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Batter up: SCSU’s powerhouse on the diamond

When you think of the powerhouse programs at St. Cloud State University, wrestling and hockey are usually at the top of the list, but there is one squad that is often overlooked, even though they are perennially one of the nation’s best teams. The St. Cloud State baseball team are owners of 171 wins the past four seasons – they have averaged over 42 wins per season. This year has been no different. With the team off to a 18-6 start they are currently third in the NSIC. With one of the most powerful offenses in the nation, it is not hard to see why the team is able to reel off win after win, with a ten game winning streak that saw the Huskies outscore their opponents 144 to 35 runs in those ten games. Now in the midst of another seven game streak with the offense leading them… Keep Reading

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Huskies cap off season with optimism

The St. Cloud State Men’s basketball team came into the season with high expectations.  What they got was a rollercoaster of a season. With many ups and downs, this team was one of the most exciting to watch. Senior guard Scottie Stone and sophomore Gage Davis led the Huskies to a winning record 19-14 and third place in the NSIC North on the season that came to a heartbreaking end with an 81-61 loss to Upper Iowa. There is no reason for this team to hang their heads. SCSU started out disappointing with a 0-4 start, but as soon as they came back from the 2016 Sports Anaheim Division II Tip Off Classic, that’s when the team took off – especially when playing on home court. The Huskies put up a 13-4 record when defending their home floor at Halenbeck Hall. Coach Matt Reimer was satisfied with the season overall… Keep Reading

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Second place won’t slow down these stars

For the past two years, the Husky wrestling team has walked into the National Championships with the confidence of winners and left with evidence to prove it. This year, visions of a three-peat decorated the walls of the wrestling room and the mind of every wrestler who stepped into it. These lustful visions of victory soon turned mournful after the Huskies found themselves sitting in fifth place after day one, with four of the nine qualifiers not even winning a match. The thirst for victory kept the Huskies fighting on day two, but their struggles in day one prevented them from passing first place Norte Dame of Ohio. A second place finish is impressive, despite not being quite the ending the Huskies were hoping for. There were impressive performances by many Huskies, despite having no first or second place finishers. The team came back to St. Cloud with four All-Americans… Keep Reading

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Huskies hockey set to focus on future

The St. Cloud State Men’s Hockey team had their season come to a close in the first round of NCHC playoffs on Saturday, March 11 against North Dakota in Grand Forks, N.D. The team ends their 2016-17 season with an overall record of 16-19-1, and it is the first time in four years the team has not made the NCAA tournament. The Huskies struggled this season on both Saturday game days and overtime losses. SCSU went 2-6-1 in overtime games this season and lost 11 Saturday games during the regular season. Despite setbacks, the team had some big wins throughout the season, defeating not only the top teams in the NCHC conference, but in the nation, including Denver, Minnesota Duluth, and Western Michigan. Throughout the year, glimpses of this team’s full potential appeared, but with such a young roster, many players needed time to adjust to college level play and… Keep Reading

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All eyes on Alabama

With the regular season in the rearview mirror of the Husky Wrestling team, the destination of the national tournament is closer than ever. The Huskies finished the regular season with an overall record of 17-1 and a perfect 8-0 conference record. But before the Huskies can click their ticket to nationals in Birmingham, Alabama they have another city in their sights. The number one ranked Huskies headed into regionals in Moorhead, Minnesota this weekend with seven nationally ranked wrestlers, including 2016 125lb National Champion Brett Velasquez and number one ranked 285 lb Austin Goergen among others. After the first day of wrestling the red and black sat in first with 79.5 points, nearly a 20 point lead ahead of their nearest opponent, McKendree. Nine wrestlers advanced into the semifinals including the familiar names of Brett Velasquez, Larry Bomstad, Austin Goergen, and several others. The only loss on the day came… Keep Reading

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Huskies Advance After Dominating Second Half

After losing two heart breakers to the top teams in the conference, Northern State and MSU-Moorhead, the Huskies knew they could compete with the best, refusing to hang their heads after the tough losses. “I’m old, but I’m good,” said senior Scottie Stone as he was preparing for Wednesday’s game. It looked dim for the Huskies as soon as the game tipped off. St. Cloud State shot a dull 36.7 percent from the field and nothing seemed to be going right. Driving to the bucket was a lost cause, turnovers, and holes in the defense all caused major problems for SCSU, also translated to the offensive side. “We got to stop letting our offense affect our defense,” said sophomore Gage Davis. Not to mention, the refereeing went from “ticky-tack” to a “let them play” style and then back to “ticky-tack.” But with the Huskies down seven with zero time on… Keep Reading

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Photo Gallery: St. Cloud State Women’s hockey split final home series of the season

In their last home games of the 2016-17 season, the St. Cloud State women’s hockey team split the series with Bemidji State. The team won on Friday, but could not come back to defeat Bemidji State on Saturday. Saturday was the women’s senior night. Seven women are graduating this spring and leaving a great mark on the program here at SCSU. Read the full weekend story here. Keep Reading

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Motzko shifts focus back to Huskies after gold medal victory

After taking gold at the World Junior Championship in January, Bob Motzko has shifted his focus back to the Huskies and their playoff push as they approach the final weeks of the regular season.   Bob Motzko is no stranger to success. Aside from his recent gold medal as head coach of team USA at the World Junior Championship in Montreal, the St. Cloud State head coach has won multiple national championships while being on coaching staff for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers back in the early 2000’s. He also brought St. Cloud State to its first Frozen Four appearance in program history back in 2013, as well as four straight NCAA Tournament appearances. This was not Motzko’s first go around with USA Hockey, as he served as an assistant coach at the World Junior Championship in Sweden back in 2014. USA did not have the level of success… Keep Reading

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Huskies split senior’s last home series

A lot has changed since the current women’s hockey seniors began to lace up their skates four years ago for the cardinal and black. Coming off a season where the Huskies went 4-27-5, it was a step back and the second worse win total in Husky hockey history. Enter Eric Rud. The Huskies immediately improved, doubling their previous seasons win total. Senior forward Lauren Hespenheide lead the team with three power play goals. The next season lead to even more improvement with the Huskies going 13-18-4 and jumping up the WCHA standings from seventh to fifth. Heading into the final home series of the seniors careers, Hespenheide and the rest of the seniors would be looking to leave the program in a much better condition than when they first enrolled to State. The senior defenseman attributes a culture change for the improvements the team has made since Rud was hired to lead the… Keep Reading

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