Jenny Scherer '11 races at nationals.
Tom Katzfey ’09
Athletes play on international stage
Student and alumni athletes alike are making a name for St. Norbert in the U.S. and even worldwide. In recent months, Green Knights have appeared at the national and international level in sports from hockey to cross country to rugby.
Emma Agen ’14 took to the ice for Sweden at the 4 Nations Cup, held last month in Newfoundland, Canada.
Cross country standout Jenny Scherer ’11 has earned All-America honors for the third time in her career. She graduates this month as the most decorated All-American in St. Norbert history.
And alumni athletes are also garnering attention at the highest levels.
Nation against nation
Agen played with the Swedish national hockey team at the 4 Nations Cup Nov. 9-13.
The defender, who missed five games with the brand-new Green Knights women’s hockey program to compete with her compatriots, was the only NCAA Division III women’s hockey player in the tournament.
Sweden made it to the semifinal before falling to the United States 4-0.
Cross country success continues
Jenny Scherer’s All-America honors came hot on the heels of her third-place finish at the Nov. 20 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championship at Wartburg College. Fellow qualifier Amanda Whipple ’13 made her first national appearance in that race.
Scherer’s accomplishment at nationals is little surprise given her record thus far. She did not lose a race this season until the Midwest Regional meet, at which she placed second. She has chronicled her college career in her blog, Adventures of a Knight Runner.
Graduating a semester early this month, she plans to attend graduate school for sports management.
Alumni athletes excel, too
Students aren’t the only ones with considerable sporting accomplishments. Alumni athletes are garnering attention at the highest levels as well.
Marc Belanger ’08, who is playing professional hockey, hopes for a berth on the French national team. He holds French citizenship and, after three years skating professionally in the Central Hockey League in the U.S., decided to look into teams in France.
Belanger says via e-mail: “I found a team with a connection from another St. Norbert hockey player and alumnus named Mikael Virta ’07. His father, Pasi Virta, is good friends with the former coach of my current team, and that is how I ended up in France.”
Belanger currently plays for Les Ducs D’Angers in the Ligue Magnus, the premier hockey league in France.
And Tom Katzfey ’09 is making himself known in the world of professional rugby. In October, Katzfey played for the USA Select XV men’s team in the Americas Rugby Championship held in Córdoba, Argentina. The team went 1-2 at the tournament, defeating Tonga and losing to Argentina and Canada.
Katzfey now plans to play for the New York Athletic Club in the Super League, the highest level of rugby in the United States.