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Where are they now: Steidl wins another title with NDSU

Aaron Steidl1 / 4
Parker Revering2 / 4
Amanda Christianson3 / 4
Logan Doyle4 / 4

This is a look at how some area athletes are doing at their respective colleges or in their athletic careers. Similar pieces will run periodically through the fall, winter and spring seasons.

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• The North Dakota State University football team continued its dominance of the NCAA Division I FCS level on Jan. 6 after winning its sixth national championship in the last seven seasons.

James Madison was averaging 36 points per game and was undefeated coming into the title game, but the Dukes did not have an answer for the Bison's defense.

NDSU allowed just 11.6 points per game to opponents this season behind a defense that included Carlos native Aaron Steidl.

Steidl, a redshirt junior this season, started all 15 games at defensive tackle for the Bison and took on a lot of blocks up front to free up his teammates for tackles. He finished with a total of 32 takedowns, including 4.5 tackles for loss and had eight quarterback hurries this season.

Steidl assisted on two tackles in the national championship game, including one for loss. He went from being a walk-on with the Bison after graduating from Jefferson High School in 2014 to working his way into the rotation at defensive tackle as a redshirt freshman in 2015.

Steidl became a fixture on the line by starting all 14 games in 2016 before carrying that into another nice season up front as a junior.

The Bison finished the season 14-1 with the only loss coming in a Nov. 4 game to South Dakota State University.

• Alexandria native Logan Doyle is part of a balanced Northern State University men's basketball team that is off to a 16-1 start through Jan. 8 and is ranked 13th in the nation in the Division II NABC Coaches Poll.

Doyle, a 6-foot, 8-inch senior forward, is averaging 10.8 points and 6.8 rebounds through 17 starts with the Wolves. He is shooting 60 percent from the field (69-114) and 72 percent from the free throw line (46-64).

Doyle is one of five Northern State players who average double figures. Redshirt junior guard Ian Smith leads the team in that category at 13.6 points per game.

The Wolves lost their second game of the season to Division II's top-ranked Northwest Missouri State (13-1) on Nov. 12. Since then, they have rattled off 15 straight wins. Northern State leads the North half of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference with a 10-0 league record.

• Alexandria native Parker Revering has worked his way through the junior hockey level the last three seasons and earned a shot to play Division I hockey after committing to American International College in late November.

The school, based in Springfield, Mass, is a member of the NCAA's Atlantic Hockey Conference.

Revering, now 20-years-old, has played for the Brookings Blizzard in the North American Hockey League for three seasons. He was an anchor on the Brookings' blue line while playing in 139 games and tallying 41 points (12 goals, 29 assists). Nine of those points came in 28 games played with the Blizzard this season.

Revering recently joined the United States Hockey League, the top junior hockey level in the country, with the Sioux Falls Stampede. He had played in two games as of Jan. 9.

• Alexandria native Amanda Christianson is the third leading scorer for the St. Cloud State University women's basketball team.

Christianson, a senior guard for the Huskies, has started all 13 games and is second on the team in minutes played at 26.8 per night.

She has put up 8.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. Christianson is shooting nearly 41 percent from three to help St. Cloud State get off to a 9-4 start to its season.

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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