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September 10, 2012Football
Former Madison West star Leighton Settle earned a career-high 106 yards on 21 carries in helping Northern Illinois University trounce Tennessee-Martin, 35-7, on Saturday. Settle entered the contest with 117 career yards on 26 attempts. He saw action in 11 games as a sophomore last season after spending the 2010 campaign at Fresno City (Calif.) Community College. Settle earned All-State honors his final two prep seasons at West, where he gained 4,860 yards and scored 68 TDs during his career.
North Dakota won a shootout, 45-37, over Portland State and received contributions from several former Badger State prep standouts. Offensively, Mitch Sutton of Stevens Point carried 10 times for 33 yards. Meanwhile, senior defensive back Erik Mersereau of Port Washington finished with three total tackles and junior linebacker Cordero Finley of Kenosha Bradford had two total tackles and an interception.
Former All-State selection Ben Gardner of Homestead helped Stanford whip Duke, 50-13, to improve to 2-0 on Saturday, registering five total tackles, which included sharing a sack. The senior defensive end was a second-team All-Pac-12 Conference choice last year after finishing with 10 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks among his 35 tackles. Gardner has nine total tackles in two games this season.
Redshirt freshman Ian Murray of Plymouth chipped in seven tackles for Winona State, but it wasn't enough as second-ranked UM-Duluth won Saturday's contest, 38-16. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs' contributions included a game-high 113 yards rushing, including a 46-yard burst, and two scores from sophomore running back Austin Sikorski of Stevens Point. Junior Chris Blake of Superior and senior Jordan Hoekstra of D.C. Everest combined for 14 tackles, while fellow defensive back Kenny Chowa, a junior from Menomonie, added three total stops and an interception for the winners.
Former Delavan-Darien High School performer and current UW-Milwaukee junior Emily McClellan has been chosen to compete for the United States at the 2013 World University Games, which will be held from July 6 through July 17 in Kazan, Russia. McClellan is one of 17 American women selected. She will compete in the 100-meter breaststroke. McClellan just missed a berth to London after finishing sixth in the 100 breaststroke at the Olympic Trials. She then won the event at the U.S. Open.
Northern Illinois downed Missouri State in five sets on Saturday night at Hammons Student Center to complete a perfect 4-0 weekend and claim the championship of the Mary Jo Wynn/DoubleTree Hotel Invitational. Senior middle blocker Mary Kurisch, a West Salem High School graduate, led the way with nine kills, giving her 19 on the day after she had 10 in a win over Connecticut in the afternoon. Kurisch registered 11 kills, tying a season high, and a .474 attack percentage against New Orleans after chipping in seven kills in the tourney opener against Nebraska-Omaha.
Sophomore Julie Kolinske, a sophomore from Catholic Memorial, recorded 13 kills to lead UW-Milwaukee on Saturday night, but it wasn't enough as the Panthers dropped a hard-fought decision to host Wisconsin in the Inn Towner Invitational. Senior Anna Bartz of Burlington and senior Elizabeth Egerer of Sheboygan Christian had 13 digs apiece to lead UW-M's back row. Kolinske added 10 digs and made the all-tournament team.
Winona State completed a perfect weekend with victories over Walsh University and St. Joseph's on the final day of the Puma Invite on Saturday in Rensselaer, Ind.
Sophomore Paige Garriga of Osceola recorded a hitting percentage of .545 with eight kills, while junior Elena Kruesel of Dominican and junior Kaley Jacobson of Watertown registered 19 and 11 assists, respectively, against Walsh. Versus St. Joseph's, senior Kathy Lohff of Shawano recorded seven blocks and Kruesel had 19 assists.
Waukesha West alumnus and current Winona State senior Paige Schmidt registered a 76 in the final round to win medalist honors at the Husky Triangular on Sunday in St. Cloud, Minn. Schmidt opened with an 84 on Saturday. Schmidt had an 84 before catching fire and shooting a final-round 76. Her 16-over par 160 was five shots better than Bemidji State's Rachel Wold.
In-state recruits helped UW-Milwaukee capture fourth place out of 12 teams at the Midwest Collegiate Open event Saturday in Kenosha. Senior Jake Reilly of Waunakee led the way, finishing first overall out of more than 120 competitors in the 8,000-meter race with a time of 25:51.8. Senior Bobby Glotfelty of La Crosse Logan and freshmen Adam Schueller of Germantown and Gerrit Bruni of Baraboo stayed in a pack and finished between 18th and 23rd overall. Reilly was named the Horizon League's male runner of the week for his performance.