Local Sports Archives for 2021-04

Central hires Mikayla Arechigo as next head girls basketball coach

The Aberdeen Public School District has announced the hiring of Mikayla Arechigo as the next head girls basketball coach for the Golden Eagle program.  Arechigo, known as Mikayla Barondeau while in high school, attended Frederick Area High School where she was an athlete in cross-country, basketball, volleyball and track.  She has been on staff at Central for the past six years including the 2016 and 2018 teams which won a Class AA girls basketball championship.  She replaces Dawn Seiler who announced her retirement from coaching following this season and has taken the job as the next Athletic Director at Aberdeen Central. 

Former Central star Andrew Bergan transferring to Northern State

Former Aberdeen Central basketball star Andrew Bergan announced on his social media this week he is transferring from Division I University of North Dakota to Northern State.  Bergan finished his freshman season at North Dakota playing spot time in three games.  He is a 6’8 forward and four-year letterman who helped the Golden Eagles make the Class AA Championship game his freshman season. 



USD cancels final football game of the season, will not seek another opponent

The University of South Dakota announced earlier this week its final game of the season scheduled for April 17th vs. Western Illinois will not be played due to COVID-19.  With that the University announced Wednesday it would not seek another opponent and effectively end its spring football season.  COVID-19 played a huge role in this football season for the Coyotes.  Their first game of the year vs. Western Illinois was postponed back on February 19th and the Coyotes haven’t played a game since losing to Youngstown State on March 20th.  Following that game USD had three cancelations against North Dakota State, UNI and South Dakota State, then announced the final cancelation against Western Illinois.  The Coyotes finish the season 1-3. 

Doland South Dakota native Tim Miles named next head coach at Division I San Jose State

Doland South Dakota native and one time Northern assistant coach Tim Miles has been named the next head men’s basketball coach at San Jose State University.  San Jose State is a Division I basketball program located in San Jose California.  The team plays basketball in the Mountain West Conference.  Miles has not coached basketball since 2019 when he was let go as the head coach at the University of Nebraska.  During his time at Nebraska he was named the Big Ten coach of the year in 2014. 

Minnesota hockey star Mark Pavelich's death ruled suicide

The death of a former Minnesota hockey star Mark Pavelich has been ruled a suicide.  According to the Minnesota medical examiner who investigated the death, Pavelich died of asphyxia.  Pavelich’s body was found March 3rd at the Eagle’s Healing Nest in Sauk Center Minnesota.  He was 63 years old and had been undergoing treatment as part of a civil commitment for assaulting his neighbor in August 2019.  He was deemed incompetent to stand trial in that case.  Pavelich was part of the “Miracle on Ice” US Olympic hockey team which upset the Soviet Union at the 1980 winter games and went on to win the gold medal that same Olympic season.  He’s just the second member of that team to pass away, before him defenseman Bob Suter in 2014. 

Vikings cornerback Jeff Gladney charged with assault

Minnesota Vikings cornerback Jeff Gladney has been arrested on assault charges.  Gladney turned himself into the Dallas police department Monday.  According to authorities Galdney was allegedly involved in a verbal altercation Friday with a  22-year-old woman over the contents of a cell phone.  At some point during the argument things became physical according to the Dallas Police Department.  The 24-year-old now faces assault on a household member impeding breathing or circulation charges.  He has been released on bail.  The Vikings released a statement on the matter saying the team takes the allegations very seriously and will be investigating the matter further. 

Wolves guard Malik Beasley out 4-6 weeks with hamstring injury

The Wolves will now be without guard Malik Beasley for an extended period of time.  Beasley announced Monday he has suffered a grade three left hamstring injury and will miss roughly 4-6 weeks.  Beasley has missed a lot of time lately as he had just returned from being suspended by the league for an off the court issue when he suffered this injury. 

USD vs. SDSU football game canceled due to COVID-19

The South Dakota State vs. University of South Dakota football game has been canceled this weekend due to COVID-19.  The Missouri Valley Football Conference also announced it would not be rescheduled.  The game was suppose to take place Saturday in Brookings at Dana Dykhouse Stadium.  Both USD and SDSU have now had three consecutive games canceled due to COVID-19 related issues. 

Wings forward Kyle Gaffney commits to DI Alaska-Fairbanks

Aberdeen Wings forward Kyle Gaffney has announced he has committed to play Division I hockey for the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  Gaffney is 6’0 165 pounds and a native of Plymouth Michigan.  He has one goal, 12 assists for 13 points in 32 games for the Wings this season.  Gaffney will begin his college hockey career in 2022 and join fellow former Wings including Riley Murphy, Antonio Di Paolo and Jakob Breault.  He is the fourth player on the Wings roster this season to commit to Alaska-Fairbanks.