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Catching up with former area athletes: Stangeland finds her role for Minnesota Crookston

Mitchell High School grad Kayla Stangeland is now in her third year at the University of Minnesota Crookston and has become a mainstay in the midfield for the Golden Eagles.

Stangeland has started 10 of 12 games this season after starting 10 games total in her first two years at Division II UMC. The junior is also averaging nearly 61 minutes per game and recorded her first collegiate point with an assist against Adams State on Aug. 30.

While at Mitchell, Stangeland was a first-team all Eastern South Dakota Conference selection and was also named second-team all-state.

Krolikowski strikes again

A week after recording his first collegiate sack, Winner native Krockett Krolikowski notched another one in South Dakota State University's thrilling 54-51 overtime victory over Indiana State on Saturday at Dykhouse Stadium.

Krolikowski also recorded four tackles from his defensive tackle position for the Jackrabbits, who improved to 3-1 on the season.

Canistota graduate and Freeman native Xavier Ward had two tackles, as well.

Witte now a key reserve for Carleton

Wessington Springs native John Witte has become a key reserve linebacker for Carleton College this season.

The true freshman has totaled nine tackles and a sack this season, while appearing in all six games for the Knights, who are currently 2-3 on the season.

Witte was an all-state running back for Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central last fall and finished his career with nearly 4,000 yards from scrimmage and 57 touchdowns.