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Timberwolves move Jimmy Butler to Philadelphia

Over the weekend, what everyone saw as inevitable finally happened and the Minnesota Timberwolves traded disgruntled swingman Jimmy Butler.  Butler will go to the Philadelphia 76ers along with Wolves big man prospect Justin Patton in exchange for Robert Covington, Dario Saric,  Jerryd Bayless and a 2022 second-round pick. 


Vikings sign running back Ameer Abdullah

The Vikings announced on Wednesday that the club has claimed RB Ameer Abdullah off of waivers. To make room of the 55-man roster for Abdullah the Vikings released RB Roc Thomas.

Abdullah (5-9, 203) joins the Vikings active roster after being waived by the Detroit Lions (11/7/18). The Homewood, Alabama native originally was drafted by Detroit in the 2nd round of the 2015 NFL Draft (54thoverall). Abdullah has played in 35 career games and earned 22 starts, notching 6 rushing and 3 receiving touchdowns. The Nebraska graduate finished 5th in the NFL and 2nd among rookies in 2015 with 1,857 all-purpose yards (597 rushing, 183 receiving and 1,077 kickoff) in his debut season. He was placed on Injured Reserve (9/21/16) following only two appearances during the 2016 season. Abdullah recorded a career-high 4 rushing touchdowns and 5 total touchdowns in 2017. The 4th-year running back has seen action in 3 contests this season, grabbing 2 receptions for 18 yards and 4 kick returns for 107 yards (averaging 26.75 yards per return).


SD media prep volleyball poll released 10/29/18

Class AA
1. R.C. Stevens (11) 29-1 71 1
2. O'Gorman (4) 25-5 64 2
3. S.F. Washington 25-5 42 3
4. Watertown 20-5 33 4
5. Mitchell 14-7 14 RV
Also Receiving Votes: Huron (14-7) 1


Class A
1. S.F. Christian (15) 26-8 75 1
2. Miller 26-2 60 2
3. McCook Central-Montrose 22-3 43 3
4. Winner 24-3 30 4
5. St. Thomas More 30-5 11 5
Also Receiving Votes: Wagner (26-4) 6

 

Class B
1. Northwestern (15) 32-2 75 1
2. Warner 30-2 60 2
3. Chester Area 22-5 45 3
4. Faith 26-1 28 4
5. Philip 24-5 7 RV
Also Receiving Votes: Ethan (24-6) 5, Burke (26-7) 3, Waverly-South Shore (24-5) 1, Kadoka Area (26-4) 1


Northern moves to fifth in most recent AVCA top 25 poll

The AVCA released the tenth Top-25 Poll of the 2018 season, with the Northern State University Wolves remaining at No. 5. Northern earned 951 points with two first place votes, holding a 23-3 record on the year.
 
NSU is joined by NSIC opponents No. 4 Minnesota Duluth, No. 6 Concordia-St. Paul, No. 9 Southwest Minnesota State, (RV) Wayne State, and (RV) Sioux Falls, as well as regional opponents No. 3 Nebraska Kearney, No. 11 Washburn, No. 15 Central Missouri, No. 17 Central Oklahoma, and (RV) Northwest Missouri State.
 
Northern will conclude the NSIC regular season this Friday and Saturday on the road at Minnesota Crookston and Bemidji State. The NCAA will also release the second set of regional rankings on Wednesday afternoon. Northern opened at No. 3 in the first regional rankings of the 2018 season. 
 

Rank School (First-Place Votes) Total Pts. 2018 Rec. Prev.
1 Cal State San Bernardino (24) 1149 22-2 3
2 Western Washington (20) 1137 21-3 2
3 Nebraska-Kearney (1) 1020 28-2 6
4 Minnesota Duluth 974 22-5 8
5 Northern State (2) 951 23-3 5
6 Concordia - St. Paul 900 21-6 1
7 Tampa 823 25-2 4
8 Ferris State 810 21-4 10
9 Southwest Minnesota State 771 19-7 12
10 Tarleton State (1) 739 26-2 11
11 Washburn 711 26-2 7
12 Cal State L. A. 627 20-3 9
13 Drury 608 24-4 13
14 Cal Poly Pomona 590 21-3 16
15 Central Missouri 576 21-6 15
16 Palm Beach Atlantic 496 25-3 17
17 Central Oklahoma 450 25-5 14
18 Wheeling Jesuit 384 28-3 18
19 West Florida 312 22-7 19
20 Gannon 273 25-1 20
21 Texas A&M-Commerce 260 23-5 21
22 Lewis 231 21-6 22
23 Barry 163 24-3 24
24 Michigan Tech 144 21-4 25
25 Wingate 102 24-1 NR


Others receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots: Rockhurst 59; Central Washington 43; Colorado School of Mines 43; Azusa Pacific 38; NW Missouri State 36; Ashland 31; Biola University 31; Wayne State (Neb.) 22; Angelo State 14; Dixie State-Utah 13; Illinois-Springfield 13; Colorado Mesa University 5; Sioux Falls 2


Northern soccer coach Steve Kehm announces resignation

Northern State University head soccer coach, Steve Kehm announced his resignation as following the conclusion of the 2018 season. Kehm has led the program since the inaugural season in 1998, posting a career record of 194-133-36.

 

In his 20 seasons with the program, Kehm and the Wolves soccer program have produced 57 all-conference performers, as well as 16 ADIDAS All-Region players, two NSCAA All-Region players and three NSIC MVP's. Kira Wannebo was named the first Northern State soccer All-American in 2007. She was also named the NSIC Defensive Player of the Year that season.

 

“Steve has put his heart and soul into this program over the past 20 years and we would like to extend a tremendous amount of gratitude and appreciation for his efforts on behalf of Wolves soccer and NSU,” explained Director of Athletics, Josh Moon. “This program is in an excellent position to take the next step, thanks to Steve’s hard work building a strong foundation. We wish Steve all the best in his future endeavors.”

 

In addition, the Wolves soccer program has seen success in the classroom with three CoSIDA Academic All-Americans® including Kristie Gordy (2001), Natalie Blodgett (2002), and Anna Bondy (2016). Northern was honored for 11 consecutive seasons with the ADIDAS/NSCAA team academic award. 

 

In the summer of 2013, Kehm was named the chair of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's NCAA Division II weekly rankings. As the Division II national chair, Kehm oversees eight regional rankings chairs, which are responsible for submitting a ranking of the top ten teams by record in their geographic region. Kehm is the Director of Coaching for the Olympic Development Program (ODP) in the Dakota's. He is also a member of the college soccer academy camp staff and holds several national coaching licenses and endorsements.

 

A national search for the next head women’s soccer coach will begin immediately.


Yankton native Adam Vinatieri becomes all time NFL points leader Sunday

Yankton Native and former South Dakota State Jackrabbit, Adam Vinatieri set a new NFL record Sunday with a 25-yard field goal.  With the make, the 45-year-old place kicker became the new NFL All-time leading scorer with 2,547 points, defeating the old record of 2,544 set by kicker Morten Andersen.  Vinatieri is also the oldest active player in the league this year. 


Twins hire Rocco Baldelli as next manager

The Minnesota Twins have announced the hiring of Rocco Baldelli to be the team's next manager.  He will be the 14th manager in club history, agreeing to a three-year cotnract.  

 

Baldelli is a first time manager and the first manager the Twins have hired outside the system since Rya Miller back in 1985.  Baldelli is 37 years old and spent the past season with the Tampa Bay Rays as their major league field coordinator.  


Northern drops to fifth in the most recent AVCA top 25 poll

Northern State has dropped to fifth in the nation in the most recent AVCA top 25 poll released Monday.  Northern spent last week atop the poll, but dropped after a 1-1 weekend on the road.  NSIC opponent Concordia – St. Paul is ranked #1 in the poll. 

 

Rank School (First-Place Votes) Total Points 2018 Record  Previous 
Rank
1 Concordia - St. Paul (28) 1146 21-4 3
2 Western Washington (7) 1091 19-3 4
3 Cal State San Bernardino (4) 1071 20-2 5
4 Tampa (3) 1028 23-1 6
5 Northern State (1) 962 22-2 1
6 Nebraska-Kearney (2) 934 26-2 2
7 Washburn (2) 897 25-1 11
8 Minnesota Duluth 844 20-5 7
9 Cal State L. A. (1) 790 20-1 10
10 Ferris State 762 19-4 9
11 Tarleton State 676 23-2 13
12 Southwest Minnesota State 638 17-7 16
13 Drury 579 21-4 8
14 Central Oklahoma 543 24-4 15
15 Central Missouri 495 20-6 17
16 Cal Poly Pomona 430 19-3 19
17 Palm Beach Atlantic 406 22-3 18
18 Wheeling Jesuit 359 24-3 20
19 West Florida 280 19-7 12
20 Gannon 255 23-1 21
21 Texas A&M-Commerce 238 20-5 22
22 Lewis 221 18-6 23
23 Rockhurst 202 22-5 14
24 Barry 166 23-2 25
25 Michigan Tech 135 20-4 24

NSAA pre-season basketball polls

Presentation College has been picked to finish last in the North Star Athletic Association pre-season coaches’ poll.  The poll was released Monday.  Bellevue was picked to finish first in the conference. 

 

Presentation College’s women were picked to finish fifth in the NSAA in the pre-season women’s basketball poll also released Monday.  To see both polls log online to Dakotabroadcasting.com. 

 

2018-19 North Star Athletic Association Men's Basketball Preseason Poll

Rank

School

Points

1

Bellevue (Neb.) (7)

63

2

Mayville State (N.D.) (1)

52

3

Dakota State (S.D.)

45

4

Viterbo (Wis.)

35

5

Dickinson State (N.D.)

29

6

Valley City State (N.D.)

27

7

Waldorf (Iowa)

22

8

Presentation (S.D.)

17

*First-place votes in parenthesis

 

 

2018-19 North Star Athletic Association Women's Basketball Preseason Poll

Rank

School

Points

1

Valley City State (N.D.) (8)

64

2

Bellevue (Neb.)

55

3

Mayville State (N.D.)

48

4

Dakota State (S.D.)

40

5

Presentation (S.D.)

29

6

Waldorf (Iowa)

23

7

Viterbo (Wis.)

16

8

Dickinson State (N.D.)

13

*First-place votes in parenthesis

 
 

SD media prep volleyball poll released 10/22/18

Class AA
1. R.C. Stevens (6) 28-1 57 2
2. O'Gorman (5) 24-5 56 1
3. S.F. Washington (2) 25-4 43 3
4. Watertown 19-5 26 4
5. Huron 14-6 12 5
Also Receiving Votes: Mitchell (13-7)
Class A
1. S.F. Christian (12) 25-8 64 1
2. Miller (1) 25-2 53 2
3. McCook Central-Montrose 21-3 38 4
4. Winner 23-3 20 3
5. St. Thomas More 29-5 10 RV
Also Receiving Votes: Wagner (25-4) 9, Hill City (28-6) 1
Note: Elk Point-Jefferson, ranked fifth last week, did not receive a vote
Class B
1. Northwestern (13) 31-2 65 1
2. Warner 29-2 52 2
3. Chester Area 21-5 39 3
4. Faith 25-1 17 5
5. Ethan 23-5 13 4
Also Receiving Votes: Burke (25-6) 4, Philip (23-5) 3, Arlington (20-6) 2


Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen records 100 yards receiving for seventh consecutive season

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen continued his record setting season catching nine passes for 110 yards and a touchdown Sunday in a victory over the New York Jets.  This was the seventh consecutive game Thielen recorded 100 yards receiving, making him the first player in the Super Bowl Era to achieve that feat. 


Class 11B through 9B second round pairings

11B
#8 Aberdeen Roncalli @ #1 Canton
#5 Winner @ #4 Sioux Falls Christian 
#7 Mobridge/Pollock @ #2 Bridgewater/Emery/Ethan
#6 Lead-Deadwood @ #3 Mt. Vernon/Plankinton 

9AA
#8 Irene/Wakonda @ #1 Wolsey/Wessington
#5 Gregory @ #4 Bon Homme
#7 Kimball/White Lake @ #2 Arlington/Lake Preson
#6 Webster @ #3 Garretson 

9A
#8 New Underwood @ #1 Timber Lake
#5 Alcester/Hudson @ #4 Canistota/Freeman
#7 Corsica/Stickney @ #2 Britton/Hecla
#6 Howard @ #3 Warner

9B 
#8 Kadoka Area @ #1 Sully Buttes
#5 Burke @ #4 Faulkton
#7 Colman/Egan @ #2 Colome
#6 Castlewood @ #3 Wall


 


Class 11AAA through A high school football playoff pairings

11AAA

#8 Aberdeen Central @ #1 Sioux Falls Roosevelt
#5 Watertown @ # Sioux Falls Washington
#7 Sioux Falls Lincoln @ #2 Sioux Falls O'Gorman
#6 Rapid City Central @ #3 Brandon Valley

11AA
#8 Spearfish @ #1 Pierre
#5 Mitchell @ #4 Brookings
#7 Sturgis Brown @ #2 Yankton
#6 Huron @ #3 Harrisburg

11A
#8 Hot Springs @ #1 Tea Area
#5 West Central @ #4 Todd County
#7 Dell Rapids @ #2 Madison
#6 St. Thomas More @ #3 Dakota Valley

 


HS Media prep football poll released 10/15/18

Class 11AAA

1. SF O’Gorman (24) 8-0 120 1
2. SF Washington 6-2 89 2
3. Brandon Valley 6-2 70 3
4. SF Roosevelt 6-2 56 4
5. Watertown 6-2 25 5

Class 11AA
1. Pierre (23) 6-2 119 1
2. Harrisburg (1) 5-3 90 3
3. Yankton 4-4 72 2
4. Brookings 4-4 49 5
5. Mitchell 3-5 19 4
Receiving votes: Huron 10, Sturgis 1.

Class 11A
1. Dakota Valley (24) 8-0 120 1
T2. Madison 7-1 84 2
T2. Tea Area 7-1 84 3
4. West Central 4-4 39 4
5. Todd County 7-1 16 5
Receiving votes: Dell Rapids 11, St. Thomas More 3, Hot Springs 3.

Class 11B
1. Canton (24) 8-0 120 1
2. Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan 7-1 94 2
3. SF Christian 6-2 54 4
4. Beresford 7-1 31 RV
5. Winner 6-2 30 5
Receiving votes: Mount Vernon/Plankinton 29, Lead-Deadwood 2.

Class 9AA
1. Wolsey-Wessington (24) 8-0 120 1
2. Bon Homme 7-1 92 2
3. Garretson 8-0 67 3
4. Arlington/Lake Preston 8-0 45 4
5. Gregory 6-2 30 5
Receiving votes: Hamlin 6.

Class 9A
1. Britton-Hecla (23) 8-0 119 1
2. Canistota/Freeman (1) 7-1 78 2
3. Timber Lake 8-0 75 4
4. Warner 6-2 44 5
5. Clark/Willow Lake 6-2 39 3
Receiving votes: Alcester-Hudson 4, New Underwood 1.

Class 9B
1. Sully Buttes (21) 8-0 117 1
2. Colome (3) 8-0 99 2
3. Wall 8-0 61 4
4. Castlewood 6-2 41 3
T5. Colman-Egan 6-2 17 5
T5. Harding County 7-1 17 RV
Receiving votes: Burke 6, Faulkton Area 2. 


High school volleyball media prep poll released 10/15

Class AA
1. O'Gorman (11) 19-3 70 1
2. R.C. Stevens (3) 23-1 63 2
3. S.F. Washington (1) 21-2 47 3
4. Watertown 14-4 29 4
5. Huron 13-5 16 5
Class A
1. S.F. Christian (15) 23-7 75 1
2. Miller 23-2 60 2
3. Winner 19-1 45 3
4. McCook Central-Montrose 19-3 28 4
5. Elk Point-Jefferson 24-4 11 5
Also Receiving Votes: St. Thomas More (28-5) 4, Wagner (21-3) 2
Class B
1. Northwestern (15) 30-2 75 1
2. Warner 28-2 60 2
3. Chester Area 19-5 43 3
4. Ethan 22-4 26 4
5. Faith 23-1 16 5
Also Receiving Votes: Burke (22-5) 2, Philip (19-5) 2, Kadoka Area (23-4) 1


11B through 9B first round HS football playoff matchups

SD High school football playoff matchups first round 11B through 9B:

11B
Region 1
#4 Elk Point-Jefferson @ #1 Aberdeen Roncalli
#3 Mobridge/Pollock @ #2 Groton
Region 2
#4 Sioux Valley @ #1 Canton
#3 Sioux Falls Christian @ #2 Beresford
Region 3
#4 Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central @ #1 Bridgewater/Emery/Ethan
#3 Stanley County @ #2 Mt. Vernon/Plankinton
Region 4
#4 Custer @ #1 Winner
#3 Red Cloud @ #2 Lead/Deadwood

9AA
Region 1
#4 Miller/Highmore-Harrold @ #1 Wolsey/Wessington
#3 North Border @ #2 Webster Area
Region 2
#4 Elkton/Lake Benton @ #1 Arlington/Lake Preston
#3 Hamlin @ #2 Garretson
Region 3
#4 Deuel @ #1 Bon Homme
#3 Irene/Wakonda @ #2 Tripp-Delmont/Armour/Andes Central/Dakota Christian
Region 4
#4 Baltic @ #1 Gregory
#3 Kimball/White Lake @ #2 Jones County/White River

9A
Region 1
#4 Potter County @ #1 Britton/Hecla
#3 Clark/Willow Lake @ #2 Warner
Region 2
#4Ipswich/Edmunds Central @ #1 Canistoat/Freeman
#3 Howard @ #2 Deubrook Area
Region 3
#4 Platte/Geddes @ #1 Alcester/Hudson
#3 Lyman @ #2 Corsica/Stickney
Region 4
#4 Phillip @ #1 Timber Lake
#3 Lemmon/McIntosh @ #2 New Underwood

9B
Region 1
#4 Hitchcock/Tulare @ #1 Sully Buttes
#3 Langford @ #2 Faulkton
Region 2
#4 Dell Rapids St. Mary @ #1 Castlewood
#3 Bison @ #2 Colman/Egan
Region 3
#4 Gayville/Volin @ #1 Colome
#3 Sunshine Bible Academy @#2 Burke
Region 4
#4 Faith @ #1 Wall
#3 Kadoka Area @ #2 Harding County
 


SDSU punter Hale named MVFC special team player of the week

South Dakota State punter Brady Hale has been named the Missouri Valley Football Conference special teams player of the week.

 

Hale averaged 42.6 yards on seven punts, booting a season-long 57-yarder and landing two attempts inside the 20-yard line, as the Jackrabbits dominated on special teams en route to a 36-7 Hobo Day victory over Youngstown State on Oct. 13.  Hale also handled kickoff duties for the first time this season, recording touchbacks on three of his seven attempts.

 

This is the second time Hale has earned the honor this year. 


State media prep football poll released 10/08

Class 11AAA

1. SF O’Gorman (23) 7-0 120 1
2. SF Washington 5-2 91 3
3. Brandon Valley 5-2 66 4
4. SF Roosevelt 5-2 57 2
5. Watertown 5-2 22 5
Receiving votes: Rapid City Central 4.

 

Class 11AA

1. Pierre (23) 6-1 120 1
2. Yankton 4-3 92 2
3. Harrisburg 4-3 76 3
4. Mitchell 3-4 36 4
5. Brookings 3-4 31 5
Receiving votes: Huron 3, Spearfish 2.

 

Class 11A

1. Dakota Valley (23) 7-0 120 1
2. Madison 6-1 95 3
3. Tea Area 6-1 72 2
4. West Central 3-4 27 4
5. Todd County 6-1 17 RV
Receiving votes: Dell Rapids 13, Hot Springs 11, St. Thomas More 3, Belle Fourche 1, Lennox 1.

 

Class 11B

1. Canton (22) 7-0 119 1
2. Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan 6-1 88 2
3. Mount Vernon/Plankinton (1) 7-0 72 3
4. SF Christian 6-1 56 4
5. Winner 5-2 20 5
Receiving votes: Beresford 3, Lead-Deadwood 2.

 

Class 9AA

1. Wolsey-Wessington (23) 8-0 120 1
2. Bon Homme 6-1 90 2
3. Garretson 7-0 64 4
4. Arlington/Lake Preston 7-0 43 5
5. Gregory 5-2 36 3
Receiving votes: Hamlin 6, Webster Area 1.

 

Class 9A

1. Britton-Hecla (20) 7-0 117 1
2. Canistota/Freeman(3) 7-0 95 2
3. Clark/Willow Lake 6-1 72 4
4. Timber Lake 7-0 38 5
5. Warner 5-2 30 4
Receiving votes: Alcester-Hudson 5, Howard 3

Class 9B

1. Sully Buttes (20) 7-0 117 1
2. Colome (3) 7-0 99 2
3. Castlewood 6-1 66 4
4. Wall 7-0 35 5
5. Colman-Egan 6-1 32 3
Receiving votes: Faulkton Area 8, Harding County 2, Burke 1.


State media prep volleyball poll released 10/08

Class AA
1. O'Gorman (14) 14-2 85 1
2. R.C. Stevens (2) 20-1 72 2
3. S.F. Washington (2) 20-2 59 3
4. Watertown 12-4 34 4
5. Huron 11-4 19 RV
Also Receiving Votes: Aberdeen Central (7-6) 1

Class A
1. S.F. Christian (18) 18-7 90 1
2. Miller 21-2 71 2
3. Winner 18-1 53 3
4. McCook Central-Montrose 18-3 36 4
5. Elk Point-Jefferson 20-3 15 5
Also Receiving Votes: Dell Rapids (14-6) 2; St. Thomas More (22-5) 2; Wagner (18-3) 1

Class B
1. Northwestern (18) 25-2 90 1
2. Warner 25-2 72 2
3. Chester Area 17-5 49 3
4. Ethan 20-4 32 4
5. Faith 21-1 14 5
Also Receiving Votes: Arlington (18-5) 7; Kadoka Area (20-3) 2; Burke (20-5) 2; Philip (14-3) 1


Wild prospect Luke Kunin assigned to AHL Iowa

The Minnesota Wild have sent prospect Luke Kunin to the Iowa Wild of the AHL.  The move is good news for fans as it means Kunin is ready to place after surgically repairing a torn ACL at the end of last season.  Kunin is 20 years old and was selected by the Wild 15th overall in the 2016 NHL draft. 


USD Safety Gray named MVFC defensive player of the week for second consecutive week

For the second consecutive week, South Dakota senior safety Andrew Gray has been named the Missouri Valley Football Conference Defensive Player of the Week. It is the third time in five weeks that a Coyote has earned the distinction.
 
Gray led South Dakota with 10 tackles and forced three turnovers – two fumbles and an interception – in leading the Coyotes to a 35-28 win against 24th-ranked Missouri State Saturday in Vermillion. On top of that, he broke up a pass on fourth down in Coyote territory that effectively ended the game.
 
The first fumble Gray forced came inside the Coyote 20, the interception set up a 49-yard touchdown drive that gave USD a 24-21 lead, and the second fumble set up a Coyote field goal that extended the lead to 27-21. In addition to the three turnovers, Gray was credited with three pass breakups.
 
South Dakota (3-2, 2-0 MVFC) is one of two unbeaten teams in Valley play thru two weeks. The Coyotes host UNI (2-3, 1-1)  in a 6 p.m. kick Saturday inside the DakotaDome in Vermillion.


Winningest coach in college football history John Gagliardi passes away at 91

Longtime football coach John Gagliardi passed away Sunday in his home in Collegeville Minnesota.   He was 91 years old.  Gagliardi was the winngest coach in college football history, compiling a record of 489-138-11 over a 63-year-career.  He coach at the small Division III/NAIA program of Saint John’s in central Minnesota for 59 of those years until his retirement in 2012.  Gaglaiardi won 2 NAIA national championships and two NCAA Division II national championships.  He was known for his unique practice philosophy which included no hitting and other more liberal ideas about how to get ready for gameday. 


Miguel Sano arrested in Dominican Republic

Minnesota Twins slugger Miguel Sano has been arrested in his native Dominican Republican after allegedly running over a police officer, leaving the officer with a broken leg.  According to reports, the incident occurred outside a San Padre de Marcoris nightclub.  Sano was found driving without a license plate, nor carrying proper identification.  He tried to flee the scene and injured the officer.  Sano was released from custody after promising to meet with authorities Monday. 


SDSU, USD picked one two in Summit League women's pre-season basketball poll

The 2019 Summit League Tournament will be March 9-12 at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, S.D.

2018-19 Preseason Summit League Player of the Year

Macy Miller – South Dakota State

Preseason All-Summit League First Team

Macy Miller – South Dakota State, Sr., G (18.3 ppg/5.8 rpg/3.15 apg)*

Madison Guebert – South Dakota State, Sr., G (15.0 ppg/2.2 rpg/2.03 apg)

Ciara Duffy – South Dakota, Jr., G (12.3 ppg/5.0 rpg/2.48 apg)

Allison Arens – South Dakota, Sr., G (11.5 ppg/4.8 rpg/2.5 apg)

Taylor Higginbotham – Western Illinois, Sr., G (16.6 ppg/5.2 rpg/1.18 apg)

Lexi Klabo – North Dakota, Sr., F (19.0 ppg/9.3 rpg/1.33 apg)

Preseason All-Summit League Second Team

Myah Selland – South Dakota State, So., G/F (9.6 ppg/5.4 rpg/2.2apg)

Maya Mayberry – Oral Roberts, G (11.6 ppg/2.3 rpg/2.06 apg)

Claire Gritt – Denver, So., G (10.3 ppg/3.0 rpg/ 1.46 apg)

Madison Mckeever – South Dakota, Jr., G (8.6 ppg/2.7 rpg/2.47 apg)

Tagyn Laron – South Dakota State, Jr., F (7.4 ppg/5.7rpg/1.3apg)

*Preseason player of the year automatically earns a spot on the first team

Preseason Poll Place Team (First-Place Votes)

Points

1.    South Dakota State (24) 624

2.    South Dakota (9) 557

3.    Western Illinois 469

4.    Oral Roberts 435

5.    Denver 431

6.    North Dakota 380

7.    North Dakota State 271

8.    Omaha 233

9.    Purdue Fort Wayne 181


SDSU, USD picked one two in Summit League men's pre-season basketball poll

2018-19 Preseason Summit League Player of the Year
Mike Daum – South Dakota State

Preseason All-Summit League First Team
Mike Daum – South Dakota State, Sr., F (23.9 ppg/10.3 rpg/1.3 apg)*
Trey Burch-Manning – South Dakota, Sr., F (8.7 ppg/6.7 rpg/1.5 apg)
Zach Jackson – Omaha, Sr., G (17.6 ppg/6.4 rpg/0.9 apg)
David Jenkins, Jr. – South Dakota State, So., G (16.1 ppg/3.2 rpg/1.6 apg)
John Konchar – Purdue Fort Wayne, Sr., G (14.8 ppg/8.1 rpg/4.8 apg)
Joe Rosga – Denver, Sr., G (16.1 ppg/4.1 rpg/2.9 apg)

Preseason All-Summit League Second Team
Brandon Gilbeck – Western Illinois, Sr., C (10.8 ppg/7.1 rpg/2.6 bpg)
Tyler Hagedorn – South Dakota, Sr., F (13.0 ppg/5.9 rpg/1.1 apg)
Emmanuel Nzekwesi – Oral Roberts, Jr., F (12.7 ppg/7.2 rpg/ 1.7 apg)
Tyson Ward – North Dakota State, Jr., G (11.8 ppg/5.9 rpg/2.6 apg)
Kobe Webster – Western Illinois, So., G (15.9 ppg/4.1rpg/3.5 apg)
*Preseason player of the year automatically earns a spot on the first team

Preseason Poll

Place

Team (First-Place Votes)

Points

1.    South Dakota State (34) 570

2.    South Dakota (1) 470

3.    Denver (1) 454

4.    Purdue Fort Wayne 384

5.    North Dakota State 280

6.    Oral Roberts 215

7.    North Dakota 186

8.    Omaha 177

9.    Western Illinois 161


Wild trade for prospect Will Bitten

Minnesota Wild General Manager Paul Fenton today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired forward Will Bitten from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for defenseman Gustav Olofsson. 

 

Bitten, 20 (7/10/98), tallied 64 points (20-44=64) and 38 penalty minutes (PIM) in 62 regular season games with the Hamilton Bulldogs in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) last season and added 11 points (4-7=11) in 21 playoff games as the Bulldogs won the OHL playoff championship and advanced to the Memorial Cup. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound native of Gloucester, Ontario recorded 217 points (88-129=217) and 122 PIM in four seasons in the OHL with Hamilton, Flint and Plymouth (2014-18). Bitten was selected by Montreal in the third round (70th overall) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. He will be assigned to Iowa in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Olofsson collected 11 assists in 56 games during three seasons with Minnesota. He was selected by the Wild in the second round (46th overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.


Molitor out as Twins manager

The Minnesota Twins have relieved manager Paul Molitor of his duties following the team’s season coming to an end last week.  Molitor had two years left on his contract and is expected to remain with the team in some other capacity.  Molitor spent four seasons in charge of the Twins, accumulating a record of 305-343 over that time.  He was named AL manager of the year in 2016, turning a team around to a record of 85-77 after losing 103 games the previous year. 


Media prep volleyball poll released 10/01/18

Class AA
1. O'Gorman (11) 13-2 82 1
2. R.C. Stevens (5) 20-1 75 2
3. S.F. Washington (2) 13-2 59 3
4. Watertown 10-4 32 RV
5. Mitchell 11-3 17 4
Also Receiving Votes: Huron (10-4) 5

Class A
1. S.F. Christian (18) 17-7 90 1
2. Miller 19-2 72 2
3. Winner 15-1 53 3
4. McCook Central-Montrose 15-3 34 5
5. Elk Point-Jefferson 19-3 7 RV
Also Receiving Votes: Dakota Valley (12-6) 6, Dell Rapids (12-6) 5, St. Thomas More (21-5) 2, Wagner (15-3) 1

Class B
1. Northwestern (18) 22-2 90 1
2. Warner 23-2 72 2
3. Chester Area 16-4 53 3
4. Ethan 19-3 31 4
5. Faith 16-0 18 5
Also Receiving Votes: Arlington (16-4) 4, Philip (14-2) 2


Media prep football poll released 10/01/18

Class 11AAA
1. SF O’Gorman (30) 6-0 150 2
2. SF Roosevelt 5-1 115 1
3. SF Washington 4-2 92 3
4. Brandon Valley 4-2 59 4
5. Watertown 5-1 34 5

Class 11AA
1. Pierre (30) 5-1 150 1
2. Yankton 3-3 113 3
3. Harrisburg 3-3 81 2
4. Mitchell 3-3 61 RV
5. Brookings 3-3 27 5
Receiving votes: Huron 18

Class 11A
1. Dakota Valley (27) 6-0 147 1
2. Tea Area (3) 6-0 123 2
3. Madison 5-1 90 3
4. Hot Springs 5-1 48 RV
5. West Central 3-3 29 4
Receiving votes: Lennox 6, Todd County 4, Dell Rapids 3

Class 11B
1. Canton (29) 6-0 149 2
2. Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan 5-1 103 1
3. Mount Vernon/Plankinton (1) 6-0 95 3
4. SF Christian 5-1 72 4
5. Winner 4-2 23 5
Receiving votes: Beresford 4, Lead-Deadwood 4

Class 9AA
1. Wolsey-Wessington (29) 7-0 148 1
2. Bon Homme (1) 6-1 116 2
3. Gregory 5-1 87 3
4. Garretson 6-0 52 4
5. Arlington/Lake Preston 6-0 45 5
Receiving votes: Hamlin 1, Webster Area 1

Class 9A
1. Britton-Hecla (27) 6-0 147 1
2. Canistota/Freeman (3) 6-0 110 2
3. Clark/Willow Lake 6-1 97 4
4. Warner 5-2 40 3
5. Timber Lake 7-0 37 5
Receiving votes: Alcester-Hudson 17, Howard 2

Class 9B
1. Sully Buttes (28) 6-0 147 1
2. Colome (2) 6-0 118 3
3. Colman-Egan 6-0 90 4
4. Castlewood 5-1 49 2
5. Wall 6-0 37 5
Receiving votes: Faulkton Area 7, Harding County 2


Saints Joley Roe named NSAA defensive player of the week

 The North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) has announced its fifth edition of volleyball players-of-the-week honors Monday with Joely Roe (SR/Filer, ID) earning Defender-of-the-Week. The award marks Roe's seventh NSAA POTW honor in her career with the Saints.

 

NSAA Volleyball Defender-of-the-Week

Joely Roe – Presentation (S.D.) – 5'5", Senior, defensive specialist – Filer, Idaho – Roe collected 27 digs in Presentation's (S.D.) 3-1 home victory over Mayville State (N.D.) in the North Star Athletic Association conference opener.  She averaged 6.8 digs per set.  Roe also recorded a perfect 1.000 reception rate with 21 receptions.  Roe also had two set assists and a kill in the match.

The Saints return home after an off weekend this past weekend. The Saints are scheduled against Waldorf University on Friday night and battle No. 5 Viterbo University on Saturday afternoon. Game times are scheduled for 7:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. respectively.


PC football earns retroactive victory over Trinity International

Presentation College has earned a retroactive win over Trinity International.  The two teams met the first week of the season and Trinity International won 53-46.  However, for reason not released immediately, Trinity International has been forced to vacate the victory.  The win now puts PC’s record at 2-1 on the season.    


Northern ranked #1 in AVCA for first time in program history

For the first time in program history, the Northern State University volleyball team has earned the top spot in the AVCA Top-25 Coaches Poll. The Wolves garnered 1168 total points and 41 first place votes, as one of just four undefeated teams listed.
 
NSU had previously been ranked No. 2 in the nation a week ago, and had reached that same standing during weeks seven and eight of the 2015 season. The Wolves have become a mainstay on the list spending the last 45 consecutive weeks ranked in the top-25 in the nation.
 
Northern is joined by NSIC opponents No. 2 Concordia-St. Paul, No. 9 Minnesota Duluth, No. 10 Southwest Minnesota State, and No. 18 Wayne State. Regional opponents No. 6 Nebraska Kearney, No. 13 Central Missouri, No. 16 Central Oklahoma, No. 21 Washburn, and (RV) Northwest Missouri State also found themselves on the list. NSU will face Minnesota Duluth this weekend on the road in their second top-25 match-up of the season.  
 

Rank School (First-Place Votes) Total Points 2018 Record  Previous 
Rank
1 Northern State (41) 1168 13-0 2
2 Concordia - St. Paul (6) 1107 11-2 3
3 Palm Beach Atlantic 1066 12-0 4
4 Lewis 991 11-2 5
5 Cal State San Bernardino 978 11-1 8
6 Nebraska-Kearney 959 13-1 1
7 Ferris State 787 10-3 11
8 Western Washington 765 9-3 13
9 Minnesota Duluth 742 10-3 6
10 Southwest Minnesota State 716 9-4 7
11 Rockhurst 671 12-2 12
12 Tampa 593 11-1 16
13 Central Missouri 583 10-3 9
14 Drury 549 10-2 17
15 West Florida 526 10-4 10
16 Central Oklahoma 502 14-2 15
17 Cal State L. A. 382 11-0 22
18 Wayne State (Neb.) 354 10-3 18
19 Wheeling Jesuit 341 11-3 19
20 Tarleton State 330 11-2 20
21 Washburn 271 14-0 NR
22 Gannon 226 12-1 14
23 Regis 185 8-5 21
24 Colorado School of Mines 159 11-2 25
25 Texas A&M-Commerce 149 9-4 23

 
Others receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots: Cal Poly Pomona 72; Angelo State 70; Barry 66; Chaminade 45; Wingate 30; Central Washington 27; Findlay 27; Azusa Pacific 19; Michigan Tech 16; Northern Michigan 13; NW Missouri State 13; Hillsdale 3;
 
10 teams mentioned on only one ballot for a total of 79 combined points.


South Dakota media prep football poll released 9/17/18

Class 11AAA
1. SF Roosevelt (24) 4-0 144 1
2. SF O’Gorman (6) 4-0 126 2
3. Brandon Valley 3-1 78 3
4. SF Washington 2-2 72 4
5. Watertown 3-1 26 5
Receiving votes: Sioux Falls Lincoln 3, Aberdeen Central 1. 
Class 11AA
1. Pierre (29) 3-1 149 2
2. Huron (1) 3-1 98 1
3. Brookings 3-1 81 4
4. Harrisburg 2-2 75 3
5. Yankton 1-3 32 RV
Receiving votes: Sturgis 9, Mitchell 6. 
Class 11A
1. Dakota Valley (27) 4-0 147 1
2. Tea Area (3) 4-0 122 2
3. Madison 3-1 89 3
4. West Central 2-2 40 RV
5. Lennox 3-1 28 5
Receiving votes: Belle Fourche 9, Hot Springs 9, Dell Rapids 6. 
Class 11B
1. Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan (28) 4-0 147 1
2. Canton (2) 5-0 116 2
3. Mount Vernon/Plankinton 5-0 83 3
4. SF Christian 3-1 71 4
5. Winner 3-1 29 5
Receiving votes: Beresford 3, Lead-Deadwood 1. 
Class 9AA
1. Gregory (22) 4-0 141 1
2. Wolsey-Wessington (8) 5-0 128 2
3. Bon Homme 4-1 71 4
4. Baltic 4-0 38 5
5. Irene-Wakonda 4-1 25 3
Receiving votes: Arlington/Lake Preston 21, Garretson 15, Hamlin 5, Webster Area 4, North Border 2. 
Class 9A
1. Britton-Hecla (29) 4-0 149 1
2. Clark/Willow Lake 5-0 106 3
3. Canistota/Freeman(1) 4-0 84 4
4. Warner 4-1 63 2
5. Alcester-Hudson 4-0 22 5
Receiving votes: Timber Lake 21, Howard 5 
Class 9B
1. Sully Buttes (29) 4-0 147 1
2. Castlewood (1) 4-0 110 2
3. Colome 4-0 93 3
4. Colman-Egan 4-0 69 4
5. Wall 4-0 25 5
Receiving votes: Faulkton Area 6.-4) 3


South Dakota media prep volleyball poll released Sept. 17th

CLASS AA
1. S.F. Washington (19) 10-1 107 2
2. R.C. Stevens (3) 13-1 90 1
3. O'Gorman 10-2 62 3
4. Mitchell 8-1 47 4
5. S.F. Roosevelt 8-5 13 5
ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: Huron (8-2) 11
CLASS A
1. S.F. Christian (22) 11-3 110 1
2. Miller 12-2 84 3
3. Winner 10-1 66 2
4. Dell Rapids 8-2 34 4
5. Dakota Valley 8-3 22 5
ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: McCook Central-Montrose (11-3) 8, Groton Area (10-1) 4, Aberdeen Roncalli (9-1) 1, Elk Point-Jefferson (10-2) 1
CLASS B
1. Northwestern (20) 17-1 108 1
2. Warner (2) 16-1 90 2
3. Chester Area 9-3 55 4
4. Ethan 12-1 47 3
5. Philip 9-1 18 5
ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: Faith (10-0) 5, Freeman (11-1) 4, Arlington (14


Vikings waive kicker Daniel Carlson

The Minnesota Vikings Monday waived rookie kicker Daniel Carlson according to multiple reports.

The move comes after Carlson missed three straight field goals in a tie at Lambeau Field Sunday.  One of those misses included the game winner in overtime.  

 

In another move, the Vikings are expected to replace Carlson with recently released kicker Dan Bailey.


 

 

 


Timberwolves center Justin Patton out with another foot injury

Minnesota Timberwolves center Justin Patton is once again out indefinitely after suffering another foot injury.  The injury occurred during a workout.  Patton underwent surgery Sunday.  Patton was the 16th overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft and appeared in just one game for Minnesota last season after suffering another foot injury. 


SD media prep volleyball poll released 9/11/18

CLASS AA
1. R.C. Stevens (19) 9-0 95 1
2. S.F. Washington 7-1 74 2
3. O'Gorman 8-1 58 3
4. Mitchell 6-1 37 4
5. S.F. Roosevelt 6-4 13 5
RECEIVING VOTES: Huron (6-2)6, Aberdeen Central (4-1)2
CLASS A
1. S.F. Christian (19) 10-3 95 1
2. Winner 6-0 75 2
3. Miller 6-2 41 3
4. Dell Rapids 6-2 36 4
5. Dakota Valley 6-3 18 t5
RECEIVING VOTES: McCook Central-Montrose (10-2) 11, Wagner (7-1) 5, Groton Area (8-1) 3, Aberdeen Roncalli (7-1) 1
NOTE: Elk Point-Jefferson, tied for fifth last week, did not receive any votes
CLASS B
1. Northwestern (19) 10-0 95 1
2. Warner 11-1 75 2
3. Ethan 9-0 56 3
4. Chester Area 4-2 28 4
5. Philip 7-1 17 5
RECEIVING VOTES: Herreid-Selby Area (8-0) 8, Arlington (8-4) 4, Kadoka Area


SD Media prep football poll released 9/11/18

Class 11AAA
1. SF Roosevelt (25) 3-0 141 1
2. SF O’Gorman (4) 3-0 104 2
3. Brandon Valley 2-1 66 4
4. SF Washington 1-2 61 3
5. Watertown 3-0 45 5
Receiving votes: Sioux Falls Lincoln 2. 
Class 11AA
1. Huron (21) 3-0 137 4
2. Pierre (8) 2-1 115 3
3. Harrisburg 1-2 72 1
4. Brookings 2-1 59 5
5. Mitchell 1-2 30 2
Receiving votes: Yankton 22. 
Class 11A
1. Dakota Valley (28) 3-0 144 1
2. Tea Area (1) 3-0 116 3
3. Madison 2-1 61 2
4. Dell Rapids 2-1 58 4
5. Lennox 3-0 52 RV
Receiving votes: West Central 3, Belle Fourche 1. 
Class 11B
1. Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan (28) 3-0 144 2
2. Canton (1) 4-0 104 4
3. Mount Vernon/Plankinton 4-0 82 3
4. SF Christian 2-1 72 1
5. Winner 2-1 28 5
Receiving votes: Beresford 5. 
Class 9AA
1. Gregory (22) 3-0 138 1
2. Wolsey-Wessington (7) 4-0 123 2
3. Irene-Wakonda 4-0 83 3
4. Bon Homme 3-1 46 4
5. Baltic 4-0 28 5
Receiving votes: Arlington/Lake Preston 8, Garretson 8, Hamlin 1. 
Class 9A
1. Britton-Hecla (28) 4-0 143 1
2. Warner (1) 4-0 112 2
3. Clark/Willow Lake 4-0 85 3
4. Canistota/Freeman 3-0 57 4
5. Alcester-Hudson 4-0 22 5
Receiving votes: Timber Lake 16. 
Class 9B
1. Sully Buttes (27) 3-0 142 1
2. Castlewood (2) 4-0 108 2
3. Colome 3-0 87 3
4. Colman-Egan 3-0 65 4
5. Wall 4-0 23 RV
Receiving votes: Faulkton Area 9, Harding County 1. 


Media prep volleyball poll released 9/04/18

CLASS AA
1. R.C. Stevens (16) 8-0 80 1
2. S.F. Washington 5-1 63 2
3. O'Gorman 6-1 47 3
4. Mitchell 4-1 23 5
5. S.F. Roosevelt 3-1 21 4
RECEIVING VOTES: Huron (5-1) 5, Aberdeen Central (3-1) 1
CLASS A
1. S.F. Christian (16) 5-0 80 1
2. Winner 5-0 53 5
3. Miller 5-1 51 3
4. Dell Rapids 5-2 16 2
t5. Dakota Valley 2-2 10 4
t5. Elk Point-Jefferson 3-0 10 NR
RECEIVING VOTES: Parker (3-1) 6, Wagner (5-1) 6, McCook Central-Montrose (6-2) 4
CLASS B
1. Northwestern (16) 8-0 80 1
2. Warner 5-0 64 2
3. Ethan 2-0 40 4
4. Chester Area 1-1 28 3
5. Philip 2-0 22 5
RECEIVING VOTES: Wall (4-0) 3, Burke (2-1) 1, Arlington (3-3) 1, Herreid-Selby Area (7-0) 1


NSU moves up to third in the nation in most recent AVCA top 25 poll

After a 4-0 weekend in Sioux Falls, the Northern State University volleyball team has climbed four spots to No. 3 in this week's AVCA Top-25 Poll. The Wolves garnered 1080 points and six first place votes, sitting behind No. 1 Nebraska-Kearney and No. 2 Concordia-St. Paul.
 
Northern is joined by NSIC opponents No. 2 CSP, No. 6 Minnesota Duluth, No. 7 Southwest Minnesota State, No. 19 Wayne State, (RV) Upper Iowa, and (RV) Augustana. In addition, regional foes No. 1 U NK, No. 10 Central Missouri, No. 18 Central Oklahoma, and No. 25 Missouri Western found themselves on the list.
 

Rank School (First-Place Votes) Total Points 2018 Record  Previous 
Rank
1 Nebraska-Kearney (26) 1142 8-0 5
2 Concordia - St. Paul (15) 1122 6-2 2
3 Northern State (6) 1080 8-0 7
4 Palm Beach Atlantic 919 8-0 11
5 Lewis 887 6-2 3
6 Minnesota Duluth (1) 850 6-2 1
7 Southwest Minnesota State 837 5-3 8
8 Rockhurst 816 7-1 6
9 Cal State San Bernardino 777 7-1 9
10 Central Missouri 731 6-2 14
11 West Florida 687 5-3 13
12 Western Washington 641 5-3 15
13 Ferris State 597 5-3 4
14 Wheeling Jesuit 537 6-2 12
15 Regis 470 4-4 10
16 Gannon 420 7-0 16
17 Texas A&M-Commerce 404 6-2 NR
18 Central Oklahoma 381 7-2 19
19 Wayne State (Neb.) 310 7-1 20
20 Tampa 272 7-1 25
21 Florida Southern 236 5-3 23
22 Drury 210 6-2 NR
23 Northern Michigan 185 8-0 NR
24 Tarleton State 168 6-2 18
25 Missouri Western 149 5-3 21
         

Others receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots: Findlay 137; Cal State L. A. 119; Upper Iowa 119; Colorado School of Mines 87; Truman 83; Angelo State 75; Augustana (SD) 26; Alaska-Anchorage 20; Central Washington 17; West Texas A&M 10; Chaminade 8; Cal Poly Pomona 7; Michigan Tech 7; Wingate 7; Ashland 4
 
Seven teams mentioned on only one ballot for a total of 43 combined points.


Media prep football poll released Sept. 3rd

Class 11AAA
1. SF Roosevelt (19) 2-0 119 3
2. SF O’Gorman (6) 2-0 104 2
3. SF Washington 1-1 71 1
4. Brandon Valley 1-1 48 5
5. Watertown 2-0 16 RV
Receiving votes: Sioux Falls Lincoln 15, Rapid City Stevens 2. 
Class 11AA
1. Harrisburg (16) 1-1 110 1
2. Mitchell (6) 1-1 100 2
3. Pierre 1-1 73 3
4. Huron (3) 2-0 57 5
5. Brookings 1-1 29 4
Receiving votes: Sturgis 3. 
Class 11A
1. Dakota Valley (22) 2-0 121 1
2. Madison (3) 2-0 96 2
3. Tea Area 2-0 83 3
4. Dell Rapids 1-1 39 5
5. St. Thomas More 1-1 20 4
Receiving votes: Milbank 13, Belle Fourche 1, Hot Springs 1, Lennox 1.
Class 11B
1. SF Christian (24) 2-0 124 1
2. Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan (1) 2-0 101 2
3. Mount Vernon/Plankinton 3-0 65 3
4. Canton 3-0 54 4
5. Winner 2-1 24 5
Receiving votes: Beresford 4, Custer 3. 
Class 9AA
1. Gregory (18) 3-0 117 1
2. Wolsey-Wessington (7) 3-0 107 2
3. Irene-Wakonda 3-0 75 3
4. Bon Homme 2-1 33 5
5. Baltic 3-0 16 RV
Receiving votes: Arlington/Lake Preston 11, Garretson 6, Webster Area 5, Hamlin 3, North Border 1, Kimball/White Lake 1.
Class 9A
1. Britton-Hecla (24) 3-0 123 1
2. Warner (1) 3-0 91 3
3. Clark/Willow Lake 3-0 73 4
4. Canistota/Freeman 2-0 35 5
5. Alcester-Hudson 3-0 21 NR
Receiving votes: Corsica-Stickney 18, Timber Lake 14. 
Class 9B
1. Sully Buttes (23) 2-0 121 1
2. Castlewood (1) 3-0 87 2
3. Colome (1) 3-0 79 3
4. Colman-Egan 2-0 55 4
5. Harding County 3-0 26 5
Receiving votes: Faulkton Area 5, Wall 2.


Yotes Gray named MVFC defensive player of the week

University of South Dakota linebacker Alex Gray has been named Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC) Defensive Player of the Week for his play against Kansas State in Manhattan, Kansas, Saturday night. It is the first such honor for Gray, a senior from New Lenox, Illinois.
 
Highlighting Gray's performance was a 25-yard interception return for a touchdown late in the first half that sent the Coyotes into halftime with a 24-12 lead. It was the fourth collegiate interception for Gray and the first time he has reached the end zone.
 
Gray recovered a fumble with 50 seconds left that gave South Dakota one last chance. Trailing 27-24, the Coyotes drove from their own 16 to the KSU 34 before missing a 51-yard field goal attempt as time expired.
 
Gray led the Coyotes with six tackles including two sacks. His first sack of the night came on third down inside the red zone that forced a K-State field goal.


Northern drops season football opener to Bemidji State

The Northern State University football team fell to Bemidji State 38-17 in the 2018 season opener on the road. The Wolves brought things within seven in the third quarter; however the Beavers broke things open in the final 16 minutes of action.

 

Bemidji State scored first to open the game, notching a field goal and touchdown by the 7:30 mark in the quarter. The Wolves cut the lead to seven, as Mitch Tschakert sent is first field goal of the year, a 35-yard attempt, through the uprights. BSU added a touchdown as the clock wound down in the second quarter, and held a 17-3 lead at the half.

 

The Wolves opened the second half scoring, and cut the Beaver lead to seven for the second time in the game with a 1-yard rushing touchdown by Gerald Maxwell. The touchdown was the first of Maxwell’s career. BSU answered the score early and often with two rushing scores and one passing in the closing seconds of the third quarter, and opening minutes of the fourth. Jacob Streit added the final touchdown of the evening for the Wolves, a 15-yard pass from Hunter Trautman.

 

Streit led the Wolves receivers in his first career start with 86 yards, including a 26 yard long. Maxwell and Robert Vomacka were second on the team with 27 receiving yards apiece, while Dakota Larson and Spencer Johnson notched 24 and 22 respectively. Trautman threw for a game high 202 yards, completing 20-of-43 attempts, however gave up the only interception of the game. Chaka Kelly led the Wolves rushers with 72 yards, followed by Maxwell and Trautman with 66 and 46 respectively.

 

Noah MacPherson led the Wolves defense with 14 tackles in the game, including eight solo stops. Alex Gray followed with eight tackles of his own, including a team leading 1.5 tackles for a total loss of three yards. Preston Droessler and Landon Hoellein notched six tackles each, while Etienne Ezeff, Brayden McNeary, Brady Thielges, Josh Coyle, and Jacob Cross recorded four apiece. Droessler tallied the lone pass break-up of the evening, and likewise, Coyle notched the long sack for a total loss of 11 yards.

 

Jacob Wiedrich punted for 238 yards, with a 47-yard long and 39.7 net punt average. The senior also tallied 190 yards on four kickoffs with two touchbacks. Tschakert connected for 1-of-2 field goals, and hit both PATs.

 

As a team, the Wolves tallied 27 first downs to the Beavers 19, and converted on 11-of-25 third downs. NSU combined for 173 yards rushing and 202 yards passing, for 375 yards of total offense. Northern also converted on 2-of-4 fourth downs, and scored on 3-of-4 chances in the red-zone. A total of 13 Wolves notched multiple tackles in the loss, combining for 5.0 tackles for a loss of 23 yards.

 

The Wolves return home next Thursday, September 6 for the fourth annual InsuraCrop Ag Bowl. Northern will face off against Minot State at 7 p.m. in the NSIC/MidcoSN Game of the Week.


Spurs star Manu Ginobili announces retirement

San Antonio Spurs longtime sixth man announced via his twitter account Monday he will retire from basketball.  Ginobili leaves after a 23 year career at the age of 41.  Ginobili was selected in the second round 57th overall by the Spurs in 1999 and played his entire career in San Antonio.  During that time he helped the Spurs win four NBA championships, was named an NBA all-star twice, was the sixth man of the year in 08, and won a gold medal for his native country Argentina in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. 


SD Media prep football poll released 8/27/18

Class 11AAA
1. SF Washington (27) 1-0 147 1
2. SF O’Gorman (2) 1-0 111 2
3. SF Roosevelt (1) 1-0 99 3
4. SF Lincoln 1-0 47 5
5. Brandon Valley 0-1 34 4
Receiving votes: Watertown 10, Rapid City Stevens 2.

Class 11AA
1. Harrisburg (29) 1-0 149 3
2. Mitchell (1) 0-1 84 1
3. Pierre 0-1 73 2
4. Brookings 1-0 69 RV
5. Huron 1-0 65 5
Receiving votes: Yankton 10.

Class 11A
1. Dakota Valley (25) 1-0 142 1
2. Madison (4) 1-0 115 2
3. Tea Area 1-0 92 3
4. St. Thomas More (1) 1-0 69 4
5. Dell Rapids 0-1 13 5
Receiving votes: Belle Fourche 11, Milbank 6, West Central 2.

Class 11B
1. SF Christian (29) 2-0 149 1
2. Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan (1) 2-0 121 2
3. Mount Vernon/Plankinton 2-0 81 3
4. Canton 2-0 61 4
5. Winner 1-1 18 5
Receiving votes: Aberdeen Roncalli 17, Beresford 2, Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central 1.

Class 9AA
1. Gregory (22) 2-0 141 1
2. Wolsey-Wessington (7) 2-0 124 2
3. Irene-Wakonda 2-0 84 3
4. Webster Area (1) 2-0 57 4
5. Bon Homme 1-1 21 5
Receiving votes: Baltic 8, Arlington/Lake Preston 7, Garretson 6, North Border 1, Kimball/White Lake 1.

Class 9A
1. Britton-Hecla (27) 2-0 145 1
2. Corsica-Stickney (3) 1-0 113 2
3. Warner 2-0 85 3
4. Clark/Willow Lake 2-0 65 4
5. Canistota/Freeman 2-0 32 5
Receiving votes: Timber Lake 10.

Class 9B
1. Sully Buttes (27) 2-0 144 1
2. Castlewood (1) 2-0 104 2
3. Colome (1) 2-0 93 3
4. Colman-Egan (1) 1-0 73 4
5. Harding County 2-0 27 5
Receiving votes: Faulkton Area 6, Wall 3.


Northern 7th in the nation in first AVCA poll

In the opening AVCA Top-25 Poll of the regular season, the Northern State University volleyball team sits seventh. The Wolves jumped two spots from the preseason poll, earning 838 total points with a 4-0 record overall.
 
Northern is joined by NSIC opponents No. 1 Minnesota Duluth, No. 2 Concordia-St. Paul, No. 8 Southwest Minnesota State, No. 20 Wayne State, No. 22 Augustana, and (RV) Upper Iowa. The poll also includes regional competition, No. 5 Nebraska Kearney, No. 14 Central Missouri, No. 21 Missouri Western, and (RV) Arkansas Tech. The Wolves are set to face No. 22 Augustana this coming Saturday.
 

Rank School (First-Place Votes) Total Points 2018 Record  Previous
Rank
1 Minnesota Duluth (31) 1147 4-0 3
2 Concordia - St. Paul (6) 1056 3-1 1
3 Lewis (2) 1003 4-0 6
4 Ferris State (7) 960 4-0 21
5 Nebraska-Kearney 912 4-0 8
6 Rockhurst 867 4-0 10
7 Northern State 838 4-0 9
8 Southwest Minnesota State (1) 822 2-2 2
9 Cal State San Bernardino 808 4-0 11
10 Regis 743 2-2 7
11 Palm Beach Atlantic 706 4-0 12
12 Wheeling Jesuit (1) 688 3-1 24
13 West Florida 597 2-2 15
14 Central Missouri 571 4-0 22
15 Western Washington 501 1-3 5
16 Gannon 469 3-0 13
17 Colorado School of Mines 402 4-0 20
18 Tarleton State 272 3-1 18
19 Central Oklahoma 236 2-2 16
20 Wayne State (Neb.) 213 4-0 NR
21 Missouri Western 197 4-0 NR
22 Augustana (SD) 189 3-1 23
23 Florida Southern 179 1-3 4
24 Findlay 172 3-1 NR
25 Tampa 143 4-0 NR


Others receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots: Angelo State 137; Cal State L. A. 110; Hillsdale 98; Arkansas Tech University 93; Truman 59; Drury 54; Winona State 51; Alaska-Anchorage 46; West Texas A&M 33; Saint Leo 30; NW Nazarene 27; Northern Michigan 19; Upper Iowa 16; Wayne State (Mich.) 12; Metro State 10; NW Missouri State 9; UC San Diego 6; Missouri-St Louis 5; Arkansas-Fort Smith 4; Wingate 4; Cal Poly Pomona 3;


SD Media prep volleyball poll released 8/27/18

Class AA
Rank-School FPV Rcd TP Pvs
1. R.C. Stevens (19) 2-0 99 1
2. S.F. Washington (1) 4-1 75 2
3. S.F. O'Gorman - 3-1 49 3
4. S.F. Roosevelt - 2-0 46 RV
5. Mitchell - 3-1 20 5
Others receiving votes: Huron (4-0) 8, Watertown (2-3) 3.

Class A
Rank-School FPV Rcd TP Pvs
1. S.F. Christian (20) 5-0 100 1
2. Dell Rapids - 5-0 57 5
3. Miller - 4-1 50 2
4. Dakota Valley - 1-1 47 3
5. Winner - 2-0 33 RV
Others receiving votes: Parker (2-0) 5, McCook Central-Montrose (2-3) 4, Wagner (4-1) 3, Madison (1-1) 1.

Class B
Rank-School FPV Rcd TP Pvs
1. Northwestern (20) 6-0 100 1
2. Warner - 3-0 79 2
3. Chester Area - 1-0 61 3
4. Ethan - 0-0 35 4
5. Phillip - 1-0 19 5
Others receiving votes: Burke (1-0) 2, Arlington (1-3) 1, Deubrook Area (1-0) 1, Waverly-South Shore (5-0) 1, Wall (2-0) 1.


Northern releases men and women's basketball schedule

he Northern State University men's and women's basketball teams released their 2018-19 schedules today. The Wolves men will open the season on October 23 at home versus Waldorf, while the women will open on the road at the Central Region Challenge versus Pitt State on November 9 and Arkansas Tech on November 10. 
 
The men then hit the road for the Hall of Fame Classic and East-West Classic. They will face off against Northwest Missouri State and Queens (NC) from St. Joseph, Missouri, and Black Hills State and South Dakota School of Mines from the Sanford Pentagon and Sioux Falls. As released earlier this month, the Wolves are set to host the Dacotah Bank Thanksgiving Classic on November 23 and 24. NSU will tip-off with Truman State on Friday and Chadron State on Saturday.
 
The women will face off against Presentation in their home opener on November 15, before heading to Emporia State for their thanksgiving tournament, with games against the host and East Central Oklahoma. The Wolves final non-conference game is set for December 30 from Wachs Arena versus Metro State.
 
Both teams will open the NSIC slate at home on December 1 against MSU Moorhead, and then travel to Bemidji State and Minnesota Crookston the following weekend. Northern will finish off 2018 at home versus Minot State and U-Mary on the 14th and 15th and on the road at MSU Moorhead on the 19.
 
The Wolves open the new year at Upper Iowa and Winona State on January 4 and 5, before a 4-game home stand against Minnesota Crookston, Bemidji State, Augustana, and Wayne State through the middle portion of the month. NSU then travels to St. Cloud State and Minnesota Duluth on the 25th and 26th of the month.
 
February opens with a pair of road games at Concordia-St. Paul and Minnesota State on the 1stand 2nd. The Wolves will then open a 4-game home stand against Sioux Falls and Southwest Minnesota State for the annual I Hate Winter weekend on the 8th and 9th. Minnesota Duluth and St. Cloud State come to town on the 15th and 16th for the final regular season home games of the year. Northern will finish the season at Minot State and U-Mary on February 22 and 23, with the first round of the NSIC Tournament set for February 27. The NSIC Tournament first round will be hosted by the top seeded institution.
 
Full schedule information, with game times can be found below.
 

Northern State Men's Schedule
10/23 Waldorf (ex) 7 p.m.
11/3 Northwest Mo. St.% TBD
11/4 Queens (NC)% TBD
11/16 Black Hills St.# 5:30 p.m.
11/17 SD Mines# 3:30 p.m.
11/23
11/24
12/1
Truman State&
Chadron State&
MSU Moorhead
7 p.m.
6 p.m.
6 p.m.
12/7 Bemidji State 7:30 p.m.
12/8 Minnesota Crookston 6 p.m.
12/14 Minot State 7:30 p.m.
12/15 U-Mary 6 p.m.
12/19 MSU Moorhead TBD
1/4 Upper Iowa 7:30 p.m.
1/5 Winona State 6 p.m.
1/11 Minnesota Crookston 7:30 p.m.
1/12 Bemidji State 6 p.m.
1/18 Augustana 7:30 p.m.
1/19 Wayne State 6 p.m.
1/25 St. Cloud State 7:30 p.m.
1/26 Minnesota Duluth 6 p.m.
2/1 Concordia-St. Paul 7:30 p.m.
2/2 Minnesota State 6 p.m.
2/8 Sioux Falls^ 7:30 p.m.
2/9 Southwest Minnesota St.^ 6 p.m.
2/15 Minnesota Duluth 7:30 p.m.
2/16 St. Cloud State 6 p.m.
2/22 U-Mary 7:30 p.m.
2/23 Minot State 6 p.m.
2/27 NSIC First Round

 

 

Northern State Women's Schedule

11/9 Pitt State% 11:30 a.m.
11/10 Arkansas Tech% 1:30 p.m.
11/15 Presentation 6 p.m.
11/23 East Central Oklahoma# TBD
11/24 Emporia State# TBD
12/1 MSU Moorhead 4 p.m.
12/7 Bemidji State 5:30p.m.
12/8 Minnesota Crookston 4 p.m.
12/14 Minot State 5:30 p.m.
12/15 U-Mary 4 p.m.
12/19 MSU Moorhead TBD
12/30 Metro State 4 p.m.
1/4 Upper Iowa 5:30 p.m.
1/5 Winona State 4 p.m.
1/11 Minnesota Crookston 5:30 p.m.
1/12 Bemidji State 4 p.m.
1/18 Augustana 5:30 p.m.
1/19 Wayne State 4 p.m.
1/25 St. Cloud State 5:30 p.m.
1/26 Minnesota Duluth 4 p.m.
2/1 Concordia-St. Paul 5:30 p.m.
2/2 Minnesota State 4 p.m.
2/8 Sioux Falls^ 5:30 p.m.
2/9 Southwest Minnesota St.^ 4 p.m.
2/15 Minnesota Duluth 5:30 p.m.
2/16 St. Cloud State 4 p.m.
2/22 U-Mary 5:30 p.m.
2/23 Minot State 4 p.m.
2/27 NSIC First Round  

PC releases men's basketball schedule

Presentation College head men's basketball coach Jeremy Reigle is pleased to announce the release of the 2018-19 basketball schedule. The 31-game schedule includes 14 NSAA conference games, 14 non-conference games, and three exhibitions. The season will highlight games against NCAA DII opponents University of Mary and Concordia St Paul, NAIA National Tournament contenders in Briar Cliff University, Dakota Wesleyan University, Mayville State, and Bellevue University and NCAA DI opponent Montana State Bozeman.

The Saints start the season on the road for a pair of games against NCAA DII University of Mary on October 20th and the University of Jamestown on October 24th. The exhibition game against U-Mary marks the third meeting between the two schools in school history. 

The Saints return home for a double-header against Providence College on October 26th and 27th before taking on Briar Cliff on October 29th.

PC will then head down south to Sioux Falls for the annual South Dakota NAIA Classic at the Sanford Pentagon. PC will take on Mount Marty College on November 3rd and will finish out the weekend against Dakota Wesleyan on November 4th.

Following the SD NAIA Classic, the Saints will return home and host the annual Isreal-Strong Memorial Tournament featuring Oak Hills Christian College, Nebraska Christian and Dallas Christian College. Former PC assistant basketball coach Jordan Strom now heads the Dallas Christian program. The Saints will take on Oak Hills Christian in the opening day of the Tournament on November 8th with the championship game following on November 9th.

PC will then start a four-game road trip over the next two weeks in Montana and Iowa. The Saints take on NCAA DI Montana State University on November 11th. The game has meaning to the family of current player Quadre Lollis (SR/Indianapolis, IN), as his father was a standout basketball player for the Bobcats and was inducted into the MSU Hall-of-Fame in 2016. The Bobcats finished the season 13-19 overall and made the first round of the Big Sky Conference Tournament a season ago, falling 74-76 to North Dakota.  The Saints will round out their trip in Billings against Rocky Mountain College on November 13th.  The Saints will hit the road once again to take part in the Wendy's Classic by William Penn in Oskaloosa, Iowa over November 23rd and 24th. PC will open the weekend against Shawnee State University and will face off against Wright State-Lake on November 24th to round out the Classic.

The men open the NSAA conference slate at home on December 1st against Dickinson State University. The will finish out the three-game home stand with two non-conference matchups against Trinity Bible College on December 5th and the University of Jamestown on December 10th.

The Saints hit the road for a four game matchup starting with non-conference action against Nebraska Christian on December 15th. They will then take on NCAA DII Concordia St. Paul in an exhibition on December 18th for the second meeting in two years as the Saints defeated the Golden Bears 87-73 a season ago. They will round out their road trip with a pair of conference games against Dakota State University on January 4th and Bellevue University on January 5th.

The final 11 games will consist of seven home games and four away games – all of which will be conference action. The Saints will host Viterbo, Waldorf, Mayville State, and Valley City State before traveling back to all four schools the following week. The 2018-19 regular season slate will wrap up at home, as they host Dakota State, Bellevue University and Dickinson 


PC releases women's basketball schedule

Presentation College head women's basketball coach Eric Nelson is pleased to announce the release of the 2018-19 basketball schedule. The 31-game schedule includes 14 NSAA conference games, 15 non-conference games, and two exhibitions. This season highlights games against NAIA National Champions Dakota Wesleyan University, NCAA DII Northern State University and University of Sioux Falls, and NAIA National Tournament contenders in Tabor College, University of Jamestown, and 2017-18 NSAA Champions Valley City State.

The Saints start out their 2018-19 season against the University of Jamestown Jimmies – who made it to the quarterfinals of the NAIA National Tournament a season ago. The game is slated for a 6 p.m. start time on October 24th in Jamestown, North Dakota.

The Saints will return home for a double-header against Providence College on October 26th and 27th. The women will then hit the road for the South Dakota NAIA Classic and Tabor Classic. They will face off against Mount Marty College and Dakota Wesleyan from the Sanford Pentagon and Tabor College and Bethany College in Hillsboro, Kansas. They will then return home for a cross-town exhibition against NCAA DII Northern State University. The Wolves made the second round of the NCAA DII Regional Tournament and finished with a 26-6 overall record last season.

They will then start a two game road trip against NAIA National Champions Dakota Wesleyan on November 21st before taking on NCAA DII University of Sioux Falls for their final exhibition of the season on November 27th.

In the month of December, the Saints will host five of their six games at home. The women will open the NSAA slate at home against Dickinson State University on December 1st before taking on Trinity Bible, Yellowstone Christian College and the University of Jamestown. The Saints will then travel to Fremont, Nebraska for a non-conference matchup against Midland Lutheran College on December 18th before returning home for a non-conference matchup against Mount Marty College on December 30th to round out the 2018 calendar year.

The women open the new-year on the road for a pair of conference matchups against Dakota State and Bellevue University on January 4th and 5th. They will then return home for a four-game skid against Viterbo University, Waldorf University, Mayville State University and NSAA Conference Champions Valley City State.

The final six of the eight games of the regular season will be on the road as the Saints travel to Valley City, Mayville State, Waldorf University, Viterbo University, Dickinson State, and non-conference opponent Nebraska Christian College. The Saints will tip off against Dakota State and Bellevue on Feb 8th and 9th for the final home games of the regular season.

To view the entire 2018-19 schedule, please click on the following link: 2018-19 Women's Basketball Schedule


Media prep football poll released August 20th

Class 11AAA

1. SF Washington (26) 0-0 138
2. SF O’Gorman (2) 0-0 97
3. SF Roosevelt 0-0 83
4. Brandon Valley 0-0 67
5. SF Lincoln 0-0 28
Receiving votes: Rapid City Stevens 5, Rapid City Central 1, Watertown 1. 
Class 11AA
1. Mitchell (22) 0-0 133
2. Pierre (3) 0-0 103
3. Harrisburg (3) 0-0 96
4. Yankton 0-0 53
5. Huron 0-0 19
Receiving votes: Sturgis 10, Brookings 5, Douglas 1. 
Class 11A
1. Dakota Valley (14) 0-0 113
2. Madison (10) 0-0 104
3. Tea Area (4) 0-0 95
4. St. Thomas More 0-0 68
5. Dell Rapids 0-0 24
Receiving votes: West Central 9, Milbank 6, Belle Fourche 1. 
Class 11B
1. SF Christian (27) 1-0 139 1
2. Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan (1) 1-0 109 2
3. Mount Vernon/Plankinton 1-0 67 5
4. Canton 1-0 62 RV
5. Winner 0-1 19 3
Receiving votes: Aberdeen Roncalli 13, Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central 7, Beresford 2, Sioux Valley 1. 
Class 9AA
1. Gregory (14) 1-0 123 1
2. Wolsey-Wessington (12) 1-0 121 3
3. Irene-Wakonda (1) 1-0 72 4
4. Webster Area (1) 1-0 52 5
5. Bon Homme 1-0 15 RV
Receiving votes: Miller/Highmore-Harrold 10, Garretson 9, Baltic 8, Arlington/Lake Preston 5, North Border 3, Kimball/White Lake 2.
Class 9A
1. Britton-Hecla (25) 1-0 135 1
2. Corsica-Stickney (3) 1-0 103 3
3. Warner 1-0 78 4
4. Clark/Willow Lake 1-0 56 5
5. Canistota/Freeman 1-0 24 RV
Receiving votes: Howard 17, Timber Lake 7. 
Class 9B
1. Sully Buttes (23) 1-0 131 1
2. Castlewood (2) 1-0 96 2
3. Colome (2) 1-0 84 3
4. Colman-Egan (1) 1-0 74 4
5. Harding County 1-0 24 5
Receiving votes: Faulkton Area 10, Wall 1.


Media prep volleyball pre-season poll

CLASS AA
Rec Pts Pvs
1. R.C. Stevens (14) 28-10 83 4
2. S.F. Washington (3) 22-14 64 NR
3. O'Gorman 18-17 36 5
4. Watertown 16-9 31 RV
5. Mitchell 21-6 30 2
ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: Harrisburg (23-1, 1 first place vote, No. 1 in final 2017 poll) 17; S.F. Roosevelt (12-20) 5; Aberdeen Central (17-7, No. 3 in final 2017 poll) 2; Huron (16-11) 1
CLASS A
Rec Pts Pvs
1. S.F. Christian (17) 30-2 89 1
2. Miller (1) 26-7 53 5
3. Dakota Valley 28-4 44 2
4. McCook Central-Montrose 21-10 39 NR
5. Dell Rapids 19-10 20 NR
ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: Madison (27-5, No. 3 in final 2017 poll) 14; Winner (19-10) 6; Sioux Valley (26-6) 3; Belle Fourche (25-5) 2
NOTE: Parker, No. 4 in the final 2017 poll, did not receive any votes
CLASS B
Rec Pts Pvs
1. Northwestern (17) 36-1 89 1
2. Warner (1) 30-5 63 2
3. Chester Area 27-5 59 3
4. Ethan 21-4 18 RV
5. Philip 26-2 14 5
ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: Hanson (27-3, No. 4 in final 2017 poll) 6; Arlington (21-10) 4; Burke (29-7) 4; Deubrook (26-9) 4; Herreid-Selby Area (26-4) 4; Faith (18-14) 3; Faulkton (17-10) 1


Media prep football poll released for pre-season

Class 11AAA
1. SF Washington (26) 138
2. SF O’Gorman (2) 97
3. SF Roosevelt 83
4. Brandon Valley 67
5. SF Lincoln 28
Receiving votes: Rapid City Stevens 5, Rapid City Central 1, Watertown 1.

Class 11AA
1. Mitchell (22) 133
2. Pierre (3) 103
3. Harrisburg (3) 96
4. Yankton 53
5. Huron 19
Receiving votes: Sturgis 10, Brookings 5, Douglas 1.

Class 11A
1. Dakota Valley (14) 113
2. Madison (10) 104
3. Tea Area (4) 95
4. St. Thomas More 68
5. Dell Rapids 24
Receiving votes: West Central 9, Milbank 6, Belle Fourche 1.

Class 11B
1. SF Christian (23) 134
2. Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan (4) 109
3. Winner 74
4. Sioux Valley (1) 56
5. Mount Vernon/Plankinton 32
Receiving votes: Canton 9, Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central 3, Aberdeen Roncalli 2, McCook Central/Montrose 1.

Class 9AA
1. Gregory (14) 113
2. Miller/Highmore-Harrold (9) 105
3. Wolsey-Wessington (2) 75
4. Irene-Wakonda (1) 55
5. Webster Area (2) 49
Receiving votes: Baltic 8, North Border 7, Bon Homme 5, Arlington/Lake Preston 2, Kimball/White Lake 1.

Class 9A
1. Britton-Hecla (16) 122
2. Howard (10) 120
3. Corsica-Stickney (1) 74
4. Warner 54
5. Clark/Willow Lake (1) 35
Receiving votes: Canistota/Freeman 8, Timber Lake 5, Potter County 1, Alcester-Hudson 1.

Class 9B
1. Sully Buttes (20) 127
2. Castlewood (3) 88
3. Colome (3) 80
4. Colman-Egan (2) 78
5. Harding County 28
Receiving votes: Faulkton Area 13, Wall 6.


Northern signs two more wrestlers for upcoming 2018 season

Northern State University head wrestling coach, Rocky Burkett announced the signing of Hudson Pearman and Nathan Rodriguez today. The pair join fall additions Robert Coyle IIIAdam DeBoerCollin HushagenCaleb LefferdinkCurtis LeMairCaden MooreDayne MortonKolton RothBrandon SharkeyGarret Thompson, and Tanner Wiese.
 










 
Hudson Pearman // Valentine, Neb. // Valentine HS
Pearman is a 5-foot-7, 149/157-pounder out of Valentine High School. He was a 4-year starter for the Badgers under head coaches Shane Allison and Jason Kelber. Pearman finished his high school career with a 173-62 record overall. He was a 2-time South Dakota state qualifier and 4-time Nebraska state qualifier. Pearman finished as the 2015 State Runner-up, and was a place winner in both 2016 and 2017. In addition, he was a 2-time district champion and 3-time Southwest Conference Champion. He is the son of Hoss and Tanya Pearman.

 
  Nathan Rodriguez // Omaha, Neb. // Millar South HS
Nathan Rodriguez is a 5-foot-7, 133-pounder out of Millard South High School. He was a 4-year starter and 2-year team captain for the Patriots under head coach Doug Denson. Rodriguez finished his career with a record of 192-22, as a 4-time Nebraska Class A Medalist, finishing as high as third in his final two seasons. He was a 2-time district and conference champion. The Patriots won back-to-back-to-back State Tournament and State Dual Championships. He is the son of Rhonda Rodriguez.
 

Northern announces basketball classic over Thanksgiving

Northern State University Athletics and Dacotah Bank announced today the Inaugural Dacotah Bank Thanksgiving Classic to be played November 23 and 24 at Wachs Arena. The four-team classic will feature the Northern State University Wolves, University of Sioux Falls Cougars, Truman State University Bulldogs, and Chadron State College Eagles.

 

“The tradition of college basketball over the Thanksgiving holiday season is not only good for student athletes and fans, but it’s a shot in the arm for the local economy,” noted Kip J. Hansen, market president for Dacotah Bank.

 

Games are slated for 5 and 7 p.m. on Friday, November 23, and 4 and 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 24. Fans can purchase session passes at the gate, while all Wolves Club season ticket holders will receive a session pass in their yearly booklet.

 

“Traditions make Thanksgiving one of the more popular times to gather at home,” added David Sandvig, senior vice president and chief relationship officer. “Hopefully a fun and entertaining series of games like this becomes a new tradition to gather at home court.”

 

The opening game of the day will feature Sioux Falls versus Chadron State. The Wolves will open the Dacotah Bank Classic at 7 p.m. on the 23, facing off against Truman State. Day two opens with Truman State versus Sioux Falls at 4 p.m., followed by the Wolves versus Chadron State.

 

“The support we get from Aberdeen and the surrounding communities is unmatched in South Dakota. Dacotah Bank has been a leader in the community with their support to Northern State University,” explained Paul Sather, head men’s basketball coach. “They love basketball around here, and the Thanksgiving holiday is a perfect time to host this event.  We have a strong field of teams coming that will provide some terrific basketball to come out and watch.”

 

Northern went 36-4 overall reaching the NCAA Elite 8 and NCAA National Championship game. The Wolves won the NSIC Overall Championship, NSIC/Sanford Health Tournament Championship, and NCAA Central Region Championship in the process. Sioux Falls went 20-10 overall in 2017-18 and reached the second round of the NSIC/Sanford Health Basketball Tournament. Truman State finished the 2017-18 season with a 20-11 record overall, and a trip to the NCAA Midwest Regional. Chadron State went 3-25 overall a season ago.

 

Based in Aberdeen, S.D., Dacotah Bank has assets that exceed $2.4 billion, making it one of the largest independent banks in the upper Midwest. With dozens of hometown locations throughout North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota, Dacotah Bank employs nearly 600 people and serves nearly 70,000 customers with banking, insurance, mortgage and trust and wealth management services. More information about Dacotah Bank is available at dacotahbank.com.


Vikings release first unofficial depth chart

OFFENSE

WR

19 Adam Thielen

11Laquon Treadwell

13 Stacy Coley

12 Tavarres King / 18 Korey Robertson / 9 Jake Wieneke

LT

71 Riley Reiff

76 Aviante Collins

78 Dieugot Joseph

LG

62 Nick Easton

79 Tom Compton

64 Josh Andrews

68 Cedrick Lang

C

65 Pat Elflein

67 Cornelius Edison

59 J.P. Quinn

RG

74 Mike Remmers

63 Danny Isidora

73 Colby Gossett

RT

69 Rashod Hill

75 Brian O'Neill

72 Storm Norton

TE

82 Kyle Rudolph

89 David Morgan

81 Blake Bell / 83 Tyler Conklin

87 Josiah Price / 86 Tyler Hoppes

WR

14 Stefon Diggs

17 Kendall Wright

15 Brandon Zylstra

16 Cayleb Jones

85 Jeff Badet / 84 Chad Beebe

QB

8 Kirk Cousins

3 Trevor Siemian

1 Kyle Sloter

6 Peter Pujals

FB

30 C.J. Ham

48 Johnny Stanton

HB

33 Dalvin Cook

25 Latavius Murray

31 Mack Brown

32 Roc Thomas

44 Mike Boone

DEFENSE

LE

99 Danielle Hunter

96 Brian Robison

61 Ade Aruna

78 Jonathan Wynn

DT

93 Sheldon Richardson

95 Ifeadi Odenigbo

92 Jalyn Holmes

NT

98 Linval Joseph

94 Jaleel Johnson

60 David Parry

66 Curtis Cothran

RE

97 Everson Griffen

91 Stephen Weatherly / 90 Tashawn Bower

WLB

42 Ben Gedeon

50 Eric Wilson

43 Reshard Cliett

49 Mike Needham

MLB

54 Eric Kendricks

40 Kentrell Brothers

57 Devante Downs

45 Brett Taylor

SLB

55 Anthony Barr

56 Antwione Williams

58 Garret Dooley

LCB

26 Trae Waynes

23 Terence Newman

21 Mike Hughes

24 Horace Richardson

46 Trevon Mathis

RCB

29 Xavier Rhodes

20 Mackensie Alexander

35 Marcus Sherels

37 Holton Hill

36 Craig James

SS

34 Andrew Sendejo

27 Jayron Kearse

38 Tray Matthews

FS

22 Harrison Smith

41 Anthony Harris

39 Jack Tocho

SPECIAL TEAMS

P

4 Ryan Quigley

K

2 Kai Forbath / 7 Daniel Carlson

LS

47 Kevin McDermott

KR

35 Marcus Sherels

21 Mike Hughes

13 Stacy Coley

PR

35 Marcus Sherels

21 Mike Hughes

13 Stacy Coley


Northern volleyball picked to finish fourth in NSIC pre-season poll

The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference released today the 2018 NSIC Preseason Coaches' Poll, with the Northern State Wolves picked fourth overall in the league. NSU garnered 176 total points, sitting behind Concordia-St. Paul, Southwest Minnesota State, and Minnesota Duluth.

 

The Northern State University volleyball team enters the 2018 campaign after a third place finish in the NSIC league standings and a trip to the NCAA Regional Tournament in 2017. The Wolves remained a member of the AVCA Top-25 Poll throughout the year, finishing at No. 12 overall. They downed five top-25 opponents on the year, including a 3-1 win at home over No. 1 Southwest Minnesota State. Four Wolves were named to the NSIC All-Conference first team in Ashley RozellHailey BuschJenna Reiff, and Laura Snyder, with Snyder also grabbing NSIC Freshman of the Year honors. Busch became the third AVCA All-American in school history, after the leading the team in kills. NSU welcomes seven incoming freshman this season, while returning five of six starters and libero Jaiden Langlie from a season ago.

 

Rozell was nabbed as the team's player to watch in 2018 after being named to the NSIC All-Conference first team and CoSIDA Academic All-District® team in 2017. She accumulated 1,244 total assists, ranking eight nationally with an 11.85 assist per set average. Rozell led the team and the NSIC with 56 service aces in 2017, averaging over two per set. She ranked 14th nationally in aces per set, 31st nationally in total assists, and 15th nationally in total service aces.

 

   

Points

1

Concordia-St. Paul (15)

225

2

Southwest Minnesota State (1)

210

3

Minnesota Duluth

194

4

Northern State

176

5

Wayne State

164

6

Augustana

145

7

Winona State

138

8

Upper Iowa

130

9

Sioux Falls

123

10

Minnesota State

102

11

St. Cloud State

89

12

MSU Moorhead

75

13

Minnesota Crookston

50

14

University of Mary

40

15

Bemidji State

31

16

Minot State

28

first place votes in ( )       


PC announces football game time change

The Presentation College football game against Dickinson State University has been changed for the upcoming season. The Saints will take on the Blue Hawks at 2:00 p.m. (CST) in Dickinson, N.D. on September 22nd. The game was originally slated for a 12:00 p.m. start time.

To see the full 2018 schedule, please click on the following link: 2018 Saints Football Schedule

Go Saints!


Twins trade Brian Dozier to the LA Dodgers

The Twins played last night’s game without second baseman Brian Dozier, who they traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier that day.  In exchange for the 31 year old second baseman, Minnesota received 2nd baseman Logan Forsythe, outfielder Luke Raley and left handed pitcher Devin Smeltzer.  Dozier was drafted by the Twins in the 8th round of the 2009 draft and until last night had played his entire major league career with Minnesota, dating back to 2012. 


Hub City Hotshots eliminated from playoffs with Tuesday night loss

The Hub City Hotshots lost last night to the Hastings Sodbusters.  The final was 10-4.  With the loss, Hub City has been eliminated from the contention to the 2018 Expedition League playoffs.  There are currently four games left on the season for the Hotshots.  Hub City’s next game will be tonight at home vs. the Sodbusters once again.  First pitch will be at 6:35 p.m.


Vikings extend wide receiver Stefon Diggs for five years

The Minnesota Vikings and wide receiver Stefon Diggs have come to terms on a new five-year contract extension.  The deal is valued at $72 million plus an additional $9 million in possible incentives according to the Associated Press.  Diggs is best known for being on the receiving end of Case Keenum’s touchdown pass which became known as the “Minnesota Miracle” defeating the New Orleans Saints in walkoff fashion to send the Vikings to the NFC championship game. 


Timberwolves sign guard C.J Williams

The Minnesota Timberwolves have signed guard C.J. Williams to a two-way contract.  The terms of the deal were not immediately released.  Williams played in 38 games, including 17 starts, for the LA Clippers last season.  He averaged 5.5 points, 1.5 rebounds and .8 steals in 18.6 minutes of play. 


Wings defenseman Logan Britt commits to Division I Quinnipiac

The Aberdeen Wings defenseman Logan Britt has committed to play Division I hockey at Quinnipiac University.  Logan is a 6’1 174lb lefty  from Crystal Lake, IL.  Logan joined the Wings at the start of the 2016-17 season.  Over the 2 seasons with Aberdeen Logan has played in 66 games and has a total of 23 points, 1 goal & 22 assists.

“I’d like to thank everyone for helping me get to where I am today.  Special thanks to my parents, sisters, the Odde Family, Coach Langer, Coach Bohn and all my teammates for always pushing me to succeed.  I’m very excited to have committed to Quinnipiac University and to become a Bobcat.” Logan Britt

“I Couldn’t be happier for Logan, he has been a great Aberdeen Wing both on and off the ice.  He is an extremely talented player that will excel at the college level.” Head Coach Scott Langer

Logan will join the Bobcats and former Wing Andrew Shortridge for the 2019-20 season.  Quinnipiac is located in Hamden, CT and they play their hockey in the ECAC.  Last season the Bobcats finished with a 16-18-4 overall record including a 9-11-2 conference record.

The Aberdeen Wings organization would like to wish Logan the best of luck as he continues to climb the ladder of success.


North Dakota State selected pre-season favorites in Missouri Valley Football Conference pre-season poll

North Dakota State has been tabbed as the Missouri Valley Football Conference pre-season favorite in a poll conducted by league coaches, media and sports information directors. NDSU has been picked first in the pre-season poll for seven-straight seasons.


North Dakota State has earned the league title for seven-straight years, four times sharing it with another league school. This year, NDSU was a unanimous choice, receiving all 39 first-place tallies and a total of 390 points. It marks just the second time in league history that a team received all of the first-place votes in the MVFC pre-season poll (NDSU also did it in 2013.)


South Dakota State earned the second spot in the poll, finishing with 340 total points, followed by UNI (270), Youngstown State (258), Illinois State (248) and South Dakota (206).


The league is coming off a season in which five teams represented the conference in the playoffs. The MVFC has had four or more playoff teams in four-straight seasons (earning five each in 2014, 2015 and last year). Western Illinois was one of the league's five playoff teams a year ago, and the Leathernecks -- with new head coach Jared Elliott at the helm -- are picked seventh with 163 total points. Western is followed by Southern Illinois (139), Missouri State (90) and Indiana State (41) in the voting.


A pre-season favorite has claimed the league crown 20 times (in 32 previous polls). North Dakota State was picked to win the league last season, and the Bison earned both the league title and the national title (following a 17-13 win over previously unbeaten James Madison in the NCAA Division I Football Championship game in Frisco, Texas).


Valley Football is celebrating its 34th season in 2018. In its first 33 seasons the league owns eight national crowns. MVFC teams combined for an 8-4 record in last year's playoffs, while North Dakota State and South Dakota State both reached the semifinals. That marks the third time in the past four years in which two league teams played in the semis. North Dakota State, meanwhile, represented the league in the title game, marking the 7th-straight year at least one MVFC team has reached the championship game -- an FCS record. Notably, MVFC teams have combined for a 52-23 record in the playoffs this decade. Only one other league has as many as 20 wins since 2010 (CAA Football is next best with 37.)


The 2018 season begins Thursday, Aug. 30, with four league teams in action. Nine non-conference games feature road matchups against FBS opponents. An MVFC school has recorded a win against an FBS school in each of the past eight seasons, setting a league record in 2016 with four that year. Conference play begins Thursday, Sept. 27, as Indiana State hosts UNI in the first league tilt of the season.


The MVFC will announce its pre-season all-conference teams this week (Tuesday-Offense; Wednesday-Defense). North Dakota State tops the league with 11 total selections, including a league-best eight on the first-team unit. South Dakota State, meanwhile, has the second-most selections, with eight total honorees. Youngstown State has five first-team selections, meanwhile, which is second-best to NDSU.

Illinois State • Indiana State • Missouri State • North Dakota State • Northern Iowa
South Dakota • South Dakota State • Southern Illinois • Western Illinois • Youngstown State

 

2018 Valley Football Preseason Poll
Team (first-place votes)........................Points
1. North Dakota State (39).......................390
2. South Dakota State.............................340
3. UNI......................................................270
4. Youngstown State................................258
5. Illinois State.........................................248
6. South Dakota.......................................206
7. Western Illinois....................................163
8. Southern Illinois...................................139
9. Missouri State........................................90
10. Indiana State........................................41


Former USD Standout Tyler Flack joins Swedish professional league

Former South Dakota men's basketball standout Tyler Flack(2012-17) has signed a professional playing contract with the Norrköping Dolphins of the Basketligan, the highest league in Sweden.
 
The Lakeville, Minnesota, native tallied nearly 1,000 points in his career at South Dakota with an average of 9.4 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in 101 career games for the Coyotes.
 
The 6-foot-7 forward helped South Dakota earn its first Summit League Championship his senior campaign averaging 15.2 points and 6.8 rebounds per contest. He earned first-team all-Summit League honors following the season.
 
Flack sat out the 2017-18 professional season to nurse a few nagging injuries from his final year with USD and prepared for the opportunity presented to him with Norrköping. The time away from basketball also helped him complete his degree in kinesiology and sport science.
 
"I worked on strengthening my leg, working out four times a week in the weight room," Flack said. "I rehabbed three times a week and worked my way back into shooting slowly.
 
"I completed my internship in Lakeville during this time, which let me earn my degree. That was important."
 
Many Coyote fans last memory of Flack are of him completing the daunting 540-degree, reverse dunk at the 2017 College Slam Dunk Championship on ESPN.

 
"That was really cool," Flack said of the experience. "I was surprised to be invited. It was cool to be on the big stage and show my talents.
 
"Dunking is something that I have been doing since I was probably five when I would dunk on a Fischer-Price plastic hoop and move up to eight foot, nine foot, or however tall it had to be for me to dunk."
 
Flack's athleticism, well known by Summit League foes and Coyote fans alike, will be on full display with the Dolphins.
 
"He is very athletic and has a good first step," Norrköping head coach Adnan Chuck said in the Dolphins' announcement. "We see great development potential. Defensively, we see a big strength and he blocks many shots per game. He will provide a lot of defense in many different situations."
 
Norrköping placed second in Basketligan with a 21-7 record last season.
 
The Basketligan is the same league Trevor Gruis (2010-14) played in during his first year of professional basketball as a member of Jämtland in 2014-15.


Wild and Jason Zucker agree to five year extension

Since becoming a regular with the Wild nearly five years ago, Jason Zucker has considered Minnesota a second home. 

That second home is about to become his first.

Zucker, a man who has become a staple of the team's offensive attack on the ice and one of its most involved off of it signed a five-year, $27.5 million contract with the Wild on Wednesday, forgoing an arbitration hearing that was scheduled for Saturday. 

"We're so excited to be back," Zucker said. "To have it done and to know that we're going to be back in Minnesota for the next five years is incredible and it's exactly what we wanted."

A three-time 20-plus goal scorer, Zucker last season surpassed 30 goals for the first time in his NHL career, finishing second on the team with 33. He also amassed 31 assists (his first time over 30 helpers in a season) and 64 points, each career highs.

Zucker also played in all 82 games for the first time in his career and has missed a total of three games in the past two years combined.

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"I think it's now my job. I'm excited for it, I'm excited for the challenge that comes with [building on last season]," Zucker said. "I'm not satisfied with what I did last year and I'm excited to keep working this summer and get back at it."

Zucker made his NHL debut at the tail end of the 2011-12 season following a standout two-year career at the University of Denver. He was up and down between Minnesota and the minors over the next three seasons, playing in a total of 92 games between 2012-13 and 2014-15. 

Zucker signed a two-year extension with the Wild after a disappointing 2015-16 campaign, one in which he scored 13 goals and just 23 points in 71 games. 

He was determined not to let that happen again.

In 79 games in 2016-17, Zucker scored a career-high 22 goals, 25 assists and 47 points while posting a plus-34. He bumped those totals up again this past season.

"When we look at the league now, we look at the speed that has started to dominate our game. He generates so many chances based off of his speed and skill level. It's really hard to find natural goal scorers, and he's had a history of being able to score goals," said Wild General Manager Paul Fenton. "We see Jason as being a big part of both the now, and the future. It's hard to come by goal scorers, and him having a great year scoring goals last year, it was our intention to get him signed [long-term]."

Away from the rink, Zucker and his wife, Carly, have become forces in the Twin Cities community.

Together, their #Give16 campaign has raised more than $1 million for the Zucker Family Suite and Broadcast Studio at Masonic Children's Hospital in Minneapolis. 

"That's a huge part of it for Carly and I, we really enjoy everything we do with Masonic and enjoy everything we do with every other community and company and organization that we work with," Zucker said. "We know that we want to leave a great legacy as a family. forget myelf, it's our whole family legacy that we want to leave [in Minnesota]. We knew this was another step in making sure we could do that."

For his work in the community, Zucker was named a finalist for the NHL's King Clancy Memorial Trophy last month at the NHL Awards in his home town of Las Vegas, awarded to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community. 

"I've watched what he's done this summer and he's just become an integral part of our fabric," Fenton said. "That's the nice thing, is when you can get players and families that are wanting to do the extra to bring charities to mind and helping to promote things. It helps to promote our product, but it's also great ... that he and his family are so willing to give back."

Zucker becomes the Wild's fifth-highest paid player in terms of average annual value, behind Zach PariseRyan SuterMatt Dumbaand Mikael Granlund, tied with team captain Mikko Koivu. 
The signing leaves the Wild with just over $1.7 million in salary cap space, according to capfriendly.com, but the club has now re-signed all of its restricted free agents; Dumba inked a five-year deal over the weekend while defenseman Nick Seeler signed a three-year contract on July 1.

Signing Zucker was believed to be the final piece of the Wild's offseason, at least from a free-agent perspective, but Fenton has not ruled out a trade, either late this summer or after the season begins.

"Without doing anything, I want to see what our team looks like before I go and make changes," Fenton said. "I'm hoping that everybody plays well but we know the nature of sports, and at some point, it might have to go down the [trade] road. But right now, I'm very comfortable with the lineup that we have."


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PC signs five men soccer players

Presentation College head men's soccer coach Terrance Kampa announced the signing of five new Saints set to arrive fall of 2018. The 2018 class includes Rylie Young, Noah Bradford, Christian Barnes, Anthony Martinez and Eduardo Melo and marks Kampa's first signing class as head coach at Presentation.

Rylie Young – Midfield – 5'9 – Sutton, Australia

Rylie Young is a 5-foot-9 midfielder out of Erindale College in Canberra, Australia. He is a four-year starter and senior captain under head coach Timothy Davis. He is the son of Eric Young and Jodette Young and plans to major in the realm of Sport Sciences at Presentation.

Noah Bradford – Midfield – 5'10 – Tallassee, Alabama

Noah Bradford is a 5-foot-10 midfielder out of Tallassee High School. He is a four-year starter and letter winner for the Tigers under head coach Katie Hayley. Bradford earned captain honors during his junior and senior seasons and racked up 28 points (10 goals, 8 assists) during his senior campaign. Off the field, Bradford is actively involved in church camps to help people in need. He is the son of Brandy and Ron Woodfin and plans to major in Business Management.

Christian Barnes – Midfield – 5'10 – Burleson, Texas

Christian Barnes is a 5-foot-10 midfielder out of Burleson High School. For the Elks, Barnes is a senior starter under head coach Travis Hughes and earned 2018 All-District and All-Johnson County honors. Off the soccer field, he is a two-time Academic All-District selection and is actively involved with the cross-country team. He is the son of Tina Barnes and plans to major in Rad-Tech.

Anthony Martinez – Midfield – 5'7 – Pomona, California

Anthony Martinez is a 5-foot-7 midfielder out of Glendora High School in Glendora, California. He is a two-year starter for the Spartans under head coach James Iles. Martinez earned 2017-18 CIF All-League Honorable Mention honors as his team advanced to the third round of the CIF tournament after an 8-1-1 season. He is the son of Martha P. Daniels and Francisco Martinez and plans to major in Exercise Science.

Eduardo Melo – Defense – 5'8 – Natal, RN – Brazil

Eduardo Melo is a 5-foot-8 defender out of Colegio Marista De Natal in Brazil. During his time at Colegio, Melo was a two-year starter for head coach Djavan and posted a career-high 26 points (8 goals, 10 assists) during his senior campaign. Furthermore, Melo guided his team to back-to-back state championships and named RN Player of the State during the 2015 season. After graduating in the winter of 2015, Melo attended Missouri Valley College for the past two years and was a 2017 NAIA finalist. He is the son of Paulo Melo and Silvana Sousa and plans to major in Business.

The Saints open their 2018 season with a scrimmage against Concordia Moorhead on August 22nd. The 2:00 p.m. scrimmage will be played on Northern State University's new turf soccer field on the campus of NSU.


Minnesota Wild and defenseman Matt Dumba come to terms on five year extension

Minnesota Wild General Manager Paul Fenton today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has agreed to terms with restricted free-agent defenseman Matt Dumba on a five-year, $30 million contract ($5.2 million in 2018-19, $7.4 million in 2019-20, $4.8 million in 2020-21, $7.4 million in 2021-22 and $5.2 million in 2022-23 for a $6.0 million average annual value).

Dumba, 23, tallied 50 points (14-36=50) and a plus-15 rating in 82 games with Minnesota in 2017-18. He set career highs in games played, goals, assists, points, game-winning goals (4), power-play assists (10), time on ice/game (23:48), shots on goal (176), hits (136) and blocked shots (112). The 6-foot, 184-pound native of Regina, Sask., ranked T-1st amongst NHL defensemen in overtime goals (2), T-4th in GWG, T-10th in goals and 19th in scoring. His point total was the third-best amongst team defensemen all-time. Dumba recorded four points (1-3=4) vs. Dallas on March 29, 2018, setting a franchise record for most points in a game by a defenseman.

He has collected 128 points (44-84=128), a plus-39 rating, 163 PIM, 366 hits and 293 blocked shots in 310 career NHL games during parts of five seasons with Minnesota (2013-18). Dumba owns eight points (3-5=8) in 26 career Stanley Cup Playoff games. The Wild selected the right-shot defenseman in the first round (seventh overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.


Vikings sign first round pick Mike Hughes

Mike Hughes has signed several autographs since his selection by the Vikings in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

His signature on Thursday officially launched his pro career.

Hughes signed his rookie contract to round out this year’s Vikings draft class of eight players.

The 5-foot-10, 189-pound Hughes became the highest-drafted defensive player in UCF history when he was selected 30th overall. He joined Daunte Culpepper (11th overall in 1999) as the only two Knights players tabbed by Minnesota in first rounds.

Hughes made a mark in his one season with the Knights, returning two kickoffs, a punt and an interception for touchdowns. He averaged 31.8 yards on kickoffs (fourth in FBS in 2017) and tied for the team lead with four total interceptions to help UCF go 13-0.

A native of New Bern, North Carolina, Hughes began his collegiate career at North Carolina before spending a year at Garden City Community College.

Hughes is one of five first-round selections in the Vikings secondary, along with Terence Newman, Xavier Rhodes, Harrison Smith and Trae Waynes.

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Saints add 10 baseball players

The Presentation College baseball program has signed ten new recruits for the 2018-19 season, head coach Michael Dahl announced Friday. The 2018-19 recruiting class brings in five pitchers and five infielders from eight states including Nevada, Washington, Arizona, New Mexico, Idaho, Texas, Alabama, and Minnesota.

BJ Wyche – Pitcher – 6'3 – Las Vegas, Nevada

BJ Wyche is a 6-foot-3 right-handed pitcher out of Centennial High School. He was a two-year starter at CHS and helped the Bulldogs win back-to-back Northwest Division titles during the 2017 and 2018 seasons. BJ is the son of Brian Sr. and Lymarie Wyche and plans to major in Biology.

CJ Canfield – Pitcher – 5'10 – Rochester, Washington

CJ Canfield is a 5-foot-10 right-handed pitcher out of Granite High School in Phillipsburg, Montana. He was a four-year starter and senior captain under head coach Mike Fink for the Prospectors. After high school graduation, CJ went on to play baseball for Miles Community College in Miles City, Montana. During his time at MCC, CJ helped the Pioneers to a 32-22 record and a trip to the regional postseason tournament a season ago.  CJ is the son of Jenny and Cory Canfield and plans to major in Exercise Science.

Damon Moore – 1B/3B – 6'0 – Tucson, Arizona

Damon Moore is a 6-foot infielder out of Saint Augustine Catholic High School in Tucson, Arizona. He was a four-year starter and a two-time captain for the Wolves under head coach Dan Ramirez. Damon was a decorated athlete as he was a two-time First-Team All-Section, picked twice for the Southern Arizona All-Star Game, and played in the All-State All-Star Game during his senior campaign. Damon batted a career high .422 average with 22 RBI and nine extra base hits during his junior year. He is the son of Melissa Moore and Randy Moore and plans to major in Human Services.  

John Froese – Infield – 6'4 – Santa Teresa, New Mexico

John Froese is a 6-foot-4 infielder out of Santa Teresa's High School in Santa Teresa, New Mexico. John was a three-time letter winner and three year starter for the Desert Warriors under head coach Gilbert Bailon. Froese helped lead his team to an 18-10 record during his senior campaign and a postseason appearance for the past three seasons for the Desert Warriors. The two-year captain is a two-time All-District honoree and voted the Spring Athlete of the Year for his high school during his senior year. He is the son of John and Agatha Froese and plans to major in Sports Administration.

PJ Ballinger – Infield – 6'0 – Las Vegas, Nevada

PJ Ballinger is a 6-foot infielder out of Silverado High School in Las Vegas, Nevada. PJ is a two-year letter winner for the Skyhawks under head coach Brian Whitaker. The senior starter batted .290 and helped the Skyhawks to an 11-win season during his senior campaign. PJ is the son of Patrick and Sharla Ballinger and plans to major in Athletic Training.

Brendan Delgado – Pitcher – 5'11 – Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Brendan Delgado is a 5-foot-11 left-handed pitcher out of Coeur d'Alene High School. Brendan was a three-year letter winner for the Vikings under head coach Nick Mahin. Brendan went on and played his first two years at College of the Siskiyous in Weed, California. During his time with the Eagles, Brendan helped his team to a 13-win season and posted the third lowest ERA on the team. Brendan is the son of Tami Delgado and David Delgado and plans to major in Sports Management.

Gilbert Aguilar – Infield – 5'11 – Tucson, Arizona

Gilbert Aguilar is a 5-foot-11 infielder out of Catalina Foothills High School in Tucson, Arizona. Gilbert was a captain for the Falcons and posted a .330 average with 44 hits in 53 games. He also earned Catalina Foothills All-Star Second Team honors during the 2016 season. He is the son of Evelyn Fimbres and Gilbert Aguilar and plans to major in Sports Management.

Christian Wulf – Pitcher – 6'5 – McKinney, Texas

Christian Wulf is a 6-foot-5 right-handed pitcher out of McKinney Boyd High School in McKinney, Texas. After graduating from McKinney, Wulf spent the past two years at Hibbing Community College in Hibbing, Minnesota. Wulf was a captain for the Cardinals and helped his team to the 2018 NJCAA Region 13 Postseason Tournament after a 15-win season. He is the son of Randy and Jennifer Wulf and plans to major in Communications.

Ethan Johnson – Pitcher – 6'4 – Wilsonville, Alabama

Ethan Johnson is a 6-foot-4 right-handed pitcher out of Evangel Classical Christian School in Alabaster, Alabama. He is a three-time captain and three year starter for the Lightning under head coach Tim Smith. During his time at Evangel Classical Christian, Johnson threw a no-hitter and helped his team to a 15-win season. He is the son of Jeanie and Joe Johnson and plans to major in Biology.

Colton Schusted - Infield - 6'2 - Braham, Minnesota

Coltoon Schusted is a 6-foot-2 infielder out of Braham High School. Colton is a four-year starter and letter winner for the Bombers under head coach Aitor Leniz. The senior captain helped lead his team to a Conference Championship this past season while batting .408. Colton is a two-time All-Great River Conference selection and is activley involved in the basketball and football teams at BHS. He is the son of Sam and Jodi Schusted and plans to major in Sports Management. 

The Saints enjoyed the most successful season in program history, earning a fourth seed in the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Baseball Conference Tournament in which they made the title game and setting the school record for most wins in a season with 26. The Saints posted an overall 26-18 record and a 14-8 record in conference during the 2018 season.


USD names John Vining head men's golf coach

The South Dakota men's golf team has turned to a familiar face in John Vining to be the head coach athletics director David Herbsterannounced. Vining has spent the past five seasons as an assistant coach for the Coyote men's and women's golf programs.
 
"John has been a valuable member of our golf program for a decade, first as a student-athlete and for the last several years as a part of our coaching staff," Herbster said. "He has worked to establish a culture that allows us to compete for championships on a yearly basis, and we expect that to continue under his leadership."
 
Vining, a native of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has been an integral part of the Coyotes' success including the 2015 Summit League Championship and coaching the 2018 Summit League Golfer of the Year. He also oversaw several school records broken in the 2017-18 season including team scoring average (294.5), low team tournament round (271), low team tournament score (840) and low individual performance (-7, 64).
 
Between the men's and women's teams at USD, Vining has coached 11 all-Summit League performers, nine individual medalists and five team tournament victories. Among the all-league performers, his brother, Tommy, is a two-time first team all-league selection, the 2017 Summit League Newcomer of the Year and the 2018 Golfer of the Year.
 
"I am extremely grateful to be named the head coach of the University of South Dakota men's golf team," Vining said. "To be in this position at my alma mater is a dream come true. I will continue to represent our program and school with gratitude and pride.
 
"This job will continue to be about the student-athlete's experience. We have great momentum in our programs and I look forward to continuing that with our guys."
 
Vining was on staff in 2015 when the Coyotes won the Summit League Championship and advanced to the NCAA Regional for the first time in program history. The same season, then head coach Nick Hovden earned Coach of the Year honors from the Summit League.
 
Academically, Vining has supervised a program with a perfect APR score for both the men's and women's squads.
 
As a student-athlete for the Coyotes, Vining was named to the American Sky All-Academic Team and Summit League Academic Team. He received the Coyote Character Award during his senior season in 2012. He graduated from USD in 2013 with a bachelor of science in physical education with endorsements in health and coaching.
 
"I want to thank all of my family, most of all, my wife, Sarah, and our son, Jones," Vining added. "I wouldn't have this opportunity without their endless support. Thank you to Nick Hovden and his family for giving me my first opportunity in collegiate coaching five years ago. Finally, thank you to David HerbsterDavid Williams and the administrative staff for believing in me and giving me this opportunity."


Former Jackrabbit baseball star Blake Treinen named MLB All-Star

Former South Dakota State University pitcher Blake Treinen has been selected to represent the Oakland Athletics at next week's Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Washington, D.C.
 
Treinen currently ranks fourth in the AL with 23 saves. The right-hander also has compiled a 5-1 record with 56 strikeouts and only 12 bases on balls in 37 appearances, covering 46.2 innings. Sporting a 0.79 earned run average, Treinen has not allowed a run over his last 10 appearances and has surrendered only one run in his last 21 trips to the mound.
 
A native of Osage City, Kansas, Treinen posted a combined 14-4 record at SDSU between the 2010 and 2011 seasons. He was originally drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 23rd round of the MLB Draft in 2010, then was selected in the seventh round by Oakland a year later after he opted to return to the Jackrabbits. Treinen made his Major League debut with the Washington Nationals in 2014, seeing action in four seasons before being traded back to Oakland midway through the 2017 campaign.
 
The MLB All-Star Game is scheduled for July 17. Television coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. Central Time on FOX.
 
While Treinen is the lone former Jackrabbit currently in the Major Leagues, five other SDSU alumni are playing professionally in the minors.
 
Left-handed pitcher Caleb Thielbar has split his time between Class AA Erie and Triple-A Toledo in the Detroit Tigers system this season. In a combined 20 appearances, Thielbar is 4-0 with a 1.89 ERA. He has struck out 25 batters and walked only one batter in 33.1 innings.

Thielbar previously pitched in the Major Leagues with the Minnesota Twins from 2013-15.
 
Two other hurlers, right-handers Adam Bray and Layne Somsen, have seen limited work thus far in 2018. Currently on the disabled list, Somsen has made six appearances for the Class AA Tulsa Drillers, posting a 1-0 record with a 1.35 ERA for the Los Angeles Dodgers affiliate. The Yankton native who made two appearances with the Cincinnati Reds in 2016, has struck out 10 and not issued a walk in 6 2/3 innings this season.
 
Bray is in his first season with the Minnesota Twins organization after three seasons in the Dodgers' organization, and has pitched four times for the Class A Fort Myers Miracle. He has yet to factor in a decision, recording a 1.08 ERA with eight strikeouts and three walks in 8.1 innings of work.
 
Also playing professionally this summer are outfielder Zach Coppola and infielder Luke Ringhofer. An outfielder, Coppola has been sidelined by injury lately for the Class AA Reading Fightin Phils. In 38 games prior to his injury, Coppola batted .194 with seven runs batted in and 10 stolen bases.
 
Ringhofer is in his second season playing for the Baltimore Orioles Class A affiliate, the Aberdeen (Md.) IronBirds. Primarily playing at first base, Ringhofer has gotten off to a slow start so far this season by batting .135 with a home run and four RBIs in 17 games.


Wolves lead nation in attendance for 11th straight season

For the 11th consecutive year, the Northern State University women’s basketball team finished the 2017-18 season as the NCAA Division II National Attendance Leader. The Wolves averaged 3,056 fans per game, over 1,000 fan more than the runner-up Fort Hays State.

 

“A huge thank you to our loyal fans for their continued support,” noted NSU Director of Athletics, Josh Moon. “To average over 1,000 fans more than the next closest Division II team and to average more fans than the majority of Division I schools says a lot about how special NSU women’s basketball is to this region. We look forward to continuing this amazing tradition in 2018-19.”

 

In total, 42,788 fans watched the Wolves from Wachs Arena and the Barnett Center. That total also ranked them in the top-40 across all divisions, sitting 39th on that list of over 1,200 institutions. In addition to the total and average attendance numbers, Northern tallied the three highly attended games in the nation this past season. They tallied 4,677 fans versus MSU Moorhead on December 15, 4,639 fans versus Southwest Minnesota State on January 27, and 4,395 fans versus Augustana on January 13.

 

“There is truly nothing like the support we receive from Aberdeen and the surrounding communities,” added Paula Krueger, head women’s basketball coach. “It is unparalleled. NSU is a special place for many reasons, but none greater than this!”

 

2017-18 was a very exciting year for the Wolves women's basketball program. Northern finished as the NSIC Conference Champions for the first time since 1998. The advanced to their fifth straight NCAA regional appearance and recorded their first regional victory in those years. Curt Fredrickson finished the season with 846 career wins in 39 total years with the Wolves.


Timberwolves resign guard Derrick Rose on one-year deal

NBA Free agency began at midnight on Sunday July 1st and the Timberwolves have been somewhat quite.  So far, the only move they have made is bringing back veteran guard Derrick Rose on a one-year deal.  Rose is 29 years old and joined the Timberwolves after being traded to the Utah Jazz and being waived.  The deal is worth $2.1 million.

 

The Timberwolves have also announced the team has waived center Cole Aldrich.  Aldrich appeared in 21 games for the wolves in 2017-18 and averaged 2.3 minutes during that time. 

 

The Wolves have made a qualifying offer to bench swingman Nemanja Bjelica and have also reportedly offered Jimmie Butler a max contract. 


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