College notes: Week of April 26

Signings

• Andover Class of 2012 graduate A.J. Oster signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Bemidji State University golf team for the 2013-14 season.

Oster was a three-time Northwest Suburban Conference honoree and two-time Class AAA state entrant, tying for 26th place with an 11-over-par 155 and earned All-State honors. He averaged 74.3 last season and was ranked as high as eighth in the state last spring by the state coaches association. He went on to qualify for the Minnesota State Open and placed 10th at the Blue-Grey National Invitational at Orange County National Golf Center in Winter Garden, Fla.

Golf

• Concordia Univeristy senior golfer Taylor Auman (Coon Rapids) earned her first Golden Bears’ Athlete of the Week honor (April 22) after placing second out of 65 golfers as the final two rounds and sixth overall in the NSIC Championships were played at Paradise Pointe Golf Complex in Smithville, Mo. Auman carded a final round 77 to place two strokes out of the top-five and all-tournament team.

• Augustana senior Emily Kvidera (Spring Lake Park) placed fifth overall at the NSIC Championships while the team won its fourth straight conference championship.

Baseball

• Augustana freshman outfielder Patrick O’Donnell (Andover) has appeared in eight games for the 16-15 Vikings. He is 1-for-8 at the plate, scoring three times and has made two put-outs in the field.

• Augustana sophomore outfielder Marcus O’Neill (Blaine) has started 19 times and played in 25 games out of 31 possible games in 2013. He is 22-67 (.328) at the plate with four doubles, one triple, drove in eight runs, walked eight times and scored 15 runs.

Track

• Bemidji State junior distance runner Mackenzie Haupert (Blaine) helped the distance relay team place eighth at the NSIC indoor championships at Minnesota State Univeristy, Mankato in late February. She placed 22nd in the 800 run at the first outdoor meet of the season at Hamline April 6.

Awards

• St. Cloud State senior women’s hockey forward Halyea Scmid (St. Francis) was named Most Improved during the team’s season-ending awards ceremony. She finished with 12 assists and 21 points while earning WCHA Offensive Athlete of the Week honors in Decemeber after collecting five points (three assists) in a two-game sweep of Minnesota State University, Mankato. She was one of nine Huskies to be named to the All-WCHA Academic team, which honors those with a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the previous two semesters or three quarters. She finished her career with 13 goals and 33 points in 138 games. She scored three of her four career power play goals this season and had 78 of her career 211 shots this season.

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