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34 from Ridgewater earn MCAC academic awards

Jessica Kalenberg in two sports and 33 other student-athletes from Ridgewater recently earned Minnesota College Athletic Conference academic awards in winter and spring sports.

Athletes are given MCAC academic recognition if they have a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 or better at the end of the semester in which the majority of the sport season occurs and they have enrolled in and completed a minimum of 12 credits during that semester.

Kalenberg collected the awards while playing basketball in the winter and softball in the spring. Other winter winners were, in women’s basketball, Raeann Sorenson; in men’s basketball, Beau Herrig, Zak Pendleton and Jake Rambow; and in wrestling, Kyle Carda, Joel Koch, Trevor Mahlum, Zane Peterson, Eugene Stepan, Brady Thisius, Klinton VanHeuveln, Frank Wilczek and Dennis Wilson.

Spring winners were, in baseball, Trenton Berg, Daniel Blackstad, Brandon Bornhorst, Gideon Burnham, Jacob Comnick, Lucas Kruse, Daniel Maras, Erich Prokosch, Brandon Roelike, Scott Salfer, Bryan Shaw, Cal Swedzinski and Austin Thorstad; and in softball, Dani Emkes, Brielle Hauge, Brenna Holwerda, Datriana Jensen, Alicia Koenen, Justine Otremba and Kari Shipman.

Three from area to play in all-star football game

Willmar offensive lineman Cass Herzog, Dawson-Boyd defensive lineman Brandon Schmitt and Minnewaska linebacker Nathan Snider have been selected to play in the 40th annual Minnesota High School All-Star Football Game that is Saturday, June 29 at St. Cloud State University.

The three area participants will be on the North roster with 41 other players. The game will showcase senior players representing 82 schools from 35 conferences during the 2012 season chosen by members of the Minnesota Football Coaches Association.

The game starts at 1 p.m. at Husky Stadium.

N.J. bans trash-talking in high school sports

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey high school athletes who talk trash could find their teams penalized and themselves under investigation by the state Civil Rights Division.

The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association and the state Attorney General’s Office announced the new policy on Wednesday.

They say it brings athletic events into line with the state’s anti-bullying law for schools.

The sports policy goes into place this fall.

Participants could be in trouble if they make harassing statements related to gender, race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or religion. Referees would also be required to report incidents for possible further investigation.