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Local Sports Archives for 2021-10

NSIC releases women's basketball pre-season poll

The University of Minnesota Duluth was selected by the league coaches as the overall and north division preseason favorite in the NSIC for the 2021-22 season. The Bulldogs received 12 first place votes and amassed 222 points. St. Cloud State received a first place vote to rank second with 203 points while Augustana was third with 187 points and two place votes.  The Vikings were the coaches’ choice to win  the south division. Minnesota State was fourth with 168 points while Sioux Falls rounded out the top five with 159 points and the final first place vote. 

NSIC coaches rank each team in the NSIC in the overall poll and teams from their division in the divisional poll. In the overall poll coaches rank from 1 to 15 with a first place vote receiving 15 points, second place 14, third place 13, etc. Coaches do not rank their own team or vote for their own players.

The regular season champion will be based on the 22-game NSIC schedule. Each team will play teams in their division twice (14) and teams in the other division once (8). An NSIC North and South Division Champion will also be awarded. Divisional standings will also be based on all 22 NSIC contests played. In the case of a tie, co-champions will be awarded. The 12-team NSIC / Sanford Health Women’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Championships are set to take place February 26 to March 1 at the Sanford Health Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D. The top two seeds in each division will receive a first round bye. First round games will be played on campus on Wednesday, Feb. 23.

The 2021-22 women’s basketball season gets underway on Friday, November 5 with the University of Mary and Minot State playing in the D2CCA Tipoff Classic in Billings, Montana, the rest of the league begins Friday, Nov. 12 while conference action begins on Tuesday, November 23.

NSIC releases men's basketball pre-season poll

Minnesota State University Moorhead was selected by the league coaches as the preseason favorite in the NSIC for the 2021-22 season. The Dragons received 222 points, garnering 13 first places votes to sit 27 points ahead of second place Wayne State. The Wildcats had 195 points and two first place votes. Minnesota State was third with 192 points and the other first place vote.

In the divisional rankings, MSU Moorhead was the unanimous choice in the north, picking up all seven first place votes for 49 points. St. Cloud State was second with 36 points and the other first place vote. In the south, Minnesota State and Wayne State each had 42 points, with Wayne State collecting four first place votes and the Mavericks two. Upper Iowa was third with 39 points and the other two first place votes.

NSIC coaches rank each team from 1 to 15 with a first place vote receiving 15 points, second place 14, third place 13, etc. Coaches do not rank their own team or vote for their own players in the preseason poll.

The NSIC regular season championship will be based on the 22-game schedule. Each team will play teams in their division twice (14) and teams in the other division once (8). An NSIC North and South Division Champion will also be awarded. Divisional standings will also be based on all 22 NSIC contests played. In the case of a tie, co-champions will be awarded. The 12-team NSIC / Sanford Health Women’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Championships are set to take place February 26 to March 1 at the Sanford Health Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D. The top two seeds in each division will receive a first round bye. First round games will be played on campus on Wednesday, Feb. 23.

The 2021-22 men’s basketball season gets underway on Friday, October 29 with MSU Moorhead playing two games at the D2CCA Division II Tip Off Classic in Canyon, Texas , and Northern State playing on November 6-7 in St. Joseph, Missouri.  The rest of the league starts on Friday, November 12. Conference action beginning on Tuesday, November 23.

Playoff football results 10/29/21

Class 11AAA
Harrisburg def. Rapid City Stevens 50-9
Sioux Falls Lincoln def. Sioux Falls Washington 45-24 
Brandon Valley def. Sioux Falls Jefferson 23-9
Sioux Falls O’Gorman def. Sioux Falls Roosevelt 42-28. 

Class 11AA
Tea Area def. Sturgis Brown 57-10
Yankton def. Mitchell 42-21
Aberdeen Central def. Brookings 42-34
Pierre def. Watertown 38-9
Class 11A
Madison def. Sioux Falls Christian 35-14
Dell Rapids def. West Central 19-15
Milbank def. Canton 6-0
Vermillion def. Tri-Valley 21-7
Class 11B
Winner def. McCook Central/Montrose 66-28
Elk Point-Jefferson def. Wagner 48-6
Bridgewater/Emery/Ethan def. Sioux Valley 21-8
Beresford def. Aberdeen Roncalli  7-6
Class 9AA
Platte/Geddes def. Hanson 26-24
Timber Lake def. Lyman 24-18
Parkston def. Garretson 34-7 
Canistota/Freeman def. Ipswich 14-0

Class 9A
Herreid/Selby Area def. Castlewood 48-32,
De Smet def. Warner 32-16
Howard def. Wolsey/Wessington 46-6
Wall def. Gregory 34-20
Class 9B
Avon def. Alcester/Hudson 30-14
Dell Rapids St. Mary def. Gayville/Volin 42-22
Faulkton def. Harding County 48-22
Potter County def. Hitchcock/Tulare 48-8

Packers wide out Davante Adams may miss Thursday's game due to COVID-19

The Green Bay Packers have placed wide receiver Davante Adams on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, leaving his status for Thursday night’s game at Arizona in doubt.  Adams tested positive for COVID-19 according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, is unvaccinated and has not been following the protocols for unvaxinated NFL players.  In order for him to play he will need two negative PCR tests 24 hours apart before kick off Thursday. 

SD media prep volleyball poll released Oct. 25th

CLASS AA

1. S.F. Washington (16) 24-1 80 1
2. O’Gorman 16-4 63 2
3. Brandon Valley 19-8 47 3
4. Pierre 14-4 27 4
5. Harrisburg 16-7 14 5

RECEIVING VOTES: S.F. Roosevelt 9

CLASS A

1. S.F. Christian (16) 28-4 80 1
2. Dakota Valley 22-8 63 2
3. Garretson 23-1 49 3
4. Hill City 22-7 21 4
5. R.C. Christian 24-9 10 RV

RECEIVING VOTES: Wagner (23-6) 8; Mount Vernon-Plankinton (19-6) 6; Florence-Henry (22-6) 2; Hamlin (22-6) 1

CLASS B

1. Bridgewater-Emery (16) 26-0 80 1
2. Warner 26-5 61 2
3. Northwestern 26-5 42 3
4. Wolsey-Wessington 24-3 27 4
5. Platte-Geddes 27-4 12 RV

RECEIVING VOTES: Chester Area (22-5) 10; Arlington (26-4) 8

SD media prep football poll class 11AAA through 11A released Oct. 25th

Class 11AAA

1. Harrisburg (21) 9-0 105 1
2. Brandon Valley 8-1 80 2
3. Roosevelt 5-4 63 3
4. Washington 5-4 40 RV
5. O’Gorman 5-4 15 RV

Receiving votes: Lincoln 12. 

Class 11AA

1. Tea Area (21) 9-0 105 1
2. Brookings 7-2 83 3
3. Pierre 7-2 64 2
4. Yankton 5-4 42 4
5. Watertown 3-6 11 5

Receiving votes: Mitchell 8, Aberdeen Central 2.

Class 11A

1. Madison (21) 9-0 105 1
2. Canton 8-1 84 2
3. Dell Rapids  6-3 51 3
4. Vermillion 6-3 47 4
5. Milbank 6-3 13 RV

Receiving votes: West Central 12, Tri-Valley 2, Lennox 1.

Vikings trade Stephen Weatherly to the Denver Broncos

The Minnesota Vikings on Saturday announced they have traded defensive end Stephen Weatherly to the Denver Broncos.

The Vikings did not disclose terms of compensation for the sixth-year pro who had played primarily on special teams this season in his return to Minnesota.

Originally a seventh-round pick by the Vikings in 2016, Weatherly spent his first four seasons in Minnesota. He appeared in 49 games during that time, making seven starts and recording the first 3.0 sacks of his career in 2018. An additional 3.0 sacks followed in 2019.

Weatherly spent 2020 with Carolina, where he started all nine games he played for the Panthers before a season-ending injury.

He was part of a group of free agents who returned to Minnesota this offseason, but Weatherly only played 82 defensive snaps (20 percent) through the Vikings first six games of 2021.

Minnesota has relied heavily on Danielle Hunter, who returned from injury, and Everson Griffen, who re-joined the team after playing 2020 in Dallas and Detroit. Second-year pro D.J. Wonnum has been next in the rotation behind Hunter and Griffen.

Weatherly also contributed on special teams, playing 114 snaps this season (64 percent of Minnesota's snaps).

The Vikings (3-3) are on their bye in Week 7; the Broncos fell to 3-4 on the year with a loss Thursday to the Browns in Cleveland.

The exchange continued the relationship between Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman and Broncos General Manager George Paton, who was hired in Minnesota by Spielman in 2007. Paton held numerous roles on his way to becoming the Vikings Vice President of Player Personnel/Assistant General Manager.

Spielman fielded questions from media members on Tuesday, including about the possibility of trades before the Nov. 2 deadline. He said the Vikings would "monitor everything like we always do."

"I think we have, it's starting to show a little bit, we have some good depth where some teams may be looking at our depth, as well, that have inquired about some guys. So we'll just see how it all evolves," Spielman said. "The one thing I know is you want to make sure you have good enough depth, especially with 17 games, plus the postseason that you know you're going to have to deal with injuries and every team is going to have to deal with it at some point. Some are dealing with it right now. That's why they're looking for more depth, but you don't want to trade too many guys away."

11B through 9B first round playoffs results

11B Results 
Winner def. Clark/Willow Lake 60-0
McCook/Central Montrose def. Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central 9-6
Wagner def. Groton 28-21 
Elk Point Jefferson def. St. Thomas More 56-28 
Sioux Valley def. Deuel  54-20 
Bridgewater/Emery/Ethan def. Hot Springs 48-6
Beresford def. Mt. Vernon/Plankinton 27-24
Aberdeen Roncalli def. Redfield 14-6

9AA Results

Hanson def. Elkton-Lake Benton 70-22
Platte/Geddes def. Chester Area 35-12 
Lyman def. Stanley County 30-0 
Timber Lake def. Leola/Frederick 14-8 
Parkston def. Bon Homme 20-15 
Garretson def. Hamlin 28-7 
Ipswich def. Lemmon/McIntosh 36-0
Canistota Freeman def. Florence/Henry 22-20.  

9A Results
Herreid/Selby Area def. Northwestern 50-6 
Castlewood def. Kadoka Area 42-20 
De Smet def. Britton/Hecla 62-12
Warner def. Philip 54-0
Howard def. Kimball/White Lake 40-6 
Wolsey/Wessington def. Oldham/Ramona/Rutlund 50-0 
Wall def. North Central 56-6
Gregory def. Burke 34-6.  
9B Results
Avon def. Estelline/Hendricks 64-14
Alcester-Hudson def. Sully Buttes 34-0 
Gayville/Volin def. Langford 36-14 
Dell Rapids St. Mary def. Corsica/Stickney 40-0 
Faulkton def. Colome 52-0 
Harding County def. New Underwood 26-12 
Potter County def. Jones County 52-6
Hitchcock/Tulare def. Faith 38-0.

Washington State fires head football coach Nick Rolovich for failure to get COVID-19 vaccine

Washington State has fired head football coach Nick Rolovich and four of his assistance Monday for refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine.  Football coach’s at public Universities across the country are state employees and Washington State has a vaccine mandate which encompasses Rolovich and his staff.  The deadline for Rolovich and any other person employed by the state of Washington to get vaccinated was this Monday.  Defensive coordinator Jake Dickert has been elevated to interim head coach. 

SD Media prep volleyball poll released 10/18/21

CLASS AA

  1. S.F. Washington (15) 22-1 75 1
  2. O’Gorman 15-3 60 2
  3. Brandon Valley 19-7 39 4
  4. Pierre 13-3 33 5
  5. Harrisburg 16-6 15 3

Receiving Votes: S.F. Roosevelt 3.

CLASS A

  1. S.F. Christian (15) 26-4 75 1
  2. Dakota Valley 21-8 59 2
  3. Garretson 21-1 46 3
  4. Hill City 18-5 26 4
  5. Wagner 20-4 16 5

Receiving Votes: Florence-Henry 2, R.C. Christian 1.

CLASS B

  1. Bridgewater-Emery (15) 25-0 75 1
  2. Warner 25-5 54 2
  3. Northwestern 25-5 39 3
  4. Wolsey-Wessington 22-3 27 4
  5. Chester Area 21-5 13 RV

Receiving Votes: Arlington 12; Platte-Geddes 4; Faulkton Area 1.

SD media prep football poll released 10/18/21

CLASS 11AAA
Harrisburg (20) 8-0 108 1
Brandon Valley (2) 8-0 90 2
Roosevelt 4-4 59 5
Lincoln 5-3 37 3
Jefferson 4-4 22 4

Receiving Votes: Washington 12, O’Gorman 2.

CLASS 11AA
Tea Area (18) 8-0 106 1
Pierre (4) 7-1 91 2
Brookings 6-2 67 3
Yankton 4-4 43 4
Watertown 3-5 13 5

Receiving Votes: Aberdeen Central 9, Mitchell 1.

CLASS 11A
Madison (22) 8-0 110 1
Canton 7-1 88 2
Dell Rapids  5-3 46 5
Vermillion 5-3 41 3
West Central 4-4 19 4

Receiving Votes: Tri-Valley 12, Lennox 8, Milbank 6.

CLASS 11B
Winner (22) 8-0 110 1
Sioux Valley 7-1 87 2
Groton Area 7-1 52 3
Elk Point-Jefferson 6-2 40 4
Mount Vernon/Plankinton 7-1 19 RV

Receiving Votes: McCook Central/Montrose 18, Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan 3, Aberdeen Roncalli 1.

CLASS 9AA
Hanson (15) 7-1 98 1
Parkston (7) 6-2 86 2
Chester Area 6-2 62 3
Florence/Henry 7-1 32 4
Platte-Geddes 6-2 17 5

Receiving Votes: Ipswich 16, Lyman 8, Timber Lake 8, Canistota/Freeman 3.

CLASS 9A
T1. De Smet (12) 8-0 94 1
T1. Howard (7) 8-0 94 2
3. Herreid/Selby Area (2) 9-0 71 3
4. Wall (1) 8-0 46 4
5. Wolsey-Wessington 5-3 13 5

Receiving Votes: Warner 12.

CLASS 9B
Avon (22) 8-0 110 1
Faulkton Area 6-2 83 3
Potter County 7-2 65 4
Gayville-Volin 5-2 40 2
Hitchcock-Tulare 6-3 27 5

Receiving Votes: Harding County/Bison 4, Dell Rapids St. Mary 1.

NHL suspends San Jose forward Evander Kane for breach of league COVID-19 protocols

The NHL announced Monday it has suspended San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane 21 games without pay for violating the NHL and NHLPA COVID-19 protocols.  Kane was being investigated by the league over allegations he had submitted a fake COVID-19 vaccination card to the team and league.  Kane released a statement following the suspension apologizing to his teammates and the Sharks organization.  Kane said he made a mistake and takes responsibility for it. 

University of South Dakota women's basketball picked as pre-season Summit League favorites

South Dakota was selected as The Summit League preseason women's basketball favorite while South Dakota State redshirt junior Myah Selland was named the Preseason Player of the Year for the 2021-22 season, league officials announced Tuesday. The voting panel included the league’s ten head coaches, sports information directors and select media members from each school’s coverage area.
 
South Dakota, who won the 2021 Summit League Championship, topped the poll for the third consecutive year after totaling 712 points. The Coyotes received 20 of the 38 first-place votes while the remaining 18 went to in-state rival South Dakota State, who held down the second spot with 672 points.
 
Selland led the league last season in scoring with an average of 19.2 ppg and added 6.8 rpg and 3.8 apg. Joining her on the Preseason All-Summit League first team were teammates Paiton Burckhard and Tylee Irwin, Kansas City’s Naomie Alnatas, along with South Dakota’s Chloe Lamb and Hannah Sjerven.
 
The Preseason All-Summit League second team is made up of the Denver duo of Meghan Boyd and Uju Ezeudu, North Dakota State’s Heaven Hamling, USD’s Liv Korngable and Oral Roberts’ Keni Jo Lippe.
 
Points for the preseason poll were compiled on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis, while all-league teams were compiled on an 11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. The top six vote-getters earned first-team honors and the next five were selected to the second team. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own student-athletes or team.
 
2021-22 Preseason Summit League Player of the Year
Myah Selland, South Dakota State
 
2021-22 Preseason All-Summit League First Team
Naomie Alnatas, Kansas City, Sr., G (16.0 ppg/3.4 rpg/2.0 apg)
Paiton Burckhard, South Dakota State, Jr., F (13.1 ppg/5.4 rpg/1.2 spg)
Tylee Irwin, South Dakota State, Sr., F (12.8 ppg/4.5 rpg/1.5 apg/1.0 spg)
Chloe Lamb, South Dakota, R-Sr., G (15.8 ppg/4.2 rpg/2.3 apg/1.9 spg)
Myah Selland, South Dakota State, R-Jr., F (19.2 ppg/6.8 rpg/3.8 apg)*
Hannah Sjerven, South Dakota, R-Sr., C (17.1 ppg/9.8 rpg/2.2 bpg/1.7 apg)

2021-22 Preseason All-Summit League Second Team
Meghan Boyd, Denver, Jr., G (15.3 ppg/4.4 rpg/3.1 apg)
Uju Ezeudu, Denver, Jr., F (15.2 ppg/6.4 rpg)
Heaven Hamling, North Dakota State, Jr., G (13.1 ppg/3.3 rpg/2.7 apg)
Liv Korngable, South Dakota, R-Sr., G (14.7 ppg/3.8 apg/3.1 rpg/1.3 spg)
Keni Jo Lippe, Oral Roberts, Gr., G (14.1 ppg/5.1 rpg/2.4 apg)
 
*Preseason player of the year automatically earns a spot on the first team

2021 Summit League Women’s Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll

Rank

School

Points (1st)

2020-21 Record (SL)

1.

South Dakota

712 (20)

19-6 (12-2)

2.

South Dakota State

672 (18)

21-4 (14-0)

3.

North Dakota State

544

15-9 (9-7)

4.

Kansas City

486

10-12 (7-8)

5.

Denver

385

7-16 (5-9)

6.

Oral Roberts

383

6-15 (4-8)

7.

Western Illinois

382

8-16 (6-8)

8.

Omaha

314

7-13 (4-8)

9.

North Dakota

181

2-19 (2-13)

10.

St. Thomas

147

 

South Dakota State men's basketball picked as pre-season basketball favorites

South Dakota State was picked to repeat as Summit League Men’s Basketball champions after leading the 2021-22 preseason poll, while Oral Roberts junior Max Abmas, the reigning NCAA scoring champion, was tabbed as the Preseason Player of the Year, league officials announced Tuesday.

The Jackrabbits won at least a share of their fifth straight regular season title in 2021 thanks to a .750 winning percentage in 12 league contests. SDSU received 23 of 36 first-place votes, topping the poll with 636 points, which is voted on by the league’s 10 head coaches, sports information directors and select media members from each program’s coverage area.

North Dakota State was picked second and was followed by reigning tournament champion and NCAA Sweet 16 participant Oral Roberts in third. The Bison racked up seven first-place votes and 606 points, while the Golden Eagles secured the remaining six first-place votes and finished with 545 points.


Abmas, who was the 2021 Summit League Player of the Year and Lou Henson National Player of the Year after averaging 24.5 ppg as a sophomore, was joined on the first team by a pair of Jackrabbits, a pair of Bison and Kansas City junior Josiah Allick. The SDSU duo on the first team includes junior Baylor Scheierman and senior Douglas Wilson, while the Bison tandem of Rocky Kreuser and Sam Griesel fill out the remainder of the first team.

Abmas, Kreuser and Scheierman were each first-team selections following the 2020-21 campaign, while Griesel and Wilson were second-team selections. Allick was an honorable mention pick during Kansas City’s first season back as a league member.

South Dakota, who was picked fourth in the poll with 480 points, led the way with a pair of selections on the second team. The Coyotes’ second-team duo is made up of senior Xavier Fuller and junior Tasos Kamateros. Those two were joined by NDSU’s Tyree Eady, SDSU’s Noah Freidel and Western Illnois’ Will Carius.

Carius, who was an all-league second team pick after his first season with the Leathernecks, and Western Illinois were picked to finish fifth in what will head coach Rob Jeter’s second season in Macomb. WIU received 356 points and was followed by Kansas City (341 points) in sixth, North Dakota (279 points) in seventh and Omaha (255 points) in eighth.

Denver, who is under the direction of first-year head coach Jeff Wulbrun was selected ninth with 217 points, while league newcomer St. Thomas was picked to finish 10th, rounding out the poll with 120 points.

Points for the preseason poll were compiled on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis, while all-league teams were compiled on an 11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. The top six vote-getters earned first-team honors and the next five were selected to the second team. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own student-athletes or team.

2021-22 Preseason Summit League Player of the Year
Max Abmas – Oral Roberts
 
Preseason All-Summit League First Team
Max Abmas, Oral Roberts, Jr., G (24.5 ppg/3.2 rpg/3.9 apg)*
Josiah Allick, Kansas City, Jr., F (15.0 ppg/6.0 rpg/0.3 bpg)
Sam Griesel, North Dakota State, Sr., G (11.5 ppg/6.4 rpg/3.0 apg)
Rocky Kreuser, North Dakota State, Gr., F (15.7 ppg/7.0 rpg/0.7 bpg)
Baylor Scheierman, South Dakota State, Jr., G (15.4 ppg/9.2 rpg/4.0 apg)
Douglas Wilson, South Dakota State, Gr., F (16.8 ppg/5.4 rpg/0.6 bpg)

Preseason All-Summit League Second Team
Will Carius, Western Illinois, Gr., F (14.4 ppg/5.2 rpg/0.6 bpg)
Tyree Eady, North Dakota State, Sr., G (11.5 ppg/5.7 rpg/0.6 spg)
Noah Freidel, South Dakota State, Jr., G (16.0 ppg/4.2 rpg/0.9 spg)
Xavier Fuller, South Dakota, Sr., F (8.9 ppg/4.9 rpg/0.9 apg)
Tasos Kamateros, South Dakota, Jr., F (8.4 ppg/4.4 rpg/0.3 bpg)

 *Preseason Player of the Year automatically earns a spot on first team

Preseason Poll

Rank

School (1st Place Votes)

Points

1.

South Dakota State (23)

636

2.

North Dakota State (7)

606

3.

Oral Roberts (6)

545

4.

South Dakota

480

5

Western Illinois

356

6.

Kansas City

341

7.

North Dakota

279

8.

Omaha

255

9.

Denver

217

10.

St. Thomas

120

SD Media prep volleyball poll released 10/11/21

CLASS AA

1. S.F. Washington (16) 11-0 80 1

2. O’Gorman 13-3 60 2

3. Harrisburg 16-4 51 3

4. Brandon Valley 17-7 30 4

5. Pierre 11-3 19 5

CLASS A

1. S.F. Christian (16) 22-4 80 1

2. Dakota Valley 16-4 63 2

3. Garretson 18-1 49 3

4. Hill City 16-5 28 4

5. Wagner 18-4 15 RV

CLASS B

1. Bridgewater-Emery (15) 17-0 78 1

2. Warner (1) 22-5 57 2

3. Northwestern 24-5 40 4

4. Wolsey-Wessington 20-3 29 3

5. Arlington 20-3 25 5

SD media prep football poll released 10/11/21

Class 11AAA

1. Harrisburg (20)                   7-0       108      1

2. Brandon Valley (2)  7-0       90        2

3. Lincoln                                5-2       59        3

4. Jefferson                             4-3       37        5

5. Roosevelt                            3-4       28        RV

Receiving votes: Washington 7, O’Gorman 1. 


Class 11AA

1. Tea Area (19)                     7-0       107      1

2. Pierre (3)                             6-1       90        2

3. Brookings                            5-2       65        3

4. Yankton                               4-3       44        4

5. Watertown                           3-4       23        5

Receiving votes: Aberdeen Central 1. 


Class 11A

1. Madison (22)                       7-0       110      1

2. Canton                                6-1       88        2

3. Vermillion                            5-2       66        4

4. West Central                       4-3       42        3

5. Dell Rapids                         4-3       19        5

Receiving votes: Milbank 3, Lennox 1, Sioux Falls Christian 1. 

Class 11B

1. Winner (22)                         8-0      110      1

2. Sioux Valley                         6-1       84        2

3. Groton Area                        6-1      52        3

4. Elk Point-Jefferson              5-2       42        5

5. McCook Cent./Montrose    5-2       15        RV

Receiving votes: Mount Vernon/Plankinton 14, Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan 6, Woonsocket/Wess. Springs/Sanborn Central 6, St. Thomas More 1.  


Class 9AA

1. Hanson (22)                        7-0       110      1

2. Parkston                              5-2       69        3

3. Chester Area                       5-2       51        4

4. Florence/Henry                   7-1       32        5

5. Platte-Geddes                     5-2       25        2

Receiving votes: Ipswich 14, Timber Lake 11, Hamlin 8, Lyman 5, Garretson 4, Canistota/Freeman 1. 


Class 9A

1. De Smet (18)                      7-0       102      1

2. Howard (2)                          7-0       85        2

3. Herreid/Selby Area (1) 8-0  69       3

4. Wall (1)                               7-0       49        4

5. Wolsey-Wessington            5-2       24        5

Receiving votes: Warner 1.  


Class 9B

1. Avon (22)                            7-0       110      1

2. Gayville-Volin                      5-1       77        2

3. Faulkton Area                     6-2       73        4

4. Potter County                      6-2       40        3

5. Hitchcock-Tulare                6-2       25        5

Receiving votes: Harding County/Bison 3, Dell Rapids St. Mary 2.

USD Coyotes enter FCS top-25 poll

The University of South Dakota has entered the top-25 in the most recent AFCA Coach’s poll.  The Coyotes enter the top 25, 21st overall, with a 4-2 overall record and 2-1 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.  The Jacks most recently defeated the University of South Dakota Saturday at home.  The final was 20-13.  Other Missouri Valley schools in the top 25 includes the University of North Dakota at 24,  Northern Iowa at 17, South Dakota State at eight, Southern Illinois at four and North Dakota State at number three.  Sam Houston State is the top ranked team in the country. 

 

Through Games OCT. 11, 2021

RANK

SCHOOL

RECORD

POINTS

PREVIOUS

1 Sam Houston (27) 5-0 698 1
2 Eastern Washington (1) 6-0 664 4
3 North Dakota State 5-0 639 5
4 Southern Illinois 5-1 588 7
5 Villanova 4-1 566 9
6 Montana 4-1 562 6
7 James Madison 4-1 508 2
8 South Dakota State 4-1 483 3
9 Montana State 5-1 475 11
10 East Tennessee State 6-0 467 13
11 Southeastern Louisiana 4-1 413 14
12 UC Davis 5-1 346 8
13 Kennesaw State 4-1 336 17
14 Rhode Island 5-0 334 20
15 Delaware 3-2 261 10
16 UT Martin 4-1 253 21
17 Northern Iowa 3-2 244 12
18 Weber State 2-3 207 18
19 Harvard 4-0 142 22
20 Princeton 4-0 125 24
21 South Dakota 4-2 104 NR
22 Jacksonville State 3-3 102 23
23 Missouri State 3-2 95 16
24 North Dakota 2-3 94 15
25 Jackson State 4-1 73 NR

Minnesota Wild make final cuts to 24 man roster

The Minnesota Wild will drop the puck on the regular season Friday taking on the Anaheim Ducks on the road.  Before that, the team made its final cuts to get the roster down to 24 players. 

 

Forward Brandon Duhaime was the last man to make the roster.  He is 6’2 200lbs 24 years old and was a fourth round pick by Minnesota in the 2016 NHL draft.  Duhaime beat out higher touted prospects such as defenseman Calen Adison, forward Adam Beckman and the team’s 2020 1st round pick 9th overall Marco Rossi. 

 

Wild General Manager Bill Guerien says the decision was made to make sure those other guys get the proper amount of playing time…

 

 

 

Minnesota United to host 2022 Major League Soccer All-Star game

The Twin Cities will host the 2022 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target on Aug. 10 at Allianz Field, home of Minnesota United. The league’s marquee summer event returns for its 26th edition and will be broadcast on the networks of ESPN and Univision in the U.S., and TSN and TVA Sports in Canada.

The 2022 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target will be the culmination of a week-long series of events across Minneapolis and Saint Paul, including community initiatives, concerts, parties, the MLS All-Star Skills Challenge presented by AT&T 5G and more. 

“We are proud to bring the 2022 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target to Minnesota,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber. “Since the club began play in the league in 2017, Minnesota United and their incredible fan base have played a key role in the continued rise of MLS and growth of our sport throughout the U.S. As the eyes of the soccer world turn to Allianz Field next August 10, the people of Minnesota will be fantastic hosts and the supporters and ‘Wonderwall’ will create a memorable atmosphere for our marquee summer event.”

The match will be hosted at the iconic, state-of-the-art Allianz Field in Saint Paul. The 19,600-seat soccer-specific stadium opened its doors in 2019 to international acclaim. The stadium has a natural grass pitch and was designed with the fan in mind. Features include a 360-degree overhanging roof structure, every seat is within 125 ft. of the pitch, and the building includes a safe-standing, pyramid-shaped supporters' section for nearly three thousand fans. The exterior of the building is made of a unique PTFE material with programmable lighting that allows endless color variations to enhance the stadium experience.

The uniqueness of the stadium and the associated experience for both players, clubs and fans has resulted in Allianz Field becoming a highly-sought-after venue for international events, hosting a pair of Concacaf Gold Cup group stage matches in 2019 and an international friendly for the U.S. Women’s National Team later that year. Allianz Field will host an additional friendly between the U.S. Women’s National team and South Korea later this fall. 

“We are all extremely excited and honored to see the premier event for soccer in North America coming to the Twin Cities and our state,” said Bill McGuire, the managing partner for Minnesota United FC. “Led by Target and supported by other great Minnesota businesses and our unparalleled fans, this will be an extraordinary event built around a week of wonderful activities for everyone. Soccer is indeed the world’s game, and we look forward to sharing with everyone all that it represents and what makes Allianz Field and the Twin Cities such a great place to experience all that it offers." 

The opponent for Major League Soccer’s showcase event will be announced at a later date. 

The match will be the first MLS All-Star Game to be held in the Twin Cities and just the eighth All-Star game to be hosted in Minnesota across the six major men’s and women’s professional sports leagues (MLB: 1965, 1985, 2014; NBA: 1994; NHL: 1972, 2004; WNBA: 2018). 

The MLS All-Stars will be led by Minnesota United Head Coach Adrian Heath. The English-born head coach has been coaching in the United States for over a decade and has led the Loons since their arrival in MLS in 2017. Heath has guided MNUFC to the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs in each of the last two seasons, including a narrow defeat in the 2020 Western Conference Final, and a U.S. Open Cup final in 2019.

Headquartered in Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Target will once again be the presenting sponsor for Major League Soccer’s midsummer showcase event. The company has partnered with MLS since 2017 to bring the joy of soccer to guests across the U.S., and similar to past years, its involvement in the 2022 All-Star Game includes providing community-focused programming throughout the celebration. 

“Target is honored to join MLS in hosting the 2022 All-Star Game in our hometown of Minneapolis-Saint Paul,” said Maurice Cooper, senior vice president, Marketing, Target. “Our partnership with MLS brings what we value most – like inclusivity and connection – to life, deepening our involvement in communities and helping us create lasting, meaningful impact for soccer-loving team members and guests of all ages.” 

All Minnesota United season ticket owners will receive priority pre-sale access for the MLS All-Star Game presented by Target. Fans may sign up HERE for additional ticketing information, which will be released to the public in 2022.

SD Media prep football poll released 10/04/21

Class 11AAA
1. Harrisburg (20) 6-0 108 
2. Brandon Valley (2) 6-0 90 2
3. Lincoln 4-2 57 4
4. Washington 3-3 32 5
5. Jefferson 4-2 31 3
Receiving votes: Roosevelt 12. 

Class 11AA
1. Tea Area (20) 6-0 108 1
2. Pierre (2) 5-1 89 2
3. Brookings 4-2 61 3
4. Yankton 3-3 44 4
5. Watertown 3-3 27 RV
Receiving votes: Aberdeen Central 1. 

Class 11A
1. Madison (22) 6-0 110 2
2. Canton 5-1 88 1
3. West Central 4-2 49 4
4. Vermillion 4-2 46 RV
5. Dell Rapids  4-2 26 3
Receiving votes: Lennox 10. 

Class 11B
1. Winner (22) 7-0 110 1
2. Sioux Valley 5-1 85 3
3. Groton Area 6-1 49 T4
4. Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan 4-2 38 2
5. Elk Point-Jefferson 4-2 18 T4
Receiving votes: McCook Central/Montrose 9, Aberdeen Roncalli 8, Mount Vernon/Plankinton 8, Woonsocket/Wess. Springs/Sanborn Central 4, Hot Springs 1.  

Class 9AA
1. Hanson (21) 6-0 109 1
2. Platte-Geddes (1) 5-1 81 2
3. Parkston 5-2 42 5
4. Chester Area 4-2 34 4
5. Florence/Henry 6-1 29 3
Receiving votes: Hamlin 14, Timber Lake 8, Ipswich 5, Garretson 4, Canistota/Freeman 3, Lyman 1. 

Class 9A
1. De Smet (20) 6-0 107 1
2. Howard (1) 6-0 88 2
3. Herreid/Selby Area 7-0 63 3
4. Wall (1) 7-0 46 4
5. Wolsey-Wessington 4-2 18 5
Receiving votes: Castlewood 8. 

Class 9B
1. Avon (22) 6-0 110 1
2. Gayville-Volin 4-1 85 3
3. Potter County 6-1 59 4
4. Faulkton Area 5-2 50 2
5. Hitchcock-Tulare 5-2 20 5
Receiving votes: Dell Rapids St. Mary 5, Harding County/Bison 1.

SD media prep volleyball poll released 10/04/21

CLASS AA

1. S.F. Washington (10) 10-0 62 1
2. O’Gorman (3)12-2 55 2
3. Harrisburg 11-4 37 4
4. Brandon Valley 12-6 25 5
5. Pierre 9-3 15 3
RECEIVING VOTES: S.F. Lincoln (11-4) 1

CLASS A
1. S.F. Christian (13) 19-4 65
2. Dakota Valley 14-3 52
3. Garretson 15-1 37
4. Hill City 15-3 28
5. R.C. Christian 13-6 6
RECEIVING VOTES: Florence-Henry (16-3) 5; Wagner (15-4) 1

CLASS B
1. Bridgewater-Emery (12) 16-0 63 1
2. Warner (1) 17-5 45 2
3. Wolsey-Wessington 16-2 36 4
4. Northwestern 18-5 20 5
5. Arlington 18-3 16 RV
RECEIVING VOTES: Aberdeen Christian (13-2) 7; Chester Area (17-5) 7; Platte-Geddes (17-4) 1

Northern State suspends search for new Athletic Director until spring

Northern State University will suspend its search for a new Director of Athletics until spring 2022.

 

At this time, Terri Holmes will continue to serve as Interim Director of Athletics, said NSU President Neal Schnoor. Updated search information will be released in the coming months.

 

Schnoor thanked everyone who has been involved in the process so far, including the search committee, Double L Consulting, community members and applicants.

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