NDSCS Volleyball to host districts, hoping to make nationals

The No. 19 NDSCS Wildcat volleyball team secured the Region 13 championship, as they breezed by Gogebic Community College (3-1) and Williston State College (3-0, 3-0) last weekend in Bottineau, ND. This adds to their list of season accomplishments and is the tenth regional volleyball title for the College.

This season, the team produced three Mon-Dak Conference players of the week: Heather Kakes, a second-year player from Bryant, Wis., Kaylee Pender, a first-year middle-hitter from Glendon, Minn., and first-year Moriah Skroch, a 5’7″ outside hitter from Lidgerwood, N.D.

The team secured the title of Mon-Dak Conference champs, as they produced a 8-1 record in the conference and 29-5 record overall. Kakes and Skroch were also named to the Mon-Dak All Conference team; Kakes was named conference MVP.

During the season, the Wildcats also made it into the national rankings and are currently ranked No. 19.

The Wildcats have three players who average over two kills per set, in Heather Kakes (2.5), Moriah Skroch (2.2) and Katelyn Wangberg (2.0). Kakes leads the team with 283 kills on the season, while Skroch has 242 and Wangberg has 219.

Kasi Eisenzimmer averages 4.7 assists per set and has 358 this year, while Jessica Finck has 320 and averages 4.5. Kaylee Pender has a team-high 80 blocks on the year, while Katie Goetzinger has 723 digs this season. At the service line, Shellina Irwin has 25 ace serves and Finck has 24.

Head Coach Jane Passa was honored as the Mon-Dak Conference Coach of the Year and also the Region XIII Coach of the Year. Under her supervision, the team has captured seven consecutive conference championships.

The Cats host the District Tournament this weekend in Wahpeton, N.D. with high hopes of producing a couple of wins to solidify their ticket to nationals.

The weekend is a double-elimination format. The team will play Columbus Central Community College at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 4 in the Clair T. Blikre Activities Center.

The teams will match up again on Saturday at 11 a.m.  If one team has not produced two wins, a second match will be played on Saturday, starting a half-hour after the first game is completed.

The winner of District G will move onto the NCJAA Division II National Championship held at Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio on November 17-19.

Follow the Wildcats progress at ndscswildcats.com.



NDSCS honors employee efforts with 2011 LIFE and Steeple awards

North Dakota State College of Science recently honored three employee groups with the annual LIFE and Steeple awards on October 27.

Two LIFE awards were given this year. The LIFE Award was presented to two employee groups who “bring LIFE to NDSCS.” The criteria for the award is developing and implementing an action plan to meet the college’s strategic planning and/or Academic Quality Improvement Project goals.

The first award went to Dawn Jirak, Dallas Fossum, Scott Anderson, Roger Jacobs and Heather Goroski (not pictured) for their work on energy savings projects. Managing campus utility expenses is a challenging area as the price of water, electricity, natural gas and coal continues to rise, and usage increases as the campus grows. Through the group’s hard work, NDSCS received $243,000 for energy improvements, which were implemented during spring of 2010, and an additional grant for $392,000 worth of equipment upgrades that will happen during the spring of 2011. With these contributions, NDSCS is expected to decrease energy consumption by approximately 8 to 10 percent, saving nearly one million kilowatts over one year.

The second LIFE award was presented to Jennifer Sanchez, Shari Thompson, Barb Mund and Aggie Fettig for their work on the Degree Audit Project software. With the implementation of Academic Advisement, a software that is used to track requirements and regulations each student must satisfy in order to graduate, advisors and administration can provide better recommendations for course selection. With this software, a student will know immediately how dropping or adding a class will affect program requirements and graduation dates.

The Steeple Award was presented to an employee group who “climbed new heights.” It is awarded for using new and innovative methods to accomplish the recipient’s role on campus. A group of employee volunteers took home the Steeple Award for their work on Math Olympics, an event held to promote math in the rural class B schools in the area. Volunteers from several campus departments worked together to provided a fun, positive environment for area fourth, fifth and sixth graders to showcase their math abilities.

Award winners include: Sherri Metcalf, Sarah Barsness, Kim Dassenko, Larry Merbach, Cheryl Brown, Sybil Priebe, Dr. William Shay, Brian Hagelstrom, and (the following not pictured) Dr. Kristi Jean, Maria Kaduc, Neil Rittenour, Betty Veland, Valerie Erickson and Carrie Leopold.