Local Sports Archives for 2020-07

PC hires new linebacker coach

Presentation College head football coach Steve Heimann is pleased to announce the hiring of Henry Flickinger.


Flickinger comes to the Saints after serving as a graduate assistant coach for Tabor College in Kansas. With Tabor, Flickinger was a member of three conference championships. Flickinger was a student-coach for the Blue Jays from 2015-2018. Flickinger coached four All-Conference players at Tabor and one All-American.


With the Saints, Flickinger will be the outside linebacker coach.


"I am excited to welcome Henry Flickinger as the newest member of our Saints football family," said Steve Heimann. "He brings several years of coaching experience, working with a highly successful program.  More importantly, I know him to be a man of great character and work ethic."

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Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr placed on Reserved/COVID-19 list

The Minnesota Vikings announced Thursday it has placed linebacker Anthony Barr on the reserve/COVID-19 list.  This list was created this year by the league specifically to place players who either test positive for COVID-19 or who are quaranteeing after being exposed to someone with the virus.  The team did not release if Barr tested positive for the virus.


Barr has appeared in at least 12 games in each of his six NFL seasons, all with the Vikings.  He is a four time pro bowl selection and is a key presence on the defense in the locker room.  

The Summit League to delay the start of fall sports until Sept. 23rd

The Summit League’s Presidents Council agreed to delay the start of fall sports for member institutions until Sept. 23 based upon the recommendation from the League’s Joint Council due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The delay will result in a conference-only schedule for the sports of women’s soccer, men’s soccer and volleyball.  Competitive schedule for men’s and women’s cross country and non-championship segments for men’s and women’s golf and men’s and women’s tennis will also be delayed until September 23, as will the non-traditional seasons for baseball and softball.

Training and practices may continue to be conducted at the discretion of each institution in accordance with NCAA regulations and local health and safety guidelines.

The Joint Council continues to meet and discuss the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic on member campuses.  The number one priority continues to be the health and safety of student-athletes, coaches and staff.

The President’s Council acknowledges the need to be flexible in this ever-changing environment and will continue to monitor national developments related to the pandemic and its impact on the League.

This delay does not affect any winter or spring sports. If necessary, any decisions involving those seasons will be made at a later date.

Vikings DT Michael Pierce opts out of 2020 season

Minnesota Vikings nose tackle Michael Pierce has informed the team he will not take part in the 2020 season due to concerns involving respiratory issues.  Pierce tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press he is a high risk case for COVID-19 due to underlying health conditions.  Pierce signed with the Vikings this offseason on a three-year $27 million contract to replace Linval Joseph who left via free agency.  According to NFL rules, Pierce is entitled to receive $350,000 for his contract toll next season.  In other football player news Chicago Bears defensive lineman Eddie Goldman will opt out of the 2020 season as well due to health concerns due to COVID 19.  Also opting out are New England Patriots linebacker and safety Don’t’a Hightower and safety Patrick Chung. 

North Dakota State loses last non-conference football game against Drake

North Dakota State football has now lost all its non-conference games this football season.  The Bison had originally planned on playing three non-conference games, including one highly anticipated game against the Oregon Ducks.  However, the Pack 12 announced it would not play non-conference football games this year, effectively canceling the game.  Following that the MEAC announced it would not play football this year, canceling the game against North Carolina A&T.  Finally it was announced July 27th the Pioneer Football League has canceled its season as well, canceling the game against Drake.  So far South Dakota State has lost just one football game against Nebraska, while all USD’s games remain intact. 

Twins catcher Willians Astudillo cleared to return to play following COVID-19 recover

Minnesota Twins catcher Willians Astudillo has been cleared to return to play and practice following his second negative COVID-19 test at least 24 hours apart.  Twins manager Rocco Baldelli announced Sunday Astudillo will report to the club’s alternate training site at CHS field in St. Paul.  He will be evaluated on his physical condition before training begins to get him ready for the season.  Astudillo missed all of the truncated summer camp after testing positive for COVID-19 upon arrival to Minneapolis. 

Vikings move four players to COVID-19 list before training camp

The Minnesota Vikings announced Monday it has placed four players on the reserve/COVID-19 list before training camp.  This category was created by the league to accommodate teams and players dealing with the coronavirus.  It is reserved for players who either have tested positive or who are quarantined due to contact with an infected person.  Those players include tackle Blake Brandel, safety Brian Cole, offensive lineman Tyler Higby and wide receiver and rookie first round pick Justin Jefferson.  The club is not required to say which if any player has tested positive or if they are quarantined out of caution.   

NSIC delays start of the athletic season

With the health and safety of its member institutions’ communities, the importance of successful institutional campus reopening and the overall well-being of its student-athletes as its top priorities, the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Board of Directors unanimously supported a delay to the start of NSIC fall athletic competition.


Northern State University will begin on-campus fall classes on August 19. For a full list of the health and safety precautions being taken by NSU faculty, staff, and students please visit and


For the sports of football and men’s & women’s cross country, the first permissible practice will be Wednesday, September 2 with the first date of competition scheduled for Saturday, September 26. For volleyball and soccer, the first permissible practice will be Tuesday, September 8 with the first date of competition scheduled for Friday, October 2. As of today, the delay will not impact the start or competition dates for winter and spring programs within the NSIC.


Updated schedules for football, volleyball and soccer can be found at: or on each sports respective schedule page linked above.


“This was a challenging decision for our membership to make,” stated NSIC Commissioner Erin Lind. “For the last several months, our membership has been working tirelessly to prepare for the fall sports season, including developing the resumption of athletic principles, revamping schedules and creating competition disruption plans. At this time, we remain optimistic that we can safely conduct a fall sports season and moving the start date of competition will give us the best opportunity to give our student-athletes the experience they deserve.”


The health and safety of student-athletes, athletics personnel, and greater campus communities in the NSIC is paramount. Given the information from the medical and scientific community, and the number of uncertainties and limitations involving local and state regulations, it has become evident that a delay to the original start dates can provide the membership the opportunity to be prepared for all student-athletes to return to campus and work through all of the requirements for resocialization.


Making this decision now permits campuses to focus solely on reopening safely for their broader campus communities. The challenge of preparing for a fall sports season amidst the present uncertainties should not affect overall institutional reopening plans nor the health and safety of the wider campus community.


“Athletics is a vital aspect of all 16 of our campus communities and we owe it to our student-athletes to exhaust all options that will result in an opportunity for them to compete in their sport. We are optimistic that remedies to manage the virus and minimize spread will improve over time which would provide a more consistent season and positive experience for our student-athletes. Although we are not able to guarantee this given the uncertain nature of the virus, we are committed to exploring all options,” said Lind.


The conference will continue to monitor the landscape and conditions surrounding the pandemic, locally, regionally, and nationally, and make any decisions or announcements at a later date, as necessary.

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer talks about his extension

The Minnesota Vikings have come to terms with head coach Mike Zimmer on a three-year contract extension, keeping him in Minnesota through 2023.  Zimmer was in the last year of his previous deal making approximately $7 million a year.


He is 64 years old and has been the head coach in Minnesota since 2014. 


Zimmer says he is blessed to work for the Vikings…





Since taking over in 2014, the Vikings under coach Zimmer have gone 57-38-1 including two NFC north championships and three playoff appearances.  In the playoffs he currently has a 2-3 record. 

Zimmer’s tenure hasn’t been without problems, especially on the offensive side of the ball.  Under his leadership, the Vikings are on their fifth offensive coordinator in Gary Kubiak.  Two of those three offensive coordinators left mid season either by quitting or getting fired.  Zimmer says that’s not always a bad thing…





Getting this deal done took longer than expected and led to some speculation about Zimmer’s future with the team.  According to Zimmer however, it took longer because of the length of the deal which he said was very important to him…




The pre-season has been canceled this year due to COVID-19 so the Vikings will kick off week one Sunday September 13th vs. the Green Back Packers at noon at home. 

Tuszka signs rookie deal with Denver

Warner native and Denver Broncos rookie prospect Derrek Tuszka have come to terms on a rookie contract.  The Broncos announced the deal last Wednesday as part of a larger announcement the team had come to terms with its 10-member 2020 draft class.  Tuszka was selected in the seventh round by the Broncos with the 254th overall pick.  The deal is reportedly for four years and worth an estimated $3.3 million.  Tuszka was the Missouri Valley Football Conference defensive player of the year last season in his final year with the NDSU Bison.

Vikings sign 14 picks from 2020 draft

The Minnesota Vikings have announced the following roster moves:
18…..Justin Jefferson .... WR .................... 1st/22nd ................................ LSU
20…..Jeff Gladney ......... CB ..................... 1st/31st ................................ TCU
72…..Ezra Cleveland ........ T .................... 2nd/58th ..................... Boise State
27…..Cameron Dantzler . CB ..................... 3rd/89th ............. Mississippi State
57…..D.J. Wonnum ........ DE ................... 4th/117th ................ South Carolina
66…..James Lynch ........ DT ................... 4th/130th ............................. Baylor
45…..Troy Dye ................ LB .................. 4th/132nd ........................... Oregon
38…..Harrison Hand....... CB ................... 5th/169th ........................... Temple
17…..K.J. Osborn .......... WR ................... 5th/176th .............................. Miami
64…..Blake Brandel .......... T ................... 6th/203rd .................. Oregon State
44…..Josh Metellus ........... S ................... 6th/205th ......................... Michigan
79…..Kenny Willekes ..... DE ................... 7th/225th ................ Michigan State
39…..Brian Cole II ............. S ................... 7th/249th ............. Mississippi State
68…..Kyle Hinton ............. G ................... 7th/253rd ....................... Washburn

The 14 signees join Minnesota’s 244th overall selection Nate Stanley, who signed with the club on July 13.

Justin Jefferson (6-1, 202) was selected by the Vikings in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft with the 22nd overall pick, becoming the first member of Minnesota’s 2020 draft class and the first LSU player chosen in the opening round of a draft in Vikings history. Jefferson finished his LSU career ranked No. 5 in receptions (165), No. 6 in receiving yards (2,415) and No. 3 in receiving touchdowns (24), despite not catching a pass as a freshman in 2017. As a junior, the St. Rose, Louisiana, native led the nation in receptions (111) and set both career and CFP Semifinal game records for receptions (14), receiving yards (227), receiving yards in a half (186), and receiving touchdowns (4) in the Tigers’ victory over Oklahoma. In 2019, Jefferson became the 10th player in LSU history with more than 2,000 career receiving yards after surpassing the 1,000-yard mark for the season at Ole Miss with a nine-catch, 112-yard and two touchdown performance. He was tabbed Second Team All-SEC and named a semifinalist for the 2019 Biletnikoff Award, which is given annually to the top receiver in college football.

Jeff Gladney (5-10, 191) was selected with the 31st overall pick by the Vikings in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft and became the first TCU player drafted by Minnesota in the first round. A native of New Boston, Texas, Gladney finished his career as a Horned Frog with 146 total tackles (106 solo), 38 pass breakups, five interceptions (one for a score), 1.5 sacks, 6.0 tackles for loss and one forced fumble through 50 games (42 starts). Gladney tied for second in the Big 12 as a redshirt senior in 2019 with 15 passes defended, including a conference-best 14 pass breakups which tied for eighth nationally. He capped his collegiate career with Second Team All-America and All-Big 12 honors from multiple outlets in 2019.

Ezra Cleveland (6-6, 311) was selected by Minnesota in the second round (58th overall) of the 2020 NFL Draft. The Spanaway, Washington, native started at left tackle in all 40 of his game appearances over three seasons at Boise State, earning First-Team All-Mountain West honors in 2018 and 2019 and Honorable Mention All-Mountain West recognition in 2017. While at Boise State, Cleveland blocked for current Viking running back Alexander Mattison as Mattison recorded consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons in 2018 (1,415 yards) and 2017 (1,086 yards).

Cameron Dantzler (6-2, 188) was selected by Minnesota in the third round (89th overall) of the 2020 NFL Draft. The Hammond, Louisiana, native started the final 22 of his 35 career game appearances at Mississippi State. Dantzler finished his collegiate career with 108 total tackles, five interceptions and 20 passes defensed, earning Second-Team All-SEC honors as a sophomore in 2018.

D.J. Wonnum (6-5, 258) was selected by the Vikings 117th overall in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, becoming the highest drafted defensive end by Minnesota since Danielle Hunter was chosen 88th overall out of LSU in the 2015 NFL Draft. Wonnum appeared in 43 games with 30 starts for South Carolina during his four-year career, logging 137 tackles with 14.0 sacks. He ranks ninth in school history with 29.5 career tackles for loss. Hailing from Stone Mountain, Georgia, Wonnum is a two-time team captain (2017 and 2019) and was named a 2019 Second-Team All-SEC selection by the Associated Press after finishing the 2019 season with 37 tackles, including 9.5 tackles for loss, and 4.5 sacks.

James Lynch (6-4, 289) was selected by Minnesota in the fourth round (130th overall) of the 2020 NFL Draft. The Round Rock, Texas, native appeared in 38 career games (27 starts) in three season at Baylor, leaving campus as the program’s career leader in sacks (23.0). Lynch was named First-Team All-America (Walter Camp, USA Today, The Athletic) and Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year as a junior in 2019 after compiling 13.5 sacks (Baylor single-season record) and 19.5 tackles for loss.

Troy Dye (6-3, 231) was selected by Minnesota in the fourth round (132nd overall) of the 2020 NFL Draft. The Norco, California, native made 50 game appearances (48 starts) in four seasons at Oregon, becoming the only player in program history to lead the team in tackles in four consecutive seasons (2016-19). Dye ended his collegiate career with 397 total tackles (third in program history) and 44 tackles for loss (tied fourth in program history).

Harrison Hand (5-11, 197) was chosen with the 169th overall pick in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, becoming the third of five defensive backs drafted by Minnesota. Hand compiled 114 total tackles (86 solo), 17 pass breakups, four interceptions, 5.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble through 34 games during his three combined seasons at Baylor and Temple. As a junior at Temple, the Cherry Hill, New Jersey, native made a career high 59 tackles, including 4.0 tackles for loss, and three interceptions.

K.J. Osborn (5-11, 203) was taken in the fifth round (176th overall) by the Vikings in the 2020 NFL Draft, becoming the 16th player drafted out of Miami in franchise history. Osborn spent the first three season of his collegiate career at Buffalo University before electing to transfer as a graduate to Miami for his final year. As a senior in 2019, Osborn led the Hurricanes in receptions (50), receiving yards (547), receiving touchdowns (5) and all-purpose yards (1,018). The Ypsilanti, Michigan, native also served as the primary punt and kick returner for Miami while leading the team with 16 punt returns and 255 punt return yards in 2019. For his career, Osborn returned 33 kickoffs for 646 yards and a 19.6 average and returned 49 punts for 594 yards and a 12.1 average. During his three seasons on the field in Buffalo (2016-18), Osborn totaled 53 receptions for 892 yards and seven receiving touchdowns.

Blake Brandel (6-7, 307) was selected by Minnesota in the sixth round (203rd overall) of the 2020 NFL Draft. The Milwaukie, Oregon, native started all 48 games in which he appeared at Oregon State, earning Second-Team All-Pac-12 honors as a senior. A team captain as a senior in 2019, Brandel earned a 93.1 pass blocking grade from Pro Football Focus during his final campaign, the best score by any offensive lineman in the nation.

Josh Metellus (5-11, 209) was chosen by Minnesota with the 205th-overall pick in the sixth round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Hailing from Pembroke Pine, Florida, Metellus tallied 187 tackles, including 9.0 tackles for loss, five interceptions, 21 passes defensed and a blocked kick during his four-year career at Michigan. As a senior, he started all 13 games at safety and also contributed on special teams, making 74 tackles, including four for loss, with two interceptions, five pass breakups and one fumble recovery. Metellus is a three-time All-Big Ten honoree (2017-19) and was tabbed a first team All-Big Ten selection by the Associated Press in 2018 after recording 48 tackles, and three interceptions with one returned for a touchdown as a junior.

Kenny Willekes (6-3, 264) was selected by Minnesota in the seventh round (225th overall) of the 2020 NFL Draft. The Rockford, Michigan, native left Michigan State with 51 career tackles for loss (first in school history) and 26.0 career sacks (third in school history) in 40 game appearances (38 starts). Willekes was the 2019 Burlsworth Trophy recipient, given to the nation’s most outstanding player that began his career as a walk-on, as well as the 2018 Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year and a two-time Walter Camp All-American (second-team in 2018 and 2019).

Brian Cole II (6-2, 213) was selected by Minnesota in the seventh round (249th overall) of the 2020 NFL Draft, the last of five defensive backs drafted by the Vikings. The Saginaw, Michigan, native finished his Mississippi State career with 78 total tackles, including 10.5 tackles for loss, along with three sacks, two interceptions, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. A 2019 team captain at Mississippi State, Cole began his collegiate career at the University of Michigan, where he played as a wide receiver in 2015, and East Mississippi Community College, where he played safety in 2016.

Kyle Hinton (6-2, 295) was taken in the seventh round (253rd overall) by the Vikings, rounding out the team’s historic 2020 draft class as the 15th and final selection. A product of Washburn University, Hinton is one of two Division II players to be drafted in 2020. He started the final 34 games of his career at LT for Washburn and appeared in a total of 40 games during his four-year stint. A native of Peoria, Arizona, Hinton was named to three different All-American rosters following his senior season as an Ichabod.

Seattle announces NHL team will be called the "Kraken"

The ownership group of the newest NHL team, which is based in Seattle, has released the team nickname, logo and colors.  The 32nd NHL team, which will begin play 2020-21 is the "Seattle Kraken" and they will play in the Pacific Division.


Seattle was awarded a franchise back in December of 2018 and will play out of Climate Pledge Arena which is undergoing a massive redevelopment.  


According to the team's website the officials colors include Deep Sea Blue, Ice Blue, Boundless Blue, Shadow Blue and Red Alert.  The Kraken is a creature of myth from Scandanavian folk lore and is often depicted as a giant sea monster with octopus like features.  


The city of Seattle has not had professional hockey since the Totems of the Western Hockey League left in 1975.  Even before that however, Seattle once had the Metropolitans in 1915 which played in teh Pacific Coast Hockey Association and in 1917 were the first American team to win a Stanley Cup.


SDHSAA votes to move forward with fall sports/activities as planned

The South Dakota High School Activities Association’s board of directors voted unanimously Wednesday to proceed with high school sports and activities this coming fall.  The board met in Pierre Wednesday.  The board followed the guidance of a task force put together to study the subject.  As for fans attending games, that will be up to the individual school districts how they want to handle that situation.  The football season is scheduled to kick off Friday August 21st with week zero. 

Wings select 10 players in 2020 NAHL entry draft

The Aberdeen Wings took part in the annual NAHL entry draft Tuesday, selecting 10 players in the process.  Center Thomas Weis, an 18 year old from Madison Wisconsin was selected by Wichita Falls with the top overall pick.   


The Wings selections went as follows:
1st round (23rd overall) – Will Arquiett F, Brasher Falls New York
2nd round (50th overall) – Jayden McCarthy F, Morris Manitoba
3rd round (77th overall) – Tanner Daniels F, Edinboro Pennsylvania
4th round (104th overall) – Dylan Thackeray D, White City Saskatchewan
5th round (114th overall) – Marshall Walker D, Sheboygan Wisconsin
5th round (127th overall) – Devon Carlstrom D, Palm Beach Garden Florida
5th round (131st overall) – Dominik Wasik G, Superior Colorado
6th round (158th overall) – Michael Stevens F, Massapequa New York
7th round (185th overall) – William Gilson D, Old Greenwich Connecticut
8th round (212th overall) – Ryne Mohrman D, Mounds View Minnesota


Wings head coach Scott Langer gave his thoughts on how the draft went for Aberdeen…





With the team’s first overall pick Aberdeen selected forward Will Arquiett.  Arquiett plays center, is a 2000 birth year from Brasher Falls New York.  He stands 5’7, 154lbs, and plays for the Cowichan Valley Capitals of the British Columbia Hockey League. 


Langer says he was surprised Arquiett was still there when they drafted at 23…




All these players and more will next head to West Fargo North Dakota to take part in the Wings main camp August 6th through the 9th.  There players were get their chance to make the roster.  Langer says the draft is very important in strengthening the roster year in and year out…


Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor interested in selling

Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glenn Taylor has gone public with his desire to sell the team which he has owned since 1995.  Taylor is 79 years old and has had rumors about a potential sale on and off for years.  According to the Athletic any potential sale must keep the team in Minnesota.  Taylor is reportedly seeking $1.2 billion for the team.  Former Timberwolves great Kevin Garnett, along with a group backing him up, is rumored to be interested in purchasing the team while Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf is also interested. 

Twins starter Jake Odorizzi listed as "day-to-day" with upper back stiffness

Minnesota Twins starter Jake Odorizzi missed his start during an intrasquad scrimmage Sunday due to upper back tightness.  According to the Twins Odorizzi is listed as day-to-day with the injury.  However, according to the Twins coaching staff, it is unlikely Odorizzi will miss his original planned start once the season gets underway at the end of this week. 

105.5 Maverick FM to be the newest home of the Minnesota Vikings

Dakota Broadcasting is excited to announce 105.5 Maverick FM will be the newest radio home for Minnesota Vikings football this coming season.  Dakota Broadcasting will be the 61st member of the radio network and one of six affiliates in South Dakota. 


According to Vikings Radio Network executive producer Chad Abbot, the Minnesota Vikings have one of the largest radio networks in the league.  He is excited for this opportunity to work with Dakota Broadcasting because chances to carry NFL football don’t happen every day…




Abbot walked through on average what he and his team, including Vikings play-by-play announcer Paul Allen, do to put on a game every Sunday…




The Vikings are poised to have a good season and it appears games will get played despite worries of COVID-19.  Abbot talked about what fans of the purple will have to look forward to once the season kicks off…




The Vikings are scheduled to take part in four pre-season games beginning Friday August 14th vs. the Houston Texans at home.  The team will kick off the regular season Sunday September 13th vs. the Green Bay Packers at 12:00 p.m. central time. 

Five Northern State alumni and two former coaches to be inducted into the NSU athletic hall of fame

Five Northern State University alumni and a pair of longtime NSU Wolves coaches are being inducted into the NSU Athletics Hall of Fame this fall. The 2020 inductees are Jacob Hamik; Carlton Hupke; Adam Kampsen; Amanda (Madden) Mahlke; Kevin Ratzsch; and Brenda and Jim Fuller, former NSU track and field coaches.
The Hall of Fame Banquet will take place at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at the Dakota Event Center in Aberdeen. To view the full Northern State Athletics Hall of Fame CLICK HERE. Visit the NSU Hall of Fame Nomination Form to nominate deserving former student-athletes. 
More information about each inductee is below.

Jacob Hamik graduated in 2009 with a B.A. in Political Science and later earned an M.S.Ed. in Health, Physical Education and Coaching. Hamik was a member of the NSU track and field team from 2005 to 2008. He is the current NSU and state collegiate record holder in the 400m hurdles (50.92), part of the current NSU shuttle hurdle relay record team, and current Sioux City Relays 400m hurdles record holder. Hamik hit the Olympic 'B' standard qualifying time twice for the 400m hurdles. He is a 4-time All-American in the 400m and 60m hurdles, placing as high as third in the 400m distance in 2008.  In addition, Hamik is a 2-time USTFCCCA All-Academic recipient (2006, 2008); and 5-time NSIC Male Track MVP (2006 outdoor, 2007 indoor and outdoor, 2008 indoor and outdoor). He is a 14-time NSIC Champion (indoor: 400m dash - 2007, 2008; 55m hurdles - 2006, 2007; 4x400m relay - 2008; and outdoor: 400m dash - 2007, 2008; 400m hurdles - 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008; 110m hurdles - 2006, 2007; 4x400m relay 2008). He is also a 3-time NSIC Championship High Point Scorer (2006 indoor, 2008 indoor and outdoor). He was the 2005 NSU Track and Field Outstanding Freshman; 2006, 2007 and 2008 NSU Track and Field MVP; and a member of the 2005 NSIC Indoor Men's Conference Championship Team. Hamik now lives in Rapid City and works as Assistant General Manager for Liv Hospitality.

Carlton Hupke graduated in 1973 with a B.S. in Business Education. Hupke played offensive center for Wolves football from 1969 to 1972. In 1971, the team finished 8-0-1, playing in the NAIA Champion Bowl Semifinal against Arkansas Polytechnic College. Hupke was named All-Conference in 1971 and 1972, and All-NAIA District 12 in 1972. He was also voted Most Valuable Offensive Player in the 1972 season by his teammates. Hupke coached for 4.5 years, including three years as head football coach at Bristol High School, and 1.5 years as offensive line coach at Aberdeen Central High School. His career also included working many years for IBM, retiring in 2016. His IBM Corp. Achievement Awards include: 20 100 Percent Clubs during 21 years; five Golden Circle Awards; top 10 percent; and one Leadership Award and one President's Award, both for leadership and high achievement. Hupke lives in Sioux Falls. He and his wife, Mary Jane (MJ), have two children, Trichelle (Ben Petermann) and Janesa; and three grandchildren, Norah, Andrew and Lucas.


Adam Kampsen graduated in 2008 with a B.S. in Physiology. Kampsen played baseball for the Wolves from 2005 to 2008, ending with a career .391 batting average, .731 slugging percentage and 45 homeruns. He was a 2-time NSIC Batting Champion, the 2008 NSIC Player of the Year, 3-time NSIC All-Conference honoree, 2-time ABCA All-Region selection, 2-time NSIC Preseason Player of the Year, a 2008 ABCA All-America third team member, and the 2008 Top Slugger in the Country. Kampsen is the Northern State school record holder for single season on-base percentage (.544), and slugging percentage (.968), achieving both in the 2008 season. In addition, he ranks top-10 in career at-bats, batting average, slugging percentage, hits, doubles, triples, homeruns, runs batted in, stolen bases, runs scored, and walks. In his career, he has been named President's Club Winner (top salesman) three times. He now works as a Medical Device Rep for Medtronic in Louisville, Ky. He and his wife, Erica, have two children: Jones and Lenny.

Amanda (Madden) Mahlke graduated in 2010 with a B.A. in Art with specializations in Multimedia Graphic Design and Advertising Design. Mahlke participated in Wolves track and field from 2006 to 2010. She earned nine All-NSIC honors, five NCAA All-American honors, three USTFCCCA Division II Scholar All-Academic honors, and three NSU Track and Field MVP honors. She was NSU's first track and field 2-time NCAA National Champion (weight throw and hammer throw), and is the school record holder in both events. Mahlke was the 2010 NSU Hildred Wolfe Outstanding Athlete of the Year, ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District team honoree; and United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's Outdoor Field Scholar Athlete of the Year. In 2017, Mahlke was named one of the NSIC top-25 female student-athletes from the past 25 years. Upon her graduation, Mahlke tallied the seventh best throw in the history of the NCAA in the hammer. She lives in Aberdeen and works as a Graphic Designer for the Northern State University Communications and Marketing Department. Mahlke and her husband, Cody, have two children, Gemma and Harrison.


Kevin Ratzsch graduated in 2009 with a B.S. in Physical Education. He was a member of the men's basketball team from 2005 to 2009. Ratzsch left his mark on the career records books, ranking eight all-time in career points, with 1,852, and 10th all-time in career rebounds, with 693. Ratzsch remains Northern's record holder for single season free throw percentage, going 55-of-59 from the line (93.2 percent) in 2007-08. In addition, he ranks in the top-5 all-time in career free throw percentage and 3-point field goal percentage, and top-10 in field goal percentage. Ratzsch was a three-time NSIC All-Conference selection and the 2008-09 Northern Sun Offensive Player of the Year. He earned NCAA All-American status in his senior season and was honored as the Northern State Clark Swisher recipient.

Brenda and Jim Fuller coached at Northern State University for 24 years, coaching several championship teams and All-American student-athletes.
Jim Fuller was Head Coach of the NSU track and field team from 1988 to 2012, and Head Coach of the cross country team from 1988 to 2003. He coached athletes to 54 NAIA/NCAA Division II All-Americans Awards (36-NAIA/18-NCAA II); coached 815 NSIC All-Conference selections (217 student-athletes); and coached 30 student-athletes who earned 51 USTFCCCA All-Academic Awards. He led 41 teams that earned National (NAIA or NCAA Division II) Team Academic Awards. Fuller worked with 15 student-athletes who earned 27 NSIC MVP Awards, and coached six NSIC Championship teams and 43 NSIC Runner-up teams. He was named NSIC Coach of the Year 11 times (six for track and field, five for cross country); coached 19 members of the NSU Athletics Hall of Fame; and served as President and Vice President of the NCAA Division II Cross Country Coaches Association.
Brenda Fuller was the Head Assistant Coach for NSU track and field from 1988 to 2012. She was named USTFCCCA NCAA Division II Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2009. Fuller directed student-athletes to 12 NAIA/NCAA Division II All-American honors (2-NAIA and 10-NCAA II), 23 NAIA/NCAA Division II USTFCCCA All-Academic Awards, and four NSIC MVP Awards. In addition, her student-athletes won 74 NSIC Championships in the shot put (32 individual champions), discus (17 individual champions), javelin (15 individual champions), and the hammer/weight throw (ten individual champions). She coached five NSU Hall of Fame members (throwers) and was a clinician for both the South Dakota High School Activities Association and Nebraska High School Activities Association.
The Fullers now both work at Iowa Central College, where Jim Fuller is Associate Head Track and Field Coach, and Brenda Fuller is Assistant Track and Field Coach. They have three children: Tyler, Aaron, and Drew; and two grandchildren: Madison Rae, 3, and Mackenzie Jo, 2.

Toronto Blue Jays denied permission to play home games in Toronto

The Toronto Blue Jays have been denied permission to play home games in the city of Toronto.  The announcement came just 10 days before the start of the baseball regular season.  The plan for the Blue Jays was to play at the in downtown Toronto, but due to the United State's lack of control of the virus, that is no longer the case.  


The team is exploring options in Pennsylvania and Florida to play its home games.  The season is scheduled to start July 24th for all MLB teams.  

Northern Colorado to join Summit League in baseball

The same day the NCAA’s decision to allow St. Thomas University to make the historic leap from Division III to Division I and join the Summit League, the conference announced another addition.  Summit League commissioner Tom Douple has announced Northern Colorado as an affiliate for the sport of baseball in 2021-22.  Northern Colorado made the leap to Divisoin I in 2005-06 and the Golden Bears baseball team has been a member of the Western Athletic Conference since 2014. 

Madison high school suspends summer activities due to COVID-19

Madison High school has announced it has suspended all summer activities and sports after a participant tested positive for COVID-19.  The announcement was made last Wednesday.  The decision follows guidelines set down by the South Dakota High School Activities Association which calls for an immediate suspension of activities upon a positive COVID-19 test.  According to the Argus Leader, four participants have tested positive, the most recent being this past Monday. 

Twins outfielder Byron Buxton day-to-day with foot sprain

Minnesota Twins centerfielder Byron Buxton is considered day-to-day with a left midfoot sprain.  The 26-year-old star was carted off the field Monday after going down while tracking a fly ball during training camp.  The injury looked a lot worse than it turned out to be.  In 87 games last year with the Twins, Buxton had a .262 battling average, hit 30 doubles, four triples, 10 home runs, 46 RBIS  and a career best .827 on-base plus slugging percentage.          

St. Thomas University to make granted request to move to Division I

The University of St. Thomas out of St. Paul Minnesota made history Wednesday when the NCAA allowed it a special waiver to make the leap from Division III to Division I in athletics.  No team in history has ever jumped from D3 to D1 in one move.  The Tommies will be joining the Summit League and compete in all 19 of the league’s sponsored sports.  The Tommies have been seeking this move after their former conference the MIAC voting to involuntarily remove the team from competition because the program had been too successful.  That happened in May of 2019.   

Vikings sign 7th round QB pick Nate Stanley

The Minnesota Vikings and 7th round quarterback selection Nate Stanley have come to terms on a contract agreement.  Stanley played college football at the University of Iowa, starting 39 games for the Hawkeyes over three seasons.  He was selected with the 244th overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft.  He is just one of two Hawkeye quarterbacks in program history to go 3-0 in Bowl games along with former Hawkeye Ricky Stanzi. 

Wild sign star prospect Karill Kaprizov

The Minnesota Wild have also come to terms with star prospect Kirill Kaprizov.  The deal will start this season, 2019-2020 but he will not be allowed to play in the league restart at the beginning of August.  It is believed Kaprizov will fly from his home in southwest Sibera and be in Minnesota Monday.  Whether or not he will have to quarantine is still unknown.  Kaprizov can practice with the team and will travel with the team to Edmonton for the series with Vancouver.  Kaprizov is 23 years old and widely considered the best hockey player in the world, not playing currently in the NHL.  He was a 5th round pick by Minnesota in 2015. 

Wild name Dean Evason full time head coach

Minnesota Wild general manager Bill Guerin announced Monday interim head coach Dean Evason will be kept on as the team's full time head coach.


Evason has a greed with the team on a two-year contract extension which will remove the interim lable.  He took over the team as head coach on February 14th following the firing of Bruce Boudreau.  During his time as head coach he led the Wild to a 8-4-0 record before the COVID-19 pandemic cut the season short.


Evason was named an asisstant with Minnesota in 2018.  Before that he spent six season as the head coach of the Milwaukee Admirals in the American Hockey League.  

Washington Redskins to announce name change Monday

ESPN reports the Washington Redskins will announce plans to change its nickname and logo.  A new nickname and logo has not yet been chosen and will be announced at a later date.  The plan will be to keep using the team's burgundy and gold primary colors and head coach Ron Rivera said the team would like to include something with the military in its new nickname.


The Redskins as a nickname has long been a point of controversy for the team with calls for a change coming year after year.  Team owner Dan Snyder was defiant in his desire to keep the nickname and logo, but with major sponsors announcing plans to no longer do business with the tema and at least Wal-Mart, Nike and Amazon announcing they would no longer carry Redskins products, his hand was forced.


The team originated as the Boston Braves in 1932 before becoming the Boston Redskins.  The team moved from New England to DC in 1937 and began using its current Native American in profile logo in 1979.  It was designed by a Native American. 

Big Ten conference announces no non-conference games due to COVID-19

The Big Ten Confernece has announced it will not take part in any non-conference football games this coming season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Several other sports will also be moving to a conference only schedule.  


The league cited advice from medical professionals as the reason for this huge decision, the most consequential decision made by a power conference in relation to fall sports yet.  This comes days after the Ivy League announced it has canceled all fall sports and the ACC announced it wouldn't begin play until September at the earliest.



Wild to allow prospect Alex Khovanov to play one season in KHL

The Minnesota Wild have come to and agreement with prospect Alexander Khovanov, which will allow the young forward to sign a one year deal in the Kontinental Hockey League his home country of Russia According to The Athletic's Michael Russo. 


Khovanov is 20 years old and widely considered the Wild’s second best prospect behind fellow countryman Kirill Kaprizov.  It is expected that the 2021-22 NHL season likely won’t get started until at least December due to COVID-19, which would free Khovanov to join the Wild about midway through the NHL season when his KHL contract would expire.  Khovanov played last year with the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior League and was second in the league in scoring with 32 goals, 67 assists for 49 points.   That puts him just behind Alexis LAfreniere who is widely considered the top prospect in the upcoming 2020 NHL draft.  

Kansas City signs Pat Mahomes to 10-year contract extension

The Kansas City Chiefs and quarterback Patrick Mahomes announced a blockbuster deal which will keep the Super Bowl MVP with the team for the next 10 years.  Mahomes agreed to a 10-year extension worth a reported $503 million.  The deal includes a no-trade clause and opt out clauses if guarantee mechanisms aren’t met.  It’s the richest deal in professional sports history, suprassing slugger Mike Trout’s deal with the Los Angeles Angels worth $426.5 million.  The deal also includes $140 million in guaranteed money for Mahomes should he suffer an injury.  Mahomes is 24 years old and helped lead the Kansas City Chiefs to a Super Bowl 54 victory last season.  It was the franchises second Super Bowl championship and first since 1969. 

MLB announces 60 game schedule

Major League baseball released its planned 60-game shortened regular season schedule as the league tries to begin play amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.  The season will open for four teams July 23rd featuring the defending World Series champions Washington Nationals hosting the New York Yankees  and the Los Angeles Dodgers hosting the San Francisco Giants.  The remaining 26 teams will open the season July 24th.  The Minnesota Twins will be on the road to take on the Chicago White Sox opening weekend.  The Twins schedule will feature 40 games against divisional opponents and 20 games against National League Central opponents.  The Twins first home series will be July 28th vs. The St. Louis Cardinals. 

PC signs Eagle Butte native to women's basketball team

Presentation College women's basketball coach Nicole Bullock has announced the addition of two students-athletes to the Saints' squad, Sunni Dupris and Harley Kunstleben.


Dupris is an incoming freshman from Eagle Butte, SD. She played for head coach Allen Benoist at Cheyenne-Eagle Butte High School, and was a captain and letterwinner in her senior season. She averaged 12 points, five rebounds, and four assists per game, and participated in cross country and track for the Braves.


She is the daughter of Bridget Dupris and intends on majoring in nursing at PC.


Kunstleben is also a freshman, and spent her high school career playing for head coach Philip Carlson for Paynesville High School in Paynesville, Minn. In her senior season, she led the team in scoring, was first in her conference for three-pointers made per game, and broke Paynesville's record for both career and season three-pointers made. Kunstleben was named Second-Team All-Conference as well.


Kunstleben is the daughter of Mike and Heather Lee, and Dean Kunstleben and will major in Nursing at Presentation.