Local Sports Archives for 2019-04

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