• Taylor Hall, Bethel University junior forward and Blaine graduate, had quite the week which ended with the MIAC’s Basketball Athlete of the Week honors. The Royals (8-7 overall, 4-6 MIAC) knocked off a pair of MIAC first-place teams including defending NCAA Division III champions St. Thomas on a buzzer-beater by Hall. The junior averaged 19.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.5 blocked shots and 0.5 steals per game in Bethel’s back-to-back upsets.
Hall began the week with a 18-point, seven-rebound, three-block performances in the 69-68 win over the Tommies in St. Paul Jan. 18. Bethel returned home to top Gustavus with a 75-71 win as Hall led the Royals with 21 points, nine rebounds, four assists and a steal. Hall ranks fifth in the conference in scoring (15.8 points per game), eighth in assists (2.62 per game), ninth in rebounding (6.1 per game) and third in blocks (1.15 per game) while shooting better than 50 percent from the field and 70 percent from the line.
• J. D. Wells, St. John’s University junior goaltender and Anoka graduate, was named MIAC Hockey Athlete of the Week after allowing one goal in an two game weekend sweep of MIAC’s second place team – Concordia University, Moorhead.
Wells gave up one goal each night while recording 43 saves for a .956 save percentage for the Johnnies (6-9-2, 4-4-0).
• Shaise Schuette, Hamline University junior pole vaulter and St. Francis graduate, was named MIAC Indoor Field Athlete of the Week after winning the St. Olaf Triangular with a personal record height of 15-8.5 feet (4.79 meters). The clearance height also landed Schuette inside the top 10 in the NCAA Division III, eighth best this season.
• Megan Gilbert, University of North Dakota junior forward and Andover graduate, has four points (three assists) with a plus-six rating, blocked three shots and taken 11 shots in 22 games this season. She had two assists in a 14-0 win over Lindenwood Jan. 4 and scored her first goal of the season during a 9-0 win over St. Cloud State Jan. 21.
• Spencer Rodriguez, State University of New York at Buffalo freshman swimmer and Blaine graduate, won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:57.69 during a dual meet at Binghamton Jan. 14. She helped the Bulls to a win over Niagra the day before. She swam the second leg of the winning 200 medley relay, won the 200 individual medley in 2:12.58 and took second in the 100 free in 54.78, .02 behind Niagra junior Aubrey Kettrick.
• Dan Jacobson, University of North Dakota sophomore swimmer and Anoka graduate, was part of the winning 200 free relay team in a dual loss to Georgia Tech Jan. 10. Jacobson’s relay won the event in 1:25.84. North Dakota was ranked 17th in the CollegeSwimming.com mid-major Division I rankings, released Dec. 15, 2011.
• Andrew Germain, University of North Dakota freshman diver and Blaine graduate, finished fourth with a season-high score of 164.75 on the platform at the Vaughn Baird Polar Bear Classic in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Jan. 23.