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College football

UMD quartet preseason All-America picks

Minnesota Duluth seniors Andrew Muer, Aaron Roth and Austin Sikorski and junior Andrew Brees were named USA College Football NCAA Division II Preseason All-Americans on Monday.


A national panel, including Division II head coaches, sports information directors and members of the Football Writers Association of America, were among the members selecting a team for the 26th consecutive year.

Muer and Sikorski were first-team picks while Roth made the second team on offense and joined Brees on the special teams list. The foursome also was selected to the Beyond Sports Network’s 2014 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Preseason Team last week.

Muer, a two-year starting offensive guard, attained a spot on the All-NSIC North Division first team a year ago. Roth, a true senior who like Muer will serve as a team captain this fall, paced the Bulldogs in both punt (14) and kickoff (18) returns and was second in pass receptions (39 for 356 yards and a pair of touchdowns) last year en route to being chosen to the All-NSIC North Division second team.

Sikorski was bestowed with All-NSIC North Division first-team honors as a junior after finishing atop the team rushing charts for the second year in a row (1,260 yards and 16 touchdowns on 297 carries). A 2012 All-NSIC first-team honoree, Brees is entering his third season as the Bulldogs’ primary placekicker. He racked up 81 points in 2013, connecting on 10 of 15 field goals and 51 of 58 extra points.

Amateur baseball

Dukes split with Ashland

Corey Pavlich delivered a two-run go-ahead single in the fourth inning that gave the Duluth Dukes a 3-2 victory over the Ashland Merchants and a split of their Upper 13 League doubleheader Sunday in Ashland.

It was Pavlich’s 100th career hit in amateur baseball. He is the Dukes’ (formerly Padres) all-time hits leader.

Winning pitcher Jack Nikko worked six complete innings and allowed one earned run on eight hits, three walks and one hit batsman. Matt Dolsen, who relieved Nikko with two runners on base and no outs, pitched a scoreless seventh for the save.

Ashland’s Frank Pufall had three hits, and Tyler Martin and Bob Tyndall had two apiece for the Merchants (7-2 Upper 13).

Duluth (6-10 overall, 4-1 Upper 13) lost 3-1 in the opener as Bob Tyndall tossed a four-hitter, struck out five and worked his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh. Jake Lewis pitched a complete game for Duluth, scattering eight hits and walking only one.

Auto racing

Wohlers takes Proctor Late Model feature

Zach Wohlers of Kelly Lake held off Darrell Nelson of Hermantown to win the 25-lap Late Model feature Sunday night at Proctor Speedway as part of the final day of the South St. Louis County Fair.

Wohlers, who had finished second in his heat and had the fastest lap time of 17.98 seconds, averaging     75.1 mph, led from the start en route to his first feature win at the speedway this season.

Kelly Estey won in Modifieds and his son, Mack Estey, won in Midwest Modifieds as Kelly Lake drivers took three of the five feature wins. Willie Johnson Jr. of Superior (Super Stocks) and Josh Loucks of Carlton (Pure Stocks) also were victorious.

A season-high 79 cars competed.

Youth hockey

Rapids’ Mattson makes U-17 national team

Grand Rapids junior-to-be Mitchell Mattson was named Monday to the United States’ Under-17 Select team, which will compete next month in the Five Nations Tournament in Crimmitschau, Germany.

A 6-foot-3, 191-pound forward, Mattson has made an oral commitment to attend the University of North Dakota.

The U.S. faces Slovakia, Switzerland, Czech Republic and Germany in the tournament.

College soccer

LSC to add men’s, women’s teams

Lake Superior College will introduce its first athletic programs when men’s and women’s soccer teams debut in 2015.

“It’s exciting to be starting collegiate sports at Lake Superior College,” Mark Magnuson, LSC’s vice president of Academic and Student Affairs, said in a statement. “Everything is still in the planning stages, but this will be a great opportunity for our students and the college.”

Magnuson also will serve at LSC’s interim athletic director.

Teams will play 16 to 18 games a season. The school plans to apply for admission into the National Junior College Athletic Association and the Minnesota College Athletic Conference.