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Catching up with former area athletes: Mitchell's Mandy Schmidt earns career milestone at Saint Mary's

A weekly look at what area athletes are accomplishing in college sports.

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Saint Mary's University's Mandy Schmidt digs a ball during a Sept. 13, 2022 college volleyball match against Augsburg University in Winona, Minn.
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WINONA, Minn. — Mitchell native Mandy Schmidt reached a career milestone in September while playing for NCAA Division III Saint Mary's University in Minnesota, clearing 1,000 set assists for her Cardinal career.

Schmidt broke the 1,000-assist mark in a Sept. 10 match against Marian (Wis.), in which she had 17 set assists. She set her season-high for assists a week later with 31 against Knox in a five-set loss.

Schmidt, who set the Mitchell High School career set assists record with 3,019 from 2015-2018, was recognized for the career honor at SMU prior to the Cardinals' Oct. 1 match against St. Catherine.

Schmidt has recorded 1,198 assists in her career in the span of 55 matches, which is 11th best in SMU history. This season, she has logged 294 assists, 10 aces, two kills and 145 digs, including a season-high 19 on Oct. 5 in a five-set loss at Luther (Iowa).

The biology major was an academic all-MIAC selection in 2021 and entering the season, she ranked ninth in school history in career serving percentage at .960.

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Saint Mary's University's Mandy Schmidt tosses the ball for a serve during a Sept. 13, 2022 college volleyball match against Augsburg University in Winona, Minn.
Saint Mary's University (Minn.) photo

Saint Mary’s (7-10) will travel to play Hamlin in a Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference match on Friday, Oct. 7, before returning home to host MIAC foe Carleton on Saturday, Oct. 8 in Winona.

Kjetland debuts for Northern State football

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Northern State's Tyler Kjetland

ABERDEEN, S.D. — Bridgewater-Emery alumnus Tyler Kjetland has climbed the depth chart for Northern State University football this year, making his collegiate debut on the offensive line.

Kjetland, a 6-foot-4, 270 pound sophomore offensive lineman is listed as the No. 2 center on Northern State’s depth chart. He made his debut this season in a 30-0 home win over Upper Iowa on Sept. 1.

Northern State (2-3) hosts Winona State on Saturday, Oct. 8 for the Wolves' homecoming game at 2:30 p.m. in Aberdeen.

Schroeder helps Dordt to a top-5 national ranking

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Dordt's Thaniel Schroeder

SIOUX CENTER, Iowa — Former Freeman Academy runner Thaniel Schroeder has helped Dordt Univresity climb to the No. 3 ranking in the NAIA's most recent men's cross country coaches' top-25 rankings, which were last released on Thursday, Oct. 6.

The No. 3 ranking matches the highest poll mark in school history for the Defenders' men, who were selected as the preseason favorite in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. Milligan (Tenn.) is ranked No. 1 this week, passing former No. 1 Indiana Wesleyan, which is now at No. 2.

Schroeder has run once so far this season, taking 65th in the Roy Griak Invitational in St. Paul, Minnesota on Sept. 23 in an elite race involving the region's top Division II, Division III and NAIA runners. He was 22nd in 2021 at the GPAC Championships and finished in the top-10 of three races.

As a team, Dordt was eighth at the NAIA championship meet last season. Dordt will have its home meet, the Holiday Inn Express Classic, on Saturday, Oct. 8 in Sioux Center.

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