abc
QUICK LINKS:

UMD Softball Players Wear No. 14 Jerseys to Honor Slain Teammate

Updated: 04/11/2014 10:50 PM
Created: 04/11/2014 10:47 PM WDIO.com

The teammates of slain former UMD softball player Mandy Matula dedicated their home opener Friday to the 24-year-old woman who was killed last spring.

Matula was killed in May of last year, but her body was not found for six months after that.

When her remains were recovered, she was found with her UMD sweatshirt that bore her jersey number: 14.

That is the number each player was wearing when the UMD Bulldogs softball team suited up for Friday's doubleheader against Augustana

Gary Holquist, UMD's director of athletic development, says it was a touching gesture.  

"The softball team wanted to honor Mandy and bring awareness to violence against women," Holquist explained. "Mandy was such an important part of our existence as an athletic department. This will be the first time in the history of UMD athletics that someone in our sports programs will have their number honored and retired."

Matula's jersey will be officially retired sometime next fall.

Front Page

  • No Layoffs During 'Warm Idle' at Mesabi Nugget

    The parent company of Mesabi Nugget says it is planning a "warm idle" of the plant for six to eight weeks this winter, but workers will stay on the job. A spokesperson said workers will continue to report to Mesabi Nugget, largely for maintenance activities throughout the plant.

  • Dayton Proposes More Compensation to Farmers for Wolf Losses

    Now that wolves are back on the endangered list in Minnesota, Gov. Mark Dayton's budget proposal includes more money to compensate farmers for livestock losses.

  • Special Report: A Dog's Life

    Mushers often get the most recognition for winning sled dog marathons like the Northland's John Beargrease, but as many of them will tell you, the dogs are the real athletes. 

  • Measles Makes Comeback, Northland Medical Experts on Alert

    Nearly 100 cases of measles have been diagnosed over the past month in the U.S. and the virus is creeping closer to the Northland with a case was confirmed on Wednesday in a 20-year-old male student at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities. 

  • Minn. Bill Would Require Talking to Doctor before Skipping Vaccine

    A Minnesota lawmaker wants parents who don't vaccinate their children to meet with a doctor first. Rep. Mike Freiberg has a bill that would require those parents to learn about vaccines and their impact on diseases from a health care provider.

 
Advertisement