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St. Olaf's Penz a semifinalist for Draddy Trophy

PenzSt. Olaf Senior quarterback Matt Penz was one of 24 Division III football student-athletes honored as semifinalists for the all-divisions Draddy Trophy and National Football Foundation 2007 National Scholar-Athlete Awards.

One of college football's most sought after and competitive awards, the Draddy Trophy recognizes an individual as the absolute best in the country for combined academic success, football performance and exemplary community leadership.

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Volleyball: Oles win, Raiders win and lose; Knights lose for only the second time.

St. Olaf VB Team The Carleton Knight volleyball team lost for only the second time all year, dropping three straight to Bethel...

The two areas that caused the Knights the biggest problems were passing and the service game. Carleton had nine service errors and no aces, while Bethel accumulated 11 aces and only two errors. That 18-point swing encompassed nearly the entire scoring difference on the night.

The Oles, on the other hand, broke a three-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over Augsburg...

Jane Meyer and Kim Smisek had 17 kills apiece to lead the St. Olaf volleyball team to a five-game (30-15, 30-27, 20-30, 30-26, 15-7) win over Augsburg College on Wednesday night.

The Raiders beat Red Wing 3-0 last Thursday and lost to Prior Lake 3-1 last night.

In game three, Loesch got a kill and followed it with an ace to give Northfield a 12-5 lead. Katie McDonald's kill gave the Raiders a 20-13 lead. Red Wing got as close as 21-19, but consecutive kills from Taylor Filzen and Josie Dockstader gave Northfield the necessary breathing room. A pair of Red Wing errors let the Raiders take game three and the match.

Football: Raiders win; Knights, Oles lose.

ole-footabll The St. Olaf Oles lost a heart-breaker last Saturday, dropping a close one 30-29 to the number three ranked Johnnies of St. Johns.  Both teams were 5-0 coming into the game...

Mike Patnode scored twice, including the game-winning 3-yard touchdown with 11:15 left as No. 3/4 Saint John's University outlasted No. 14/18 St. Olaf 30-29 on Saturday at Clemens Stadium.

The Northfield Raiders beat Red Wing 21-7 in their final regular season home game:

About the only thing the Raiders didn't do right in the first half was score more than three times. Northfield built a 21-0 lead at the half and squandered three other scoring chances as the Raiders out-gained Red Wing 242-43, including a 132 yards on the ground. Cody Schmidt racked up 124 of those yards over the first 24 minutes.

Carleton's Knights didn't rebound from a tough loss last week as they lost their homecoming game to St. Thomas 19-7:

Unfortunately a total of six turnovers by the Knights (2-3, 0-3 MIAC) meant the Carleton defense spent the majority of the game on the field. Fortunately, the Tommies could only manage to turn those extra possessions into six points. It did mean, however, that St. Thomas (1-4, 1-2 MIAC) owned a 13-minute advantage in time of possession.

Volleyball: Knights win thriller, Oles, Raiders lose

ole-vb The nationally ranked Knights (#24) won a close match over Gustavus last night at home, three games to two. (Box Score)

Additionally, the Knights avenged a five-game loss in St. Peter last fall. Scores of the individual games in tonight’s seesaw battle were 30-25, 24-30, 30-22, 23-30 and 15-6.

The Knights had four players notch at least a dozen kills during this match, with La Chapelle’s 18 leading the way. As a team, Carleton hit .155 compared to a .106 average for the Gusties.

Northfield lost a non-conference match to Rochester Mayo, 3-1, in Rochester.

The Spartans picked up a 3-1 victory over a Section One, Class AAA opponent, yet there are things coach Deb Frederick said her team needs to keep working on.

Frederick said Northfield served very well, but Mayo was able to handle enough of the serves to earn a 25-20, 25-18, 19-25, 25-17 victory.

And the Oles dropped a match to Saint Mary's, 3-1  (Box Score)...

Saint Mary's University prevailed in a four-game volleyball win over St. Olaf, offsetting Kim Smisek's 21-kill outing.

If you attended these or other sporting events this weekend, please leave a comment telling us about it! If you'd like to write up a recap, post pictures, or give us more links - that would be awesome too. is Citizen Journalism: you're not only a reader, you're an author too.

Football: Raiders, Oles win; Knights nearly upset St. Johns.

The Raiders staged a big comeback to win their homecoming game, rallying from 6-18 to win 21-18 over New Prague.

A second half with emotion, shutout defense and big plays proved to be the catalyst for the Raiders in a homecoming victory. Northfield out-scored New Prague 15-0 in the second half, didn't let Weiers make a big play in the last 24 minutes and improved to 2-2 in the Missota Conference.

The Oles rolled to 5-0 on the season, crushing Gustavus Adolphus 59-19 . Their next game is shaping up to be a historic rumble with 5-0 St. Johns...

Matt Penz threw for 362 yards and six touchdowns, including four to Andrew Schmiesing, as No. 19/23 St. Olaf routed Gustavus Adolphus 59-19 on Saturday afternoon at Manitou Field.

And the Knights nearly made history, coming within 59 seconds and three points of their biggest upset in school history against St. Johns:

Henfling hooked up with Chris Gardner (Jr./Gaylord, Minn./Sibley East) who advanced the ball down to the two-yard line. Henfling then ran straight ahead to reach the end zone, giving Carleton a 7-0 lead with 3:16 left in the third quarter.

If you attended these or other sporting events this weekend, please leave a comment telling us about it! If you'd like to write up a recap, post pictures, or give us more links - that would be awesome too. is Citizen Journalism: you're not only a reader, you're an author too.

Floridians give Ole football sunny outlook

"St. Olaf's football resurgence has been aided by a bunch of guys who don't know Sven from Ole; who believe Paul Bunyan was fictional and suspect lefse might be real; who think sunshine is a birthright, not a reprieve." writes Jim Souhan in a Star Tribune story about a group of Floridians who've ventured north to play for the Oles.


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Local fighter wins first bout of "Downtown Throwdown"

Editor's note: We received this great story and photos from Northfield photographer Robb Long. Citizen Journalism rings up another KO!

Chaylan Rader Northfield's Chaylan Rader (28-9, 169 lbs) fought Brooklyn Park's Rich Sherer (2-1, 167 lbs) to kick off the World Fighting Championship's Downtown Throwdown at the Target Center last Saturday night. Sherer led the first part of the fight, landing a few jabs until Rader took him to the ground, putting Sherer in a triangle. Holding Sherer in the triangle for over a minute, Sherer was able to maneuver out, eventually falling victim to Rader's arm bar and tapping out.

Rader started competing in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) events after learning martial arts techniques that he believed would help defend himself in prison. Rader never went to prison and started competing in MMA after a chance meeting with an old buddy.

Youth flag football

flag football The flag football program provides youth in grades 2-5 the opportunity to experience the fun and excitement of playing football without the rough contact. This program will introduce some of the basic fundamentals of the game. Participants will be assigned a team and will practice and play games with that team. This program provides all footballs, flag belts, flags, and a team t-shirt. Participants will also be given a mouth guard that they must use in order to participate. All team assignments and information will be available for pick-up on Monday, September 10. Information handout starts at 6:30 pm for youth in second and third grades, and 7:00 pm for youth in fourth and fifth grades at the Sechler Park baseball field parking lot area.

Carleton Fall Sports Preview

We promised it a week ago and here it is, links to the Carleton 2007 Fall Sports Previews:

If you can't make it to the games, many of them are broadcast over the internet - mostly audio, but a few video streams.  Click here for a list of upcoming and completed streaming events.

Bill Nelson selected for MN Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame

Bill Nelson (current manager of the Dundas Dukes) has been selected for the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame.  The induction ceremony will be on Saturday September 15 at the St. Cloud Civic Center.  Social hour is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. with dinner at 5:30 and the induction of Nelson, Mike Gagnon, Al Mueller, and Bob Van Hee to immediately follow. 

A history of the first area inductee inside...

Carleton's football Knights aid Rushford flood victims

Knights in Rushford The following story ran in a recent edition of the St. Paul Pioneer Press (8/27/07). A photo gallery of images can also be found by clicking the image at right.

Carleton College head football coach Kurt Ramler did not have his team practice on Sunday afternoon. Not because he didn’t want to be on the field and not that his team couldn’t use the work in preparation for the season opener on September 8. Instead, the Knights did not hit the field on this particular sunny afternoon because it was the right thing to do.

St. Olaf Fall Sports Previews

Vb-082707-1St. Olaf has published some of their annual Fall Sports Previews:

The football team has finished 8-2 for the last two years in the always tough MIAC.

We're checking on Carleton, so stay tuned!

Northfield, Northfielders in the news

Football, Nobel-winning scientist politicians, shape-shifting books(?)

The Missota conference, which is the football conference that Northfield plays in, is experiencing a bit of trouble due to the growth of outlying 'burbs, like Farmington, Shakopee, and Hutch. (via the Strib)

The powerful football conference has been in almost a perpetual state of flux since it included schools such as Apple Valley and Burnsville in the 1970s. But what's coming in the next few years might be a major shakeup, even for those used to watching the conference's ranks change.

"Nobody's talking about leaving or anything," Northfield coach Bubba Sullivan said. "Could it happen in a few years? Possibly."

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Skiless Skedaddle 2007 is this Saturday

Editor's note: you can view 30 photos from last year's event in this photo gallery.

The Northfield Nordic Ski team will be, once again, hosting a 10K and 5K run! The second annual Skiless Skedaddle race takes place this Saturday, August 11th. The Skiless Skedaddle is put together by members of the Northfield High School Nordic Ski team. All of the profits benefit the team in terms of skis, poles, wax, and other necessary items.

Of course, we give you more than just a run with the Skiless Skedaddle. We will be giving away prizes donated by many Northfield businesses. Most importantly, there will be FREE pancakes provided to all participants! Your entry fee also gets you a Skiless Skedaddle t-shirt, a very popular and sought after item in Northfield. Coming to our race gives you the opportunity to not only go for a great run, with good competition, but also to support one of your local teams.

YMCA announces full slate of fall programs

YMCA program guide The Northfield Area Family YMCA may not have its own building yet, but it is working throughout the community to offer it first full slate of fall programs for people of all ages, from toddlers to teens to parents and grandparents.

Core training, basketball, youth sports and even wee ones flag football are among the offerings in sports and fitness. And if you think camping is just for summer, there will be a long-weekend camping trip over MEA weekend. Teens can join in a model United Nations, hang with friends on teen nights or help plan other activities. Families can help organiza Y Guides groups and participate in other events together.

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