College athletes: Hanson, former Elk, heads for D-I softball regionals with IPFW

Kayti Hanson, Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne second baseman
Kayti Hanson, Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne second baseman


Elk River’s Kayti Hanson will play in the NCAA Division I softball regionals starting Friday with  Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne after the Mastadons clinched a berth by winning the Summit League tournament last weekend.

Hanson, sophomore second baseman, was 5-for-11 at the playr as the Mastadons went 3-1 in the playoffs at Fargo and turned back North Dakota State 7-4 in the finals.

IPFW (34-14) will face Louisville (46-11) on Friday, 7:30 p.m. in Louisville. The regional also includes Alabama-Birmingham and UCLA.

Hanson is batting .250 (27-for-108) in 46 games with 21 runs,  25 walks (second on the team). a .396 on-base-percentage, and 11 steals (third on the team in 12 attempts. Her fielding percentage is .942.

Hanson was the shortstop on the Elks’ 2009 state championship team. She was also in basketball and cross country.

Ashlee Lindeen, St. Cloud State freshman golfer from Elk River, played in 11 of 15 tournaments and averaged 89.7, tied for fifth on the team. She placed 37th place with 374 in the 13-team Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (18 holes at Bemidji on Oct. 6-7 and  18 holes in Smithville, Mo. on April 20-21). The Huskies finished eighth.

Andrea Dwyer, Concordia-St. Paul sophomore golfer from Elk River, played  in 12 of the 16 tournaments and averaged 84.67, fourth-best on the team. She placed ninth with 77-78-155 at the Upper Iowa tournament April 7-8 to help the Golden Bears place second among 11 teams in Moravia, Iowa.

Sadie Martin, Augustana freshman golfer from Elk River, played in eight of 24 tournaments and averaged 82.25, sixth on the team, with one top-ten finish. Augustana was NSIC champion.

Alex Kline of Elk River and Jordan Rykal of Rogers, both freshmen, helped the South Dakota golf team place second among nine teams (behind Kansas City) in the Summit League tournament April 22-24 in Keller, Texas. Kline was third in the team and 11th overall with 75-73-79–227. Rykal was fourth on the team and 22nd overall with 79-75-70–233.

Andy Peterson, Northwestern College (St. Paul) junior pitcher and first baseman from Rogers, has a 6-3 record, 2.52 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 60 innings. He’s hitting .284 (21-for-74) with 11 RBI for the Eagles (17-18). Peterson was named UMAC player of the week March 26 after pitching a 6-1 win over Marian (WI).

Bethani Athey, freshman from Elk River, is the catcher for the Dakota County Tech softball team which has an 18-7 record and is ranked No. 5 national in Division II for junior colleges. The team does not keep statistics.