Loeslie, other area athletes excelling in college sports
WORTHINGTON -- Kasey Loeslie had a match-high 23 kills Friday to lead Southwest Minnesota State University's volleyball team to a 3-2 victory (25-18, 21-15, 23-25, 25-23, 15-4) over visiting Winona State University.
Loeslie, a 2004 graduate of Tracy-Milroy-Balaton, is one of many athletes who graduated from area high schools and currently are having significant collegiate success.
At T-M-B, Loeslie was a four-year letterwinner and a three-year starter. She twice was named to the all-Camden Conference team, and, in 2003, she was named to the Minnesota Coaches Association all-state team.
After being named an all-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference honorable mention in 2006, Loeslie played in just four matches and five games last season because of an injury. She received a medical redshirt and returned this season for her senior year.
Loeslie didn't play in the Mustangs' 3-0 victory over Upper Iowa on Saturday, but she still leads SMSU in kills (269), attack percentage (.354), blocks (77) and points (317).
Loeslie ranks third in the NSIC in hitting percentage and sixth in both kills and total points.
The Mustangs (20-2, 9-1) currently are ranked No. 5 in the national poll.
Loeslie isn't the only area athlete excelling for SMSU.
Zach Wysong, a graduate of Hills-Beaver Creek, had 10 receptions for 79 yards Saturday in the Mustangs' 39-20 loss at Augustana (S.D.).
Wysong, a junior running back, also had seven carries for 14 yards. SMSU's leading rusher, he has 130 carries for 526 yards and five touchdowns this season. He also has 41 receptions for 329 yards and a score.
Matt Carmody, a graduate of Pipestone Area, blocked two extra-point attempts against Augustana.
The junior defensive end has started all seven games for the Mustangs, recording 20 tackles.
Levi Bullerman, an Adrian graduate, has started all seven games at outside linebacker, recording 18 tackles and a sack.
For the Vikings, Joe Klumper, a Worthington graduate, had one reception for six yards against SMSU.
The junior wide receiver has 16 receptions for 218 yards this season.
Katie Newgard also was busy Saturday for Augustana.
The four-year letterwinner and two-time all-Southwest Conference selection from Pipestone Area had seven kills and two blocks to lead the Vikings' volleyball team to a sweep over Minnesota-Crookston.
A senior middle blocker, Newgard leads Augustana in blocks (52) and is second in both kills (214) and points (251.5).
One of Newgard's former Southwest Conference opponents also his having significant collegiate success on the volleyball court.
Lindsay Vortherms, a Windom graduate, has a teamleading 356 digs for the University of North Dakota.
The junior defensive specialist recorded 459 digs two years ago -- the fourth-highest total in Fighting Sioux history.
PA graduate Larissa Veldhuizen and Edgerton graduate Kelsey Van Dyke each are playing well for Dordt College (Iowa).
Van Dyke, a freshman, ranks second on her team in kills (242) and digs (260).
Veldhuizen, a junior, has 114 kills and 25 blocks on the season. Her former teammate at Pipestone Area, Beth Tinklenberg, also plays for Dordt.
Freshman outside hitter Mallory Fultz, a T-M-B graduate, currently ranks fifth in kills (64) and blocks (21) for the College of St. Catherine (St. Paul, Minn.).
Junior offensive lineman Casey Knips, an Adrian graduate, has started five of six games for South Dakota State's football team.