Saints report: West, Saints top Pipers in football season finale

St. Scholastica earned its first MIAC football victories this fall, both in hotly contested games against Hamline.

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DULUTH — Quarterback Donald West’s 6-yard touchdown run with 14:54 remaining proved to be the game-winner as St. Scholastica held on for a 26-24 MIAC victory over Hamline in their season finale Saturday afternoon before 287 at Public Schools Stadium.

West, a 6-foot-3, 229-pound sophomore from St. Paul, finished 13-for-27 passing for 160 yards and a touchdown for the Saints (3-7 overall, 2-6 MIAC). He also had four carries for 28 yards and two more scores.

Sophomore running back Nick Schlender carried 30 times for 145 yards and a touchdown to lead the Saints’ rushing attack.

“It takes the entire program to take steps forward like we have,” Saints coach Mike Heffernan said. “We need to continue to build on it. I love this team and coaches. I love the grit and resiliency they have. I can't wait to get back to work.”

Charlie Wilson rushed 25 times for 160 yards and a touchdown to lead the Pipers (2-8, 0-8), who lost both meetings to St. Scholastica this fall by a combined three points as the Saints earned their first-ever MIAC victories.


Sophomore linebacker Anthony Vo led the CSS defense with 10 tackles.

St. Scholastica was outgained 360 to 350 yards but kept Hamline pretty one-dimensional. Wilson, a converted tight end turned quarterback, was just 9-for-22 passing for 66 yards and a 10-yard touchdown pass to Ryder Hutton with 4:53 remaining to pull Hamline to within a field goal.

That’s how it would stay, however, as the Pipers got the ball back twice in the final five minutes but both drives sputtered, with Vo having a 6-yard quarterback sack to end the game.

CSS will say goodbye to seniors wide receiver Wyatt Lahr (Bowlus, Minn.), safety Jake Kukowski (Aitkin, Minn.) and defensive lineman Travis Mogene (Hallandale, Fla.).

“I can’t tell you how proud I am of these players and the steps they’ve taken to get this program headed in the right direction,” Heffernan said. “This win today is because of how hard they work.”


Third quarter sinks Saints

St. Scholastica had a halftime lead but stalled offensively after the break, leading to a 63-50 home loss to Northwestern in a nonconference game on Saturday at Reif Gymnasium.

CSS led 29-26 at halftime of their regular season opener but made only two field goals in 19 third-quarter attempts, including missing all six shots from outside the 3-point arc. The drought left the Saints trailing by 10 in the fourth quarter and five points would be as close as they got, as a 12-3 spurt in the next five minutes helped the Eagles put the game away.

Lexi Hagen led Northwestern with 16 points and seven rebounds.


For the Saints, who were 16-of-61 from the floor (26.2%), Lexi Imdieke had 22 points, including five triples, and nine rebounds.

CSS (0-1) plays at Wisconsin-Superior on Tuesday night.


CSS competes at North Region Championships

The St. Scholastica women finished 14th in a field of 33 teams at the NCAA Division III North Region championships at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota on Saturday.

Maj-Lis Helmer, a sophomore, led the Saints by finishing the 6-kilometer course in 23 minutes, 34.1 seconds. Fiona Smith of St. Benedict was the regional champ, in 20:51.5. Linnea Urban (74th) and Kelsey Johannes (88th) also placed in the top 100 in the field of 230.

The Saints were 18th in men's competition, with Lars Dewall snagging an 11th-place finish in 24:53.8 for 8 kilometers, less than a minute behind winner Christian Patzka of Wisconsin-Whitewater and making the junior a likely qualifier for the national meet next weekend in East Lansing, Michigan.

Nathan Neu (82nd) also netted a top-100 finish.


Johnson scores late winner for Saints

Bryce Johnson's goal with 4:14 to play allowed St. Scholastica to grab a 2-1 win at Gustavus Adolphus on Saturday and with a sweep of the opening home-and-home series of the MIAC men's hockey season.

Unlike the 10-3 CSS rout on Thursday in Duluth, Saturday's game in St. Peter, Minnesota was much tighter. The Gusties' Nick Mountain was the only scorer in the first period, and the CSS offense wasn't activated until Nathan Adrian made it 1-1 8:53 into the second period.


Adrian then assisted on Johnson's late game-winner.

Jack Bostedt made 19 saves for CSS (3-3-0, 2-0-0), which had a 25-20 advantage in shots on goal.

The Saints will meet St. John's in a MIAC home-and-home next weekend, starting with Friday's game in St. Cloud.


Saints suffer home loss

A Gabby Gamst goal at 6:50 of the second period tied it for St. Scholastica for a time, but visiting Gustavus Adolphus had the last two goals of the second period and the game in a 3-1 MIAC women's hockey decision at Mars Lakeview Arena on Saturday.

Hailey Holland scored first for the Gusties early in the second period, only for Gamst, the Moose Lake alumna, to score her first collegiate goal a few minutes later.

However, the Gusties controlled the end of the period, as Molly McHugh scored at even strength and Kristina Press shorthanded to put the visitors ahead for good.

Ashlea Arvidson made 45 saves for CSS (0-3-1, 0-2-0 MIAC). The Saints are back in action on Tuesday in a nonconference home game vs. Wisconsin-River Falls.

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