The following is an update on former Dassel-Cokato athletes participating in post-secondary athletics in the winter season.
• David Raisanen, hockey, Minot Minotauros. Raisanen has had a phenomenal season for the Minotauros of the NAHL (North American Hockey League). He currently leads the team in goals and points, with 21 goals, 24 assists, and 45 points through 52 games. Minot is second in the Central Division with a 32-19-1 record.
• Olivia Travis, swimming & diving, St. Cloud St. Travis, a freshman, has made an immediate impact for the NCAA Division II Huskies. In the NSIC (Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) Championships, Travis placed 5th in the 100 Backstroke (56.89), 7th in the 200 Backstroke (2:05.23), and 15th in the 50 Free (24.15). She was also part of the 200 Medley Relay team (4th), 400 Medley Relay team (5th), and 800 Freestyle Relay team (6th). The Huskies placed first in the NSIC tournament.
• Hana Pokornowski, swimming & diving, Gustavus Adolphus. Pokornowski, a sophomore, has been a big contributor for the Golden Gusties this season. At the MIAC Championships she placed 10th in the 100 Backstroke (59.95), 16th in the 50 Free (25.12), and 26th in the 200 Backstroke (2:20.17). Gustavus Adolphus finished second at the MIAC tournament.
• Trever Kaiser, basketball, University of Mary. Kaiser, DC’s all-time leading scorer with over 1,600 points, played in 25 games this season as a freshman for the
NCAA Division II Marauders in Bismark, North Dakota. Kaiser averaged 3.4 points per game and 2.0 rebounds per game for the Mauraders, who finished the season 12-17 overall and 9-13 in conference play. U of M lost their first conference playoff game to Wayne St., 84-62.
• Alayna Johnson, basketball, Northern State. Johnson, a sophomore center who finished as DC’s all-time leading scorer, was the fifth-leading scorer for the Wolves this season. Johnson started 10 games, and averaged 6.8 points per game, and 2.8 rebounds per game. Northern State finished with a record of 10-19 overall, 7-15 in the NSIC, and lost their first-round playoff game to Augustana, 80-64.
• Spencer Atkinson, swimming & diving, St. John’s University. Atkinson, a freshman, played a key role for the Johnnies this season, finishing with two top-10 finishes at the MIAC Championships. Atkinson placed 8th in the 100 Backstroke (54.00), 9th in the 200 Backstroke (1:58.88), and 17th in the 200 IM (2:01.62). St. John’s placed 5th out of eight teams at the MIAC tournament.
• Paige Forsman, hockey, St. Scholastica. Forsman, a junior, finished with nine points (4 goals, 5 assists), in 29 games played for the Division III Saints. St. Scholastica finished second in the NCHA Slaats Cup, losing 3-2 in overtime to Adrian in the championship game.
• Maddy Benson, hockey, St. Scholastica. Benson, a sophomore, appeared in three games for the Saints, all in relief. She finished with a 0-0-0 record, a .917 save percentage, and a 2.08 GAA.
• Kait Ryynanen, hockey, Finlandia University. Ryynanen, a junior, had four points (two goals, two assists) in 13 games played for the NCAA Division III Lions. Finlandia had a tough season, as the team finished 1-23 overall.
• Jared Pedersen, hockey, St. Olaf, Freshman. After a successful season with the Thief River Falls Norskies in the Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJYL) in which he had 52 points in 55 games, Pedersen committed to St. Olaf. Pedersen played in only one game this season for the Oles.
• Brody Schmidt, wrestling, North Dakota State University. Schmidt, a sophomore, finished 1-12 on the season in open tournament action for the NCAA Division I Bison.
• Thomas Schumann, swimming & diving, Gustavus Adolphus. Schumann, a senior, contributed in a number of different events for the NCAA Division III Golden Gusties, including the 200 IM, the 100 Breaststroke, and the 200 Medley Relay. Gustavus Adolphus won the MIAC Championships.
• Emily Kivisto, swimming, Concordia-Irvine. Kivisto, a junior, has participated in a number of events for the Eagles, in their second season as an NCAA Division II team. Kivisto has participated in the 400 Medley Relay, the 200 Breaststroke, and the 200 Free Relay, among others.
Editor’s Note: If you know of any other former DC athletes participating at the next level, please contact Sports Editor Brad Salmen at email@example.com.