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Fall 2010 Vol. 17

Warrior Fall Sports Year In Sight Last year was a great one, and 2010-11 brings even higher hopes for the Warriors’ fall athletic teams. Here’s a brief overview for each sport.

Opening Soon: Integrated Wellness Complex While it’s not devoted solely to athletics, the new Integrated Wellness Complex will have a big impact on all fifteen of the Warriors’ sports teams. The 78,000-square-foot, $20 million building will bring academics, campus wellness, fitness, recreation, and athletics together into a single building. What will it mean for studentathletes and fans? A spacious new entry for McCown Gymnasium with ticket windows, concessions areas, and restroom facilities. An incredible Athletics Hall of Fame, which will honor Warrior greats with interactive displays and sports memorabilia. Office space for Athletic Department staff. And for the student-athletes, a state-ofthe-art fitness center and new activity spaces. Check out the Integrated Wellness Complex! Join us for our grand opening on Friday, September 17, at 1 p.m. on the WSU campus. See you there – GO WARRIORS!

Football In fifteen seasons head coach Tom Sawyer has compiled a 11744 overall record, the most wins in Winona State football program history. Rayon Simmons (third in NSIC scoring last year) and Curtis Dewberry (second in NSIC kickoff returns) give the Warriors an outstanding one-two punch at running back. That offensive power will come into play when Winona State opens on August 28 at Carson-Newman, a team the Warriors upset in the season opener last year. The Warriors home opener is on Saturday, September 11 against Minnesota State Moorhead at 1 p.m.

Curtis Dewberry Women’s Soccer The Warriors, perennial soccer powers, are coming off an NSIC regular season championship and a season in which head coach Ali Omar won his 200th career match. History shows

Winona State will be loaded again this year. Since 1996, the Warriors have a .903 winning percentage in the NSIC. Scorer Lauren Sturdivant, the conference player of the year, returns along with keeper Anna Belpedio, who set a season record for matches played (22) and minutes played (2001:37) in a season.

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Golf Classic Scores Big for Scholarships


Krista Bogue Volleyball The Warriors hope the momentum of last season, when they won four of their final five matches, carries over into 2010. Winona State will be young, with eleven freshman and sophomores on the roster. Krista Bogue is the lone senior. The Warriors open with an exhibition at home versus Viterbo, but look for a match on October 9 when Concordia-St. Paul visits McCown Gym. The Golden Bears have won the past three NCAA Division II national championships. Cross Country The women’s cross country team was strong and deep last year, placing second at the St. Olaf Invitational and the Bluegold Invitational. Jenna Southworth was the leader on that team and returns. The men were young and improving. Sophomore Bryan Lindquist and Ryan Slack, both top-ten finishers at the Running of the Cows, are back to pace the Warrior men.

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he 2010 Warrior Club Golf Classic, sponsored by Merchants Bank and RTP Company, was a great success this year for participating golfers and Winona State studentathletes. Fifteen groups rolled out of bed early for the morning session. Another 34 groups enjoyed a beautiful afternoon at Cedar Valley Golf Course in Winona. All groups had a great time competing for bragging rights and raising scholarship funds for Warrior student-athletes. The Warrior Club Golf Classic is one of the Warrior Club’s primary fundraisers. The Warrior Club provides more than $150,000 each year to the WSU athletic department in the form of scholarships.

2010 Warrior Club Classic Hole Winners Deb Skarlupka Hole 4 Closest to Pin (all) Bob Borgen Hole 6 Longest Putt (all) Nancy Theis Hole 8 Closest to Pin (women) Paul Lader Hole 9 Longest Putt (all) Beth Schmidt Hole 10 Longest Drive (all) Fred Maske Hole 15 Closest to Pin (men) Jeni Miller Hole 14 Closest to Pin in Two Shots (women) Kyle Poock Hole 17 Longest Drive (all) Matt Loga Hole 8 Closest to Pin in Two Shots (men) First Place Team Cass Gordon, Nick Jaeger, Dan Buchholz, Dan Matejka

Fifth Place Team Tim Louie, Gene Pelowski, Jim Meyer, Thom Kieffer Fifteenth Place Team Fred Maske, Bob Borgen, Ron Miller, Tom Schell Twenty-Fifth Place Team Tom Peplinski, Cory Flatness, Ron Schultz, Jim Sullivan

This foursome helped raise new scholarship dollars at the 2010 Warrior Club Golf Classic

Whet Your Appetite for 2010-11: Warrior Highlights from Last Year Football 2009 • • • • • •

Cody Dummmer, Ryan Rothwell, Brandon White, Marcus Greatens, and Jason Enos were named to the NSIC AllConference First Team Marcus Greatens won the Glen Galligan Award, given to a student-athlete who participates at his institution for four years and is academically superior while making a positive contribution Greatens won the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and Britton and Kelly Scholar-Athlete Award. Lucas Wolf was named 2010 Preseason Honorable Mention All-America by the Consensus Draft Service. On August 27 the Warriors stunned top-10 Carson-Newman 17-12 in a rare Thursday night home game. The Warriors racked up 70 points for the first time since 2001 in a win over Minnesota, Crookston on October 24

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Lauren Sturdivant won NSIC Offensive Player of the Year and All-America honors Sturdivant, Megan Rowland, and Melissa Sellier made the Daktronics All-Central Region Team Former standout Elisabeth (Morgan) Shannon was inducted into the NSIC Hall of Fame on July 14

Soccer • Head coach Ali Omar won his 200th career match

Gudmundson were named Scholastic All-Americas by the USTFCCCA Kyle Dimke was tabbed Warrior Fan of the Year and awarded a $500 scholarship by WSU Alumni Relations

Volleyball • The Warriors earned American Volleyball Coaches Association team academic honors • Lauren Brown was named Academic All-America and All District by ESPN the Magazine • Shannon McGowan surpassed 1,000 career digs on her way to winning NSIC All-Conference recognition and four Defensive Player of the Week honors

Guard Ben Fischer returns to lead the Warriors Men’s Basketball • For the sixth straight year the Warriors qualified for the NCAA Division II regional tournament • David Johnson wrapped up his career with All-Region, NCAA Division II All-Star Team, and All-America recognition • Guard Ben Fischer joined Johnson on the NABC Honors Court; Fischer also was named to the NSIC/Sanford Health All Tournament Team Cross country top returner Jenna Southworth

All-America Lauren Sturdivant

Cross Country • Both the men and women competed at the NCAA Division II Central Region Championships • Both the men and women garnered All-Scholar Team mention from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association • Allie Glasbrenner and Kayla

Women’s Basketball • The Warriors swept national champions Minnesota State Mankato • In exhibition play, WSU beat both NCAA Division I teams Minnesota and South Dakota • The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association named the Warriors to its Academic Top-25 Team Honor Roll • Ana Wurtz and Natalie Gigler made the All-NSIC team, and

Katie Wolff was picked for the NSIC All-Freshman Team Gymnastics • The Warriors finished sixth at the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association championships in Springfield, Mass., after placing third at the West Region championships • Katie Gregory and Krystin Holody won All-America honors from the NCGA • Melissa Baudhuin was named First Team ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America Track and Field • Seven Warriors qualified for the NCAA outdoor championships, the program’s most ever • The Warriors ranked ninth nationally in the USTFCCCA outdoor poll • Winona State held its first home track meet in 40 years at its newly renovated complex at Paul Giel Field • Lauren Brown received the Dr. William Britton and Willis R. Kelly award, was named Academic All-America, and received All-District Academic Honors from ESPN the Magazine • Throws coach Mike Turgeon was USTFCCCA Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year Baseball • The Warriors swept the defending national champions in their 2010 season opener in Florida; that sparked an NSIC regular season championship and NCAA Division II Region Tournament appearance • Head coach Kyle Poock won his 200th career game with a win over Minnesota Crookston • Tony Mueller was a National Player of the Year semifinalist, made the NCBWA Region Team, the Rawlings/ABCA All-Central Region Team, and was starting pitcher in the Northwoods League All-Star game

Men’s Golf • The Warriors finished sixth at the NSIC golf tournament • Brady Strangstalien won the NSIC/RMAC Crossover Tournament; he was also NSIC Player of the Year and was All-Region after qualifying for the NCAA Super Region Tournament Women’s Golf • Placed fourth at the NSIC championships and qualified for the NCAA Division II Tournament • Michelle Narveson earned ESPN the Magazine All-District and National Golf Coaches Association All-America Scholar Team honors • Emma Schmitz also won NGCA All-America Scholar Team mention Softball • The Warriors opened the 2010 season with a 10-0 start and ended with an NCAA Division II Regional Tournament berth • Mollie Bjelland was named a All America, NCAA All-Region, and NSIC Player of the Week • Courtney Strang pitched her third, fourth, and fifth career no hitters; the last was also a perfect game • Stacy Struzynski also pitched a no-hit game for the Warriors • Head coach Greg Jones won his 400th career game on May 2, 2010 Women’s Tennis • The Warriors reached the NSIC tournament semfinals and qualified for the NCAA Division II Regional Tournament • Heather Pierce, Mary Hesterman, and Amanda Asche were named NSIC All-Conference

Come on back for WSU Homecoming 2010 – October 14-17! See the Warriors in action and enjoy a great weekend on campus: • • •

Warrior Club Auction (Saturday, October 16 after the football game) – Kryzsko Commons Football vs. Augustana (Saturday, October 16 at 1 p.m.) Soccer vs. Northern State (Friday, October 15 at 7 p.m.) and vs. Mary (Sunday, October 17 at 1 p.m.)

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WINONA – Winona State is proud to announce three additions to the university’s Athletic Department staff. The new members of the Warrior staff are: Kristi Smith, Assistant Director of Athletics: Game Day Environment/Community Relations; Don Vieth, Director of Broadcasting and New Media; and Grant Wall, Sports Information Director. Smith began working for Winona State in June and will be in charge of conducting public relations for the athletic department as well as fundraising campaigns. She also runs the Student Athlete Advisory

Committee. Smith graduated from the University of Iowa in 2009 with a degree in marketing. She was a four-year letterwinner on the Hawkeye women’s basketball team, earning first team all-conference honors as a junior and senior. After graduation she spent one year playing basketball professionally in Iceland. Vieth spent the 2009-10 school year as an intern in the Winona State Athletic Department where he created the Warrior Sports Network, the first and only athletic department operated sports network in the NSIC. He will be responsible for producing

all video content for the athletic department and operating all new media. Vieth is a 2009 graduate of Winona State with degrees in mass communications and history. Wall comes to Winona State after spending two years as a student intern at Iowa State University. While in Ames, Wall was Iowa State’s gymnastics contact during the 2008 season while also assisting with sports throughout the department. He holds a degree in journalism and mass communication from Iowa State while also achieving his teaching certification in December, 2009.

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