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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  • Alexandria native Logan Doyle got a unique opportunity to play in some high-stakes basketball games after his graduation from Northern State University.

Doyle was part of the D2 Unheralded team that played in an event called The Basketball Tournament (TBT), which has had games airing on ESPN networks through July and early August. TBT is a 64-team, single-elimination tournament with a $2 million winner-takes-all championship game that was played on Aug. 6 on ESPN. Carmen’s Crew, a team consisting of Ohio State alumni, and Golden Eagles, made up of former Marquette players, are the two teams that advanced to the championship. Carmen’s Crew won the title by a 66-60 score.

Doyle, who helped lead Northern State University to the Division II national title game in 2018 as a senior forward, joined other top players of recent years from Division II programs on that D2 Unheralded team. They played Bluegrass Kentucky in the opening round and beat the former Kentucky Wildcat players 77-62. Doyle played almost 13 minutes in that game, scoring two points and grabbing a rebound.

D2 Unheralded’s run came to an end in the following round during a close game against the Fort Wayne Champs. D2 was up 11 points in the second half of that one but fell by an 83-81 score as Fort Wayne got 17 points from former University of Georgia guard Travis Leslie. Doyle had two more points in that game, while grabbing six rebounds.

  • Ashby high school graduate Jacey Schlosser turned some heads in the Concordia College track and field program after earning all-conference honors during her freshman season last spring.

Jacey Schlosser
Jacey Schlosser

The thrower competed in the shot put and discuss on her way to qualifying for the MIAC indoor and outdoor conference championships. She placed third in the shot put at both events.

At the end of the indoor season, she set a personal-best shot put throw (41.975), which was good enough for ninth in school history. Her personal-best outdoor throw (40.1175) landed her at 13th in school history and on the MIAC all-conference list.

Schlosser excels on the field and in the classroom. She was one of 631 NCAA women's athletes who had a GPA of 3.30, competed in an NCAA Indoor or Outdoor Championships and finished the regular season ranked in the top-50 in an individual event or top-35 in a relay. Schlosser is an elementary education major.

As she progressed through her freshman year, she has begun to learn new events such as the weight throw, hammer throw and javelin. The Concordia throwing program was the ninth-ranked Division III shot put program in the country and 14th-ranked in discuss.

  • Summer time in football means both individual and team camp opportunities for athletes, which in turn can lead to added exposure for players in front of college coaches.

Area players Cody Branson of Alexandria and Luke Imdieke of Osakis have both reported offers to play football at the college level after this summer.

Cody Branson
Cody Branson

Branson, a wide receiver and defensive back last fall who will be a senior for the Cardinals this school year, has been offered a couple opportunities at the Division II level from the University of Mary and Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Both those schools play in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

Luke Imdieke
Luke Imdieke

Imdieke also reported an offer from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Imdieke was named Osakis’ team MVP as a junior last fall.

He was an all-district and All-Section 6AA running back and linebacker for the Silverstreaks. Imdieke led the team in rushing with 1,278 yards on 167 carries, good for a 7.65-yard-per-carry average, while also racking up nine touchdowns on the ground.