Local Sports Archives for 2019-08

Northern State announces hiring of Taylor Tucker as assistant basketball coach

Northern State University head basketball coach Saul Phillips announced today the completion of his staff with the addition of Taylor Tucker as an assistant coach. Tucker joins the Wolves after two seasons as the assistant at Monmouth College.


“Taylor comes to me highly recommended from an excellent head coach and trusted friend at Monmouth College,” explained Phillips. “His work ethic and dedication to doing things the right way made him a good fit at Northern.”


The Scots won the 2018 conference overall and tournament championships in Tucker’s first season with the program, while also qualifying for the NCAA Championships first round. Prior to his time at Monmouth, Tucker was the assistant coach at Olivet Nazarene in 2016-17.


“I’m excited to get started with everything,” noted Tucker. “Northern has a ton of tradition. I look forward being a part of that tradition and helping continue the many years of success.”


In his three years of collegiate experience, Tucker has coach the CCAC Freshman of the Year and NAIA All-American Nick Reed (ONU) and back-to-back Midwest Conference Players of the Year, Will Carius and Will Jones (MC).


He is a 2016 graduate of Olivet Nazarene University with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and Physical Education. Tucker played three seasons at ONU, making two NAIA National Tournament appearances. The Tigers won the 2015 regular season and tournament conference championships in his junior campaign. Tucker was named an NAIA Academic All-American in both 2015 and 2016. He is currently pursuing a master’s in Kinesiology Pedagogy from the University of Central Missouri.


Tucker resides in Aberdeen with his wife, Maddie.

Presentation College announces hiring Steve Gast as next athletic director

Presentation College is pleased to announce the hiring of Athletic Director, Steve Gast.


Gast has more than a decade of experience working with the NAIA (National Association of Collegiate Athletics) and GPAC (Great Plains Athletic Conference). His most recent Athletic Director position was at Briar Cliff University, from 2007-2016. After that, he consulted in a support role for the GPAC, assisting in several administrative areas.


Gast believes his time at Briar Cliff made him especially well-suited for the PC Athletic Director position, and is looking forward to another opportunity to integrate a faith-based Mission with athletic programs.


“During almost a decade at BCU, I learned the ‘ins and outs’ of collegiate athletics in a small, Catholic college setting” Gast said. “In particular, the NAIA Champions of Character program provides opportunities to help young people excel while upholding the values of integrity, respect and responsibility. I’m looking forward to seeing how well these values can integrate with the PC Saints.”


Presentation College’s coaching staff this year includes a number of new faces. Gast says he doesn’t see that as a negative; he believes it’s a great opportunity to build a strong coaching team that will shape the future of PC Athletics.

“From my first day on campus, the dedication of these coaches has been very obvious. They clearly care about their programs, and care about their athletes.”


Gast says he looks forward to supporting the staff – “coaching the coaches,” as he describes it.


Vice President for Student Affairs, Bob Schuchardt, says Gast is a great fit for the PC Saints. “Steve has extensive experience not only in the NAIA, but also working with teams across the Midwest. With those connections already in place, he’ll be able to jump right in as volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, and football get underway this fall.”


So far, Gast says, he’s been impressed by the people of Aberdeen.


“I’m really looking forward to getting out there and meeting Saints fans and Boosters. It’s going to be a busy, but exciting, season.”


Gast will introduce himself at the annual PC Saints Booster Kickoff, planned for 5:30pm on Thursday, August 29th at the AmericInn. The event is free and open to the public.


Gast has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology/Human Factors from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a Master of Science in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and a Master of Science in Space Operations from the Air force Institute of Technology.

Northern announces basketball camp featuring coach Saul Phillip sand Tim Miles

The Northern State University men’s basketball program will host a coaches’ clinic on Sunday, October 13 featuring guest clinician Tim Miles, as well as head men’s coach Saul Phillips. The clinic will run from 12-4 p.m. from the Barnett Center.


Pre-registrations received by October 7 will receive a discount price from the at-the-door rate.   Cost for pre-registrations is $50 per coach or $125 per staff with 3-plus attendees. Cost for at the door registration is $60 per coach or $150 per staff with 3-plus attendees.


To register visit Those with questions or looking for more information can contact the Northern State men’s basketball office at 605-626-7805 or can email assistant coach Jared Swanson at  

Wild choose Bill Guerin as next general manager

The Minnesota Wild have announced the hiring of Bill Guerin to serve as the team’s next general manager and fourth GM overall.  Guerin replaces the fired Paul Fenton who was relieved of his duties earlier this summer after just over a year on the job.  Guerin was a finalist for the job the last time it was available, but ultimately lost out to Fenton.  Guerin has spent the last nine years with the Pittsburgh Penguins organization serving three years in player development and the last five as the assistant general manager.  Guerin is a U.S. Hockey Hall of Famer who won two Stanley Cups as a player with the Penguins and played 18 NHL seasons. 

Timberwolves sign Kelan Martin to two-way contract

Minnesota Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas announced the team has signed forward Kelan Martin to a two-way contract. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released.


Martin played for the Timberwolves entry in the 2019 MGM Resorts NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, averaging 12.9 points and 6.6 rebounds in 21.9 minutes over seven games. He recorded a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds in a win vs. Cleveland on July 5. In the quarterfinals win over Dallas on July 13, Martin scored a game-high 23 points, shooting 8-of-14 from the field, including 5-of-9 from long distance. He tallied a game-high 19 points in the title game vs. Memphis on July 15.


The 6-7 forward played for MHP Reisen Ludwigsburg in Germany last season, averaging 13.7 points and 4.4 rebounds in 27 games. Martin played four seasons at Butler University, averaging 15.1 points and 5.2 rebounds in 136 games. In his senior season in 2017-18, he averaged 21.2 points and 6.3 rebounds and was named First Team All-Big East. He scored 27 points in Butler’s 2018 NCAA Tournament opening-round win over Arkansas and had 29 points in the second-round loss to Purdue. He finished his career as the Bulldogs’ third all-time leading scorer with 2,047 points.


The NBA allows teams to sign two players to two-way contracts in addition to the 15-man regular-season roster. Players signed to a two-way contract can accrue no more than 45 days of service with their respective NBA club during the regular season and will spend the remainder of their time with the team’s NBA G League affiliate. 

Wild resign defenseman Warner to one-year two-way contract

Minnesota Wild Assistant General Manager Tom Kurvers today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has re-signed defenseman Hunter Warner to a one-year, two-way contract ($700,000/$80,000) for the 2019-20 season.


Warner, 23, recorded seven points (1-6=7), 97 penalty minutes (PIM) and a plus-7 rating in 73 games with the Iowa Wild in the American Hockey League (AHL) last season. He ranked second on the team in PIM and fourth in plus/minus rating. The 6-foot-3, 223-pound native of Eden Prairie, Minn., added four points (1-3=4) and a plus-5 rating in 11 Calder Cup contests to rank T-1st amongst team defensemen in scoring and second in plus/minus rating during the playoffs. Warner has collected 18 points (3-15=18) and 181 PIM in 165 career AHL games with Iowa.


Minnesota originally signed Warner to a three-year, entry-level contract on Sept. 23, 2014.

Vikings trade for Baltimore kicker/punter Vedvik

Kaare Vedvik joins the Vikings via trade with the Baltimore Ravens for an undisclosed draft selection. Vedvik spent the 2018 season on the Ravens Non-Football Injury (NFI) list after joining the team as a rookie free agent on May 4, 2018. Vedvik appeared in 38 career games at Marshall, seeing action as both a kicker and punter while earning first-team All-Conference USA as a senior in 2017. Born in Stavanger, Norway, Vedvik attended high school in McPherson, Kansas as an exchange student for his junior year before returning to Norway for his senior year.


The Vikings have waived long snapper Kevin McDermott to make room for the new kicker/punter.

Timberwolves sign 2019 second round pick Nowell

Minnesota Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas announced the team has signed rookie guard Jaylen Nowell, who was selected by the Wolves with the 43rd pick in the 2019 NBA Draft on June 20. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released.

Nowell, 19, was named the 2018-19 Pac-12 Player of the Year by the coaches after averaging 16.2 points, on 50.2% from the field, 5.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists over his sophomore season at the University of Washington. An All-Pac-12 First Team selection by the coaches and media this past season, the 6-4 guard became the fastest player in Washington history to reach 1,000 career points. Nowell raised his three-point shooting percentage to 44.0%, up from 35.1% in his freshman campaign. The Seattle native was one of 10 finalists for the Jerry West Award, recognizing the nation’s top shooting guard.