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Local Sports Archives for 2020-10

Tea vs. Lennox playoff game canceled due to COVID-19

The Lennox vs. Tea 11A first round playoff game has been canceled by Lennox.  According to the school, the cancelation is due to "internal cases of COVID-19."

 

Tea wil be given a first round bye to the quarterfinals of the 11A playoffs.  


Jacks release Summit League volleyball schedule

Summit League officials announced Wednesday their scheduling plans to proceed with a 16-game league schedule for volleyball.

In August, the Summit League President's Council voted unanimously to postpone the regular season and championships for fall sports to the spring due to COVID-19 concerns.
 
"We are excited to be able to provide these championship experiences for our student-athletes and lock in these dates," Summit League Commissioner Tom Douple said. 
 
The league's nine members will play a double-round robin format with each team receiving one bye during the spring season. Teams will play the same opponent twice at one site. The first half of the schedule will follow a Sunday-Monday format to avoid scheduling conflicts with basketball. Beginning March 5-6, games will be played Friday-Saturday for the remainder of the season.
 
The Jackrabbits will open their Summit League schedule as they host Western Illinois Jan. 31-Feb. 1. In addition to the opening series versus WIU, State will host Denver (Feb. 14-15), South Dakota (Feb. 28-March 1) and North Dakota (March 12-13).
 
Road series are slated at North Dakota State (Feb. 7-8), Kansas City (Feb. 21-22), Omaha (March 5-6) and Oral Roberts (March 19-20).
 
The squad will have a bye the last weekend of the league schedule before the Summit League Volleyball Championship, April 2-3. The championship will be held at The Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls and will feature the top four teams from the regular season competing for a chance to earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.
 
Game times and ticket information will be released at a later date.


SDSU men picked as pre-season Summit League favorites

South Dakota State, under the guidance of second-year head coach Eric Henderson, topped the Summit League Men’s Basketball preseason poll and Jackrabbit senior Douglas Wilson was picked as the Preseason Player of the Year.

Wilson, who led the Jacks to a share of the 2019 regular season title, is the reigning Summit League Player of the Year after averaging 18.6 ppg and 6.4 rpg during his first season in Brookings.

SDSU received 33 of 36 first-place votes, topping the poll with 608 points. Sophomore Noah Friedel joined Wilson on the preseason all-league first team, while junior forward Matt Dentlinger earned a spot on the second team. The league’s nine men’s basketball head coaches and sports information directors each vote along with two media members that cover each institution.

Oral Roberts was tabbed to finish second in the poll with 514 points. The Golden Eagles had a pair of preseason all-league selections as junior forward Kevin Obanor landed on the first team while sophomore guard Max Abmas was a second-team pick. ORU tied Omaha for fourth in the league standings a year ago with a 9-7 league mark.

Defending Summit League Tournament champions North Dakota State, who shared the regular season title with SDSU at 13-3 and was the No. 1 seed in the postseason event, was picked third, garnering the three remaining first-place votes and finishing with 466 points.

Senior Rocky Kreuser represents the Bison on the preseason all-league team, holding down a second-team spot after averaging 10.0 ppg and 6.0 rpg a year ago.

Omaha was selected to finish fourth in the poll with 379 points, edging South Dakota by 25 points. The Mavericks joined SDSU and ORU with multiple selections on the preseason squad with senior Matt Pile named to the first team and junior Marlon Ruffin named to the second team.

Pile, who was the only league player to average a double-double a year ago, is the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, while Ruffin was on the all-newcomer team and the league’s Sixth Man of the Year.

The Coyotes collected 354 points to take the fifth spot in the poll and are led by senior Stanley Umude, who garnered a first-team spot on the preseason team after scoring 16.7 ppg and 6.3 rpg last season. USD finished third a season ago with a 10-6 league tally.

North Dakota claimed the No. 6 spot in the poll with 301 points. The Fighting Hawks finished in that spot a year ago and navigated their way to a title-game appearance under first-year head coach Paul Sather. Junior Filip Rebraca garnered a first-team selection on the preseason team and is the team’s top returning scorer (14.3 ppg) and rebounder (8.9 rpg).  

Kansas City returns to The Summit League in 2020-21 and the Roos were picked to finish seventh in their first year back since departing in 2013 after an initial 19-year run as a league member. KC closed out the 2019-20 regular-season with four-straight wins before the WAC Tournament was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Denver (8th; 203 points) and Western Illinois (9th; 167 points) rounded out the poll. The Pioneers are led by junior guard Jase Townsend, who was the top scoring sophomores in the league a year ago after averaging 16.9 ppg. Townsend earned a spot on the all-league preseason second team.

The Fighting Leathernecks are the only men’s basketball program under new direction entering the 2020-21 season. Former Milwaukee head coach Rob Jeter takes over the WIU program after serving most recently as an assistant coach at Minnesota.

2020-21 Preseason Summit League Player of the Year
Douglas Wilson – South Dakota State
 
Preseason All-Summit League First Team
Noah Freidel, South Dakota State, So., G (12.2 ppg/4.1 rpg/1.6 apg)
Kevin Obanor, Oral Roberts, Jr., F (12.3 ppg/6.9 rpg/0.9 bpg)
Matt Pile, Omaha, Sr., F (11.6 ppg/10.0 rpg/1.5 bpg)
Filip Rebraca, North Dakota, Jr., F (14.3 ppg/8.9 rpg/1.0 bpg)
Stanley Umude, South Dakota, Sr., F (16.7 ppg/6.3 rpg/1.4 bpg)
Douglas Wilson, South Dakota State, Sr., F (18.6 ppg/6.4 rpg/0.9 bpg)*

Preseason All-Summit League Second Team
Max Abmas, Oral Roberts, So., G (14.5 ppg/2.2 rpg/1.4 apg)
Matt Dentlinger, South Dakota State, Jr., F (12.2 ppg/6.0 rpg/1.3 bpg)
Rocky Kreuser, North Dakota State, Sr., F (10.0 ppg/6.0 rpg/0.9 bpg)
Marlon Ruffin, Omaha, Jr., G/F (8.8 ppg/3.3 rpg/1.3 apg)
Jase Townsend, Denver, Jr., G (16.9 ppg/5.3 rpg/2.2 apg)

*Preseason Player of the Year automatically earns a spot on first team

Preseason Poll

Rank School (1st Place Votes) Points
1. South Dakota State (33) 608
2. Oral Roberts 514
3. North Dakota State (3) 466
4. Omaha 379
5 South Dakota 354
6. North Dakota 301
7. Kansas City 248
8. Denver 203
9. Western Illinois 167

SD Media prep volleyball poll released Oct. 26th

CLASS AA
1. O’Gorman (12) 18-0 60 1
2. S.F. Washington 13-3 48 2
3. Huron 12-4 35 3
4. Watertown 16-3 24 4
5. Brandon Valley 15-4 13 5
 

CLASS A
1. S.F. Christian (12) 22-1 60 1
2. Dakota Valley 12-3 48 2
3. Madison 13-4 27 3
4. Hill City 23-2 24 4
5. Winner 19-4 15 5
RECEIVING VOTES: R.C. Christian (24-4) 3; Parker (14-7) 2; Garretson (16-3) 1

 

CLASS B
1. Northwestern (12) 22-1 60 1
2. Warner 17-1 47 2
3. Chester Area 17-2 37 3
4. Bridgewater-Emery 17-2 18 4
T5. Faulkton Area 12-5 8 5
T5. Colman-Egan 19-3 8 RV
RECEIVING VOTES: Hitchcock-Tulare (14-4) 1; Elkton-Lake Benton (18-4) 1


USD women picked as pre-season Summit League favorites

 

South Dakota and senior center Hannah Sjerven were named The Summit League preseason favorite and Preseason Player of the Year, respectively, for the 2020-21 women’s basketball season. The league's nine head coaches and sports information directors along with two media members from each school's coverage area voted on the awards.
 
South Dakota, the 2019-20 regular season and tournament champion, topped the poll for the second-consecutive year after tallying 587 points. The Coyotes received 25 of the 36 first-place votes, while the remaining 11 went to in-state rival South Dakota State, who held down the second spot  (566 points; 11 first-place votes).
 
Sjerven averaged 12.2 ppg and 7.3 rpg to go with a league-leading 58.1 percent clip from the field last season. Joining her on the Preseason All-Summit League First team were teammate Chloe Lamb, Oral Roberts guard Keni Jo Lippe, Omaha forward Mariah Murdie and South Dakota State forwards Paiton Burckhard and Myah Selland.
 
The Preseason All-Summit League Second Team is made up of the South Dakota State forward duo of Tylee Irwin and Tori Nelson, South Dakota guard Monica Arens, North Dakota forward Julia Fleecs and Western Illinois forward Evan Zars.
 
Points for the preseason poll were compiled on a 9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis, while all-league teams were compiled on an 11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. The top six vote-getters earned first-team honors and the next five were selected to the second team. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own student-athletes or team.

2020-21 Preseason Summit League Player of the Year
Hannah Sjerven – South Dakota
 
Preseason All-Summit League First Team
Paiton Burckhard, South Dakota State, Jr., F (14.2 ppg/5.7 rpg/1.8 apg)
Chloe Lamb, South Dakota, Sr., G (11.2 ppg/3.3 rpg/1.5 apg)
Keni Jo Lippe, Oral Roberts, Sr., G (18.5 ppg/8.0 rpg/2.5 apg)
Mariah Murdie, Omaha, Jr., F (11.1 ppg/6.0 rpg/1.2 bpg)
Myah Selland, South Dakota State, Jr., F (13.8 ppg/5.0 rpg/3.0 apg)
Hannah Sjerven, South Dakota, Sr., F (12.2 ppg/7.3 rpg/2.0 bpg)*
 
Preseason All-Summit League Second Team
Monica Arens, South Dakota, Sr., G (9.3 ppg/3.9 rpg/1.8 apg)
Julia Fleecs, North Dakota, Jr., F (12.2 ppg/4.8 rpg/0.7 apg)
Tylee Irwin, South Dakota State, Sr., F (8.5 ppg/5.1 rpg/2.3 apg)
Tori Nelson, South Dakota State, So., F (9.7 ppg/3.9 rpg/1.0 spg)
Evan Zars, Western Illinois, Jr., F (9.1 ppg/9.3 rpg/1.5 bpg)
 
*Preseason player of the year automatically earns a spot on the first team
 
Preseason Poll

Rank School (1st Place Votes) Points
1. South Dakota (25) 587
2. South Dakota State (11) 566
3. Western Illinois 389
4. Oral Roberts 376
5 North Dakota State 371
6. Kansas City 323
7. Denver 300
8. North Dakota 203
9. Omaha 124

Northern State picked as 10th best team in the nation in Basketball Times pre-season poll

The Basketball Times released today their 2020-21 preseason Top-20 rankings and All-Americans at the Division II level. The Northern State men landed at No. 10, with Wolves junior forward, Parker Fox being named to the preseason All-American list.
 
Northern went 26-6 overall, prior to the early dismissal of the 2019-20 season due to COVID-19. The Wolves are the highest ranked NSIC member, joined by No. 13 Augustana and No. 19 Sioux Falls. In addition, regionally foe Northwest Missouri State sits atop the preseason list.
 
Fox is one of 24 student-athletes named to the preseason All-America list. The junior averaged 19.9 points and 8.8 rebounds per game last season. He was honored as the NSIC Defensive Player of the Year and the NSIC/Sanford Health Basketball Tournament MVP, in addition to being named to the NSIC All-Conference first team, D2CCA All-Region second team, and NABC All-Region second team.


Warner's Cody Larson wins individual cross country championship

Cody Larson of Warner high school won his third straight individual Class B cross country championship over the weekend.  He finished the race in 15:54.61.  Behind him was Bison’s Jonathan Burkhalter.  Bison would go on to win the Class B championship as a team. 


Wild sign first round pick Rossi to three-year entry level deal

Minnesota Wild General Manager Bill Guerin today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed forward Marco Rossi to a three-year, entry-level contract.

 

Rossi, 19, spent the 2019-20 season with the Ottawa 67's of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), totaling 120 points (39-81=120) in 56 games. He led all players in the Canadian Hockey League (OHL, QMJHL, WHL) in assists and points. The 5-foot-9, 183-pound native of Feldkirch, Austria, was named the OHL's Most Outstanding Player of the Year, just the second European import player to win the award and was named to the OHL First Team All-Star. He led the OHL with a plus-69 rating and ranked second in power-play assists (31). Rossi registered a point in 52 of 56 games played and tallied 47 points (21-26=47) during a season-best, 18-game point streak (Nov. 10-Jan. 10). He ranked second on his team in goals, third in shots (193) and fifth in power-play goals (7) and game-winning goals (5). The left-shot center was selected by Minnesota ninth overall of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft on Oct. 6. He became the second all-time Austrian-born player to be drafted by the Wild, last, Christoph Brandner in 2002 (No. 237) and became the fifth Austrian-born player selected in the first round of an NHL draft, joining former Wild player Thomas Vanek (No. 5, 2003), Michael Grabner (No. 14, 2006), Andre Burakovsky (No. 23, 2013) and Marko Dano (No. 27, 2013).

 

Rossi recorded 65 points (29-36=65) in 53 games with Ottawa in 2018-19. He led OHL rookies in plus/minus rating (plus-51), PPG (9) and power-play points (20), ranked second in scoring, T-2nd in GWG (5), third in assists and T-3rd in goals and shots on goal (165). He totaled 58 points (25-33=58) in 43 career games with GCK Zurich (Swiss-Jr.) over two seasons (2016-2018) and represented Austria at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship and the 2018 IIHF World Under-18 Championship. His father, Michael Rossi, was a defenseman who played 20 seasons of professional hockey in Austria from 1992-2011.


Vikings trade DE Ngakoue to Baltimore

The Minnesota Vikings have traded defensive end Yannick Ngakoue to the Baltimore Ravens for draft picks.  Ngakoue was brought into Minnesota via trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars before the start of the regular sesso n.  In exchange Minnesota will get a 2021 Third round pick and 2022 conditional fifth round pick.  

The Vikings originally traded a 2021 second round pick and 2022 conditional fifth round pick to Jacksonville for the defensive end.  


Former official with Rapid City Rush sentenced to three years in prison for stealing from team

A former front office member with the Rapid City Rush, an ECHL hockey team, has been sentenced to three years in federal prison after being found guilty of stealing $700,000 from the hockey team.  42-year-old Jennifer Durham pleaded guilty to tax evasion and two counts of wire fraud and was sentenced Monday.  Durham worked for the team from 2008 to 2019 and according to prosecutors began stealing from the company around February 2010.  An investigation was launched when new ownership of the team discovered quote “inconsistencies and irregularities” in some bookkeeping. 


Former official with Rapid City Rush sentenced to three years in prison for stealing from team

A former front office member with the Rapid City Rush, an ECHL hockey team, has been sentenced to three years in federal prison after being found guilty of stealing $700,000 from the hockey team.  42-year-old Jennifer Durham pleaded guilty to tax evasion and two counts of wire fraud and was sentenced Monday.  Durham worked for the team from 2008 to 2019 and according to prosecutors began stealing from the company around February 2010.  An investigation was launched when new ownership of the team discovered quote “inconsistencies and irregularities” in some bookkeeping. 


Warner vs. North Border playoff game moved to Friday

The 9A playoff game North Border @ Warner, which will be heard on 105.5 Maverick FM has been postponed due to weather.  The game will now be Friday at 7:00 p.m.


Redfield vs. St. Thomas More postponed

The Redfield Pheasants vs. the St. Thomas More Cavaliers 11B first round playoff game scheduled for Thursday has been postponed.  The game will now be played Friday at 5:00 p.m. in Rapid City.  


Presentation College women's basketball picked to finish 7th in NSAA pre-season poll

Bellevue (Neb.) claimed the top spot in the 2020-21 North Star Athletic Association women's basketball coaches' preseason poll, the conference office announced Thursday.  The Bruins collected five first-place votes and 60 points in the poll.

 

Dakota State (S.D.) picked up two first-place votes and collected 58 points to finish second in the coaches' poll.  Viterbo (Wis.) earned the final first-place vote and recorded 46 points to finish third.  Valley City State (N.D.) finished fourth in the preseason poll with 40 points.

 

Mayville State (N.D.), who shared the North Star conference title for the second straight year with Bellevue last season with 11-3 conference record each, placed fifth in the preseason poll.  The Comets collected 27 points in the poll.

 

MSU qualified for the 2020 NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Tournament and finished with an overall record of 25-6.  The Comets won the NSAA Postseason Conference Tournament last year, defeating the V-Hawks 74-70 in the championship game.

 

Dickinson State (N.D.) was sixth with 21 points.  Presentation (S.D.) and Waldorf (Iowa) are both tied for seventh after finishing with 14 points each.

 

Points are awarded on an 8-1 basis and coaches could vote for their own team.

Each NSAA members will be playing a total of 14 conference games this season, with each team playing home and away games during the conference season.

 

The NSAA conference season gets underway on Dec. 5 with four games on schedule, with traveling partners playing each other.  Bellevue hosts Dakota State, Waldorf travels to Viterbo, Mayville State welcomes Presentation and Dickinson State visits Valley City State.

 

The NSAA Postseason Tournament opening round is scheduled for Feb. 23.  The four opening round winners will advance to the 'Final Four' tournament to be held at Watertown Civic Arena in Watertown, S.D. on Feb. 27-28.

 

There will be a new format for this year's national postseason.  With all schools in one division, the North Star Women's Basketball Postseason Tournament's champion will receive an automatic bid to the NAIA National Tournament's Opening Round scheduled for March 12-13.  The winner of the national tournament's opening round will advance to the final site in Sioux City, Iowa from March 18-23, 2021.

 

Here is the complete 2020-21 NSAA Women's Basketball Coaches' Preseason Poll:

2020-21 North Star Athletic Association Women's Basketball Preseason Poll

Rank

School

Points

1

Bellevue (Neb.) (5)

60

2

Dakota State (S.D.) (2)

58

3

Viterbo (Wis.) (1)

46

4

Valley City State (N.D.)

40

5

Mayville State (N.D.)

27

6

Dickinson State (N.D.)

21

T7

Presentation (S.D.)

14

T7

Waldorf (Iowa)

14

*First-place votes in parenthesis

 

Presentation College men's basketball picked to finish last in NSAA pre-season basketball poll

Bellevue (Neb.) collected seven first-place votes and 57 points to secure the top spot in the 2020-21 North Star Athletic Association men's basketball coaches' preseason poll, announced by the conference office Thursday.  The Bruins had won five consecutive league title since joining the conference in 2015-16.  BU finished their 2019-20 season with an overall record of 24-8 and 13-1 record in North Star contests.

 

Mayville State (N.D.) earned the final first-place vote and registered 51 points to finish second in the poll.  The Comets won the conference postseason tournament for the third consecutive year, defeating Waldorf (Iowa) in last year's championship game.  MSU qualified for the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Tournament and finished with an overall record of 24-5.

 

Valley City State (N.D.) placed third in the preseason poll after recording 44 points.  Waldorf was fourth with 41 points.  Dakota State (S.D.) edged Viterbo (Wis.) 27-26 to place fifth in the poll.  Dickinson State (N.D.) registered 23 points to finish seventh, followed by Presentation (S.D.) eighth with 19 points.

 

Points are awarded on an 8-1 basis and coaches could vote for their own team.

The NSAA conference season gets underway on Dec. 5 with traveling partners playing each other.  Bellevue hosts Dakota State, Waldorf travels to Viterbo, Mayville State welcomes Presentation and Dickinson State visits Valley City State.

 

Each NSAA member will be play a total of 14 conference game, playing seven home games and seven road games during the conference season.

 

The NSAA conference tournament opening round kicks off on Feb. 24.  The four opening round winners will advance to the 'Final Four' tournament to be held at Watertown Civic Arena in Watertown, S.D. on Feb. 27-28.

 

The NAIA national tournament will be in a new format this year, with all the schools competing in one division.  The NSAA's tournament champion will receive an automatic bid to the NAIA National Tournament's Opening Round on March 12-13, 2021.  The winner of the national tournament's opening round will move on to the final site in the NAIA National Championships, held in Kansas City, Mo. from March 18-23, 2021.

 

Here is the complete 2020-21 NSAA Men's Basketball Coaches' Preseason Poll:

2020-21 North Star Athletic Association Men's Basketball Preseason Poll

Rank

School

Points

1

Bellevue (Neb.) (7)

57

2

Mayville State (N.D.) (1)

51

3

Valley City State (N.D.)

44

4

Waldorf (Iowa)

41

5

Dakota State (S.D.)

27

6

Viterbo (Wis.)

26

7

Dickinson State (N.D.)

23

8

Presentation (S.D.)

19

*First-place votes in parenthesis

 

Wild sign Ian McCoshen to two-way contract

Minnesota Wild General Manager Bill Guerin today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed defenseman Ian McCoshen to a one-year, two-way contract ($700,000/$125,000) for the 2020-21 season.

 

McCoshen, 25, recorded 12 points (2-10=12), 78 penalty minutes (PIM) and 80 shots in 63 games during the 2019-20 season with Springfield and Rockford of the American Hockey League (AHL). The 6-foot-3, 218-pound native of Anaheim, Calif., tallied a career-high three multi-point games last year, including his first career multi-goal contest on Feb. 15 vs. Cleveland. The blueliner owns 38 points (6-32=38), 166 PIM and 211 shots in 171 career AHL contests in four seasons with Springfield and Rockford (2016-20). The left-shot defenseman set career bests in goals (4), assists (12), points (16), plus/minus rating (plus-23) and shots (91) with Springfield in the 2016-17 campaign.

 

McCoshen has seven points (4-3=7), 33 PIM, 115 hits, 58 blocked shots and 41 shots on net in 60 career NHL games in three seasons with the Florida Panthers (2016-19). His seven career NHL points are all even-strength numbers and he ranks fourth all-time amongst Florida rookie defensemen in even-strength goals (3). The blueliner was selected by the Panthers in the second round (31st overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut on April 6, 2017 vs. St. Louis and tallied his first career point (assist). He netted his first career NHL goal on Oct. 12, 2017 vs. St. Louis and registered his sole career game-winning goal on Nov. 10, 2017 at Buffalo.

 

He totaled 50 points (17-33=50), a plus-66 rating and 197 PIM in 110 contests with Boston College of the Hockey East in three seasons (2013-16). The defenseman served as an alternate captain and was named a Hockey East Second-Team All-Star during the 2015-16 season and helped the Eagles to win the Hockey East Regular Season Championship in 2013-14.


SD Media prep football poll released 10/19/20

Class 11AAA
1. Roosevelt (18) 6-0 90 1
2. Brandon Valley 6-1 71 2
3. Harrisburg 5-2 51 3
4. Lincoln 4-3 37 4
5. O’Gorman 5-3 21 5
 

Class 11AA
1. Yankton (14) 8-0 86 1
2. Brookings (4) 8-0 76 2
3. Pierre 5-2 54 3
4. Sturgis 4-4 36 4
5. Mitchell 3-5 14 5
Receiving votes: Huron 4.
 

 Class 11A
1. Tea Area (18) 7-0 90 1
2. Canton 5-2 66 4
3. West Central 5-3 58 5
4. Dakota Valley 5-3 28 2
5. Dell Rapids 5-2 25 3
Receiving votes: Madison 2, Milbank 1. 
 

Class 11B
1. Winner (14) 7-0 86 1
2. Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan (4) 8-0 76 2
3. Sioux Valley 7-1 49 3
4. Mobridge-Pollock 7-0 27 5
5. St. Thomas More 6-1 26 4
Receiving votes: Elk Point-Jefferson 4, Lead-Deadwood 2. 
 

Class 9AA
1. Viborg-Hurley (18) 7-0 90 1
2. Lemmon/McIntosh 8-0 70 2
3. Hamlin 8-0 48 3
4. Platte-Geddes 8-0 44 4
5. Hanson 6-2 16 5
Receiving votes: Florence/Henry 2. 
 

Class 9A
1. Howard (18) 7-0 90 1
2. Canistota/Freeman 7-1 72 2
3. Warner 7-0 53 3
4. Wall 7-0 34 4
5. De Smet 6-2 17 5
Receiving votes: Philip 2, Chester Area 1, Ipswich/Edmunds Central 1. 
 

Class 9B
1. Wolsey-Wessington (18) 6-1 90 1
2. Langford Area 6-2 69 2
3. Herreid/Selby Area 7-1 51 3
4. Dell Rapids St. Mary 4-2 31 4
5. Kadoka Area 7-1 26 RV
Receiving votes: Alcester-Hudson 2, Faith 1. 


South Dakota media prep volleyball poll released 10/19/20

CLASS AA
1. O’Gorman (12) 16-0 60 1
2. Washington 11-3 47 2
3. Huron 11-3 32 3
4. Watertown 11-2 29 4
5. Brandon Valley 10-3 12 5


CLASS A
1. Sioux Falls Christian (12) 22-0 60 1
2. Dakota Valley 11-3 48 2
3T. Madison 11-4 26 3
3T. Hill City 22-2 26 4
5. Winner 13-4 16 5
RECEIVING VOTES: R.C. Christian (22-4) 2; Parker (12-7) 1; Aberdeen Roncalli (15-3) 1


CLASS B
1. Northwestern (12) 20-1 60 1
2. Warner 15-1 47 2
3. Chester Area 16-2 37 3
4. Bridgewater-Emery 16-2 14 RV
5. Faulkton Area 11-5 12 5
RECEIVING VOTES: Colman-Egan (16-3) 7; Hitchcock-Tulare (12-3) 2; Elkton-Lake Benton (17-4) 1


Legendary Minnesota sports reporter Sid Hartman dies at 100

Legendary Minnesota sports columnist Sid Hartman passed away Sunday at the age of 100.  Hartman died Sunday surrounded b y his family according to his son Chad Hartman. Even at the age of 100 Hartman continued to write three columns a week for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and served as a co-host for the “Sports Huddle” every Sunday on WCCO-AM out of Minneapolis with co host Dave Mona.  Hartman also served as the first general manager of the Minneapolis Lakers NBA team in the late 1940s to 1950s.  


SDHSAA releases 11B through 9B playoffs


NCAA "Frozen Four" returning to the Twin Cities in 2024

The NCAA has announced the Frozen four, the final four for men’s hockey championship will return to the twin cities in 2024 and be hosted by the Xcel Energy Center.  The NCAA also announced the women’s Frozen four will be hosted by the University of Minnesota’s Ridder Arena in 2025.  The Golden Gophers have not won a NCAA championship in hockey since 2002, when they did so at Xcel Energy Center with a  4-3 overtime win over Maine.  The Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs have won two recent championships at the X in 2011 and 2018. 


SDHSAA looking into expanding football playoffs due to COVID-19

The South Dakota High School Activities Association is looking into a way to better even out 11AAA football records and possibly adding an additional seed to this year’s playoffs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

Several games did not get played as schools would move to remote learning and cancel activities to try and mitigate COVID spread in their communities.  So far eight of the 10 11AAA schools have lost football games due to COVID-19. 

 

This change may be made in all classes with the purpose of an extra seed to play in the event that one of the playoff qualifying teams cannot play due to COVID-19. 


Viking's running back Dalvin Cook likely not to play Sunday

According to the Athletic, an online sports publication, Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook is not expected to play Sunday against the Falcons after suffering an injury during Sunday night’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks.  According to the publication, Cook suffered an adductor strain.  The Vikings enter the bye week following the Atlanta game and will reevaluate his status following the break. 


New York Jets cut running back La'Veon Bell

The New York Jets have released running back Le’Veon Bell.  The announcement was made Tuesday night.  Bell signed with the Jets as a free agent in 2019, but was often disgruntled during his time in New York and sought a trade before the ultimate decision was made to cut him.  Bell is not subject to waivers due to his status as an NFL veteran and will become an unrestricted free agent today at 4:00 p.m. eastern time. 


Mobrdige/Pollock vs. Bennett County football game canceled due to COVID-19 concerns

The Bennett County vs. Mobridge/Pollock football game scheduled for this Friday has been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.  Bennett County announced the cancelation.  Mobridge/Pollock activities director Troy Stenberg says the school does not have any plans at the moment for a weekend football game.  Mobridge/Pollock is ranked fifth in the state and are looking to enter the post-season undefeated at 7-0. 


SD media prep volleyball poll released Oct. 13th

CLASS AA
1. O’Gorman (14) 15-0 70 1
2. Washington 10-3 53 2
3. Huron 9-3 39 3
4. Watertown 9-2 32 4
5. Brandon Valley 9-3 14 5
RECEIVING VOTES: Aberdeen Central (11-5) 2

CLASS A
1. Sioux Falls Christian (14) 19-0 70 1
2. Dakota Valley 9-3 55 2
3. Madison 10-2 40 4
4. Hill City 18-1 22 RV
5. Winner 11-3 15 5
RECEIVING VOTES: R.C. Christian (18-2) 6; Parker (12-7) 1; Garretson (13-3) 1

CLASS B
1. Northwestern (14) 16-1 70 1
2. Warner 12-1 55 2
3. Chester Area 15-2 41 4
4. Ipswich 16-2 22 NR
5. Faulkton Area 10-4 9 3
RECEIVING VOTES: Bridgewater-Emery (14-2) 7; Colman-Egan (13-3) 3; Elkton-Lake Benton (14-3) 3


SD Media prep football poll released 10/12/20

Class 11AAA
1. Roosevelt (18) 5-0 94 1
2. Brandon Valley (1) 5-1 76 2
3. Harrisburg 5-1 58 3
4. Lincoln 3-3 33 4
5. O’Gorman 4-3 24 5

Class 11AA
1. Yankton (15) 7-0 91 1
2. Brookings (4) 7-0 80 2
3. Pierre 4-2 56 3
4. Sturgis 3-4 39 5
5. Mitchell 3-4 19 4

Class 11A
1. Tea Area (19) 6-0 95 1
2. Dakota Valley 5-2 74 2
3. Dell Rapids 5-1 56 3
4. Canton 4-2 38 4
5. West Central 4-3 20 RV
Receiving votes: Milbank 1, Madison 1. 

Class 11B
1. Winner (16) 7-0 92 1
2. Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan (3) 7-0 79 2
3. Sioux Valley 6-1 55 3
4. St. Thomas More 5-1 32 4
5. Mobridge-Pollock 7-0 24 5
Receiving votes: Elk Point-Jefferson 3.

Class 9AA
1. Viborg-Hurley (19) 7-0 95 1
2 Lemmon/McIntosh 7-0 74 2
3. Hamlin 8-0 52 3
4. Platte-Geddes 7-0 44 4
5. Hanson 6-1 17 5
Receiving votes: Deuel 3.

Class 9A
1. Howard (19) 7-0 95 1
2. Canistota/Freeman 6-1 76 2
3. Warner 6-0 54 3
4. Wall 6-0 36 4
5. De Smet 5-2 22 5
Receiving votes: Ipswich/Edmunds Central 1, Philip 1.

Class 9B
1. Wolsey-Wessington (19) 6-1 95 1
2. Langford Area 5-2 71 2
3. Herreid/Selby Area 6-1 44 4
4. Dell Rapids St. Mary 4-2 40 3
5. Alcester-Hudson 5-2 23 5
Receiving votes: Kadoka Area 12. 


Minnesota Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco undergoes ankle surgery

Minnesota Twins shortstop Jose Polanco underwent successful ankle surgery last week, the second offseason in a row he has went under the knife for his ankle.  Polanco is 27 years old and had a mild bone spur and small bone chip addressed while in surgery.  Polanco will begin physical therapy to rehab his ankle next week and according to the Twins organization, it expects Polanco to be ready for treaining camp which starts with spring training in four months. 


Wild re-sign goaltender Kappo Kahkonen

Minnesota Wild General Manager Bill Guerin today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has re-signed goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen to a two-year contract (two-way contract for $700,000/$250,000 in 2020-21 and one-way contract for $750,000 in 2021-22).

 

Kahkonen, 24, went 25-6-3 with a 2.07 goals-against average (GAA), a .927 save percentage (SV%) and seven shutouts in 34 games with the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL) this season. He led the AHL in wins and shutouts and ranked fourth in GAA and SV%. Kahkonen was the winner of the Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award as AHL's outstanding goaltender and named to AHL's First All-Star Team. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound native of Helsinki, Finland, allowed two goals or less in 22 of his 34 contests and was named Goaltender of the Month for February.

Kahkonen made 32 saves to earn a 3-2 win in his NHL debut at New Jersey (Nov. 26) to become the sixth goalie to win his NHL debut with Minnesota. He made 44 saves in his second NHL start, a 4-2 win at Florida (Dec. 3), to set a franchise record for saves in a game by a rookie goaltender and became the fifth goalie in franchise history to win his first two games. Kahkonen went 3-0-1 in first four NHL starts to become second goalie in team history to begin his career with a four-game point streak (Ilya Bryzgalov, 7-0-3). He posted a 3-1-1 record with a 2.96 GAA and a .913 SV% in five starts with Minnesota.

 

Kahkonen went 17-14-8 with a 2.78 GAA and a .908 SV% in 39 games during his rookie season in 2018-19 and led the AHL with six shutouts. He is 42-20-11 with a 2.45 GAA, a .916 SV% and 13 shutouts in 73 career AHL contests with Iowa. Minnesota selected Kahkonen in the fourth round (109th overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He will wear sweater No. 34 with Minnesota.


LA Lakers win 17th NBA championship, LeBron James named finals MVP

The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Miami Heat Sunday night in game six of the NBA finals to win the championship series.  The final was 106-93 and LA won the series in six games.  With the win the Lakers franchise ties the Boston Celtics for most league championships at 17.  For Lakers star LeBron James he won his fourth NBA championship, first since 2016 and was named Finals MVP for the fourth time as well.  With the NBA season coming to an end Sunday night, the Minnesota Timberwolves are now technically on the clock as they hold the first overall pick in the upcoming NBA draft which is scheduled to take place Nov. 18th


Wild re-sign forward Jordan Greenway

Minnesota Wild General Manager Bill Guerin today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has re-signed forward Jordan Greenway to a two-year, $4.2 million contract ($2.1 million AAV).

 

Greenway, 23, collected 28 points (8-20=28), a plus-2 rating and 54 penalty minutes (PIM) in 67 games with Minnesota last season. The 6-foot-6, 225-pound native of Canton, N.Y., set career highs in points, assists, hits (95), blocked shots (44), PIM and TOI/game (14:10). He led the Wild in takeaways (41), ranked third in PIM and hits and ranked third amongst team forwards in blocked shots. The left-shot forward skated in his 100th career NHL game at Anaheim (Nov. 5) and netted his first career game-winning goal vs. Arizona (Nov. 14). Greenway recorded 24 points (12-12=24) in 81 games during the 2018-19 season.

 

He made his NHL debut at Nashville on March 27, 2018. Greenway skated in all five of the Wild's 2018 Stanley Cup Playoff games to become the first player to appear in the Olympics, NCAA Hockey Tournament and Stanley Cup Playoffs in the same season. Greenway scored his first career NHL goal in Game 3 vs. Winnipeg on April 15, 2018, to become the first player in franchise history to score first NHL goal in the playoffs.

 

He owns 53 points (20-33=53) and 83 PIM in 154 career NHL games with Minnesota and has tallied two points (1-1=2) in nine career playoff contests. Greenway was selected by the Wild in the second round (50th overall) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.


Wild sign goaltender Cam Talbot

Minnesota Wild General Manager Bill Guerin today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed goaltender Cam Talbot to a three-year, $11 million contract ($3.67 million AAV).

 

Talbot, 33, went 12-10-1 with a 2.63 goals-against average (GAA), a .919 save percentage (SV%) and two shutouts in 26 games (22 starts) with the Calgary Flames last season. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound native of Caledonia, Ont., started all 10 Stanley Cup Playoff games for the Flames and went 5-4 with a 2.42 GAA, a .924 SV% and two shutouts. He ranked T-2nd in the NHL in playoff shutouts. Talbot stopped all 31 shots faced in a 4-0 series-clinching win against Winnipeg on August 6 and made 35 saves in a 2-0 victory in Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round series against Dallas on August 14. He started his 300th career NHL game and earned his 150th career NHL win vs. Arizona on March 6. Talbot recorded the most saves in a shutout in Calgary Flames franchise history when he stopped all 44 shots faced in a 6-0 win at Anaheim on Feb. 13.

 

He went 42-22-8 with a 2.39 GAA, a .919 SV% and seven shutouts in 73 games with Edmonton in 2016-17. Talbot led the NHL in games played, minutes played (4,294) and saves (1,946), ranked T-1st in wins and T-3rd in saves and finished fourth in Vezina Trophy voting. He was originally signed as a free agent by the New York Rangers on March 30, 2010. Talbot made his NHL debut at Philadelphia on Oct. 24, 2013, and earned his first NHL win at Detroit on Oct. 26, 2013.

 

He owns a record of 150-122-25 with a 2.61 GAA, a .915 SV% and 22 shutouts in 314 career NHL games during seven seasons with the New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers and Calgary. Talbot is 12-11-2 with a 2.46 GAA, a .923 SV% and two shutouts in 25 career Stanley Cup Playoff matches.

 

He won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Championship, posting a 7-1-0 record with a 1.25 GAA, a .940 SV% and four shutouts in eight games. Talbot played three seasons of collegiate hockey at the University of Alabama-Huntsville (2007-10).


Five games canceled this week due to COVID-19

Five football games have been canceled this weekend due to COVID-19. Week seven games which have been canceled include in 11AAA Rapid City Central @ Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 11A Milbank @ Dell Rapids, 9AA Deubrrok Area @ Deuel, 9A Timber Lake @ 9B Bison and 9B Scotland @ Alcester-Hudson. A total of 22 games have been canceled this season, 12 games canceled last weekend. Sioux Falls Roosevelt has missed its last two games due to COVID-19 and is currently undertaking a multi-state search for an opponent this weekend.


Wild select five players in NHL draft

The Minnesota Wild selected five players during the 2020 NHL Entry Draft Tuesday and Wednesday virtually from the Minnesota Wild 317 offices, including four players during rounds two-seven today. Minnesota selected three forwards and two defensemen, including two Canadians, one player from Austria, one player from Russia and one player from the Czech Republic.

 

Minnesota selected center Marco Rossi, ninth overall, during the Draft's first round Tuesday night. The 19-year-old (9/23/01), spent the 2019-20 season with the Ottawa 67's of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), totaling 120 points (39-81=120) in 56 games. He led the OHL and all players in the Canadian Hockey League (OHL, QMJHL, WHL) in assists and points. The 5-foot-9, 183-pound native of Feldkirch, Austria, was named the OHL's Most Outstanding Player of the Year, just the second European import player to win the award and was named to the OHL First Team All-Star. He led Ottawa in plus/minus rating (plus-69) and power-play assists (31), second in goals, third in shots (193) and fifth in power-play goals (7) and game-winning goals (5). The left-shot center becomes the fifth Austrian-born player selected in the first round, joining former Wild player Thomas Vanek (No. 5, 2003), Michael Grabner (No. 14, 2006), Andre Burakovsky (No. 23, 2013) and Marko Dano (No. 27, 2013).

 

"Marco is a two-way center with incredible vision, skill and compete level," said Judd Brackett, Minnesota Wild Director of Amateur Scouting. "We are very excited to add his playmaking ability to our organization."

 

Minnesota began Wednesday by acquiring forward Nick Bonino, a second round (No. 37) and fourth round (No. 70) selections in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft from the Nashville Predators in exchange for forward Luke Kunin and the 101st overall pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. The Wild selected center Marat Khusnutdinov with the 37th overall selection. The 5-foot-11, 176-pound native of Moscow, Russia, recorded 38 points (13-25=38) in 44 games with SKA St. Petersburgh (Russia-Jr.) during the 2019-20 season. The 18-year-old (7/17/02) captained Team Russia to a gold medal at the 2019 Hlinka Gretzy Cup and tallied three assists in five games. The left-shot forward also earned a gold medal with Russia at the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and a silver medal at the 2019 IIHF World Under-18 Championship. He is playing for St. Petersburg SKA of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) for the 2020-21 season.

 

"Marat is an elite skater, two-way center with speed and has creative offensive vision," said Brackett.

 

The Wild selected defenseman Ryan O'Rourke in the second round with the 39th overall selection. The 6-foot, 178-pound native of Pickering, Ontario, was named captain of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) prior to the 2019-20 season and recorded 37 points (7-30=37) in 54 games. The 18-year-old (5/16/02) led the team with a plus-16 rating and 79 PIM and ranked fifth in assists. He led team defensemen in GWG (2) and ranked third in scoring. The left-shot forward helped Team Canada earn a silver medal at the 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup. The blueliner registered 22 points (8-14=22) in 62 games with the Greyhounds during the 2018-19 season and ranked fifth amongst OHL rookie defensemen in scoring. He was named a tournament all-star and tied for most points by a defenseman at the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge with six points (3-3=6) in five games.

 

"Ryan is another strong skater, two-way defender with great character and grit," said Brackett.

Minnesota acquired a third round (No. 65) selection in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for the 70th and 132nd selections in this year's draft. The Wild selected defenseman Daemon Hunt in the third round with the 65th overall selection. The 6-foot, 198-pound native of Brandon, Manitoba, tallied 15 assists in 28 games with Moose Jaw of the Western Hockey League (WHL) during the 2019-20 campaign. The 18-year-old (5/15/02), served on the Warriors leadership group and missed half the season due to an arm laceration injury. He helped Team Canada earn a silver medal at the 2019 Hlinka Gretzy Cup. The left-shot blueliner collected 22 points (8-14=22) in 65 contests in two seasons with the Warriors from 2017-19 and ranked fourth amongst WHL rookie defensemen with 20 points (7-13=20) in 2018-19.

 

"Daemon is a hard-nosed, two-way defender with excellent mobility and has strong leadership skills," said Brackett.

 

The Wild acquired a fifth round (No. 146) pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for the 163rd and 194th selections in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. Minnesota selected center Pavel Novak in the fifth round with the 146th overall selection. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound native of Tabor, Czech Republic, spent the 2019-20 season with Kelowna (WHL) and recorded 58 points (25-33=58) in 55 games. The 18-year-old (4/16/02) led the Rockets in goals, GWG (5) and scoring, ranked T-1st in PPG (8), second in assists and plus/minus rating (plus-10) and third in shots (155). He ranked T-2nd amongst WHL rookies assists, third in scoring and fourth in goals. He registered his first career hat trick and four-point game (3-1=4) on Nov. 1 vs. Prince George. The right-shot forward has represented the Czech Republic at the 2019 Ivan Hlinka Memorial, the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and twice at the Five Nations Tournament. He totaled 45 points (29-16=45) in 31 contests with Ceske Budejovice (CZREP-Jr.) during the 2018-19 campaign.

 

"Pavel is a smart possession center with good vision and great puck distribution skill," said Brackett.


Wild trade Luke Kunin to Nashville to Nick Bonino

Minnesota Wild General Manager Bill Guerin today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired forward Nick Bonino and the 37th and 70th draft picks in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft from the Nashville Predators in exchange for forward Luke Kunin and the 101st selection in this year's draft.

 

Bonino, 32, recorded 35 points (18-17=35), 16 penalty minutes (PIM), three game-winning goals (GWG), 89 blocked shots and 104 shots in 67 games with Nashville during the 2019-20 season. The 6-foot-1, 196-pound native of Harford, Conn., ranked T-2nd in goals, third in plus/minus rating (plus-17), T-3rd in GWG, fourth in blocked shots and sixth in points. He scored a goal in four Stanley Cup Playoff games this postseason as the Predators fell to Arizona in the Qualifying Round.

 

Bonino owns 282 points (122-160=282), a plus-72 rating, 171 PIM, 22 PPG, 13 GWG, 656 blocked shots, 251 hits and 989 shots in 626 career games in 11 NHL seasons with Anaheim, Vancouver, Pittsburgh and Nashville (2009-20). The left-shot forward has 48 points (19-29=48), 45 PIM, three PPG, six GWG, 138 blocked shots and 172 shots in 98 career Stanley Cup Playoff contests with Anaheim, Vancouver, Pittsburgh and Nashville and has won two Stanley Cups with the Penguins in 2016 and 2017. He was drafted by San Jose in the sixth round (173rd overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft and made his NHL debut with Anaheim on March 26, 2010.

 

Kunin collected 31 points (15-16=31), 55 PIM, 54 blocked shots and 64 hits in 63 games with Minnesota in 2019-20 and owns 52 points (23-29=52) in 131 career NHL games in three seasons with the Wild (2017-20).

 

Minnesota currently owns six selections in rounds 2-7 in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft: #37 and #39 in the second round, #70 in the third round, #132 in the fifth round, #163 in the sixth round, and #194 in the seventh round.

 

Visit the Draft Central page on wild.com presented by Xcel Energy for the latest news on the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.


Trey Lance declares for NFL draft

Yahoo Sports first broke the news North Dakota State sophomore quarterback Trey Lance would forgo the rest of his college career and declare early for the NFL draft.  Lance is going pro after just 17 college games and 16 starts.

 

The Marshall Minnesota native confirmed the news in a post on social media, thanking friends family and Bison fans.  He will not be allowed to play in the upcoming spring Missouri Valley Football season, moved due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

 

Lance helped lead the Bison to a 2019 FCS national championship and is an early favorite to be a first round pick, possibly even top five.   


Byfield makes history becoming highest black player ever selected in NHL draft

The New York Rangers selected French Canadian forward Alexis Lafreniere with the first overall pick.  The Los Angeles Kings made history Tuesday selecting Quinton Byfield with the second overall pick out of the Ontario Hockey League.  Byfield becomes the highest drafted black player in NHL history.  Also making history will be Jake Sanderson.  The American, who was selected fifth overall by the Ottawa Senators will be the first player in NHL history from Montana once he makes his debut.  He is playing college hockey for the University of North Dakota. 


Wild select Marco Rossi 9th overall in NHL draft

With its first-round pick (No. 9 overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft, the Wild selected center Marco Rossi of the Ottawa 67s of the Ontario Hockey League.

 

Here is a look at Rossi's stats:

Height: 5-9

Weight: 183 pounds

Shoots: Left

Hometown: Feldkirch, Austria

2019-20 team: Ottawa 67s

NHL Central Scouting rank: 6th among North American skaters

 

Scouting report: A patient playmaker, Rossi led the Ontario Hockey League and all players in

Canadian junior leagues in assists (81) and points (120) last season. He also scored 39 goals. 

For his efforts, Rossi was named the OHL's Most Outstanding Player, becoming just the second European-born player to win the honor. He was also named a First Team All-Star.

Rossi was second among OHL rookies in scoring in 2018-19, tallying 29 goals and 65 points. 

In being selected ninth overall, Rossi became the highest drafted Austrian-born player since former University of Minnesota and former Wild forward Thomas Vanek was picked fifth overall in 2003. He is the fifth Austrian player picked in the first round overall.

"Marco is a two-way center with incredible vision, skill and compete level," said Judd Brackett, Director of Amateur Scouting.

NHL.com player comparison: Brad Marchand


Wild resign defenseman Carson Soucy

Minnesota Wild General Manager Bill Guerin today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has re-signed defenseman Carson Soucy to a three-year, $8.25 million contract that goes through the 2022-23 season.

 

Soucy, 26, registered 14 points (7-7=14), a plus-16 rating, 18 penalty minutes (PIM), 69 hits and 61 shots on goal in 55 games during his first full season with Minnesota in 2019-20. He also appeared in all four Stanley Cup Playoff games. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound blueliner set a franchise record for plus/minus rating by a rookie and his goal and point totals ranked fourth in team history by a rookie defenseman. He ranked T-4th amongst NHL rookies in plus/minus rating and fourth amongst NHL rookie defensemen in goals. Soucy led the team in plus/minus rating and ranked fifth in hits. The native of Viking, Alberta, recorded his first career NHL point with an assist vs. Edmonton (Oct. 22), netted his first career goal vs. Arizona (Nov. 16), tallied his first career game-winning goal at Florida (Dec. 3), registered a goal in consecutive games for his first career NHL goal/point streak (Dec. 3-5) and notched a shorthanded goal vs. PHI (Dec. 14) to become the fourth rookie and sixth defenseman in franchise history to record a SHG. The left-shot blueliner owns 14 points (7-7=14) in 58 career games with Minnesota and has appeared in eight career Stanley Cup Playoff contests with the Wild. He made his NHL debut vs. Edmonton on April 2, 2018.

 

Soucy collected 35 points (6-29=35), a plus-20 rating, 128 PIM and 167 shots in 136 career games with the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL) in three seasons (2016-19) and tallied two assists in 11 Calder Cup Playoff contests during the 2018-19 campaign. Soucy skated in four seasons with the University of Minnesota-Duluth of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference, totaling 47 points (12-35=47), a plus-31 rating and 216 PIM in 147 games (2013-17). He served as assistant captain and was named to the NCHC All-Academic Team during his senior season (2016-17).

 

Soucy was selected by Minnesota in the fifth round (137th overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.


Wild trade goaltender Devan Dubnyk to San Jose

Whenever the 2020-21 NHL season gets going, it will officially mark the beginning of a new era between the posts for the Minnesota Wild. 
 

Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota's top goaltender for the past five years and one of the sagest acquisitions in the NHL over the past decade, was flipped to the San Jose Sharks, the second of two deals consummated between the clubs on Monday.
 

It marks the end of a remarkable 5 1/2 year run with the Wild, one that ended on a tough note for Dubnyk, but also one that provided the club with elite goaltending for much of that time period. 

Minnesota also shipped out forward Ryan Donato earlier in the day. In return for Dubnyk and Donato, as well as a seventh-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft, the Wild gained a third-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft (originally belonging to Pittsburgh) and a fifth rounder in the 2022 draft. 

In addition to the trades, the Wild re-signed forward Nico Sturm and defenseman Carson Soucy to two and three-year contracts, respectively, during an active first day of what promises to be an active week. The NHL Draft begins Tuesday night and concludes Wednesday, while the start of NHL free agency kicks off on Friday morning.
 

"It is part of the change that is going on here. We need to go in a different direction," said Wild General Manager Bill Guerin. "Devan and I had some very good, open conversations in the last little while. In the end, I just think this is best for the Minnesota Wild."
 

Guerin indicated he had some similar chats with Donato, who heads to his third NHL team after spending about a year and a half with both the Wild, and the Boston Bruins, who selected him in the second round of the 2014 NHL Draft.
 

"Part of that was discussing fit, and I've been through it myself as a player and sometimes you have to go from one spot to another, maybe a few times, just to find the right fit.," said Guerin, who played for eight teams over the course of his NHL career that spanned more than 1,200 games. "Ryan's a good young player. And we had a hard time getting Ryan in and putting him in the positions that he needed to be in. And I think he's going to get that opportunity in San Jose."

When Dubnyk came to Minnesota in a trade from the Arizona Coyotes in January of 2015, he boarded a ship that was sinking quickly. Injuries and ineffectiveness had rendered the Wild helpless, and Minnesota appeared set to miss the postseason.
 

But Dubnyk started 38 consecutive games over the final half of the season, posting a 1.78 goals-against average and a .936 save percentage during that stretch, helping guide Minnesota into the second-round of the playoffs. He won the Bill Masterton Award that season, was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goaltender and finished fourth in voting for the Hart Trophy as League MVP.
 

Just a year removed from a disasterous 2013-14 season in which he played for three different franchises and with his career in jeopardy, Dubnyk signed a five-year contract extension with the Wild, cementing himself as one of the top goaltenders in the League. 
 

"That was a good run for them and a good run for their team. Something that resurrected Devan's career and he got the team on the right track," Guerin said. "He had some good years here and he was a good player for this organization for a long time."
 

Over the past five years, Dubnyk ranks among the NHL's leaders in nearly every major category, including wins, saves, save percentage and goals-against average, but his final two years with the Wild have proven more challenging. 
 

Dubnyk wen 12-15-2 last season with a 3.35 goals-against average and an .890 save percentage, his toughest campaign since arriving in Minnesota. He also dealt with personal family issues away from the rink, with his usual class of course ... but it was circumstances that didn't make things on the ice any easier. 
 

A fresh start in San Jose could be exactly what the 34-year-old needs. 
 

"Devan's a great guy. He's a good goalie. He's got a great family. They've contributed a lot here on and off the ice, and I know they're going to have success in San Jose, and we wish them all the best," Guerin said. 


In terms of what's next, the Wild has flexibility and options. 
 

Alex Stalock, who has two years remaining on a three-year contract he signed a year and a half ago, played well down the stretch last season and started all four of Minnesota's games during its return to play in the Edmonton bubble.
 

Kaapo Kahkonen, the reigning AHL Goaltender of the Year, is potentially knocking on the door as well after getting a taste of the NHL for a brief stint in 2019-20. Guerin said Kahkonen has earned a longer look next season.
 

"He definitely needs to get in more games so he's not an unknown entity. We know what we'll be getting. That's our job is try to mix him in every once in awhile," Guerin said. "He had a great year in the American Hockey League, and we'll see how this year shakes out but we'll have to get him more games."
 

Mat Robson finished his first professional season in the AHL last season and Hunter Jones, a second-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, remains a potential answer sometime down the road. 

There is also strength in numbers in the goalie market, both via trade and free agency, so expect Guerin to remain busy over the next few days as he continues to mine for talent. 

 

One thing is certain: no matter what happens to who shows up when the season starts, Guerin wants plenty of healthy competition.
 

"That's the business that we're in, and you have to be prepared coming into camp, and you have to try to win your spot, and that's just the way this life is," Guerin said. "It's constant competition, and no matter who you are, somebody's gunning for your job, so we're open."

 


Wild sign Nico Sturm to two year extension

Minnesota Wild General Manager Bill Guerin today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has re-signed forward Nico Sturm to a two-year, $1.45 million contract.

 

Sturm, 25, recorded 32 points (12-20=32), 18 penalty minutes (PIM) and a plus-9 rating in 55 games with the Iowa Wild in the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2019-20. He ranked second on the team with four game-winning goals, fifth in scoring and T-5th in plus/minus rating. The 6-foot-3, 206-pound native of Augsburg, Germany, led team rookies in goals and scoring and ranked T-11th in goals and T-12th in scoring amongst AHL rookies. Sturm also notched two assists in six regular season games with Minnesota. He made his season debut on Dec. 17 at Vegas and recorded his first career NHL point with an assist at Arizona on Dec. 19. Sturm made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut in Game 3 of the Qualifying Round series against Vancouver on August 6 and tallied his first career NHL goal in Game 4 on August 7 to become the second player in franchise history to record his first career NHL goal in the playoffs (Jordan Greenway).

 

He led Clarkson University in scoring and assists with 45 points (14-31=45) in 39 games and won 392-of-677 face-offs taken (57.9%) as a junior in 2018-19. Sturm was named the ECAC Hockey Best Defensive Forward for the second consecutive season, a Top Ten Hobey Baker Award Finalist, a finalist for the ECAC Hockey Player of the Year Award, to the 2019 ECAC Hockey All-Tournament Team and an ECAC First-Team All-League selection in 2018-19. He collected 103 points (36-67=103) and was a plus-47 in 118 games during three seasons at Clarkson University (2016-19).

 

Sturm has collected two assists in eight career NHL games with the Wild. He signed as a free agent with Minnesota on April 1, 2019, and made his NHL debut on April 4, 2019 vs. Boston.


Wild trade forward Donato to San Jose for third round pick

Minnesota Wild General Manager Bill Guerin today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired a third-round selection in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for forward Ryan Donato.

 

Donato, 24, collected 23 points (14-9=23) in 62 games with Minnesota last season and owns 57 points (29-28=57) in 130 career NHL games with Boston and the Wild.

 

The Wild currently owns six picks in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, including the ninth overall selection. The 2020 NHL Entry Draft will be held virtually on Tuesday, Oct. 6 and Wednesday, Oct. 7. The first round begins live at 6 p.m. (CT) on Oct. 6 on NBC Sports Network and rounds 2-7 will take place on Oct. 7 starting at 10:30 a.m. (CT) on the NHL Network.


State A tennis tournament to be held in Rapid City this week

Eleven teams have entered the tournament. Champions will be determined in six singles flights and three doubles flights over the course of the two days.

 

There will be new champions crowned in all the single Flights.  Flights 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 all due to graduation and in singles Flight 3 a new champion will be crowned as last year’s champion, Olivia Huber of Mitchell has moved up to Flight 2.

 

In doubles Flight 1, Atlanta Stahle of Mitchell will try and defend her title with new partner Amber Moller.  In Flight 2 Olivia Huber of Mitchell will also try and defend her title with new partner Kiersten Bathke.  There will be a new champion at Flight 3 due to graduation.

 

The tournaments will be played at Sioux Park and Parkview courts. Play starts at 8:00 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday.  Singles championship finals are scheduled for Tuesday at Sioux Park, followed by the doubles championships. Check the SDHSAA website for a complete schedule: www.sdhsaa.com

 

Current results may be obtained on the SDHSAA website: www.sdhsaa.com. Click the SD Public Broadcasting logo on the SDHSAA home page.


Wild name Michael Murray assistant to the general manager

Minnesota Wild General Manager Bill Guerin today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has named Michael Murray Assistant to the General Manager.

 

Murray, 40, will help oversee the day-to-day operations of the Wild's hockey operations department, assisting with contract negotiations, player development and scouting. He will also support the day-to-day hockey operations efforts for the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL).

 

Murray joins the Wild after spending the last nine seasons working in hockey operations for the AHL. He was named Vice President of Hockey Operations for the AHL in October of 2011 and promoted to Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations in July of 2015. While working for the AHL, Murray oversaw all aspects of the league's hockey operations department, including management of the AHL's officiating program, the league's disciplinary process, player registry, compliance with rules and regulations, and scheduling.

 

He joined the AHL after spending three seasons working in hockey operations for the ECHL. Prior to joining the ECHL, Murray interned as a law clerk in the Labor Relations Department for the Massachusetts Port Authority following two years at Pro Athletes Management Inc., a law firm in Boston that represents professional athletes. He also served as an assistant to the general manager of the Lowell Lock Monsters in the AHL.

 

An admitted member of the Massachusetts Bar, Murray received his bachelor's degree in history from Dartmouth College, and was awarded his Juris Doctor cum laude from Suffolk University Law School in Boston. The native of Dover, Mass., played hockey for four years at Dartmouth College (1999-03) and two seasons of professional hockey in the ECHL, UHL and CHL (2003-05).


Wings name team captains for upcoming regular season

The Aberdeen Wings have announced the 2020-21 team captains.  Center Clayton Cosentino has been named the team’s captain while Spencer Schneider and Nico deVita will serve as assistant captains.  Cosentino is a Colorado Springs native and is in his second season with the Wings.  Schneider and deVita are also in their second year with the Wings.  The Wings open the regular season next weekend at home with a game Friday and Saturday against the St. Cloud Norsemen. 


Rangers buy out remaining year of goaltender Henrik Lunquist's contract

The New York Rangers have bought out the final year of longtime goaltender Henrik Lundqvist Wednesday.  Lundqvist is 38-years-old and was in the final year of a seven-year contract.  Lundqvist signed the deal  in December of 2013 worth $59.5 million with an annual $8.5 million cap hit.  Lundqvist has a career 2.43 goals against average, .918 save percentage and 64 shutouts in 887 NHL games over 15 seasons all with the New York Rangers.  Lundqvist will become an unrestricted free agent Oct. 9th free to sign with any team.  He was selected in the seventh round of the 2000 NHL draft by the Rangers. 


Gophers wide receiver Rashod Bateman reinstated following opting out due to COVID-19

Minnesota Golden Gopher wide receiver Rashod Bateman has been cleared to rejoin the team for the upcoming football season after initially opting out due to COVID-19. The team made the announcement Wednesday. Bateman had opted out August 4th and signed with an agent to prepare for the NFL draft, but decided to change his mind once the Big Ten reinstated its football season on September 16th. The Gophers will return to play Oct. 24th at home vs. the Michigan Wolverines .


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