College notes for the week of Sept. 9

• St. Scholastica freshman cross country runner Sam Dills (Coon Rapids) placed 31st overall, while the Saints won the team title in the season-opening Tom Berry Invite, hosted by St. Norbert College in Green Bay, Wis., Aug. 31.

• Two area high school graduates have helped Anoka-Ramsey Community College volleyball to a 3-0 start. First-year hitter Agabo Okwan (Coon Rapids) had nine kills, hitting .357, two ace serves and two digs in three matches. She had 11 kills and eight digs in the opening conference win against Minnesota West. She followed with six kills, three aces and five digs in a win against Riverland. First-year backrow player Samantha Brady (Spring Lake Park) and 21 digs in the three wins.

• Minnesota sophomore outside hitter, Karlie Hauer (Andover) had two kills, four digs and one block assist in a 3-0 sweep against Georgia State Aug. 31. The win helped the fourth-ranked Gophers reach 3-0 at the UAB/Samford Challenge in Birmingham, Ala. Minnesota swept Samford in the final match of the tournament to improve to 4-0 on the season-opening tourney.

• Minnesota freshman defender/forward Ashley Pafko (Blaine) has played in all four games this fall for the 4-0 Gophers soccer squad. She started once and has assisted on two late goals and put four shots on net.

• South Dakota State junior wide receiver Jason Schneider (Andover) opened the season with 10 catches for 167 yards and two touchdowns in the sixth-ranked Jackrabbits 55-14 win against Butler, Aug. 31. Schneider is coming off a 19-catch season in 2012.

• University of South Dakota sophomore forward Taylor Nivala (Andover) collected her first assist of the season in a 2-1 overtime win against Wyoming, Aug. 30. Nivala started three times in four games for the 3-1 Cyotes.

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