Area notebook: Hempler wins coach of the year honorsFormer Red Wing girls swimming coach Nicole Hempler was named the Minnesota Intercollegiate Conference co-coach of the year, along with her coaching partner at St. Catherine, Shana Erickson.
By: Heather Rule, The Republican Eagle
Former Red Wing girls swimming coach Nicole Hempler was named the Minnesota Intercollegiate Conference co-coach of the year, along with her coaching partner at St. Catherine, Shana Erickson. Hempler also earned this honor for 2008-09; she is in her ninth season with St. Kate’s.
The awards were announced Feb. 19 during the ceremony for the MIAC women’s swimming and diving championships at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center.
St. Kate’s came in fifth out of 11 teams with a total score of 344 points; the girls held on to their fifth-place position in the standings by less than eight points over St. Benedict. Hempler coached the girls state champion team for Red Wing in 2001. Also, she led the boys to second that season, among coaching numerous individual state champions.
• Red Wing graduate Grant Frost helped propel the St. Thomas men’s swimming and diving team to a second-place finish at the MIAC Championships Feb. 19 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. The senior swimmer took fifth in the finals of the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of two minutes, 12.08 seconds, earning 14 points for his team.
The Tommies finished behind St. Olaf (759.5 points) with 640 points. They edged Gustavus Adolphus, which came in third with 612. On the second day of the three-day competition, Frost came in fifth with a 1:00.94 in the 100 breaststroke. He also swam the second leg of the 200 medley relay, helping St. Thomas finish fourth with a time of 1:34.92.
• Carleton junior and Red Wing native Caleb Rosenow can add 2010-11 MIAC men’s basketball champion to his athletic resume. The Knights won their second title in six years (after previously going 40 years without a regular season conference title) with an 84-73 overtime victory against St. Olaf Feb. 19.
Carleton hosted its neighborhood rivals for the final game of the regular season as they erased an eight-point deficit near the end of regulation to earn a share of the title with St. Thomas.
Rosenow hit two free throws in the game, playing 23 minutes with a steal and an assist. It was the seventh win in a row for the Knights and their 11th win in the past 12 games. Rosenow finished the season third on the team in scoring with 9.5 points per game and 237 points (.569 field goal percentage). He was also third on the team in rebounds with 114 (38 offensive, 76 defensive).
• Augsburg junior men’s hockey player Trevor Doden finished off the regular season on a high note. He had a three-point game in a 5-4 overtime win over Bethel on Feb. 18 to help the Auggies earn a MIAC playoff berth for the third straight year.
The Red Wing graduate assisted on the overtime game-winner 59 ticks into the extra session, scored by B.J. McClellan. Doden scored his sixth goal of the season at 12:36 of the second to make the game 3-2 Augsburg. Doden also assisted on linemate McClellan’s other goal in the second period. The Auggies also beat Bethel the next day, 4-2.
Doden finished the regular season with six goals and seven assists in 25 games.
His 13 points rank fifth on the team. He’s also second on the team in shots with 87.
• Amanda Daleiden finished up her sophomore regular season at Wisconsin-Stout with 88 points and averaged 3.5 points per game in 25 contests.
Daleiden, a Plum City graduate, started two games, had 20 steals and 3.2 rebounds per game. She is fourth on the team in total rebounds with 79, 32 offensive and 47 defensive. She was also the rebound leader for three games this season, grabbing six boards on each occasion.
In a 75-57 win over UW-Platteville on Feb. 12, she scored four points and pulled down six rebounds while playing 13 minutes. Stout lost the regular-season finale against UW-Eau Claire 67-64; Daleiden had two boards in that game.
• Liz Bauer had the best season of her collegiate hockey career this season at St. Catherine. The junior center from Red Wing scored a goal and three assists (four points) in 22 games. She also could be seen as quite a disciplined skater, as she didn’t spend any time in the penalty box all season.
Her lone goal, the first one of her career at St. Kate’s, was scored in the season opener in a 4-2 non-conference win over St. Benedict on Nov. 4. Her three assists also topped her career total of two going into this season, giving her a total of five at the end of the regular season for the Wildcats.