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Local Sports Archives for 2021-09

SD media prep volleyball poll released 9/27/21

CLASS AA

S.F. Washington (10) 9-0 74 2
O’Gorman (6) 10-2 65 1
Pierre 8-1 44 3
Harrisburg 9-4 21 4
Brandon Valley 10-5 20 RV

Receiving Votes: S.F. Lincoln (10-3) 15; S.F. Roosevelt (9-5) 1


CLASS A

S.F. Christian (16) 14-2 80 1
Dakota Valley 12-4 63 2
Garretson 13-1 45 4
R.C Christian 13-4 26 3
Hill City 13-3 23 5

Receiving Votes: Florence-Henry (14-2) 3


CLASS B

Bridgewater-Emery (15) 15-0 78 1
Warner (1) 15-5 41 2
Aberdeen Christian 13-1 37 4
Wolsey-Wessington 12-2 24 3
Northwestern 17-5 29 5

Receiving Votes: Arlington (16-3) 11; Chester Area (15-5) 7; Platte-Geddes (16-3) 1


SD media prep football poll released 9/27/21

Class 11AAA

1. Harrisburg (22) 5-0 123

2. Brandon Valley (3) 5-0 101

3. Jefferson 4-1 69

4. Lincoln 4-1 56

5. Washington 2-3 23

Receiving votes: Roosevelt 1, Stevens 1. 

Class 11AA

1. Tea Area (22) 5-0 122

2. Pierre (3) 4-1 101

3. Brookings 4-1 77

4. Yankton 2-3 25

5. Aberdeen Central 3-2 24

Receiving votes: Huron 17, Watertown 9.

Class 11A

1. Madison (23) 5-0 123

2. Canton (2) 4-1 96

3. Dell Rapids  4-1 77

4. West Central 4-1 54

5. SF Christian 3-2 15

Receiving votes: Vermillion 8, Tri-Valley 2.

Class 11B

1. Winner (25) 6-0 125

2. Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan 4-1 91

3. Sioux Valley 4-1 77

T4. Elk Point-Jefferson 4-1 26

T4. Groton Area 5-1 26

Receiving votes: McCook Central/Montrose 11, Woonsocket/Wess. Springs/Sanborn Central 7, Mount Vernon/Plankinton 6, Aberdeen Roncalli 5, Hot Springs 1.  

Class 9AA

1. Hanson (23) 5-0 123

2. Platte-Geddes 4-1 83

3. Florence/Henry (2) 6-0 73

4. Chester Area 4-1 48

5. Parkston 4-2 17

Receiving votes: Hamlin 12, Garretson 7, Canistota/Freeman 4, Timber Lake 4, Ipswich 3, Lyman 1. 

Class 9A

1. De Smet (22) 6-0 119

2. Howard (1) 6-0 98

3. Herreid/Selby Area (1) 6-0 76

4. Wall (1) 6-0 54

5. Wolsey-Wessington 3-2 15

Receiving votes: Castlewood 13. 

Class 9B

1. Avon (21) 5-0 121

2. Faulkton Area (3) 5-1 97

3. Gayville-Volin (1) 3-1 79

4. Potter County 5-1 51

5. Hitchcock-Tulare 4-2 18

Receiving votes: Harding County/Bison 8, Dell Rapids St. Mary 1. 


SDSU running back Pierre Strong Jr. named Missouri Valley Football Conference player of the week

South Dakota State running back Pierre Strong, Jr. has been named the Missouri Valley Football Conference Player of the Week, the league office announced Sunday.

Strong did a little bit of everything in South Dakota State's 44-0 victory over Indiana State, rushing 20 times for a season-high 150 yards, catching two passes for 23 yards and throwing a 22-yard touchdown pass. His touchdown pass to quarterback Chris Oladokun was the first score of the game for the Jackrabbits, who improved to 3-0. 

A Walter Payton Award candidate, Strong has now topped the 100-yard mark in all three games this season and 13 times in his career.

The Jackrabbits return to nonconference play this weekend, hosting Dixie State in the Beef Bowl on Oct. 2. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium.


Timberwolves fire president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas

In a stunning move late Wednesday afternoon, the Minnesota Timberwolves fired general manger Gersson Rosas.  Rosas has been the president of basketball operations in Minnesota since 2019.  The move comes as the team is just on the cusps of beginning training camp and Wolves media day is scheduled for this coming Monday.  According to further reporting by the online sports outlet “The Athletic,”  Rosas was fired due to an inappropriate workplace relationship, contributing to a general toxic culture within the organization.  Sachin Gupta has been named the interim president of basketball operations to replace Rosas for the time being. 


Wild hold press conference with newly signed Kirill Kaprizov

The Minnesota Wild held an in-person press conference Wednesday to officially announce the resigning of Russian star Kirill Kaprizov.  Kaprizov has been in the United States long enough to go through quarantine, is now fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and will be ready to be on the ice day one of training camp. 

 

The negotiations took much longer than anticipated, but according to Wild General Manager Bill Guiern, the two sides met in Florida for the first time face-to-face and that is what got the deal done...

  


Augustana announces University will add women's lacrosse by 2023

Augustana University has announced the college will be adding a women’s lacrosse team in 2023.  This is the second new sport the school has announced this summer, along with men’s ice hockey and will be the first collegiate lacrosse program in South Dakota.  In a release, the school says this is the latest part of the “Viking Bold” plan which is a strategic plan through 2030.  According to the National Federation of High School Associations women’s lacrosse has grown across the country from 30,000 players at the high school level, to nearly 100,000 over the last 10 years. 


Timberwolves sign Euro star Leandro Bolmaro

One year removed from his selection in the 2020 NBA Draft, Leandro Bolmaro is thrilled to make the move to the NBA with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2021-22.

 

“I’m really excited, I’ve waited for this moment for a long time, [and] I’ve worked like crazy to be here,” said the Argentinian product. “For me, this is a dream come true…”

 

Though Bolmaro hasn’t been able to take the hardwood at the NBA level quite yet, the 6-foot-6 playmaker has shown several qualities that should immediately translate to the world’s biggest basketball stage.

 

“He guards his position, he guards multiple positions, and he can play well without the ball in his hands,” said Head Coach Chris Finch on Bolmaro's NBA transition.

 

Bolmaro has formed relationships with many on staff and in the locker room already, including veteran newcomer Patrick Beverley. Beverley and Bolmaro, both known for their coast-to-coast defensive abilities, could prove to be a dangerous defensive backcourt duo as the season progresses.

 

For now, the 21-year-old rookie will turn his attention towards Timberwolves Training Camp and preparing for his first NBA season.


Media prep volleyball poll released Sept. 20th

CLASS AA

O’Gorman (14) 6-0 70 1

S.F. Washington 7-0 56 2

Pierre 8-1 35 4

S.F. Lincoln 9-2 30 3

Harrisburg 8-3 15 5

Receiving votes: Brandon Valley (6-4) 2; S.F. Roosevelt (8-4) 2

CLASS A

S.F. Christian (14) 10-0 70 1

Dakota Valley 8-2 51 2

R.C. Christian 11-0 42 3

Garretson 10-1 21 5

Hill City 10-0 14 RV

Receiving Votes: Winner (9-2) 11; Florence-Henry (11-2) 1

CLASS B

Bridgewater-Emery (10) 12-0 59 4

Warner (2) 13-2 40 2

Wolsey-Wessington (2) 8-1 39 1

Aberdeen Christian 10-1 24 NR

Northwestern 13-3 18 3

Receiving Votes: Chester Area (14-3) 16; Platte-Geddes (13-1) 14


Media prep football poll released Sept. 20th

CLASS 11AAA

Harrisburg (21) 4-0 109 1

Brandon Valley (1) 4-0 89 2

Jefferson 3-1 60 3

Lincoln 3-1 43 4

Washington 2-2 27 5

Receiving Votes: O’Gorman 1, Roosevelt 1. 

Class 11AA

Tea Area (19) 4-0 107 1

Pierre (3) 3-1 86 2

Brookings 3-1 66 5

Aberdeen Central 3-1 40 3

Yankton 2-2 26 4

Receiving Votes: Watertown 5.

Class 11A

Canton (21) 4-0 109 1

Madison (1) 4-0 87 2

Dell Rapids  3-1 63 3

West Central 3-1 39 4

Lennox 3-1 19 5

Receiving Votes: Sioux Falls Christian 13.

Class 11B

Winner (22) 5-0 110 1

Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan 3-1 80 2

Sioux Valley 3-1 66 3

Aberdeen Roncalli 4-0 43 4
T5. McCook Cent./Montrose 3-1 8 5
T5. Elk Point-Jefferson 3-1 8 RV

Receiving Votes: Woonsocket/Wess. Springs/Sanborn Central 6, Groton Area 3, Mount Vernon/Plankinton 3, Wagner 2, Hot Springs 1.  

Class 9AA

Hanson (21) 4-0 109 1

Platte-Geddes 3-1 67 3

Florence/Henry (1) 5-0 53 4

Chester Area 3-1 22 5

Canistota/Freeman 3-2 21 RV

Receiving Votes: Garretson 20, Parkston 17, Hamlin 11, Ipswich 6, Timber Lake 4. 

Class 9A

De Smet (20) 5-0 107 1

Howard (1) 5-0 87 2

Herreid/Selby Area 5-0 62 3

Wolsey-Wessington 3-1 38 4

Wall (1) 5-0 32 5

Receiving Votes: Castlewood 1.

Class 9B

Gayville-Volin (16) 3-0 95 1

Faulkton Area (2) 4-1 81 2

Avon (3) 4-0 75 3

Harding Co./Bison (1) 3-1 50 4

Potter County 4-1 28 5

Receiving Votes: Hitchcock-Tulare 1.


Timberwolves sign two restricted free agents

 The Minnesota Timberwolves have come to terms with two restricted free agents, keeping them with the team.  First the Wolves resigned forward Jarred Vanderbilt to a three-year $13.8 million deal.  Vanderbilt is 22 years old and was selected by the Orlando Magic in the second round, 41st overall in the 2018 NBA draft out of the University of Kentucky.  He came to Minnesota February 5th 2020 via trade with the Denver Nuggets.  Then the Wolves came to terms with restricted free agent Jordan McLaughlin.  McLaughlin’s deal is for three years and is a two-way contract with the Wolves developmental team.  McLaughlin is 25 years old and was undrafted out of USC in 2018.  He signed a two way contract with Minnesota in 2020 after spending time in the Brooklyn Nets organization. 


Saints Laura Babcock named NSAA defender of the week for second time this season

For the second time this season, Aberdeen native Laura Babcock was named the North Star Athletic Association's Defender of the week.

Babcock helped lead the Saints to a 5-0 record on the week, including a sweep of the Bobcat Classic in Peru, NE. Behind her stellar defense the Saints were able to win all four matches at the classic in straight sets.

Babcock averaged at least seven digs per set three times during the week. She compiled a total of 109 digs, while averaging 6.8 digs per set. On top of that, she also totalled 12 service aces.


SDSU announces planned $50 million renovation to Frost Arena

Plans are in the works for a major renovation of Frost Arena on the SDSU campus, and it's getting a new name in the process.

University President Barry Dunn announced Monday that Brookings-based First Bank and Trust is donating $20 million dollars toward the project, and will assume naming rights to what will be known as First Bank and Trust Arena.

It's the largest single gift in the history of SDSU.

Athletic Director Justin Sell says the project will include an interactive space that will highlight the history of SDSU athletics, in addition to being the new home of the Jackrabbit Sports Hall of Fame:

 

 

 

The total cost of the renovation is expected to be around $50 million dollars.

The project is pending approval of the South Dakota Board of Regents. 


SD media prep football poll released 9/07/21

Class 11AAA
1. Harrisburg (21) 2-0 113 1
2. Brandon Valley (2) 2-0 94 2
3. O’Gorman 1-1 48 4
4. SF Lincoln 2-0 42 RV
5. SF Jefferson 1-1 27 5
Receiving votes: RC Stevens 12, SF Washington 6, SF Roosevelt 3. 

Class 11AA
1. Tea Area (18) 2-0 107 T1
2. Pierre (5) 1-1 90 3
3. Aberdeen Central 2-0 71 RV
4. Yankton 1-1 28 T1
5. Watertown 1-1 25 4
Receiving votes: Brookings 23, Mitchell 1. 

Class 11A
1. Canton (21) 2-0 113 1
2. Madison (2) 2-0 92 2
3. Dell Rapids  1-1 48 3
4. SF Christian 2-0 46 4
5. Lennox 2-0 31 T5
Receiving votes: West Central 9, Tri-Valley 3, Vermillion 3.

Class 11B
1. Winner (23) 3-0 115 1
2. Sioux Valley 2-1 78 2
3. Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan 2-1 76 3
4. Aberdeen Roncalli 3-0 35 T4
5. Elk Point-Jefferson 2-0 24 T4
Receiving votes: Woonsocket/Wess. Springs/Sanborn Central 9, Mount Vernon/Plankinton 5, McCook Central/Montrose 3. 

Class 9AA
1. Platte-Geddes (23) 2-0 115 1
2. Hanson 3-0 88 3
3. Garretson 2-1 45 4
4. Chester Area 3-0 35 RV
5. Florence/Henry 3-0 24 RV
Receiving votes: Canistota/Freeman 23, Lyman 6, Hamlin 4, Timber Lake 4, Ipswich 1. 

Class 9A
1. De Smet (22) 3-0 114 1
2. Howard (1) 3-0 91 2
3. Herreid/Selby Area 3-0 56 4
4. Wolsey-Wessington 1-1 42 3
5. Wall 3-0 36 5
Receiving votes: Kimball/White Lake 3, Castlewood 2, Kadoka Area 1. 

Class 9B
1. Gayville-Volin (13) 2-0 90 3
2. Faulkton Area (1) 2-1 71 4
3. Harding Co./Bison (5) 1-1 67 2
4. Avon (3) 2-0 43 RV
5. Sully Buttes 2-1 40 1
Receiving votes: Hitchcock-Tulare (1) 34.


SD Media prep volleyball poll released 9/07/21

CLASS AA
1. O’Gorman (14) 4-0 75 1
2. S.F. Washington 3-0 60 2
3. S.F. Lincoln 6-1 43 3
4. Pierre 4-0 16 RV
5. Brandon Valley 3-3 15 4
RECEIVING VOTES: Harrisburg (5-3) 14; S.F. Roosevelt (1-3) 2

CLASS A
1. S.F. Christian (14) 6-0 75 1
2. Dakota Valley 3-0 58 2
3. Winner 4-0 44 3
4. R.C. Christian 7-0 30 4
5. Garretson 7-0 8 RV
RECEIVING VOTES: Hamlin (7-0) 5; Hill City (7-0) 3; Madison (5-2) 2

CLASS B
1. Wolsey-Wessington (6) 3-0 61 5
2. Northwestern (5) 7-1 55 2
3. Warner 3-1 50 1
4. Bridgewater-Emery (2) 4-0 27 4
5. Chester Area 5-2 23 3
RECEIVING VOTES: Faulkton Area (1 first place vote; 3-0) 7; Gregory (6-0) 1; Platte-Geddes (5-0)


Vikings tight end Irv Smith Jr. out for season

The Minnesota Vikings announced Wednesday, the team has placed tight end Irv Smith Jr. on the injured reserve.  Smith injured his meniscus in the last pre-season game of the season and needs to undergo surgery to repair the damage.  Due to Smith going down for the season the team is trying to address the tight end position through both trade and now free agency.  The Vikings announced Wednesday the team has claimed tight end Ben Ellefson off waivers.  Ellefson joined Jacksonville as an undrafted free agent in 2020 and is a former North Dakota State Bison. 


Northern State football to play for first time in over 18 months tonight

The Northern State Wolves football team will play its first football game in over 18 months tonight when it takes on Minnesota State-Mankato on the road.  Kick off will be at 6:00 p.m.  The Wolves and the rest of the NSIC missed the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  This is also the first game under head coach Mike Schmidt. 


Vikings trade for Jets tight end Chris Herndon

The Minnesota Vikings announce the team has traded a fourth-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft to the New York Jets in exchange for TE Chris Herndon and a sixth-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. The completion of this trade is pending Herndon passing a physical.

 

Herndon was a fourth-round selection (107th overall) by the New York Jets in the 2018 NFL Draft, where he spent the first three seasons of his career. While with the Jets, Herndon played in 33 games with 25 starts. He finished his three seasons with the Jets with 71 receptions for 796 yards and seven receiving touchdowns. The Norcross, Georgia native started 12 games his rookie season, where he was named to the Pro Football Writers of America’s 2018 All-Rookie Team, posting the second-most receiving yards by a rookie tight end (502) only trailing Baltimore’s Mark Andrews. Herndon played in one game in 2019 before ending the season on injured reserve. Returning from IR in 2020, he started in 13 games, hauling 287 yards on 31 receptions for three touchdowns.


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