Nicole Schammel, Gophers action shot

Red Wing's Nicole Schammel, who recently completed her season year at the University of Minnesota, has been named Academic All-America for the 2018-19.

Photo courtesy of Craig Lassig, University of Minnesota

Red Wing's Nicole Schammel, who plays women's hockey at the University of Minnesota, has earned a pair of academic awards for the 2018-19 school year.

Schammel, who was a senior during the past school year, was one of eight Minnesota student-athletes to receive College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-America honors during the 2018-19 academic year. Minnesota led the Big Ten for the fourth-straight year with Academic All-Americans and once again finished as one of the most decorated schools in the nation. The Gophers finished third nationally in Academic All-Americans.

In addition to this year’s eight Academic All-America honors, the University of Minnesota closed out the 2018-19 academic year with department records for semester grade point average (3.29), cumulative grade-point average (3.27) and graduation rate (93 percent).

Schammel, who had a perfect 4.0 grade-point average, majored in sport management. She also excelled on the ice as she led the Gophers in scoring with 47 points on 16 goals and a team-leading 31 assists. She had a plus-26 rating and helped the Gophers finished it a 32-6-1 record.

Schammel was also one of 94 Minnesota student-athletes to receive a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award award.

Rochester Mayo grads Miles Patton and Lindsey Greenlund, who are student-athletes at Minnesota, also earned a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award

Patton, a junior, is a member of the Minnesota wrestling team and in a political science major. Greenlund, a junior, is on the cross country team and is a chemistry major.

Faculty Representatives from each Big Ten university established the Distinguished Scholar Award in 2008 to supplement the Academic All-Big Ten program. Recipients must receive All-Big Ten recognition during the previous academic year, be enrolled full time at the institution for the entire previous academic year  and earn a minimum of a 3.70 GPA, excluding summer classes.

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Blooming Prairie's Seth Peterson was one of 10 high school seniors from the class of 2019 who has received a Scholarship Honor from the Minnesota State High School Coaches Association. Each of the 10 student-athletes receives a $1,000 scholarship for college.

Peterson was an honor student and a three-sport athlete at Blooming Prairie. He faced adversity as a senior when as quarterback for his football team he blew out his ACL. The injury and surgery kept him out the football team's run to the state tournament as well as the wrestling and baseball seasons. But he continued to be part of each team by assisting and cheering his teammates from the sidelines. He said sports have taught him that being a teammate in any capacity is better than not participating at all.

He plans to attend the University of St. Thomas and participate in sports once again after rehab. He has also been awarded a Past Presidents Scholarship Award.

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Red Wing's Leah Herzog has qualified for the 71st U.S. Girls' Junior Championship in golf. The event will be held July 22-27 at SentryWorld in Stevens Point, Wis.

Herzog, 17, was one of two qualifers during a event held recent The Links at Northfork in Ramsey. Herzog shot a 71 to take medalist honors t the event.

She was named Ms. Golf in Minnesota this spring during her senior season at Red Wing. She was Minnesota’s top-ranked girls golfer the majority of the season and helped the Wingers win a Class AA state team title. Herzog, who will attend college and play golf at Nebraska, placed second in the state individually to teammate Sophia Yeomans.

The U.S. Girls' Junior Championship will feature 156 competitors from around the nation. More information on the event can be found at usga.org/girlsjunior.

Guy N. Limbeck is a sports writer for the Post Bulletin. His Local Notebook appears each Tuesday. He can be reached at glimbeck@postbulletin.com

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