Where are they now: Local athletes making mark on college level
By Paul Lecker
A number of former local high school athletes have moved on to the next level and are playing collegiate sports across the country. Periodically, Hub City Times will publish a college sports roundup, updating readers of some of those athletes’ exploits.
Molter starts at Winona State
Darian Molter, who graduated from Marshfield High School in 2014, is a junior on the Winona State University women’s soccer team.
The all-time leading goal scorer in Marshfield program history, Molter has started all eight games for the Warriors, an NCAA Division II school, scoring twice and assisting on two more goals.
Both of Molter’s goals and one of her assists came in a 4-1 win over Northern Michigan on Sept. 3.
Winona State (3-4-1, 2-2-1 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) plays a pair of home games this weekend: Friday against Minnesota-Duluth and Sunday against St. Cloud State.
Concordia starts locals Zillman, Kauffman
Mitch Zillman, a 2015 Marshfield High School graduate, and Hunter Kauffman, a 2016 grad of Stratford High School, have both started all four games this season for the Concordia-St. Paul University football team.
Zillman, a junior linebacker, has 27 tackles in Concordia’s four games, including eight in each of the Golden Bears’ last two games. Zillman was a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference All-Academic Team in 2016.
Hunter Kauffman has started on the offensive line in each of Concordia’s games. His brother, Tyson Kauffman, is a freshman on the team and has not seen any game action thus far.
Friedli competes at St. Mary’s
2017 Marshfield High School graduate Klaus Friedli is a forward on the St. Mary’s University men’s soccer team in Winona, Minnesota.
Friedli has started eight of the Cardinals’ nine games and has not attempted a shot so far for St. Mary’s, an NCAA Division III school.
St. Mary’s, which was 4-5 overall and 0-3 in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, hosted Bethel University of Tuesday and will play at home against Sunday against Minnesota-Morris.