Hassing, Hendricksen help spur Mavs

MANKATO – Spurring on the Mavericks.

Freshman middle blocker Krista Hassing and senior defensive specialist Briel Hendricksen have contributed stellar statistics to the Minnesota State University, Mankato volleyball team’s solid start this fall.

Hassing, a former Blue Earth Area High School three-sport standout, has utilized her 6-foot frame and outstanding vertical jump to record 41 kills and 11 total blocks during the Mavericks’ 10 matches this season.

From a backrow perspective, Hendricksen – a former Jackson County Central High School athletic standout – has put her quick reflexes and lateral speed to the test in making 33 digs, in addition to a .958 service reception clip.

The 5-5 Hendricksen also has shown her prowess at the service line, delivering a team-leading 12 aces on the campaign. Hendricksen has connected on 99 of 106 serves for 92.9 percent.

Hassing, Hendricksen and the MSU Maverick spikers (6-4 overall, 2-1 Northern Sun) continue conference action by playing host to St. Cloud State at 7 p.m. Friday night before squaring off against NCAA Division II top-ranked University of Minnesota-Duluth at 4 p.m. Saturday. Both matches will be held at the Taylor Center on the MSU campus in Mankato.


New director of athletics development.

Brandon Thiesse will put his fund-raising skills to work after being selected to that post at Minnesota State University, Mankato, on Tuesday.

The former Fairmont High School athletic standout “will focus on soliciting major gifts to benefit the athletic department, including facilitating donor relations and stewardship of current supporters,” according to the university’s website.

Thiesse, a former four-year football letterwinner at South Dakota State University from 1999-2002, served as a professional territory representative for Forest Laboratories recently after working as a development director at SDSU from 2006-10.

Thiesse resides in Mankato with his wife, Emilee – the current MSU, Mankato head women’s basketball coach – and their daughter, Tadlee.


The time is drawing closer.

Only nine days separate the 2013 inductees from taking their rightful place in the Fairmont Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, Oct. 5.

Former Cardinal greats Lee Baarts, Bill Cernoch, Katy Eisenmenger-Fuentes, Barb Hall, Jeff Stewart, Jake Tietje, Marcia (Torgerson) Schaefer and Jill (Wolverton) Svilar will become the 20th class to be selected to the Hall of Fame.

The doors at Fairmont High School will open at 4:45 p.m. Oct. 5, with the banquet taking place in the commons starting at 5:30 p.m., followed by the main program at about 6:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.

Tickets for the event cost $10 per person, and are still available for purchase from the Fairmont High School activities office, Hall of Fame committee chairperson and FHS activities director Mat Mahoney, HyVee in Fairmont or by contacting Sentinel sports editor and committee member Charlie Sorrells in person or by calling the newspaper office at (507) 235-3303 and leaving a voice mail at Extension 128.

Tickets also are available by contacting Hall of Fame committee members Bob Bonk, Joe Burns, Brad Gerhardt, Judy Lohrenz, Sue Mosloski and Sue Ruen.