The Minnesota Vikings and Tennessee Titans have suspended all team activities starting today after three Titans players and five team personnel have tested postitive for COVID-19. According to the NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, both clubs are working closely iwth the NFL and NFLPA infectious disease expert to evalute close contacts and perform additional testing.
The Vikings are scheduled to play the Houston Texans on the road Sunday.
The Vikings have released a statement:
The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Dallas Stars last night 2-0 to win the 2020 Stanley Cup championship. Tampa Bay won the series 4-2. Its the franchises first Stanley Cup Championship since 2003-2004 and second overall.
Defenseman Victor Hedman won the Conn Smythe Trophy Winner, awarded annualy to the playoff MVP. Hedmen gave hits feelings after the win...
The Lightning, and Dallas for that matter have been inside a bubble to prevent the spread of COVID-19 since August 1st, away from friends and family during that time. Scoring for Tampa Bay in the win was center Blake Coleman and center Brayden Point. Point was selected 79th overall in the 2014 NHL draft by Tampa Bay, with a pick traded to Tampa by the Minnesota Wild.
1. O’Gorman (16) 13-0 80 1
2. Washington 7-3 50 2
3. Aberdeen Central 7-1 48 3
4. Huron 7-2 41 4
5. Watertown 6-2 21 5
1. Sioux Falls Christian (16) 14-0 80 1
2. Dakota Valley 9-4 59 2
3. Rapid City Christian 14-0 43 4
4. Madison 7-2 28 5
5. Winner 9-3 15 3
ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: Garretson (11-1) 12; Parker (10-5) 2; Mobridge-Pollock (10-1) 1
1. Northwestern (16) 13-1 80 1
2. Warner 8-1 62 2
3. Faulkton Area 8-1 46 3
4. Chester Area 10-2 33 4
5. Bridgewater-Emery 12-1 14 5
ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: Deubrook Area (9-0) 4; Colman-Egan (10-2) 1
1. Roosevelt (22) 5-0 110 1
2. Brandon Valley 3-1 87 2
3. Harrisburg 4-1 62 3
4. Lincoln 3-1 43 4
5. Washington 3-2 21 5
Receiving votes: O’Gorman 7.
1. Yankton (19) 5-0 107 1
2. Brookings (3) 5-0 86 2
3. Pierre 3-1 70 3
4. Mitchell 3-2 44 4
5. Sturgis 2-3 22 5
Receiving votes: Huron 1.
1. Tea Area (18) 4-0 106 1
2. Dell Rapids (4) 5-0 92 2
3. Canton 2-2 49 4
4. Dakota Valley 3-2 41 5
5. Madison 2-3 35 3
Receiving votes: Milbank 4, Sioux Falls Christian 2, West Central 1.
1. Winner (17) 4-0 105 1
2. Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan (5) 6-0 93 2
3. Sioux Valley 4-1 59 3
4. McCook Central/Montrose 4-1 37 4
5. St. Thomas More 3-1 19 5
Receiving votes: Mobridge-Pollock 17.
1. Viborg-Hurley (22) 5-0 110 1
2. Lemmon/McIntosh 5-0 86 2
3. Hamlin 6-0 56 3
4. Platte-Geddes 5-0 53 4
5. Hanson 5-0 21 5
Receiving votes: Deuel 4.
1. Howard (22) 5-0 110 1
2. Canistota/Freeman 4-1 84 2
3. Warner 5-0 59 3
4. De Smet 5-1 49 4
5. Wall 5-0 22 RV
Receiving votes: Gregory 3, Ipswich 2, Philip 1.
1. Wolsey-Wessington (12) 4-1 96 1
2. Langford Area (10) 4-1 95 2
3. Dell Rapids St. Mary 3-2 42 4
4. Alcester-Hudson 4-1 38 RV
5. Herreid/Selby Area 4-1 37 5
Receiving votes: Kadoka Area 14, Colman-Egan 8.
The Presentation College Saints volleyball game scheduled for tonight has been postponed. The Saints will instead take on the Tigers Oct. 13th in Mitchell. Due to limited capacity rules, no visiting fans will be allowed inside the arena. PC's next game will be vs. the University of Jamestown Oct. 6th. First serve will be at 7:00 p.m. The game is in Aberdeen.
The Los Angeles Clippers have fired head coach Doc Rivers after an unexpected exit to the post season. In a statement from team cahirman Steve Ballmer, the decision was mutual. The Clippers squandered a 3-1 series lead in the Western Conference Finals to the Denver Nuggets to be bounced from the post season. Rivers has been the coach in LA since 2012-2013 and during that time has been the head coach of the Clippers during five of the team's best regular seasons.
The Week 6 high school football game between Aberdeen Central and Sioux Falls Roosevelt was canceled Monday. Sioux Falls Roosevelt athletic director Steve Moore made the announcement Monday and confirmed the Rough Riders are looking for another opponent to fill the week. The Faulkton Area Trojan's football game against the Ipswich/Edmunds Central Tigers. Faulkton head coach Shane Geditz says there are a number of players out for a number of reasons.
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley has been arrested on felony weapons and drug charges according to Minneapolis Police. The incident occurred Saturday. He was released from custody sunday without being charged according to his attorney. In a statement from the Timberwolves organization, the team is aware of the situation and are in the process of gather information at this time. According to police, officers received a call about weapons Saturday and investigated the situation, finding guns and marijuana.
ormer Minnesota Wild center and team captain Mikko Koivu tells NHL.com he is undecided if he will retire or not following the announcement weeks ago the Wild would not be bringing the veteran back. He is 37-years-old and is set to become an unrestricted free agent Oct. 19th. He played his entire NHL career with the Minnesota Wild after being the team's second ever first round pick, selected sixth overall in 2001. According to Koivu playing for another NHL team or in his native Finland are both possible should he choose to continue playing.
All that offseason excitement feels like such a long time ago -- the buzz around the Twins after the splashy signing of Josh Donaldson, the blockbuster trade for Kenta Maeda and the idea that a reinforced Bomba Squad would bash and soar to another American League Central championship.
Of course, it wasn’t that easy. Nothing was in 2020.
The offense never quite found its stride and five members of the starting lineup were sidelined with injuries at various points throughout the season -- most notably, Donaldson for a month. Eight days ago, the Twins trailed the White Sox by three games in the division with little more than a week to play. Two months ago, players and coaches weren’t even sure that they’d even be able to finish a regular season, anyway.
The Twins overcame all of that. With a 10-8 White Sox loss on Sunday, Minnesota officially clinched its second straight American League Central title, finishing atop the division in consecutive years for the first time since 2009-10. With their 5-3 loss to the Reds, the Twins fell into the No. 3 seed in the AL and will host the No. 6 Astros in the Wild Card Series starting Tuesday.
“I knew this organization and this club had a good chance to win,” Tyler Clippard said. “And we’ve shown that. We’ve done some great things this year. But you know, it’s just the beginning.”
They’ll first get to celebrate the 60th season of Twins baseball in Minnesota by hoisting another division championship banner on the façade of Target Field. It’s a banner unlike any other considering the unique circumstances of the season. The same will eventually be the case for the World Series trophy.
The Warner vs. Northwestern football game scheduled for Friday night has been canceled due to COVID-19. That goes for both junior and senior high games. The parade will go on as scheduled according to a post from the Warner school district, starting at 1:30 p.m. Evening homecoming activities will also go on as planned from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
The Missouri Valley Football Conference will play an eight-game conference-only Spring 2021 schedule over a nine-week period beginning with a Feb. 19 contest as South Dakota hosts Western Illinois in Vermillion, S.D.
On Aug. 7, the Missouri Valley Football Conference Presidents Council announced that league's schools would not conduct conference competition this fall. In its unwavering commitment to providing meaningful and safe competitive opportunities for the Conference’s student-athletes, the MVFC moved its schedule to the spring to align its season with the FCS Playoffs. Non-conference competition this fall is being conducted at institutional discretion as Missouri State (3 games), North Dakota State (1 game) and Southern Illinois (1 game) all have opted to schedule non-league teams before November.
On Tuesday, Sept. 22, the NCAA Board of Directors approved NCAA Division I fall championships to be played in the spring as outlined by the Division I Council. The FCS playoffs will feature 16 teams, and the bracket will be announced on Sunday, April 18. The 16-team field will be feature automatic bids from 11 FCS conferences and an additional five at-large selections. The title game will be played on either May 14-15-16 in Frisco, Texas.
The Spring 2021 MVFC slate features the same original matchups as the previously announced Fall 2020 schedule. The sequence of games, however, is different, as the model follows a "Southern Start" with early-season games played either at domes or at institutions in the southern-most part of the league footprint. Typically, MVFC schools would not play more than two-straight games at home or two-straight games on the road, but it will occur three times next spring due to facility conflicts at some sites.
Start times and the league's television schedule will be announced at a later date.
Friday, Feb. 19
Western Illinois at South Dakota
Saturday, Feb. 20
Illinois State at UNI
Missouri State at North Dakota
South Dakota State at Southern Illinois
Sunday, Feb. 21
Youngstown State at North Dakota State
Friday, Feb. 26
UNI at South Dakota
Saturday, Feb. 27
Illinois State at Missouri State
Indiana State at Southern Illinois
South Dakota State at North Dakota
Thursday, March 4
South Dakota at North Dakota
Saturday, March 6
Western Illinois at Illinois State
North Dakota State at Indiana State
Missouri State at UNI
Southern Illinois at Youngstown State
Saturday, March 13
Illinois State at North Dakota State
South Dakota at Indiana State
Southern Illinois at Missouri State
UNI at Western Illinois
Youngstown State at South Dakota State
Saturday, March 20
North Dakota at Illinois State
Indiana State at Youngstown State
North Dakota State at South Dakota
UNI at Southern Illinois
Western Illinois at South Dakota State
Saturday, March 27
South Dakota at Illinois State
Indiana State at South Dakota State
North Dakota State at Missouri State
North Dakota at Western Illinois
UNI at Youngstown State
Saturday, April 3
Illinois State at Indiana State
Missouri State at South Dakota
Southern Illinois at North Dakota
South Dakota State at North Dakota State
Youngstown State at Western Illinois
Saturday, April 10
Missouri State at Indiana State
North Dakota at Youngstown State
North Dakota State at UNI
South Dakota at South Dakota State
Western Illinois at Southern Illinois
Saturday, April 17
Southern Illinois at Illinois State
Indiana State at Western Illinois
Youngstown State at Missouri State
North Dakota at North Dakota State
South Dakota State at UNI
The Dakota State vs. Mayville State football game scheduled for this Saturday Sept. 26th has been postponed. According to the Mayville State athletics page the postponment is due to COVID-19.
The North American Hockey League (NAHL) has announced the release of the 2020-21 regular season schedule.
Celebrating its 46th season in 2020-21, the NAHL is the oldest and largest junior hockey league of its kind in the United States and one of only two USA Hockey-certified leagues that operate under the non pay-to-play model. During the 2019-20 season, the NAHL set yet another all-time single-season record of 361 NCAA commitments during one season, including a record number of 249 NCAA Division 1 commitments, further reinforcing that when it comes to players entering the league without a commitment, but earning one while they are playing in the league, there is no one better at it than the NAHL.
“What we are experiencing in 2020 is truly unprecedented and it has left each and every one of us with a new appreciation for the game that we love. We are thrilled to be back and now have a schedule to move forward with. Each and every one of our teams and owners are to be commended for the way they are navigating through this difficult period. The NAHL and its member clubs will continue to utilize the latest information available in order to provide the safest environment as possible for all of the players, coaches, staff, billet families and fans,” stated NAHL Commissioner and President Mark Frankenfeld. “We look to continue to raise the bar and provide more opportunity for the development and advancement of our players.”
The regular season will commence on October 9, 2020 and end on April 25, 2021.
The NAHL Showcase, the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, and the NAHL Robertson Cup Championship, will all take place this season and dates will be announced in the near future.
2020-21 NAHL Divisional Alignment:
Central Division (6): Aberdeen Wings, Austin Bruins, Bismarck Bobcats, Minnesota Wilderness, Minot Minotauros, St. Cloud Norsemen
East Division (6): Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks, Johnstown Tomahawks, Maine Nordiques, Maryland Black Bears, New Jersey Titans, Northeast Generals
Midwest Division (5): Chippewa Steel, Fairbanks Ice Dogs, Janesville Jets, Kenai River Brown Bears, Minnesota Magicians
South Division (6): Amarillo Bulls, Lone Star Brahmas, New Mexico Ice Wolves, Odessa Jackalopes, Shreveport Mudbugs, Wichita Falls Warriors
Aberdeen Central's high school football game scheduled for Saturday against Sioux Falls Lincoln has been canceled.
Aberdeen Central athletic director Gene Brownell confirmed the cancelation was due to COVID-19 cases. The game will not be made up as, according to Brownell, the 11AAA schedule doesn't have time for it.
Aberdeen's game is not the only 11AAA game to be canceled this weekend. Watertown's game vs. Brandon Valley Friday was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns in Watertown.
Aberdeen Roncalli's game scheduled against St. Thomas More was also canceled this weekend.
NFL hall of famer and long time Chicago Bears running back Gale Sayers has passed away at the age of 77. Sayers died Wednesday according to family sources. HE had been battling dmentia which he was diagnosed with in March of 2017. Sayers played for the Bears between 1965 and 1971 and was a four time pro bowler, five time first team all pro, rookie of the year in 1965 and had his #40 with the Bears organization retired. He played college football for the Kansas Jayhawks.
South Dakota lawmakers are pushing for the South Dakota High School Activities Association to change its policy towards transgender students. Currently, the SDHSAA allows for students to participate in the extracaricular sport that comports with the students gender identity. Lawmakers see a chance to challenge the policy as there is currently a lawsuit working its way through the courts in Conneticut on a similar matter. SDHSAA executive director Dan Swartos tells the Associated Press he would like to see the outcome of that lawsuit before making any changes to the current policy.
The NFL has fined a number of NFL coaches for not following mask protocols while on the sideline during games. The first three fines wer given to Denver's Vic Fangio, San Francisco's Kyle Shanahan and Seattle's Pete Carroll. The fines range anywhere between $100,000 to $250,000. The league has mandated mask usage this season due to the COVID-19 pandemic and threatened leveling fines after week one when coach's were very lax across the league on mask usage.
The Chicago Bulls Tuesday announced Billy Donovan will be the team's next head coach. Donovan comes to Chicago after recently gbetting fired by the Oklahoma City Thunder. Donovan was with the Oklahoma City Thunder from 2015 to 2020 and led the Thunder to five playoff appearances including one trip to the Eastern Conference finals in 2016. Donovan will replace former head coach Jim Boyeln who was let go in May.
The Northern State University football team will host a full game intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday October 17 from Swisher Field. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m. with the south tailgate lot opening at 4 p.m. for all fans. The scrimmage will follow normal game rules including; quarter length, play clock, scoring, officials, etc.
Admission to the scrimmage is free for all, however all Wolves Club members are invited to a member only tailgate beginning at 4 p.m. with free food. Within the tailgate, tables and chairs will be spaced out to accommodate social distancing. In addition, food items will be served by Northern State staff with proper PPE and disposable condiments will be available.
To become a Wolves Club member contact Austin Hieb at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Official Nike Team Store will be open in the tailgate lot prior to kickoff and in the complex through the end of halftime for fans to gear up with the latest Wolves Athletics items.
Swisher Field provides ample space to follow CDC guidelines, including social distancing both in the complex and tailgate lot. Fans are encouraged to follow all CDC guidelines (listed below), in addition to facility guidelines such as the posted distanced seating. Fans may sit anywhere in the 6,000+ seats including the non-traditional (visitors) side to ensure social distancing.
The Wolves coaching staff with draft players for the game the week prior, with each team having just a week's worth of practice together. Stay tuned to nsuwolves.com in the days leading up to the scrimmage for draft updates and the release of the maroon and white rosters.
Northern State University & NSU Athletics are following CDC guidelines to help prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19. NSU asks all individuals to follow these prevention tips:
- Practice safe social distancing, keeping at least 6 feet between individuals at all times.
- Wash hands thoroughly and sanitize equipment after use.
- Wear a mask and/or gloves when possible.
- Stay home if you are sick, especially if you are experiencing fever, cough or shortness of breath.
- All members of the Northern State coaching and athletics staff will wear face coverings throughout the day
- Fans are encouraged to wear a facial covering, especially in situations where social distancing becomes difficult (specifically the restrooms and indoor spaces)
Dakota State University has quarantined its volleyball team following two members testing positive for COVID-19. The university announced the move ina press released Tuesday. Their next eight varisty and junior varisty games have been postponed. One of those games include a match against Presentation College on October 1st.
The Minnesota Vikings have placed linebacker Anthony Barr on the injurd reserve after he tore his pectoral muscle in Sunday's loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Barr's injury is expected to end his season according to Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer. Barr is a four time pro bowler, but was limited to just 16 snaps Sunday before his injury. HE is the third played moved to the IR already for Minnesota including defensive end Danielle Hunter and offensvive lineman Pat Elflein.
The Minnesota Vikings have made a number of roster moves following the loss to Indianapolis. The Vikings have signed linebacker Hardy Nickersons from the practice squad. Nickerson is a four year pro out of Illinois. The Vikings have also signed Nate Meadors to the practice squad along with kicker Chase McLaughlin.
The Aberdeen Roncalli Cavalier football game against the St. Thomas More Cavaliers out of Rapid City has been postponed. The game was scheduled to take place this Friday and be played at Stanley County in a neutral site game. Aberdeen Roncalli Athletic Director Terry Dosch confirmed the cancelation as the school waits for test results to get returned for several players. Roncalli postponed last week's footballgame against Sisseton as well, but that game is scheduled to be made up Oct. 9th.
Presentation College volleyball has announced some upcoming games have been postponed. The matches include a game against Mount Marty University scheduled for tonight. According to Saints head volleyball coach Chelsey Albrecht, Mount Marty has had an outbreak of COVID-19. No makeup date has been set. The Saints have also postponed their match against Bellevue University planned for Oct. 2nd. The game has been moved to Oct. 23rd. Albrecht says Bellevue is coming out of a COVID-19 quarantine and needs more time to prepare.
The Minnesota high school football league voted Monday overwhelmingly to reinstate football and volleyball during the fall season, rather than wating for Spring. The board of directors Molnday voted 15-3 to begin football and 14-4 to begin volleyball. The board has approved a six game regualr season for football and 11-week season for volleyball. The announcement comes weeks after the board voted to push volleyball and football to the spring.
1. O’Gorman (13) 7-0 65 1
2. Washington 7-2 45 t3
3. Aberdeen Central 6-1 34 2
4. Huron 6-2 32 5
5. Watertown 6-2 19 t3
1. Sioux Falls Christian (13) 12-0 65 1
2. Dakota Valley 7-0 52 2
3. Winner 7-0 38 3
4. R.C. Christian 10-0 21 4
5. Madison 6-2 13 5
RECEIVING VOTES: Parker (9-0) 3, Garretson (8-1) 1, Mobridge-Pollock (9-0) 1, Florence-Henry (8-0) 1
1. Northwestern (13) 8-0 65 1
2. Warner 7-1 50 2
3. Faulkton Area 6-1 38 3
4. Chester Area 8-1 22 4
5. Bridgewater-Emery 10-0 16 5
RECEIVING VOTES: Ethan (3-5) 2, Colman-Egan (6-0
1. Roosevelt (22) 4-0 110 1
2. Brandon Valley 3-1 86 2
3. Harrisburg 4-0 68 3
4. Lincoln 3-1 44 4
5. Washington 2-2 11 NR
Receiving votes: O’Gorman 10, Watertown 1.
1. Yankton (19) 4-0 107 1
2. Brookings (3) 4-0 85 2
3. Pierre 2-1 70 3
4. Mitchell 3-1 46 4
5. Huron 2-2 20 5
Receiving votes: Sturgis 1, Douglas 1.
1. Tea Area (17) 3-0 105 1
2. Dell Rapids (5) 4-0 93 2
3. Madison 2-2 43 3
4. Canton 1-2 31 5
5. Dakota Valley 2-2 28 RV
Receiving votes: West Central 21, Milbank 5, Sioux Falls Christian 4.
1. Winner (17) 4-0 104 1
2. Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan (4) 5-0 92 2
3. Sioux Valley 4-1 60 4
4. McCook Central/Montrose 3-1 29 3
5. St. Thomas More 3-1 25 5
Receiving votes: Mobridge-Pollock (1) 19, Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central 1.
1. Viborg-Hurley (22) 4-0 110 1
2. Lemmon/McIntosh 4-0 86 2
3. Hamlin 5-0 59 3
4. Platte-Geddes 4-0 48 4
5. Hanson 4-0 12 RV
Receiving votes: Baltic 8, Deuel 7.
1. Howard (21) 4-0 109 1
2. Canistota/Freeman 4-1 87 2
3. Warner (1) 4-0 57 3
4. De Smet 4-1 44 4
5. Gregory 3-1 17 5
Receiving votes: Wall 11, Philip 2, Ipswich/Edmunds Central 2, Britton-Hecla 1.
1. Wolsey-Wessington (21) 4-0 109 1
2. Langford Area (1) 4-1 77 4
3. Colman-Egan 2-1 40 2
4. Dell Rapids St. Mary 3-2 37 T-5
5. Herreid/Selby Area 4-1 27 RV
Receiving votes: Kadoka Area 25, Alcester-Hudson 15.
Minnesota Wild General Manager Bill Guerin today announced that the team will not re-sign Mikko Koivu for the upcoming season.
Mikko Koivu was a true leader both on and off the ice during his 15-year career with the Wild. From being drafted sixth overall in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, making his NHL debut on Nov. 11, 2005, being named the team's first full-time captain on Oct. 20, 2009 and wearing the 'C' for the last 11 seasons to becoming the first player to play all 1,000 NHL games with Minnesota on Dec. 1, 2019, Mikko's legacy will live on forever in our organization.
His hard work, dedication and team-first mentality will be extremely difficult to replace in our lineup. Off the ice, Mikko's impact in the State of Hockey was immeasurable as he went out of his way to make a positive impact on so many people in our community, including his charitable contributions to Children's Minnesota.
We thank Mikko for everything he has done for our organization and wish him and his family the best in the future.
The Aberdeen Wings have announced the addition of Caden Villegas to the training camp roster. Villegas is an 01 birth year and palys forward. He stands 5'8 and weighs 161 pounds from Plano Texas. He comes to the Wings via the Springfield JR. Blues dispersal draft. He is already committed to paly college hockey to Union College, A Division I hockey program located in Schenectady New York.
The Minnesota Vikings have placed offensive lineman Pat Elflein on the injured reserve list. The announcement was made Thursday as the team gears up for week two vs. the Indianapolis Colts. Elflein started all 52 snaps for the Vikings offense vs. the Green Bay Packers last Sunday. He wa sa third round pick by the Vikings in 2017 and has played 44 games with 43 starts in four season with Minnesota. Cornerback Cam Danzler also missed his secon dpractice in a row Thursday, out with injured ribs.
Minnesota Timberwolve fans will need to wait a little longer to see who they select with the first overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft. The league officially announced the 2020-21 season won't begin earlier than Dec. 25th due to COVID-19. That also means the league has pushed the draft back from Oct. 16th to Nov. 18th. According to league sources, teams want to delay the date of the draft to allow the player's association more tim to negotiate the new salary cap numbers for next season.
T.F. Riggs High School in Pierre has announced it has canceled all sporting activities for the reaminder of the week due to what has been called a “COVID-19” increase. The announcement was made in a post by the Pierre Athletic Booster Club and relayed an announcement from activities director Brian Moser. As of Monday Sept. 14th, the Pierre school district had five confirmed cases of COVID-19 from students according to the Department of Health. The DOH updates school district numbers every Monday so an accurate count won't be known until the 21st.
Vikings rookie cornerback Cam Dantzler has been placed on the Vikings injury report for this upcoming Sunday's game vs. the Indianapolis Colts. Dantzler started at cornerback in the week one loss to the Green Bay Packers. According to the Vikings official injury report, he did not practice Wednesday due to a rib injury. Jining him on the list included cornerback Jeff Gladney with a knee injury and wide receiver Bisi Johnson also with a knee injury.
The Minnesota State High School League announced plans for a special meeting Monday September 21st. The only issue on the agenda for this meeting and that is to reconsider the current status of fall activities for the state. The State High School League in August voted to move fall sports including football and volleyball to the spring of 2021.
Minnesota Wild General Manager Bill Guerin today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired left wing Marcus Johansson from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for center Eric Staal.
Johansson, 29, recorded 30 points (9-21=30) and averaged 17:07 in TOI/game in 60 contests with the Buffalo Sabres this season serving as an alternate captain. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound native of Landskrona, Sweden, recorded an assist in his 600th career NHL game on Oct. 24 at the New York Rangers. Johansson owns 364 points (129-235=364) in 648 career NHL games during 10 seasons with Washington, New Jersey, Boston and Buffalo (2010-20). He has collected 41 points (13-28=41) in 94 career Stanley Cup Playoff matches. Johansson has played for Sweden in five international tournaments including the 2014 Winter Olympics. He was selected by Washington in the first round (24th overall) of 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Staal, 35, recorded 47 points (19-28=47) in 66 games with Minnesota this season. He was signed as a free agent by the Wild on July 1, 2016 and owns 1,021 points in 1,240 career NHL contests with Carolina, the New York Rangers and Minnesota.
The United States Hockey Hall of Fame has announced its inductee class for 2020. The class consists of four people including Dean Blais, Tony Garanto, Jenny Potter and Jerry York. Blais is an International Falls Minnesota native who played college hockey at the University of Minnesota. He served as the head coach of the University of North Dakota for 10 seasons, winning two NCAA National championships during that time in 1997 and 2000. Tony Garanto played 13 NHL seasons for the LA Kings and New York Rangers. He also put up 220 points in four years at the University of Wisconsin. Jenny Potter is a 14-time medalist on the international stage and is one of the most decorated players in US Women's hockey history. Finally Jerry York is the winningest college hockey coach in hisotry. He enters his 49th season as an NCAA Division I men's head coach in 2020-21.
The Minnesota Vikings are reportedly bringing back safety George Iloka. According to reports Iloka has already arrived in Minneapolis and begun undergoing COVID-19 protocals with the expectations the Vikings will sign him sometime this week. Iloka has played many years under Vikings head caoch Mike Zimmer, during the two's time in Cincinnati. He most recently signed with the Cowboys in 2019, but was cut. The Vikings then gave him a tryout back in August. The Vikings defese, especially secondary, was exposed in Sunday's loss to the Green Bay Packers. The move would bring more veteran voices into the locker room.
Gopher Hockey head coach Bob Motzko has announced that Minnesota All-America alum and 14-year NHL veteran Paul Martin has joined the Maroon & Gold as an undergraduate assistant.
A native of Elk River, Minn., Martin will assist the Gophers on and off the ice as part of the Gopher Grad Program while finishing his bachelor's degree at the University of Minnesota.
"Guys like Paul Martin don't come around very often, so the fact we are getting him for a second tour of duty is really exciting for our program," Motzko, who coached Martin during his collegiate career with the Gophers, said. "Between his experience and accomplishments as a hockey player and his leadership and involvement with the Shine A Ligh7 Foundation, we know that Paul can help our current players develop in nearly every way imaginable."
A native of Elk River, Minn., Martin was a three-year letter winner for the Maroon & Gold while recording 97 points (20 goals, 77 assists) in 127 career games at Minnesota. The defenseman, who was an all-conference selection in each of his three seasons of college hockey, helped the Gophers to three-straight NCAA tournament appearances including back-to-back national championships in 2002 and 2003.
Martin, who also won the Broadmoor Trophy with Minnesota in 2003 as WCHA playoff champions, was a Second Team All-American in 2003 while also earning his second-straight Second Team All-WCHA accolade. The defenseman was also named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team in 2001. Martin remains 15th in Gopher Hockey history among defensemen with 97 points while he is 12th among defensemen with 77 assists.
A second round selection (62nd overall) in 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Martin went on to play 14 seasons in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the San Jose Sharks with 870 regular-season appearances and 320 career points (50 goals, 270 assists). Moreover, the defenseman led his teams to the playoff in each of his 14 seasons with 122 Stanley Cup playoff games and 46 playoff points (six goals 40 assists). With the exception of a short AHL stint in his final season on the ice and one season in Switzerland during the 2004-05 NHL lockout, Martin played his entire professional career in the NHL before retiring in 2018.
On the international stage, Martin was named to the U.S. Men's Olympic Team three times in his career (2006, 2010, 2014). Prior to joining the Gophers, Martin closed out his prep career at Elk River High School as the Mr. Hockey Award winner in 2000 as the top senior high school boy's hockey player in the state of Minnesota.
Off the ice, Martin created the Shine A Ligh7 Foundation in 2017. The Shine A Ligh7 Foundation is a non-profit organization raises awareness and reduces the stigma for those affected by
1. O’Gorman (14) 4-0 70 1
2. Aberdeen Cent. 5-0 49 3
T3. Watertown 6-1 37 2
T3. S.F. Washington 4-2 37 4
5. Huron 4-2 16 5
RECEIVING VOTES: Pierre (3-1) 1
1. S.F. Christian (14) 10-0 70 1
2. Dakota Valley 5-0 56 2
3. Winner 5-0 38 3
4. R.C. Christian 8-0 21 5
5. Madison 5-2 16 4
RECEIVING VOTES: Garretson (7-0) 4; Parker (7-0) 2; Hill City (9-0) 2; Mobridge-Pollock (7-0) 1
1. Northwestern (14) 6-0 70 1
2. Warner 5-1 52 3
3. Faulkton Area 5-1 42 2
4. Chester Area 6-1 26 4
5. Bridgewater-Emery 5-0 11 RV
RECEIVING VOTES: Faith (4-1) 5; Elkton-Lake Benton (4-0) 2; Ethan (2-2) 1; Colman-Egan (4-0) 1
1. Roosevelt (24) 3-0 120 1
2. Brandon Valley 2-1 91 2
3. Harrisburg 3-0 77 3
4. Lincoln 2-1 40 RV
5. O’Gorman 1-2 30 4
Receiving votes: Watertown 2.
1. Yankton (22) 3-0 116 2
2. Brookings (1) 3-0 80 3
3. Pierre 2-1 79 1
4. Mitchell (1) 3-0 61 4
5. Huron 2-1 23 5
Receiving votes: Sturgis 1.
1. Tea Area (22) 3-0 118 1
2. Dell Rapids (2) 3-0 98 2
3. Madison 2-1 61 3
4. SF Christian 1-1 29 RV
5. Canton 0-2 26 5
Receiving votes: West Central 23, Dakota Valley 2, Tri-Valley 2, Milbank 1.
1. Winner (23) 4-0 119 1
1. Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan (1) 4-0 97 2
3. McCook Central/Montrose 3-0 70 3
4. Sioux Valley 3-1 44 4
5. St. Thomas More 2-1 17 5
Receiving votes: Mobridge-Pollock 11, Elk Point-Jefferson 2.
1. Viborg-Hurley (24) 3-0 120 1
2. Lemmon/McIntosh 3-0 90 2
3. Hamlin 4-0 69 3
4. Platte-Geddes 3-0 53 4
5. Baltic 2-0 22 5
Receiving votes: Deuel 4, Hanson 1, Clark/Willow Lake 1.
1. Howard (23) 3-0 119 2
2. Canistota/Freeman (1) 3-1 92 1
3. Warner 4-0 64 4
4. De Smet 3-1 47 5
5. Gregory 3-1 22 3
Receiving votes: Wall 9, Philip 3, Ipswich-Edmunds Central 2, Timber Lake 1, Britton-Hecla 1.
1. Wolsey-Wessington (21) 3-0 117 1
2. Colman-Egan (2) 2-0 94 2
3. Kadoka Area 4-0 65 5
4. Langford Area (1) 3-1 41 3
T-5. Dell Rapids St. Mary 2-2 15 RV
T-5. Alcester-Hudson 3-1 15 4
Receiving votes: Herreid/Selby Area 13.
The Minnesota Vikings and running back Dalvin Cook have come to terms on a multi-year contract extension. The deal is reportedly for five-years worth $63 million. The deal also includes $28 million in guaranteed money.
Dalvin enters his fourth NFL season in 2020 who rushed for 1,135 yards in 14 games last season. He is the first Viking running back since Adrian Peterson to rush for over 1,000 yards in a single season.
Cook entered the season in the last year of his rookie deal, but chose not to hold out even as talks seemed to have broken down during negotiations.
In a blow to a stellar defense just before the start of the regular NFL season, the Minnesota Vikings have placed defensive end Danielle Hunter on the injured reserve list. He will now miss at least the first three weeks of the season. Hunter has not practice since training camp opened. The Vikings have downplayed the extent of Hunter’s injury, coach Mike Zimmer calling it a tweak, and have not exactly disclosed what it is. Also, since the Vikings have placed Hunter on the IR before the st art of the season, they will not have to disclose the injury on the mandated injury report.
The Aberdeen Wings have announced the addition of Nathan Mann to the training camp roster. Mann is a 2002 birth year and comes to the Wings through the NAHL dispersal draft via the Corpus Christi IcreRays. The NAHL dispersal draft is a special event for players on teams who were unable to participate in the upcoming 20-21 NAHL season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mann was selected 21st overall on August 27th. The Wings will take part in a home exhibition game schedule for Sept. 18th vs. Bismarck, Sept. 19th vs. Minot and Oct. 2-3rd vs. Austin.
1. O'Gorman (12) 2-0 64 1
2. Watertown (1) 4-0 52 2
3. Aberdeen Cent. 4-0 35 3
4. Washington 2-1 20 5
5. Huron 3-1 18 4
Receiving Votes: Harrisburg (2-1) 4; Pierre (3-0) 2
1. S.F. Christian (13) 3-0 65 1
2. Dakota Valley 3-0 52 2
3. Winner 3-0 35 3
4. Madison 4-0 29 4
5. R.C. Christian 7-0 12 5
Receiving Votes: Garretson (5-0) 2
1. Northwestern (13) 4-0 65 1
2. Faulkton Area 3-0 49 2
3. Warner 3-0 39 3
4. Chester Area 3-0 27 4
5. Faith 3-0 9 5
Receiving Votes: Bridgewater-Emery (4-0) 4; Ethan (2-1) 1; Elkton-Lake Benton (2-0) 1
1. Roosevelt (23) 2-0 115 1
2. Brandon Valley 1-1 86 2
3. Harrisburg 2-0 72 4
4. O’Gorman 1-1 47 3
5. Washington 1-1 19 5
Receiving votes: Lincoln 5, Aberdeen Central 1
1. Pierre (22) 2-0 114 1
2. Yankton (1) 2-0 81 2
3. Brookings 2-0 64 4
4. Mitchell 2-0 63 3
5. Huron 1-1 22 5
Receiving votes: Sturgis 1.
1. Tea Area (20) 2-0 112 1
2. Dell Rapids (3) 2-0 95 2
3. Madison 2-0 66 5
4. West Central 1-1 46 4
5. Canton 0-2 15 3
Receiving votes: Sioux Falls Christian 5, Milbank 5, Custer 1.
1. Winner (22) 3-0 114 1
2. Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan (1) 3-0 93 2
3. McCook Central/Montrose 2-0 65 3
4. Sioux Valley 2-1 29 4
5. St. Thomas More 2-1 28 5
Receiving votes: Mobridge-Pollock 14, Elk Point-Jefferson 1, Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central 1
1. Viborg-Hurley (23) 3-0 115 1
2. Lemmon/McIntosh 3-0 88 2
3. Hamlin 3-0 61 3
4. Platte-Geddes 2-0 51 4
5. Baltic 2-0 13 RV
Receiving votes: Deuel 9, Florence-Henry 6, Hanson 2.
1. Canistota/Freeman (22) 3-0 114 1
2. Howard (1) 2-0 86 2
3. Gregory 3-0 62 3
4. Warner 3-0 39 4
5. De Smet 2-1 29 5
Receiving votes: Britton-Hecla 7, Wall 5, Philip 2, Timber Lake 1.
1. Wolsey-Wessington (17) 2-0 105 1
2. Colman-Egan (3) 2-0 88 2
3. Langford Area (3) 3-0 75 3
4. Alcester-Hudson 3-0 51 4
5. Kadoka Area 3-0 19 RV
Receiving votes: Dell Rapids St. Mary 4, Herreid/Selby Area 2, Corsica-Stickney 1.
Northern State University head women’s basketball coach, Paul Krueger announced today the completion of her 2020-21 staff with the addition of Tony Nakashima. Nakashima spent the 2019-20 season at Kentucky as the women’s basketball video coordinator.
“Coach Nakashima brings a lot of experience to both recruiting and on the court teaching and scouting,” noted Krueger. “He is a winner and we are excited to add him to our staff.”
Prior to the cancellation of the NCAA Tournament due to COVID-19, Kentucky went 22-8 overall and 10-6 in the SEC last season.
“I am so excited and blessed to join the Northern State family,” said Nakashima. “I would like to thank Coach Krueger for giving me the opportunity to be a part of something special. I look forward to learning and growing with this staff and team every day as well as developing strong relationships with our student-athletes.”
From 2016-19, Nakashima was an assistant on the Montana Western staff, which led the Bulldogs to an 81-22 record and three straight trips to the NAIA National Tournament. Nakashima coached five All-Americans and seven Daktronics Scholar-Athletes at UMW. In 2018-19, the Bulldogs won their first NAIA National Championship and saw two student-athletes earn All-American accolades; including NAIA and WBCA Player of the Year Bri King.
Prior to his time at Montana Western, Nakashima was an assistant coach at Bethany College and began his career at Warner Pacific College. In addition, he coached with the AAU program, Team Concept out of Portland, Oregon. Nakashima is a 2010 graduate of Pacific Union College with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing.
Vikings officially released depth chart:
Starter: Kirk Cousins
Backup: Sean Mannion
Starter: Dalvin Cook
Backups: Alexander Mattison, Ameer Abdullah, Mike Boone
Starter: C.J. Ham
Starters: Adam Thielen and Bisi Johnson
Backups: Justin Jefferson, Tajaé Sharpe, Chad Beebe, Dan Chisena and K.J. Osborn
Starter: Kyle Rudolph
Backups: Irv Smith, Jr. and Tyler Conklin
Starters: Riley Reiff, Dakota Dozier, Garrett Bradbury, Pat Elflein and Brian O'Neill
Backups: Rashod Hill, Ezra Cleveland, Dru Samia and Oli Udoh
Roster notes: All 11 listed starters were on the Vikings in 2019. Dozier won the starting left guard job in camp, beating out Aviante Collins, who is on the practice squad. Minnesota has five offensive starters who have made at least one Pro Bowl in their careers: Cousins, Cook, Ham, Thielen and Rudolph. Johnson is the starter at wide receiver opposite Thielen, but Jefferson is expected to be a contributor as a first-round rookie.
DEFENSE (24 players listed as they appear on the unofficial depth chart)
Starters: Danielle Hunter and Yannick Ngakoue
Backups: Ifeadi Odenigbo, Jalyn Holmes, Eddie Yarbrough and D.J. Wonnum
Starters: Shamar Stephen and Jaleel Johnson
Backups: Armon Watts, Hercules Mata'afa and James Lynch
Starters: Anthony Barr (SLB), Eric Kendricks (MLB) and Eric Wilson (WLB)
Backups: Troy Dye and Ryan Connelly
Starters: Mike Hughes and Holton Hill
Backups: Jeff Gladney, Cameron Dantzler, Kris Boyd and Harrison Hand
Starters: Harrison Smith and Anthony Harris
Roster notes: The Vikings defense will begin the 2020 season with a mix of established veterans and exciting fresh faces. Hunter, Stephen, Barr, Kendricks, Smith and Harris have all played at least five seasons for Mike Zimmer. Ngakoue is among the newest Vikings, but he is a former Pro Bowl selection with 37.5 career sacks and 14 total forced fumbles. The cornerbacks are young — none are over the age of 23 — but offer plenty of potential. Zimmer said Monday the Vikings could add safety depth behind the league's top duo of Smith and Harris.
SPECIAL TEAMS (3 players)
Starter: K.J. Osborn
Starter: K.J. Osborn
Backups: Beebe and Hughes
The Washington Football Team announced Friday it has cut veteran running back Adrian Peterson. The move likely means the former Minnesota Viking’s NFL career has come to an end. Peterson has spent the past two seasons in Washington where he rushed for 1,940 yards and 12 touchdowns during that time. Peterson is fourth on the NFL career list for rushing yards and fourth in rushing touchdowns with 111. According to reports Peterson hopes to continue playing. Peterson is 35 years old, was selected 7th overall in 2007, holds the NFL single game rushing yards record at 296 and was named NFL MVP in 2012.
The North Star Athletic Association Board of Athletic Directors (BOAD) and Council of Presidents (COP) have approved in the fall volleyball season following the NAIA's decision to play the NAIA National Championship in the spring of 2021.
NSAA volleyball teams will operate split seasons, playing each other one time in the fall and one time in the spring leading up to the North Star conference tournament on April 9-10, 2021.
The North Star headquarters and member institutions are in the process of updating schedules on their website.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has taken criticisms for comments he made about masks and the COVID-19 pandemic on a Spotify’s “10 questions with Kyle Brandt” podcast. In the podcast, Cousins says he wants to respect other people’s concerns but for he himself he going to go about his regular life, going as far to say “If I die, I die.” The NFL is requiring every coach and staff member in t he bench area to wear masks this upcoming season and is limiting the number allowed to travel with teams due to the COVID-19 pandmeic.
1. Roosevelt (22) 1-0 110 1
2. Brandon Valley 0-1 72 2
3. O’Gorman 1-0 69 3
4. Harrisburg 1-0 49 4
5. Washington 1-0 23 5
Receiving votes: Lincoln 7.
1. Pierre (22) 1-0 110 1
2. Yankton 1-0 81 2
3. Mitchell 1-0 64 3
4. Brookings 1-0 50 5
5. Huron 0-1 23 4
Receiving votes: Sturgis 2.
1. Tea Area (19) 1-0 107 2
2. Dell Rapids (3) 1-0 84 3
3. Canton 0-1 64 1
4. West Central 1-0 47 4
5. Madison 1-0 23 RV
Receiving votes: Sioux Falls Christian 3, Lennox 2.
1. Winner (20) 2-0 108 1
2. Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan (2) 2-0 90 2
3. McCook Central/Montrose 2-0 64 3
4. Sioux Valley 2-0 46 4
5. St. Thomas More 1-1 11 5
Receiving votes: Mobridge-Pollock 8, Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central 2, Elk Point-Jefferson 1.
1. Viborg-Hurley (22) 2-0 110 1
2. Lemmon/McIntosh 2-0 85 2
3. Hamlin 2-0 57 5
4. Platte-Geddes 1-0 48 4
5. Deuel 0-1 12 3
Receiving votes: Baltic 8, Florence-Henry 6, Bon Homme 4.
1. Canistota/Freeman (21) 2-0 109 1
2. Howard (1) 2-0 84 2
3. Gregory 2-0 63 3
4. Warner 2-0 34 5
5. De Smet 1-1 26 4
Receiving votes: Wall 7, Britton-Hecla 5, Philip 2.
1. Wolsey-Wessington (18) 2-0 106 1
2. Colman-Egan (4) 2-0 91 2
3. Langford Area 2-0 62 3
4. Alcester-Hudson 2-0 45 4
5. Dell Rapids St. Mary 1-1 23 5
Receiving votes: Kadoka Area 3.
1. O’Gorman (12) 1-0 64 1
2. Watertown (1) 2-0 45 5
3. Aberdeen Cent. 2-0 30 RV
4. Huron 2-0 26 RV
5. S.F. Washington 1-1 19 2
Receiving Votes: Harrisburg (1-0) 10; S.F. Lincoln (0-2) 1
1. Sioux Falls Christian (13) 2-0 65 1
2. Dakota Valley 1-0 52 2
3. Winner 1-0 37 3
4. Madison 2-0 26 4
5. Rapid City Christian 5-0 12 RV
Receiving Votes: McCook Central-Montrose (1-1) 1; Miller (0-0) 1; Garretson (3-0) 1
1. Northwestern (13) 2-0 65 1
2. Faulkton Area 1-0 47 2
3. Warner 1-0 42 3
4. Chester Area 2-0 28 4
5. Faith 1-0 7 RV
Receiving Votes: Ethan (0-1) 2; Bridgewater-Emery (2-0) 2; Elkton-Lake Benton (0-0) 1; Langford Area (1-0) 1
Minnesota Vikings offensive line and Parkston South Dakota native Riley Reiff tells teammates he expects to be cut. According to profootballtalk.com the team is asking Reiff to renegotiate his contract to take less money and Reiff has made it clear he is not willing to do that. Reiff is owed $10.9 million in 2020. If Reiff is cut the team would get back $8.7 million in salary cap space, with $2.2 million in dead money this year and $2.2 million more in 2021. Reiff is 31 years old and signed a five-year $58.75 million deal with the Vikings as a free agent in 2017.