Gophers senior Luca Wieland was named the NCAA Division I Men's Athlete of the Week by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association after breaking his program record in the heptathlon (6,089 points) at the SDSU Holiday Open.
Wieland, a native of Saarbrucken, Germany, won six events outright and tied for first in the pole vault. His score was the 12th-best total in NCAA history. He won the 2015 NCAA heptathlon title.
Nine players connected with the Gophers women's hockey team were invited to USA Hockey women's winter training camp from Dec. 12-15 in Plymouth, Mich. They are alumnae Megan Bozek, Hannah Brandt, Amanda Kessel, Gigi Marvin and Anne Schleper, current Gophers Dani Cameranesi, Kelly Pannek and Lee Stecklein and future Gopher Grace Zumwinkle, who has signed to play next season.
The camp will be used to select a team to play Canada on Dec. 17 in Plymouth and on Dec. 19 in Sarnia, Ontario, and to pick the team for the 2017 IIHF Women's World Championships from March 31-April 7.
Two other future Gophers from British Columbia, Amy Potomak and Olivia Knowles, were selected to play for Canada at the U18 IIHF Women's World Championships in the Czech Republic from Jan. 7-15.
• Senior forward Kate Schipper of the Gophers was named the WCHA's co-offensive player of the week. She had two goals in Minnesota's 2-0 victory over Wisconsin on Friday and became the 33rd Gopher to reach 100 career points. She also had an assist in the second game.
Gagliardi finalists set
St. John's linebacker Carter Hanson is one of four finalists for the Gagliardi Trophy. Hanson, a senior from Blue Earth, Minn., is a two-time academic All-America. The winner of the Gagliardi Trophy, awarded to a Division III football player for excellence in athletics, academics and community service, will be announced Dec. 14.
• Outside hitter Alexis Hart of the Gophers was named the North Region freshman of the year in volleyball. She also was named All-Region along with three of her teammates: outside hitter Sarah Wilhite, setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson, and middle blocker/right side hitter Hannah Tapp.
• Gophers sophomore forward Tyler Sheehy was named the Big Ten's second hockey star of the week. He had four goals and an assist in a split with Ohio State.
• Keisha Hampton of the Lynx scored 40 points for Bnot Hertzeliya in a 94-84 victory over Maccabi Ramat Hen in Israel on Monday. She is one of five Lynx members playing overseas now.