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Former Lathrop goalie earns WCHA rookie honor

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Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 11:45 pm | Updated: 12:06 pm, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS—Stephon Williams was a big reason for Minnesota State University recording its first-ever sweep at Wisconsin in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series.

The Mavericks freshman goaltender and Lathrop High School graduate was named Tuesday as the Red Baron WCHA Rookie of the Week for backstopping the consecutive 4-2 wins over the Badgers in the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis.

Williams denied 32 shots Friday and turned away 33 Saturday.

On the season, the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder has a 2-3-1 record with a 2.46 goals against average and .910 saves percentage.

• This is an exciting year for John and Carol Renfro of Fairbanks.

They’re the parents of one child who just completed a career in NCAA Division I college athletics and another one whose D-I career is just beginning. The siblings are Southern Utah University student-athletes and West Valley High School graduates.

Cashaana Renfro just wrapped up her volleyball career for the Thunderbirds, earning an honorable mention selection last week on the All-Big Sky Conference team.

The 6-foot-2 middle blocker ranked second in the confererence for blocks per set with a 1.26 average and she led the Thunderbirds with 145 blocks on the season (15 solo and 130 block assists).

She finished with school career records of 432 blocks and a career hitting percentage of .238. Renfro had 819 kills for her career, including the team’s third-best total this season of 240.

Another Renfro sibling, Karole, appeared on Southern Utah’s roster in 2009 and 2011.

The younger John Renfro is getting a taste of Division I men’s basketball this season. The 6-foot-6 redshirt freshman small forward has appeared in four of the Thunderbirds’ five games so far after not playing last season.

In eight minutes of total playing time this season, Renfro has contributed two points, a rebound and a steal. The points came from a pair of free throws during a 112-69 loss to California State Fullerton on Nov. 17 in the World Vision Classic in Reno, Nev.

• Southern Oregon, which includes sophomore running back Taylor Lewis from North Pole, lost 47-44 in overtime against Morningside College Saturday’s NAIA football quarterfinal in Sioux Falls, Iowa.

Southern Oregon stayed in Iowa after defeating St. Ambrose 45-28 in a first-round game in Davenport on Nov. 17.

Morningside advanced to the quarterfinal following a 40-35 first-round win over Montana Tech, which includes sophomore linebacker Sam Warner from Fairbanks.

• Hutchison graduate Kevin Rima scored a season and career-high 18 points and collected three rebounds for the Northwest Nazarene (Idaho) men’s basketball team in Friday’s 74-68 loss to Grand Canyon *University during the Crusaders’ nonconference weekend in Phoenix. The redshirt sophomore forward contributed nine points, seven rebounds, two steals and a block in Saturday’s 78-70 win over San Francisco’s Academy of Art University.

Contact staff writer Danny Martin at 459-7586.

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