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Leichtnam named first-team All-American

Rochester Community and Technical College safety Caleb Leichtnamhas been named to the NJCAA All-American first-team.

Leichtnam had a record-setting season for the Yellowjackets. The freshman set an NJCAA single-season record for interceptions with 20, including two returned for touchdowns. Leichtnam of Grand Meadow had two or more interceptions in seven contests, and three or more picks in three of those games.

The 6-foot, 177-pounder also set an RCTC single-game record with four interceptions in one contest.

RCTC sophomore quarterback Kramer Bergof Plymouth was named honorable mention All-American. Berg passed for more than 2,000 yards during the season and threw 28 touchdown passes.

The Yellowjackets finished the season 10-1 and ranked No. 17 in the nation. They won the Southern Division and the Minnesota College Athletic Conference state championship.

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East Mississippi Community College (12-0) finished No. 1 in the final NJCAA Top 20 rankings. Grand Rapids (10-0), at No. 4, was the highest rated Division III (non-scholarship) team in the nation. RCTC is also a Division III team.

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Lewiston-Altura grad Mike Burfeindhad a big week for the Saint Mary's men's basketball team and was named the MIAC player of the week. In a pair of close losses, the junior forward averaged 32.0 points and 9.5 rebounds per game for the Cardinals, including the highest single-game scoring output for a Saint Mary's player in more than three years.

Burfiend's big week began with his first collegiate double-double, a 26-point, 12-rebound effort in a 69-58 road loss at Saint John's. Two days later, Burfiend was back in top form in an 85-78 loss at Concordia. He poured in a career-high 38 points — his first 30-point game — and was 11-for-12 at the line with seven rebounds.

Overall, Burfiend ranks second in the MIAC in scoring (20.3 points per game), third in free throw percentage (.903) and 11th in rebounding (6.3 per game). He's been even better in conference play, ranking second with 23.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game and a .935 free throw percentage.

Despite Burfiend's strong start, Saint Mary's is still searching for its first win with an overall record of 0-8 and a MIAC record of 0-4.

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RCTC guard Torren Dowdyhas been named the Southern Division player of the week in MCAC men's basketball.

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The 6-foot-2 sophomore from Coon Rapids averaged 16 points and four rebounds as RCTC won three straight games. Dowdy made 9 of 14 three-pointers during the three games.

Dowdy leads the Yellowjackets in scoring, averaging 14.3 points through 10 games. He is also shooting 41.9 percent from three-point range.

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Tennessee Titans rookie defensive tackle Karl Klughad two sacks during the team's 22-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

Klug sacked Saints quarterback Drew Breestwice in the game. Klug is a backup, but he plays a lot on passing downs and now has a team-high six sacks this season. Overall he has 19 tackles, 17 of which are solo, and has forced two fumbles. Tennessee has 24 sacks as a team.

The Titans are still in the wild-card playoff chase in the AFC. They are 7-6 and in second place in the South Division. They are a game behind the 8-5 New York Jets for the final wild card berth.

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Nicholas Egan, an 11-year-old from Lake City will be the flag bearer at the Minnesota Wild NHL game on Saturday. The Wild will play the New York Islanders at 7 p.m. at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Nicholas skates for the Red Wing Amateur Hockey Association.

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