St. Thomas lefthander Graham Laubscher was named to D3Baseball.com's All-America second team. He also made the American Baseball Coaches Association's All-Midwest first team.
The Tommies (34-8) play Adrian (Mich., 36-8) at 1:15 p.m. Friday in the second game of the NCAA Division III College World Series in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It is their seventh trip to the national tournament since 1999.
Laubscher, a senior who played for Stillwater High School, is the likely starter against Adrian. He was 8-2 with a 2.11 ERA and 109 strikeouts in 76⅔ innings. He is the Tommies' first All-America baseball player since Tyler Peterson in 2014.
Big honor for runner
Carleton senior distance runner Matthew Wilkinson was named the National Men's Track Athlete of the Year for NCAA Division III.
Wilkinson, a Minnetonka High grad, won the 3,000 steeplechase in the national meet in Greensboro, N.C., last week in 8:47.39 — the seventh-fastest time in D-III history. He also won the 5,000 in 13:55.27, the fourth-fastest D-III mark ever.
Auggies hire Short
Jake Short, a former Gophers wrestler and three-time NCAA qualifier from 2016 to '18, was named coach of the Augsburg women's wrestling team.
The past three years, Short has been a coach for Pinnacle, an elite wrestling school in the Twin Cities.
In January 2021, Short was named as the head coach for the Minnesota/USA Wrestling women's state team, leading its practices and training sessions for tournaments.
His father is Will Short, Simley High School's wrestling coach.
• Former Southwest Minnesota State quarterback Jeff Loots is on the 2022 ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame announced. He played for the Mustangs from 1990-92 after playing for St. Paul Central in high school. Those selected for the College Hall of Fame will be announced early next year.
• Four members of the Gophers soccer team — seniors Athena Kuehn and Makenzie Langdok, junior Megan Plaschko and sophomore Katie Duong — were named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District first team. They were recognized for their combined performances on the pitch and in the classroom. Each had at least a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average.
• University of Mary runner Ida Narbuvoll, of Narbuvoll (same as her last name), Norway, was named the National Women's Track Athlete of the Year for NCAA Division II. She won the 5000- and 10,000-meter runs at the national meet last week in Allendale, Mich. She broke a 36-year-old meet record in the 5,000 by more than 20 seconds.
• Senior Simone Wilson, an alumna of Minneapolis Southwest, won the 400 hurdles (60.01) competing for Concordia (Chicago) in the NCAA Division III meet.
• Five NSIC baseball players were named to the NCAA Division II Central All-region first team: junior catcher Will Olson, and sophomore outfielder Carter Howell, Augustana; senior outfielder Joey Werner; sophomore pitcher Collin Denk; and senior pitcher Hunter Even, Minnesota State Mankato.