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Men's Basketball Offseason Review

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10/21/2014 - 4:49 PM

Men's Basketball Offseason Review
Head Coach Matt Reimer

Coming off of back-to-back 20-8 seasons that included post-season victories over USF in 2014 and Concordia in 2013, the Husky Men’s basketball program has certainly got a lot to prove in 2015. However, these expectations don’t come without uncertainty. Redshirt Sophomore Seth Mortag tore his ACL and will be lost for the season. He averaged just less than 4 points and 2 rebounds in 22 games for the Huskies last season. 8 new players have been added since last season and are still working on mastering the offensive and defensive systems. And, finally, Matt Reimer is about to begin his own career as a head coach.

So what can we expect of the three newest additions to the Husky men’s basketball roster? When asked about the former St. Cloud Apollo multi-sport standout (and Division I Transfer from the University of Nebraska-Omaha) Simon Krych, Reimer was excited. “Simon brings us a big body in the post. At 6’8 240, he’s probably our strongest kid in the post. He gives us a big body to bang with and that’s something we were lacking last year. The combination of he and James should give us a pretty formidable defensive presence in the post. Offensively, I think that he’s a very skilled kid. He can step out to 15 or 17 feet and hit a shot. So I think that he’ll do some things there that will really help us.”

Donnell Cegers is a 6’5 forward from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He transferred from Kishwaukee College over the offseason. At Kishwaukee, Cegers led the team in scoring (16.3ppg) and rebounds (8.6rpg). He shot 53.2% from the field, was named to the All-Arrowhead Conference 1st team, won the All-Arrowhead Conference MVP award, and earned a 3.45 GPA as a sophomore. On the court, Reimer is most excited about Donnell’s glass-eating potential, “Donnell brings some toughness and rebounding that we’re going to need. Losing Matt Craggs last year, who was our best rebounder (hurt us). I think Donnell has the potential to be a guy who’s going to go out there and rebound the ball very well.”

Eddie Alcantara is a 6’4 junior guard from Chicago Hales Franciscan high school. He helped Hales to win the 2A State Championship in Illinois before going on to play at Blinn College. Reimer, like many of Alcantara’s coaches before him, spoke highly of his attitude, “Eddie brings a lot of energy. He’s always upbeat. He plays extremely hard and is a very good athlete. I think that as he gets comfortable with the system and the people he’s playing with, he’s just going to get better and better every day.”

With so many new players joining the system, veteran leadership and production becomes all the more important. Reimer was proud to note that they all spent a lot of time in the gym during the offseason. Here are some of the things to keep an eye on while watching returning stars like Kevin Levandoski, Jordan Poydras, and James Fort: “I think Jordan understands that he needs to be a better defender. He can use his athleticism to create some turnovers for us. I think Kevin knows that he needs to be more consistent with his perimeter shot and be a leader both on and off the court. Connor is trying to be more aggressive, attacking the basket off the bounce. We need him to do that because he’s a great free throw shooter and we need to get him to the foul line. I think that James knows that he needs to be more consistent down in the post area. He can’t have one game of 16 points and 10 rebounds and then the next game have 2 points and 2 rebounds and be in foul trouble. I think that all four of those guys know that they have a lot to prove. We’ve had two good years but I wouldn’t call them great years because we haven’t gotten into the NCAA’s like we’re accustomed to. I think those guys want to end that streak and get back into the playoffs in a big way.”

When asked about the expectations for the upcoming season, Reimer was hopeful, “With all of the new guys and with me being a head coach there’s a lot of uncertainty. We can all be really confident, but until we actually go out there and get something done, we’re just talking right now. I think we have the chance to compete with anybody that we play. Now will we be consistent enough and stay away from injuries? Ultimately that’s what will determine how successful we are at the end of the day. Are we going to be consistent? Are we going to be tough? And are we going to stay away from injuries? If we can do those three things, then I’m not afraid to play anybody.” The Huskies open the season with an exhibition game on November 7th, at Michigan State University and then go on the road for two games in Las Vegas that will have Regional implications. They return to Halenbeck Hall for the home-opener on November 21st at 7 p.m.

Husky Fan Fest Scheduled for Monday

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10/21/2014 - 10:30 AM

Husky Fan Fest Scheduled for Monday
Credit: SCSU Athletics

Another season of St. Cloud State basketball is set to begin and both the men's and women's teams are allowing fans to get a sneak pack at this year's version of the Huskies. Husky Fan Fest is set to start at 7 P.M. on Monday October 27th at Halenbeck Hall and will feature the Husky Sports Band, Cheer squad and of course the introduction of both Husky squads. 

The fans will be entertained by Celebrity lightning, Slam Dunk contest and a 3 point contest. Following the event, fans can meet the team and get autographs as well. The event is free at open to the public. 

Huskies Head to Union for Top 10 Series

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10/21/2014 - 10:15 AM

Huskies Head to Union for Top 10 Series

 St. Cloud State Men's Hockey is facing another great opponent as they continue to face the toughest schedule in college hockey. SCSU will go to Schenectady, New York to take on defending national champion and second ranked Union. 

St. Cloud State is coming off a bye which is crucial considering that the Huskies were banged up. David Morley suffered a lower body injury during the Colgate series and the time off will help him and the other Huskies get healthy. 

The Huskies enter this series after splitting with Colgate two weeks ago, while Union enters the series at 4-0 after sweeping the Maine Black Bears last weekend. Union and SCSU have a history together as they played last year at the National Hockey Center when the Huskies were the top ranked team in the country. The Dutchmen took four points in the series as they topped the Huskies 4-1 in the first game, and then tied and won the shootout in the second game of the weekend. 

The faceoff is set for 6 P.M both nights. 

Huskies Slay Dragons, Earn third win of 2014

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10/20/2014 - 1:15 PM

Huskies Slay Dragons, Earn third win of 2014
Credit: SCSU Athletics

When the St. Cloud State football team has won this season, they have done so in convincing fashion. Saturday was no different as the Huskies topped the Minnesota State - Moorhead Dragons 55-27 in Moorhead. 

The Huskies started off a little slow as they only lead 20-14 at halftime, but when the second half hit, the Huskies stepped up their game on both sides of the ball. The Huskies outscored the Dragons 35-14 in the second half as Quarterback Nate Meyer was outstanding, compiling 3 total touchdown's in the second half to go with the 2 he had in the first half. 

At the end of the day, Meyer threw for 347 yards, and 4 touchdowns, by far his best performance as a Husky. Meyer added 52 yards on the ground and 1 rushing touchdown. The Huskies will be on the road once again next week as they take on Northern State in Aberdeen, South Dakota. 

Husky Men's Hockey Splits with Colgate

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10/13/2014 - 10:00 AM

Husky Men's Hockey Splits with Colgate
Credit: SCSU Athletics

 Following a record setting performance in an exhibition matchup against Trinity Western, the St. Cloud State Men's Hockey team was looking to continue that success in a weekend series against the fifth ranked Colgate Raiders. 

Friday started with SCSU and Colgate skating evenly until the Raiders busted open the scoring in the first period by sending two pucks past Charlie Lindgren. The second period was a bit more friendly for the Huskies as they cut the lead in half when Joey Benik found the net on the powerplay. The Cardinal and Black couldn't hang on as the Raiders added one more goal to capture the 3-1 win over the Huskies. Head Coach Bob Motzko said his team came out "flat footed" on Friday and the speed was a factor. 

Saturday was a much different story for the Huskies as they appeared to adjust to the speed and capitalize on more opportunities. 12 minutes into the first period, junior Jonny Brodzinski scored the first of his three goals on the night as the Huskies flexed their offensive muscle. Brodzinski continued his scoring with just a couple of minutes left in the first period as he sent a shot past Colgate goaltender Charlie Finn on the powerplay with a little help on the assist from Joey Benik. The third goal for Brodzinski came in the third period and needed to be overturned from its original no goal ruling. 

The Huskies go to 1-1 on the season and will have a bye this weekend before hitting the road to take on defending national champion Union. Click here to listen to Bob Motzko and Jonny Brodzinski's comments following the Saturday victory. 

Husky Grapplers Back To The Grind For Another Season On The Mat

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10/02/2014 - 3:00 PM

The St. Cloud State University wrestling team is ready for yet another season under the lights of Halenbeck Hall as the Black and Red Classic is slated for November 6.

However, the team has been going after the weights and constantly drilling since school began in September.

19 new faces walked into the wrestling room this September with goals of improving last year's 6th place finish at the National Championships last March. The finish is the lowest Head Coach Steve Costanzo and his crew have seen on the national stage since placing 7th in 2010.

Falling short of the coveted 1st place accolade has not only sparked returning wrestlers but new faces also. Tim Prescott, a JUCO transfer from Neosho County Community College describes the reasons why he picked St. Cloud and how his goals match the Huskies way of wrestling.

Ending his career as a Husky this year will be senior captain and Missouri native Josh Howk. Howk has been an asset to the dual team the last couple of years but has much more planned for his last year on the mat as he tells Broadcast/Social Media Coordinator of Husky Wrestling John O. Peterson.

The Huskies will start off the regular slate November 8 as they travel to the Harold Nichols/Cyclone Open in Ames, Iowa. The annual Black and Red scrimmage dual will be two days before in Halenbeck Hall.

All of the duals will be broadcasted live on the KVSC Sports Stream.

Sports Schedule

  • Men's Hockey vs University of Minnesota
    Oct 31, 2014 - 7:37
  • Huskies Football vs Bemidji State University
    Nov 01, 2014 - 1:00
  • Men's Hockey vs University of Minnesota
    Nov 01, 2014 - 4:07

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