College notes

Matthys helping K-State

• Kansas State freshman Jake Matthys (Spring Lake Park) has been busy on the baseball diamond so far this spring, appearing in a team-high 11 games for the 17-10 Wildcats. Matthys is 3-0 with a 2.40 ERA, 14 strikeouts and two saves in 15 innings of work. Among his wins was a one-inning, one-strikeout outing on 10 pitches in a 4-3 win against Minnesota March 19.

 

Area pair sustain historic Huskies season

• St. Cloud State University freshman forward Jonny Brodzinski (Blaine) has 33 points, good for third best on the Frozen Four-bound Huskies. St. Cloud State raised the MacNaughton Cup as the regular season co-champions with the University of Minnesota. Fellow freshman forward Joey Benik (St. Francis) has seven goals and 11 points while playing in just 23 games.

Joey Benik

Joey Benik

Benik was red-hot in the NCAA regional tournament scoring twice in each game, a 5-1 win against Notre Dame followed by a 4-1 win against Miami (Ohio) March 30-31. He also had an assist against Notre Dame to give him five points over the last two games. Brodzinski also scored against Notre Dame for his only point since scoring twice against Alaska Anchorage, March 15.

The regional final against Miami pitted another Blaine alumn against Brodzinski in Redhawks freshman defender Taylor Richart. The pair also skated for the USHL’s Fargo Force and were roommates during their two seasons. Richart had four assists in 40 games this season. He finished with a +2 player rating, but was a -2 in the loss to the Huskies. Richart took 16 shots and blocked 49 shots as the team posted a 25-12-5 record this season.

 

Anderson backstopping Bethel

• Bethel sophomore catcher Grant Anderson (Legacy Christian) is off to a great start for the 13-4 Royals this spring. In 12 games he’s batting .344 (fourth best) while scoring 12 runs, seven walks, four stolen bases and six strikeouts. His .475 on-base percentage is second on the team and he had two hits in three games.

 

Miller starting for Tommies

• St. Thomas junior secondbaseman Sam Miller (Anoka) is off to a 6-25 mark at the plate for the 7-3 Tommies. Miller has a pair of doubles, tied for the second most on the team. His 17 assists in the field is also second on the squad.

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