Local Sports Archives for 2020-12

Wolves announce ticket sale plan as season sets to tip off

The Northern State women’s basketball team will open the season this weekend from Wachs Arena versus Wayne State. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, January 2 and 3. Up to 500 tickets will be available at the door on a first come first serve basis for each game.


All single game tickets must be purchased at the North entrance to the Barnett Center. Only cash will be accepted. Ticket gates will open 30 minutes prior to tip on each day.


Attendance to basketball will be limited for all contests for the winter 2021 sports season to 25% capacity in Wachs Arena. The baseline capacity of 25% has been developed for all campus facilities including classrooms by University leadership by evaluation of each of the facilities and the overall ability to socially distance. The lower bowl in Wachs Arena max attendance will be 25% of 6,000, which is 1,500. 


The current high priority population for admittance will be:  Wolves Club members (season ticket holders), suite holders, NSU students, NSU team parents/families via passbook, and visiting team parents/families/fans. Additional game day ticket availability will be publicized at the start of each week based upon current trends and availability. There will be very limited game day or walk-up ticket sales.


Because of attendance restrictions, and prioritization of season ticket holders, single game tickets (if available) will be as follows:

•$20 adult

•$10 student (k-12)

•Children under 5:  free

Three Wolves wrestlers ranked nationally

The National Wrestling Coaches Association released their first team and individual rankings of the year today, with three Northern State Wolves earning a spot. In addition, NSU is receiving votes in the top-25 team poll. 


Dayne Morton (133) is the top ranked wrestling for the Wolves, sitting at No. 8, while James Burks rounds out the top-10 at 157 pounds. Marcus Placide grabs the No. 12 spot at 184 pounds. The trio went 24-7, 16-3, and 27-7 overall a season ago. 


Northern is set to open the season on Thursday, January 7 at Upper Iowa University. 

NHL approves return to play plan for mid January

The NHL and the league's players union has come to terms of a return to play scheduled for Jan. 13th. The season will last 56 games and include playoffs lasting into July. The league's board of governors voted to approve the agreement, back by the players association Friday night. The regular season will go until May 8th with a 16 team playoff to follow. The league's divisions have also been realigned to cut down on travel, including all seven Canadians team being in one division. Minnesota has been placed in the west division along with Anaheim, Arizona, Colorado, Los Angeles, San Jose, St. Louis and Las Vegas.  

Watertown suspends wrestling program due to COVID

The Watertown school district has temporarily suspended its wrestling program after the team experienced rising cases of COVID-19 and close contacts. The suspension will go from Dec. 23rd through Dec. 26th. During that time the team was suppose to take part in the Warrior Invitational Saturday at Sioux Falls Washington. The team's middle school program has cancelled a tournament scheduled to be held today.

NSAA basketball tournaments not to be in Watertown this year

The Watertown Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) has announced that the 2021 North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Basketball and Volleyball championship tournaments will not be held in Watertown as previously scheduled.


Watertown CVB’s Executive Director Julie Knutson said she learned of the changes last week.


“The North Star Athletic Association Board of Athletic Directors and Council of Presidents voted to host the 2019-20 academic year championships on association college campuses rather than congregate in a single location (Watertown, SD).”


“The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has forced the league to make this difficult decision. The North Star Athletic Association has sincerely enjoyed having the championship tournaments in Watertown and we anticipate their return to the City of Watertown during the 2021-22 academic year.” said Roger Ternes Commissioner of the NSAA.


Initial conversations between the Convention & Visitors Bureau and the NSAA Interim Commissioner have been frequent and ongoing and resulted in rescheduling of the Super 6 Volleyball Championship which was to be held in November 12 - 14, 2020. However, due to the pandemic, it was rescheduled for April 9-10, 2021. NSAA transitioned as Commissioner Roger Ternes onboarded and as the pandemic continued.


“The writing was on the wall as COVID-19 numbers continued to grow quickly. Basketball and volleyball can be played anywhere.” said Knutson. “The experience and hospitality is why they chose Watertown, and that came from every corner of our community. Watertown has embraced the NSAA and provided them with an unforgettable experience.”


Knutson said the CVB’s top priority right now is to provide a safe destination for groups and events in today’s uncertain climate. “I am confident the NSAA will be back, and we will be here and ready to roll out the red carpet.”


The NSAA is a division of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletes (NAIA), that include Dickinson State University in Dickenson, ND, Viterbo University in Lacrosse, WI, Valley City State University in Valley City, ND, Bellevue University in Bellevue, NE, Dakota State University in Madison, SD, Presentation College in Aberdeen, SD, Waldorf University in Forest City, IA, and Mayville State, in Mayville, ND.

Wings forward Manty commits to play college hockey at Brown University

Aberdeen Wings forward Thomas Manty has committed to play Division I Hockey for Brown University.  Manty stands 5’10 170lbs. and is from Andover Massachusetts.  He is in his first season with the wings and so far has played all 14 games, scoring 8 goals and 10 assists.  Brown plays in the ECAC or Eastern College Athletic Conference and is located in Providence Rhode Island. 

Former Dakota Wesleyan head coach Gordie Fosness passes away

Former Dakota Wesleyan head men’s basketball coach Gordie Fosness has passed away at the age of 85.  A Presho native, Fosness played football and basketball at Dakota Wesleyan before being drafted by the then Minneapolis Lakers in the NBA in 1957.  Fosness returned to South Dakota after being cut and coached high school for a number of years before becoming the head coach of Wesleyan in 1961.  He won 10 conference championships, 14 holiday tournament titles, and played in four NAIA regional playoffs, making the national championship twice.  He is also a member of the South Dakota Hall of Fame, South Dakota basketball hall of fame and NAIA hall of fame.   

Northern State wrestling picked to finish sixth in pre-season coach's poll

 The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference released the 2021 NSIC Wrestling Coaches' Poll with the Wolves picked sixth in the league. Northern earned 36 team points in the poll and senior Marcus Placide was named the NSIC wrestler to watch.
The Wolves head into year six under the direction of head coach Rocky Burkett after a 9-8 dual record in 2019-20. NSU tallied NSIC dual victories over MSU Moorhead and Minot State, as well as wins over nationally ranked opponents Fort Hays State, New Mexico Highlands, and UNC Pembroke. Northern spent a majority of the season ranked in the NWCA Top-25 or receiving votes, while Dayne MortonCaden MooreJames Burks, and Marcus Placide each held national rankings during the year. Placide was named to the NSIC All-Conference second team at 184 pounds. Senior Walker Carr punched his ticket to the NCAA Championships at 157 pounds. The Wolves boast one of their largest rosters in recent years with 22 returners and nine freshman and transfers.
Placide went 27-7 overall and 6-2 in the NSIC. He won the Jimmie Invite and Finn Grinaker open to kick off the season and was named to the NSIC All-Conference second team.
NSIC Preseason Wrestling Coaches Poll

Rank School Points
1. St. Cloud State (9) 81
2. Upper Iowa (1) 68
3. Augustana 66
4. Minnesota State 61
5. Parkside 45
6. Northern State 36
7. University of Mary 31
8. MSU Moorhead 25
9. Minot State 22
10. Southwest Minnesota State 15

SD Media prep basketball poll released Dec. 14th

Boys basketball
Class AA
1. Roosevelt (13) 1-0 80 1
2. Yankton (4) 2-0 71 2
3. Brandon Valley 2-0 53 3
4. Washington 1-0 29 4
5. Harrisburg 1-0 14 5
Receiving votes: Rapid City Central 4, Mitchell 2, O’Gorman 2. 

Class A
1. Dakota Valley (17) 1-0 85 1
2. SF Christian 2-0 67 2
3. Dell Rapids 1-0 38 4
4. Tea Area 0-1 35 3
5. Sioux Valley 1-0 28 5
Receiving votes: Vermillion 2.


Class B
1. De Smet (16) 1-0 83 1
2. White River 1-0 66 2
3. Platte-Geddes (1) 1-0 51 3
4. Viborg-Hurley 1-0 35 4
5. Dell Rapids St. Mary 0-0 14 5
Receiving votes: Aberdeen Christian 4, Canistota 1, Howard 1. 

Girls basketball
Class AA
1. O’Gorman (13) 1-0 81 1
2. Washington (4) 1-0 70 2
3. Harrisburg 1-0 51 3
4. Brandon Valley 2-0 30 4
5. Aberdeen Central 1-0 16 5

Receiving votes: Stevens 7.

Class A
1. Winner (17) 1-0 85 1
2. St. Thomas More 2-0 68 2
3. Hamlin 0-0 40 3
4. Tea Area 1-0 35 4
5. West Central 1-0 22 5
Receiving votes: Dakota Valley 2, Flandreau 2, Sioux Falls Christian 1. 

Class B
1. Corsica-Stickney (17) 1-0 85 1
2. Castlewood 1-0 67 2
3. De Smet 1-0 29 5
4. Ethan 1-0 25 RV
5. White River 1-0 20 RV
Receiving votes: Bridgewater-Emery 7, Colman-Egan 6, Viborg-Hurley 5, Waubay/Summit 3, Howard 3, Faith 3, Newell 1, Kadoka Area 1.   

Cleveland Indians to change nickname

The New York Times reports the Cleveland Indians will be changing their nickname. The team underwent a review of the nickname about the time the Washington Football Team announced it would be dropping the nickname “The Redskins.” The Indians had taken steps to move away from its nickname, retiring the “Chief Wahoo” logo which was a stereotypic caricature of a Native American. It is not clear what they will change the nickname too yet.

Saints two games in North Dakota this weekend postponed

The Presentation College Saints men and women’s basketball games scheduled for this weekend in Valley City and Dickinson have both been postponed.  A Makeup date for these two games have not yet been announced.  PC’s men will next take on Northwestern College Wednesday Dec. 30th on the road.  Tip off will be at 7:00 p.m. PC’s women will next take on Hastings College Friday January 1st at home.  Tip off will be at 2:00 p.m.

Registration open for Aberdeen Curling Club outdoor tournament

Registration is now open for the Aberdeen Curling Club’s outdoor bonspiel or tournament.  The tournament is open to all ages and all skill levels, including a specific event for youth and new curlers.  It will be January 9th and 10th on Richmond Lake just outside Anchors Away.  To register you will need a team of four, men, women or mixed and can register by following this link.  There is a limited number of spots and its first come first serve. 

Northern ranked seventh in first coaches poll of the season


The NABC released the first regular season top-25 poll of 2020-21 with the Northern State men's basketball team landing at No. 7. The Wolves opened the year at No. 8 in the preseason rankings released back in November.
NSU is joined by NSIC opponents No. 13 Augustana and No. 25 Sioux Falls. In addition, regional foes No. 1 Northwest Missouri State, No. 17 Washburn, and No. 18 Truman State find themselves in the rankings. Northern is set to open the season on the road at Wayne State on January 2 and 3.

  Record Points Last
1. Northwest Missouri State 3-0 400 1
2. Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.) 2-0 383 2
3. West Texas A&M 0-0 366 3
4. Florida Southern 0-0 340 5
5. Nova Southeastern (Fla.) 0-0 325 6
6. West Liberty (W.Va.) 0-0 291 7
7. Northern State (S.D.) 0-0 285 8
8. Colorado School of Mines 2-0 261 13
9. St. Thomas Aquinas (N.Y.) 0-0 244 12
10. Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 0-0 231 11
11. Alabama Huntsville 0-0 220 14
12. Ferris State (Mich.) 0-0 212 15
13. Augustana (S.D.) 0-0 171 17
14. Point Loma (Calif.) 0-0 147 16
15. St. Edward's (Texas) 0-0 143 17
16. Valdosta State (Ga.) 0-0 138 18
17. Washburn (Kan.) 4-0 131 NR
18. Truman State (Mo.) 3-0 118 NR
19. Fairmont State (W.Va.) 0-0 101 20
20. Queens (N.C.) 2-2 95 10
21. Charleston (W.Va.) 0-0 77 22
22. Colorado Mesa 2-0 63 NR
23. Augusta (Ga.) 1-0 60 NR
24. Findlay (Ohio) 1-0 58 NR
25. Sioux Falls (S.D.) 0-0 54 23

NSIC announces adjustments to upcoming basketball season

The Northern Sun Intercollegiate conference released this morning an update to the 2021 men's and women's basketball schedules. The Wolves opponents will remain the same, however updates have been made to home and away dates with the teams splitting sites. Northern State will now host eight straight weeks of basketball from Wachs Arena with a combined 16 games between the men and women in January and February. Game times will be added to the online schedules as they become available.
The Northern State men and women will kick off the year on December 17 with a pair of intrasquad scrimmages at 6 and 7:30 p.m. from Wachs Arena. Attendance at the scrimmages will be limited to student-athlete families (passbook), NSU students with valid student ID, and Wolves Club members. No tickets will be sold or available at the door and the event is not open to the public. Wolves Club members should enter the Barnett Center through the main north doors and check-in with the attendants at the gate. Those looking for more information or with questions should contact Austin Hieb at
Facial coverings are required in all indoor spaces on campus and fans are reminded to follow CDC guidelines in Wachs Arena including; proper hand washing, social distancing, and health information. For this season, the NSIC will only crown a North Division and South Division Champion. The conference will continue to monitor the landscape and conditions surrounding the pandemic, locally, regionally, and nationally, and make any decisions or announcements, at a later date, as necessary.
Wachs Arena will have limited attendance at games, with Wolves Club members, student-athletes families, and Northern students taking top priority. The updated men's and women's schedules are listed below.

Men's Basketball Schedule Women's Basketball Schedule
Date Opponent Date Opponent
Dec. 17 Intrasquad Scrimmage (7:30 pm) Dec. 17 Intrasqaud Scrimmage (6 pm)
Jan. 2 @Wayne State Jan. 2 Wayne State
Jan. 3 @Wayne State Jan. 3 Wayne State
Jan. 8 @Bemidji State Jan. 8 Bemidji State
Jan. 9 @Bemidji State Jan. 9 Bemidji State
Jan. 15 Minnesota Crookston Jan. 15 @Minnesota Crookston
Jan. 16 Minnesota Crookston Jan. 16 @Minnesota Crookston
Jan. 22 @St. Cloud State Jan. 22 St. Cloud State
Jan. 23 @St. Cloud State Jan. 23 St. Cloud State
Jan. 29 Minnesota Duluth Jan. 29 @Minnesota Duluth
Jan. 30 Minnesota Duluth Jan. 30 @Minnesota Duluth
Feb. 5 @UMary Feb. 5 UMary
Feb. 6 @UMary Feb. 6 UMary
Feb. 12 Minot State Feb. 12 @Minot State
Feb. 13 Minot State Feb. 13 @Minot State
Feb. 19 MSU Moorhead Feb. 19 @MSU Moorhead
Feb. 20 MSU Moorhead Feb. 20 @MSU Moorhead
Feb. 25-28 NSIC Tournament Feb. 25-28 NSIC Tournament

Wings goalie Sibell named NAHL central division star of the week

Aberdeen Wings goaltender Jacob Sibell has been named the NAHL Central Division Star of the week.  Sibell earned the honor for his play this past weekend in Aberdeen’s two wins on the road vs. the Bismarck Bobcats.  That includes a shutout of the Bobcats on Friday Dec. 4th.  The Wings as a team are 14-0, lead the NAHL and Sibell has been in goal 11 of those 14 games.  He has a .942 save percentage and has three shutouts so far.  He is also the fourth different Wings player to earn the central division star of the week honors. 

Iowa wrestling legend Dan Gable to be awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

President Donald Trump has given legendary Iowa wrestler and coach Dan Gable the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  The PMF is the highest honor our government gives to civilians.  Gable was a champion wrestler on his own, winning a national championship at 130lbs in 1968, 137 in 1969 and second place at 142lbs in 1970.  He also won gold at the Pan America games in 1971, a Wrestling World Championship in 1971 and Olympic Gold at the 1972 Munich Olympics.  While coaching at the University of Iowa he won 21 Big Ten conference championships and 15 NCAA Division I championships between 1976 to 1997. 

SDSU women's basketball cracks AP top 25

South Dakota State women’s basketball has cracked the top 25 for the first time this season.  The poll comes from the Associated Press and was released Dec. 6th.  South Dakota State is now 22nd in the nation, after knocking off then #18 Gonzaga over the weekend.  It is the first time SDSU has been ranked since they finished ranked #22 in the nation following the 2018-19 season.  That season ended with an appearance in the sweet 16.  SDSU has started the season 3-0 and knocked off two ranked opponents in Iowa State and Gonzaga. 

Brandon Valley head FB coach Garrow in hospital with two brain tumors

Brandon Valley head football coach Chad Garrow has been admitted to a Sioux Falls hospital awaiting the results of a brain biopsy after the discovery of two tumors. According to Garrow's wife Melissa writing on the couple's Caring Bridge page, Garrow began feeling ill over Thanksgiving and went to the ER with sever head pain. The news comes just three weeks after Garrow led the Lynx to their second 11AAA state championship in three years. At one point Garrow had to be intibated after suffering a seizure during the whole ordeal.

Watertown superintendent says wear a mask if attending winter activities

(KWAT - Watertown, SD) Watertown Superintendent Dr. Jeff Danielsen issued a news release Tuesday with a simple message–if you’re attending a school district sporting event this winter, wear a mask, or stay home and listen to the game. or watch it online.


The policy applies only to high school activities, with an announcement forthcoming on middle school activities.


Danielsen says, “since we are bringing in members of the public, including visitors from out of town, we want them to feel safe attending Watertown activities.”


He went on to say, “we are taking this step to continue to allow our students to participate in as many activities as possible, and keeping everyone healthy is the best way to do this.”


Watertown Activities Director Craig Boyens says the school district wants to keep open attendance for winter sports, which means any and all fans can attend, but he says they may need to limit attendance if they don’t have cooperation from the public in wearing masks.

Aberdeen Wings sign tender Landry Schmuck

The Aberdeen Wings have announced the signing of another tender player in forward Landry Schmuck for the 2021-22 season.  Landry is 5’9, 155lbs and a Huntsville Alabama native currently playing for the Nashville Jr. Predators U18 team.  He tallied 47 goals and 42 assists in 84 games played.  Wings head coach Scott Langer says Landry is above average when it comes to skating and has the ability to finish at the net. 

Watertown's Dawson Schmidt commits to play football at Northern

Dawson Schmidt, a wide receiver from Watertown announced via his twitter account Monday he has committed to play football at Northern State University.  Schmidt also plays cornerback on defense for the Arrows.  He is a senior who was named to the 2020 All-Eastern Couth Dakota Conference Football Team.  He was also named to the Argus Leader’s Elite 45, its ranking of the best high school football prospects in the state.  Schmidt caught 38 passes this past year for 790 yards and 12 touchdowns over eight games. 

SD Media prep pre-season basketball poll released 11/31/20

Boys Basketball
Class AA
1. Roosevelt (9) 64
2. Yankton (5) 61
3. Brandon Valley 36
4. Washington 17
5. Harrisburg 13
Receiving votes: O’Gorman 7, Mitchell 5, Rapid City Central 5, Aberdeen Central 2. 

Class A
1. Dakota Valley (11) 67
2. SF Christian (3) 55
3. Tea Area 38
4. Dell Rapids 15
5. Sioux Valley 14
Receiving votes: Vermillion 11, St. Thomas More 7, Red Cloud 3

Class B
1. De Smet (11) 66
2. White River (1) 47
3. Platte-Geddes (2) 38
4. Viborg-Hurley 17
5. Dell Rapids St. Mary 16
Receiving votes: Aberdeen Christian 14, Canistota 5, Howard 5, Hanson 2.

Girls Basketball
Class AA
1. O’Gorman (10) 65
2. Washington (4) 56
3. Harrisburg 43
4. Brandon Valley 21
5. Stevens 13
Receiving votes: Aberdeen Central 9, SF Lincoln 2, Mitchell 1.

Class A
1. Winner (13) 69
2. St. Thomas More (1) 55
3. Hamlin 30
4. Tea Area 23
5. West Central 17
Receiving votes: Flandreau 5, Lennox 4, Red Cloud 4, Dakota Valley 2, Hill City 1. 

Class B
1. Corsica-Stickney (14) 70
2. Castlewood 48
3. Colman-Egan 26
4. Faith 23
5. De Smet 18
Receiving votes: Ethan 5, White River 4, Viborg-Hurley 4, Howard 4, Bridgewater-Emery 4, Deubrook Area 2, Waubay/Summit 2.