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Presentation College names Nicole Bullock as next head women's basketball coach

Presentaiton College has announced the addtion of Nicole Bullock to the coaching staff.  She will serve as the women's head basketball coach.  


Bullock replaces Eric Nelson who was forced to resign at the end of the season.  


Bullock comes to Aberdeen from Irondale High School in New Brighton, Minnesota.  She has spent the past three seasons as the school's head coach.


Bullock is a native of Sac City Iowa.  

PC head coach Chelsey Albrecht announces 12 volleyball signees

Presentation College head volleyball coach Chelsey Albrecht announced the signing of 12 student-athletes to join the PC volleyball program this fall. The 12 include Ashley Alfonso, Mykcel Sprung, Cassidy Keller, Stevie Fremouw, Allie Sommerville, Leah Aigner, Carter Crispin, Katelyn Kotas, Katelyn Johansen, Alexis Begger and sisters, Andrea and Erin Jorgenson. The class features six transfers and six freshman from seven different states.


"We are excited to welcome our 2019 fall recruits to Presentation," explained Albrecht. "We are excited for them to arrive on campus and we look forward to this recruiting class helping our team towards success for our upcoming season."


Ashley Alfonso – Outside Hitter – 5-9 – Pueblo, Colorado – Transfer

Ashley Alfonso is a 5-foot-9, outside hitter out of Pueblo South High School. She is a three-time letter winner and a team captain for the Colts under head coach Greg Clark. In her two years as a starter, Alfonso earned All-Conference Honor Mention during her junior season and All-Conference First-Team during her senior campaign. She also was fourth in the state of Colorado in total kills during this past season. Alfonso is also a decorated athlete in the basketball and track teams at her high school. Most recently, Alfonso finished her associates degree at Otero Junior College in which her team was ranked 19th in the nation. Alfonso will have two years of eligibility remaining. Ashley is the daughter of Don and Alisa Alfonso and plans to major in Nursing.


Mykcel Sprung – Middle Hitter/Right Side – 6-2 – Florence, South Dakota – Freshman

Mykcel Sprung is a 6-foot-2, middle hitter/ride side out of Florence High School. She is a three-time letter winner and three year starter for the Falcons under head coaches Tyler Grassel and Heather Dearing. Mykcel earned back-to-back All-Conference honors during her junior and senior campaigns and was named Falcon Rookie of the Year and Most Improved by her peers. She is also a decorated athlete in basketball as she slated Second-Team All-Conference honors, Defensive MVP and team captain during her senior year. She was also a part of the 2016-17 District 1B championship team and was voted the Falcon '6th Man' award. Mykcel is also active in community outreach and was a 4-H character All-Star. She is the daughter of Tim and Lisa Sprung and plans to major in Nursing.


Cassidy Keller – Defensive Specialist – 5-0 – Canistota, South Dakota - Freshman

Cassidy Keller is a 5-foot, defensive specialist out of Canistota High School. She is a four-time letter winner for the Hawks under head coach Rebecca Smith. The three-year starter guided her team to a 22-8 finish – good for a conference championship – during her senior year. During her career with the Hawks, Keller dug her way into the 1,000 dig club with 1,633 digs and 148 aces. She is also a three-time All-Conference selection and is actively involved in basketball, track, golf, and is a cheerleader for the basketball and football teams. The two-time captain is also heavily involved in FBLA and FCCLA community service and was a vacation bible school mentor. She is the daughter of Chad and Mandy Keller and plans to major in Nursing.


Stevie Fremouw – Defensive Specialist – 5-7 – Park Forest, Illinois - Transfer

Stevie Fremouw is a 5-foot-7, defensive specialist out of Rich East High School. She is a four-year starter and three-time captain for the Rockets under head coach Viramontes. During her time at REHS, she was named Rich East MVP during her junior year and was a national qualifier in cross-country and track. After REHS, Stevie went on to play at Iowa Central Community College and was named captain this past season. She is the daughter of Lisa Fremouw and Jeff Chalmere and plans to major in Nursing.


Allie Sommerville – Defensive Specialist – 5-3 – Powell, Wyoming – Freshman

Allie Sommerville is a 5-foot-3, defensive specialist out of Powell High School. She is a two-time letter winner for the Panthers and was a starter during her junior and senior campaigns. She was also named a captain for her team during her senior year. She is the daughter of Billy and Ronnie Sommerville and plans to major in Radiologic Technology.


Leah Aigner – Middle Hitter/Ride Side – 5-11 – Shepherd, Montana – Transfer

Leah Aigner is a 5-foot-11, middle hitter/right side out of Shepherd High School. She is a three-time letter winner for the Fillies under head coach Chase Soennichsen. The three-year starter and senior captain then took her talents to Miles Community College after her high school graduation and guided her team to a 12-win season. She was named team captain for both years in a Miles City uniform and graduated with an associate's degree in arts. She is the daughter of Todd and Jenny Aigner and plans to major in Human Services.


Carter Crispin – Outside Hitter – 5-7 – Missouri Valley, Iowa - Freshman

Carter Crispin in a 5-foot-7, outside hitter out of Missouri Valley High School. She is a four-year letter winner and three-year starter for the Lady Reds under head coaches Kris Miller and Josie Esser. During her career at MVHS, Crispin complied 675 kills and 857 digs and earned All-Conference honors during her final three seasons. She was also a three-time Omaha World Herald All-Area selection and named to the Nonpareil All-Area Volleyball Team during her final three seasons with the Lady Reds. She helped her team to 84 wins during her four-year career at Missouri Valley. Crispin is also an active member in the softball, basketball and track teams at MVHS in which she garnered multiple All-Conference honors and holds the 4x200 school record in track. She is the daughter of Bruce and Kim Crispin and plans to major in Nursing.


Katelyn Kotas – Defensive Specialist – 5-5 – Emery, South Dakota - Freshman

Katelyn Kotas is a 5-foot-5, defensive specialist out of Bridgewater-Emery High School. She is a four-year letter winner and three-time starter for the Huskies under head coach Mary Ernster. During her career, she joined the 1,000 dig club with 1,459 total digs. The two-year captain guided her team to a 22-7 overall record during her senior campaign and earned All-Conference honors the past three seasons. She is also a member of the basketball and track teams at BEHS. Kotas is also an active role model in the community and her school as she is involved in FFA, FCCLA. HOSA, Student Council, 4-H, National Honor Society, Band, Yearbook, and School Play. She is the daughter of Angel Eddy and Greg Kotas and plans to major in Nursing.


Katelyn Johansen – Setter – 5-6 – Dolton, South Dakota – Freshman

Katelyn Johansen is a 5-foot-6, setter out of Marion High School. She is a four-year letter winner for the Bearcats under head coach Jennifer Pankratz. The three-year starter complied 393 assists, 32 aces, and 275 digs during her senior season. She is also active in basketball and track at MHS and is the daughter of Kara Johansen and Jason Johansen. Katelyn plans to major in Nursing.


Alexis Begger – Middle Hitter – 6-0 – Wilbaux, Montana – Transfer

Alexis Begger is a 6-foot, middle hitter out of Wilbaux High School. She is a four-time letter winner and two-year starter for the Longhorns under head coach Tiffany Llewellyn. During her four-year career, Begger has guided her team to three conference and district championships and was named to the All-Conference teams during her junior and senior seasons. Begger also landed All-State honors during her senior campaign and was a four-time Academic All-Conference recipient. After her four-year career with the Longhorns, Begger attended Dawson Community College in Glendive, Montana. She was a two-year starter and captain for the Buccaneers under head coach Dina Fritz. During her two-year stint at DCC, Begger was named All-Conference and All-Region both seasons and was an Academic All-Conference recipient during her freshman year. Furthermore, Begger was ranked 14th in the nation in NJCAA in solo blocks with 69 during her senior campaign. Off the court, Begger complied over 150 community service hours while at Dawson and earned the Montana Athletes in Service honor for her efforts. She is the daughter of Curt and Patti Begger and plans to major in Business.


Andrea Jorgenson – Outside Hitter – 5-8 – Leeds, North Dakota - Transfer

Andrea Jorgenson is a 5-foot-8, outside hitter out of Leeds High School. Impressively, she is a six-time letter winner for the Wildcats under head coaches Doyle Scwhanke/Katie Marshall. The six-year starter and two-time captain complied an impressive stat line with 1,924 kills, 1,409 digs and 123 aces during her career with the Wildcats. She also earned All-District honors five times and All-Region during her final three years. Andrea also participated in basketball and track and field. Jorgenson shot her way into the 1,000 point club and was a two-time All-District and All-Region selection. She was also a ND state qualifier in the triple jump and was a part of the North Dakota Class B Track Championship team. After LHS, Andrea went off to college at Lake Region State College and Bismarck State College. During her three-years as a college volleyball player, she complied 508 kills and 447 digs. She is the daughter of Steve and Geri Jorgenson and plans to major in Nursing. She will have one year left of eligibility and is joining her sister, Erin to Presentation, in the fall.


Erin Jorgenson – Outside Hitter/Right Side – 5-9 – Leeds, North Dakota - Transfer

Erin Jorgenson is a 5-foot-9, outside hitter/right side out of Leeds High School. She is a four-time letter winner and two-year starter for the Wildcats under head coach Katie Marshall. During her career with the Wildcats, Jorgenson complied 768 kills and 919 digs and was named captain during her senior campaign. For her efforts, she was named an All-Region selection during her junior and senior seasons. After LHS, Jorgenson went off to play at Lake Region State College and complied 231 kills and 267 digs before graduating with an associates of science degree this May. She is the daughter of Steve and Geri Jorgenson and will join her sister, Andrea, in the fall. She plans to major in Nursing.

Timberwolves name Ryan Saunders full time head coach

The Minnesota Timberwolves has announced interim head coach Ryan Saunders will be retains as the full-fledged head coach next season. He will be the youngest head coach in the NBA at 33-years-old and the first millennial to hold that job.  Saunders took over on an interim basis during the 2018-19 season after the firing of head coach Tom Thibodeau and during that time he went 17-25.  Players unabashedly endorsed his leadership according to the Associated Press.  This was one of the first big decisions made by new president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas.  Saunders in the son of former Wolves head coach, the late Flip Saunders. 

Vikings sign first round pick Bradbury

The Minnesota Vikings have come to terms with Garrett Bradbury, the team’s first round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.  Bradbury is a center from North Carolina State who the Vikings selected 18th overall.  With the signing of Bradbury, the Vikings have just one of their 12 draft picks left unsigned from the 2019 draft.  That player is seventh round long snapper Austin Cutting.  Cutting played for the Air Force and has two years of military service required, complicating his NFL career.


The Vikings also successfully renegotiated linebacker Eric Kendrick’s contract to help the team get under the salary cap and sign the team’s draft picks. 

Timberwolves draw 11th overall pick in 2019 NBA draft

The annual NBA draft lottery took place last night from Chicago.  14 teams had a shot at the top overall pick.  The Minnesota Timberwolves ended up drawing the 11th overall pick, one pick worse than their record placed them at 10th overall. 


The follwing is the 2019 NBA draft order: 


1. New Orleans 
2. Memphis
3. New York         
4. Los Angeles Lakers     
5. Cleveland
6. Phoenix           
7. Chicago
8. Atlanta 
9. Washington
10. Atlanta (from Dallas)
11. Minnesota
12. Charlotte         
13. Miami 
14. Boston (from Sacramento via Philadelphia)

Wings win the Robertson Cup National Championship

The Aberdeen Wings defeated the Fairbanks Ice Dogs last night in Blaine Minnesota to win the franchises first ever Robertson Cup national championship.  The game was one-game only winner take all.  Scoring for Aberdeen in the win included John Sladic and Joe Strada.   Wings goaltender Matt Vernon was awarded the Robertson Cup Most Valuable Player Award.  In the championship game, Vernon managed 27 of 28 saves to seal victory.  The Wings become the 17th franchise to win the Robertson Cup since it was first awarded in the 1970s. 


Following the victory, the NAHL released the Robertson Cup All-tournament team which featured Aberdeen Wings forward Jonathan Bendorf and goaltender Matt Vernon. 

Timberwolves set to hire Rockets official Rosas to president of basketball operations job

The Minnesota Timberwolves are set to hire Houston Rockets executive Gerrson Rosas to serve as the team’s president of basketball operations according to Adrian Wojnarowski at ESPN.  Rosas is a native of Bogota Columbia and will be the NBA’s first Latino top basketball executive.  He replaces Tom Thiobdeau who served as both head coach and head of basketball operations. 

NSU junior Thompson named to All-NSIC first softball team

For the first time in her career, Northern State junior Kennady Thompson was named to the NSIC All-Conference first team as released by the league. Thompson was one of three at-large selections on the first team.
The Omaha native started 48 of 49 games this season as a first baseman, third baseman, and designated player. She led the Wolves hitting .382 on the year, with a team high 58 hits, 33 RBI, 11 home runs, and .638 slugging percentage. Thompson added 15 runs scored and six doubles as well. She broke the Northern State single season home runs record, as well as the career home runs record as just a junior with 17. Thompson ranked top-20 in the NSIC in batting average and top-10 in home runs.
Thompson was previously named to the NSIC Gold Glove team as a freshman and sophomore.

2019 All-Conference First Team
Name Pos. Yr. School Hometown
8 Sam Eisenreich 2B Sr. Augustana St. Cloud, Minn.
50 Amber Elliott RHP So. Augustana Ramsey, Minn
42 Maggie Kadrlik UT Sr. Augustana Inver Grove Heights, Minn.
6 Kara McDougall OF Jr. Augustana Brookings, S.D.
26 Ashley Mickschl P/U So. Augustana Woodbury, Minn.
9 Shannon Petersen C Sr. Augustana Edina, Minn.
20 Carlie Hart OF Sr. Concordia-St. Paul Lake Elmo, Minn.
12 Justine Schattner 3B Sr. Concordia-St. Paul Twin Lakes, Wis.
24 Bailey Johnson OF So. SMSU Mount Pleasant, Iowa
19 Kennady Thompson 1B Jr. Northern State Omaha, Neb.
3 Jordyn Kleman  RHP Jr.  Winona State La Crosse, Wis.
24 Alexis Kelsey 1B Jr.  Winona State Cedar Rapids, Iowa
11 Ali Nowak DP Jr. Winona State New Berlin, Wis.
14 Liz Pautz RHP So. Winona State Pulaski, Wis.
21 Ann Smolenski 3B So. Winona State Lynn Center, Ill.
17 Lani Van Zyl SS Sr. Winona State Fort Dodge, Iowa
2019 All-Conference Second Team
Name Pos. Yr. School Hometown
20 Kendall Cornick OF Jr. Augustana Mason City, Iowa
28 Maggie Dunnett 3B Sr. Augustana Lakeville, Minn.
30 Mary Pardo OF Fr. Augustana Andover, Minn.
16 Olivia Wolters RHP Jr. Augustana Elk River, Minn.
6 Jessica Burlingame OF Sr. Bemidji State Andover, Minn.
22 Lauren Oberle SS Jr. Minnesota Duluth Eden Prairie, Minn.
26 Breanna Swint RHP Jr. Minnesota Duluth Marysville, Calif.
15 Cori Kennedy UT Sr. Minnesota State West Concord, Minn.
4 McKenzie Paap OF Sr. Minnesota State Excelsior, Minn.
22 Karlee Coughlin 3B Jr. Minot State Live Oak, Calif.
14 Lauren Cowden OF Sr. Minot State Moorpark Calif.
23 Brooke Bowlin OF So. St. Cloud State Chaska, Minn.
14 Megan Conrads UT So. St. Cloud State Lakeville, Minn.
18 Jasmin Estrada DP Fr. St. Cloud State Litchfield, Minn.
10 Maya Keating 2B Jr. St. Cloud State Wheaton, Ill.
22 Kate Kopeck RHP Sr. St. Cloud State Lumsen, Sask.
9 Emily Miller 3B Sr. Sioux Falls Aberdeen, S.D.
4 Katie Crogan 1B So. Upper Iowa Watertown, Wis.
16 Emily Chandler 1B Sr. Wayne State Simi Valley, Calif.
23 Taylor Menard OF Sr. Wayne State Aurora, Colo.
2019 NSIC Gold Glove Team
Name Pos. Yr. School Hometown
26 Ashley Mickschl P So. Augustana Woodbury, Minn.
7 Morgan Emmans C Sr. SCSU Blaine, Minn.
4 Katie Crogan 1B So. Upper Iowa Watertown, Wis.
18 Taylor Koehnen 2B So. Minnesota Duluth New Prague, Minn.
21 Ann Smolenski 3B So. Winona State Lynn Center, Ill.
17 Lani Van Zyl SS Sr. Winona State Fort Dodge, Iowa
23 Brooke Bowlin LF So. St. Cloud State Chaska, Minn.
20 Carlie Hart CF Sr. Concordia-St. Paul Lake Elmo, Minn.
30 Mary Pardo RF Fr. Augustana Blaine, Minn.

Kentucky Derby favorite Omaha Beach scratched from race

Just two days out from the most famous horse racing event in the country, Kentucky Derby favorite Omaha Beach has been scratched from the race.  According to the Associated Press, the scratch is in relation to a breathing problem.  The Southern California colt was going in as the 4-1 favorite.  It is likely now the new favorite is a horse named Game Winner who was coming in at a 5-1. 

First USF Cougar position played drafted into the NFL

University of Sioux Falls offensive tackle Trey Pipkins was selected in the third round 91st overall by the Los Angeles Charges.  He is the first ever position player out of Sioux Falls drafted into the NFL. 

North Dakota State QB Easton Stick drafted by LA Chargers

North Dakota State quarterback Easton Stick was drafted in the fifth round, 166th overall by the San Diego Chargers.  Three other Bison including running back Bruce Anderson, Jalen Allison and Tanner Volson were each offered undrafted free agent contracts. 

SD State CB Jordan Brown selected in NFL draft

South Dakota State cornerback Jordan Brown was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the seventh round.  He becomes the second Jackrabbit drafted in two years, with Dallas Goedert taken in the second round in 2018.  Jackrabbits quarterback Taryn Christion and offensive lineman Sepesitiano Pupungatoa were each awarded undrafted free agent contracts.  Christion was signed by the Seattle Seahawks while Pupungatoa signed by the Minnesota Vikings. 

Vikings select 12 in NFL draft

The Minnesota Vikings made a total of 12 picks during the 2019 NFL Draft which began last Thursday and ended Saturday. The picks included:

1st Round (18th overall) Garrett Bradbury C, North Carolina State
2nd Round (50th overall) Irv Smith Jr. TE, Alabama,
3rd Round (102nd overall)  Alexander Mattison RB, Boise State,
4th Round (114th overall) Dru Samia G, Oklahoma,
5th Round (162nd overall) Cameron Smith LB, USC 
6th Round (190th overall ) Armon Watts DT, Arkansas
6th Round (191st overall) Marcus Epps CB, Wyoming
6th Round (193rd overall) Olisaemeka Udoh 193rd OT, Elon University
7th Round (217th overall) Kris Boyd CB, Texas,
7th Round (239th Overall) Dillon Mitchell WR, Oregon
7th Round (247th overall) Olabisi Johnson WR, Colorado State
7th Round (250th Overall) Austin Cutting LS, Air Force 

Northern women's basketball announces three new signees

Northern State University head coach Paula Krueger announced today the addition of Ellie Gess (Shakopee, Minn.), Shariah Smith (Fort Dodge, Iowa), and Avery Terwillinger (Humboldt, Iowa) to her 2018-19 signing class. The trio will join Katie Entzi (Edgeley, N.D.), Kennedy Harris (Mandan, N.D.), and Laurie Rogers (Aberdeen, S.D.) who signed with the program back in November, as well as Kailee Oliverson (Cardwell, Mont.) who joined the team at the semester break.


“We are very excited about Avery, Ellie, and Shariah,” explained Krueger. “They bring experience, three point shooting, and depth to our perimeter. Their addition will also bring improved quickness to our guard spots.”

Ellie Gess •  Shakopee, Minn. •  Jefferson HS •  Concordia-St. Paul

Ellie Gess is a 5-foot-8 guard out of Jefferson High School and Concordia-St. Paul. She was a 4-year starter and 2-year team captain as a prep, averaging 15.0 points per game in her senior season. Gess recorded 1,260 career points at Jefferson High School, finishing her career second in career points and the all-time leader in 3-pointers made. She was a 3-time all-conference selection and a 3-year member of the Metro West All-Defensive team. In her two seasons with the Golden Bears, Gess averaged 6.2 points per game. She is the daughter of Jim Gess and will join the Wolves with two years of eligibility.

Shariah Smith •  Fort Dodge, Iowa •  Fort Dodge •  Iowa Central

Shariah Smith is a 5-foot-1 guard out of Fort Dodge Senior High and Iowa Central. At Fort Dodge, Smith was a 3-year starter and 2-year team captain under head coach Julius Michalik. She averaged 12.0 points and 3.0 assists per game, earning all-conference first team honors. Smith averaged 8.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game at Iowa Central. She was named to the all-region third team. She is the daughter of La Donya Chaney and will join the Wolves with two years of eligibility.


Avery Terwillinger •  Humboldt, Iowa •  Humboldt HS •  Iowa Central

Avery Terwillinger is a 5-foot-10 guard out of Humboldt High School and Iowa Central. She was a 4-year starter and senior team captain as a prep, averaging over 13.0 points per game in her final three seasons. Terwillinger was named to the first team all-conference, all-region team, third team all-state, and was the Iowa Girls Coaches Association All-Star game MVP. She averaged 11.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game last season at Iowa Central, where she earned all-region second team honors. ICCC advanced to the semifinal round of the region tournament in both of her two seasons. She is the daughter of Andy Terwillinger and Doug and Rhonda Van Pelt and will join the Wolves with two years of eligibility. 

Wolves sign prospect Chapman

Northern State University head coach Paul Sather announced this morning the addition of Tommy Chatman to the Northern State men’s basketball signing class. Chatman joins the class made up of Jaden Graham (Lewistown, Mont.), Jaylen Robinson (Hamilton, Ohio), and Brady Danielson (York, Neb.).


“Tommy played in a highly competitive high school league in the twin cities on one of the best teams in the state of Minnesota,” noted Sather. “We identified Tommy early in the recruiting process as a potential impact player on both sides of the ball that can guard multiple positions on defense and has the skill set to play all three guard spots on offense.”


Tommy Chatman is a 6-foot-4, 190-pound guard out of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota and Park Center High School. He was a 2-year starter and team captain for the Pirates under the direction of head coach James Ware. Chatman averaged 13.4 points, 2.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.1 steals per game as a senior. He shot 62.6 percent from the floor and 73.8 percent from the free throw line, notching a career high 26 points in 2019. Chatman was named to the Minnesota Mr. Basketball top-30 and was a finalist for the MBCA McDonald Award. He was named to the Northwest Suburban All-Conference team and the Pirates finished in third place at the MSHSL 4A State Tournament. He is the son of Thomas and Christine Chatman.


“His size, strength and quickness, combined with his feel for the game made him a prime target in our recruiting and someone that will compete next season for the Wolves. He’s an unselfish player that makes everyone around him better and that really loves to compete… the best fans in D2 will love watching him play!”

Russell Wilson becomes highest paid player in NFL

The Seattle Seahawks and quarterback Russell Wilson have come to terms on a contract extension which makes Wilson the highest paid player in the NFL.  The deal is for four years worth a reported $140 million, which includes $65 million in guarantees.  Wilson is 30 years old and is now under contract in Seattle through the 2023 season. 

NSIC announces volleyball tournament to take place in Sioux Falls

The NSIC has announced it is moving its volleyball tournament to Sioux Falls and the games will now take place at the Sanford Pentagon.  The deal agreed to Monday will keep the tournament in Sioux Falls for the next three years.  The tournament is eight teams and single elimination.  In the past, the games have been played at the top four seeds rather than at a neutral site. 

SDSU star Macy Miller drafted by the Seattle Storm of the WNBA

South Dakota State guard Macy Miller was taken in the third round of the WNBA draft Wednesday night.  Miller was selected 36th overall by the Seattle Storm.  She was the last pick in the draft and the second player in SDSU women’s basketball history drafted into the WNBA.  The other Jack was Megan Vogel who was selected in the second round, 19th overall by the Washington Mystics in 2007.  

Wild will pick 12th in 2019 NHL draft

The Minnesota Wild will pick 12th overall in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, it was determined at Tuesday's NHL Draft Lottery in Toronto.

After finishing the regular season with 83 points, the Wild entered the lottery with a 9.8 percent chance to move up into one of the top three selection spots. Minnesota had a 69.6 percent chance of drafting 11th overall.


The Wild has drafted 12th overall once before, selecting defenseman A.J. Thelen in 2004. Previous prominent 12th overall picks include Dave Gagner, Gary Roberts, Marian Hossa, Alex Tanguay, Ryan McDonagh, Tyler Myers, Cam Fowler and Max Domi.

The New Jersey Devils landed the No. 1 overall pick. The New York Rangers won the No. 2 pick, and the Chicago Blackhawks moved up to win the No. 3 selection, pushing Minnesota back a spot.

The 15 NHL teams that did not qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs participated in the lottery.

For the fourth straight year, the lottery assigned the top three picks in the first round. Three draws were held: the first determined the No. 1 pick, the second determined the No. 2 pick, and the third determined the No. 3 pick.

Picks 4-15 were assigned in reverse order of standings from this season.


1. New Jersey Devils

2. New York Rangers

3. Chicago Blackhawks

4. Colorado Avalanche (from the Ottawa Senators)

5. Los Angeles Kings

6. Detroit Red Wings

7. Buffalo Sabres

8. Edmonton Oilers

9. Anaheim Ducks

10. Vancouver Canucks

11. Philadelphia Flyers

12. Minnesota Wild

13. Florida Panthers

14. Arizona Coyotes

15. Montreal Canadiens

Picks 16-31 will be determined after the results of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Mount Marty announces football program buy 2022

Mount Marty College out of Yankton has announced, the school will add a football program.  The plan is to kick off in the fall of 2022.  Mount Marty has not had football since 1984 and will play in the GPAC.  The Lancers will call Crane-Youngworth Field home, the same place the Lancers play soccer and the Yankton High School Bucks play football.  According to a release from the school, the football team will bring an additional 100 students on campus.  

PC announces football schedule

Five home games, ten total contests and a conference tilt against an NAIA Football Championship participant from a season ago highlight the 2019 Presentation College football schedule.

Presentation opens their 2019 campaign at home against Trinity International on Saturday, August 31 before hitting the road for back-to-back away games against Dakota Wesleyan (September 7) and St. Scholastica (September 14) to round out their non-conference schedule.

After a bye-week, the Saints officially kick-off their NSAA slate against Mayville State University on Saturday, September 28 in Aberdeen. The month of October includes home tilts against Valley City State (October 12) and Waldorf University (October 26) followed by road trips to face off against Dakota State University (October 5) and Dickinson State University (October 19) – who made the quarterfinals in the 2018 NAIA National Football Championship a season ago.

The final two games of the schedule include an away contest against Mayville State (November 2) and a home game against Dakota State (November 9).

Presentation's ten opponents combined for a 2018 overall record of 32-52 and includes four teams that finished .500 or better (Dickinson, Valley City State, Waldorf University & St. Scholastica).


31 – vs. Trinity International – 7PM


7 – at Dakota Wesleyan – 1PM

14 – at St. Scholastica – 12PM


28 – vs. Mayville State University* – 7PM


5 – at Dakota State University* - 4PM

12 – vs Valley City State University* - 7PM

19 – at Dickinson State University* - 3PM

26 – vs Waldorf University* - 7PM


2 – at Mayville State University* - 1PM

9 – vs Dakota State University* - 1PM

Paulson out as Hotshots general manager

The Hub City Hotshots of the Expedition League today announced the resignation of General Manager Tyson Paulson as he moves to a position outside of professional sports.

Paulson served as the team’s General Manager from February 2018 through March 31 of this year, overseeing all operations of the Hotshots through their inaugural 2018 season. He was hired by team owners Mayra and Chuck Heeman in January 2018 as Assistant General Manager and promoted the next month.

“Tyson got us through our first year in great shape and his time with us is very much appreciated,” Hotshots owner Chuck Heeman said. “He was given a lot of responsibility from day one and handled it with a calm and steady hand, establishing his leadership during a season, and off-season, in which circumstances kept Mayra and I away from Aberdeen to help as much as we wanted to. He’s left us in good shape as we move toward the 2019 season opener in May. Knowing Tyson was overseeing the Hotshots was a great relief to us both and his presence will be missed.”

The team will announce a replacement in the coming days. Assistant General Manager Jordan Bolinger, along with the Heemans, will oversee all functions of the team during the transition.
The team also announced the moving of the Hotshots’ offices to 13 2nd Avenue, Suite 4, in Aberdeen. The team will be housed in the Lincoln Square Building.

The Hotshots and the Expedition League begin their second season on May 24 in Spearfish, with the home opener on May 31. For information on the Expedition League

Tim Miles out at Nebraska

Doland South Dakota native and Nebraska head men’s basketball coach Tim Miles has been fired after seven seasons in Lincoln.  He finished 13th in the Big Ten this past year and failed to make the NCAA tournament for the fifth straight season.  Miles head coaching career began in 1995 and this is the first time in his career he has been fired. 

SDSU announces Henderson as next head men's basketball coach

South Dakota State has announced the hiring of Eric Henderson to take over as the next head men’s basketball coach of the Jacks basketball program.  Henderson has served as an assistant coach at South Dakota State for the past three seasons.  He replaces T.J. Otzelberger who leaves the program to take over as the next head coach at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.  This will be Henderson’s first head coaching job at the collegiate level. 

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