Local Sports Archives for 2018-07

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. 

Wild make several moves on first day of free agency

The Minnesota Wild have been busy during  the opening hours of free agency.  The team has signed both free agents and brought back players currently on the roster.


First, the Wild resigned 25-year-old defenseman Nick Seeler.  The deal is for three-years worth $2.175 million.  He recorded four assists, a -10 and 21 penalty minutes in 22 games with the wild last season.  He is a native of Eden Prairie Minnesota and was selected in the fifth round of the 2011 NHL draft by Minnesota. 


The Wild signed two Minnesota natives on the free agent market as well.  Those include 27-year-old JT Brown, who split last season between the Anaheim Ducks and Tampa Bay Lightning.  The deal is for two-years worth $1.375 million contract. 


“He did score quite a bit in college and he hasn't had the success that you might of thought he was going to," new Wild general manager Paul Fenton told "To play in that role, we're hoping he's a dirty type of goal player that he's able to get in around the paint and chip in with a lot of ugliness."


The other Minnesotan brought home via free agency this offseason included 37-year-old Matt Hendricks.  Hendricks spent the past season with the Winnipeg Jets and notched five goals, 13 points in 50 games last season. 


"The character that he brings both on and off the ice and being a local guy from here that can have that influence on our younger players was really a critical part that we identified awhile ago and we're very happy to have him on board," Fenton tells "We've already had the conversation that it might not be a (playing) every night thing, and that's fine. We never know ... what the health of our team is gonna be, so you can say whatever you want on July 1st but at the end of the day let's just see how our lineup plays out here."


Minnesota added goaltender depth and someone to challenge backup Alex Stalock with the addition of goaltender Andrew Hammond.  Hammond’s contract is for one-year worth $650,000 and is a two-way deal. 


The Wild bolstered the blue line by bringing in Greg Pateryn on a three-year $6.75 million deal.  Pateryn is 28-years-old and recorded 13 points with 50 penalty minutes in 73 games with the Dallas Stars last season.  He set career highs last year in games played, assists, points, game time, penalty minutes, and shots on goal, shots block and hits.  Also joining the defense corps is Matt Bartkowski on a one-year two-way contract.  The 30-year-old played for Calgary last season. 


From Anaheim, Minnesota signed forward Mike Liambas to a two-year, two-way contract.  Liambas is 29-years-old and collected seven points and 104 penalty minutes in 40 games last year between the AHL and the NHL.  The Wild also signed forward Eric Fehr for one-year $1 million taking him from the San Jose Sharks and the age of 32. 


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