Hecker skies to first weekly honor
• St. Scholastica senior Nordic skier Jeremy Hecker (Andover) was named the inaugural Central Collegiate Ski Association (CCSA) Male Skier of the Week Jan. 24. Hecker had a successful weekend at the Tour de Twince Cities SuperTour event at Wirth Park in Minneapolis. He placed fifth in the 10km skate race Jan. 19 and runner-up at the 20km classic race Sunday to match a program-best finish with the entire CCSA competing. He followed that success with a photo finish, second-place finish Jan. 27 at the Saints Invite, a 20km freestyle mass start, CCSA event at Giant’s Ridge Jan. 27. Hecker was part of a breakaway group which held the lead throughout the race and outstretched third place by 3/10ths of a second, confirmed by video. Freshman Kyle Hellman (Andover) placed 43rd. One day earlier Hecker placed second in the 11.6km classic race and Hellman was 48th.
Tellgren sets new meet record
• RIT freshman diver John Tellgren (Anoka) smashed the one-meter diving record by 25 points while winning the event with 513.40 points at the Dick Comanzo Memorial Invitational hosted by SUNY-Ithica Jan. 27. He narrowly missed the three-meter school record with a total of 547.80 points which also gave him the three-meter win.
Leonhardt set to play in bowl game
• Bemidji State senior tight end Brian Leonhardt (Spring Lake Park) will play in the Texas versus The Nation Senior Bowl game Feb. 2 at Eagle Stadium in Allen, Texas. The game puts players born or who played collegiately in Texas against other Division I seniors from across the nation. Leonhardt is one of 110 players invited to take part. More than 225 NFL coaches, scouts and general managers will be at the game.
Begins’ combine for 23 wins so far
• Southwest Minnesota State wrestlers Kyle Begin and Jake Begin (Anoka) continued successful seasons with recent wins as the pair has a combined record of 23-1 at 165 pounds. Kyle is unbeaten in 13 matches while Jake is 10-1. The Mustangs are 11-3 overall but 1-2 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action.