NDSU Early Signings

FARGO, N.D. (NDSU Athletics) -- Below is a recap of all the early signings to North Dakota State made on November 14:

North Dakota State Basketball Adds Noah Christensen for 2019

North Dakota State University head men’s basketball coach David Richman announced the addition of Noah Christensen to the Bison roster for the 2019-20 season on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

Christensen is a 6-foot-9 versatile forward from Breckenridge, Minn., and Breckenridge HS. He averaged 20 points, 10 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game as a junior, leading the Cowboys to the Minnesota Class 2A state tournament for the second year in a row. He was named the Heart O’ Lakes Conference MVP for the season.

“Noah is a great kid from a great family who has a true desire to be a Bison,” said Richman. “He’s a selfless, team-first player that prioritizes winning above all else. We’re thrilled to have him and the rest of the Christensen family join the Bison family.”

“Noah has great length and a skillset that has continually improved because of his work ethic,” Richman said. “He can play inside and out, handling the ball and guarding multiple positions, while also being able to shoot it. He comes from a great high school program that is extremely well-coached by Arly Ohm. Noah is a winner on and off the floor, he’s excited to be a Bison, and we can’t wait to get him on campus next summer.”

Christensen has surpassed 1300 points and 650 rebounds in his varsity career, earning all-conference honors as a sophomore and junior.

NDSU departs for three games at the Islands of the Bahamas Showcase this week, beginning with a contest against Miami (Ohio) on Friday.

Three Newcomers to Join NDSU Softball

North Dakota State University head softball coach Darren Mueller announced Wednesday, Nov. 14, that shortstop Skylar Padgett (Grants Pass, Ore. / Grants Pass H.S.), pitcher Lainey Lyle (Middleton, Idaho / Middleton H.S.) and catcher Kaylee Moore (Cave Creek, Ariz. / Ayala H.S. Calif.) have all signed National Letters of Intent to attend NDSU and play softball beginning in the fall of 2019.

Skylar Padgett, 5-0, Shortstop, Bats: R / Throws: R, Grants Pass, Ore. (Grants Pass H.S.)
HIGH SCHOOL: Second-team Oregon Class 6A shortstop as a sophomore in 2017 … Second-team Class 6A pitcher as a freshman in 2016 … Pitched every postseason game in 2016, leading Grants Pass to a fourth place finish at the Oregon 6A state tournament including a shutout in the quarterfinals … Four-time Player of the Week in 2016 and 2017 … Oregonian Player of the Week in 2016 … Missed junior due to injury … Enters senior year, first in stolen bases and tied for first in triples … Second all-time in assists Played volleyball and two-year basketball letterwinner … Veteran player for the N.W. Bullets summer league team coached by Tony Campos.
PERSONAL: Daughter of Gary and Bev Padgett … Has one brother, Spencer … Mother, Bev, played college softball.

Lainey Lyle, 5-11, Pitcher, Bats: R / Throws: R, Middleton, Idaho (Middleton H.S.)
HIGH SCHOOL: Led Middleton High School coached by Rob Kiser to Idaho state championships in 2016, 2017 and 2018 … Set state tournament record with 0.00 earned average in 2018 … Compiled 30-3 record in 2018 with 169 strikeouts and 0.54 ERA … Hit .452 with five home runs … Career record of 89-9 with 0.82 ERA and 559 strikeouts … Three-time conference Player of the Year … 2018 Max Prep High School All-American and Idaho’s Gatorade Player of the Year in Idado … Idaho Press Tribune Player of the Year as a freshman and junior.
PERSONAL: Daughter of Tana and Craig Lyle … Has one sister, Breanna, and one brother, J.D. … Father, Craig, played basketball at Northwest Nazarene University … Brother, J.D., plays football at Carroll College (Mont.) … Plans to major in criminal justice.

Kaylee Moore, 5-4, Catcher, Bats: R / Throws: R, Cave Creek, Ariz. (Ayala H.S. Calif.)
HIGH SCHOOL: First team all-league after hitting .354 with 15 doubles, one home run and 25 RBI for Ayala High School and head coach John Ameluxen … Led league in doubles, second in RBI … Two-time second team all-league selection … Hit .406 with 11 doubles, one home run and 27 RBI for So Cal Athletics and head coach Steve McNee … So Cal Athletics’ teammates are playing for Florida Gulf Coast, Florida Atlantic and Texas-Arlington.
PERSONAL: Daughter of Lee and Jean Moore … Has two brothers, Matt and Austin, who played college football … Father, Lee, played college baseball … Plans to major in communication.

North Dakota State (34-19) claimed the program's ninth Summit League tournament championship in 2018, eighth regular season title and won a NCAA tournament game for the fifth straight season and sixth time over the past seven seasons.

NDSU Volleyball Announces Pair of Additions

North Dakota State University head volleyball coach Jennifer Lopez announced Wednesday, Nov. 14, the addition of 6-foot-1 outside hitter Syra Tanchin (St. Michael, Minn. / St. Michael-Albertville H.S.) and 5-10 setter Kelley Johnson (Eagan, Minn. / Eagan H.S.), who will be joining the volleyball program in the fall of 2019.

Syra Tanchin, 6-1, Outside Hitter, St. Michael, Minn. (St. Michael-Albertville H.S.)
HIGH SCHOOL: Became the first player in St. Michael-Albertville history to reach 1,000 kills in a career … Led the Knights coached by Paige Nells to a 22-6 record as a senior, 24-4 as a junior … Hit .317 with 224 digs, 34 assists and … Had one match with 27 kills … Three-time all-conference and academic all-conference … Played club volleyball for Minnesota Select … Named to JVA Watch List … AAU Academic All-American.
PERSONAL: Daughter of Ron and Tina Tanchin … Has one brother, Ron … Mother played basketball for McMaster College … Plans to major in biology.

Kelley Johnson, 5-10, Setter, Eagan, Minn. (Eagan H.S.)
HIGH SCHOOL: Led Eagan High School coached by Kathy Gillen to a pair of runner-up finishes at the Minnesota state volleyball tournament over the past two seasons … The Wildcats had a 25-3 record in 2018 … Had 42 service aces, 320 digs and 870 assists over the past two seasons … Played alongside current NDSU outside hitter Ally Murphy … Member of National Honor Society, High Schoolers Against Cancer, and Students Against Destructive Decisions … Active with church youth group … Played for Northern Lights coached by Eric Poppelman … Three-time AAU Academic All-American.
PERSONAL: Daughter of Bruce and Maureen Johnson … Has one brother, Ryan, and one sister, Nicole … Brother, Ryan, played basketball at the University of St. Thomas, and sister, Nicole, played volleyball for the University of Illinois at Chicago … Plans to major in biochemistry.

No. 6-seed North Dakota State (8-19) is scheduled to play Omaha (17-14) in a Summit League tournament quarterfinal at 7 p.m. Central Time Friday, Nov. 16, in Denver. The NDSU-Omaha winner plays South Dakota (19-9) in the semifinals 7 p.m. CT Saturday, Nov. 17.

NDSU Women’s Basketball Inks a Pair on National Signing Day

North Dakota State University women's basketball Head Coach Maren Walseth announced Wednesday, Nov. 14, the signing of high school standouts Nicole Scales and Olivia Skibiel to a National Letter of Intent to attend NDSU and play basketball starting in the fall of 2019.
"Nicole and Olivia are excellent all around additions to our program and we are excited to officially welcome them to the Bison family," Walseth said. "Both are tremendously talented on the court, maintain straight A's in the classroom and are high character young women."
Nicole Scales
G | 5-9
Park Ridge, Ill. (Maine South HS)
Plays for coach Jeff Hamann at Maine South High School…Named all-state as a sophomore and a junior…Earned first team all-conference honors as a sophomore and junior…Three-year varsity starter…In 31 games last season, Scales averaged a team-best 12.4 points per game…Owns the Maine South single-season record for 3-pointers in a season with 80 and highest free throw percentage (47-of-59 – 80%)…Averaged 2.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.2 steals per game as a junior…Enters senior season just 19 3-pointers shy of the Maine South career record of 177…Played volleyball as a freshman…Member of the Spanish Club…Daughter of Karen and Ted Scales…Intends to major in Human Development.
Coach Walseth on Scales:
"Nicole is a lead guard on the brink of breaking the school record for made 3's. I have been very impressed with Nicole's tenacity and the pace of which she plays the game. Her athletic ability allows her to attack the rim. She is a hard-nosed kid who plays the game the right way. Her ability to shoot the basketball will make an immediate impact on our team."
Olivia Skibiel
G/F | 6-1
Snohomish, Wash. (Henry M. Jackson HS)
Plays for coach Corey Gibb at Henry M. Jackson High School…Averaged 18.9 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game as a junior…Was 69-of-80 (86%) at the free throw line during junior season…Four-year varsity starter…Two-time All-WESCO honoree (1st Team as a junior and 2nd Team as a sophomore)…National Honor Society member for junior and senior years…Selected to Principal Gold Level Honor Roll all four years of high school…Two-year varsity letterwinner in volleyball as well…Qualified for the Washington State 4A Tournament during her freshman and junior years of volleyball…Daughter of Angie and John Skibiel…Sister, Danielle, plays volleyball at Pacific Lutheran…Father, John, played football at Pacific Lutheran, where he won an NAIA National Championship in 1987…Intends to major in Exercise Science/Kinesiology.
Coach Walseth on Skibiel:
"Olivia is extremely fundamental and executes many skills at a high level. Her play on the EYBL circuit this summer challenged her in a very positive way, while also allowing her to expand her game a bit. As a 6-1 perimeter player, she has the ability to shoot the three, but also expose smaller defenders with her footwork and strength around the rim. We think she is a great fit for the Summit League style of play."
North Dakota State returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 17, as they travel to Wisconsin. Tipoff is set for 12 p.m. at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis.

NDSU Men’s Golf Signs Nate Adams on National Signing Day

North Dakota State University Head Men's Golf coach Steve Kennedy announced Wednesday, Nov. 14, that Nate Adams has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his education and play golf for NDSU beginning in the fall of 2019.
"We are really excited to get an athlete like Nate in our golf program," Kennedy said. "He has really started to excel in golf the past year and is the type of leader we are looking for at NDSU."
A native of Maple Grove, Minn., Adams is a four-time all-conference selection, while leading Maple Grove High School to the 2018 Minnesota State Golf Championship.
Adams finished 10th at the 2018 MSHSL State Tournament at Bunker Hills Golf Course with a 146 over the two rounds. He was a three-time medalist during the 2018 high school season. Adams had four rounds at or below par, including a low round of 67.
During the 2018 season, he won the FCWT at Blackwolf Run Meadow Valleys with a 148, while also winning the HJGT at Southern Hills with a 138. He tied for first before finishing second in a playoff at the 2018 FCWT/RMJGT Showdown at ASU Karsten with a 140. In 2017, he won the HJGT at Northfork with a 154.
A three-sport athlete in high school, Adams also played football and basketball. Adams competed on state tournament qualifying teams in 2016 and 2017 for basketball, while qualifying for the state tournament in football in 2016.
The North Dakota State men's golf team wrapped up its fall season with an eighth-place finish at the ODU/OBX Intercollegiate in Powells Point, N.C. NDSU is slated to open the spring portion of its schedule Feb. 16-17 in Savannah, Ga., at The Invitational at Savannah Harbor.

NDSU Women’s Golf Inks Vinisha Gunaseelan on National Signing Day

North Dakota State University women's golf Head Coach Matt Johnson announced on Wednesday, Nov. 14, that Vinisha Gunaseelan has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her education and play golf for the Bison starting in the fall of 2019.
"We are thrilled to add Vinisha to our team and look forward to her joining us next fall," Johnson said. "Vini is a very accomplished player who has the competitive experience and skills to be a very successful college golfer. She has a fun, outgoing personality and is a very good student. Vini will be a great fit for our program and we are all looking forward to her joining the Bison family."
Gunaseelan won the girls division at the 12th Sabah International Junior Masters in 2018 with a 222 (73-72-77), while finishing with the best overall ladies score. She also had the best girls division score at the Hills Taiwan Junior Open in 2018 with a 222 (73-74-75). At the 52ndMalaysian Amateur Closed, she was the overall champion for the ladies category with a 220 (70-76-74). Gunaseelan was a nominee for the Malaysian Female Junior Golfer of the Year award from the Malaysian Golf Association. She was also a nominee for the 2015 Best Sportsman Woman of the Year award.
In addition to golf, Gunaseelan has been active in track and field, choir and piano. She has been a member of the choir team and is also a grade four pianist.
NDSU is slated to open the spring portion of its schedule Feb. 23-24 at the Grand Canyon Invitational in Phoenix, Ariz.

NDSU Women’s Soccer Adds Nine Incoming Student-Athletes on National Signing Day

North Dakota State University head women's soccer coach Mike Regan announced Wednesday, Nov. 14, nine student-athletes will join the Bison soccer program beginning in the fall of 2019.
Eden Taylor-Wineera, a midfield from Darlington, New South Wales, Australia; Regan Ostler, a defender from Fort Collins, Colo.; Grace Sjoberg, a defender/midfielder from Eagan, Minn.; McKenna Strand, a defender from Woodbury, Minn.; Kate Swanis, a midfielder from Las Vegas, Nev.; Paris Walsh, a defender from Las Vegas, Nev.; Paige Goaley, a forward from South St. Paul, Minn.; Taylore Simmons, a midfielder/forward from Las Vegas, Nev. and Lavin Douglass, a midfielder from Hopkins, Minn. will all play soccer and continue their education at NDSU.
"We are excited to welcome these nine new players to our Bison women's soccer family," Regan said. "Bringing in players at a variety of positions will help add depth to our team as we continue to climb the ladder in The Summit League."
Eden Taylor-Wineera
MF | Darlington, New South Wales, Australia (Alexandria Park Community HS)
High School: Also played tennis, basketball and softball in addition to club soccer…Selected for NSW Metro/Country Tennis State Team Tournament…Club: Selected to play for MacArthur Rams Senior Women in the NSW Women's National Premier League 1…Started all 18 games during 2018 season…Scored three goals during 2018 season… Personal: Daughter of Carey and Mel Taylor-Wineera…Mother played on New Zealand Under 19 softball team at the Junior World Series in 1995…Plans to major in Psychology.
Coach's Clipboard: "Eden has great technical qualities, a great work ethic and insight into what is happening on the field. She has a great passing range and accuracy, and can shoot from distance. She is able to beat players and can hit a killer pass." – Troy Whitton, MacArthur Rams
Regan Ostler
D | Fort Collins, Colo. (Rocky Mountain HS)
High School: Three-year varsity letterwinner…Two-year varsity starter…Earned all-conference second team honors as a junior…Team qualified for third round of the playoffs…Earned the Lobo Way Award…A member of the National Honor Society…Club: Played for Broomfield SC…Personal: Daughter of Danae and Arin Ostler…Sister, Riley, plays soccer at Metro State.
Coach's Clipboard: "Regan is a centerback who is committed to communication and organizing those around her. Teammates will love playing with her, she's brave in tackles and works hard. Goalkeepers will love playing behind her, she will put her body on the line to block shots and services. Regan is motivated to be and play with the best; she traveled two hours daily to club practices to compete against some of the best soccer players in Colorado. Regan is also a winner: she's a State Cup Champion and helped lead her team to two State Cup finals. Most importantly, she's a great teammate and will fully commit to helping North Dakota State be successful!" – Megan Remec, Broomfield SC
Grace Sjoberg
D/MF | Eagan, Minn. (Eagan HS)
High School: Three-year varsity letterwinner…Two-year varsity starter…Earned all-state honors in 2018…Set Eagan single-season assists record with 15…Led team to 2017 state title…Eagan went 13-0-3 during 2018 season…Scored nine goals and had 23 assists in her career…Club: Played for White Bear Soccer Club…Personal: Daughter of Trina and Patrick Sjoberg…Intends to major in Psychology.
Coach's Clipboard: "Grace is the hardest working, most intense and most passionate player I have ever coached. She has great first touches on the ball and perfect long ball range accuracy. She has good passing ability and accurate vision as a holding mid. She is a hard worker in the middle and very aggressive player with good speed, quickness and strength." – Dickenson Vilme, White Bear Soccer Club
McKenna Strand
D | Woodbury, Minn. (Woodbury HS)
High School: Four-year varsity letterwinner…Four-year varsity starter…Scored four goals and had three assists last season…Earned Rookie of the Year honors…Team finished third in section and made it to section semifinals…Club: Played for Eclipse Select Minnesota…Personal: Daughter of Mary Chepolis and Blake Strand.
Coach's Clipboard: "McKenna's energy and enthusiasm are contagious, so much so that everyone rises to a higher level when they are in her presence. She is an outstanding player with an ability to read the game well and close down attackers in space. She is a joy to coach and we can't wait to see what she and the Bison accomplish in the future." – Andy Kaasa, Eclipse Select Minnesota
Kate Swanis
MF | Las Vegas, Nev. (Bishop Gorman HS)
High School: Three-year varsity letterwinner…Two-year varsity starter…Led team to 16-0 record in 2018…Team won league title and state title in 2017…Vice President of History Club…Member of National Honor Society and National Spanish Honor Society…Club: Played for Heat FC…Personal: Daughter of Tiffany and Eric Swanis.
Coach's Clipboard: "I'm really excited for Kate to be attending North Dakota State. Kate is really excited about the opportunity to play for Coach Regan. Kate is a very dynamic attacking center midfielder. She is excellent at running at a back line and creating shots for herself. She has tremendous vision and is also an excellent distributor of the ball. She is adept at finding strikers in behind a back line. Kate is a terrific teammate and is always willing to sacrifice for the team. Being the best player she can be is a top priority for her. She is really going to flourish at North Dakota State!" – Tom Amick, Heat FC
Paris Walsh
D | Las Vegas, Nev. (Centennial HS)
High School: Earned a varsity letter during her sophomore year…Started as a sophomore…Earned ECNL Composite Team honors…Helped team to be State Cup Champions…Also participated in track & field and flag football…Led team to 2016 State Championships in Track & Field and Flag Football…Club: Played for Heat FC…Personal: Daughter of Karli and Brian Walsh…Intends to major in Biological Sciences.
Coach's Clipboard: "Paris is a tall strong center back that has the ability to anchor a top Division I programs defense. Paris will bring strength, power and a thirst to compete against the best." – Eric McDonald, Heat FC
Paige Goaley
F | South St. Paul, Minn. (Cretin-Derham Hall HS)
High School: Four-year varsity letterwinner…Four-year varsity starter…Member of National Honor Society…Four-time all-conference selection…Named honorable mention all-state as a senior…Earned CDH Varsity Soccer MVP honors as a junior…Led team to 12-4 record during regular season…Helped team to State Tournament Consolation Title as a junior…Also plays basketball…Club: Played for Dakota REV…Personal: Daughter of Cathy and Doug Goaley…Mother played golf at St. Cloud State…Brother, Sam, plays football at St. Thomas.
Coach's Clipboard: "Paige is a strong and fast competitor that likes to have the ball at her feet. She is capable of giving defenses trouble on the dribble and by shooting from distance, but doesn't shy away from defending hard as well. She's the type of player that works as hard in training as she does in matches and is a great personality to have as a teammate." – Taylor Rasmussen, Dakota REV
Taylore Simmons
MF/F | Las Vegas, Nev. (Shadow Ridge HS)
High School: Three-year varsity letterwinner…Three-year varsity starter…Scored 12 goals and had seven assists as a freshman…Voted Offensive Player of the Year on her team…Led team to second round of playoffs…Club: Played for Heat FC…Personal: Daughter of Nicole MacDowell and Mark Simmons.
Coach's Clipboard: "Taylore is a hard working physical player with play making ability on both the defensive side and offensive side of the ball. Taylore is an exceptional teammate and will help connect players by being a good teammate to all on the team." – Eric McDonald, Heat FC
Lavin Douglass
MF | Hopkins, Minn. (Hopkins HS)
High School: Four-year varsity letterwinner…Four-year varsity starter…Three-time all-state selection (First team as junior and senior, second team as a sophomore)…Scored 11 goals and had three assists as a senior…Tallied 39 goals and 16 assists in her career… Also ran track and field, where she qualified for the state meet in the 4x800-meter relay as a sophomore…Club: Played for ECNL Minnesota Thunder Academy…Personal: Daughter of Kathy and Rob Douglass…Sister, Chance, plays soccer at Truman State.
Coach's Clipboard: "Lavin is an athletic midfielder who is technical, makes good decisions with the ball and has good speed. She's highly competitive and has a drive to improve and make those around her better. She'll have a positive impact on the Bison program and has the potential to be an all-conference player." – Dave Alberti, ECNL Minnesota Thunder Academy
North Dakota State finished the 2018 season with an overall record of 9-7 and 6-2 in The Summit League.