College notes: Coon Rapids, Blaine natives help Golden Bears set title record

The hashtag #7thHeaven was one catch phrase Concordia University, St. Paul, used to describe what can only be described as domination on a historic level.

The NCAA Division II volleyball team captured its seventh consecutive national championship with a 35-3 overall record.

Two area standouts were part of the latest team to continue the streak with a win over BYU-Hawaii 3-0 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Sophomores Taylor Doran of Blaine and Heather Schiller of Coon Rapids and a Totino-Grace graduate both played a part in adding championship banners and filling the trophy case.

Dordan had a match-high 20 digs in the championship match and Schiller had seven kills.

Schiller was the leading blocker for the team with 26 blocked shots and 92 block assists and finished fifth on the team in kills (324) and total points (399) starting 37 of 38 sets and 125 games played.

Dordan led the team in serve receives (630) and digs (496) and was fourth on the team in service aces with 25.

• Spencer Rodriguez, Buffalo University junior swimmer (Blaine), helped the Bulls sweep Niagara with a dominating 1,000 freestyle win in 10:28.75 nearly one minute faster than second place and the second fastest time on the team this season. She also has the second best time in the 400 IM and third in the 200 IM. Both were set at the Cleveland State Invite in late November.

• Jake Begin, Southwest Minnesota State University senior wrestler at 174 pounds (Anoka), scored his fourth straight pin and fifth win in a row while helping the Mustangs shutout Minot State 40-0 to open their Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference schedule, Jan. 11. The shutout is the Mustangs first since the 1991-92 season. Begin is ranked eighth in the NCAA Division II national polls with an 11-5 record.

• William Giddings, Southwest Minnesota State University senior forward (Blaine), is averaging 10.1 points and 5.8 rebounds on 27.3 minutes per game starting all 16 games for the Mustangs (10-6 overall, 7-3 NSIC).

• Kara Hofschild, Northern State junior guard (Andover), is averaging 2.7 points in 13.8 minutes per game. She had a season-high 11 points in a 66-53 win over Bemidji State, Dec. 14.

• Trevor Hess, Anoka High School senior signed a letter of intent to play football at NAIA program Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa next fall. Hess, a three-year letter winner for the Tornadoes had 25 tackles and forced one fumble last season and set the school bench press record of 340 pounds.

Jason Olson is at
jason.olson@ecm-inc.com

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