Local Sports Archives for 2020-03

Wild sign two forwards to entry level deals

Minnesota Wild head coach Bill Guerin has announced the addition of forward Adam Beckman and Damien Giroux. The deals are both for three years and are entry level deals. Beckman is 18-years-old and recorded 107 points in 63 games with the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League this season. He was selected in the 3rd round 75th overall in the 2019 draft. Giroux is 20 years old and recorded 75 points and a plus 34 rating in 61 games with the Sagniaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League. He also served as team captain. He was selected in the fifth round, 155 overall in the 2018 NHL draft.   

Vikings trade Stefon Diggs to Buffalo

The Minnesota Vikings made three huge moves Monday to begin the NFL free agency period.  First, the Vikings came to terms with quarterback Kirk Cousins on a two-year contract extension.  Cousins was entering the last year of a three year deal this year and was due $29.5 million in base salary.  His new deal is worth $66 million over two years including $61 million guaranteed and drops his cap hit down from $29 million to $10 million this year. 


The Vikings also placed the franchise tag on safety Anthony Harris, just minutes before the deadline.  Each team gets one franchise tag a year, and binds a player set to become a unrestricted free agent to the team should conditions be met.  That includes Harris earning the average amount of the top three paid players at his position next season.


Finally, the Vikings traded star wide receiver Stefon Diggs to the Buffalo Bills for a slew of draft picks.  Buffalo will get an often disgruntled Diggs, who is a star wide receiver in his own right and just 26 years old, while Minnesota will get a first, fifth and sixth round pick in 2020 and a fourth round pick in 2021.  The Vikings also sent a 2020 seventh round pick to Buffalo. 

NSAA "pauses" all activities until March 30th

The North Star Athletic Association is issuing a "pause" in all conference activities until March 30. This hiatus includes all in-season spring sports as well as out-of-season sport activities.  No organized practices will be allowed during that time period.  Teams currently participating on their spring trips will be allowed to complete their schedules at this time. 


"This is an extremely fluid situation and we continue to closely monitor current developments, trends, and mandates, which may dictate changes in our plan moving forward", stated North Star Commissioner Cory Anderson. "We are in regular communication with the NAIA regarding decisions they will make at the national level and the possible impact it may have on our student-athletes."


"We have a large footprint and our spring sports cover five states (Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, South Dakota & North Dakota) which obviously requires dealing with a myriad of agencies. Our desire is to discuss the best course of action moving forward in the short-term and to provide time to consider long-term steps."

SDHSAA postpones all post-season basketball tournaments

At the request of Governor Noem, the remainder of the SDHSAA Class B Girls Basketball tournament is postponed. In addition, all SDHSAA state basketball tournaments for next weekend, along with the Visual Arts competition, are also postponed. The Student Council Convention, all Region music contests, and All-State Band scheduled for later this month are cancelled. 

NCAA cancels post-season activities due to COVID19

The NCAA announced Thursday it has canceled all its post-season basketball tournaments.  That includes the popular March Madness tournament as well as the Division II basketball tournament Northern was scheduled to take part in. 

Summit League suspends activity due to COVID19

Summit League Commissioner Tom Douple announced the suspension of regular season competitions for all league members on their campuses through March 30. This suspension is effective immediately.

"With the continued spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we will continue to put the safety and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches, administrators, and fans at the forefront of our league's collective decision making," Douple said. "This is a fluid situation, and this is the right precaution to take at this time. We will continue to provide timely updates on the status of spring sports competitions when those are available."

The Summit League strongly encourages its members to use the preventative actions outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( 

NSIC suspends all competition due to COVID19

Based on the latest developments and the continued spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) has announced the suspension of all athletic activities for each of its 16-member institutions. All NSIC contests are suspended immediately, while any non-conference competitions already travelled to are left to institutional discretion up to March 16, at which time all athletic activities must cease.

The league will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation and will make a determination on the remainder of the academic year later this month. 

PC releases 2020 football schedule

Presentation College Saints Football is pleased to announce the 2020 Football campaign.


The Saints will play five home games and six road contests in the tenth season of Saints Football.

The Saints open the season with a trip to Iowa to take on the Northwestern College Red Raiders. The Saints home opener is slated for Sept. 5 against the Jimmies of Jamestown.


The Saints continue at home against Oklahoma Panhandle State for a midweek game on Sept. 10.  

The Saints have back-to-back road trip, taking on Division III UW-Stout on Sept. 19. The Saints will face Waldorf University on Sept. 26.


Returning to Swisher field, the Saints host Dickinson State on Oct. 3. The Saints travel to Valley City State on Oct. 10, before traveling to Dakota State on Oct. 17.


Mayville State comes to town on Oct. 24 before hosting Waldorf University for the final home game on Oct. 31. The Saints will conclude the regular season on Nov. 7, travelling to Dickinson State.

"Our schedule this season is challenging and provides us with the opportunity to compete against multiple ranked teams," said head coach Steve Heimann.


For everything Saints Football, be sure to check out or @PCSaintsFootball on Twitter.   


2020 Saints Football

August 29            @Northwestern College               4PM

September 5      University of Jamestown              6PM
September 10    Oklahoma Panhandle State         7PM

September 19    @UW-Stout                                       TBD

September 26    @Waldorf University*                   1PM

October 3            Dickinson State University*       12PM

October 10          @Valley City State*                        1PM

October 17          @Dakota State University*          1PM

October 24          Mayville State University*          1PM

October 31          Waldorf University*                      1PM

November 7       @Dickinson State University*     2PM (MST)

Northern to play tournament games without fans

The remainder of the NAIA DII Men’s Basketball National Championships at the Sanford Pentagon will be limited to teams, essential staff members and immediate family of the student-athletes. This decision is made in conjunction with the state of South Dakota and the city of Sioux Falls.


“Our first priority is the health and safety of the student-athletes, teams and fans at the Sanford Sports Complex, and we can all play a role in containing the COVID-19 virus,” said Bill Gassen, chief administrative officer at Sanford Health. “We know this is disappointing for the fans of all the teams, but our role as a health care leader is to protect the community.”


“By limiting the public’s exposure to large gatherings of people, our hope is to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” said Mayor Paul TenHaken. “Thank you to Sanford and the NAIA for the proactive steps they are taking in this effort while still affording these teams the opportunity to compete.”


“We are taking swift action to address this situation at the state level,” said Gov. Kristi Noem. “It’s also important to remember that we all play a role in preventing the virus’ spread. When possible, staying home should be a priority.”


The tournament began Wednesday morning and runs through Tuesday, March 17.

Northern men's basketball assistant Jared Swanson promoted to Associate Head Coach

Northern State University head men’s basketball coach Saul Phillips announced today the promotion of Jared Swanson to associate head coach. Swanson joined the NSU coaching staff as an assistant in the summer of 2019.


“Jared has certainly earned this promotion over the course of this year,” explained Phillips. “He has been instrumental in our transition to NSU as a coaching staff. He is a big part of this year’s NSIC Overall and Tournament Championships.”


In the last month, the Wolves have won their third straight NSIC Overall and Tournament Championships posting a 26-6 record thus far in 2019-20. Three Wolves earned NSIC All-Conference honors this season, with Parker Fox being named the NSIC Defensive Player of the Year. Northern will make their third straight NCAA Central Region Tournament appearance on Saturday, opening versus Missouri Southern at 8:30 p.m. on Maryville.


“I am very thankful to Coach Phillips, Athletic Director Josh Moon, and President Dr. Tim Downs, for this promotion and their support,” noted Swanson. “I feel extremely fortunate to be a part of such a great basketball program and university. My family loves being a part of the Northern State community, and I want to keep working hard to ensure future success, both on and off the court.”


Swanson was previously an assistant for Phillips at both North Dakota State University and Ohio University. In ten years at the Division I level, Swanson has mentored/developed 21 All-Conference award-winning student-athletes, including five all-first team honorees, three freshman of the year, and one conference player of the year.


Swanson most recently spent that last five seasons at Ohio University as an Assistant Coach (2017-19), and prior to that as the Director of Men’s Basketball Operations (2014-17).  In 2015-16, the Bobcats produced the second biggest turnaround in program history, going 23-12 overall with a trip to the CBI semifinals.


Prior to his time at OU, Swanson spent one season at San Jose State and two seasons at North Dakota State as the Director of Men’s Basketball Operations. The Bison went 41-24 in his two seasons, earning a berth into the College Basketball Invitational each year.


Swanson began his collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant at Boise State University. The Broncos went 22-13 overall and advanced to the semifinal round of the CBI. From 2008-10, Swanson spent time as an assistant coach at Heritage High School in Vancouver, Washington and as the head coach at Payson High School in Payson, Arizona.  Before starting his coaching career, Swanson played four seasons of professional basketball in Australia, garnering two League-MVP awards, while leading the league in scoring two years.


He is a 2003 graduate of Concordia College with a bachelor’s degree in Social Studies Education, and 2011 graduate of Idaho State University with a master’s degree in Physical Education in Athletic Administration. Swanson played collegiately at Fergus Falls Community College where he was an all-state and all-region selection, as well as the 2000 Fergus Falls Student-Athlete of the Year. Swanson moved on to the University of North Dakota and then to Concordia College. He closed out his college career as a MIAC first team selection for the Cobbers.


Jared and his wife, Jessica, have two sons, Jett and Nash, and one daughter, Luna.

Day county sheriff suspends search for missing Waverly man

The Day County sheriff’s office has suspended the search for Richard “Butch” Carpenter, a Waverly man last seen Match 8th at Bitter Lake in Waubay.  The Day County sheriff’s office reported the news in a statement read by former Day County Emergency manager Wes Williams…



SDHSAA announces post-season events to continue as planned despite coronavirus concerns

The SDHSAA is aware of the COVID-19 cases reported in South Dakota this afternoon. All of our post-season events remain on as scheduled. We will continue to work with state departments to monitor the situation, and encourage people to follow CDC recommendations regarding hygiene, personal space, and staying home if you are sick. 

City league basketball standings, second half

Attached are the standings for men's city league basketball 2nd half...



Class AA boys and Class B girls basketball state tournament brackets released

The Class AA boys basketball state tournament bracket has been released.  To see the parings follow this link.


The Class B girls basketball state tournament bracket has been released.  To see the pariings follow this link.