College men’s basketball

Augustana holds off UMD in NSIC tourney

Casey Schilling had 30 points and 15 rebounds to lead No. 6 Augustana to a 71-62 victory over Minnesota Duluth in the NSIC men’s basketball tournament quarterfinals on Sunday before 3,250 at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Daniel Jansen added 17 points for Augie (28-2), which made 17 of 22 free throws in helping hold off UMD after the Bulldogs tied it 52-52 with 11:05 to play.

Senior center Brett Ervin had 26 points, eight rebounds and three steals to cap a stellar career for UMD (16-14). Ervin showed off his multifaceted offensive game, shooting 11-for-19 from the field, including 4-for-6 from 3-point range.

A pair of juniors, Pierre Newton and Brendon Pineda, chipped in with 13 and 11 points, respectively, for the Bulldogs, who had their four-game winning streak snapped.

UMD finished with its first winning record since the 2011-12 season while advancing to the second round of the NSIC tournament for the first time since it rejoined the conference in 2008-09. The 16 wins also match the second-best win total in the last ten seasons for the Bulldogs.

Junior hockey

Wilderness allow eight goals in loss

Minnesota Wilderness goalie Ryan Anderson allowed four goals on just eight shots in the second period as the team fell to Bismarck 8-4 on Saturday night in Bismarck, N.D.

The Wilderness jumped to a 4-2 lead after the first period, but was outscored 6-0 over the final two periods. Bradley Johnson, Wayland Williams, Brett Heikkila and Dan Litchke all scored and Anderson finished the night with 16 saves for Minnesota (33-11-6).

Jared Pike had a hat trick to lead Bismarck and Evan Geisler scored twice. Cole Souto, Garrett Nelson and Tony German all scored one goal and former Grand Rapids netminder Hunter Shepard stopped 17 shots for Bismarck (26-22-2).

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Curling

Duluth junior men get into win column

Ethan Meyers of Duluth and the American men bounced back from its opening day loss to Scotland to score a last-rock victory over Norway and Markus Skogvold 4-3 on Saturday at the 2015 World Junior Championships in Tallinn, Estonia.

The U.S. led 3-2 midway through the match. Norway tied the match in the ninth end and the U.S. won with a draw into the four-foot circle.

“We had a tough game yesterday, but came back well and all played really well. It feels good,” said Meyers, 21, who is competing in his first World Juniors. “We switched up our lineup, took some pressure off of me. We had a good practice last night too and we were all just throwing them cleaner, better draw weight and it helped us.”

On Sunday, both the American men led by Meyer and American women led by Duluth’s Cory Christensen lost matches to Canada. The men lost 6-4 to drop to 1-2 with a match today against Sweden. The women lost 7-3 to fall to 0-2 with two games today against Korea and Scotland.

College softball

Saints open season with pair of losses

St. Scholastica opened the 2015 softball season with a pair of losses on Sunday, 12-3 to No. 18 Luther College of Iowa in five innings and 8-0 to Hamline University in six, at the Rochester Dome in Rochester, Minn.

Three of the Saints’ five hits against Luther College were home runs by freshman Alexa Bremer, junior Kara Warren and sophomore Chrisi Mizera. Luther College had 12 hits, but only three were earned.

The Saints were held to two hits against Hamline. Mizera pitched both games Sunday and took the loss each time.

-- Wisconsin-Superior split its final two games of the Finlandia Dome Tournament at the Superior Dome in Marquette, Mich. on Sunday, losing to Lakeland 7-6 and beating Edgewood 10-0. Megan Nelson led Superior by going 2-for-3 at the plate against Lakeland with Kristen Haider hitting a home run. Shelly Misco and Haider were 2-for-4 with three RBIs against Edgewood. Sarah Hendrickson pitched the shutout walking one and striking out two. The Yellowjackets finish 2-2 on the weekend.

Alpine skiing

UMD team to compete at nationals

The Minnesota Duluth men’s Alpine skiing team will compete at the U.S. Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association National Championships this week at Mount Bachelor ski area near Bend, Ore.

UMD qualified after placing second overall out of 20 teams from the Upper Midwest on Feb. 14-15 in Marquette, Mich. The UMD women’s team placed fourth, missing qualifying by just one point.

This is the 11th straight season UMD has sent a team to the national championships.

College skiing

Saints men, women take fourth at regional

The St. Scholastica men and women both finished fourth at the 2015 NCAA Central Regional Championships this weekend in Ishpeming, Mich.

Paul Schommer finished 13th in 54 minutes, 10.1 seconds on Sunday in the 20-kilometer mass start classic to lead the Saints men while Anita Kirvesniemi led the Saints women by taking eighth on Sunday in the women’s 15K classic.

On Saturday, Schommer led the Saints men by finishing sixth in the men’s 10K freestyle at 24:18.4. In the women’s 5K freestyle on Saturday, Sharmila Ahmed took third in 15:18.8 and Kirvesniemi took fifth in 15:43.3 to lead St. Scholastica.

Northern Michigan won the men’s and women’s titles on their home course. Alaska and Michigan Tech’s men’s and women’s teams both beat out the Saints in the eight-school women’s field and six-school men’s field.

Final participants for the NCAA Championships on March 12 and 14 in Lake Placid, NY will be released on Tuesday.