College notes for the week of Dec. 21

• College of St. Scholastica freshman high-jumper Nicole Christianson (Coon Rapids) was named Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Athlete of te Week, Dec. 11 after winning The Opener, indoor track meet in Duluth Dec.8. She cleared the bar set at 5-feet, 1.57-inches to win the competition and was one centimeter from a new program best.

• St. Scholatica senior forward Brett Tester (Andover) was named the school’s Athlete of the Week after scoring a season-high 21 points in a 79-68 win at Finlandia Dec. 15. He scored 12 of his 21 points in the first half and grabbed six rebounds.

• UW-Stout sophomore Zach Vierling (Coon Rapids) was named NCHA Player of the Week and UW-Stout Athlete of the Week after scoring a pair of game-winning goals in the Blue Devil’s sweep of St. Scholastica Nov. 30-Dec. 1. He scored in the final minute of overtime for a 2-1 win Friday and followed with a two-goal, one assist game in a 5-2 win.

• Southwest Minnesota State University freshman Kyle Begin (Anoka) was named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Confernce Wrestler of the Week after recording four pins to win the 165-pound weight class, White Division at the Dragon Open in Moorhead Dec. 8.

• St. Cloud State University red-shirt senior Shamus O’Grady (Coon Rapids) was named SCSU Athlete of the Month for November, 2012. O’Grady is a member of the No. 2-ranked Huskies and had a tremendous November. The 184-pounder won the Iowa State Harold Nichols Open by defeating the 2012 NAIA National Champion, defeated an NCAA D-III All-American and the No. 8 NCAA D-I ranked wrestler from the University of Illinois. He earned NSIC Wrestler of the Week honors and followed with a runner-up finish at the Concordia College Finn Grinaker Open in Moorhead Nov. 17.

• Minnesota State University, Moorhead junior goalkeeper Carole Braschayko (Coon Rapids) was the Dragons top keeper for the soccer squad this fall posting an 0-5-1 record with a 0-6-1 record with a .691 saves percentage, 2.50 goals against average and posted 47 saves. The Dragons handed out team honors during its end-of-the-season banquet Dec. 10 of which included special recognation for its Most Dedicated Fan, Julie Braschayko, sister of Carole, who was at ever home and away game, carrying a Dragons flag on the sideline.

• Concordia College, Moorehead freshman goalie Maddison Denny (Andover) is 3-3-1 through a 3-1 loss to St. Thomas Dec. 1. Despite the loss, Denny has a slim 1.64 goals against average with a .938 saves percentage in 403 minutes, 10 seconds of work. The Cobbers have one game between Dec. 2-Jan. 11 against Bowdoin Dec. 31.

• Bethel freshman defenseman Erin Harper (Blaine) collected her first collegiate point during the Royals 3-1 win over Hamline University Dec. 1. She has five shots in four games.

• Bethel freshman forward Karissa Thomson (Spring Lake Park) has one shot in three games for the Royals.

• Gustavus Adolphus freshman goalie Tara Hoverstad (Blaine) is part of a three-goalie rotation so far this season. Hoverstad is 2-0-0 in three games with a .969 saves percentage and a 0.50 goals against average which includes a 5-0 shutout win over Augsburg, Nov. 30 in her first official start. She backstopped the Gusties to a 3-1 win over the Auggies Dec. 1 and stopped 31-of-32 shots in the wins.

• St. Mary’s University freshman forward McKenna Parent (Anoka) has five points (three assists) in eight games for the 2-6 Cardinals. She scored the game-winner in a 4-1 win at Concordia Wisconsin, Oct. 27.

• St. Olaf sophomore defenseman Courtney Nelson (Spring Lake Park) has two points and 16 penalty minutes in 11 games this season. Her lone goal came on a second-period power play in what would be a 2-2 draw against Hamline University Nov. 16.

• St. Olaf sophomore goalie Sam Ubl (Anoka) has a 1-1-2 record in six games of work for the Oles this season. She has a 2.48 goals against average with a .921 saves percentage in four starts.

• St. Thomas sophomore forward Dani Lobejko (Coon Rapids) has six shots, one two-minute penalty and a +1 plus/minus rating in eight games this season. Lobejko transfered from Gustavus after the 2011 fall semester.

• Miami (Ohio) freshman defenseman Taylor Richart (Blaine) has two points on 10 shots and is tied for third on the team with a +7 rating in 14 games this season for the RedHawks. Miami entered the second weekend of December with a 9-3-2 overall, 6-2-2 CCHA record,

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