The Minnesota Vikings announce S Harrison Smith has signed a contract extension with the team.
In his 130 career regular-season games with 129 starts, Smith has totaled 557 solo tackles, 66 passes defended and 28 interceptions, the most in the NFL among all safeties since joining the league in 2012. Only Hall of Famer Paul Krause has started more games (150) at safety for the Vikings.
Smith was voted a Pro Bowl starter in 2019, making it his fifth consecutive season earning Pro Bowl honors. The longest-tenured Viking (10 seasons) ranks third all-time in Vikings history in tackles among defensive backs with 867 career tackles, according to coaches stats. Smith is the only player in franchise history with four career interception returns of more than 50 yards. The Knoxville, Tennessee native also holds the franchise record among defensive backs in career sacks (13.5) and ranks seventh all-time in team history in career interceptions (28).
The veteran safety was named 1st-Team All-Pro in 2017 by the Associated Press, Pro Football Writers of America and Sporting News. In 2018, he was named 2nd-Team All-Pro by the Associated Press. Smith was named the team’s Defensive Player of the Year as part of the annual Minnesota Football Honors in 2017 and 2020. Smith has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Week twice in his career, once at Green Bay (12/23/17) and once at San Francisco (9/9/18).
South Dakota State head football coach John Stiegelmeier has named Chris Oladokun as the starting quarterback for the team’s season opener against Colorado State Sept. 3rd. Oladokun is a senior graduate transfer who originally played for Samford. He was in a battle for the starting job with Keaton Heide after prior starters Mark Gronowski and J’Bore Gibbs both suffered season ending injuries.
Defending tournament champion South Dakota was selected to take home the Summit League Volleyball regular season title, garnering 78 points and six first-place votes in the preseason coaches’ poll released Wednesday by league officials.
The Coyotes have won at least a share of the regular season title twice since joining the league and edged 2020 Summit League regular season champions Denver by two points to take the top spot. The Pioneers were picked second with 76 total points, while earning the remaining four first-place votes.
Omaha totalled 62 points and was picked to finish third in the regular season for the fourth straight season. Kansas City took the fourth-place spot with 60 points while North Dakota State tallied 49 points and was picked fifth. Oral Roberts (36) edged South Dakota State (35) for sixth while North Dakota (23), league newcomer St. Thomas (18) and Western Illinois (13) rounded out the rankings.
2021 Summit League Volleyball Preseason Coaches' Poll
Minnesota Wild General Manager Bill Guerin today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed defenseman Carson Lambos to a three-year, entry-level contract.
Lambos, 18, was selected by the Wild in the first round (26th overall) of the 2021 NHL Draft. The 6-foot-1, 197-pound native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, spent a majority of last season on loan to JYP in Finland. He collected 11 points (2-9=11) in 13 games with their junior team and recorded three assists in two games with the JYP Under-18 Team. Lambos also played in two games with the Winnipeg Ice in the Western Hockey League (WHL). He tallied 32 points (8-24=32) including three game-winning goals, a plus-20 rating and 109 shots on goal in 57 games with Winnipeg in 2019-20. Lambos led WHL rookie defensemen in scoring, ranked T-1st in GWG, second in assists and T-2nd in goals. He represented Canada White at the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and tallied five assists in six games and was named a tournament All-Star.
The Northern State University volleyball team opens the 2021 season ranked No. 15 in the AVCA Preseason Poll released today. The Wolves earned 440 total points in the poll.
Northern is joined by NSIC opponents No. 2 Concordia-St. Paul, No. 7 Minnesota Duluth, No. 19 St. Cloud State, No. 24 Wayne State, (RV) Winona State, (RV) Southwest Minnesota State, (RV) Augustana, and (RV) Minnesota State.
The Wolves open the 2021 campaign next Friday and Saturday versus William Jewell, No. 25 Rockhurst, No. 18 Harding, and No. 8 Washburn down in Topeka, Kansas.
School (First-Place Votes)
Total Points Adjusted
Previous Week Rank
Angelo State (22)
Concordia - St. Paul (9)
Cal State San Bernardino (15)
Colorado School of Mines
NW Missouri State
St Cloud State
Wayne State (Neb.)
Others receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots: Texas A&M-Kingsville 162; Gannon 158; Southern Indiana 145; Northern Michigan 139; Winona State 123; Ferris State 119; Alaska-Anchorage 114; Azusa Pacific 93; Southwest Minnesota State 89; St. Cloud State University 73; Michigan Tech 72; Palm Beach Atlantic 65; Wingate 64; Hawai'i-Hilo 60; Lynn 60; Augustana (SD) 48; West Texas A&M 48; Findlay 45; Cal State L. A. 41; Flagler 32; Barry 27; Upper Iowa 25; Walsh 24; Chaminade 23; Nova Southeastern 21; West Florida 21; Central Washington 10; Saint Leo 10; Arkansas-Fort Smith 9; Minnesota State 9; Central Oklahoma 8; Missouri S&T 8; Biola University 6; Davenport 5; American International 4; Grand Valley State 3.
The Minnesota Vikings and veteran defensive end Everson Griffen have come to terms on a new contract to bring the longtime Viking home. The terms of Griffen’s contract were not disclosed by the team. Griffen spent his first 10 seasons in Minnesota after being drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL draft. Last season he split time between the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions.
1. O’Gorman (12) 60
2. S.F. Washington 47
3. S.F. Roosevelt 31
4. Harrisburg 20
5. Brandon Valley 13
RECEIVING VOTES: R.C. Stevens 3; Huron 2; Watertown 2; S.F. Lincoln 2
1. S.F. Christian (12) 60
2. Dakota Valley 47
3. Winner 31
4. Madison 16
5. R.C. Christian 13
RECEIVING VOTES: Parker 11; Hill City 1; Hamlin 1 CLASS B
1. Northwestern (11) 59
2. Warner (1) 49
3. Chester Area 36
4. Bridgewater-Emery 20
5. Burke 8
RECEIVING VOTES: Faulkton Area 2; Aberdeen Roncalli 2; Arlington 1; Kimball-White Lake 1; Philip 1; Colman-Egan 1
The Aberdeen Wings have announced three exhibition games in September to get ready for the upcoming regular season. The first game will be against the USHL’s Fargo Force Tuesday Sept. 7th in Fargo. Puck drop is at 12:00 p.m. The next two games will be Friday Sept. 10th at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday Sept. 11th at 3:00 p.m. vs. the North Iowa Bulls. Those game will be played in Mason City Iowa.
Summit League commissioner Tom Douple has announced he plans to retire from his position effective Oct. 1st. Douple has been in charge of the Summit League for 16 years. That is part of a larger career in athletics spanning 44 years. During his time as commissioner he oversaw the rebranding from Mid-continent conference to Summit League and helped welcome in eight new members and two former members returning. He also helped make history later in his career in his efforts to help the University of St. Thomas make the first ever jump from Division III to Division I sports when the Tommies became Summit League members in 2021.
The Minnesota Wild and star forward Kevin Fiala have come to terms on a one-year contract extension worth a reported $5.1 million.
Fiala is 25-years-old and will become a restricted free agent next season. The two sides struggled to come to terms on a new deal, which forced the team to elect to go to arbitration which was scheduled for today.
Arbitration is where the team and player present its case to a neutral arbitor who then decides what’s fair on a one or two year deal. By coming to terms on this one-year extension the team and Fiala avoid that situation. Wild general manager Bill Guiren talked about the situation…
Jake Sibell had a season for the NAHL record books in 2020-21.
The Niagara University commit played in his second season with the Aberdeen Wings and helped the team capture the NAHL regular-season championship.
Sibell, who was named the NAHL’s Most Valuable Player and also to the All-NAHL First Team, recorded multiple single-season records this year. He appeared in 47 games during the 2020-21 campaign and set an NAHL single-season record with 43 wings, posting a 43-2-1 record. He also set NAHL single-season records for goals-against average (1.19) and save percentage (.952), while his eleven shutouts tied the NAHL single-season record.
Sibell previously played for Cambridge-Isanti High School in Minnesota prior to tending net for the Omaha Lancers in the NAPHL during the 2016-17 season. He played for the Minnesota Wilderness (NAHL) and Sioux City Musketeers (USHL) from 2017-19 prior to landing in Aberdeen, where he recorded an all-time record of 56-7-3 as a started between two seasons.
The Dave Peterson Goalie of the Year Award is selected from a pool of goaltenders who play at the junior level each year. The award is named in honor of the late Dave Peterson, a passionate leader of goaltender development, who twice coached the U.S. Olympic Men’s team.
The South Dakota State University football team has matched its highest-ever ranking in a Football Championship Subdivision preseason poll, checking in at No. 3 in the Stats Perform survey released Monday. The Jackrabbits also were tabbed third in both 2018 and 2019, while holding a fifth-place ranking in the initial poll last season.
SDSU is coming off a 2020-21 season in which the Jackrabbits reached the FCS title game for the first time in program history, finishing with an 8-2 record after making their ninth consecutive postseason appearance. Defending national champion Sam Houston, which edged the Jackrabbits, 23-21, in the closing seconds of their national championship game this past May in Frisco, Texas, holds the top spot with 1,228 points after garnering 39 of the 50 first-place votes. James Madison was second with 1,180 points and eight first-place votes, followed by SDSU with the remaining three first-place votes and 1,156 points. North Dakota State (1,116 points) and Delaware (1,017 points) rounded out the top five.
The Jackrabbits are scheduled to kick off the 2021 campaign Sept. 3 at Colorado State.
The Minnesota Vikings have activated rookie quarterback Kellen Mond from the Reserve/COVID-19 list after he had tested positive for the virus. Mond’s positive test also shut down quarterbacks Kirk Cousins and Nate Stanley who were both close contacts. Mond has stayed away from the team and facilities for the last 10 days and has received the necessary consecutive negative tests to rejoin the team.
Hockey Hall of fame goaltender and long time Montreal Canadien and Chicago Blackhawk Tony Esposito passed away Tuesday at the age of 78. According to TSN in Canada, Espisito passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Tony Espisito was the younger broth of fellow hockey hall of famer Phil Esposito and was one of the early players to popularize what is now known as “butterfly style” goaltending. He was named rookie of the year in 1970, helped the Candiens win a Stanley Cup in 69, won best goaltender in the league three times, and was ranked number 79 on “The Hockey News’” list of the100 greatest hockey players of all time in 1998.
The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference released the 2021 Preseason Volleyball Coaches' Poll with Northern State picked fourth. The Wolves earned 174 total points and one first place vote behind Concordia-St. Paul, Minnesota Duluth, and St. Cloud State.
NSU opens the 2021 campaign at the Washburn Invitational on September 3 and 4. The Wolves will then return to Aberdeen to host the NSU Invite September 9-11, before kicking off their NSIC slate against Winona State on September 17. The Wolves went 25-6 overall and 17-3 in the NSIC in 2019, winning the first out-right NSIC title in program history. NSU appeared in the NCAA Tournament for the third straight season and went 1-1 versus No. 7 St. Cloud State and No. 2 Nebraska Kearney. In addition, the Wolves remained as a mainstay in the AVCA Top-25 Poll holding a spot in the top-10 through the entire season.
Northern returns ten from the 2019 roster and adds ten from 2020 and 2021. Sally Gaul was picked as the team's player to watch for the 2021 season after an All-Conference performance in her sophomore campaign. Peyton Ellingson earned All-Conference accolades as well in 2019 and returns to the starting rotation for the Wolves this season. Northern enters their 11th season under the direction of 3-time NSIC Coach of the Year Brent Aldridge.
Northern State University Interim Director of Athletics Terri Holmes announced the hiring of Ashley Schilling today, as the head softball coach for the Wolves. Schilling takes over the Northern State softball program after an assistant coaching stint at Missouri Western State University.
"We are excited to add Ashley Schilling to the NSU family," explained Holmes. "She has had the opportunity to work with some of the best coaches in Division II and will immediately bring a new vision and level of energy to NSU softball. She is a former NSIC softball player; combining that with coaching in the MIAA, she will help drive us to the next level in the NSIC. We would like to thank the softball committee for all of their hard work in this search."
"I am thrilled to be the next head coach of the Northern State softball team," noted Schilling. "I have tremendous respect for Jenny Fuller and the bricks she laid for this successful program. I am excited to get to know each and every player, and start our preparation for the 2022 season. Go Wolves!"
In her three seasons with the Griffons, MWSU went 78-46 overall. They advanced to the MIAA Tournament in 2019 and 2021 (no tournament was played in 2020) and the NCAA Central Region Tournament in 2019. Schilling acted as the Griffon's recruiting coordinator in 2021 and took over as the interim head coach with the departure of Jen Bagley Trotter in July of 2021.
She was the coordinator for all MWSU softball camps and clinics and supervised the programs graduate assistant coaches. In addition to her duties with the softball program, Schilling served on the Advantage Committee, Constitution and Bylaws Committee, and Professional Development Committee at Missouri Western.
Prior to her time in St. Joseph, Schilling was an assistant coach at Cincinnati Christian University. She was the program's recruiting coordinator and head strength and conditioning coach in addition to her responsibilities as an assistant.
Schilling played collegiately at the University of Minnesota Duluth. She was an NSIC All-Conference honoree in 2016 and finished her Bulldog career with a .282 average. A starting outfielder for UMD, Schilling recorded 126 career hits, 17 career homeruns, and 75 career RBI. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Public Health Education and Promotions from Duluth in 2017 and Master of Arts in Sport and Fitness Management from Missouri Western in 2020.
The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference released the 2021 Preseason Football Coaches' Poll this morning, with the Northern State Wolves picked eighth overall and fifth in the North Division. NSU tallied 75 overall points and 15 North Division points. Minnesota State was picked as the overall favorite of the league, while Minnesota Duluth was picked to win the North.
"We're thrilled to open Dacotah Bank Stadium on September 11th," explained Mike Schmidt, Northern State head coach. "This is a historic season for Northern State football; one that will be remembered forever. This a new era, a new team, a new coach, and a reinvigorated winning attitude."
The 2021 Northern State University football team will open their second season under the direction of head coach Mike Schmidt and their first official game with Schmidt at the helm. In addition, Northern State is set to open Dacotah Bank Stadium on Saturday, September 11 versus Southwest Minnesota State. The Wolves are coming off a 6-5 record and fourth place North Division finish in 2019. Northern returns four offensive starters and five defensive starters from the 2019 roster with over 80 new additions since the 2019 season finale.
Returners Dakota Larson and Hunter Hansen were tabbed as the team's players to watch this season. Larson was a 2019 first team All-Conference selection, along with 2021 returners Isaiah Cherrier and Chance Olson who were named to the second team. NSU opens the season on the road at Minnesota State on Thursday, September 2.
Former University of South Dakota star pole vaulter Chris Nilsen made history Tuesday, winning the silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics. Nilsen jumped a personal best 5.97 or 19’7 inches to take second place. Sweden’s Armand Duplantis took the gold jumping 6.02 meters and Brazil’s Thiago Braz took bronze.
The Minnesota Vikings have released cornerback Jeff Gladney after he was indicted by a federal grand jury on felony assault of a woman he previously had a relationship with. Gladney was coming into his sophomore season after being a first round pick out of TCU in 2020. He started 15 games his rookie season, but has not been around the team since his arrest in April. He faces domestic violence by impeding breathing charges. No court date has been announced.
The Vikings released the following statement on the matter: "Following our review of today’s indictment against Jeff Gladney, we have decided to release Jeff immediately. As we have previously said, we take these matters very seriously and condemn all forms of domestic violence. Due to the ongoing legal nature of this matter, we are unable to provide further comment."