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September 4, 2012Not only will WisconsinHigh.com follow current Badger State prep athletes and teams, but it will follow athletes who've taken their talents to the collegiate level with weekly visits to campuses around the Midwest and the country.
Here is our first installment for the 2012-13 season:
Former Stevens Point High School star Mitch Sutton helped the University of North Dakota to an easy 66-0, season-opening victory over South Dakota Mines on Aug. 30. Sutton was the 2007 Gatorade Wisconsin Player of the Year after running for 2,673 yards and 35 touchdowns. The Fighting Sioux senior (6-0, 220) rushed for 61 yards on nine carries and scored twice, both during a 31-point second quarter. Sutton scored on a 7-yard run and then plunged in from the 1.
Senior wide receiver Jon Heimler of Menomonie contributed one catch for 16 yards, while junior linebacker Brian Otto of West Allis Hale chipped in three total tackles for UND.
Winona State also won its opener handily, routing Minnesota-Crookston, 58-6, with the help of some Badger State recruits.
Sophomore running back Anthony Resnick of Cambridge combined for 39 yards, 20 rushing and 19 receiving. On defense, junior Ryan Singler of Shiocton registered seven total tackles, while senior lineman William Sherard of Brown Deer recorded four, including one for loss.
Concordia-St. Paul came out on the short end of a 32-26 decision to the University of Mary (N.D.) in its season opener this past weekend, but it wasn't because of its passing game. That includes former Mequon (Wis.) Homestead standout Cordell Smith. The sophomore caught eight balls for 147 yards and a touchdown.
Former West Salem High School standout Mary Kurisch, a current Northern Illinois University senior, recently was named to the coaches' preseason All-Mid America Conference team. Kurisch started all 35 matches last season, earning first-team All-MAC honors as she set career marks for points (378.5), total blocks (109), digs (80), solo blocks (34) and aces (22). Kurisch entered her final season in a Huskie uniform ranked fourth on the all-time NIU career attack percentage list (.303), 14th in total blocks (288) and 17th in blocks per set (0.81).
Jenna Roberts, a 2009 graduate of Northern Illinois, recently was retained as an assistant coach for the Huskies. She was a four-year letter winner for NIU from 2006-09. Roberts also was a first-team All-State player her final two seasons at Verona High School, where she batted .409 with 20 RBIs in 2005. She and the Wildcats qualified for the WIAA playoffs three of her four years. Roberts started 146 games in the outfield for NIU and is tied for the school's single-season record for stolen bases with 26 in 2009 and is fourth all-time on the school’s career list with 43. She tallied 100 career hits and recorded a career-high 36 hits as a senior, including four doubles and a triple.