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Former Northern State star basketball player Parker Fox to miss second straight season due to knee injury

Former Northern State star basketball player and now University of Minnesota Golden Gopher Parker Fox will miss his second straight season after suffering a right knee injury at a summer practice Monday. The Gopher's announced Fox's diagnosis Wednesday, but did not say exactly what the knee injury was only that he is done for the season. Fox tore the ACL in his left knee last season before play began.

Former NBA player Caleb Swanigan dead at 25

Former NBA basketball player Caleb Swanigan passed away this week. According to the Allen County coroner's office in Indiana, Swanigan died of natural causes. He was 25 years old. Swanigan was drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers 26th overall in the 2017 NBA draft. Swanigan played college basketball at Purdue University. He played three NBA seasons for the Trail Blazers and Sacramento Kings, but was out of league after 2020.

 

World Swimming governing body announces sweeping new transgender athlete policy

World Swimming's governing body known as FINA has announced a sweeping new policy barring many transgender female athletes from competing in women's events starting Monday. The policy as it is written would prevent trans swimmers from competing in women's swimming if they began their transition after the age of 12. The rule changes also proposed a new “open category” which could potentially be used for those athletes who would be affected by this change. FINA officials also said there are currently no trans athletes competing premier swimming.

 

Former Vikings great Sammy White to be inducted into the Black College Football Hall of Fame

Former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Sammy White has been nominated to the Black College Football Hall of Fame. White will be honored at a ceremony in Atlanta this Saturday. White played college football for a historically black university Grambling State under legendary head coach Eddie Robinson. He was a two time all southwestern athletic conference selection before moving on to the NFL. He was selected by the Vikings in the second round of the 1976 NFL draft and went on to be named rookie of the year. He played his entire 10 year NFL career with Minnesota, was named to two pro-bowls, named one of 50 greatest Vikings and was named to the Vikings 25th anniversary team.

USD track and cross country coach Lucky Huber named midwest coach of the year

University of South Dakota head women's Track and Field and Cross Country coach Lucky Huber has been named the Midwest Region's Women's Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. He earned the honor by leading the Coyote women to a team title at the Summit League Outdoor track and field championships. Huber is in his 28th year with the Coyote Track and field and Cross Country program.

Former Aberdeen Christian head boys basketball coach David Rorhbach accepts head coaching job at Brookings High School

Former Aberdeen Christian boys basketball coach David Rohrbach has accepted the same position at Brookings High School. According to a release about the hire Rohrbach will also be teaching in the Brooking School District. Rohrbach is coming off two consecutive Class B state tournament appearances with the Christian Knights over the pat two seasons. They finished second in 2021 and seventh in 2022. In seven seasons in Aberdeen Rohrbach went 111-46. He brother Matt Rohrbach has been hired to replace him in Aberdeen.

Aberdeen Wings select six in the NAHL entry draft

The NAHL Entry draft took place Wednesday and the Aberdeen Wings made six selections.  The selection went as follows:

Round 1 (13th overall) - Max Donohoe, left wing, Milton ON, last played for the North York Rangers
Round 2 (42nd overall) - Aaron Koskinen, right defense, Turku Finland, last played for TuTo U18
Round 3 (71st overall) - Jonathan Baker, left defense, North Kingstown, RI, last played for Bonnyville Pontiacs
Round 4 (100th overall) - Billy Sancibrian, left wing, Montpelier, VT last played for Seacoast PA Spartains 16U

Rond 5 (129th overall) - Alexander Gullichsen, Forward, Turku Finland, last played for Lukko Rauma U20

Round 6 (158th overall) - Zach Vockler, Forward, Sioux Falls, SD, last played for the Badlands Sabres

 

 

Presentation College new head men's basketball coach Trevor Flemmer hopes to build a family culture at PC

Presentation College announced the hiring of Trevor Flemmer as the Saints next head men's basketball coach. Flemmer becomes the third head men's basketball coach in as many years.

 

Flemmer says he hopes to end that streak of instability...

 

 

 

Flemmer is a Mitchell native who played high school basketball under legendary head coach, the late Gary Munson. Flemmer is a Presentation College alumni who played for the Saints from 2012 to 2016 under then head coach Jeremy Reigel.

 

Flemmer says its usually any coach's dream to coach for their alma mater...

 

 

 

Flemmer began his coaching career as an assistant at Riverland Community College in Austin Minnesota. From there he went on to be a graduate assistant at Briar Cliff and most recently served as the assistant head coach at Dakota State University in Madison.

 

Flemmer hopes to build a culture like a family at PC...

 

 

Northern State signs 10 wrestlers

Northern State University head wrestling coach Rocky Burkett announced the addition of ten student-athletes to his 2022-23 roster. Carter Ban (Ramsey, Minn.), Ryan Hirschkorn (Harrisburg, S.D.), Cael Larson (Webster, S.D.), Trevor Reinke (Beatrice, Neb.), Spencer Roth (Graettinger, Iowa), Jack Schoenhard (Rapid City, S.D.), Keith Smith (Lincoln, Neb.), Cory St. Martin (Prior Lake, Minn.), Ayden Viox (Sioux Falls, S.D.), and Braydon Williams (Grand Forks, N.D.) will join the Wolves this fall.

 

Carter Ban is a 5-foot-7, 141-pound wrestler out of Anoka High School. He was a 4-year starter and senior team captain for the Tornados under the direction of head coach Todd Springer. Ban tallied 129 career victories. He was a 3-time all-conference selection and 2-time state placer. In addition, Anoka took third (2021) and fourth (2022) at the Minnesota State Tournament in his tenure. Ban is also a member of the Pinnacle Wrestling School, placing at the Northern Plains Tournament and wrestling with the cadet and junior dual teams. He is a USA Wrestling State Champion in both freestyle and Greco-Roman in Minnesota. He is the son of Toby and Staci Ban.

 

Ryan Hirschkorn is a 6-foot-2, 184/197-pound wrestler out of Harrisburg High School. He was a 6-year starter and 3-year team captain for the Tigers under the direction of head coach Nate Rotert. Hirschkorn tallied 189 career victories, going 52-5 in 2022. As a senior, he scored 317.5 team points, breaking the Harrisburg school record. Hirschkorn is a 5-time state qualifier and 2-time state placer, winning the South Dakota State Championship at 182-pounds in 2022. He was a 2-time All-ESD and All-Metro Conference selection. He is the son of Todd and Lisa Hirschkorn.

 

Cael Larson is a 5-foot-11, 149-pound wrestler out of Webster Area. He was a 5-year starter and 3-year team captain for the Bearcats under the direction of head coach Wade Rausch. Larson placed seventh (2019), second (2020), and third (2021) at the South Dakota State Tournament. In addition, he won the State Championship his senior season, leading the team in takedowns, escapes, nearfalls, pins, and wins. He is the son of Chelsea and Beau Larson.

 

Trevor Reinke is a 5-foot-7, 141/149-pound wrestler out of Beatrice High School. He was a 4-year starter and senior team captain for BHS under the direction of Jordan Johnson. Reinke posted a career record of 133-19. He was a 4-time state placer, winning the Nebraska State Championship as a sophomore and junior. In addition, Reinke was a Nebraska USA Wrestling State Greco Champion. He is the son of Phil Reinke and Barbara Woodard.

 

Spencer Roth is a 5-foot-9, 165-pound wrestler out of Graettinger Terril and Cornell College. As a prep, Roth was a 4-year starter and senior team captain for the Titans under the direction of head coach Alex Helmich. He tallied 146 career wins, winning the section and district championship. In addition, Roth placed seventh as a senior at the Iowa State Tournament and was a 3-time all-academic selection. In two seasons at Cornell College, Roth tallied 26 career victories. He is the son of Tim and Michelle Roth and brother of Wolves wrestling student-athlete Kolton Roth.

 

Jack Schoenhard is a 5-foot-7, 125-pound wrestler out of Stevens High School. He was a 4-year starter and senior team captain for the Raiders under the direction of head coach Travis King. Schoenhard tallied 205 prep victories, including 101 victories by fall. He was a 4-time state placer taking fourth (2019), third (2020), and second (2021 and 2022). Stevens won the South Dakota State Dual and Individual Team Championships in 2019 and 2020. He is the son of Tom and Stephanie Schoenhard and brother of NSU soccer alumna Mallory Schoenhard.

 

Keith Smith is a 5-foot-7, 141-pound wrestler out of Lincoln East High School. He was a 4-year starter and senior team captain for the Spartans under the direction of head coach Jeff Rutledge. Smith posted a career recorded of 119-16. He was a 3-time Nebraska state placer, winning the State Championship as a sophomore and a senior. Smith is a 2-time Preseason Nationals High School All-American, a Cadet Greco Fargo All-American, a UWW Cadet Greco All-American, a Preseason Nationals High School National Champion, and a place winner at the Western Regional and Northern Plains tournaments. He is the son of Keith and Danielle Smith.

Northern State men's basketball welcomes Tobi Obiora

Northern State University head men’s basketball coach Saul Phillips announced the addition of Tobi Obiora to the 2022-23 roster. Obiora joins the class of Ian Motschenbacher and Micahel Nhial.

 

“Tobi is an extremely unique prospect,” explained Phillips. “He is extremely long and very physically mature for an 18 year-old. We were fortunate to have someone bring him to our attention and I was blown away by the things he was doing on film.”

 

Obiora is a 6-foot-8, 220-pound forward out of Bilthoven, Utrecht in the Netherlands. He attended the Centre for Sports & Education and played as a member of the U18 and U20 Netherlands national team. His team finished as the National Cup runner-up. He is the son of Annemarie Hulst and Fabian Obiora.

 

“He has great touch for his size, passes well and can really disrupt on the defensive end with his massive wingspan,” Phillips added. “His upside as a basketball player is sky high. He is excited to play in the United States and we are elated to have him.”

Three Jacks named to the Athlon Football Championship Subdivision Preseason All-America Team

Three of South Dakota State's offensive standouts were named Monday to the Athlon Football Championship Subdivision Preseason All-America Team. The Jackrabbits' three selections were tied with Montana and North Dakota State for most on the 27-member team.
 
Leading the list of Jackrabbit honorees was junior tight end Tucker Kraft. A Timber Lake native and a consensus All-America selection last season, Kraft hauled in 65 catches for 780 yards and six touchdowns in 2021. He recorded at least one reception in all 15 games and topped the 100-yard mark in three contests.
 
Fellow junior Isaiah Davis, was one of two running backs selected to the squad. A native of Joplin, Missouri, Davis was limited to seven games this past fall due to injury, but still managed to rack up 701 yards on 95 carries (7.4 ypc) with seven touchdowns. Davis was the Jackrabbits' leading rusher during the 2020-21 spring season, gaining 818 yards with 10 touchdowns.
 
Rounding out the list of SDSU honorees was offensive lineman Mason McCormick. A senior from Sioux Falls, McCormick has started 27 consecutive games at guard, helping pave the way for the Jackrabbits to average 36.1 points and 441.1 yards of total offense per game in 2021.
 
South Dakota State has reached the FCS playoffs each of the last 10 seasons and has advanced to the national semifinals four of the last five seasons. The Jackrabbits are scheduled to kick off the 2002 season Sept. 3 at Iowa.
 
ATHLON FCS ALL-AMERICA TEAM
Offense
QB – Xavier Shepherd 6-0/205/Jr. Kennesaw State
RB – Isaiah Davis 6-1/220/Jr. South Dakota State
RB – Isaiah Ifanse 5-10/202/Sr. Montana State
FB – Hunter Luepke 6-1/234/Sr. North Dakota State
WR – Xavier Gipson 5-9/170/Sr. Stephen F. Austin
WR – Taylor Grimes 5-11/190/Sr. UIW
TE – Tucker Kraft 6-5/255/Jr. South Dakota State
C – Matthan Hatchie 6-2/310/Sr. UT Martin
OL – Michael Corbi 6-6/335/Sr. Villanova
OL – Cody Mauch 6-6/303/Sr. North Dakota State
OL – Mason McCormick 6-4/310/Sr. South Dakota State
OL – Curtis McClendon 6-7/340/Sr. Chattanooga
Defense
DL – Isaiah Land 6-4/215/Sr. Florida A&M
DL – Nate Lynn 6-3/265/Jr. William & Mary
DL – Devonnsha Maxwell 6-2/296/Sr. Chattanooga
DL – Josiah Silver 6-2/234/So. New Hampshire
LB – Ryan Greenhagen 6-1/245/Sr. Fordham
LB – Patrick O'Connell, 6-2/225/Sr. Montana
LB – Stone Snyder 6-3/240/Sr. VMI
DB – Anthony Adams 6-0/185/Sr. Portland State
DB – Justin Ford 6-2/190/Sr. Montana
DB – Michael Tutsie 5-11/193/Sr. North Dakota State
DB – Kedrick Whitehead 5-11/195/Sr. Delaware
Special Teams
K – Matthew Cook 5-11/180/Jr. Northern Iowa
P – Grant Burkett 6-1/180/So. Missouri State
KR – Malik Flowers 6-2/200/Sr. Montana
PR – Jah'Marae Sheread 5-7/175/Sr. Florida A&M

Twins top prospect Royce Lewis to undergo season ending knee surgery

Minnesota Twin top prospect Royce Lewis is out for the season after suffering a ACL tear in his right knee. This the second season ending knee injury for Lewis in as many years. He was hurt in game May 29th in a third-inning collision with the wall while making a catch. The injury was first diagnosed as a bone bruise, but upon further examination it was determined to be an ACL tear. He is scheduled to undergo surgery later this month.

 

Former USD head coach Todd Lee joins Arkansas coaching staff

Former University of South Dakota head men's basketball coach Todd Lee will join the University of Arkansas coaching staff. Lee will serve as an assistant coach and director of scouting for current Razorbacks head coach Eric Musselman. Lee is a Huron native who went 66-52 in four years as head coach in Vermillion. He was named Summit League coach of the year in 2021, but was fired on March 10th of this year after USD went 19-12.

 

Northern's Amanda Mahlke to be inducted into NSIC hall of fame

Former Northern State track and field athlete Amanda (Madden) Mahlke has been chosen to be enshrined in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2022. Mahlke was a standout at Northern State from 2006 to 2010. During that time she earned nine All-NSIC honors, five NCAA All-American honors, three United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division II scholar All-Academic honors, and three NSU track and field MVP honors. She Northern State's first two-time track and field NCAA National Champion winning the weight throw indoors and the hammer throw outdoors in 2010. She will be enshrined Tuesday July 12 at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Moorhead Minnesota.

 

SDSU softball coach Krista Wood accepts head coaching job at Creighton

South Dakota State softball coach Krista Wood has announced she is stepping down from the Jacks softball program to take the head coaching job at Creighton University. Wood has been in charge of Jacks softball for the past eight seasons. During that time she accumulated a record of 238 wins and 164 losses. That includes two back-to-back NCAA appearances in 2021 and 2022. The Jacks also won the program's first ever Summit League regular season and tournament titles in 2021 and repeated in 2022.

 

Aberdeen Christian names Matt Rohrbach as head coach for one season

Aberdeen Christian high school has announced Matt Rohrbach will take over as the next head coach of the Knights basketball program on a one year basis only. Matt will replace his older brother David, who stepped down at the end of this past season. Matt Rohrbach will take over a team that returns all five starters and made the Class B state tournament this past season. Aaron Moeller will take over the Christian boys basketball program following Matt Rohbach's one season as head coach.

Blake Mudd named co-defensive coordinator at Presentation College

Presentation College has hired Blake Mudd to be the Co-Defensive Coordinator and Defensive Backs coach of the Saints Football team. Mudd returns to PC after previously being with the program from 2017-2018.
 

Prior to his return to PC, Mudd taught and coached at Lawrence High School in Lawrence, KS. Serving as the programs Co-Defensive Coordinator and Defensive Line Coach from 2019-2021. 
 

In his first stint at Presentation College Mudd served as the defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator for the Saints from 2017-2018. In 2016 Mudd served as a Defensive Assistant working with the Safeties at Northern Illinois University. Prior to his time at Northern Illinois University, Mudd served as an Intern and Offensive Graduate Assistant at Ottawa University (KS) coaching the Running backs and Tight Ends from 2014-2015. In 2014, Mudd helped the Braves win a KCAC Conference Championship.
 

"We are very excited to have Coach Mudd back on campus.  He is an experienced and successful coach who knows the game of football and Presentation College inside and out.  Most importantly, he is a man of high character who fits perfectly with the college and football team's mission" said Head Coach Steve Heimann.
 

Before getting into the college coaching ranks, Mudd held various positions at Veritas Christian School in Lawrence, KS including serving as the programs Head Varsity Football Coach and Offensive Coordinator in 2013. 
 

Mudd earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Management with a Minor in Business from the University of Kansas. He also holds a master's degree of Arts and Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Ottawa University (KS). 
 

Mudd currently resides in Aberdeen.

Aberdeen Central hires Justin Briese as next head football coach

Aberdeen Central has announced the promotion of Justin Briese as the next head football coach of the Golden Eagle program. Briese has spent the past eight seasons as an assistant for the Golden Eagles program. He has previous coaching experience including as an assistant with Aberdeen Roncalli and Northern State University. Biese will meet with parents and players tonight at 7:00 p.m. At the Brownell Athletic Complex to go over goals and expectations.

Presentation College softball coach Mari Jordan steps down

Presentation College head softball coach Mari Jordan announced via her social media earlier this week she is stepping down as Saints head softball coach. In a letter released to Saints fans, players and alumni, she thanked PC for giving a then 24-year-old coach her first chance and letting her lead the program for six years. According to Presentation College sports information director Rob Papazian, Jordan is looking to explore different career opportunities in stepping down as head coach.

 

A search will begin to find her replacement.

 

 

Wings defenseman Adam Shuchart to play DIII hockey

Aberdeen Wings defenseman Adam Shuchart has announced he will play Division III college hockey at Norwich University in Northfield Vermont. Shuchart is 6'1 190lbs from Marietta Georgia and appeared in 27 games for Aberdeen this past season. He also played in seven playoff games.

Wild will not sign 2018 first round pick Filip Johansson

The Minnesota Wild has announced the team will not sign 2018 first round pick defenseman Filip Johansson. Johansson was selected 24th overall by Minnesota in 2018 under then general manager Paul Fenton. Johansson is 22 years old and spent the past three seasons playing in the Swedish Hockey League. By choosing not to sign him, the Wild will be given a compensatory second round pick, 56th overall in the July 8th NHL draft in Montreal. The Wild will have two second round picks now in 2022. The last time a team chose not to sign a first round draft pick was in 2016 when Arizona chose not to sign their 2014 first round pick Conner Bleackley.

Timberwolves introduce new President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly

The Minnesota Timberwolves introduced Tim Connelly to the media Tuesday at an afternoon press conference. Connelly will serve as the new President of Basketball Operations in Minnesota, a similar role which he served as with the Denver Nuggets.

 

Conelly is 46-years-old, originally from Baltimore Maryland and got a degree from Fordham University. Before becoming the Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations, Connelly has worked for other organizations including the Washington Wizards, New Orleans Hornets and Denver Nuggets.

 

Connelly said the decision to relocate to Minnesota was a tough one...

 

 

 

Many basketball observers consider the hire a slam dunk and is an attempt by the new ownership group to place a stamp on a new era of Timberwolves basketball. Billionaires Marc Lore and Alex Rodriguez are now the co-owners of the Timberwolves franchise and according to Lore, Connelly will be given all resources necessary to build a winning culture in Minnesota...

 

 

 

Connelly admitted there is not guarantee of success and that the path to an NBA championship is not straight forward. According to Connelly, patients will be important moving forward...

 

 

Former Coyote Hannah Sjerven signs pro deal in Australia

Former University of South Dakota star basketball player Hannah Sjerven will continue her basketball career overseas. Sjerven announced over the weekend she has signed a professional contract with the Sydney Flames in Australia. She becomes the ninth South Dakota player to play professionally overseas since the Coyote program moved to the Division I ranks in 2008. Sjerven was drafted by the Minnesota Lynx in the WNBA but was cut after training camp. She did rejoin the team on a hardship contract playing in a game against Chicago, making her the first former Coyote to participate in a WNBA game.

Former Minnesota Viking cornerback Jeff Gladney dead at 25

Former Minnesota Vikings cornerback Jeff Gladney was killed Monday in an early morning car accident. His agent confirmed the news. According to the Dallas County Sheriff's department in Texas, the accident occurred around 2:28 a.m. Monday. A white vehicle was overturned when officers arrived. Gladney and a passenger were pronounced dead. Gladney was 25 years old and had signed with the Arizona Cardinals on their practice squad this season. He was selected by Minnesota 31st overall in the 2020 NFL draft. He played one season for the Vikings before being released by the team due to a domestic violence situation. Gladney was ultimately found not guilty of that charge.

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