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College women’s hockey

WCHA tabs Kemp as commissioner

Aaron Kemp, the senior associate athletic director at Mercyhurst University, was named the new commissioner of the women’s Western Collegiate Hockey Association on Wednesday. He agreed to a four-year contract with the league.

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Kemp, 38, succeeds Sara Martin, who had served as WCHA women’s commissioner since its founding in 1999. Martin will retire June 30.

“I’m honored and excited for the opportunity to join the WCHA in this role,” Kemp said in a news release. “The WCHA has identified itself as the premiere women’s hockey conference, producing some of the most elite players in the game today. … I’m committed to the same tradition of excellence and look forward to enhancing the overall operation and image of the league moving forward.”

Kemp will get acquainted with the WCHA’s coaches and administrators at the league’s annual meetings next week in Marco Island, Fla. He plans to have his office in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

Kemp joined the athletic administration staff at the Erie, Pa.-based Mercyhurst in June 2008. His responsibilities included oversight of the men’s and women’s hockey programs. Before joining the administration, Kemp was an assistant men’s hockey coach at his alma mater, Canisius College, and later a member of the women’s hockey coaching staff at Mercyhurst.

Junior hockey

Iron Rangers fall in Game 7

Lyndon Lipinski and Mason Meyer scored third-period goals Wednesday to lift Fort Frances to a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Iron Rangers in Game 7 of the Bill Salonen Cup, culminating a comeback from a 3-1 game deficit and giving the Lakers the Superior International Junior Hockey League championship.

Fort Frances moves on to represent the league at the Dudley-Hewitt Cup Central Canada Jr. A championship April 29-May 3 in Wellington, Ontario.

Lipinski scored at 1:43 to tie the game at 2-2 and Meyer tallied the game-winner at 12:42. Former International Falls standout Lucas Debenedet assisted on both goals.

Jordan Cartney saved 24 shots in net for the Lakers, while Iron Rangers goaltender Alex Reichle made 34 saves.

College

Saints honor All-Americans

St. Scholastica honored cross country and track distance runner Chelsea Johnson and Nordic skier Paul Schommer as its female and male athletes of the year at a banquet Monday in Duluth.

Johnson’s title-winning performance at the NCAA Division III National Championships also was selected as female performance of the year, while Schommer’s eighth-place finish at the NCAA Skiing Championships in March made him the Saints’ first All-American in the sport.

Austin Colvard and Lindsay Hartfiel were named rookies of the year. Colvard posted a .342 batting average and recorded 21 RBIs during the 2013 season. Hartfiel posted an 11-7-2 record and .933 save percentage as the goaltender for the women’s hockey team.

College baseball

Saints win eighth in a row

Jordan Risse had a pair of RBIs and Andy Davis threw five shutout innings as St. Scholastica completed an Upper Midwest Athletic Conference season sweep of Northwestern College with a 4-0 victory Wednesday at St. Paul.

Risse drove in Trevor Bernsdorf with the first run in the third inning and later brought home Austin Colvard with a sacrifice fly in the fifth. The Saints (18-10 overall, 10-1 UMAC) tacked on a pair of runs in the final two innings to win their eighth consecutive game and move into sole possession of first in the conference.

Davis earned his UMAC-best seventh win and added to his conference-leading strikeout total (46).

College softball

Bulldogs sweep on Senior Day

Minnesota Duluth celebrated its first true Senior Day in three years Wednesday with a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader sweep of Minnesota State-Moorhead at Malosky Stadium.

UMD won 4-2 in the first game on Megan Mullen’s two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning and completed the sweep with a 5-3 victory.

Sophomore Cayli Sadler allowed just three hits and struck out 10 in the opener and picked up the win in the nightcap after relieving Mullen in the fifth. She improved to 18-10 on the season.

Brooke Neuroth, one of UMD’s two seniors, stroked her first collegiate home run in the opener and sophomore third baseman Sami Schnyder scored on an Ashley Lewis groundout to put the Bulldogs ahead 2-0. The Dragons (15-20 overall, 11-15 NSIC) responded with a homer in the fourth to tie the game and set the stage for Mullen’s heroics.

UMD (23-17, 9-6) overcame a 2-0 deficit in the second game as Jordan Rice tied Mullen for the team lead with her ninth homer, Ashley Schilling also homered and Mullen, Rice and Schilling added RBIs.

The Bulldogs (23-17 overall, 9-6 NSIC) finish a crammed regular season with doubleheaders at St. Cloud State today, at Concordia-St. Paul on Saturday and at Minnesota State-Mankato on Sunday.

Saints take two from Northland

St. Scholastica swept a pair of games against Upper Midwest Athletic Conference opponent Northland, winning 11-9 and 13-2 in a doubleheader Wednesday in Ashland.

In the first game, the Saints fell behind 9-4 before rallying for seven runs in the seventh inning to take the lead for good. First baseman Rendi Johnson hit a three-run home run to give the Saints the upper hand. Nikki Logergren and Kasandra McCabe also hit home runs.

The Saints (20-10 overall, 14-0 UMAC) dominated the second game, with Tiff Hudack and Kara Warren each hitting home runs and collecting three RBIs to lead the way. Pitcher Chrisi Mizera allowed two runs and six hits while striking out five over five innings.

Northland dropped to 10-18 and 10-6.

UWS drops pair at Eau Claire

Wisconsin-Superior moved its home games to Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Wednesday, but results similar to previous Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference games followed the Yellowjackets to Carson Park.

The Blugolds won 2-0 in the first game as Taylor Pierce doubled and tripled in runs, and 15-2 in the nightcap.

UWS pitcher Nicolle Gross of Coleraine allowed just one earned run on four hits in the opening loss, but the floodgates opened in the second game as Eau Claire totaled 17 hits and scored seven runs in the seventh inning.

UWS fell to 18-13 overall and 1-9 in the league.

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