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Girls class B all-state team announced

Selected by the South Dakota Basketball Coaches Association

First team

Karly Gustafson, Ethan

Lauren Sees, Avon

Laurie Rogers, Warner

Kamryn Heinz, Ipswich

Mattilynn Reiner, Tripp-Delmont/Armour

Caelyn Valandra-Prue, White River


Second team

Jaedyn Finkbeiner, New Underwood

Morgan Edelman, Menno

Lauren Baumberger, McIntosh

Janae Kolden, Clark/Willow Lake

Alayna Benike, Castlewood

Avery Broughton, Corsica-Stickney


Third team

Rynn Osthus, De Smet

Lavin Bendt, Kadoka Area

Halle Heinz, Ipswich

Abigal Arend, Bridgewater-Emery

Hilary Albrecht, Howard,

Ali Kranz, Waverly-South Shore

Class B boys state tournament game one pushed back to 2:00 p.m. tip

The March 14, 2019 session one start time of State B Boys Basketball in Aberdeen has been moved from 12:00 PM Central Time to 2:00 PM Central Time. Subsequent sessions will remain as scheduled. Game times for Session One will change from 12:00 PM and 1:45 PM to 2:00 PM and 3:45 PM. Session Two start time will remain 6:00 PM Central Time. 


Saints head football coach Chuck Miesbauer leaves the program for a job in Minnesota

Presentation College head football coach Chuck Miesbauer is stepping down from the Saints program and accepting a job in Minnesota.  Miesbauer will return to his high school alma matter Cretin Durham Hall High School in St. Paul Minnesota to take over as the head coach of the football program.  Assistant coach and offensive coordinator Travis Titus has been named the interim head coach of the Saints football program and a search for the next head coach has already begun. 

Cleveland Browns trade for star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

The Cleveland Browns made a huge move via trade Tuesday night, coming to terms with the New York Giants for star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.  Beckham will head to Cleveland while the Browns will send a first and third round pick and safety Jabrill Peppers to New York in exchange. 

PC women's head basketball coach Eric Nelson no longer in charge of program

Presentation College women’s basketball coach Eric Nelson is no longer in charge of the Saints basketball program.  Nelson tells the Aberdeen American News’ Rob Garafalo he was forced to resign.  In a statement released by Vice President of Student Services Bob Schuchardt, Nelson submitted his letter of resignation to human resources Tuesday morning.  He had a great season and they wish him well wherever his career takes him.

Despite weather concerns SDHSAA events will continue as scheduled

The SDHSAA Basketball Tournaments and Visual Arts Event scheduled for this weekend will be completed as scheduled. Teams have been notified of this and have made appropriate arrangements. SDHSAA Staff will continue to monitor the weather and remain in contact with the National Weather Service and South Dakota Department of Public Safety. 

Any future updates regarding these events will be distributed to media through press releases, and will also be distributed through the SDHSAA Twitter account and Facebook page. 

We encourage all spectators to use judgment in regards to travel to the tournaments, particularly on Wednesday and Thursday. 

Golden Eagle girls basketball game postponed

Aberdeen Golden Eagles girls basketball SoDak 16 game vs. Brandon Valley scheduled for tonight has been postponed due to weather.  A makeup date will be announced later.

Vikings extend head coach Mike Zimmer through 2020

The Minnesota Vikings have picked up a team option on head coach Mike Zimmer, locking him up through 2020.  Under Zimmer the Vikings have gone 48-34-1 making the playoffs two out of five years.  The Vikings have won the NFC north titles in 2015 and 2017. 

Wild send forward Matt Hendricks to Winnipeg for 7th round pick

Minnesota Wild General Manager Paul Fenton today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired a seventh round selection in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for forward Matt Hendricks.


Hendricks, 37, recorded two assists and 19 penalty minutes (PIM) in 22 games with Minnesota after being signed as a free agent on July 1, 2018. The 6-foot, 210-pound native of Blaine, Minn., skated in his 600 NHL game at Dallas on Feb. 1. He owns 115 points (54-61=115) and 722 PIM in 603 career NHL games with Colorado, Washington, Nashville, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Minnesota. Hendricks has also skated in 39 career Stanley Cup Playoff games. He was originally selected by Nashville in the fifth round (131st overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

Wild make blockbuster move sending Granlund to Nashville in exchange for Kevin Fiala

Minnesota Wild General Manager Paul Fenton on Monday announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired forward Kevin Fiala from the Nashville Predators in exchange for forward Mikael Granlund.


Fiala, 22, has tallied 32 points (10-22=32) and 26 penalty minutes (PIM) in 64 games with Nashville this season. He set career highs in goals (23), assists (25), points (48), plus-minus rating (plus-20) and shots on goal (187) last season. The 5-foot-10, 193-pound native of St. Gallen, Switzerland, owns 97 points (45-52=97) in 204 career NHL games with the Predators (2014-19). He has collected six points (5-1=6) in 18 Stanley Cup Playoff games with Nashville. Fiala became the sixth-youngest player in NHL history to appear in a postseason game on April 21, 2015 (18 years, 273 days). In 2014 with Switzerland, he became the third player to appear in the Under-18 World Championship, World Junior Championship and World Championship all in the same year. The Predators selected Fiala in the first round (11th overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

Granlund, 26, has recorded 49 points (15-34=49) in 63 games with Minnesota this season. He tallied 317 points (93-224=317) in 461 career games with the Wild (2012-19) and notched 21 points (8-13=21) in 39 career Stanley Cup Playoff matches. Minnesota selected Granlund in the first round (ninth overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Wild extend forward Eric Staal two years

Minnesota Wild General Manager Paul Fenton today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has agreed to terms with center Eric Staal on a two-year, $6.5 million contract extension ($3.5 million in 2019-20 and $3 million in 2020-21).


Staal, 34, owns 41 points (18-23=41) including five power-play goals (PPG), five game-winning goals (GWG) and 170 shots on goal in 62 games with Minnesota this season. He ranks T-1st on the team in GWG, second in goals and shots, third in scoring, T-3rd in PPG (5), T-4th in multi-point games (10) and fifth in assists. The 6-foot-4, 207-pound native of Thunder Bay, Ont., skated in his 1,100th NHL game on Oct. 19 and recorded his 400th career goal on Nov. 3. He led the Wild with 76 points (42-34=76) in 82 games during the 2017-18 season, recording the fourth 70-point plus season in franchise history and first since 2009-10. His 42 goals ranked T-4th in the League and marked the second time in team history a Wild player has scored 40-plus goals in a single season. The left-shot forward is one of seven active NHL players to score 40 goals at least three times. Staal owns 182 points (88-94=182), 20 PPG and 17 GWG in 226 career games with Minnesota. He also has three points (1-2=3) in 10 playoff contests with the Wild.


Staal has collected 963 points (413-550=963) in 1,155 games over 15 NHL seasons with Carolina, New York Rangers and Minnesota (2003-2019). He ranks third amongst active NHL players in shots, fifth in goals, sixth in scoring, seventh in games, ninth in PPG and 10th in assists. Carolina selected Staal in the first round (second overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft and signed as free agent with Minnesota on July 1, 2016.

Jacks forward Larson earns first Summit League player of the week honors

South Dakota State forward Tagyn Larson has been named the Summit League player of the week for her performance last week.  Larson averaged 17.5 points per game, 7.5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1.5 steals and 2.0 blocks while shooting 83.3 percent during that time.  This is the first time Larson has earned the honor. 

Wild reassign forward Kyle Rau

Minnesota Wild General Manager Paul Fenton today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has reassigned forward Kyle Rau to the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Rau, 26, was recalled by Minnesota on Feb. 4 and recorded one assist and 11 hits in six games with the Wild. He has also tallied 30 points (14-16=30) in 45 games with Iowa this season, including nine power-play goals. The 5-foot-8, 176-pound native of Eden Prairie, has collected five points (2-3=5) in 42 career NHL games with Florida and Minnesota and played in one Stanley Cup Playoff game with the Wild last season. Rau owns 138 points (66-72=138) in 232 career AHL contests.

Coyotes up two spots in most recent women's AP top-25 poll

The University of South Dakota’s women have moved up to #23 in the nation in the most recent Association Press Top 25 poll.  The Coyotes are up from two sports last week at 25th in the nation. The Coyotes are currently 23-3 overall and 11-1 in the Summit League. 

Wild recall forward Eriksson Ek

Minnesota Wild General Manager Paul Fenton today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has recalled forward Joel Eriksson Ek from the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Eriksson Ek, 22, has tallied seven points (2-5=7) in 36 games with Minnesota this season and ranks sixth on the team with 59 hits. The 6-foot-2, 208-pound native of Karlstad, Sweden, has recorded nine points (4-5=9), including two power-play goals and two game-winning goals in nine games with Iowa this season. Eriksson Ek has recorded 30 points (11-19=30), 34 penalty minutes (PIM) and 216 hits in 126 career games with Minnesota and 18 points (8-10=18) in 18 career contests with Iowa. He was selected by Minnesota in the first round (20th overall) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and wears sweater No. 14 with the Wild.
Minnesota hosts the Edmonton Oilers Thursday at 7 p.m. on FOX Sports North PLUS and KFAN 100.3 FM.

Wild captain Mikko Koivu to miss remainder of the season with ACL/meniscus tear

Minnesota Wild General Manager Paul Fenton today announced that captain Mikko Koivu will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his right knee during Tuesday's game at Buffalo. Koivu is expected to have surgery to repair his knee on Friday.


Koivu, 35, has recorded 29 points (8-21=29) and 22 penalty minutes (PIM) in 48 games with Minnesota this season. He leads the team and is 14th in the NHL in faceoff wins (488), ranks T-2nd on the team in power-play points (12) and fifth in assists. Koivu tallied his 200th career NHL goal on Jan. 21 at Vegas to become the second player in team history to reach the milestone. He owns 688 points (201-487=688), 564 PIM and a plus-68 rating in 973 career NHL games with the Wild. Koivu ranks first in franchise history in games played, points, assists, shots on goal, power-play points, shorthanded points and multi-point games, T-1st in power-play goals and second in goals, game-winning goals, shorthanded goals, plus/minus rating and PIM. He was selected by Minnesota in the first round (sixth overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.


Minnesota hosts the Edmonton Oilers Thursday at 7 p.m. on FOX Sports North PLUS and KFAN 100.3 FM. 

Hotshots sign local product Brandon Kusler

The Hub City Hotshots of the Expedition League today announced three additions to the 2019 roster, including the signing of Northern State University outfielder Brandon Kusler.

Kusler, a 6’1”, 185-pound freshman at NSU, joins the Hotshots after starring with the Aberdeen Smittys American Legion program. He is a Aberdeen Central High graduate and was a member of Central’s soccer and basketball teams while in high school. He is the son of Jay and Connie Kusler, former NSU baseball and basketball student-athletes, and brother of Wolves basketball player Brianna Kusler, a junior at NSU.

The Hotshots roster now stands at 15 signed players with contracts due from a number of additional committed players.

Also joining the Hotshots for the summer are interns Collin Faretta and Matthew Goldsmith.

Vernon named NAHL goaltender of the month

For the second consecutive month, it was an undefeated record for the Aberdeen Wings and goaltender Matt Vernon. The 20-year-old native of San Jose, California, posted an 8-0-0 record during the month as he helped the Wings increase their lead atop the Central Division with a perfect record in January. Vernon (5’10/170) allowed just 12 goals in eight games during the month, which included 216 saves on 228 total shots, good for a 1.47 goals against average and a .947 save percentage. He also had two more shutouts in January. The month was also memorable for Vernon as on January 16th, he committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for Colorado College. For the season, leads all NAHL goalies in wins with 28, ranks 4th in save percentage with a .935 mark, and 5th in goals against average at 1.96. “Matt continues to be the backbone of this year’s team. He gives us an opportunity to win every night that he gets the start. Matt is a confident, hardworking individual who leaves everything out on the ice day in and day out. We will be looking for his leadership as we head down the final stretch,” said Aberdeen head coach Scott Langer.


“I was very happy to earn an NCAA commitment while playing in the NAHL. I could not be happier with the commitment and I am very exited for the next step,” said Vernon. “The most important thing to me right now is winning. I also want to be consistent. I think that as long as we keep winning and I remain consistent for my teammates, we will have a great chance for success in the playoffs.”


Wild acquire defense prospect Michael Kapla

Minnesota Wild General Manager Paul Fenton on Wednesday announced the NHL club has acquired defenseman Michael Kapla from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for defenseman Ryan Murphy.

Kapla, 24 (9/19/94), tallied 16 points (1-15=16) in 45 games with the Binghamton Devils in the American Hockey League (AHL) this season. He ranked third in scoring amongst team defensemen and T-4th on the team in assists. Kapla notched 21 points (5-16=21) and 22 penalty minutes (PIM) in 63 games with Binghamton during the 2017-18 season. He ranked second amongst team defensemen in scoring and T-2nd in goals and assists.

The 6-foot, 200-pound native of Eau Claire, Wis., signed as a free agent with New Jersey on March 28, 2017 and made his NHL debut on March 31, 2017 at the New York Islanders. He skated in five NHL games with the Devils in 2017-18. Kapla owns 37 points (6-31=37) and 32 PIM in 108 AHL games with Binghamton.

Wild resign backup goaltender Alex Stalock to three year extension

As he sat on the beach in Bonita Springs, Florida with his wife Felicia, 3-year-old son Simon and 1-year-old daughter Selena, life probably couldn't have gotten much better for Alex Stalock during the NHL All-Star break and the Wild's subsequent bye week.

Then he got a call from his agent confirming the South St. Paul native son will be staying in Minnesota for another three years.

At least that's the plan for a 31-year-old goaltender who's resurrected his career since signing with the Wild in 2016. After solidifying his role as Devan Dubnyk's backup, Stalock can keep putting down roots in the same place they began sprouting.

"Family-wise it's awesome," Stalock told on Tuesday, shortly before boarding a flight back to the Twin Cities following his family's vacation. "[Simon] is just getting to that age where understands a little bit. We know this doesn't happen to everybody. Not everybody is as lucky as we are to get to play the sport I love. Someday, it'll sink in for him how special it was."

For Simon -- and later, likely, his sister -- staying home means more outdoor skating lessons with mom and dad and more mini-stick hockey in the Xcel Energy Center home dressing room after games. Alex will remain close to his side of the family, as will his wife, also a South St. Paul native. The offseason fishing journeys on the St. Croix river will persist. So will Stalock's love for horse racing and ownership at Canterbury Park.• January 15th, 2019

And from an occupational standpoint, Stalock has earned a continued opportunity to do what several Minnesota athletes have done throughout the state's history, yet it's so largely uncommon across the greater professional athletics landscape.

"You realize how lucky you are," Stalock said. "Just to make it to the top level of any sport is such an honor, and when Minnesota called and I realized I had a chance to go to this organization, it was a no-brainer. [Former General Manager Chuck Fletcher] brought me in and gave me a chance to establish my name again, get my game back where I wanted it to be and get back to the NHL, and it's worked out.

"I've enjoyed every second of it."

Stalock's three-year, $2.355 million, contract represents a vote of confidence from first-year General Manager Paul Fenton. After winning the backup job from 2018 free-agent signee Andrew Hammond during training camp, Stalock is 6-5-0 with a 2.92 goals-against average and .894 save percentage in 14 games this season. He's 17-16-4 with a 2.80 goals-against in 44 career games with the Wild, including a 10-3-2 mark at home. The extension's one-way nature means in order for the Wild to assign him to the minors, he'd first have to be placed on waivers.

All this after Stalock at one point wondered where his career was heading.

Drafted by San Jose in the fourth round out of Minnesota-Duluth in 2005, Stalock made his NHL debut in 2011. Shortly thereafter, he was reassigned to the American Hockey League, where a sliced nerve behind his knee cost him the remainder of the 2010-11 season and part of the following season.

Stalock spent 2013-15 as Antti Niemi's backup in San Jose. The Sharks traded him to Toronto at the 2016 NHL Trade Deadline, and he was immediately placed on waivers and assigned back to the AHL.

That's also where Stalock spent his first campaign after signing with the Wild organization, appearing in just two games toward the end of the 2016-17 season. But in the years since, the 6-foot, 198-pound netminder has stuck by embracing his spot in the pecking order and adding a different dynamic with his puckhandling, which ranks among the best among NHL goaltenders today.

"At my age now, I know my role," Stalock said. "Obviously, we have a top goalie in the League that's an All-Star. ... It's my job help him if he sees things in his game that need correcting, and if he needs a night off, I'm here to give him a chance to rest. That's my goal every night: just give him a chance.

"It's a unique position, but I take pride in it. It's a job where have to have the right mentality, that's for sure."

That approach has made Stalock a favorite among fans, coaches, the front office and his teammates. Whether it's palling around and drawing a rare smile from always-stoic captain Mikko Koivu or springing a rush with one of his infamous long saucer passes from the defensive zone, Stalock has stuck in the NHL this time due to a willingness to avert narcissism.

And while there are no guarantees in the world of professional hockey -- especially with Fenton making recent trades and preparing for an expansion draft in 2021 -- Stalock and his family's immediate future is secured.

"It's obviously a huge confidence boost that they're willing to commit to someone that long," Stalock said. "It's an honor for me, but now it's time to go out and prove on the ice that it's worth it. I'm looking forward to the test."

SD media prep basketball poll week of Jan. 29

Class AA
1. Lincoln (23) 10-0 115 1
2. Brandon Valley 9-2 91 4
3. O’Gorman 8-5 59 2
4. Yankton 11-3 43 3
5. Roosevelt 7-4 22 RV
Receiving votes: Stevens 13, Harrisburg 1, Huron 1.
Class A
1. Tea Area (23) 13-1 115 1
2. St. Thomas More 11-1 82 3
3. SF Christian 12-1 77 2
4. Red Cloud 11-2 36 4
5. Pine Ridge 10-3 16 5
Receiving votes: Tiospa Zina 13, Dakota Valley 6.
Class B
1. White River (10) 12-1 99 1
2. Clark/Willow Lake (10) 10-1 95 2
3. Bridgewater-Emery (3) 11-2 82 3
4. Viborg-Hurley 11-1 32 RV
5. Sully Buttes 10-2 22 4
Receiving votes: Aberdeen Christian 6, Arlington 3, Timber Lake 3, Warner 3.
Class AA
1. Harrisburg (15) 11-1 100 3
2. O’Gorman (6) 12-2 95 1
3. Brandon Valley 9-3 62 2
4. Lincoln (2) 9-4 45 RV
5. Stevens 10-3 29 4
Receiving votes: Brookings 14.
Class A
1. Lennox (21) 12-1 112 1
2. Winner (2) 13-0 91 2
3. West Central 11-0 67 T-5
4. Belle Fourche 13-1 31 T-5
5. McCook Central/Montrose 12-1 21 4
Receiving votes: Vermillion 14, St. Thomas More 8, Sioux Falls Christian 1.
Class B
1. Ethan (23) 12-0 115 1
2. Warner 12-2 79 2
3. De Smet 12-1 69 3
4. Corsica-Stickney 12-1 49 4
5. Faith 13-0 30 5
Receiving votes: Bridgewater-Emery 2, Avon 1.

Wild acquire defenseman Brad Hunt from the Golden Knights

Minnesota Wild General Manager Paul Fenton today announced the NHL club has acquired defenseman Brad Hunt and a sixth-round selection in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for Minnesota's 2019 conditional fifth-round pick. In addition, the Wild reassigned defenseman Louie Belpedio to the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL).


Hunt, 30 (8/24/88), has recorded seven points (2-5=7) in 13 games with Las Vegas this season. The 5-foot-9, 187-pound native of Maple Ridge, British Columbia, set a career-high with 18 points (3-15=18) in 45 games with the Golden Knights last season. He owns 34 points (7-27=34) in 91 career NHL contests over six seasons with Edmonton, St. Louis, Nashville and Vegas. The left-shot defenseman collected 209 points (57-152=209) in 287 career AHL games (2011-2017). He also skated in four seasons with Bemidji State University, totaling 112 points (24-88=112) in 150 games (2008-2012). The blueliner originally signed a two-year, entry-level contract with Edmonton in 2013 and made his NHL debut Jan. 3, 2014 at Anaheim.


Belpedio, 22 (5/4/96), skated in two games with Minnesota after being recalled from Iowa on Jan. 18. He has tallied 10 points (3-7=10) in 40 games with the Wild this season. He ranks first amongst team defensemen in shots (80) and T-2nd in goals and penalty minutes (PIM). The 5-foot-11, 196-pound native of Skokie, Ill., also ranks second amongst AHL rookie defensemen in PIM (42), fourth in shots and is one of 11 League rookie defensemen with at least one game-winning goal.

The Minnesota Wild visits the Colorado Avalanche Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 8:30 p.m. on FOX Sports North and KFAN 100.3 FM.

SD media prep basketball poll week of Jan. 21st

Class AA
1. Lincoln (22) 9-0 110 1
2. O’Gorman 8-4 74 5
3. Yankton 9-2 66 2
4. Brandon Valley 6-2 58 4
5. Stevens 8-5 10 3
Receiving votes: Huron 8, Roosevelt 4.
Class A
1. Tea Area (21) 11-1 109 1
2. SF Christian (1) 10-0 89 2
3. St. Thomas More 9-1 61 3
4. Red Cloud 9-2 36 4
5. Pine Ridge 8-2 20 5
Receiving votes: Tiospa Zina 10, Dakota Valley 5.
Class B
1. White River (12) 12-0 99 3
2. Clark/Willow Lake (10) 8-0 94 2
3. Bridgewater-Emery 9-2 71 1
4. Sully Buttes 8-1 36 RV
5. Aberdeen Christian 11-1 17 5
Receiving votes: Viborg-Hurley 8, Timber Lake 4, Hanson 1.

Class AA
1. O’Gorman (22) 10-1 110 1
2. Brandon Valley 8-2 77 3
3. Harrisburg 9-1 67 2
4. Stevens 9-3 30 4
5. Brookings 7-2 25 RV
Receiving votes: Lincoln 21.
Class A
1. Lennox (20) 11-1 108 1
2. Winner (2) 10-0 85 2
3. Vermillion 9-1 50 3
4. McCook Central/Montrose 10-0 25 RV
T-5. West Central 10-0 23 RV
T-5. Belle Fourche 12-1 23 4
Receiving votes: St. Thomas More 14, Miller 1, Hamlin 1.
Class B
1. Ethan (22) 9-0 110 1
2. Warner 9-2 69 3
3. De Smet 10-1 62 4
4. Corsica-Stickney 10-1 51 2
5. Faith 11-0 34 5
Receiving votes: Irene-Wakonda 2, Avon 1, Bridgewater-Emery 1.

Northern Swim team will not travel to Moorhead due to weather

The Northern State University swim team will not travel to the MSU Moorhead Dragon Invite schedules for today and tomorrow. Due to poor weather conditions, Northern will forego traveling to the event.


Next up for the Wolves is the UMary Sprint Pentathlon next Saturday, January 26.

Games postponed tonight 1/18/19

Aberdeen Central boys @ huron
Aberdeen Girls vs. Huron
Northwestern @ Leola/Frederick DH 
Redfield/Doland @ Sisseton DH