A recap of various area-prep graduates competing at the next level.
• AJ Fossen, a Spring Lake Park graduate, had 31 points (19 assists) in 43 games this season for the Chicago Young Americans U18 club which is part of the HPHL. Fossen plans to play with the Corpus Christi IceRays of the NAHL next season.
• Sam Miller, University of St. Thomas secondbaseman and Anoka graduate went 3-3 with a single and two doubles in a 12-5 win over Worcestershire
State (Mass.) March 24 as the Tommies wrapped-up its Florida trip with a 6-2 record. St. Thomas is 12-4 overall and ranked 13th in the NCAAA Division III national poll. Miller leads the Tommies with 46 fielding chances without an error and is hitting .306.
• Taylor Auman, Concordia Univeristy, St. Paul junior golfer and Coon Rapids graduate, helped guide the Golden Bears to a third place finish at the Griffon Invitational in St. Joseph, Mo. March 26. Auman placed 13th with a two-round total 172 strokes, third best for Concordia.
• David Flavin, Concordia Univeristy freshman golfer and Anoka graduate, is averaging 82.33 strokes through six rounds of golf this season. He opened the spring season with a 22nd-place finish (91, 82) at the Classic Club Invitational in Palm Desert, Calif. March 7-8. He followed that with a three-way tie for 30th place (74, 82) at the Prairie Star Shootout in Pekin, Ill. March 18-19. Concordia tied for sixth place in the team standings.
• Jake Begin, Southwest Minnesota State University sophomore wrestler and Anoka graduate, went 22-6 with four falls this season at 165 pounds.
• Cal Decowski, Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL) winger and Andover graduate, has three assists over the last five games (29 points this season) for the Bucs who lost each game and sit seventh in the eight-team Western Conference.
• Tommy Tiegen, Augusburg College sophomore wrestler and Meadow Creek Christian graduate, finished his season with a 24-14 record and is 39-23 as an Auggie. The 165-pounder went 0-2 at the NCAA Division III National Championships in LaCrosse, Wis., March 9. Tiegen reached his first national championships tournament by finishing runner-up at the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional. He scored a 10-2 major decision and a 5-0 decision in the semifinals to secure his spot at nationals before falling to falling to Ryan Renon of Lakeland (Wis.) by a 12-6 decision in the regional final held at Si Melby Hall at Augsburg Feb. 25. Augsburg, ranked fourth in the nation, won the regional team title with five champions and eight national entrants.
• Fargo Force (USHL) and former Blaine teammates Jonny Brodzinski and Taylor Richart have 20 and 16 points, respectively as the regular season winds down with six games left. Brodzinski leads the team in shots with 145 and is a +6 player rating while Richart, a defenseman has 77 shots and a +4 rating. The Force have clinched a spot in the playoffs and currently sit in fourth place with 63 points, one point behind Waterloo.