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Local Sports Archives for 2018-11

Hotshots announce additions to roster

The Hub City Hotshots of the Expedition League today announced six signings to the 2019 roster, including four players and two interns. Returning from the 2018 squad is shortstop Daniel Rodriguez.


Returning for the 2019 season are:

 

Daniel Rodriguez, a junior shortstop from Spring Hill (AL) College. Rodriguez appeared in 34 games with the 2018 Hotshots, hitting .312 with three home runs and 19 RBI to go along with six stolen bases.

New additions to the 2019 roster include:

 

Andrew Gallegos, a freshman infielder from Olympic (WA) College, and a native of Bremerton, WA.

 

Bryan Ramirez, a freshman infielder from Olympic (WA) College, and a native of Brigham City, UT.

 

Hunter Frericks, a junior outfielder from Minnesota State-Mankato and a native of Mankato, MN.
Joining the Hotshots summer staff are the first of 10 projected interns. They are:

 

John Strasheim, Baseball Operations Intern; Strasheim is a senior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a native of Milwaukee, WI. His field of study is in Supply Chain Management and he has worked with the Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA in player operations.

 

Joshua Wakefield, Baseball Operations Intern; Wakefield is a junior at Grove City (PA) College and a native of Palmyra, PA. His field of study is Mathematics and he has worked with Hershey Entertainment and Resorts as well as serving on Grove City College’s Activity Board.


Both interns will assist Coach Jacob Jarreau in all areas related to team operations including statistical analysis, scorekeeping, travel needs and day-to-day functions necessary to make the Hotshots successful on the field.


The Hotshots and the Expedition League begin their second season on May 24, 2019 and schedule information will be released in early December. For information on the Expedition League visit www.expeditionleague.com and for more information on the Hotshots visit www.hubcityhotshots.com.


Wolves women's basketball signs three

Northern State University head coach Paula Krueger announced today the addition of three student-athletes for the 2019-20 season and her first Northern State signing class. Katie Entzi (Edgeley, N.D.), Kennedy Harris (Mandan, N.D.), and Laurie Rogers (Aberdeen, S.D.) signed national letters of intent and will join the Wolves next fall.

 

“We are excited to add this regional talent to our roster,” noted Krueger. “They are not only excellent basketball players, but amazing students as well.”

 

Katie Entzi •  Edgeley, N.D. •  Edgeley Public

Katie Entzi is a 6-foot, forward out of Edgeley Pubic Schools. She is a 5-year starter and team captain for the Rebels under head coach Rory Entzi. She has accumulated nearly 1600 points in five seasons, as well as 885 rebounds, 230 steals, and 182 assists. Entzi is a 4-time all-conference and all-district honoree. She was named second team all-state and to the state all-tournament tea. Entzi is also an all-conference and all-district selection in volleyball. She is the daughter of Rory and Melissa Entzi.

 

Krueger on Entzi:

“Katie is strong and brings great length and scoring ability to the forward spot. Katie shoots the ball well and has a solid mid-range game. Her size also gives her the ability to play inside.”

 

Kennedy Harris •  Mandan, N.D. •  Mandan HS

Kennedy Harris is a 5-foot-6, guard out of Mandan High School. She is a 4-year starter and team captain for the Braves under the direction of head coach Abby Thomas. Harris has averaged double figures the past three season, including a career high 15.4 points per game last season. She also averaged 4.3 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game a season ago. As a sophomore, she was named to the WDA All-Conference team, and went on to earn North Dakota All-State honors as a junior. Harris is also an all-conference softball and volleyball player for Mandan High School.  She is the daughter of Kari and Jason Harris.

 

Krueger on Harris:

“Kennedy brings great game savvy to our point guard position. She has the ability to see the court and deliver the ball. Couple that with her speed and ability to shoot the three and we have a very complete guard.”

 

Laurie Rogers •  Aberdeen, S.D. •  Warner HS

Laurie Rogers is a 6-foot-2, forward out of Warner High School. She is a 3-year starter and team captain for the Monarchs under the direction of head coach Stewart Bohle. Rogers has scored in double figures all three seasons on varsity, averaging a career high 18.9 points per game as a junior. She also averaged a double-double, notching 10.6 rebounds per game last season. Rogers is a 3-time all-conference selection, 3-time Aberdeen American News All-Area team member, and 2-time first team all-state recipient. She is also an all-conference volleyball player for the state runner-up Monarchs. She is the daughter of Dean Rogers.

 

Krueger on Rogers:

“Laurie is a gifted athlete who has been a powerhouse at the low block. She also has the ability to stretch the floor and use her speed and jumping ability from the forward spot.”


Two Saints volleyball players named to All-NSAA conference teams

The 2018 North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) announced its All-Conference Volleyball Teams and postseason awards Thursday evening as Joely Roe (SR/Filer, ID) earned First-Team honors, while teammate Olivia Stet (SR/Henderson, NV) landed on the Second-Team  Awards were given out during the honors banquet on the eve of the North Star Volleyball Conference Postseason Tournament at Viterbo (Wis.).

Lydia Xu of Viterbo was chosen as the NSAA Volleyball Player-of-the-Year and Most Valuable Offensive Player-of-the-Year.  Jayden Warner of Mayville State was selected as its conference's Defender-of-the-Year.  Olivia Galas of Bellevue earned the North Star's Setter-of-the-Year and Freshman-of-the-Year.

Amy Veenhof of Dakota State was selected as the North Star Athletic Association's Volleyball Coach-of-the-Year. 

A total of 14 players are listed on the 2018 NSAA Volleyball All-Conference First-Team.  Eight players are named on the Second-Team All-Conference distinction. 

The NSAA All-Conference teams and postseason awards were selected by the league coaches.

Below are the complete listings of 2018 NSAA Volleyball All-Conference First- and Second-Teams and postseason awards:

2018 North Star Athletic Association Volleyball Postseason All-Conference & Postseason Awards

First-Team All-Conference

Name

Position

Year

School

Hometown

Lydia Xu

MB

Sophomore

Viterbo (Wis.)

Shanghai, China

Aubrey Aspen ^!

MB/RS

Senior

Viterbo (Wis.)

Sparta, Wis.

Shayla Scanlan $%!

RS/MB

Senior

Bellevue (Neb.)

Plattsmouth, Neb.

Clarissa Olson %!

MB

Senior

Valley City State (N.D.)

Valley City, N.D.

Miah Garant !

MH/RS

Sophomore

Viterbo (Wis.)

Fort Atkinson, Wis.

Jayden Warner

L

Junior

Mayville State (N.D.)

Mayville, N.D.

Olivia Galas

S

Freshman

Bellevue (Neb.)

Bellevue, Neb.

Barbara Briceno

OH/RS

Senior

Dakota State (S.D.)

Lima, Peru

Joely Roe !

L

Senior

Presentation (S.D.)

Filer, Idaho

Katie Frohmader

OH

Sophomore

Viterbo (Wis.)

Fort Atkinson, Wis.

Kyra Platzek

OH

Junior

Waldorf (Iowa)

Ridgeland, Wis.

Samantha Zell

MH/OH

Junior

Dakota State (S.D.)

Huron, S.D.

Madi Evans

L

Freshman

Bellevue (Neb.)

Omaha, Neb.

Kadara Marshall

MB

Junior

Dickinson State (N.D.)

Hilo, Hawaii

  

Second-Team All-Conference

Name

Position

Year

School

Hometown

Paige Benson

OH

Sophomore

Valley City State (N.D.)

Hankinson, N.D.

Jana Mehus

S

Sophomore

Mayville State (N.D.)

Finley, N.D.

Victoria Johnson

MH

Freshman

Mayville State (N.D.)

Roseau, Minn.

Andrea Carson

OH

Sophomore

Bellevue (Neb.)

Ord, Neb.

Chloe Jakscht

S

Junior

Viterbo (Wis.)

East Troy, Wis.

Olivia Stet

OH

Senior

Presentation (S.D.)

Henderson, Nev.

Siera Skow

OH

Senior

Viterbo (Wis.)

Hartford, Wis.

Sarah Williams

OH

Freshman

Waldorf (Iowa)

Poway, Calif.


11 Saints named to All-NSAA conference teams

The 2018 Dacotah Bank/North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Football All-Conference Teams were announced Monday by the conference office with eleven Saints earning the honor including First-Team members in (TE) Maurice Whiters (JR/Raaytown, Missouri) and (WR) Logan Weisser (SR/Frederick, South Dakota), Second Team in (QB) Austin Eggl(SR/Minot, North Dakota), (OL) Mark Ramirez (SR/Rio Rico, Arizona), (OL) Jacob Tarrell (JR/Hot Springs, South Dakota), (LB) Ty Fox (JR/Pueblo, Colorado), and (K) Jaiden Machuca(SO/Parker, Colorado), and Honorable Mention in (RB) Nathan Jones (SR/Britton, South Dakota), (WR) Dylan Paulsen (JR/Aurora, Colorado), (DB) Davian Neitz (SR/Murrieta, California), and (DL) Sam Wendt (JR/Long Beach, California). The All-Conference teams and postseason awards were voted by the league coaches.

Hilton Joseph of Waldorf (Iowa) was chosen to the Dacotah Bank/NSAA Football Offensive Most Valuable Player. Curt Boeke of Dakota State (S.D.) and Jay Liggins of Dickinson State (N.D.) were named to Co-Dacotah Bank/NSAA Football Defensive Player-of-the-Year.

WU's Josh Littrell was voted as the league's Coach-of-the-Year.

Dickinson State won the 2018 Dacotah Bank/NSAA Football conference title for the fourth straight year. The Blue Hawks, ranked No. 16 in the final NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 national poll, earned the North Star's automatic bid to the national playoffs and will visit Northwestern (Iowa) in the first round.

Below is the entire list of the first-team, second-team, honorable mention and postseason awards:

2018 Dacotah Bank/NSAA Football All-Conference and Postseason Awards:

First-Team All-Conference Offense Position

Name

Class

School

Hometown

QB

Hilton Joseph

Junior

Waldorf (Iowa)

Miami, Fla.

RB

Brodie Frederiksen

Junior

Dakota State (S.D.)

Madison, S.D.

RB

Bo Evans

Freshman

Waldorf (Iowa)

Northport, Ala.

OL

Devin Schwanz

Senior

Dickinson State (N.D.)

Plentywood, Mont.

OL

Robert Mosley

Junior

Waldorf (Iowa)

Tampa, Fla.

OL

Brandon Schmit

Junior

Dakota State (S.D.)

Jackson, Minn.

OL

Pat Nevin

Senior

Dickinson State (N.D.)

Auburn, Calif.

OL

JohnL Jones

Junior

Valley City State (N.D.)

Fridley, Minn.

TE

Maurice Whiters

Junior

Presentation (S.D.)

Raytown, Mo.

WR

Don Jones

Junior

Waldorf (Iowa)

Stockbridge, Ga.

WR

Mason Leighton

Sophomore

Dakota State (S.D.)

Madison, S.D.

WR

Logan Weisser

Senior

Presentation (S.D.)

Frederick, S.D.

 

First-Team All-Conference Defense Position

Name

Class

School

Hometown

DL

Curt Boeke

Senior

Dakota State (S.D.)

Clear Lake, S.D.

DL

Tyler Masat

Senior

Valley City State (N.D.)

Redfield, S.D.

DL

Hunter Slemmons

Senior

Valley City State (N.D.)

Fargo, N.D.

DL

Austin Erickson

Senior

Valley City State (N.D.)

Devils Lake, N.D.

LB

Daniel Moreno

Senior

Dickinson State (N.D.)

Alhambra, Calif.

LB

Kevin Brown

Junior

Dickinson State (N.D.)

Windsor, Calif.

LB

Arron Martin

Junior

Valley City State (N.D.)

Baxter, Minn.

LB

Ryan Dozier

Senior

Dakota State (S.D.)

Covington, Wash.

DB

Jay Liggins

Senior

Dickinson State (N.D.)

Bismarck, N.D.

DB

Cain Boschee

Senior

Dickinson State (N.D.)

Kalispell, Mont.

DB

Travon Smith

Junior

Valley City State (N.D.)

Phoenix, Ariz.

DB

Derick VandeBossche

Junior

Dickinson State (N.D.)

Lusk, Wyo.

 

First-Team All-Conference Special Teams Position

Name

Class

School

Hometown

K

Landon Arredondo

Junior

Valley City State (N.D.)

Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

P

Caleb Nielsen

Freshman

Dakota State (S.D.)

Lincoln, Neb.

Returner

Louis Quinones

Junior

Valley City State (N.D.)

Colorado Springs, Colo.

  

Second-Team All-Conference Offense Position

Name

Class

School

Hometown

QB

Austin Eggl

Senior

Presentation (S.D.)

Minot, N.D.

RB

Louis Quinones

Junior

Valley City State (N.D.)

Colorado Springs, Colo.

RB

Amad Andrews, Jr.

Junior

Dickinson State (N.D.)

Pasadena, Calif.

OL

Dahlton Wasankari

Senior

Valley City State (N.D.)

Wasilla, Alaska

OL

Jeff Fisher

Senior

Dickinson State (N.D.)

Baker, Mont.

OL

Drew Heiser

Sophomore

Dickinson State (N.D.)

Dickinson, N.D.

OL

Mark Ramirez

Senior

Presentation (S.D.)

Rio Rico, Ariz.

OL

Jacob Tarrell

Junior

Presentation (S.D.)

Hot Springs, S.D.

TE

Jordan Walker

Senior

Dickinson State (N.D.)

Baker, Mont.

WR

Jake Peterson

Junior

Valley City State (N.D.)

Larimore, N.D.

WR

Trent Momon

Senior

Mayville State (N.D.)

Hempstead, Texas

WR

Ryan Martinez

Junior

Waldorf (Iowa)

Kansas City, Mo.

  

Second-Team All-Conference Defense Position

Name

Class

School

Hometown

DL

Devin Quinn

Junior

Waldorf (Iowa)

Marion, Iowa

DL

John Trout

Junior

Dakota State (S.D.)

Prescott Valley, Ariz.

DL

Tyler Gay

Junior

Mayville State (N.D.)

Bottineau, N.D.

DL

Darius Graves

Senior

Valley City State (N.D.)

Colorado Springs, Colo.

LB

Ty Fox

Junior

Presentation (S.D.)

Pueblo, Colo.

LB

Marcus Vanden Bosch

Sophomore

Dakota State (S.D.)

Madison, S.D.

LB

Riley Fredrickson

Senior

Valley City State (N.D.)

Wasilla, Alaska

LB

Ricky Flowers, Jr.

Junior

Mayville State (N.D.)

Oakland, Calif.

DB

James Jackson, Jr.

Freshman

Waldorf (Iowa)

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

DB

Andrew Hanretty

Junior

Valley City State (N.D.)

Rolla, N.D.

DB

Cameron Newsome

Junior

Waldorf (Iowa)

Century, Fla.

DB

MaCoy Yeakel

Freshman

Waldorf (Iowa)

Kanawha, Iowa

 

Second-Team All-Conference Special Teams Position

Name

Class

School

Hometown

K

Jaiden Machuca

Sophomore

Presentation (S.D.)

Parker, Colo.

P

Marc Wagner

Senior

Valley City State (N.D.)

Jamestown, N.D.

Returner

Roderick Ashford

Junior

Dickinson State (N.D.)

San Diego, Calif.


Northern men's basketball sign two on national signing day

Northern State University head coach Paul Sather announced today the addition of two student-athletes for the 2019-20 season. Jaden Graham (Lewistown, Mont.) and Jaylen Robinson (Hamilton, Ohio) signed national letters of intent and will join the Wolves next fall.

 

“Our program is excited to announce the signing of Jaden Graham and Jaylen Robinson,” noted Sather.

 

Jaden Graham •  Lewistown, Mont. •  Fergus HS

Jaden Graham is a 6-foot-5, 175-pound guard/forward out of Fergus High School. He is a 3-year starter for the Golden Eagles under the direction of head coach Scott Sparks. Graham averaged 14.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per game as a sophomore, and 16.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game as a junior. He holds a career field goal percentage of 47.2, while averaging over two steals and one block per game last season. Graham is a 2-time all-state and 2-time all-conference recipient, while also earning the team’s MVP award. He is the son of Jimmy and Anna Graham.

 

Sather on Graham:

“Jaden is a versatile wing player that can score at three levels, but also has the skill set and feel to make plays to get his teammates great shots. He is a very long and athletic player, which will serve him well on the defensive side of the floor. Jaden does a great job in the classroom and is a perfect fit for Northern State University and the community of Aberdeen.”

 

Jaylen Robinson •  Hamilton, Ohio •  Hamilton HS

Jaylen Robinson is a 6-foot-1, 165-pound guard out of Hamilton High School. He is a 3-year starter and 2-year team captain for the Big Blue under the direction of head coach Kevin Higgins. Robinson averaged 17.7 points per game, shooting 34.9 percent from the arc and 81.2 percent from the foul line a season ago. He was named to the All-GMC first team and the All-City second team in 2018, as well as the All-Southwest Ohio honorable mention team in 2017 and 2018. He is the son of Jamie and Stephen Robinson.

 

Sather on Robinson:

“Jaylen is a playmaking point guard that comes from one of the best conferences in the Cincinnati area. He has been impactful with his high school program at Hamilton since his sophomore year and has developed into a high-level scorer that can make plays on both ends of the court. He loves to compete and has a chance to be a great defensive player as well. The Northern State community will love watching him play and the competitive spirit he plays brings to the court.”

 

 


Northern Volleyball signs four on national signing day

Northern State University head coach Brent Aldridge announced today the addition of four student-athletes for the 2019-20 season. Hanna Reiff (Chester, S.D.), Makenna Steffel (Bird Island, Minn.), Kylee Van Egdom (Sioux Falls, S.D.), and Keri Walker (Grafton, Wis.) signed national letters of intent and will join the Wolves next fall.

 

“This class of players is very need specific,” explained Aldridge. “All of these players brings a specific skill set to our program that will have an impact in the future of Wolves Volleyball. The first thing that I like about this class is they are all very GOOD people. They are highly competitive players on the court and in the classroom, and will continue to uphold the high standard of excellence that Wolves volleyball has come to expect. I feel like they will not only push our existing players in practice but will also compete for playing time next fall. I am excited that these players have decided to come be a part of our Wolves volleyball family and challenge the nation’s finest competition in the Northern Sun Conference.”

 

Hanna Reiff •  Chester, S.D. •  Chester Area HS

Hanna Reiff is a 5-foot-8, defensive specialist out of Chester Area High School. She is a 4-year starter and 2-year team captain for the Pegasus under head coach Jean Benson. Reiff averaged nearly 10.0 digs a set as a junior, accumulating over 2800 digs in her career. In 2017, she was named to the South Dakota All-State first team, and State B All-Tournament team. Reiff is an All-BEC first team selection, MaxPreps All-American underclassman, and 2018 South Dakota All-Star. She holds the State Class B record for digs during the state tournament with 101, averaging 9.18 per set in 2017. Chester won the 2015 South Dakota State Championship, and has reached the title match in three of her four seasons. She is the daughter of Scott and Deanna Reiff, and sister of current Wolves junior Jenna Reiff.

 

 

Makenna Steffel •  Bird Island, Minn. •  BOLD HS

Makenna Steffel is a 6-foot, outside hitter out of BOLD High School. She is a 5-year starter and 2-year team captain for the Warriors under head coach Brittney Keltgen. Steffel has accumulated over 890 kills and 180 blocks for BOLD. She is a 3-time all-conference honoree, 3-time KNUJ Player of the Week, 3-time all-section pick, 3-time academic all-conference, 2-time all-area recipient, and 2018 all-state selection. In 2018, she was named to the West Central All-Conference team as the conference MVP. The Warriors earned the 2018 West Central Conference Championship. She is the daughter of Tami and Randy Steffel.

 

 

Kylee Van Egdom •  Sioux Falls, S.D. •  Sioux Falls Christian HS

Kylee Van Egdom is a 5-foot-10, outside hitter from Sioux Falls Christian High School. She is a 4-year starter and 3-year team captain for the Chargers. Van Egdom has recorded 1,282 kills, 970 digs, 324 aces, and 138 blocks in her career, all while holding a 4.0 GPA. She is a 3-time all-conference and all-state selection, as well as a 2016 AAU All-American. The Chargers won the 2015 and 2017 South Dakota State Championships. She is the daughter of Scott and Candace Van Egdom.

 

 

Keri Walker  •  Grafton, Wis. •  Living Word Lutheran

Keri Walker is a 6-foot, setter/right side out of Living Word Lutheran. She is a 4-year starter and 2-year team captain for the Timberwolves under head coach Dawn Walker. In the past three seasons, Walker has averaged over 5.0 kills per set. She has accumulated over 1700 kills, 280 aces, 240 blocks, 660 digs, and 750 assists. Walker is a 5-time all-conference recipient, 4-time West Bend Daily News all-county honoree, 2-time all-state honorable mention selection, 2-time state all-tournament team member, first team all-state pick, and AVCA Player of the Week. She was named the 2018 Co-Player of the Year in the Midwest Classic Conference. She is the daughter of Jeff and Dawn Walker.


Wolves freshman Kolton Roth named NSIC wrestler of the week

 Northern State freshman, Kolton Rothwas announced this afternoon as the NSIC Wrestler of the Week following his 6-0 record to kick-off the 2018-19 season.
 
Quick Hits on the Wolves
- NSU defeated Concordia Moorhead in the 2018-19 season opener (23-14) and tallied four top-3 finishes from the DWU Open
- The Wolves recorded 23 decision wins, four major decisions, four technical falls, and 15 victories by fall on the week
Kolton Roth and Kaden Campbell led the team against Concordia Moorhead with 10-2 major decision victories, while tallying the decisive decision victory for the Wolves
- Roth went on to win the 141-pound weight class at the DWU Open going 5-0, including a victory by fall over No. 7 Adam Hedin of St. Cloud State
- Campbell took third at 184-pounds at DWU notching four victories by fall and one technical fall
Dayne Morton finished third at 125-pounds at DWU with a 6-1 record on the week, including a decision victory versus CC
Caden Moore took second at DWU in the 149-pound weight class, with a close 3-2 loss to James Pleski of SCSU in the finals
 
NSIC Wrestler of the Week
Kolton Roth (141, Fr., Graettinger, Iowa / Graettinger Terril HS) – Northern State
- Led the Wolves with a 6-0 record on the week, en route to the 141 pound title at the Dakota Wesleyan Open
- Opened his NSU career with a 10-2 major decision win over Bret Wilson of Concordia College
- Went 5-0 from DWU with two pins, one major decision, and two decisions
- Defeated No. 7 Adam Hedin of St. Cloud State by fall at 0:34 in the semifinal round
- Recorded an 18-10 major decision win over Hunter Burnett of Augustana in the finals
- Tallied four wins over NSIC opponents at the DWU Open


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).


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