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Northfield Skating School offering discounted tickets to National Championships

NSS logoThis winter we have the opportunity to see the nation’s greatest skaters compete at the 2008 National Figure Skating Championships at the Excel Center in St. Paul. The event lasts from January 20, 2008 – January 27, 2008. Rarely will an event like the Nationals occur this close to home.

In anticipation of the event, the Northfield Skating School has reserved reduced-cost group tickets to the Pairs, Ladies, Mens, and Championship Exhibition events. These tickets are available to the Northfield community and the Northfield Skating School will absorb handling fees.

Turkey Trot draws runners, walkers, families, kids, dogs -- and money to fight polio

Cullen O'Neill takes third straight title in Rotary Turkey Day run

The weather was freezing, the volunteers were nervous...but soon the runners started drifting toward the registration table for the 7th Rotary Turkey Day 5K Run, better known as the Turkey Trot. Within an hour, hundreds of people packed the Northfield Golf Club, then took to the snow-dusted streets. Just 19 minutes and 42 seconds later, Cullen O'Neill breezed across the finish line to take his third straight title. Megan Kelly won the women's division in 20:47. The race is a holiday tradition, but this year it also is raising thousands of collars to help Rotary International 's initiative to eradicate polio in the world.

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Northfield, Northfielders in the news

DIII XC Championships; Mary Nelson wins service award; Oles get the heck out of Dodge

diii-xc-ss St Olaf is hosting the Division III Cross Country championships today (Saturday).  Women's race at 11 a.m., Men's race at noon.  Allegheny College (PA) is attending and has had its players blog their reactions to qualifying and the anticipation of the Big Race:

After running the course today, it has finally hit me that nationals are just two days away. I like the course except for the gravel paths and the cruel, steep uphill we have to run up just before the finish, but the course is actually in some trees and around a lake instead of the wide open fields like the courses from regionals and conferences. I know this race will be different from everything that I’m used to, but it’s a challenge I’m looking forward to, especially with the team that we have running next to me.

Mary Nelson has won the 2007 Virginia McKnight Binger Awards in Human Service from the McKnight Foundation for her work in serving others:

Given since 1985, the awards honor volunteers or employees in Minnesota who, in the foundation's words, "have demonstrated an exceptional personal commitment to helping others in their communities but who have received little or no public recognition."

The recipients are to receive $7,500 each at a private ceremony in Minneapolis [Thursday].

St. Olaf came in #2 in the country in the number of students studying abroad during their college education.  Carleton finished 25th:

A record 223,534 students from U.S. colleges spent anywhere from a January or summer term to more than a year earning academic credit in a foreign country. That was up 8.5 percentage points from the 2004-05 school year when 205,993 students went abroad and up 150 percent from the 1995-96 year when fewer than 90,000 students took classes over seas, the study said.

St. Olaf winter sports previews

 in action at the Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears game, Sunday, December 4, 2005 at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Packers 19-7.Holy smokes, is it that time already?  Apparently so as the Winter Sports Previews are being published.   Oles are up first, Knights are on deck.

  • Mens BB
    • "We lost three starters, but have seven of our top ten back," said Kosmoski. "We'll have to quickly learn our roles - that will be our biggest adjustment."
  • Womens BB
    • The St. Olaf women's basketball team begins the Dave Stromme era this winter. Stromme, the longtime assistant from UMD and the University of Minnesota, was hired in August as the seventh coach in the history of the school after spending last season as the interim head coach at UMD.
  • Mens Hockey
    • The St. Olaf men's hockey team is eyeing its fifth straight postseason appearance in 2007-08 with a core group of returners, led by All-America defenseman John Paulson.
  • Womens Hockey
    • The Oles, who were 15-10-1 and 12-5-1 in conference play in 2006-07, return a strong defensive unit led by All-MIAC defender Jess Magnuson (Rochdale, Mass./Pomfret). Magnuson tallied three goals and 11 assists last season.

Football: Northfield loses in overtime; Oles hang 85 on Carleton

goat-trophy-2007 The Northfield Raider HS football team couldn't put New Prague away, missing a field goal at the end of regular time and one during overtime.  New Prague took advantage of the lapse and won 42-36 in overtime...

After another missed field goal from 23 yards in overtime, Tim Stepka sent New Prague to the state tournament with a 6-yard dash up the left side and across the goal on the Trojans' second play. In a thriller where somebody had to lose, it's a heart-breaking way for the Raiders' season to end.

And it's not a misprint - the annual St. Olaf/Carleton game did end up 85-28, with the Oles picking up their eleventh straight Goat Trophy.  St. Olaf scored 63 unanswered points, winning a game where Carleton had actually opened up a 21-7 lead...

The Knights (3-6, 1-6 MIAC) answered back, finding the end zone on their first three possessions to build a 21-7 advantage with 13:52 remaining in the first half. Carleton quarterback Shane Henfling (Jr./Watkins, Minn./ Eden Valley-Watkins) had early touchdown throws of 13 and eight yards to Matt Frank (Jr./Caledonia, Minn.) and 41 yards to R.J. Jackson (Sr./Roseville, Minn./De La Salle).

The Raiders' season is over, while the Knights travel to see the Gusties next weekend and St. Olaf hosts St. Thomas.

Northfield Tennis Association to meet on Monday

Nov 5 2007 7:00 pm
Nov 5 2007 8:30 pm

Northfield community members of all ages who enjoy playing tennis are invited to attend the Northfield Tennis Association meeting on Monday, November 5, 2007. The meeting will be held from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in room SS106 of the Northfield Community Resource Center (1651 Jefferson Parkway).

The meeting is open to those of all ages and tennis ability levels.

The main focus of the meeting will be to set the priority areas and main activities for the Northfield Tennis Association in 2008, so we hope you can make it!

For more information, email Bob Ewing or Zach Pruitt.

Football: Raiders advance to section championship; Knights lose to Concordia

knights-tn The Northfield Raider HS football team is one game away from state with a 34-0 drubbing of Albert Lea.  New Prague comes here next Friday for the Section 1AAAA championship...

Senior quarterback Blake Faust passed for 219 yards and three touchdowns, all three of them to senior receiver Jon Paulson. Paulson scored on touchdown catches of 51, 60 and 6 yards and finished with 175 yards receiving.

Carleton gave up 54 points and only scored 21 to fall to 3-5 overall, 1-5 in the tough MIAC...

The Knights (3-5, 1-5 MIAC) offense put 21 points on the scoreboard and saw wideout Chris Gardner (Jr./Gaylord, Minn./Sibley East) record his second game this season with 200+ receiving yards and haul in two more touchdowns. But it was not enough. Not against a Cobber offense that scored 50+ points for the third straight week and four times in the past five games.

The Oles were off this week.  The next game for both is the Cereal Bowl, the annual St. Olaf/Carleton football game played this year at Laird Stadium on the Carleton campus.  Possession of the Goat Trophy and bragging rights are at stake.

Volleyball: Raiders advance, Knights clinch, Oles... not so much...

carl-vb The Northfield Raiders won their opening Section 1AA tournament game against Red Wing, carried by the strong arm of Megan Pumper.

Update: They lost to Rochester Mayo 3-0 Friday night.

Raider standout Megan Pumper almost single-handedly eliminated Red Wing from the Section 1AAA Tournament Wednesday night.

The senior defensive specialist put together the two longest serving streaks of the year against Red Wing in Northfield’s sweep. She scored 16 straight points in Game 1 and added 10 more in Game 3 to help the Raiders to wins of 25-10, 25-17, 25-10.

The Carleton Knights defeated St. Mary's 3-1 to guarantee a spot in the MIAC playoffs.  Click here to listen to the game (requires Quicktime)...

The Cardinals (17-11, 3-7 MIAC) looked to play the role of spoilers, jumping out to 17-9 lead en route to winning the opening game by a 30-23 score.

Saint Mary’s stayed close in the second game, but after trailing early, the Knights went on a 10-5 run and didn’t look back. Carleton hit .353 in the game and went on to even the contest with a 30-23 win in game two.

And the Oles got swept by Hamline, knocking them out of contention for the aforementioned playoffs...

Hamline University's Tasha Simmons had 18 kills to lead the Pipers to a 30-22, 30-27 and 30-27 volleyball win over St. Olaf on Wednesday.

Fall Classic 5K run marks 10th year of Halloween fun

Fall Classic logo Way back in October 1997, Bob Ertl, along with running friends Dale Fredrickson, Pat Foley and others, determined to host a spirited road race to bring their running group closer -- and help the community. Dale and Bob and his wife Jill Ertl teamed up and soon announced the Fall Classic 5k Run. On Saturday, Oct. 27, runners will mark the 10th anniversary of this event with a race at 9:30 a.m., starting at Bridgewater Elementary School. A kids' run starts at 10:30 a.m.

This isn't just an ordinary race, however. In a nod to Halloween, the Ertls have encouraged runners to come in costume, with prizes for the best ones. The result has been a fun way for adults and kids to enjoy the holiday together.

Soccer: Northfield upsets Lourdes 3-2 to advance to state!

nhs-soocer-vs-lourdes The Northfield HS men's soccer team upset Rochester Lourdes on Thursday 3-2 in the section one finals to advance to the MN state tournament, scoring the tying goal with 7 seconds remaining...

In stunning fashion Thursday, Rochester Lourdes was denied a berth in the Class A boys state soccer tournament. The Eagles were just seconds away from a fifth straight state berth.

They led Northfield 2-1 with the seconds winding down. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, the ball plopped in front of the Lourdes net. And Northfield senior Sam Studer, the Raiders' top scorer, was there to head the ball past goalie Kenny Cloft to tie the game with just 7.2 seconds remaining.

Football: Raiders lose to Holy Angels in OT

The Raiders traveled to Richfield to take on Holy Angels in their final Missota conference game.  They lost 14-7 in OT dropping their season record to 4-4 and their Missota conference record to 3-4.

Playoffs start next week.

Football: Knights, Oles win; Raiders lose to Prior Lake

nn-raider-fb The Northfield Raider football team fell to 4-3 on the season with a 19-29 loss at Prior Lake.  They've got a game on Wednesday at Holy Angels.

The Northfield High School football team had 10 penalties, committed two turnovers and didn't score in the second half in a 29-19 loss at Prior Lake Friday night at Dan Patch Stadium.

The Carleton Knights raised their record to 3-3 with a 31-17 victory over Hamline.  They host Augsburg next weekend.

Carleton got its running game on track, piling up a season-best 196 yards on the ground, with another 320 yards coming through the air. On defense, Carleton limited Hamline to only 101 yards via the passing game and 81 with the running game.

...and the Oles hung on to win a wild one by a single point over Concordia, 52-51.  Olaf hosts Bethel next Saturday.

There was no shortage offense. Concordia ran 91 plays for 540 yards while St. Olaf had 62 for 454. Each team had seven touchdowns, two punts, an interception and a field goal on 11 drives.

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.

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