Local Sports Archives for 2021-03

Dakota Marker game between SDSU and NDSU postponed until April 17th

As the Missouri Valley Football Conference fall season continues to move forward questions about whether or not the season will be finished continue to linger. 


Tuesday the Conference announced the Dakota Marker game between North Dakota State and South Dakota State scheduled for this Saturday at 2:30 p.m. will be postponed until Saturday April 17th


The game was moved due to NDSU COVID-19 protocols after contract tracing led to the Bison reporting close contact with someone positive for COVID-19. 


This comes just days after NDSU vs. the University of South Dakota game was canceled last Saturday, North Dakota vs. Missouri State has been canceled this weekend.


SDSU head football coach John Stiegelmeier says his team has been successful due to new operations this season...


Wild sign 2019 first round pick Matt Boldy to entry-level deal

The Minnesota Wild announced Tuesday the club has signed prospect Matt Boldy to a three-year entry-level contract.  He will begin play with the club this season, beginning his professional career with the Iowa Wild of the AHL.  Boldy is 19 years old and considered one of the clubs top prospects.  He scored 31 points in 22 games with Boston College this season, leading the Eagles in scoring, goals, assists, power play points and shots on goal.  He was named a Hobey Baker finalists this year which is awarded to the top men’s hockey college hockey player in the nation.  He was selected in the first round 12th overall by the Minnesota Wild in the 2019 NHL draft.    

Vikings re-sign OT Dakota Dozier

The Minnesota Vikings have resigned offensive tackle Dakota Dozier.  The deal is for one-year though the terms of the contract were not immediately released.  Dozier started all 16 game sfor the Vikings at left guard in 2020, his first season as a full-time started.  He has spent three seasons with Minnesota after being selected by the New York Jets in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL draft.  Dozier will turn 30 on April 30th

NFL owners expand regular season to 17 games

The NFL owners announced Tuesday the league is expanding the regular season to 17 games while the pre-season will be shrunk to three games.  This is the first time in 43 years owners have voted to increase the regular season.  The season went from 14 games to 16 in 1978 and has been that way until now.  The Super Bowl will also be pushed back one week to February 13th.  Each extra game will be an inter-conference matchup based on where the team finished the previous season. 

NFL owners expand regular season to 17 games

The NFL owners announced Tuesday the league is expanding the regular season to 17 games while the pre-season will be shrunk to three games.  This is the first time in 43 years owners have voted to increase the regular season.  The season went from 14 games to 16 in 1978 and has been that way until now.  The Super Bowl will also be pushed back one week to February 13th.  Each extra game will be an inter-conference matchup based on where the team finished the previous season. 

Vikings sign safety Xavier Woods and CB Mackenzie Alexander

The Minnesota Vikings and free agent safety Xavier Woods have come to terms on a one-year $2.25 million contract.  The deal includes $1.75 million guaranteed money.  Woods is 25-years-old and is expected to fill the vacant safety position next to Harrison Smith.  He will replace Anthony Harris who left via free agency this offseason. 


The Minnesota Vikings also announced the resigning of cornerback Mackenzie Alexander.  Alexander rejoins the Vikings in 2021 following one season with the Cincinnati Bengals. He started 10 of 13 games that he appeared in and recorded a career-high 47 tackles and one interception with six passes defensed for Cincinnati. Originally drafted with the 54th overall pick by the Vikings in 2016, Alexander recorded 99 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 21 passes defensed, two interceptions and one fumble recovery through 55 games (10 starts) in four seasons with Minnesota. He helped the team to top-five NFL rankings in both total defense and passing defense in three of his four seasons with the Vikings and led all NFL cornerbacks in sacks in 2018 with 4.0. As a redshirt sophomore at Clemson, Alexander helped the Tigers finish as national runner-ups to earn AP Second Team All-America honors and was tabbed a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award (nation's top defensive back).

Twins and pitcher Dobnak agree to an extension

The Minnesota Twins and starting pitcher Randy Dobnak have come to terms on a new five-year contract extension worth a reported $9.25 million contract.  The deal includes a three club option and can max out at $29.75 million if all escalators are hit.  Dobnak signed with the Twins out of the independent baseball league United Shire Professional Baseball in 2017 after going undrafted out of Alderson Broaddus University in West Virginia.  He is 26-years-old and went 8-5 with a 3.12 ERA in 19 career appearances including 15 starts with the Twins.  Twins manager Rocco Baldelli announced last Thursday Dobnak would make the Twins opening day roster.  The Twins will open the regular season Thursday on the road vs. the Milwaukee Brewers.  First pitch will be at 1:10 p.m.

Wolves guard Kallman to transfer to North Dakota State

Former Northern State guard Andrew Kallman announced Saturday via his twitter account he would transfer to Division I North Dakota State University.  Kallman will be a senior and join the Bison after starting the past three seasons with Northern State.  He is a Chaska Minnesota native and averaged 9.8 points, 4.4 assists, and 3.9 rebounds per game.  Kallman is one of three Wolves including Parker Fox and Mason Stark who announced they would be transferring following an end to the 2021 season. 



Former USD head men's basketball coach Craig Smith to fill same position at the University of Utah

Former University of South Dakota head men’s basketball coach Craig Smith has been named to the same position at the University of Utah.  The Utes made the announcement over the weekend.  Smith has been the head coach at Utah State since 2018.  During that time he helped the Aggies win 74 games and make the NCAA tournament three years.  He will take over a Utes program that went 12-13 this past season and have not made a post-season tournament since 2017-2018 when they were NIT Runner-ups. 

Vikings resign running back Ameer Abdullah

The Minnesota Vikings announced Wednesday the team has resigned running back Ameer Abdullah.  Abdullah has received spot time carrying the ball for Minnesota, but primarily serves as the team’s kick returner.  He joined the Vikings in 2018 after a stint with the Detroit Lions.  Abdullah has retuned 38 kicks for Minnesota for a total of 935 yards, averaging 24.6 a return.  He also has carried the ball 24 times for 156 yards and has three receiving touchdowns with Minnesota. 

Augustana head women's coach Krauth finalist for coach of the year

Augustana head women’s basketball coach Dave Krauth has been named a finalist for the United States Marine Corps/WBCA NCAA Division II National Coach of the year award.  The award is given annually and selected by a committee of basketball coaches.  Krauth has spent 32 seasons with Augustana.  During this past season Krauth coached his 650th career victory with a win on January 29th vs. Upper Iowa and hit his 1,000th victory as a combined high school and college coach in a victory over the University of Sioux Falls on February 12th

Minnesota Golden Gophers reportedly courting Northern's Parker Fox

The Minneapolis Star Tribune Reports Northern State junior Parker Fox has spoken with the University of Minnesota about a possible transfer.  Fox entered the transfer portal following the Wolves losing to Northwest Missouri State in the central region championship of the NCAA Division II tournament.  Fox is 6’6 and a Minnesota native, playing his high school basketball at Mahtomedi.  He averaged 22.1 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 3.2 blocks with the Wolves this season.  If Fox joins the Gophers, he’d be one of the first acquisitions under newly named head coach Ben Johnson. 

Northern football announces 2021 schedule

With Dacotah Bank Stadium construction on track and on time for a late summer completion, the Northern State University football team is excited to announce their 2021 opening season schedule. The Wolves kick-off the season on September 4 at Minnesota State, before playing their inaugural game from Dacotah Bank Stadium on September 11.
"This is a tough schedule and it starts with a great opponent in game one," noted head football coach Mike Schmit. "We are ready for the challenge. We need the energy of the best fans in the NSIC at every one of these contests. Especially as we kick-off a new era in the best stadium in Division II football, Dacotah Bank Stadium."
Northern will host Southwest Minnesota State for a 6 p.m. kick in the stadium opening contest. The inaugural game will feature a variety of events throughout the day for all ages including tailgating, kid zone, and special events. Full inaugural game details will be released in the coming months, in addition to ticket options and premium experiences.
The Wolves then head to Upper Iowa on September 18, before a 2-game home stand in Aberdeen. NSU welcomes Sioux Falls for the sixth Ag Bowl. Kick-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. versus the Cougars. The following weekend slates the Wolves versus the Marauders of the University of Mary for Gypsy Days. Homecoming kick-off is set for 2 p.m. following the parade.
Northern State travels to Winona State on October 9 and returns to Dacotah Bank Stadium on October 16 for a 6 p.m. kick versus Minot State in the annual Blackout Cancer game. The following two weeks, October 23 and 30 see the Wolves on the road at Concordia-St. Paul and MSU Moorhead.
NSU closes out their 2021 home schedule on November 6 at 1 p.m. versus Bemidji State for senior day. The Wolves then conclude the season at Minnesota Duluth on November 13.
2021 Northern State Football Schedule

Sept. 4 @Minnesota State TBA
Sept. 11 SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA STATE [DBS Inaugural Game] 6 p.m.
Sept. 18 @Upper Iowa TBA
Sept. 25 SIOUX FALLS [Ag Bowl] 6 p.m.
Oct. 2 UNIVERSITY OF MARY* [Gypsy Days] 2 p.m.
Oct. 9 @Winona State 2 p.m.
Oct. 16 MINOT STATE* [Blackout Cancer] 6 p.m.
Oct. 23 @Concordia-St. Paul* TBA
Oct. 30 @MSU Moorhead* TBA
Nov. 6 BEMIDJI STATE* [Senior Day] 1 p.m.
Nov. 13 @Minnesota Duluth* TBA

Parker Fox named All-American

Northern State University junior Parker Fox tallied his second All-American honors of the day being named to the D2CCA All-America team this afternoon. The Division II Conference Commissioners Association encourages and promotes Division II athletics and high standards of sportsmanship as important elements of higher education.


Fox averaged 22.3 points per game, as well as 9.9 rebounds per game. He recorded ten double-doubles this season, in addition to career highs in scoring (39), rebounding (21), and assists (7). Fox shot 64.4% from the field and tallied 74 blocks, 49 assists, and 37 steals. The redshirt junior became a member of the Northern State 1,000 point club in 2021 and earned four NSIC North Division Player of the Week awards and one National Player of the Week honor. He was named to the NSIC/Sanford Health and NCAA Central Region All-Tournament teams. In addition, Fox was the NSIC North Division Defensive Player of the Year, Player of the Year, and first team all-conference honoree. He was also honored earlier today on the NABC All-America team.


The All-America Men’s Basketball Team is selected by the NCAA Division II members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

UND Fighting Hawks earn top overall seed in NCAA men's hockey tournament

The NCAA held its selection Sunday for men’s ice hockey last night.  The University of North Dakota received the top overall seed and will face American International College in the first round.  The other top seeds include Boston College, the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin.  Also in the tournament includes Minnesota State Mankato, St. Cloud State, Bemidji State and Minnesota-Duluth, the first time in history all five Minnesota Division I men’s college hockey teams have qualified for the NCAA tournament. 


Tournament schedule:


Bridgeport Regional March 26-27

#1 Wisconsin vs. #4 Bemidji State

#2 UMass vs. #3 Lake Superior State

Fargo Regional March 26-27

#1 North Dakota vs. #4 American International

#2 Michigan vs. #3 Minnesota Duluth

Albany Regional March 27-28

#1 Boston College vs. #4 Notre Dame

#2 St. Cloud State vs. #3 Boston University

Loveland Regional March 27-28

#1 Minnesota vs. #4 Omaha

#2 Minnesota State vs. #3 Quinnipiac

SDSU vs. Illinois State game canceled as Redbirds end season

The South Dakota State vs. Illinois State football game scheduled this upcoming weekend, Saturday March 27th, has been canceled after Illinois State pulled out of the remaining spring football schedule.  In a statement released by head coach Brock Spack, the Redbirds will be sitting out the remainder of the football season to protect the player’s health and safety and make sure the team is ready to compete this coming regularly scheduled fall football season. 

Minnesota Vikings sign cornerback Patrick Peterson

The Minnesota Vikings have signed cornerback Patrick Peterson.  Peterson joins the Vikings after a 10-year career with the Arizona Cardinals where he played in 154 games, all of which he started, after being selected fifth overall in the 2011 NFL Draft. In 2020, Peterson started all 16 games recording three interceptions and eight passes defensed while playing in 99% of the team’s defensive snaps. A member of the 2010-19 All-Decade Team, Peterson has been selected a team captain five times and has totaled 499 tackles, 4.0 sacks and 28 career interceptions, which ranks sixth all-time in Cardinals history. Peterson, who has played in three career playoff games, has earned eight Pro Bowl nods (2011-18) and been selected Associated Press First-Team All-Pro three times (2011 as a returner, ’13, ’15). His four career punt return touchdowns, all of which came as a rookie in 2011, are tied for the most ever in a single season and rank tied for 21st all-time for a career. Peterson also has 10 career receptions.


A native of Pompano Beach, Florida, Peterson was named the USA Today Defensive Player of the Year as a senior in 2007 at Blanche Ely High School. While at LSU, Peterson played in 39 games (30 starts) and totaled 135 tackles, seven interceptions and 22 passes defensed in three seasons before leaving for the NFL following his junior season. Peterson is one of the most decorated players in school history, winning both the Bednarik Award and the Thorpe Award in the same season (2010), while also earning SEC Defensive Player of the Year and Special Teams Player of the Year by the conference’s coaches.


Peterson, who donated $1 million to LSU’s weight room that is now named after him, is married to Antonique, who is a doctor who has worked on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. The couple has two daughters, Paityn and Parker.


Coyote and Jacks women ready for NCAA tournament

( - Wtertown, SD) The women of South Dakota and South Dakota State begin their NCAA Basketball Tournament runs this Sunday and Monday in San Antonio, Texas.  

South Dakota State earned the at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and will take on the eight seed Syracuse at 4:30 p.m. in the first round of the tournament Sunday.  Coach Aaron Johnston talks about the Orange:




Eleven seeded South Dakota will play sixth-seeded Oregon at 9 p.m. on Monday. Coyote Coach Dawn Plitzuweit talks about the Ducks:




This is the fourth NCAA Division I tournament appearance for South Dakota in nine years of eligibility.  SDSU will be making its 10th NCAA Tournament appearance in 13 years.

Vikings resign wide receiver Chad Beebe

Chad Beebe returns to Minnesota for his fourth NFL season in 2021. He originally signed with the Vikings as a rookie free agent in 2018 and spent time on the practice squad before being signed to Minnesota’s active roster in Week 9. In three seasons with the Vikings, Beebe has appeared in 20 games and saw action in 14 contests in 2020. The Aurora, Illinois, native caught 20 receptions for 186 yards and two touchdowns, all career highs, in 2020.

Girls named to all NEC wrestling team

All NEC girls wrestlers named...


Name Grade School

Morgan Woosley 12 Aberdeen Central

Cherish Stern 12 Brookings

Regina Stoeser 7 Harrisburg

Ciara McFarling 8 Pierre T.F. Riggs

Marlee Shorter 10 Pierre T.F. Riggs

Sydney Uhrig 9 Pierre T.F Riggs

Nevaeh Leonard 10 Yankton

Northern men's basketball fall to Northwest Missouri State in Central Region Championships

Northern State men’s basketball lost last night to Northwest Missouri State in the championship game of the NCAA Central Region tournament, ending their season.   


The final was 91-86 in overtime.  There were 11 lead changes in the game.  Leading the Wolves was Parker Fox who scored 34 points followed by Tommy Chatman who scored 15 including two three pointers. 


Social media and fans complained about officiating in the game and in the end four starters fouled out for Northern State. 


Wolves head coach Saul Phillips said it was as tough of loss as he has experienced…



Minnesota Vikings sign DT Dalvin Tomlinson

The minnesota Vikings have signed with former New York Giants defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson.  The deal is for two-years work a reported $22 million, $16 million guaranteed. 


Following signing Tomlinson the team announced it has cut defensive tackle Shamar Stephen.

Northern men's basketball defeats MSU Mooreehad, onto central region championship

Northern State men’s basketball defeated MSU Moorhead Sunday night in Aberdeen  to advance to the NCAA Division II Central region championship.  The final was 77-65.  Leading the Wolves was Parker Fox with 21 points, going 9-13 from the  field.  Northern will next take on Northwest Missouri State tomorrow in Aberdeen.  Tip off will be at 7:00 p.m.  The winner of this game wins the Central Region and advances to the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament. 

Northern's Caden Moore eliminated first day of NCAA wrestling tournament

Northern State University junior, Caden Moore concluded his 2021 season today at the NCAA National Wrestling Championships. Moore fell in two hard fought matches from America’s Center.


The O’Neill native opened the tournament versus No. 2 Dawson Combest of Indianapolis. He fell 6-1 in the match and moved to the back side of the bracket. Moore then faced Colby Njos of St. Cloud State in the second consolation round.


Moore tied the match and then took a lead late in the third, however Njos notched an escape and forced the first overtime period. The Husky tallied a takedown midway through the first overtime, and won with a score of 6-4.


Moore finishes his season with a 6-4 record overall.

NHL and ESPN reach agreement on broadcast rights

The Associated Press reports the NHL and ESPN have come to terms on a new seven-year deal for one half of its US media rights.  The deal would begin next season.  Those rights would include the rights to the Stanley Cup finals between 2022 and 2028, plus streaming rights for Disney.  NBC has the league’s current media rights in the United States, but that deal expires this year and its Sports Network will be shutting down.  ESPN had a long history broadcasting the NHL, but that relationship came to an end in with the league work stoppage in 2004-2005. 

Vikings release kicker Dan Bailey

The Minnesota Vikings released kicker Dan Bailey Tuesday.  Bailey is 33-years-old and became a salary cap casualty as he was signed for $2.7 million which would’ve become guaranteed March 19th.  The Vikings will be saving $1.7 million in cap space by replacing Bailey with Greg Joseph who the team signed off the  Tampa Bay practice squad in February.  Bailey had one of his worst seasons in the league last year including missing three kicks against Jacksonville Week 13 and four against Tampa Bay the following week. 

Lady Coyotes win back-to-back Summit League tournament titles

Second-seeded South Dakota made it back-to-back Summit League Women's Basketball Championships for the first time in program history, knocking off Omaha 66-43 in the tournament title game Tuesday afternoon at the Sanford Pentagon.

The Mavericks' historic run came to end after becoming the first eight seed to win a game in the tournament after toppling top-seeded South Dakota State in the opening round and eventually becoming the first to reach the championship game after a semifinal win over fifth-seeded Western Illinois two days later.

Championship MVP Chloe Lamb had 17 points in the final and her classmate Hannah Sjerven, who won that same honor at the 2020 Championship, led the Coyotes with 20 as they posted the largest title-game victory in the history of the tournament that dates back to 1993. 

The first half was one filled with momentum shifts as both teams had their moments. The Coyotes limited the Mavericks to a 2-for-11 field goal clip in the opening quarter and led 13-0 before Omaha's Josie Filer connected on a 3-pointer almost seven minutes into the contest. The Mavericks had four turnovers and five misses from the field before Fiser's basket and the slow start allowed South Dakota to take a 15-5 lead after 10 minutes.

Omaha regrouped, however, and put together a much better start to the second quarter, charging back to within a point following a triple by Sophie Johnston with 3:21 left in the half.

Unfortunately for the Mavericks, the Coyotes did their own regrouping from that point and reeled off eight straight points to extend their lead at the half to 29-21. Lamb had 10 first-half points and went 3-for-5 from the field

South Dakota carried over the momentum throughout the third quarter, outscoring the Mavericks 20-9 to put the game away. Sjerven scored eight of those third-quarter points and added six more to land on the all-tournament team for the third straight year. Lamb earned the honor for the second straight season.

Filer was joined on the all-tournament team by Claire Killian, but the Coyotes did a nice job of taking the Mavericks' top two scorers out of rhythm. They both only contributed three points for Omaha, who was led in scoring by Lauren Frost. The reserve guard had 10 points whlie Elena Pilakouta added nine.

South Dakota will find out its NCAA Tournament seeding on Monday at 6 p.m. CT when the bracket for San Antonio is released live on ESPN.

Vikings bring back DE Stephen Weatherly

The Minnesota Vikings announced the team and defensive end Stephen Weatherly have come to terms on a new contract.


Weatherly rejoins the Minnesota Vikings following one season with the Carolina Panthers. A seventh-round pick out of Vanderbilt in the 2016 NFL Draft, Weatherly spent the first four years of his career in Minnesota where he played in 49 games with seven starts. He signed with the Panthers as a free agent in 2020 and started in all nine games he appeared in, totaling 17 tackles and one tackle for loss. For his career, Weatherly has recorded 84 tackles, 6.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and 14 tackles for loss.

Member of the "Miracle" hockey team Mark Pavelich dies at 63

One of the men part of the “Miracle on Ice” Us Olympic hockey team Mark Pavelich has died at the age of 63.  Officials in Anoka County Minnesota confirmed Friday Pavelich passed away at the Eagle’s Healing Nest, a treatment center for mental illness sin Sauk Centre Minnesota.  The cause and manner of death are still pending.  Pavelich was undergoing treatment as part of being committed due to assaulting a neighbor in Cook County Minnesota in August of 2019.  He was charged with a felony, but the judge at the time deemed him not fit to stand trial.  Pavelich was part of the US Olympic hockey team which upset the heavily favorite Soviet Union at the 1980 Olympic winter games.   

Northern earns top seed in men's basketball Central Region tournament

The No. 6 Northern State University men’s basketball team earned the No. 1 seed in the Central Region Tournament following Sunday’s NCAA Selection Show. The Wolves will face the winner of the 4/5 game with NSIC foes Wayne State and MSU Moorhead in the 5 p.m. game on Sunday, March 14. Full tournament information can be found at


The 2021 Central Region Tournament is hosted by Northern State University with games scheduled for 6 and 8:45 p.m. on Saturday, March 13; 5 and 7:45 p.m. on Sunday, March 14; and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 16. The first and second seeds in the tournament received a quarterfinal bye and automatically advance to the semifinal round.


The participating teams were selected as follows: No. 1 Northern State, No. 2 Northwest Missouri State, No. 3 Washburn, No. 4 Wayne State, No. 5 MSU Moorhead, and No. 6 Missouri Western.


Each qualifying team will be allocated a set number of tickets and will work through their respective athletic department. Per NCAA Championships protocol, the capacity for Wachs Arena will be limited to 25%, which translates to 1,750 tickets available for each session. Prices of all-session and individual session passes and tickets are as follows:


All-Session Passes                                                            Individual Session Tickets

$40 per adult                                                                     $15 per adult

$25 per student/youth/senior citizen                      $10 per student/youth/senior citizen

     ** Senior Citizens are individuals 65+


Northern State will host a pair of pre-sale events on Thursday, March 11 and Friday, March 12 from 5-8 p.m. in the Barnett Center main lobby. The Thursday event will be open to Wolves Club Members only; for full information CLICK HERE. NSU Athletics will release further information regarding the Friday pre-sale event on Monday, March 8.


Tournament Schedule

Saturday, March 13


6 p.m.

#4 Wayne State vs. #5 MSU Moorhead


8:45 p.m.

#3 Washburn vs. #6 Missouri Western


Sunday, March 14


5 p.m.

#1 Northern State vs. Winner of GM1


7:45 p.m.

#2 Northwest Missouri State vs. Winner of GM2


Tuesday, March 16

GM 5

7 p.m.

Winner of GM3 vs. Winner of GM 4

Summit League releases post-season awards

2021 Summit League Men's Basketball Awards
First Team
Max Abmas, Oral Roberts (So., G)
Rocky Kreuser, North Dakota State (Sr., F)
Kevin Obanor, Oral Roberts (Jr., F)
A.J. Plitzuweit, South Dakota (So., G)
Baylor Scheierman, South Dakota State (So., G)
Stanley Umude, South Dakota (Sr. G)***

Second Team
Will Carius, Western Illinois (Gr., F)
Sam Griesel, North Dakota State (Jr., G)
Brandon McKIssic, Kansas City (Sr., G)
Filip Rebraca, North Dakota (Jr., F)**
Douglas Wilson, South Dakota State (Sr., F)**

Honorable Mention
Josiah Allick, Kansas City (So., F)
Xavier Fuller, South Dakota (Jr., F)
Matt Pile, Omaha (Sr., F)**
Marlon Ruffin, Omaha (Jr., F)
Jase Townsend, Denver (Jr., G)**

All-Newcomer Team
Will Carius, Western Illinois (Gr., F)
RJ Glasper, Oral Roberts (Gr., G)
Tyree Ihenacho, North Dakota (Fr., G)
Grant Nelson, North Dakota State (Fr., F)
A.J. Plitzuweit, South Dakota (So., G)
^Player of the year automatically earns a spot on the first team
*Career of All-League honors

Player of the Year
Max Abmas, Oral Roberts
Defensive Player of the Year
Brandon McKissic, Kansas City

Sixth Man of the Year
Grant Nelson, North Dakota State

Freshman of the Year
Tyree Ihenacho, North Dakota

Newcomer of the Year
A.J. Plitzuweit, South Dakota

Coach of the Year
Todd Lee, South Dakota

2020-21 Women's Basketball Postseason Awards
First Team All-Summit League
Naomie Alnatas, Kansas City
Paiton Burckhard, South Dakota State***
Tylee Irwin, South Dakota State
Chloe Lamb, South Dakota***
Myah Selland, South Dakota State^**
Hannah Sjerven, Souht Dakota***
Second Team All-Summit League
Uju Ezeudu, Denver
Grace Gilmore, Western Illinois
Heaven Hamling, North Dakota State
Liv Korngable, South Dakota
Keni Jo Lippe, Oral Roberts**
Honorable Mention All-Summit League
Meghan Boyd, Denver
Ryan Cobbins, North Dakota State**
Emily Dietz, North Dakota State
Julia Fleecs, North Dakota**
Evan Zars, Western Illinois**

Summit League All-Newcomer Team
Tierney Coleman, Oral Roberts
Heaven Hamling, North Dakota State
Reneya Hopkins, North Dakota State
Maddie Krull, South Dakota
RaVon Nero, Kansas City
^Player of the year automatically earns a spot on the first team
*Career of All-League honors

Player of the Year
Myah Selland, South Dakota State
Defensive Player of the Year
Hannah Sjerven, South Dakota
Sixth Woman of the Year
RaVon Nero, Kansas City
Freshman of the Year
Tierney Coleman, Oral Roberts
Newcomer of the Year
Heaven Hamling, North Dakota State
Coach of the Year
Aaron Johnston, South Dakota State

Vikings release longtime tight end Kyle Rudolph

The Minnesota Vikings announced Tuesday the team has released tight end Kyle Rudolph.  Rudolph is 31-years-old and so far has spent his entire 10 year NFL career with Minnesota.  He was selected in the second round of the 2011 NFL draft by Minnesota out of Notre Dame.  Its likely Rudolph will sign somewhere else as he appears to be prepared to play another season in the NFL.  He and the team had restricted his contract a number of times, but before this offseason Rudolph eluded to the fact he was not willing to do that once again, making his big contract a liability as the team tries to stay under the salary cap. 

Harrisburg qb Knuth commits to Minnesota

Harrisburg high school quarterback Jacob Knuth has announced he will play college football at the University of Minnesota, accepting a scholarship to join the Gopher program.  Knuth also had offers from the University of Iowa and Kansas State.  Knuth is 6’3 200 pounds and considered a 3-star recruit from 247sports.  He set a school record in passing yards, 2,403, completion percentage, 64.3 and passing touchdowns, 28 during the 2020 season. 

Wild goaltender Alex Stalock claimed off waivers by Edmonton

Minnesota Wild goaltender Alex Stalock has been claimed off waivers by the Edmonton Oilers.  The Wild had placed Stalock on waivers Sunday in hopes he would clear and join what is called a “taxi squad” this year due to COVID-19.  Stalock came into the season considered the backup with the addition of Cam Talbot, but suffered an injury keeping him out of the start to the 2021 season.  Talbot also got injured paving the way for prospect Kaapo Kahkonen to play and play so well he has earned a spot on the roster.  Stalock is 30 years old and earned 20 wins with Minnesota in 2020. 

USD cracks STATS FCS top 25 poll

The University of South Dakota football program has cracked the STATS FCS top 25 poll released Monday.  USD upset then seventh ranked Illinois State last weekend and in doing so has been placed 20th in the nation.  Ahead of the Coyotes includes other Missouri Valley Schools including the University of North Dakota, the highest ranked Missouri Valley school at #4.  North Dakota State who just had a 36 game winning streak snapped last weekend at #6, South Dakota State at #8, Southern Illinois at #11 and Illinois State at #15. 


STATS FCS top 25 poll:






James Madison (2-0)

992 (34)



Weber State (1-0)

945 (4)



UNI (1-1)




North Dakota (2-0)

846 (2)



Villanova (0-0)




North Dakota State (2-1)




Nicholls (2-0)




South Dakota State (1-1)




Kennesaw State (1-0)




Jacksonville State (4-1)




Southern Illinois (2-1)




Sam Houston (1-0)




Albany (0-0)




New Hampshire (0-0)




Illinois State (0-1)




Southeast Missouri State (1-1)




Furman (1-1)




Chattanooga (1-1)




Idaho (1-0)




Wofford (1-1)




South Dakota (1-0)




Eastern Washington (0-1)




Monmouth (0-0)




Southeastern Louisiana (0-1)




Delaware (0-0)



Others: Austin Peay (75) , UIW (58) , McNeese (39) , VMI (32) , Jackson State (22) , Richmond (17) , San Diego (16) , Gardner-Webb (16) , ETSU (14) , Dixie State (14) , Tennessee Tech (13) , Tarleton State (11) , South Carolina State (10) , Southern University (8) , UC Davis (7)

State wrestling tournament place results

The South Dakota High School state wrestling tournament wrapped up Saturday.  Many area wrestlers managed to place at the event.  Wrestlers who placed goes as follows:

Girls wrestling

Class A 112- Madyson Gillen of Aberdeen Central placed 4th.

Class A 123 - Ally Brunamaier of Aberdeen Central placed 7th.  

Class B 129 - Sierre Stuwe of Potter County placed 7th.

Class B 129 - Marly Guthmiller of Ipswich/Leola/Bowdle placed 3rd.

Class A 131 - Melina Frank of Aberdeen Central placed 3rd.  

Class B 140 - Kyla Logan of Iroquois/Doland state champion.
Class A 143 - Clare Moe of Aberdeen Central placed 8th

Class A 167 - Morgan Woosley of Aberdeen Central finished 5th.  

Class A  275 - Madison Holmes of Aberdeen Central placed 5th.  


boys wrestling

Class B 106 - Brady Risetter, sophomore, of Redfield placed 5th.   

Class A 106 - Rayden Zens, freshman, of Aberdeen Central placed 3rd.  

Class B 113 - Dragr Monson, senior, Groton State Champion.  

Class A 113 - Mason Schrempp, 8th grader, of Aberdeen Central placed 6th.  

Class B 126 - Keaton Rohlfs, sophoore, of Redfield placed 6th.

Class A 126 - Brock Martin, junior, of Aberdeen Central placed 4th.  

Class B 132 - Parker Geditz, junior, of Faulkton placed 4th. 

Class B 132 - Cael Larson, junior, of Webster placed 3rd.  

Class B 138 - Bradyn Robbins, senior, Redfield State Champion.  

Class B 145 - Mason Fey, junior, of Redfield placed 3rd.  

Class A 170 - Sam Calvert, senior, of Aberdeen Central placed 5th.  

Class B 182 - Corbin Schwartz, junior, of Redfield placed 3rd.  



Northern men's basketball wins historic fourth consecutive NSIC tournament title

The No. 8 Northern State University men’s basketball team became the first NSIC program in tournament history to win four straight titles with a dominant win over MSU Moorhead. The Wolves avenged their loss over the Dragons to close out the regular season, automatically qualifying for the NCAA Central Region Tournament.


Parker Fox, Andrew Kallman, and Tommy Chatman were named to the All-Tournament team, while Mason Stark was named the Tournament MVP. Northern is now 20-5 from the Sanford Pentagon since the 2013 season. Not only is Northern State the only NSIC team to win four straight conference tournament championships, they now hold the crown for most tournament championships overall winning their sixth. In addition, they improve their conference tournament win streak to 15 games.