-Upper Midwest Athletic Conference for the third straight year this spring. The No. 1 thrower for the College of St. Scholastica recorded an ERA of 1.53 this season and went 5-2 as a starter. Photo courtesy of St. Scholastica Athletics
Senior pitcher Kyle Jensen earned first-team All-Upper Midwest Athletic Conference for the third straight year this spring. The No. 1 thrower for the College of St. Scholastica recorded an ERA of 1.53 this season and went 5-2 as a starter. Photo courtesy of St. Scholastica Athletics



Senior Kyle Jensen left a mark in a successful College of St. Scholastica baseball program this spring, where he and 14 other seniors led the team to within one game of a NCAA regional title.

The utility player, a Forest Lake High School graduate from Wyoming, appeared in 11 games as a pitcher for St. Scholastica, starting nine of them, going 5-2. Jensen led the Saints in innings pitched (53) and had the second-best ERA of 1.53. Jensen appeared in 30 games altogether.

On offense, Jensen batted .223 to close his college career.

Jensen was named first team All-UMAC for the third straight year last week after not allowing an earned run in conference play. The hurler finished fifth in the UMAC with 46 strikeouts and holds the fourth-best career earned run average in program history at 2.01.

St. Scholastica went 29-11 overall and was undefeated in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference, winning the conference title over Northwestern.

The Saints went on to the Whitewater Regional of the NCAA Division III Tournament, where Jensen picked up a win to propel his squad to the second round.

St. Scholastica also defeated the fifth-ranked host team, 3-2, this time with Jensen leading the offense by going 2-4, but were unable to hold off the University of Wisconsin-Steven’s Point (No. 16) and fell just short of a regional win.

• Junior pole vaulter Esther Jandrich competed only in the indoor track and field season for Concordia University-St. Paul due to injury. She placed first at the Bethel Invitational on Feb. 2 by clearing 3.35 meters in the pole vault, and took second place three times this spring at the Northestern Open, University of Wisconsin-Stout Open and Van Nelson Open. Jandrich recorded her season-best of 3.67 m at the MSU-Mankato Multi and Open at the end of January, good for fifth place. The junior closed her indoor season with a 10th-place finish at the NSIC Indoor Championships with a height of 3.51 m.

• Mid-distance runner and hurdler Phil d’Entremont earned the anchor leg of the 4×400 meter relay that took 10th at the NCIS Outdoor Championships with a time of 3:28.36 this spring. The University of Minnesota-Duluth sophomore also took sixth as the second leg in the distance medley relay at the Drake Relays with a time of 10:04.15 in a field of 21.

• Junior Sam Holien appeared in all 52 games for Minnesota State University this season with a batting average of .340. Holien led the team in home runs (11), RBIs (47) and runs (43) after transferring from North Dakota State, where she played two years. The Mavericks went 40-12 overall, 20-6 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, winning the regular and tournament titles, and finished their season  ranked 25th in the nation by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

• St. Cloud State sophomore golfer Andrew Massey competed in two invites and one dual this spring, including a season-low score of 76 at the dual on April 26, where he finished 13th. Massey averaged 77.8 on the season, while the Huskies closed their season in 19th place of 28 teams at the NCAA Central Midwest Super Regional in Kenosha, Wis.

• Wyoming native Kailey Hanson appeared in 34 games for the Southwest Minnesota State softball team this spring and made 31 starts at catcher, left field and second base. The junior finished the season hitting .228 with 21 hits in 92 at-bats, recorded five doubles and 13 RBIs. The Mustangs went 19-21 overall and 12-16 in the NSIC.

• Senior outfielder Kyle Young of Scandia started in 40 of 41 games for the Mustangs this spring. Young, who transferred to Southwest Minnesota State University after two seasons at Riverland Community College in Austin, Minn., batted .384 and had a team-high 15 doubles. The Mustang concluded his two-year SMSU career batting .318 with 21 doubles, five home runs, three triples, 49 runs scored and 46 RBIs. Young is also the first Mustang player since 2010 to earn American Baseball Coaches Association All-Region honors. The Mustangs went 17-23-1 overall and 11-13 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

• Outfielder and Forest Lake graduate Brent Kolbow finished his Augsburg baseball career with a season batting average of .331 while appearing in 38 games, starting them all. He scored 31 runs, 43 hits and had 10 stolen bases. Kolbow closed his career with an average of .294. The Auggies went 24-15 overall and 11-9 in conference play — Augsburg’s fourth 20-plus-win campaign in the past five years. Concordia College-Moorhead ended the Auggies season with a walk-off homer in the final inning to win the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Playoff semifinal game.

• Bethel sophomore Mike Schultz hit .315 this spring, starting all 39 games between catcher, first base and outfield. The Forest Lake native led the team in doubles with 16, triples with five and RBIs with 29.  Schultz also recorded a fielding percentage of .971. The Royals went 24-15 overall this spring and 11-10 in the MIAC.

• Bethel junior Luke Schultz played in 35 games this season, starting in 33, while averaging .302 at the plate. The outfielder was third on the squad in RBIs with 22 and earned 29 hits in 96 at bats for the Royals.

• Junior Charise Kendrick went 2-1 this season for Bethel tennis at the No. 6 singles spot. The Royals went 9-9 overall and 5-5 in the MIAC.

• Freshman Rachel Bostrom went 8-11 in singles play at the No. 3 spot and 8-10 in doubles play at the No. 2 spot for Northwestern College. The Eagles finished 12-9 overall and 8-2 in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference. Northwestern also took second place in both the conference’s regular season and tournament standings with the Eagles’ 12 wins tying for second-best in program history.

• Junior outfielder Lexi Alm averaged .374 this season for St. Ben’s softball squad. Alm started in all 38 games and led the team in RBIs (39), doubles (9) and home runs (7) in 115 at bats. The Blazer also had the highest slugging percentage of .652 and was second in runs scored (36) and stolen bases (18). Alm earned First Team All-MIAC and Second Team All-Region honors. St. Ben’s went 20-18 overall this season and 8-12 in the MIAC while falling to Bethel, 7-5, in the second round of the conference tournament to close the year.

• Scandia native and pitcher Michael Swenson went 5-0 this season for the St. Scholastica baseball team in five starts and nine appearances for a total of 32.2 innings this spring. The Saint recorded an ERA of 1.93 while giving up just eight runs and walking just two batters.

• Freshman hurdler Aaron Egelkraut competed in both the 110- and 400-meter hurdles for St. Scholastica this season. Egelkraut recorded his fastest time in the 110 at the Cornell Invite on April 6 with a time of 16.56 (seventh place), but nearly hit that mark again at the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships in Morris, Minn. on May 4 with a 16.59, good for fourth. The Saints took the UMAC title for the second year in a row, winning 10 events for a total of 285.5 points.

• Freshman outfielder/pitcher Micah McGuiness played in 34 games and started in 30 this season for the Saints, earning a batting average of .357 in 98 at bats and going 4-4 on the mound. McGuiness was fourth on her team in runs scored (22) as well as hits (39). St. Scholastica went 24-14 overall this spring and 17-4 in the UMAC. The Saints ended their season at the UMAC tournament, where they lost to Bethany Lutheran and University of Minnesota-Morris.

• Senior utility player for St. Thomas softball Alyssa Dunrud started in 43 games this spring for the Tommies and averaged .353 at the plate in 116 at bats with 41 hits and 22 runs scored.  The speedster led the softball powerhouse in steals with 23 in 24 attempts. On defense, Dunrud had just two errors between outfield and second base. St. Thomas made a stellar run this season, winning their last 25 in row leading into the MIAC playoffs, where they defeated Bethel for their 10th title. The No. 8-ranked Tommies ended their season at the NCAA Regional Tourney with a 41-7 overall record.

• Junior outfielder Tisa Phinney started in 21 games for St. Thomas this season, appearing in 29 throughout the spring and averaging .217 at the plate. Phinney recorded 13 hits and 10 runs scored.

• John Young, a senior golfer, closed his college career this spring on a nationally ranked St. Thomas squad. Young shot a low score of 75 at the Johnnie Invite on April 28, then shot 80 at the first round of the NCAA Division III Championships in Destin, Fla., on May 14, his last showing for St. Thomas.

Other in-state collegiate competitors to graduate from the Forest Lake area include: Jennifer Hitchcock (University of Minnesota Duluth track and field), Scott Urban (UMD track and field), Jacob Lepisto (UMD track and field), Jordan Rice (UMD softball), Abbey Nelson (UMD softball), Ben Norling (University of Anoka Ramsey baseball), Nathan Riedeman (Bethel tennis), Ashley Magelssen (Bethel track and field), Thomas Brenberg (Gustavus Adophus College track), Dylan Sperry (Hamline tennis), Adri Acosta (Hamline trackand field), Ben Hoidal (University of Minnesota-Morris tennis), Katie Stolz (St. Mary’s University track and field), Kristie Miller (St. Thomas track and field) and Ben Long (St. Thomas track and field).