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Local Sports Archives for 2021-05

Timberwolves assistant coach's Vanterpool and Gates will not return next season

Minnesota Timberwolves associated head coach Dave Vanterpool and assistant coach Bryan Gates will not return next season according to reports from ESPN.  Vanterpool and Gates were both hired under former head coach Ryan Saunders, who was fired midseason and replaced with new head coach Chris Finch.    


Wings forward Natan Vertes named NAHL Central Division Star of the Week

Aberdeen Wings forward Natan Vertes has been named the NAHL Central Division Star of the Week for his play between May 10th through the 16th.  During that time Vertes had four goals and an assist in one game and another goal for six total points on the weekend sweep of the Minot Minotaros.  He also helped the Wings set a new NAHL record for most wins in a season and most points in a season.  Vertes is a 20-year-old Budapest Hungary native who is committed to play Division I hockey for Alaska-Fairbanks next seasons.   


Parks and Rec organizing bus trip to MN Twins game

Aberdeen Parks and Rec will be sponsoring a bus trip to see the Minnesota Twins take on the Cincinnati Reds Tuesday June 22nd.  The group will travel via charter bus leaving early in the morning and returning the same day.  The deadline to sign up is Tuesday June 1st and a limited number of seats will be made available.  Cost is $85 per person and that includes your transportation and ticket to the game.  For more questions contact parks and rec at 626-7015. 


Former NSU star Parker Fox likely out for season after tearing ACL and meniscus

Former Northern State star forward Parker Fox may miss the next basketball season after suffering a torn ACL and meniscus in his left knee in a workout last month.  Fox left Northern State at the conclusion of this past basketball season and joined Division I University of Minnesota.  He is expected to miss six to ninth months while he recoveries from surgery.  He will have two seasons of eligibility with the Gophers when he returns to the court. 


NBA to use play-in game tournament to name 7th and 8th seeds

The NBA playoffs will begin Tuesday with for the first time a  play-in game tournament.  The tournament will feature a 10 seed vs. 9 nine seed with the loser going home.  Then the 8th will play the 7th seed with the winner qualifying for the seventh seed in the playoffs.  On Tuesday #10 Charlotte will take on #9 Indiana and #8 Washington will take on #7Boston.  The winner of the Charlotte vs. Indiana match will play the loser of the Washington vs. Boston match for the 8th seed in the playoffs.   This Wednesday #10 San Antonio will take on #9 Memphis with the loser being eliminated.  Then #8 Golden State will take on #7 Los Angeles with the winner earning the 7th seed in the playoffs.  The loser will play the winner of Memphis vs. San Antonio for the 8th seed.     


Aberdeen Wings set two new league records this weekend

Over the weekend the Aberdeen Wings defeated the Minot Minotauros both Friday and Saturday night and in doing so set two new NAHL league records.  Friday the Wings defeated Minot 10-1 and set a new NAHL record for most wins in a single season with 50.  Saturday the Wings won 4-1 and set a new NAHL record for most points in a season, tallying 103 points in 51 wins.  The Wings enter the playoffs this weekend as the Number one team and will face Minot this weekend at home in the first two of a five game series. 


Jacks fall to Sam Houston State 23-21 in FCS National Championship

South Dakota State fell to Sam Houston State yesterday afternoon in Frisco Texas.  The final was 23-21.  With the win Sam Houston State wins the 2021 NCAA National Championship. 

 

The game was delayed for a time due to weather in Texas as lightning was spotted at the game.  The Jacks led 21-17 late, but gave up a touchdown on third down in the red zone in the closing moments to lose the game. 

 

Jacks head football coach John Stiegelmeier talked about the loss…

 

 

 

Jacks starting quarterback Mark Gronowski left the game with an injury and backup Keaton Heide had to come on and try to finish the game.  Isaiah Davis led the team in rushing going 14 carries for 178 yards and three touchdowns.  

 

Despite the failure to stop the Bear Kats on the goal line, Stiegelmeier says the coach's made the right call...

 

 

 

Stiegelmeier in the end said he was proud of the Jackrabbits football team and hopes Jackrabbit nation will be proud as well...

 


Lynx star Seimone Agustus retires, will join Sparks coachign staff

Minnesota Lynx star guard Seimone Augustus has announced she is retiring from playing basketball and will be moving to the bench as an assistant coach.  The 37 year old WNBA star will join the Los Angeles Sparks as an assistant coach.  Augustus helped turn around what was one of the worst franchises in the WNBA in Minnesota after being selected first overall in 2006, and ended up winning four WNBA championships with the Lynx.  She was also named Finals MVP in 2011.  She played her entire career with Minnesota, before her final season, finishing 2020 with the Los Angeles Sparks.  The WNBA tipped off its regular season Wednesday and celebrates 25 years of basketball this season. 


Former Hawai'i star quarterback Colt Brennan dead at 37

One time college football star quarterback Colt Brennan is dead at 37 years old.  According to reports Brennan had struggled with substance abuse and was found unconscious at a California rehab center.  He would ultimately die at a hospital.  Brennan played college football at the University of Hawai’i from 2005 to 2007 where he passed for more than 4,000 yards three times, including for 5,549 in 2006.  That season he also set the single-season record for touchdown passes with 58.  That record was just surpassed in 2019 by LSU’s Joe Burrow.  Brennan finished sixth in the Heisman trophy voting that season.  He helped lead the Rainbow Warriors to a undefeated 12-0 season in 2007 and an appearance in the Sugar Bowl, ultimately losing to Georgia. 


Wings sign defenseman Luke Amell to tender

The Aberdeen Wings have announced the team has signed a tender in defenseman Luke Amell.  Amell will come to Aberdeen from Mars Pennsylvania.  He stands 6’4 190lbs, is a right handed shot and has spent the past three seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite AAA under 18 program. 


Pierre Governor boys basketball coach Terry Becker resigns

(Dakota Radio Group - Pierre, SD) Terry Becker has resigned as Pierre Governor Boys Basketball head coach.


Becker was the Governors’ head coach for 17 seasons, compiling a record of 201-202.  Three of his teams had 20-win seasons, including the 2012-13 Governors, who won the school’s fourth boys basketball state championship and first since 1982.


Before coming to Pierre, Becker, a graduate of Mount Marty University, was the head coach for two seasons at Dell Rapids St. Mary and led the Cardinals to the 2004 class B championship.
This past season, Pierre was 7-13, improving from only one win in 2019-20.


Becker expressed his gratitude and appreciation for those whom he has coached in Pierre, but said that it’s time for him to do other things after 22 years of coaching.

 

Pierre Athletic Director Brian Moser said that Becker has given a lot to the school and community.

 

 

 

 

Moser was asked if being the boys basketball head coach in Pierre is still a desirable position.

 

 


Warner track athlete Cody Larson breaks 50 year old state record

Warner track and field athlete Cody Larson broke a 52-year-old state record at the Lake Region Conference track and Field meet Tuesday in Ipswich.  Larson won the 1,600 meter race finishing with a time of 4:26.14, breaking the previous state record of 4:30 set in 1969.  The 1,600 meter race is just shorter than running a full mile. 


Saints name Carley Jefferey next head women's basketball coach

Presentation College Athletic Director Daniel Garrett is pleased to announce the hiring of Carley Jeffery as the next Head Women's Basketball Coach of the Saints.

 

Jeffery served as the Saints assistant coach in 2020-21 before becoming the interim head coach of the Saints in March 2021.

 

"I would like to thank Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Marcus Garstecki, Athletic Director, Daniel Garrett, and members of the search committee for this opportunity," said Jeffery. "I am so excited to lead the young women in our program and provide them with an outstanding student-athlete experience. I look forward to building the Saints Women's Basketball Program in the gym, the classroom, and the Aberdeen community."

 

Prior to Presentation, Jeffery served as the assistant coach at the University of Sioux Falls from 2019-20. The Cougars posted a 26-6 (17-5 NSIC) record, and were the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference South Division Champions during Jeffery's tenure. The Cougars qualified for the NCAA DII regional tournament, earning a No. 3 seed. The Cougars were ranked in the WBCA national poll for ten weeks, reaching as high as No. 7 in the standings, and had one Honorable Mention All-American and three athletes named to the All-NSIC conference team.

Jeffery served as an assistant coach at St. Cloud State from 2015-2019.

 

A standout student-athlete at St. Cloud State, Jeffery was named to the NSIC All-Academic team three times. Jeffery finished with 447 points and 106 assists in 97 games played (50 starts) at SCSU with head coach Lori Fish. She helped lead the Huskies to the 2013 NSIC North Division Championship. Jeffery received the prestigious Myles Brand award her senior season. The award, named after the late NCAA President, is awarded to senior NSIC student-athletes with a 3.75 or higher GPA and eligible for graduation. 

 

"Coach Jeffery has a dynamic personality and is the right person to restore a competitive spirit to our Women's Basketball program," said Garrett. "Most importantly, the student-athletes will flourish under her leadership and have a memorable experience being at Presentation College and a part of the Aberdeen community."

 

Jeffery earned a Bachelor's degree in sports management (2015) and a Master's in education leadership and administration (2017) from St. Cloud State.

A native of Cambridge, WI, Jeffery resides in Aberdeen.


Presentation College announces Carley Jeffery as next women's basketball coach

Presentation College Athletic Director Daniel Garrett is pleased to announce the hiring of Carley Jeffery as the next Head Women's Basketball Coach of the Saints.

 

Jeffery served as the Saints assistant coach in 2020-21 before becoming the interim head coach of the Saints in March 2021.

 

"I would like to thank Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Marcus Garstecki, Athletic Director, Daniel Garrett, and members of the search committee for this opportunity," said Jeffery. "I am so excited to lead the young women in our program and provide them with an outstanding student-athlete experience. I look forward to building the Saints Women's Basketball Program in the gym, the classroom, and the Aberdeen community."

 

Prior to Presentation, Jeffery served as the assistant coach at the University of Sioux Falls from 2019-20. The Cougars posted a 26-6 (17-5 NSIC) record, and were the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference South Division Champions during Jeffery's tenure. The Cougars qualified for the NCAA DII regional tournament, earning a No. 3 seed. The Cougars were ranked in the WBCA national poll for ten weeks, reaching as high as No. 7 in the standings, and had one Honorable Mention All-American and three athletes named to the All-NSIC conference team.

Jeffery served as an assistant coach at St. Cloud State from 2015-2019.

 

A standout student-athlete at St. Cloud State, Jeffery was named to the NSIC All-Academic team three times. Jeffery finished with 447 points and 106 assists in 97 games played (50 starts) at SCSU with head coach Lori Fish. She helped lead the Huskies to the 2013 NSIC North Division Championship. Jeffery received the prestigious Myles Brand award her senior season. The award, named after the late NCAA President, is awarded to senior NSIC student-athletes with a 3.75 or higher GPA and eligible for graduation. 

 

"Coach Jeffery has a dynamic personality and is the right person to restore a competitive spirit to our Women's Basketball program," said Garrett. "Most importantly, the student-athletes will flourish under her leadership and have a memorable experience being at Presentation College and a part of the Aberdeen community."

 

Jeffery earned a Bachelor's degree in sports management (2015) and a Master's in education leadership and administration (2017) from St. Cloud State.

A native of Cambridge, WI, Jeffery resides in Aberdeen.


Roncalli girls basketball coach Derek Larson named coach of the year

Aberdeen Roncalli head girls basketball coach Derek Larson was honored by the South Dakota High School Coach’s Association after being named the girls basketball coach of the year.  He earned the honor for leading the Roncalli Cavaliers to a state championship this past season.  He was chosen from a list of four finalists that included Jared Bouman of White River, Jamie Parish of Sioux Falls Washington and Leslie Tvedt of Castlewood. 


Vikings sign 13 undrafted free agents

Following the NFL draft, the Minnesota Vikings have signed a handful of undrafted free agents.  Those players include:

Riley Patterson K, Memphis
Blake Proehl WR, East Carolina
Tuf Broland LB, Ohio State
Whop Philyor WR, Indiana
Myron Mitchell WR, Alabama-Birmingham
Zeandae Johnson DE, California
Turner Bernard LS, San Diego State
Jordon Scott DT, Oregon
AJ Rose RB, Kentucky
Christian Ellis EDGE, Idaho
Oscar Bradburn P, Virginia Tech
Zach Von Rosenberg P, LSU
Shane Zylstra WR, Mankato State


Vikings decline fifth year option on cornerback Mike Hughes

The Minnesota Vikings announced Monday the team will not be picking up the fifth year option on cornerback Mike Hughes.  This means Hughes will enter this season in the last year of his rookie contract.  Hughes was selected 30th overall in the 2018 NFL draft out of Central Florida.  In three seasons he has dealt with a lot of injuries including missing almost his entire rookie season after tearing his ACL.  Hughes 5th year option would have cost the Vikings $9.5 million.  Hughes and the Vikings can come to terms on a new contract anytime during this upcoming season. 


Getting to know new Vikings quarterback Kellen Mond

The Minnesota Vikings made news during the 2021 NFL draft after selecting Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond in the third round, 66th overall.  Mond becomes the 29th quarterback ever drafted by the Vikings, and first quarterback taken in the third round by Minnesota since 1961.  The last quarterback taken in the third round by Minnesota was Vikings legend Fran Tarkenton.

 

Mond stands 6’3, 217lbs and is a 21-year-old San Antonio Texas native.  He was a four year starter at Texas A&M and is one of just three Southeastern Conference (SEC) quarterbacks to record over 9,000 career passing yards with 1,500 rushing yards.

 

According to Mond he has been preparing for this his entire life…

 

 

 

 

Coming into this season, Mond will be the backup to starting quarterback Kirk Cousins.  Cousins has two years left on his $66 million contract.  However, Cousins at times has failed to live up to his big money deal and it’s clear the Vikings are not necessarily ready to commit more time and money into the 32-year-old starter. 

 

Mond says he looks forward to serving under Cousins and hopes to learn a lot from the veteran starter…

 

 

 

 

In the interview Mond did not say he models his game after anyone specific in the NFL, but went on to say he loves watching guys like Drew Brees and Tom Brady…

 


Northern signs two Wisconsin natives to men's basketball team

Northern State University head coach Saul Phillips announced today the additions of Carter Lancaster (Darlington, Wis.) and Cael McGee (Stoughton, Wis.). The Wisconsin natives will join Andrew Bergan (Aberdeen, S.D.), Trey Longstreet (Waverly, Minn.), Sam Masten (Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Jacksen Moni (Fargo, N.D.), and Kallieb Walton-Blanden (Rapid City, S.D.) in the fall.

 

Carter Lancaster | Darlington, Wis. | Darlington HS | Guard/Forward

Carter Lancaster is a 6-foot-4, 190-pound guard/forward out of Darlington High School. He was a 4-year starter and senior team captain for the Redbirds under the direction of head coach Tom Uppena. Lancaster averaged double figures in each of his four seasons, finishing his career averaging 19.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game as a senior. He was a 4-time all-conference selection, 2-time first team all-state pick, the 2019-20 SWAL Conference MVP, and a 2021 WBCA All-Star. He is the son of Denise and the late Aaron Lancaster.

 

Phillips on Lancaster:

“The biggest compliment I can give to Carter is he plays exactly like his father used to when he was my teammate in college. He is tough, smart, talented and is as team first as any player you’ll ever see. He is an athletic player who could be plugged into the lineup at any position from point guard to power forward. Although he is a high-level scorer, his greatest attribute is he makes everyone around him better. He is as tough as they come physically and mentally.”

 

 

Cael McGee | Stoughton, Wis. | Stoughton HS | Guard

Cael McGee is a 6-foot-3, 200-pound guard out of Stoughton High School. He was a 3-year starter and senior team captain for the Vikings under the direction of head coach Nolan Weber. McGee averaged 20.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.9 steals, and 2.0 assists per game. He was a 2-time all-area and all-state selection, 2020 all-conference pick, and a WBCA All-Star. Stoughton won the conference championship in 2020 and was the 2018 and 2020 region champions as well. He is the son of Jason and Heather McGee.

 

Phillips on McGee:

“Cael is a big, strong combo that can turn the corner and dunk on you in an instant. He is a rare combination of physical and explosive. His shooting range is good and he is an extremely active defender. He makes good decisions on the floor and is another win-first guy. Cael’s potential is extremely intriguing and we can’t wait to help him reach his sizable potential.”

 


Minnesota Vikings select 11 players in 2021 NFL draft

The Minnesota Vikings wrapped up the 2021 NFL draft by selecting 11 players over the three day event. 

 

The picks include:
1st Round - 23rd overall Christian Darrisaw, offensive tackle Virginia Tech

3rd Round - 66th overall Kellen Mond quarterback Texas A&M

3rd Round - 78th overall Chazz Surrat linebacker North Carolina

3rd Round - 86th overall Wyatt Davis, guard Ohio State

3rd Round - 90th overall Patrick Jones, defensive end Pittsburgh 

4th Round - 119th overall Kene Nwangwu running back Iowa State 

4th Round - 125th overall Camryn Bynum Safety California

4th Round - 134th overall Janarius Robinson defensive end Florida State

5th Round - 157th overall Ihmir Smith- Marsette wide receiver Iowa 

5th Round - 168th overall Zach Davidson tight end Central Missouri

6th Round - 199th overall Jaylen Twyman defensive tackle Pittsburgh


South Dakota U14 team falls to Alaska in the National Hockey Tournament

South Dakota’s team of 14-and-under hockey players ended their championship run today against the Alaska Stars in the quarterfinal round of the national hockey tournament. Team South Dakota (Team SD) lost 2-6.

 

Alaska jumped out to an early lead, scoring less than two minutes into the game. It was the first time during the national tournament that Team SD had not opened a game with the lead. The Stars pressed the action, scoring again with 5:13 left in the first, and Team SD ended the period down 0-2.

 

“The last three games we jumped off to early leads and today they got the lead on us – which we prepped them for; we know we’re not always going to do that,” said Head Coach Brian Prisbe. “We fought back hard, but that team was good with the puck, good with their sticks, and fast and a solid hockey team.”

 

The second period saw both teams evenly matched, but an apparent opening goal by Team SD was negated by a referee’s inadvertent whistle. Soon after, Alaska capitalized on the momentum shift, scoring another goal with 5:48 left to lead by three.

 

Pierre forward Carter Sanderson kicked off the scoring for Team SD with 4:44 left in the second. Aberdeen forward Brady Huff passed to Sanderson, who chipped the puck in backhanded for the goal.

 

“Huff took the puck down below the net [and] I stood up in the slot,” Sanderson said. “He passed the puck across and I backhanded it in.”

 

An Alaska penalty with just over three minutes left in the second set up a Team SD powerplay, and Rapid City forward Colton Merchen fired a goal to pull Team SD within one.

 

“They tried to break the puck out; it hit my chest, [and it] fell down in front of me,” Merchen recalled. “I got control, shot it on net; it hit their guy and then went in.”

 

But Alaska struck again with a tap-in goal less than a minute later to extend their lead. Team SD went into the locker room after the second period down 2-4, after being outshot 22-11.

 

Early in the third, Team SD again appeared to score, but the goal was nullified when officials determined a Team SD player was in the goal crease.

 

Late in the period, still down by two and with time running out, Team SD pulled goalie Gavin Covrig for an extra skater. The Stars put in two empty net goals to seal the victory.

 

Aberdeen defenseman Jaxon Danielson recalled his experience with Team SD.

 

“The best part about being on Team South Dakota is definitely being able to go to all these tournaments and places, and meeting new people and new parents – and just having fun at tournaments, winning, [and] just sharing all the memories,” Danielson said. “And I’m proud of representing Team South Dakota.”

 

Coach Prisbe noted that the future of Team SD at the 14U level looks bright.

 

“It was a super-fun run here at the national championship; twenty great kids representing South Dakota,” he noted. “It’s pretty exciting too that we have, I think, eleven or ten of them that are 2007 birth year that can come back and play again at the same level next year and ride off the momentum we carried in this tournament – and [we] hope to go farther next year.”

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