• Central Lakes College football teammates Bill Holder and Matt Mogere both grew up in Coon Rapids. Holder graduated from Coon Rapids High School in 2012, while Mogere graduated from Monticello in 2011. The two were part of the MCAC championship-winning Raiders (10-1), which topped Rochester CTC 33-23 for the title at Husky Stadium St. Cloud State University Nov. 4.
• St. John’s junior Elliot Olsen (St. Francis) was named to the 2012 All-MIAC Men’s Soccer Sportsmanship Team. One player from each team is nominated for the honor. The Johnnies ended their season with a 2-0 loss to nationally ranked Carleton in the MIAC semifinals Oct. 30. Olsen had one of three shots on goal.
• Jordan Moening, Anoka-Ramsey first-year middle hitter from Elk River, was the Golden Rams’ lone representative on the 2012 MCAC All-State Second Team and Southern Division First Team. Moening led the team with 177 kills, 514 assists and 3.7 points per set. She was second on the team with 158 digs. Second-year hitter Mandy Mogensen (St. Francis/Andover) tied for the team lead with 77 sets, a team-high 29 blocks, 111 kills, 314 assists and 10 aces. First-year outside hitter Katie Nelson (Blaine/Ham Lake) had 37 assists, 14 kills and 18 sets in eight matches played.
• Kaylee Benson, St. Scholastica freshman midfielder from Anoka, had three points in 20 games for the Saints. Her lone goal came on a penalty kick in a 10-1 over Northland College, Oct. 6.
• Tannyr Heyl, St. Scholastica sophomore defensive setter from Blaine, had 218 digs and 56 attacks through the Saints’ 3-2 win against Martin Luther in the UMAC semifinals, Oct. 31.
• Brian Leonhardt (Spring Lake Park), Bemidji State University senior tight end, had 25 catches for 343 yards and three touchdowns in 10 games for the 7-4 Beavers this season.
They shared the NSIC championship with University of Minnesota-Duluth. Both schools were 6-1 in conference play. Leonhardt was named to his third consecutive All-NSIC North Division First Team Offense and fourth all conference nod (honorable mention in 2009). Leonhardt was a preseason All-American pick and finished with 15 career touchdowns, eighth most at Bemidji State, and his 112 receptions are 10th all-time, while his 1,431 yards rank second for tight ends since 1971. He has also been recognized for his work in the classroom as a member of the Capital One All-Academic All-District III College Division First-Team, selected by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). He owns a 3.71 grade-point average in business administration, is a 2011 Academic All-American selection, three-time academic all-district award winner and two-time fall NSIC All-Academic Team member.
• Seth Mathis (Anoka), Bethel junior linebacker, was named MIAC Defensive Player of the Week twice this season, Oct. 1 and Nov. 5.
The Nov. 5 honor came as the Royals were upset by St. Olaf, 24-17 Nov. 3. He had 14 total tackles, broke up a pass and returned an interception 56 yards for a touchdown. His Oct. 1 honor came in a 21-20 win against Augsburg, Oct. 6. He had 15 tackles and had two interceptions. Bethel ended the regular season 8-2.
• Shamus O’Grady (Coon Rapids), St. Cloud State University red shirt senior wrestler, was named Northern Sun Interscholastic Conference Wrestler of the Week Nov. 11.
He won the 184-pound bracket at the 2012 Iowa State Harold Nichols Cyclone Open Nov. 10. The 4-0 start included a 6-3 decision over Illinois’ Jeff Koepke.
• Two area soccer players made an impact on the College of St. Scholastica squad. Junior midfielder Ryan Cullen (Andover) has one assist in 20 games and sophomore defender Isaac Peterson (Coon Rapids/Anoka High School) has seen action in one game for the 16-4 Saints, who claimed the top spot in the UMAC playoffs.