By Mitchell P. McDonald
Quarterback MUNEER AL-HAMEED (Minneapolis Washburn) had a 73-yard touchdown run and fired a 14-yard scoring pass in leading Augsburg College to a 17-14 victory over Gustavus Adolphus in an MIAC Conference football game last week. The senior, who played wide receiver the previous three seasons, sealed the victory with his TD pass late in the fourth quarter.
Ironically, Al-Hameed’s performance helped defeat a team coached by PETER HAUGEN. Haugen coached Al-Hameed at Washburn and helped him develop into one of the state’s top signal callers. Haugen left Washburn for Gustavus after the 2008 season.
Jones already making mark at IU
GEORGIE JONES (St. Paul Central) hasn’t played a game for the women’s basketball team at Indiana University after transferring from Marquette last spring, but she has already earned a distinctive honor this past summer by being named Female Scholar-Athlete of the Month by the school’s Department of Athletics.
The 6-2 junior center helped Central capture back-to-back Class 4A championships in 2007 and ’08. She will be eligible to play in January.
Minnesota State University-Mankato loaded with talent
MARCUS HILL (Breck), CAMERON HODGES (Robbinsdale Armstrong), JEFFERSON MASON (Robbinsdale Cooper), A.J. WILSON (St. Bernard’s), ANDRE GILBERT (Park Center), and ANTHONY BRANT (Tartan) give the Mavericks one of the most talented rosters in Division II men’s basketball.
Robinson leads Iowa State
ALEXANDER ROBINSON (DeLaSalle) rushed for 101 yards and caught a 14-yard touchdown in Iowa State’s 31-30 overtime loss to Nebraska. The senior running back’s touchdown sent the game into OT.
Morse helping St. Thomas
Junior quarterback GREG MORSE (St. Paul Como Park) has passed for 642 yards and five touchdowns for the University of St. Thomas’ nationally ranked football team at the Division II level.
Williams starting for NDSU
MARCUS WILLIAMS (Hopkins) is starting in the defensive backfield at North Dakota State University as a redshirt freshman. As a point guard, Williams helped Hopkins capture the 4A state boy’s basketball title in 2009.
Taylor running point for Badgers
JORDAN TAYLOR (Benilde-St. Margaret’s) is the starting point guard at Wisconsin. Taylor was Mr. Basketball in 2008.
Rosenbloom in rotation at BSU
MAXIE ROSENBLOOM (St. Paul Johnson) played nine minutes in Bemidji State’s 87-72 win over University of Wisconsin-Superior. The 6-5 true freshman led Johnson to the 3A state championship last spring.
Robinson helps Marquette
Marquette point guard ANGEL ROBINSON (St. Paul Central) scored 11 points in contributing to an exhibition victory over University of Wisconsin-Parkside.
Robinson, Miss Basketball in 2007, is in her fourth year as a starter for the Golden Eagles.
Hicks starts for Crookston
ANESSA HICKS (St. Paul Humboldt) scored 11 points in the University of Minnesota-Crookston’s exhibition loss to the U of M Golden Gophers. Hicks is only a freshman.
Strickland contributing at UIC
Forward KIARA STRICKLAND (Minneapolis Roosevelt) scored six points in helping the University of Illinois-Chicago defeat St. Xavier 77-50.
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