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College women’s hockey

Stauber, Hickel named UMD captains

Seniors-to-be Emma Stauber and Zoe Hickel were named captains for the 2014-15 Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey team Thursday.

Stauber, who is the first Duluth native to be selected captain, and Hickel, who hails from Anchorage, Alaska, were both assistant captains last season. Redshirt senior Brienna Gillanders and senior-to-be Jenna McParland were named assistant captains.

Hickel and Stauber played in all 36 games last season. Hickel, a forward, finished third in scoring with 27 points on 13 goals and 14 assists. Stauber, a defensive defenseman, had one goal and five assists for six points.


US senior women win opener

The Team USA women’s rink, including Silver Bay’s Norma O’Leary, opened the World Senior Curling Championships with a victory Thursday in Dumfries, Scotland.

Skip Margie Smith of St. Paul scored six points in the second end en route to a 9-4 win over England’s Judith Dixon rink.

The U.S. women face Austria and New Zealand today.


Park Point 5-Miler registration open

Registration is open for northern Minnesota’s oldest road race — the 43rd annual Park Point 5-Miler scheduled for July 18.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m., with youth races for children 14 and under, followed by a two-mile walk at 6:15 and the feature race at 6:30. The pre-registration entry fee is $25; race-day registration is $35. Youth races are free. Runners and walkers can register at or

Net proceeds from the Park Point 5-Miler benefit the Young Athletes Foundation (YAF), a Grandma’s Marathon program focused on the promotion and development of youth athletics throughout Carlton, Cook, Douglas, Lake and St. Louis counties.

-- The field for the June 20 William A. Irvin 5K has fewer than 400 of the 2,000 available spots remaining. To register, visit

Junior hockey

Wilderness assistant hired by Brookings

Minnesota Wilderness assistant coach Dan Daikawa has been hired as coach of the Brookings Blizzard of the North American Hockey League, the league announced Thursday.

Prior to coaching the Wilderness, Daikawa was head coach and general manager of the Jamestown Ironmen of the NAHL for two seasons.

Daikawa played junior hockey in the United States Hockey League before joining Miami University from 1991-94. He had an 11-year professional career, was named to the Japanese national team four times and competed in the 1998 Winter Olympic Games for Japan.

College track and field

UMD’s Rivard shatters 5,000 mark

Minnesota Duluth freshman Samantha Rivard placed fifth in the 5,000 meters at Thursday’s Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, breaking the school record in the process.

Rivard finished behind four NCAA Division I runners in the finals, finishing in 16 minutes, 29.73 seconds to break Morgan Place’s mark set two years ago on the same track by nearly 9 seconds.

Rivard’s time is the second-fastest among Division II competitors during the 2014 outdoor season.