2012 Season History

2012 Teams

 

Pictures taken this entire year are now posted on our new photo website by CrossCourt Images

July 10-21, 2012 Northern Lights Europe Trip

From July 10-July 21 Northern Lights will be touring Amsterdam, Belgium, Paris, Geneva, and Milan playing various European Youth teams.

A day-by-day journal can be read by clicking here.

June 28-July 7 USJNC’s Columbus Ohio

Mizuno Northern Lights 17-1’s are the National Champions in the 17 Open Division!

Mizuno Northern Lights 15-2’s place 3rd in the 15 National Division

Northern Lights has 7 teams competing in Columbus for the US Junior National Championships.

Northern Lights USJNC All Tournament Selections

Player Name Team
Alyssa Goehner Northern Lights 17-1
Samantha Swenson – MVP Northern Lights 17-1
Sarah Wilhite Northern Lights 17-1
Lydia Dimke Northern Lights 16-1
Samantha Flattum Northern Lights 16-2
Rebecca Hawkins Northern Lights 15-2
Lauren Mattison Northern Lights 15-2
Team Final Finish Division
17-1 1st 17 Open
17-2 17th 17 National
16-1 6th 16 Open
16-2 5th 16 National
15-1 9th 15 Open
15-2 3rd 15 National
14-1 10th 14 Open

 June 18-27 AAU National Championship Trip

This year Northern Lights placed 11 of it’s 22 teams into the Gold Brackets at the AAU National Championships, and won four National Championships and medaled a total of 7 teams. Congratulations to 18-1, 18-2, 17-1, 17-2, 17-Red, 17-White, 16-2, 15-1, 15-Red, 15-2 & 13-1’s for making it into the Gold Championship Brackets.


Mizuno Northern Lights 15-1 win the AAU National
Championships 15 Open

Mizuno Northern Lights 15-Red win the AAU National Championships 15 Classic

Mizuno Northern Lights 17-White win the AAU National Championships 17 Classic

Mizuno Northern Lights 16-2 win the AAU National
Championships 16 Club

Mizuno Northern Lights 17-Red place 2nd at the AAU National Championships 17 Classic

Mizuno Northern Lights 18-2 place 2nd at the AAU National Championships 18 Club

Mizuno Northern Lights 17-1 place 3rd at the AAU National Championships 17 Open


Click here to read a day-by-day journal of AAU’s by Northern Lights players.

Northern Lights AAU All American Selections

Player Name Team
Maggie Holcombe – MVP Northern Lights 17-White
Anne Ladwig Northern Lights 17-White
Morgan Schultz Northern Lights 17-White
Brianna Pernsteiner Northern Lights 17-Red
Camille Schultz Northern Lights 17-Red
Ida Steingas Northern Lights 17-Red
Samantha Flattum – MVP Northern Lights 16-2
Sydney Foss Northern Lights 16-2
Afton Sobasky Northern Lights 16-2
Kelsey Chambers Northern Lights 18-2
Ashley Dahly Northern Lights 18-2
Emilee Gutzmer Northern Lights 18-2
Alyssa Goehner Northern Lights 17-1
Samantha Swenson Northern Lights 17-1
Mira Grinsfelder Northern Lights 15-1
Natalie Haben – MVP Northern Lights 15-1
Jade Tingelhoff Northern Lights 15-1
Jesse Noltimier Northern Lights 15-Red
RubySummer Lord-Moreland Northern Lights 15-Red
Ingrid Werner – MVP Northern Lights 15-Red
Abby Ihrke Northern Lights 15-2
Team Final Finish Division
18-1 9th – Gold Bracket 18 Open
18-2 2nd – Gold Bracket 18 Club
18-Black 55th 18 Club
17-1 3rd – Gold Bracket 17 Open
17-2 9th – Gold Bracket 17 Club
17-Black 22nd 17 Club
17-Red 2nd – Gold Bracket 17 Classic
17-White 1st 17 Classic
16-1 15th 16 Open
16-2 1st 16 Club
16-Black 57th 16 Club
16-Red 11th 16 Classic
16-White 14th 16 Classic
15-1 1st 15 Open
15-2 5th – Gold Bracket 15 Club
15-Black 35th 15 Club
15-Red 1st 15 Classic
15-White 15th 15 Classic
14-1 15th 14 Open
14-2 23rd 14 Club
13-1 5th – Gold Bracket 13 Open
12-1 17th 12 Open

 June 3, 2012 – Northern Lights Year End Banquet

The 2012 Northern Lights Year End Banquet was a huge success with 760+ people attending. The 17-Black’s winning team video was an overwhelming favorite, the 150 scrapbook pages were very impressive and the raffle prizes were a hit. Thanks to everyone who helped with the banquet and congratulations to Thuy Vo for winning the 2012 Northern Lights Quilt.

We also would like to extend our congratulations to Alex Berger who was voted by the coaches to receive the 2012 Maurice Batie Award of Excellence at the Banquet. The award was presented to Alex by Taylor Voss, last year’s winner. Pictures of the banquet can be viewed by clicking here

You can view a couple of the banquet shows from this year by clicking here.

Northern Lights Wins Gold and Silver at National Junior Classic

Congratulations to the 17-2s team for winning the 17 Club Division in an all Northern Lights Championship beating the 17-Black Team. Lauren Houg earned Tournament MVP while Sara Biermaier, Nora Reed, Alex Brown and Maggie Perrel earned All-Tournament Team honors.

Congratulations to the 16-2s team for winning the 16 Club Division. Samantha Flattum earned Tournament MVP while Sydney Foss and Kelly Madison earned All-Tournament Team honors.

Congratulations to the 16-1s team for finishing 2nd in the 16 Open Division. Kylee Zumach and Lydia Dimke earned All-Tournament Team honors.

Congratulations to the 15-1s team for finishing 2nd in the 15 Open Division. Natalie Haben and Jessica Wolf earned All-Tournament Team honors.

3rd Annual 12’s Cup

Congratulations to the Northern Lights 12-1 team for winning the 3rd Annual 12’s cup. They defeated Cannon Crush 12-1 in two sets for the championship. The 12-2 team finished 6th and the 11-1 team finished 8th.

Northern Lights Wins Gold Divisions of SMV Spring Tournament

Northern Lights teams again traveled to Rochester for the one-day, SMV Spring Tournament, winning the three top divisions.

Congratulations to the 14-2 team for winning the 14 Gold Division. The 13-2 and 14-Black teams finished third.

Congratulations to the 15-Black team for winning the 16 Gold Division. The 16-White team finished second, while the 15-Red and 15-White teams finished third.

Congratulations to the 18-2s for winning the 18 Gold Division having to beat the 18-Black team in the final.

 

Northern Lights Wins Gold Divisions of 14th Annual Rochester Cup

Northern Lights teams traveled to Rochester for the two-day, 14th Annual Rochester Cup, winning both of the top divisions.

Congratulations to the 16-Red team for winning the 16 Gold Division, defeating the NL 15-2 team in the final.  NL 16-Black, NL 15-2, and NL 16-Red all made the final four, with 15-2 defeating 16-Black in the first semi-final.

Congratulations to the 13-1 team for winning the 14 Gold Division, defeating the WA Lightning 14-1 in the final.

Northern Lights Wins All Divisions at the AAU Super Regional

Northern Lights hosted the 1st Annual Northern Lights AAU Super Regional on the weekends of May 5/6 and 12/13, with our teams sweeping ALL of the divisions!

Congratulations to the 18-1 team for winning the 18’s division. They defeated MN Select 18-1 in the final.

Congratulations to the 17-1 team for winning the 17’s division. They defeated M1 17-1 in the final.

Congratulations to the 16-1 team for winning the 16’s division. They defeated M1 16-1 in the final.

Congratulations to the 15-2 team for winning the 15’s division. They defeated our 15-1 team an a tremendous 23-25, 27-25, 18-16 final match.

Congratulations to the 14-1 team for winning the 14’s division. They defeated our 14-2 team in the final.

Northern Lights wins all Divisions at the North Country Region Metro Championships.

The weekend of April 28-29 was very successful for all of the Northern Lights teams. The club won all age divisions we were entered in. NCR calls the top Division the “Red” Division and the 2nd level the “Blue” Division.

Congratulations to the 18-2 team for winning the 18’s division. They defeated our NL 18-Black team in the finals.

Congratulations to the 17-1 team for winning the 17 Red Division. They defeated M1 171 in the finals.

Congratulations to the 17-White team for winning the 17 Blue Division. They defeated Burnsville 17 in the finals.

Congratulations to the 16-1 team for winning the 16 Red Division. They defeated M1 161 in the finals.

Congratulations to the 15-1 team for winning the 15 Red Division. They defeated our NL 15-Black team in the finals.

Congratulations to the 15-White team for winning the 15 Blue Division.

Congratulations to the 14-1 team for winning the 14 Red Division. They defeated Club 43 in the finals.

Congratulatioins to the 13-1 team for winning the 13 Red Division. They defeated NL 13 Red in the finals.

Congratulations to the 12-1 team for winning the 12 Red Division. They defeated Lakeville North 12’s in the finals.

24 of the 29 NL teams were in the Gold Championship brackets and many ended up playing each other in the quarter & semi finals.

Team Finish Division
18-1 3rd (Gold Bracket) 18’s
18-2 1st (Gold Bracket) 18’s
18-Black 2nd(Gold Bracket) 18’s
17-1 1st (Gold Bracket) 17 Red
17-2 5th (Gold Bracket) 17 Red
17-Black 5th (Gold Bracket) 17 Red
17-Red 11th 17 Red
17-White 1st (Gold Bracket) 17 Blue
16-1 1st (Gold Bracket) 16 Red
16-2 3rd (Gold Bracket) 16 Red
16-Black 9th (Silver Bracket winner) 16 Red
16-Red 10th 16 Red
16-White 5th (Gold Bracket) 16 Red
15-1 1st (Gold Bracket) 15 Red
15-2 3rd (Gold Bracket) 15 Red
15-Black 2nd(Gold Bracket) 15 Red
15-Red 5th (Gold Bracket) 15 Red
15-White 1st (Gold Bracket) 15 Blue
14-1 1st (Gold Bracket) 14 Red
14-2 3rd (Gold Bracket) 14 Red
14-Black 5th (Gold Bracket) 14 Red
14-Red 10th 14 Red
13-1 1st (Gold Bracket) 13 Red
13-2 3rd (Gold Bracket) 13 Red
13-Black 5th (Gold Bracket) 13 Red
13-Red 2nd(Gold Bracket) 13 Red
12-1 1st (Gold Bracket) 12 Red
12-2 9th (Silver Bracket winner) 12 Red
11-1 5th (Gold Bracket) 12 Red

NL 15-2 Wins Northern Lights Qualifier & puts 4 teams in the Gold!

Congratulations to the 15-2 team for winning the Northern Lights National Qualifier 15 National Division by defeating TAV 15 Blue in the finals. Their 1st place finish qualified them for the 15 National Division at the USJN Championships in Columbus late this June.

Congratulations to the 15-Black team for placing 3rd in the 15 National Division. They won the 3rd/4th place match against OVA 15 Molten.

Four of our nine teams who played in this event were in the Gold Brackets, and two other teams won their Silver Division Brackets.

Team Finish Division
15-1 7th 15 Open
15-2 1st (Gold Bracket) 15 National
15-Black 3rd (Gold Bracket) 15 National
15-Red 5th (Gold Bracket) 15 American
15-White 9th (Gold Bracket) 15 American
14-1 7th 14 Open
14-2 29th 14 National
14-Black 55th 14 National
14-Red 56th 14 National

NL 18-1 & 13-1 Win Northern Lights Qualifier & puts 13 teams in the Gold and 7 teams into the Finals!

A total of 13 of the 20 teams who played in this event were in the Gold Brackets. Seven of those teams were in the Finals of their division. 7 Northern Lights teams medaled.

Congratulations to the 18-1 team for winning the Northern Lights National Qualifier 18 National Division. They played the finals against Northern Lights 18-2’s!

So, Congratulations are also in order to the 18-2 team for placing 2nd at the Northern Lights National Qualifier 18 National Division, losing to our 18-1 team in the finals.

Congratulations to the 17-1 team for placing 2nd at the Northern Lights National Qualifier 17 Open Division. This is the 2nd Qualifier they have “Qualified” at for the USJN Championships in Columbus late this June.

Congratulations to the 16-1 team for placing 2nd at the Northern Lights National Qualifier 16 Open Division. This is the 2nd Qualifier they have “Qualified” at for the USJN Championships in Columbus late this June.

Congratulations to the 16-2 team for placing 2nd at the Northern Lights National Qualifier 16 National Division. Their 2nd place finish qualified them for the 16 National Division at the USJN Championships in Columbus late this June.

Congratulations to the 13-1 team for winning the Northern Lights National Qualifier 13 National Division. The 13-1’s lost only one set the entire tournament and defeated Gainesville Juniors in the finals! Way to go Ladies.

Congratulations to the 12-1 team for placing 2nd at the Northern Lights National Qualifier 12 National Division. They lost to Rockwood Thunder in the Finals.

Team Finish Division
18-1 1st (Gold Bracket) 18 National
18-2 2nd (Gold Bracket) 18 National
18-Black 5th (Gold Bracket) 18 American
17-1 2nd (Gold Bracket) 17 Open
17-2 7th 17 Open
17-Black 5th (Gold Bracket) 17 National
17-Red 28th 17 National
17-White 28th 17 National
16-1 2nd(Gold Bracket) 16 Open
16-2 2nd (Gold Bracket) 16 National
16-Black 9th (Gold Bracket) 16 National
16-Red 5th (Gold Bracket) 16 American
16-White 9th (Gold Bracket) 16 American
13-1 1st (Gold Bracket) 13 National
13-2 5th (Gold Bracket) 13 National
13-Black 26th 13 National
13-Red 21st 13 National
12-1 2nd(Gold Bracket) 12 National
12-2 13th 12 National
11-1 15th 12 National

NL 18-1 & 18-2 travel to Italy

The Northern Lights 18-1, 18-2 & 18-Black teams will be traveling and competing in Italy from April 1- April 10 with BringitUSA. They will be spending the first few days sightseeing in Rome, Florence, and Venice. After that they will be competing in a high level tournament in Pordenone Italy (18-1) and Falconara (18-2) and Milan (18-Black) with Junior teams from around the world. The team’s written journals and pictures can be seen by clicking here.

Big South Results:  NL 17-1, 16-1 & 14-2 all Qualify in Open

Northern Lights 17-1, 17-Black, 16-1, 15-Black and 14-1 teams traveled to Atlanta to compete in the Big South National Qualifier. The 17-1 team finished 2nd, receiving an Open Bid for the USA Volleyball National Tournament in Columbus.  The 16-1 team finished 3rd also receiving an Open Bid for the USA Volleyball National Tournament in Columbus.  The 14-1 team also finished 3rd and also received an Open Bid for the USA Volleyball National Tournament in Columbus.

The 15-Black and 17-Black teams also had a very good weekend. Both teams were in the Gold Championship Brackets. The 17-Black team finished 5th, and the 15-Black team finished 9th.

Congratulations to all 5 teams for a great weekend!

NL 15-1 & 17-2 Place 2nd at Colorado Crossroads!

Congratulations to the 15-1 team for placing 2nd at the Colorado Crossroads National Qualifier 15 Open Division. This also Qualified them for the USJN Championships in the 15 Open Division to be held this June in Columbus Ohio.

Congratulations to the 17-2 team for placing 2nd at the Colorado Crossroads National Qualifier 17 National Division.

Northern Lights sent 7 teams to the tournament and had 4 of them in the Gold Championship Brackets, and one in the Silver Bracket.

Team Finish Division
17-2 2nd (Gold Bracket) 17 National
17-Red 25th out of 93 17 American
17-White 5th out of 93 (Gold Bracket) 17 American
16-2 17 out of 101 (Silver Bracket winner) 16 National
16-Black 40 out of 101 16 National
15-1 2nd (Gold Bracket) 15 Open
15-2 9th out 92 (Gold Bracket) 15 National

NL wins 6 divisions of the Omaha President’s Day Tournament

Congratulations to the Northern Lights 15-1 team for winning the 15 Open Division of the Omaha President’s Day tournament. They played Colorado Jrs in the finals.

Congratulations to the Northern Lights 16-1 team for winning the 16 Open Division of the Omaha President’s Day tournament. The 16-1’s went undefeated in the tournament and played Colorado Jrs in the finals.

Congratulations to the Northern Lights 17-1 team for winning the 17 Open Division of the Omaha President’s Day tournament. The 17-1’s went undefeated in the tournament and played Invasion in the finals.

Congratulations to the Northern Lights 16-2 team for winning the 16 Club Division of the Omaha President’s Day tournament. The 16-2’s went undefeated in the tournament and played Nebraska Elite in the finals.

Congratulations to the Northern Lights 17-Black team for winning the 17 Club Division of the Omaha President’s Day tournament. The 17-Black team went undefeated in the tournament and played OK Charge in the finals.

Congratulations to the Northern Lights 18-Black team for winning the 18 Club Division of the Omaha President’s Day tournament. 18-Black played Iowa Rockets in the finals.

Congratulations to the Northern Lights 15-2 team for placing second in the 15 Club Division of the Omaha President’s Day tournament. The 15-2’s went undefeated in the tournament until their last match against Norco in the finals.

Congratulations to the Northern Lights 14-1 team for placing second in the 14 Open Division of the Omaha President’s Day tournament. The 14-1’s lost their last match against Nebraska Elite in the finals.

Northern Lights placed 19 of it’s 23 teams into the Gold Brackets of the tournament. This was an excellent showing for all Northern Lights teams!

Team Finish Division
18-1 5th (Gold Bracket) 18 Open
18-2 13th 18 Open
18-Black 1st (Gold Bracket) 18 Club
17-1 1st (Gold Bracket) 17 Open
17-2 9th (Gold Bracket) 17 Open
17-Black 1st (Gold Bracket) 17 Club
17-Red 3rd (Gold Bracket) 17 Club
17-White 22nd 17 Club
16-1 1st (Gold Bracket) 16 Open
16-2 1st (Gold Bracket) 16 Club
16-Black 29th 16 Club
16-Red 3rd (Gold Bracket) 16 Club
16-White 5th (Gold Bracket) 16 Club
15-1 1st (Gold Bracket) 15 Open
15-2 2nd(Gold Bracket) 15 Club
15-Black 5th (Gold Bracket) 15 Club
15-Red 5th (Gold Bracket) 15 Club
15-White 19th 15 Club
14-1 2nd(Gold Bracket) 14 Open
14-2 5th (Gold Bracket) 14 Club
13-1 3rd (Gold Bracket) 13 Club
13-2 5th (Gold Bracket) 13 Club
12-1 3rd (Gold Bracket) 12 Club

Northern Lights 3rd & 5th at the local President’s Day Tournament

Congratulations to the Northern Lights 14-Black team for placing 3rd in the 14’s age division.

Congratulations also to the Northern Lights 13-Black team which finished 3rd in the 14’s age division.

Congratulations to the Northern Lights 12-2 team for placing 5th in the 12’s age division.

Team Finish
11-1 9th in Gold Division
12-2 5th in Gold Bracket
13-Black 3rd in Gold Bracket
13-Red 7th in Gold Division
14-Black 3rd in Gold Bracket
14-Red 18th in Gold Division

November 19, 2011 —-Emilee Gutzmer ties State Record

Congratulations to Emilee Gutzmer, setter for Northern Lights 18-2’s, for tieing the State Record for the most assists in a High School Season. She had 1190 which tied Courtney Cowles who set the record in 2004. (Courtney is now a coach at Northern Lights.) Way to go Emilee!

November 13, 2011 —-15’s-18’s Tryouts completed

Congratulations to the 184 new players ages 15-18 selected for the Northern Lights 2012 teams. The first practice for the 15’s-18’s will be on Monday November 14th, check the schedules link on the left side of this page for exact times. Please note that some of the age levels have SAQ training before their practice time, and some have it after their practice time. This is shown on the schedule.

November 12, 2011 —-Congrats to State Tournament Champions

Team Division
Bethlehem Academy Classs A
Marshall Class AA
Eden Prairie Class AAA

 

Northern Lights would also like to congratulate all the players who were named to the All Tournament teams, including NL players: Kelsey Chambers, Samantha Flattum , Alyssa Goehner, Emilee Gutzmer, Lauren Schlobohm, & Sarah Wilhite.

Congratulations to Leigh Pudwill, 2011 Baden Ms. Volleyball

Congratulations to Leigh Pudwill who was selected by the MN Coaches Association as the 2011 Ms. Volleyball. Leigh plays for Centennial High School. Last year she played for NL 17-1 and will be completing her club career on a NL 18’s team this year.

November 9, 2011 —-Congrats to All State Players

Northern Lights would like to extend our congratulations to all of the High School Players in Minnesota who were selected for the MN Coaches Association All State teams. 16 players from Northern Lights were selected, they are:

Player Name Team Award
Mackenzie Horkey SW Christian Class A – All State
Haley Fogarty Belle Plaine Class AA – All State
Abby Wolpern Belle Plaine Class AA – All State
Kelsey Chambers Jordan Class AA – All State
Emilee Gutzmer Jordan Class AA – All State
Jessica Theleman Le Sueur-Henderson Class AA – Honorable Mention
Leigh Pudwill Centennial Class AAA – All State
Julianne Blomberg Chanhassen Class AAA – All State
Sarah Wilhite Eden Prairie Class AAA – All State
Alyssa Goehner Lakeville North Class AAA – All State
Monica Turner Lakeville South Class AAA – All State
Claire Sames Shakopee Class AAA – All State
Maren Loe Apple Valley Class AAA – Honorable Mention
Lydia Dimke Blaine Class AAA – Honorable Mention
Jocelyn Youngdahl Hill Murray Class AAA – Honorable Mention
Alex Berger Shakopee Class AAA – Honorable Mention

November 8, 2011 —-Congrats to Star Tribune All Metro Players

Northern Lights would like to extend our congratulations to the 13 Northern Lights Players who were selected to the Star Tribune All Metro Teams.

Player Name Team
Leigh Pudwill Centennial
Alyssa Goehner Lakeville North
Monica Turner Lakeville South
Sarah Wilhite Eden Prairie
Claire Sames Shakopee
Kelly Wollak Bloomington Jefferson
Julianne Blomberg Chanhassen
Lydia Dimke Blaine
Camille Benson Burnsville
Emily Schadow Bloomington Jefferson
Taylor Lockett Hopkins
Maren Loe Apple Valley
Emilee Gutzmer Jordan

November 7, 2011 —-Congrats to State Tournament Players

Northern Lights would like to congratulate the 30 players from the club who qualified for the Minnesota High School State Tournament. Have a great tournament!

Player Name Team
Janelle Rupkalvis Andover – 3rd Class AAA
Payton Nutter Bethlehem Academy – 1st Class A
Nora Richie Bethlehem Academy – 1st Class A
Alex Brown Blaine – 7th Class AAA
Lydia Dimke Blaine – 7th Class AAA
Rebecca Hawkins Blaine – 7th Class AAA
Katherine Hawkins Blaine – 7th Class AAA
Jessica Jorgensen Blaine – 7th Class AAA
Sierra Trost Blaine – 7th Class AAA
Hannah Gibbemeyer Cretin-Derham Hall – 6th Class AAA
Heather Sawchuk Cretin-Derham Hall – 6th Class AAA
Jamie Cairncross Eden Prairie – 1st Class AAA
Jena Meyer Eden Prairie – 1st Class AAA
Hannah Redman Eden Prairie – 1st Class AAA
Maddie Reese Eden Prairie – 1st Class AAA
Camille Schultz Eden Prairie – 1st Class AAA
Sarah Wilhite Eden Prairie – 1st Class AAA
Brianne Stamer Hutchinson – 4th Class AAA
Kelsey Chambers Jordan – 3rd Class AA
Rachel Freund Jordan – 3rd Class AA
Emilee Gutzmer Jordan – 3rd Class AA
Paige Smith Jordan – 3rd Class AA
Samantha Flattum Lakeville North – 2nd Class AAA
Alyssa Goehner Lakeville North – 2nd Class AAA
Abigail Monson Lakeville North – 2nd Class AAA
Haley Walker Lakeville North – 2nd Class AAA
Rachel Schmidt Mayer Lutheran – 6th Class A
Kaylea Ahrens Owatonna – 5th Class AAA
Lauren Schlobohm Owatonna – 5th Class AAA
Mary Mullen Visitation – 7th Class AA

October 31, 2011 —-11’s-14’s Tryouts completed

Congratulations to the 110 new players ages 10-14 selected for the Northern Lights 2012 teams. The first practice for the 11’s-14’s will be on Tuesday November 1st, check the schedules link on the left side of this page for exact times. Please note that some of the age levels have SAQ training before their practice time, and some have it after their practice time. This is shown on the schedule.