Riverland Community College took on a trio of opponents over the past week with each contest a road game for the Blue Devils. Sophia Waldner led the way with some great outings for Riverland and has received the MCAC Southern Division Player-of-the-Week for her efforts.
In a 63-53 win over the JV team of Crown College, Waldner poured in 29 points, grabbed ten boards and had four assists. On the road against Hibbing Community College, Waldner had 11 points and six rebounds. To wrap up the week, she chipped in another 22 points, six rebounds and five assists against Rainy River Community College.
Riverland is off until January 4, when they take on JV team of Luther College.
Angel Williams of Minneapolis, MN played for Minneapolis Transitions HS.
Jauntanay Prado, front, of Minneapolis, MN played for Patrick Henry HS.
Sophia Waldner, middle, of Hayfield, MN played for Hayfield HS.
Karina Vasquez-Agulilar, middle, of Austin, MN played at Southland HS.
2017-2018 Signee not pictured:
Returners from 2016-2017 Season:
Riverland Community College has named Douglas J. Waldner (Hayfield) as women's basketball coach. His coaching responsibilities will include conducting practices, coordinating athlete conditioning, travel with the team, recruiting future players and other related responsibilities.
The Riverland woman's basketball program has been going through a restructuring phase and suspended its 2015-2016 women’s basketball season while searching to hire a new coach. "I am very excited we were able to hire Doug," said David Lillemon, Riverland athletic director. He will bring us a new philosophy and energy to bring the women's basketball program back for the 2016-2017 season. He will be focused on building an entire team with a lot of optimism."
Waldner received his PhD in Biological Sciences with and emphasis in infectious diseases and a bachelor of science (BS) degree in agronomy, from South Dakota State University. He is currently the assistant basketball coach for Rochester Community and Technical College women's basketball team. He is also the founder and coach for the Southern Minnesota Wave boys' and girls' basketball teams. Waldner served head coach for the Southern Minnesota ELITE 10th Grade girls' team during the 2013-2014 seasons. He has also coached elementary and middle school teams in Hayfield and Brookings, SD. "We are excited to have Douglas joining the Riverland Athletic Department coaching staff, said Gary Schindler, Riverland dean of students. "He has a strong background in amateur and college coaching, and is well connected with area coaches in the region."
Riverland Community College is a member of the Minnesota Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC) and National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XIII. Eligibility requirements are established by the NJCAA and the MCAC. The Riverland athletics program includes men’s soccer, basketball and baseball and women’s volleyball, basketball and fastpitch softball.
Women's Basketball Coach