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Michigan Tech Names Gonzalez
Head Volleyball Coach

by Wes Frahm, director of athletic communications

Michigan Tech Director of Athletics Suzanne Sanregret announced Wednesday the hiring of 17-year coaching veteran Orlando Gonzalez as the volleyball program's sixth head coach. Gonzalez, whose wide array of experience in coaching includes NCAA Divisions I and II, high school and club, will officially begin his duties Friday, Aug. 7.

Gonzalez spent last season as an assistant volleyball coach at Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference member Northwood University, where he helped the Timberwolves to a GLIAC South Division Championship and NCAA Tournament berth.

From 2005 to 2007, Gonzalez was the head coach at NCAA Division I Rutgers University in New Jersey. He mentored one All-Big East player, and his teams posted the second-highest grade point average in the athletic department.

The Kalamazoo native spent nearly 10 years as head coach and regional coordinator for USA Michigan Volleyball, an elite high-school-level club. His squads consistently qualified for nationals, and Gonzalez was the only coach ever to win the East Coast Championship twice (in 1998 and 2003). He also had nearly 50 of his athletes earn NCAA Division I scholarships.

"We are thrilled to have a coach with the credentials that Orlando brings to Michigan Tech," said Sanregret. "He is an experienced recruiter, he's familiar with the GLIAC, and he has been successful.

"We will look forward to the continued success of our program under Orlando's leadership."

In addition to his coaching background, Gonzalez has experience as a camp director and instructor, clinic speaker and college admissions counselor. He is a graduate of Michigan State University, with degrees in communication and advertising.

"My family and I want to extend our gratitude to Suzanne and Michigan Tech for the opportunity," said Gonzalez. "I am excited to take over the program and push it to the elite status everyone knows it's capable of.

"I'm ready to get started and really looking forward to the upcoming season and the future of Michigan Tech volleyball."

Michigan Tech volleyball practice begins Monday, Aug. 10, with 12 players returning for the 35th season of intercollegiate competition. Tech's season opener will be played in Marquette on Aug. 28 vs. University of Wisconsin-Parkside.


Michigan Tech Picked Third in
GLIAC Preseason Football Poll

by Wes Frahm, director of athletic communications

Houghton - August 4, 2009

The 2009 Michigan Tech football team has earned its highest Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches Poll ranking in program history. The Huskies appear at third in the poll, which was released in conjunction with Monday's GLIAC Media Day Luncheon.

Tech trailed only Grand Valley State (first, 121 points) and Ashland (second, 107), both of which earned trips to the NCAA Playoffs last year. The Huskies tallied 94 points in the poll.

Wayne State and Saginaw Valley State were ranked fourth and fifth, respectively. Hillsdale, Ferris State, Indianapolis, Findlay, Northern Michigan, Northwood and Tiffin rounded out the poll in that order.

Michigan Tech has been picked higher than fifth in the league's preseason poll only once in school history--a fourth-place showing in 2005 when the team was coming off a GLIAC Championship campaign in 2004.

Head coach Tom Kearly has 19 of 24 starters returning from last year's team, which went 8-3 and finished third in the conference.

"It's nice that the other coaches in the league respect us enough to vote us third," said Kearly, who owns a 20-12 record in three seasons as head coach. "Expectations are high for this team, but we know we have our work cut out for us--especially with our early schedule."

Michigan Tech opens its season Sept. 5 at Hillsdale. The Huskies also have games against the league's top-two-ranked teams in Ashland (Sept. 12) and Grand Valley State (Sept. 26) in the first four weeks of the season.

Mikesch Resigns
From Head Volleyball Coach Position
 by Ian Marks, assistant director of athletic communications

Houghton - July 14, 2009

Michigan Tech athletic director Suzanne Sanregret announced today that head volleyball coach Krista Mikesch has resigned, effective immediately. Mikesch posted a 137-165 overall record during her 11 seasons as head coach after spending the previous two seasons as an assistant coach with the program. She also led the team to two NCAA Tournament appearances, in 2006 and 2008.

"I would like to thank everyone at Michigan Tech, including my players, the athletic department staff and the University community, for making my time at Tech a truly memorable experience," said Mikesch, a 1997 graduate of Michigan Tech. "I will forever be a Husky, and I will always consider the people of Michigan Tech as my family. I feel that at this time it is best for me to explore opportunities outside of the game of volleyball."

Last season--her most successful--she led the team to a 19-11 overall record and a birth in the NCAA Tournament. She has coached 20 All-GLIAC nominees, two all-region selections and one all-American. Mikesch was also a strong supporter of academics, with 70 athletes earning GLIAC All-Academic honors.

"I would like to thank Krista for all of the hard work she has put in to make the volleyball team competitive at the national level," said athletic director Suzanne Sanregret. "We will definitely miss her but wish her well in the future."

A national search is under way for her replacement.

As a student-athlete at Tech, Mikesch was a four-time All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection and helped the team to its first four NCAA Tournament appearances in school history. She was named the Terry Wilson Award winner as the school's freshman female student-athlete of the year. As a sophomore, she earned First-Team All-America honors and led the team to its only GLIAC regular season title in school history.

She was also named the Raymond L. Smith Award winner her senior year, as the school's top senior female student-athlete. Mikesch still holds two school records, assists in a career (5,093) and assists in a season (1,412), set in 1995.

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Women's Basketball Team Ranked Fourth
for Academics
by Ian Marks, assistant director of athletic communications

Houghton - July 14, 2009

For the third straight year, the Michigan Tech women's basketball team boasts one of the nation's top four team grade point averages. The Huskies ranked fourth in the country with a 3.635 GPA according to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) 2008-09 Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll. Tech was second a year ago and fourth in 2006-07.

St. Thomas Aquinas College ranked first at 3.694--less than six-hundredths of a point ahead of Michigan Tech.

"I'm once again very proud to be associated with this team," said head coach John Barnes, who wrapped up his sixth year at Tech in 2008-09. "Their work ethic has been tremendous, and it shows in their accomplishments both on the court and in the classroom."

Michigan Tech advanced to the 2009 NCAA Division II Elite Eight last March after winning a second straight Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship. The Huskies wrapped up the year with a 27-7 record.

Grade point averages are calculated by dividing the total number of quality points earned by each student-athlete on an institution's roster in the given academic terms by the total number of hours earned by the team. The GPAs are rounded to the nearest thousandth of a point.

Tech is one of four GLIAC schools (Ashland, Findlay and Northwood are the others) on the Academic Top 25 Honor Roll. The only other NCAA Elite Eight team on the list is West Texas A&M.

Michigan Tech Wins Inaugural
GLIAC Sportsmanship Award

by Ian Marks, assistant director of athletic communications
Houghton - July 13, 2009

Michigan Tech received the inaugural Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Sportsmanship Award during the league's recent executive council meeting. The award honors the institution in the GLIAC whose student-athletes, coaches, administrators and fans best display sportsmanship toward visiting teams.

Coaches in each of the league's sports where there is a round robin schedule ranked their top three choices to receive the award. Despite having only six of the GLIAC's 10 round robin schedule sports, Michigan Tech came out on top.

"I would like to commend Michigan Tech for winning the sportsmanship award," said first-year GLIAC commissioner Dell Robinson. "Sportsmanship is one of the marquee principles of intercollegiate athletics and the GLIAC. The award exemplifies total alignment with the Division II philosophy and attributes. It allows Michigan Tech athletics to be a shining example for the GLIAC and throughout the community."

The GLIAC Sportsmanship Award is accompanied by a $1,000 award for the athletic department.

"I'm very proud of our athletics department and university," said Director of Athletics Suzanne Sanregret. "We make a conscious effort to treat all opposing teams and visitors well, and it's nice to be recognized for it."



Athletics Names Five
Major Award Winners


by Wes Frahm, director of athletic communications

Houghton - May 28, 2009

Michigan Tech athletics has named its major award winners from the 2008-09 season. Jen Jung (Andover, Minn.) and Keith White (Rhinelander, Wis.) were named Raymond L. Smith Award winners as the school's outstanding senior female and male student-athletes of the year. Petter Sjulstad (Krokstadelva, Norway) and Molly Wiltzius (Kingsford) both earned the Terry Wilson Awards as the top freshman student-athletes. Mike VanWagner (Traverse City) was selected as the department's Rick Webster "SISU" Award winner.

Jung earned All-America honorable mention accolades from the American Volleyball Coaches Association last fall after she recorded 148 blocks--third-most in the nation. The four-time All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection finished her career with a school-record 569 blocks. She helped Tech to two NCAA Tournament appearances during her four years as a Husky.

White finished a stellar football career as Tech's all-time leader in receiving yards with 2,377. The team co-captain posted 63 catches for 944 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior en route to being named Academic All-America First Team. In addition to his receiving yards record, White ranks second all-time in receptions (146) and receiving touchdowns (22).

Sjulstad, a native of Norway, skied his way to the NCAA National Championships as a rookie. He was an All-Central Collegiate Skiing Association performer as well as an all-region honoree. Sjulstad won a NCAA Central Region qualifying race at Mt. Itasca and turned in the program's best-ever finish at a US Nationals event by placing eighth in a sprint race.

Wiltzius, a member of the track and field team, set the school record in the discus as a freshman. Her throw of 139 feet, four inches was nearly 18 feet better than the previous record holder (Mary Lou Lund, 121-4.75). Wiltzius placed fourth at the GLIAC Championships, the highest by any Tech athlete.

The "SISU" Award is a special honor bestowed upon an individual associated with athletics at Michigan Tech who has overcome adversity, exhibited courage through difficult situations, performed with pain/injury or performed admirably after recovering from a severe injury. The word "SISU" comes from the Finnish language, meaning "guts," and was exemplified through the perseverance of Rick Webster, who was paralyzed during the spring football game on April 4, 1974. Webster's bravery and determination allowed him to complete his degree and successfully find employment despite his handicap.

VanWagner was the definition of guts in 2008-09, as he played through extreme pain. The hockey defenseman battled hip injuries and a broken rib to take the ice in 24 games for the Huskies. He tallied one assist on the year.

Michigan Tech's major award winners will be recognized formally at a football halftime ceremony in the fall.



DIII Indepdendents Recognize

Finlandia Softball Standouts

HANCOCK, MI Ė May 17, 2009

The Association of Division III Independents announced the 2009 All-Independent Softball Teams this week.

On the First Team were Finlandia University Lions freshman pitcher Tiffany Coppens (Placentia, Calif.) and senior first baseman Jamie Bellinger (Coleman, Mich.).

On the Second Team were Finlandia University catcher senior Amy Bellinger (Coleman, Mich.) and utility player freshman Shannon Miller (Banks, Ore.).

Softball coaches at member institutions of the Association of Division III Independents selected the award recipients. More information about the Association is available at

For additional information about the womenís softball program at Finlandia University, call Curtis Wittenberg, sports information director, at 906-487-7214 or



Tiffany Coppens is Independents
Softball Player of the Week

Hancock - April 28, 2009

Tiffany Coppens is Softball Player of the Week

Finlandia University freshman pitcher Tiffany Coppens (Placentia, Calif.) has been named the Association of Division III Independents softball Player of the Week for the week of April 27, 2009.

In two weekend games versus Mount Mary College and North Central University, Coppens pitched eight innings of scoreless softball, including a five-inning perfect game.

In the perfect game, she struck out seven and went 2-for-3 from the plate with two RBI. She totaled 13 strike outs on the week and allowed just one hit as she claimed both victories.

For additional information about the women's softball program at Finlandia University, please contact head softball coach Shawn Hendrickson at 906-487-7525 or

Finlandia Men's Hockey Ecstatic

Hancock - April 20, 2009

Joe Burcar, Finlandia University head men's hockey coach since 2000, is ecstatic that the winner of the MCHA Harris Cup will now officially advance to the NCAA Tournament field and compete for the national championship.

The NCAA notified MCHA Commissioner Terry Brand Tuesday that what the league has been long-hoping for is now official. The NCAA has granted the Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association an automatic qualifier (AQ) waiver for the winner of the league tournament starting next season.

"This completes a multi-year effort to achieve this," Brand said. "Our coaches are elated with the fact that they can tell a recruit he is guaranteed a chance to compete in the NCAA Championship."

"This is great news for Finlandia and Division III college hockey," agreed head hockey coach Joe Burcar.

"The AQ waiver offers an exciting opportunity for Finlandia student-athletes to challenge for the 2010 NCAA Championship," Burcar said. "We are now on an even playing field with all the other NCAA Division III teams that are members of conferences with AQs."

The Finlandia University men's ice hockey program was established in 1999. It joined the MCHA in 2004-05.

For additional information about the Finlandia University men's hockey program, please contact Coach Burcar at 906-487-7316 or


Haggenmiller Named
Coach of the Year

Houghton - March 31, 2009

By Ian Marks, assistant director, Athletic Communications

Michigan Tech Nordic ski coach Joe Haggenmiller was named men's coach of the year for both the Central Collegiate Ski Association and the NCAA Central Region. This is the first time that he has won the award.

Haggenmiller had three male skiers earn All-CCSA honors and seven skiers earn All-NCAA Central Region honors this season. The team also sent the maximum of three male skiers to the 2009 NCAA Skiing Championships, including junior Jesse Lang, who became the first male skier at Tech to earn NCAA All-American honors with his eighth-place finish in the 20-kilometer freestyle.

"It is an honor," Haggenmiller said of the recognition. "It was a really fun year to coach. Our men's team had a very good crop of new athletes come in to mix with our veterans. Our group, which is very big by NCAA skiing standards, really worked well together to help each other be successful."

He singled out "a great support staff," in particular new assistant coach Jason Cork, graduate assistant technician Ryan Tervo and some volunteer technicians. "They helped our athletes to really step up the level of skiing for our program."

Haggenmiller was pleased that his skiers were "very competitive" against rival Northern Michigan University, which he called "a big accomplishment."

Haggenmiller is proud but not complacent. "I hope we can continue this upward trend. We have room for improvement."
Sartin Hired as Football Offensive Line Coach
Houghton - March 27, 2009

by Wes Frahm, director of athletic communications

Michigan Tech head football coach Tom Kearly has announced the hiring of David Sartin as the program's offensive line coach. Sartin, who spent the last three years as an assistant at Grand Valley State, replaces Butch Barry.

Sartin was offensive graduate assistant at GVSU during three Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships and three trips to the NCAA Tournament. The Lakers won the 2006 national title and were semifinalists in 2007.

Prior to his stint in Allendale, Sartin served as offensive line coach for four seasons at North Park University, an NCAA Division III institution in Chicago. Before that, he worked at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, for three seasons.

As a student-athlete, Sartin was a part of three national championships at Division III Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio. He was a two-time letterman as an offensive tackle. He began his coaching career there as a student and gained his degree in physical education and health in 2008.

Sartin begins his duties immediately.

Erik Ieuter, who has been serving as Michigan Tech's wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator, has been promoted to offensive coordinator.

Michigan Tech, which is coming off an 8-3 season last fall, begins spring practice Friday, March 27. Three weeks of drills will culminate in the annual spring game, to be played at Sherman Field Saturday, April 18, at 1 p.m.

6. Name the New Library Coffee Shop and Get Free Coffee for Life
Name suggestions are still being taken for the new coffee shop in the J. R. Van Pelt and Opie Library. Participants in this year's Best Kept Secrets Sampler, "Mystery on MacInnes Drive," offered some suggestions during their tour stop, but Dining Services would like to hear more suggestions. Bob Hiltunen, general manager of dining operations, will keep the naming contest open until Friday, April 3. Email your coffee shop name suggestions to him at . The winner of the naming contest will receive one free cup of coffee per week for life!


Iron Mountain's Carlye Buchcuski
Joins Finlandia Soccer Roster


March 27, 2009

HANCOCK, MI - The Finlandia University women's soccer team has received a commitment from Carlye Buchcuski, a 5'7" goalkeeper from Iron Mountain, Mich., to attend and play for the Lions beginning in the fall semester of the 2009 season, Head Soccer Coach Matt Griffith announced today.

Buchcuski will graduate from Iron Mountain High School this June. She has been a member of the Ashwaubenon Storm Club Soccer team for the last three years. Along with soccer, Buchcuski participated in volleyball, basketball, and track at Iron Mountain High School.

In 2008, she was nominated for the Wendy's High School Heisman Award, which recognizes the top citizen-scholar-athletes in the nation.

"Carlye will be a great addition to the women's soccer program here at Finlandia," predicts Coach Griffith. "She has a solid instinct which adds to her already quick reaction time when stopping shots. Her work ethic, determination, and a great attitude will make an immediate impact for us here at Finlandia."

For additional information, please contact Coach Griffith at 906-487-7326 or

Note: Buchcuski is pronounced BOO-KOW-SKEE


Ally Tincknell, Jodi Riutta
Named to 2009
All-Independent Teams

Hancock - March 19, 2009

HANCOCK, MI Ė Finlandia Universityís Ally Tincknell (pictured above right) has been named to the 2009 Association of Division III Independents Womenís Basketball First Team. Tincknell is a junior forward/center from Negaunee, Mich.
Finlandia junior forward Jodi Riutta, Houghton, Mich., was named to the 2009 Independents Honorable Mention Team.
Joining Tincknell on the first team are Kayleigh Calandri, University of California, Santa Cruz; Erica Davis, University of Maine, Presque Isle; Cara Sczepanski, University of Dallas; Jordan Osley, Mount Mary College; and Lauren Kamiyama, Chapman University.
The All-Independent Womenís Basketball teams were selected by the womenís basketball coaches from AD3I member schools.
For additional information about the womenís basketball program at Finlandia University, please contact head womenís basketball coach, Curtis Wittenberg, at 906-487-7214 or
The Association of Division III Independents consists of 17 Division III independent institutions that have joined together to recognize student-athletes at independent institutions, and to provide exempted postseason championship competition in nine sports in 2008-09. The Association recognizes outstanding athletic achievements of its student-athletes on a weekly, monthly and annual basis. The Association provides statistical services for its members in seven sports. In addition, it also will announce All-Independent teams at the conclusion of eight other sports this year. More information about the Association of Division III Independents is available at

Tyler Gordon Headlines
2009 All-Independent
Menís Basketball


HANCOCK, MI Ė Date: March 19, 2009
Finlandia Universityís Tyler Gordon, who led the Association of Division III Independents in scoring this season, headlines the 2009 All-Independent Menís Basketball teams as Player of the Year.
Gordon, a junior guard from Red Cliff, Wis., averaged a league-leading 23.4 points per game and 4.6 steals per game. He ranked third with 3.6 assists per game and pulled down an average of 5.5 rebounds per contest. He shot 46 percent from the field, 72 percent from the line, and 38 percent from the three-point line.
Joining Gordon on the first team are Ryan Matsuoka, University of California, Santa Cruz; Dylan Aylward, Nebraska Wesleyan University; Billy Harrison, Lancaster Bible College; Jeff Pritchard, University of Dallas; and Justin Riley, Chapman University.
On the 2009 Independents Second Team is Finlandia junior forward Eric Bresette, Red Cliff, Wisc. On the Third Team is Finlandia freshman guard Keith Arnold, Detroit, Mich.
The All-Independent Menís Basketball teams were selected by the menís basketball coaches from AD3I member schools.
For additional information about the menís basketball program at Finlandia University, please contact head menís basketball coach, Charlie Kemppainen, at 906-487-7238 or
The Association of Division III Independents consists of 17 Division III independent institutions that have joined together to recognize student-athletes at independent institutions, and to provide exempted postseason championship competition in nine sports in 2008-09. The Association recognizes outstanding athletic achievements of its student-athletes on a weekly, monthly and annual basis. The Association provides statistical services for its members in seven sports. In addition, it also will announce All-Independent teams at the conclusion of eight other sports this year. More information about the Association of Division III Independents is available at

Huskies Women's Basketball
Competes in NCAA Midwest Regional

by Wes Frahm, director of athletic communications

Michigan Tech - March 9, 2009

The women's basketball team has earned the No. 4 seed in the NCAA Midwest Regional Tournament at Northern Kentucky University. The Huskies will face Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference foe and No. 5-seeded Northwood Friday, March 13, at 8:30 p.m. in first round of the tournament at Highland Heights, Ky.

Tech and Northwood are two of four regional qualifiers from the GLIAC. Grand Valley State received the No. 8 seed and will face host and top-seeded Northern Kentucky. Hillsdale is the No. 2 seed with a matchup against Indianapolis. NKU and UIndy are from the Great Lakes Valley Conference, as are No. 3 Quincy and No. 6 Drury.

Michigan Tech, which owns a 24-6 record, has qualified for the NCAA Tournament two straight years and four times in the last five seasons.

The full schedule of games follows:

Regional First Round--Friday, March 13
* Game 1. Quincy (26-4) vs. Drury (19-9), Noon
* Game 2. Hillsdale (27-3) vs. Indianapolis (22-9), 2:30 p.m.
* Game 3: Northern Kentucky (28-2) vs. Grand Valley State (20-9), 6 p.m.
* Game 4: Michigan Tech (24-6) vs. Northwood (21-7), 8:30 p.m.

Regional Semifinals--Saturday, March 14
* Semifinal 1: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 6 p.m.
* Semifinal 2: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 8:30 p.m.

Regional Championship--Monday, March 16
Semifinal 1 winner vs. Semifinal 2 winner, 7 p.m.


NJCAA Region XIII Division II Basketball Tournament

Mach 3, 2009

Congratulations Lady Samsons! Back to back Region XIII Womens's Region Basketball Champions!!!


DISTRICT F, REGION XIII vs. Region XVI Championship Game to be played
at Gogebic Community College Ironwood, Michigan


MCHA Announces
End-of-Season Awards

Finlandia's Quinn McIntosh Earns All-Conference

HANCOCK, MI - March 3, 2009

The Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association (MCHA) has announced its End-of-Season Awards. Finlandia University men's hockey team student-athletes have received 14 of the league's 2008-09 awards.

Junior defenseman Quinn McIntosh of Lucky Lake, Saskatchewan, is one only of 12 league players to receive the 2008-09 MCHA All-Conference award.

Freshman forward James Neitsch of West Bank, British Columbia, is one of only seven league players to make this year's MCHA All-Freshman Team.

above - James Neitsch

above - Quinn McIntosh

Twelve Finlandia men are included on the 2008-09 MCHA All-Academic Team. The sophomores (with hometown and major) are Jim Brey (Hancock, Mich., business), Ryan Donovan (Pinckney, Mich., liberal studies), Dan Grille (Wallace, Mich., liberal studies), and Matt Wylie (Eagan, Minn., Business)

The juniors are Quinn McIntosh (Luck Lake, SK, Canada, business), Eric Schultz (Strasbourg, SK, Canada, business), Bryan Solander (Marquette, Mich., elementary education), and Brandon VanAcker (Lincoln Park, Mich., liberal studies)

The seniors are CJ Fisher (Yakima, Wash., business), Matt Krueger (Pewaukee, Wis., business), Tiger Marcotte (L'Anse, Mich., nursing), and Blake Miller (Hancock, Mich., business).

Matt Krueger and Bryan Solander are two-time members of the MCHA All-Academic Team.

Tiger Marcotte, Blake Miller, and Brandon VanAcker are three-time members of the MCHA All-Academic Team.

For additional information, please contact Joe Burcar, Finlandia head men's hockey coach, at 487-7316.

Soccer Clinic Saturday, February 28

HANCOCK, MI - Youth ages eight to 18 are invited to take part in a soccer clinic Saturday, February 28, 2009, at the Finlandia University Paavo Nurmi Athletic Center.

Ages 8 to 11 will meet from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.; ages 12 to 18 will meet from 12:00 to 2:30 p.m.

The clinic is designed to teach the basics of the game, including footwork, ball control, and shooting fundamentals. Advanced players will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with the coaches.

The clinic will be instructed by Matt Griffith, Finlandia's head men's and women's soccer coach, and Finlandia student-athletes and coaches.

Clinic participants should bring indoor soccer shoes or gym shoes, and a water bottle. Size 5 soccer balls will be provided.

The cost for the clinic is $20.00 for youth ages eight to 11, and $25.00 for ages 12 to 18.

For additional information and a registration form, please contact Matt Griffith, Finlandia head soccer coach, at 487-7326 or

Five Tech Skiers Earn All-Region Honors
at NCAA Regional Championships

Houghton - March  3, 2009
Five Tech Skiers Earn All-Region Honors at NCAA Regional Championships
by Ian Marks, assistant director of athletic communications

Michigan Tech wrapped up the NCAA Regional Championships at the Michigan Tech Nordic Training Center in fine fashion as five skiers claimed all-region honors in the freestyle event Sunday, March 1.

For the second day in a row, a Michigan Tech skier finished second. Junior Jesse Lang set the tempo for much of the men's 15-kilometer freestyle race on his way to earning all-region honors with a time of 43:02.8.

Three other skiers earned all-region honors on the men's team. Junior Oskar Lund finished fourth (43:57.3), junior Erik Mundahl was seventh (44:25.2), and freshman Petter Sjulstad was eighth (44:37.0).

The Huskies had two other skiers finish in the top-25. Senior Chris Harvey finished 19th (46:54.1), and junior Charlie Keller was 22nd (47:05.7).

"I don't want to take anything away from our skiers today, but we had an excellent day when it came to waxing," said head coach Joe Haggenmiller. "Our men turned in a great race as we had four guys in the top eight. I am really excited with the possibilities of what we can do at nationals. I was really happy to see Erik earn the first all-region performance of his career."

On the women's side, junior Jenna Klein claimed her second all-region honor of the weekend, finishing eighth in the 10-kilometer freestyle in 34:38.6.

Sophomore Kristen Monahan finished 10th in 34:40.3 to earn the first all-region honor of her career.

Other women to finish in the top 25 for the Huskies included sophomore Jill Smith, 14th (35:09.0); junior Elizabeth Quinley, 17th (35:34.9); senior Karen Jarvey, 20th (35:50.5); and freshman Christina Mishica, 25th (36:58.0).

"The advantage we had in waxing was compromised some in the women's race, as many of the other teams improved upon their wax choices from the men's race," said Haggenmiller. "The women skied well, and it was pretty cool to have Kristen earn all-region honors for the first time. It should get her really motivated for next season. Overall, I think our women did what they had to do to earn a trip to the championships in Maine."

In the team competition, the men's team finished one point ahead of Northern Michigan in the freestyle competition but was three points behind the Wildcats in the two-day competition. Michigan Tech finished 44 points ahead of third place Wis.-Green Bay in the two-day combined competition.

"It was great to finally beat NMU. We have been knocking on the door for a while, and finally the cards fell right and we were able to beat them."

Alaska finished first in the women's freestyle competition with 92 points, followed by Northern Michigan (88 points) and Tech (70 points). Northern Michigan won the two-day competition with a score of 183 points, Alaska was second with 163 points, and Tech finished third with 152 points.

Northern Michigan also won the men's and women's combined title with 364 points. Michigan Tech finished second with 330 points, and Alaska was third with 288 points.

Kangas Named to USTFCCA
Academic Team

by Ian Marks, assistant director of athletic communications

Michigan Tech senior Laura Kangas was named to the 2008 US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Cross Country Team. Kangas finished 48th at the regional meet and currently has a 3.98 GPA in applied ecology and environmental sciences.

"This award is a big honor for Laura," said head coach Joe Haggenmiller. "It shows all the hard work that she has put into both the classroom and athletics."

To qualify for All-Academic honors, a student-athlete must have completed at least 12 semester hours through the semester of competition. The student-athlete must have at least a 3.25 cumulative grade point average and have placed in the top 30 percent of the total number of athletes eligible to compete at the respective regional championships, or in the top 50 percent of the field at the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships.

A total of 242 Division II female student-athletes received 2008 USTFCCCA Cross Country All-Academic honors, representing 100 Division II institutions.

Finlandia Women on
NCHA All-Academic Team

HANCOCK, MI - February 27, 2009

Four Finlandia University women's hockey team members have been named to the 2009 Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA) All-Academic Team.

They are junior nursing major, goalie Annika Danielson (Cokato, MN) with a 3.26 GPA; junior nursing major, forward Emily Conrad (Marquette, MI) with a 3.6 GPA; senior art and design major, defenseman Chaslyn Duffek (Houghton, MI) with a 3.3 GPA; and junior elementary education major, defenseman Jessica Jones, (Winnipeg, MB) with a 3.3 GPA.

For additional information, please contact Heather Reinke, Finlandia head women's hockey coach, at 487-7388.

Four Nordic-Ski Huskies
Named to All-CCSA Team

by Ian Marks, assistant director of athletic communications

Houghton - February 28, 2009

Michigan Tech junior Elizabeth Quinley was named to the Central Collegiate Ski Association first team, while three other skiers, junior Jesse Lang, junior Oskar Lund and freshman Petter Sjulstad, were named to the second team. Skiers were selected based upon total points earned during five races, with the top five scorers selected to the first team and the next five named to the second team.

"This is a big honor for these student-athletes," said head coach Joe Haggenmiller. "To qualify, a skier has to post solid results as well as be consistent throughout the season."

This year marks the third time that Lang was named to the team. He was a first-team selection during his freshman season in 2007. This year marks the first time the other three skiers were named to the team.

The Michigan Tech Nordic Ski Team will compete at the NCAA Central Regional Championship at the Michigan Tech Nordic Training Center Feb. 28-March 1.  is a Michigan, Non-Profit Media Corporation


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