Jade Schultz, a 5-9 senior guard from New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva, has verbally committed to play for the Gophers women’s basketball team.

“Coach [Pam] Borton has shown increased interest in the last month and has reason to believe that Jade can bring some great assets to the Gopher program in the future,” NRHEG coach John Schultz wrote in an e-mail.

Schultz’s teammate, Carlie Wagner, has signed a letter of intent to play for the Gophers next season.

The Panthers (27-0), the defending Class 2A state champions, defeated Waterville-Elysian-Morristown, 45-34, in the Class 2A, Section 2 semifinals on Monday. The Panthers have won 57 consecutive games.

Curling teams chosen for worlds

USA Curling has announced that teams skipped by Pete Fenson of Bemidji and Allison Pottinger of Eden Prairie have been chosen to compete at the world curling championships later this month.

Fenson won his eighth U.S. championship Saturday, leading a team that includes Shawn Rojeski of Chisholm and Joe Polo of Duluth to the men’s title at the USA Curling Nationals in Philadelphia. Pottinger’s team lost in the women’s finals at nationals, but it was awarded the berth at worlds based on most points compiled in major events. The team includes Natalie Nicholson of Bemidji and Tabitha Peterson of Eagan.

The women’s championships begin Saturday in Saint John, New Brunswick. The men’s worlds begin March 29 in Beijing.

Minnesota United wins overseas friendly

Minnesota United won 3-0 in a friendly against Matlock Town FC in the first game on its preseason British tour. Christian Ramirez, Cristiano Dias and Nate Polak scored goals.


• The Gophers announced that they have extended their football radio deal with Clear Channel-owned KFAN 100.3-FM for three years, through the 2016 season.

• Concordia (St. Paul) announced that men’s basketball coach Kelly Boe will not return. Boe just completed his eighth season as the Golden Bears coach. The Golden Bears were 8-19 this season. Boe had an overall record of 108-112, with a 78-86 record in Northern Sun play.