Four Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference athletes were named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association's Division II All-America first team.

They are seniors Kelsey Chambers, a right-side hitter, and Drew Smith, a setter for Northern State, and Mariah Scharf, an outside hitter for Minnesota Duluth, and junior Riley Hanson, a middle blocker for Concordia (St. Paul).

Hanson's classmate, Emma Lange, a right-side hitter, made the All-America second team.

Mortenson picked

Minnesota United FC selected Mortenson Construction, which is working on the Vikings' U.S. Bank Stadium, as the construction manager for the team's planned $120 million, 20,000-seat soccer stadium in St. Paul.

Construction in the Midway area is planned to begin in 2016.


• Senior guard Rachel Banham of the Gophers was named to Naismith Trophy watch list for the third consecutive year. The award goes to the player of the year in women's college basketball.

• Juniors Matt Barnard and Lexi Tenenbaum of the Gophers were named the Big Ten divers of the week. Barnard broke the school records in the 3-meter and platform events at the Jean K. Freeman Invitational to win his fifth weekly conference award this season. Tenenbaum won the platform event and finished second in the 3-meter event in the same meet with NCAA Zone Diving qualifying scores. It was her second weekly award.

• Junior Luca Wieland and senior Jess Lehman of the Gophers were named the Big Ten field athletes of the week. Wieland won the heptathlon with a national best score of 5,789 at a meet last weekend at St. Scholastica in Duluth. Lehman won the women's pentathlon in the same meet with a national best of 4,242.

• Senior offensive tackle David Simmet of St. Thomas was named the winner of the MIAC's Elite 22 Award in football. It's given in recognition of combined excellence in athletics and academics.