Of five Minnesotans on the roster of the Creighton University women’s basketball team, three are freshmen from the east metro.
Sydney Lamberty has started 19 of the Blue Jays’ 24 games and is the team’s third-leading scorer, averaging 10.1 points per game. She is a 2014 first-team All-Metro selection and the leading scorer in Park of Cottage Grove team history with nearly 2,300 career points,
Forest Lake’s Bailey Norby has started eight games at forward for Creighton and averages 1.7 points per game. Kylie Brown, a 6-foot-3 forward from Simley, has seen limited playing time.
The two other Minnesotans are Marissa Janning, a junior from Watertown-Mayer who leads the team in scoring at 16.1 points per game, and M.C. McGrory, a sophomore from Edina who has started all 24 games and averages 8.6 points.
Creighton (14-10) is located in Omaha, Neb.
Milestone on the mat
Woodbury senior 138-pound wrestler Ty Johnson picked up his 150th career victory in the Class 3A, Section 4 team championships on Feb. 14. Woodbury finished as runner-up to White Bear Lake in the meet.
Nikki Klingsporn, the former Tartan athlete who was the Star Tribune 2005 Metro Volleyball Player of the Year, was recently hired as an assistant volleyball coach at Ohio State. Klingsporn was an All-America setter at Marquette. Ohio State coach Geoff Carlston, who hired Klingsporn, is a Minnesota native who coached at Hopkins.
Earlier this month, Forest Lake became the first school to win the boys’ Alpine and Nordic skiing state team championships since Bloomington Jefferson in 1986.