Rochester's Olivia Muyres has been named the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Women's Soccer Player of the Year.
Muyres, a Rochester Lourdes grad, is a senior forward at Augsburg College. She was also named first-team All-Conference.
She helped Augsburg win its first MIAC championship and qualify for its first ever appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament. In the first game last Saturday, Muyres scored the winning goal in overtime against OshKosh, Wis. Augsburg then lost 3-0 to the University of Chicago in the second round.
Muyres finished as the MIAC's goal-scoring and point champion in overall play. She had 15 goals and 10 assists — second-most among MIAC players — for 40 points. Her 15 goals and 40 points are second-most in a single season in school history, behind her school records of 19 goals and 47 points last season.
The Auggies finished the season 17-5. Rochester's Taylor Kuramoto and Lauren Jennings were also on the team. Kuramoto, a senior midfielder, was a starter and the John Marshall grad had one goal and five assists for seven points. Jennings, a freshman defenseman and a Lourdes grad, appeared in six games, all starts, and did not have any points.
Rochester has been awarded several Fastpitch Northern National softball tournaments over the next couple of years. The city will be the site of the 2016 American Softball Association 10B, 12A and 18A tournaments. Rochester was awarded the bid at the ASA annual convention in Reno, Nev., last week.
"We are extremely thrilled to receive the news Rochester has been awarded another ASA Fastpitch Northern National Tournament in 2016," said Ed Hruska, executive director of the Rochester Amateur Sports Commission. "We have been fortunate to have a great relationship with ASA and look to continue this into the future to bring events to the city of Rochester."
The 2016 Northern National is set to take place Aug. 4-7 and should draw 60-80 teams from across the Midwest. Rochester has hosted an ASA Fastpitch Northern National in each of the past six years and also will be hosting the 10A and 12B Northern Nationals in 2015.
Rochester has received national attention from the ASA and has been the recipient of the James Farrell Award, which is given to cities who have run the highest quality ASA tournaments.
More information on the ASA tournament bids can be found on the ASA website at www.asasoftball.com.
Triton senior Zach Otto has signed a letter of intent to play men's golf at Division I Savannah State University in Georgia.
Otto, an individual state qualifier in golf, also plays football and basketball at Triton.
Former Goodhue football coach Clair Austin has resigned as the football coach at Ellsworth, Wis.
Austin took over the Ellsworth program in 2011 and he had a 24-16 record, 3-3 in the playoffs. In the three years before Austin came to Ellsworth, the team had gone 2-23. Ellsworth was 6-4 in 2014.
Austin coached at Goodhue for 13 years and he had a 109-50 record. He guided the Wildcats to eight state tournaments and won Class A state titles in 2003 and 2007.
Austin has a son, Aaron, who plays football at Goodhue and he will be a senior next year. Watching his son play was a factor in Austin's decision to step down as coach.
Rochester's Shannon Strickland, running for the St. Catherine University women's cross country team, placed 65th overall in a field of 189 competitors at the Division III NCAA Central Region meet. Strickland, a sophomore, posted a personal-best time of 23:35.4. It was her second straight meet with a time of less than 24 minutes and was the fourth best in school history.
Rochester's Ryan Ohm won the 8-9 year-old division of a sectional Punt, Pass and Kick competition last month at Rochester Mayo High School.
The 9-year-old Ohm, son of Rochester Century boys basketball coach Joe Ohm, also finished third overall out of a 10-section area that includes Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota and Iowa. That advances him to the Minnesota Vikings championships, Nov. 29-30, at Eden Prairie.
By qualifying for the Eden Prairie event, Ryan won tickets to see the Vikings home game against the Carolina Panthers on Nov 30.