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Alumni update: Gach, Gophers make a push to the top 25

Austin native Both Gach and the Golden Gophers are rolling.

With Gach in the starting lineup, the Gophers are ranked No. 21 in the nation after beating Iowa 102-95 in OT and topping Michigan State 81-56.

Gach had seven points, six rebounds and five assists against Iowa and he added six points, nine rebounds and three assists against the Spartans.

The junior transfer from Utah is averaging 11.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, while shooting 45 percent from the field, 36 percent on three-pointers and 83 percent on free throws.

Up next for Gach and the Gophers is a trip to Madison, Wis., where Minnesota will take on the No. 6 ranked Badgers. The game is at 3:30 p.m. Thursday and will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.

Austin grad Tate Hebrink and the Valley City State University Vikings have played just one game in the month of December, but they made it count as they beat Dickinson State University 94-68 on Dec. 13.

Hebrink had 12 points on five-of-shooting while grabbing two rebounds and two assists for the Vikings (7-1 overall) in that win.

VCU’s next scheduled game is vs. Oak Hills Christian College in Valley City at 3 p.m. Sunday.

LeRoy-Ostrander grad Trey Hungerholt has been seeing his first varsity action at Viterbo University this season as he logged in six minutes and grabbed four rebounds for the V-Hawks (3-2 overall) in an 80-64 win over Cardinal Stritch University on Nov. 21.

Viterbo is scheduled to play at Bellevue University at 5 p.m. on Jan. 2.

Austin grad AJ Nywesh has played a pair of games for KK Vardar in North Macedonia this season. Nywesh is averaging 4 points and 3 rebounds per game, while shooting 33 percent on three-pointers.

KK Vardar competes in the Macedonian Superleague and the team has played four games this season.

Nywesh started 12 games for KK Vardar in 2019-2020 and he averaged 18.3 points per game.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Former Lyle-Pacelli standout Kristi Fett will soon get a chance to begin her junior season at Minnesota State University as the Mavericks are scheduled to play at Bemidji State University at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Felt averaged 10.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game last season and she was named to the Division II-Academic team and was on the NSIC All-Academic Team of Excellence.

MEN’S SOCCER

Austin grad Abel Grebrekiros will get another chance to play Division I soccer at Gardner-Webb University this spring.

Gardner-Webb will play an eight match season that begins on Feb. 18. The Big South Championship Semifinals and Finals will be held April 12-18.

Gebrekiros started seven games last season as he finished with eight goals and four assists on 24 shots.