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Listen to Wrestling from the National Tournament

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03/06/2013 - 12:00 PM

Nine wrestlers from the St. Cloud State wrestling team are in Birmingham, Alabama to participate in the Division 2 National Championship and the KVSC Sports Department will provide live coverage. The Huskies are in search of their first national championship, SCSU has been the runner up the past two years. This year the Huskies have completed a perfect season, capturing the NSIC Championship and the Super Region 3 title and they are ranked #1 in the latest Division II polls. This is the most wrestlers SCSU has ever sent to the tournament.

The SCSU wrestlers who qualified for the 2013 NCAA Division II championships include:

  • Matt Nelson (141-pounds)
  • Gabe Fogarty (165-pounds)
  • Kurt Salmen (174-pounds)
  • Andy Pokorny (133-pounds)
  • Clint Poster (157-pounds)
  • Jacob Kahnke(285-pounds)
  • Eric Forde (125-pounds)
  • Jacob D. Horn (149-pounds)
  • Shamus O’Grady (184-pounds)

The action gets started on Friday morning at 11 a.m. John Peterson travelled will provide coverage on the KVSC Sports Stream from the tournament on Friday and Saturday. To get specific competition times at

Sweet Home Alabama

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03/05/2013 - 11:15 AM

This weekend SCSU will invade the state of Alabama as the #1 ranked SCSU wrestling team sends nine individuals to compete in the NCAA Championships. The Division II National Championship takes place in Birmingham. Those nine wrestlers will each earn points as they advance through the tournament. Those points determine the overall national championship status for the SCSU wrestling team. SCSU has finished as the National runner up the last two seasons. The KVSC Sports Department will provide coverage of the National Championship matches this weekend on the Sports Stream.

Also in Birmingham this weekend will be the SCSU Men's and Women's Swimming and Dive teams. A total of 15 Swimmers have qualified and been invited to the 2013 NCAA Winter Championships. The Huskies Men's and Women's teams both won the inaugural NSIC Conference Championships. SCSU’s Kellyn Craig was named NSIC swimmer of the meet, Head Coach Jeff Hegle Coach of the Year and Tracy Torgerson Diving Coach of the Year. The Women are sending 10 swimmers to Alabama while the men will send a total of five.

George Kawalawu, a junior at SCSU and a member of the SCSU track team will represent St. Cloud State at the National Track and Field Championships in Alabama. Kawalawu will compete in the 60-meter dash on Friday. If he cracks the top 8 he will race again on Saturday. SCSU will send a total of 25 athletes to the Yellowhammer State this weekend for the NCAA Division II Winter Championships

Huskies get Hoodwinked

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03/04/2013 - 1:30 AM

The #1 seeded SCSU men's and women's basketball teams were both eliminated from the NSIC/Sanford Heath Tournament in the second round. Winona State upset the lady Huskies 47-45 on Saturday afternoon. St. Cloud State kept it close in the final minute exchanging the lead two times. SCSU trailed by two points with seven seconds remaining and could not get a shot off in the waning seconds at Halenbeck Hall. SCSU was led by Jessica Benson's 14 points while Senior guard Nicole Anderson netted 12 points and hauled in a game high nine boards. Anderson also collected four steals in the loss to put her fourth on the all-time SCSU steals list. It was the final game at Halenbeck Hall for seniors Nicole Anderson, Amanda Wagner, Jamie Noonan, Morgan Lof and Reyan Robinson. Three members of the SCSU women’s basketball team received NSIC All-Conference honors; Jessica Benson, Sam Price and Nicole Anderson.

The Men, also seeded #1 in the postseason were no match for the Upper Iowa Peacocks. The Huskies got down early and never regained momentum. Upper Iowa controlled every facet of the game by shooting 50 percent from the field and netting 12 of 14 free throws. Upper Iowa also outrebounded the Huskies 36-28. SCSU trailed by 20 points twice in the second half and fell 72-55. The loss drops the NSIC North Division Champions to 20-8 on the season. The Huskies were led in scoring by Shaun Jenson who finished the contest with 17 points.

It is possible that both teams may still have some life left in their season, but must wait to see their fate. The NSIC, the Great American Conference and the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association make up the NCAA Central Region this year. The top eight teams in the 42-team region will advance to the NCAA region tournament on March 16, 17 & 19. Automatic bids are granted to the winners of the NSIC and MIAA postseason tournaments, with the remaining six spots are awarded on an at-large basis. The GAC does not have an automatic bid this season. The NCAA Men's Basketball Selection Show is set for 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 10.

Men's Hockey Splits, Still Top of WCHA

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03/04/2013 - 12:00 PM

SCSU’s men’s hockey team wrapped up their final regular season home stand of the season with a pair of WCHA meetings against Michigan Tech over the weekend. St. Cloud State was victorious on Friday night 5-3. SCSU went one for three on the power play in the contest, scoring during the first man advantage of the game. Drew LeBlanc made the game 1-0 early in the first period and from that point on SCSU dominated. The Michigan Tech Huskies made an attempt at a comeback in the third period, scoring three goals but were unable to get anymore pucks past goaltender Ryan Faragher. Faragher made 42 saves in the contest.

Saturday night was senior night, featuring a ceremony that honored the careers of Taylor Johnson, Ben Hanowski and Drew LeBlanc prior to puck drop. (Listen to KVSC's Senior Salute from the broadcast here.) The night proved to be an emotional turmoil for the SCSU as they fell to the unranked Huskies of Michigan Tech 5-1. Michigan Tech wasted no time scoring in the game notching their first goal at the :28 mark of the first period to take a 1-0 lead that they never gave up. St. Cloud State took 37 shots in the contest but only one was able to get past MTU's goaltender Jamie Phillips. Jimmy Murray scored the lone goal for SCSU with just under three minutes remaining.

St. Cloud State does remain in the top spot of the WCHA with a two-point lead over Minnesota and North Dakota. With the win Friday the Huskies secured a home ice spot for the first round of WCHA playoffs March 15-17th. St. Cloud State dropped in USCHO polls this week to eighth place and is now tied for tenth place in the all-important PairWise rankings.

The Huskies will battle for the MacNaughton this weekend when they round out the regular season in Madison, WI for a pair of games with the Badgers. Wisconsin is coming off a sweep last weekend at Nebraska-Omaha and is still in the hunt for a home ice spot. The KVSC Sports Department will provide live coverage from Madison, WI all weekend long. Listen on KVSC 88.1 FM both Friday and Saturday night, coverage begins at 6:45 p.m. The puck will drop at 7:07 for both games of the series. Stay up to date on the latest news by following us on Twitter.

Huskies Get Badgered

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03/04/2013 - 12:00 PM

The SCSU Women's hockey team's season came to an end last weekend in Madison, Wisconsin. The Huskies entered the WCHA playoffs as the #7 seed to square off with the #2 seeded Wisconsin Badgers. The Huskies were dumped in game one verse Wisconsin 5-0 and 4-1 in game two. The Huskies tied the score 1-1 on a power play goal by Senior Alex Nelson, mid way through the second but the tie was short lived. The Badgers prevailed to take down the Huskies and continue to the WCHA Final Face Off.

Listen to all the insider information surrounding the women's hockey team including player departures, changes for the 2013-2014 season and a recap of this past season with the Jeff Giesen Show. The Jeff Geisen Coaches Show will air on 88.1 FM KVSC around 9:30pm, following the men's hockey game coverage this weekend.

Home Sweet Home

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03/04/2013 - 11:30 AM

The SCSU Softball team played their first home games of the regular season over the weekend at the Husky Dome as part of the Kelly Laas Memorial Dome Invitational. The Huskies defeated Valley City State in the opener 9-5 Friday night, in a game heard on the KVSC Sports Stream. The Huskies followed up the home opening win with two more on Saturday, 14-0 over Bemidji State and 4-2 over Dickinson State University. The Huskies three game home winning streak was snapped on Sunday as they fell to Minot State University 5-0.

Overall, the Huskies finished 3-1 at home and are now 7-6 on the season. Check back early and often for the next home games to be broadcast on the KVSC Sports Stream.

Softball Coverage on the Sports Stream

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02/28/2013 - 1:00 AM

The SCSU softball team already has nine games under their belt but has yet to play a game in St. Cloud, MN this season. The Huskies will finally get the chance to play in their own city this weekend with the Kelly Laas Memorial Invite. That puts the Huskies in four games right in their own backyard, at Husky Stadium.

Action begins on Friday, March 1st at 8 p.m. when SCSU takes on the Vikings of Valley City State University. The Huskies currently owns a 4-5 record while the Vikings are 1-1. Listen to the game on the KVSC Sports Stream with Brian Gardner and Dan DeBaun.

Both Basketball Teams Advance

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02/28/2013 - 12:30 PM

The SCSU women’s basketball team faced off Wednesday night in Halenbeck Hall with Southwest Minnesota State. It was the first round of the NSIC/Sanford Health tournament. The Huskies were dominant in the game winning by a score of 72-47 to improve their record to 19-8. Sam Price and Amanda Wagner both posted double digit point totals in the victory.

Up next the Huskies move to the quarterfinal round of play. SCSU will play host to Winona State on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. Earlier this season the Huskies and the Warriors battled into overtime when the Huskies fell 69-71.

The men’s basketball team also participated in the NSIC/Sanford Health tournament on Wednesday evening. The Huskies faced off with the Golden Bears of Concordia-St. Paul. It was a battle that featured the Golden Bears taking over the lead in second half and a tied score three separate times in the final two and a half minutes. The Huskies were able to bounce back and regain the lead before the final buzzer rang to advance to the next round of play with a 95-90 final score. Three Huskies scored in the double digits in the win; Shaun Jensen, Connor Niehaus and Kevin Levandoski. Levandoski netted his career high 30 points thanks to eight rebounds and four stea.s It also made a career high five three-point baskets.

SCSU men’s basketball team is currently ranked #7 in the NCAA Division II Central Region rankings and will host quarterfinal action on Saturday afternoon. The Huskies will face off against the Peacocks of Upper Iowa University on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Listen to both games on the KVSC airwaves 88.1 FM on Saturday afternoon. Coverage will begin at 1:45 p.m. and continue through the remainder of the day. The KVSC Sports Department will conclude our coverage with men’s hockey action following the basketball games.

Minnesota Lynx Coach, Reeve Visits Campus

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02/28/2013 - 12:15 PM

Minnesota Lynx Coach, Reeve Visits Campus

Head coach of the Minnesota Lynx, Cheryl Reeve, made a visit to St. Cloud State University on Wednesday afternoon as part of the Women’s Center weekly series, Women on Wednesday. Reeve coached the Minnesota Lynx to their first ever National Championship in the 2011 season and back to the final round again during the 2012 campaign.

Reeve was on hand to share her story as a celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day and to discuss the importance of Title IX. It’s program that’s existed for 40 years and gives women an equal opportunity to participate in athletic activities. Reeve shared her gratitude for the program and encouraged everyone to remember that we (women) haven’t always had these types of opportunities. She said it’s “important to continue to shine this light” to ensure that it doesn’t disappear or go away.

Reeve also shared her journey and involvement with athletics at many levels; from playing shortstop on the boy’s baseball team as a child to her tenure at La Salle playing college basketball. She spoke of her personal goals to always be a champion no matter what the task and shared her Reeve’s Peeves to a champion. The Peeves are four words that are essential to a champion; preparation, passion, perseverance and principle.

KVSC Sports Director, Gina Carlson caught up with the Director of the Women’s Center, Jane Olsen, after the event. Olsen was delighted with the event turnout and large array of people in attendance, “It was by far our largest crowd of the semester so far.” Olsen remarked with a large smile.

Final Regular Season Home Games

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02/27/2013 - 11:30 AM

The #7 ranked SCSU Huskies will play their final regular season home games this weekend when the Michigan Tech Huskies come to town. SCSU currently sits in the top spot of the WCHA and needs just 7 more points to secure the conference title this season, a feat they have never accomplished. The Michigan Tech Huskies are currently tied for 10th place in the conference and are not ranked nationally.

This week two SCSU Huskies were again honored by the WCHA for their performance last weekend in Colorado Springs against the Tigers. Freshman, Jonny Brodzinski is the WCHA Rookie of the Week after a four point weekend featuring a trio of goals. Brodzinski has 17 goals and 10 assists this season and leads the team with a +25 on the plus/minus. The other St. Cloud State Husky getting attention this week is sophomore, Andrew Prochno. Prochno is the Defensive player of the week after charting five points in the Colorado College series. He scored a goal and notched an assist in Friday's loss then finished the weekend with three assists in Saturday's 5-2 victory.

Both games of the series can be heard on KVSC. Friday’s coverage begins at 7 p.m. with the Jeff Giesen Show, an in-depth look at the post-season action for the SCSU women’s hockey team. The puck drops at 7:37 for game one of the series. On Saturday coverage will begin at 6:45 p.m. with a 7:07 drop of the puck. Saturday is Senior Night, so tune in for a special senior salute that takes a look back at the careers of the three seniors on the team; Taylor Johnson, Ben Hanowski and Drew LeBlanc. Follow and participate in the action all weekend long on our Twitter feed.

Hockey splits on the Road

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02/25/2013 - 1:00 AM

On Friday night after Colorado College defeated the Huskies 4-3, and the Gophers defeated Minnesota-Duluth 5-3, SCSU’s lead in the WCHA dropped to one point. And for a short time Saturday evening, the Huskies and Gophers were tied at the top after Minnesota tied UMD. Fortunately, Joey Benik was able to find the net late in the third to put the dagger in the Saturday night game, and the Huskies found themselves back in a two-point advantage in the standings with four games to play.

St. Cloud State got the scoring started early in Friday night’s game, scoring 11 seconds apart. Jonny Brodzinski put the Huskies up 1-0 with his 15th goal of the season with assists on his goal from Nic Dowd and Brooks Bertsch. Then after the following faceoff, sophomore defenseman Andrew Prochno netted his third of the year with an assist from Joe Rehkamp.

But the Tigers would battle back, scoring four unanswered goals from Jeff Collett, Rylan Schwartz, and two from Charlie Taft, with the score being 4-2 with 5:52 left to play in the third. Jonny Brodzinski would score his second goal of the game with an extra attacker with 1:11 left in the game, but the Huskies could not find the equalizer.

On Saturday night, It was the Tigers who got on the board first with a goal from Rylan Schwartz just 3:48 into the game for his 13th goal of the season. But this time it was the Huskies who took the game away. SCSU scored four unanswered goals for themselves this time with goals from Brodzinski (17), Kalle Kossila (13), Cory Thorson (9), and Ben Hanowski (13), making it 4-1. Schwartz netted another goal at 4:12 of the third to make it a two-goal game, before Joey Benik scored his second goal of the season to make it 5-2.

With the win, the Huskies improved their record to 16-7-1 in the WCHA and 33 points. The win, plus the tie for the Gophers lowered SCSU’s magic number to 7, which represents the amount of points either gained by the Huskies or lost by the second place team in order for SCSU to clinch the MacNaughton Cup. A 3-0-1 finish for SCSU will outright bring a WCHA title to the Granite City. The Huskies remain in top spot in the conference and the 7th place ranking in this week’s USCHO poll. SCSU is ranked in the number 10 spot in the PairWise.

This weekend, the Michigan Tech Huskies will visit the National Hockey and Event Center for the final regular season series between the two teams in the WCHA. It will also be the final regular season series at home for SCSU, as they are on the road at Wisconsin for the final weekend of the season. Listen to the final two weekends of action on 88.1 FM and follow us on Twitter for the most up-to-the minutes news.

Huskies Hang with Gophers

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02/25/2013 - 12:30 PM

Huskies Hang with Gophers

The final weekend in February marked the regular season finale for the St Cloud State women’s hockey team. The regular season ended the same way it started, versus the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The Gophers came to the National Hockey and Event Center ranked #1 in the country and brought with them a 40 game winning streak. The Gophers had intentions of becoming the first team in WCHA history to finish the regular season undefeated. The weekend also marked the home series the eight SCSU seniors would endure: Haylea Schmid, Alex Nelson, Kylie Lane, Anna Donlan, Ellie Sitek, Katie Allen, Callie Dahl & Lisa Martinson gave everything they had in front of the home crowd. The Huskies played on front of over 300 fans on Friday and over 500 on Saturday as they looked to snap the Gophers streak.

In both games the Huskies battled the Gophers to a scoreless tie in the opening period. In the second period during both match ups the Gophers would find the net to take the lead. The Huskies played inspired and had opportunities of their own. The major downfall for the Huskies was penalties, giving the Gophers 14 power play opportunities over the weekend. Head coach Jeff Geisen told KVSC during his postgame press conference on Saturday that the penalties hurt them. “The unfortunate thing is that we had to kill that many (penalties), but our penalty killers did a good job and Julie (Friend) did a god job of helping us kill those off but you can’t put a team that is 40 and 0 coming into the weekend and give them 29 minutes in penalties, that’s over half the game that we are trying to play on our heels against a lower division team which is what we are right now, we can’t put ourselves in that situation.”

SCSU dropped both games over the weekend to the Golden Gophers 2-0 on Friday and 3-0 on Saturday. The Gophers end the regular season undefeated and will host Bemidji State in the opening round of the WCHA playoffs while the Huskies will travel to Madison, Wisconsin to face off versus the second seeded Wisconsin Badgers. Tune into KVSC’s “Jeff Geisen Show” on Friday prior to our coverage of men’s hockey for an inside look at SCSU’s women’s hockey in the postseason.

Playoff Basketball Coverage on KVSC

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02/25/2013 - 12:15 PM

The St. Cloud State University Husky basketball teams have recently captured their Division Titles and have secured a home playoff spot to start the postseason. Tune in on Wednesday evening as the SCSU women’s basketball team, the NSIC North Division champions host the number 8 seed from the South division, Southwest Minnesota State. Tip-off for the game is at 6 p.m. in Halenbeck hall. That contest will be followed by the men’s game as the NSIC North Division Champions, the St. Cloud State University Huskies host the number 8 seed from the South, Concordia University of St. Paul. Tip off for the men’s game is scheduled for 8 p.m.

The KVSC Sports Department will bring you all the action live on 88.1 FM Wednesday night for the first round of the NSIC/Sanford Health Tournament. Tune in just prior to the first tip-off at 5:50 p.m.

Wrestling Earns Third Consecutive Regional Title

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02/25/2013 - 12:00 PM

SCSU’s #1 ranked wrestling team captured their third consecutive NCAA Division 2 Super Region 3 championship on Sunday in Waterloo, Iowa. The Huskies posted the most team points at the tournament with 140.5 points. Leaps and bounds ahead of second place Upper Iowa with 95.5 overall points. SCSU earned a team best of four individual titles with Shamus O’Grady, Andy Pokorny, Clint Poster and Jacob Kaknke. Overall the team qualified nine wrestlers for the Division 2 Championships on March 8-9 in Birmingham, Alabama. Senior, Shamus O’Grady was named the tournaments Most Valuable Wrestler after his first place finish in the 184-pound weight class.

The SCSU wrestlers who qualified for the 2013 NCAA Division II championships include:

Bowl with the Huskies

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02/25/2013 - 11:30 AM

Bowl with the Huskies

On Sunday, February 24th, St Cloud State University held its annual Bowl-a-Thon at Granite Bowl South in St. Cloud. The event was free and open to the public with donations being encouraged for the Make-A-Wish foundation. The event placed SCSU student athletes with adoring fans and families for an afternoon of fun, prizes and autographs. Each family was placed with various members of SCSU athletics and had the chance to bowl two games together. KVSC Sports Director Scott Gross and his family were placed with the SCSU baseball team. Near the end of the event, Michelle Burke and Molli Mott from the SCSU Women’s hockey team came over to check us out and bowl a few frames. The players were kind and cordial and spoke to the kids about school and the sports they play. A lot of high fives and smiles were exchanged throughout the day. Those who attended were impressed with the players and the way they handled themselves, “I was super impressed, they were so kind and the way they interacted with the kids just melted my heart. I was super impressed with the event and they made such an impact on the kids.” Children had the opportunity to win prizes including T-Shirts that could then be autographed by the many student athletes on hand. Scott Gross summed up the experience by stating “I can’t personally thank St Cloud State University or its student athletes enough for another impressive performance. Who knows, you may have just locked up some future recruits!”

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