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Auch earns first-team honors as UMM shares title

The University of Minnesota Morris volleyball team is Upper Midwest Athletic Conference co-champion for the first time in school history and Benson graduate Emily Auch earned All-UMAC first-team honors.

Auch ranked fourth in the conference with 2.83 digs per set and was third in overall in kills. She was tied for fifth in service aces and

17th in digs per set, averaging 2.37 digs per set.

Area players, teams earn all-academic football honors

Area football players Ryan Vraa, Joey Lee, Sawyer Tersteeg, Jacob Goff and Taylor Hollman all earned 2013 Academic All-State honors, according to the Minnesota Football Coaches Association.

Vraa, of New London-Spicer, earned Class AAA all-academic, Tersteeg, of BOLD, and Jacob Goff, of Benson, earned Class AA honors while Holleman was named in the 9-Man division.

Willmar earned academic Gold honors in Class AAAAA, New London-Spicer and Montevideo earned Gold honors in Class AAA, Minnewaska, MACCRAY and Dawson-Boyd are Gold in Class A, and Hancock is Gold in 9-Man.

Benson earned Silver honors in Class AA and Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg and Lac qui Parle Valley were named Silver honorees in Class A.

Manziel draft decision expected before bowl game

Expect Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel to decide before the Aggies’ bowl game whether he’ll stay in college for another year or declare for the NFL Draft, his coach said Friday.

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin plans to sit down with Manziel and discuss the future after the Aggies’ regular-season finale against Missouri on Nov. 30.

Manziel, a redshirt sophomore, is projected as a first-round draft pick should he decide to jump in next year. According to, Manziel is the No. 5 overall prospect and the No. 3 quarterback behind Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater and Oregon’s Marcus Mariota.

Manziel is in the running to become the first player since Ohio State running back Archie Griffin in 1975 to win a second Heisman Trophy. This season, the 2012 Heisman winner has passed for 3,313 yards and 31 touchdowns and run for eight scores in 10 games.

Avalanche goalie Varlamov charged with assault

Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov was formally charged with assault on Friday by the Denver District Attorney, the Denver Post reported.

Varlamov, 25, was arrested after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend at their Denver home on Oct. 30. According to an arrest affidavit, she claimed he knocked her down with a kick and stomped on her chest.

On Friday he was charged with one count of third-degree assault, a misdemeanor.

He was released from custody on a $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Denver County court on Dec. 2.

Varlamov, the team’s No. 1 goalie, has played in eight games since his arrest, going 4-4 in that stretch. For the season, Varlamov has an 11-5-0 record and 2.23 goals-against average.