Student-Athletes honored at postseason banquet.

    The University of Minnesota Crookston athletic department held its annual postseason award banquet Monday, April 24 at Brown Dining Hall, where Golden Eagle student-athletes were recognized for their achievements throughout the 2016-17 season.


    Men’s basketball freshman Harrison Cleary was selected as Male Outstanding Athlete of the Year, while equestrian rider Selena Young was named Female Outstanding Athlete of the Year. The Outstanding Athlete of the Year award honors an individual who has both outstanding athletic and academic achievements and displays exemplary citizenship and is a role model for his/her respective program. Both student-athletes are first-time recipients of the award.


    Cleary averaged 22.1 points-per-game while averaging 47.7 percent from the field, 35.8 percent from beyond the 3-point line and 85 percent from the free-throw line. Throughout the 2016-17 season, he broke UMC records for field goals made in a game (17), most points scored in a game (42), most field goals in a season (231), most points scored in a season (640) and most free throws made in a season (130).


    Cleary was named to the All-NSIC Second Team this season, the first UMC men’s basketball player to do so since the 2003-04 season. He was also named NSIC Freshman of the Year, the first player to do so since the 2006-07 season to win a conference specialty award. The Oak Creek, Wis. native also won the Hero Sports Division II Newcomer of the Year award and was named to the Division II Bulletin All-Freshman Team.


    Young finished 10th overall at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Zone Championships in Intermediate Equitation over Fences. The Plymouth native qualified for the Zone Championships in Marion, Ind. after placing first in the IHSA Regional Championships. She also aided the hunt seast equestrian team to Reserve High Point Team honors in the region. During the regular season, Young put together numerous top-five finishes, including a second-place finish in Intermediate Flate at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and a second-place finish in Intermediate Flate at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.


    Men’s basketball and baseball sophomore Aaron Hollcraft and volleyball senior Sierra Trost were named Male and Female Student-Athletes of the Year, respectively. The Student-Athlete of the Year award honors someone with a 3.2 GPA or higher, has lettered in the same sport(s) for two years with outstanding athletic and academic achievements, displays exemplary citizenship and is a role model for the respective program.  


    Hollcraft is a two-sport athlete who participates in UMC basketball and baseball. On the court, he appeared in 14 games and tallied 14 points (including one 3-pointer and one free throw), four rebounds, two assists and two steals. As a pitcher, Hollcraft holds a 6.00 ERA through eight games and nine innings pitched while striking out nine batters. He’s also maintained a 3.68 GPA in elementary education throughout his first two years of college.


    Trost maintained a 3.91 GPA in biology and health science throughout her collegiate studies. On the court, she averaged 9.78 assists-, 0.62 kills- and 0.34 blocks-per-set. Along with the Female Student-Athlete award, she was also awarded the NSIC Butch Raymond Scholarship, which is a #5,000 award sponsored by Sanford Health and is given to 16 student-athletes (one recipient at each NSIC institution). To be eligible for the scholarship, the recipient must be a senior academically in 2016-17, have a GPA of 3.20 or higher, be participating in intercollegiate athletics and plan to work or attend graduate school in a health-related field.


    Trost was additionally given the NSIC Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction Award for having a 3.75 GPA or higher and being a graduating senior. She was also nominated for the Willis R. Kelly Scholar-Athlete Award, which recognizes the NSIC’s top female student-athlete.


    Trost and women’s golf senior Baillee Hauser were presented with the NSIC Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction award.


    Men’s basketball senior Xavier Hall earned the Justin Knebel Memorial Award. The award is given to somebody who exemplifies what Justin did, which was being the ultimate team player who works hard on the court and in the classroom and excels both athletically and academically. Hall will graduate this spring with a degree in sports and rec management.


    UMC Athletic Hall of Famer and the school’s first African-American student-athlete Lloyd Mayes was the guest speaker at Monday’s banquet. Mayes talked about his experience while attending college at Monday’s event and encouraged the current student-athletes to dream big and to use the abilities and skills they have learned to gain an edge as they graduate and enter the workplace.


    Following his educational stint in  Crookston, Mayes went on to American University, a Division I school in Washington, D.C. He then spent 10 years playing basketball in Europe before returning to the country’s capital and serving the community by helping with a variety of education efforts. Mayes was inducted into UMC’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999. He was introduced by his former coach Marv Bachmeier, who was a long-time Director of Athletics at UMC.


    A total of 75 UMC student-athletes were honored with the All-Academic award. To be eligible for the award, you must be a two-year letter winner in the same sport and have a 3.2 GPA or higher.

All-Academic honorees:
Baseball
    Nate Albrecht (So., Wahpeton, N.D.)
    Patrick Amerson (Sr., Eloy, Ariz.)
    Jason Angelo (Jr., Manteca, Calif.)
    Mitchell Bornhauser (Jr., Northfield, Minn.)
    Reed Hjelle (So., East Grand Forks, Minn.)
    Aaron Hollcraft (So., Crookston, Minn.)
    Wyatt Huso (R-Jr., Eagan, Minn.)
    Ethan Mushitz (Jr., East Grand Forks, Minn.)
    Jeremy Spinner (Jr., Phoenix, Ariz.)

Equestrian
    Marta Dean (So., White Bear Lake, Minn.)
    Monika Frame (Jr., Polson, Mont.)
    Emma Howey (So., Rutland, N.D.)
    Anna Johnson (So., Sebeka, Minn.)
    Skyla Knudtson (So., Blooming Prairie, Minn.)
    Julianna Langlois (So., Hermantown, Minn.)
    Marissa Mancillas (Sr., Brooksville, Fla.)
    Rhiannon Nicoll (Jr., Rice, Minn.)
    Mazie Pini (So., Grayslake, Ill.)
    Hannah Van Dyke (Sr., Edgerton, Minn.)
    Katie Warner (Jr., Warba, Minn.)
    Selena Young (So., Plymouth, Minn.)

Football
    Ali Alkhatib (R-So., Rosemount, Minn.)
    Aeric Berner (So., Antigo, Wis.)
    Kolby Castillo (So., Aiea, Hawaii)
    Jake Christopherson (Sr., Sturgeon Lake, Minn.)
    Nathan Cole (Sr., Aliso Viejo, Calif.)
    Adam Connette (Jr., Corona, Calif.)
    Sam Davis (So., Richardson, Texas)
    Zach Greenberg (So., Winnipeg, Manitoba)
    Casey Kraska (Sr., Stephen, Minn.)
    Drew McDurmin (Sr., Aiea, Hawaii)

Men’s Basketball
    Chase Knickerbocker (So., Annandale, Minn.)
    Nate Lorenz (So., Breckenridge, Minn.)
    Darin Viken (So., Fosston, Minn.)

Men’s Golf
    Ethan Johnson (So., Roseau, Minn.)
    T’mone Kleindl (Jr., Graceville, Minn.)
    Ben Koisti (So., Lake Norden, S.D.)
    Ricky Phillips (Sr., Grand Forks, N.D.)

Soccer
    Ellie Brettschneider (Jr., Lakeville, Minn.)
    Molly Buck (Sr., Lakeville, Minn.)
    Nicole Corbin (Jr., Ramsey, Minn.)
    Samantha Deutsch (Sr., Lakeville, Minn.)
    Nikki Dogan (Jr., Grand Forks, N.D.)
    Danielle Gau (Sr., Monticello, Minn.)
    Lexie Gauger (Sr., Green Bay, Wis.)
    Gabby Kekke (Jr., Argyle, Minn.)

Softball
    Victoria Bayliss (Jr., West Bloomfield, Mich.)
    Bailey Braatz (Sr., Buffalo, Minn.)
    Jozie Garner (Sr., Eureka, Kan.)
    Kate Howell (Jr., Badger, Minn.)
    Mikayla Jones (So., Huxley, Iowa)
    Maggie Morales (So., Tucson, Ariz.)
    Sam Rarick (So., East Grand Forks, Minn.)
    Lexie Santoyo (So., Kansas City, Mo.)

Tennis
    Reanne Erickson (So., Fargo, N.D.)
    Whitney Erickson (Jr., Spring Valley, Minn.)
    Tien Nguyen (Sr., Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)

Volleyball
    Casey Cashman (Sr., Ashland, Wis.)
    Kali Erickson (Sr., Fargo, N.D.)
    Rachel Freund (R-Jr., Jordan, Minn.)
    Kaycie Hagen (Jr., Savage, Minn.)
    Sabrina Leuer (So., Hamel, Minn.)
    Alyssa Muelken (Jr., Savage, Minn.)
    Callie Schapekahm (So., Eagan, Minn.)
    Sierra Trost (Sr., Ham Lake, Minn.)
    Becca Vandenheuvel (Jr., Cannon Falls, Minn.)

Women’s Basketball
    Emily Gruber (Jr., Monticello, Minn.)
    Alison Hughes (So., Janesville, Wis.)
    Caitlin Michaelis (So., Marshfield, Wis.)
    Micaela Noga (Jr., Parkers Prairie, Minn.)
    Lindsey Weber (So., Delafield, Wis.)

Women’s Golf
    McKenzie Harris (So., Nevis, Minn.)
    Baillee Hauser (Sr., Raymond, Minn.)
    Ashlee Humble (Jr., Rosemount, Minn.)
    Kristi Larson (Sr., New Ulm, Minn.)