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UMD athletics earn ‘A’ grade

The Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sports gave Minnesota Duluth an “A” for the percentage of women head coaches on Bulldogs’ women’s sports teams.

The Tucker Center partners annually with the Alliance of Women’s Coaches to research employment patterns of head coaches in NCAA women’s athletic programs, with 467 head coaching positions from 62 institutions sampled, including UMD.

They found that 75 percent of UMD’s eight NCAA Division II women’s sports are coached by women, with soccer and volleyball being the only exceptions. UMD has approximately 170 female student-athletes and committed more than $1 million to women’s scholarships in 2015-16.

College women’s golf

Saints win Cougar Invite

St. Scholastica sophomore Arica Sheff earned medalist honors to lead the Saints to victory Thursday at the Cougar Invitational, hosted by Minnesota-Morris.

Sheff, a sophomore from Cloquet, shot a 13-over-par 85 to win by seven strokes, with teammate Hannah Cornwell of Duluth taking second. The Saints had a team score of 75-over 363 to finish 25 strokes ahead of runner-up Bismarck State.

It was the Saints’ fifth win this season, and the fifth time Sheff has earned medalist honors.

-- Marc Peterson of Esko and Spencer Viita of Cook each shot 4-over 75s to tied for sixth and lead

St. Scholastica to a second-place team finish at the Cougar Invitational. The Saints tied Bismarck State, five strokes behind winner Valley City State.