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Hanson Another in Line of Talented Cossacks

Hanson Another in Line of Talented Cossacks

Being a second generation Sioux Valley Cossack basketball player, Trevor Hanson knows a thing or two about being part of a lineage. “Yeah especially having two older brothers go through too, that’s always fun!” Hanson says. And he’s also the latest senior Cossack star following the likes of Tayt Vincent and Collin Kramer. “Just being that top dog, that leader,…

From Waiter to G-League for Orris

From Waiter to G-League for Orris

South Dakota wasn’t a place Michael Orris expected his basketball journey to take him, yet he couldn’t pick a better place for it to continue. “I wept. Playing in front of those guys, seeing them all here, it means the world to me.” Orris says. Orris came to South Dakota State last year as a graduate transfer after stints at…

Spencer Tops the Charts at Augustana

Spencer Tops the Charts at Augustana

Jordan Spencer grew up cultured. Jordan Spencer, Augie Guard:”That’s Jamaican’s mum’s mum’s English yeah. One relaxed side and one more in the uptight side…” And the native of London was quick to pick up the sport of another country. Spencer:”I started watching some like street ball and things like that and that caught my interest…” Which opened an unexpected door…

Seth Benson Follows in Footsteps of Greenway

Seth Benson Follows in Footsteps of Greenway

Having Seth Benson on the field was like having another assistant for Washington head coach Chad Stadem. “His intangibles probably are off the charts in terms of his leadership abilities. He’s literally right next to me when I’m talking to the team and coaching the team!” Stadem says. And Benson played enough positions to be one. In 2016 he stepped…

Tellinghuisen Has Been SDSU’s Mr. Everything

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BROOKINGS, S.D.  —  With stars like Cody Larson, Mike Daum and George Marshall at South Dakota State, it’s been easy for the kid from Iowa to get lost in the mix. “Reed is really underappreciated.  He’s an unbelievable competitor.  It’s blocks, it’s deflections, it’s plays he’s alters, it’s charges he takes.  So many little things he does that impacts winning.” …

Groos Cousins Played Beautiful Football At Colman-Egan

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COLMAN, S.D.  —  Bodee and Kade Groos aren’t brothers. “We’re only ten days apart so, I mean, we hung out all the time when we were kids. And we actually have two more cousins on the team, the McKnights.” Colman-Egan Senior WR/DB Kade Groos says. “We’ve been playing together our whole lives. We lived in Colman our whole lives right…

West Central’s Peters has had dominant career

West Central's Peters has had dominant career

Growing up Derick Peters need a way to release his pent up energy. “Sometimes my mom wasn’t always the biggest fan of that especially in those summer months when I decided to be a little bit rambunctious inside so she’d send me out on a couple laps around the block!” Peters says. He found it through soccer but didn’t find…

Zabel Caps Great Career at Pierre with State Title

Zabel Caps Great Career at Pierre with State Title

With a father and mother who each played college sports at Northern State, and brother Grey protecting him on the offensive line, Peyton Zabel is used to having a critical eye. “Yeah there’s definitely always the jokes on a Monday mornings. ‘Well if you wouldn’t have been mean to me or gotten into a wrestling match with me!’ But yeah…

Former SDSU standout now starting for the KC Chiefs

Former SDSU standout now starting for the KC Chiefs

Whether Bryan Witzmann can dance is up for speculation. “I just wanted to be Travis (Kelce’s) hype man! He’s dancing and a couple other guys were dancing so I decided to join in!” Witzmann says. “I’ve talked to him about that, not in terms of advice, but just in terms of expectations and he told me he’s going to work…

Machacek Has Been a Keeper for Augustana Soccer

Machacek Has Been a Keeper for Augustana Soccer

It takes little bit of insanity to play goalie. “You don’t have a helmet. You don’t have shoulder pads. You have a pair of flimsy gloves and you’re going to go as hard as you can with your hands at the ball which is at someone’s foot and they’re going as fast as they can trying to strike that ball….

Will Farniok Follows in Brothers’ Footsteps

Will Farniok Follows in Brothers' Footsteps

Saturday’s State Championship isn’t just the end of the season at Washington. It’s the end of an era. “That was the last time a Farniok has played on Howard Wood Field. And Will kind of took a step back and said you’re right, I didn’t even think about it like that. And I said well hopefully one of you boys…

Dordt Duo Teammates Since 7th grade

Dordt Duo have been teammates since 7th grade

SIOUX CENTER, IA—  From 7th grade to high school and now the Dordt volleyball team Juniors Ema Altena and Jamie Gesink have been nothing short of Sioux center standouts. Setter Gesink is a returning 2nd team all-American and outside hitter Altena is a returning 3rd team all-American. Gesink and Altena didn’t plan on attending Dordt together, but they’re fortunate to have…

Jessen Sets Coyote Volleyball Up For Success

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VERMILLION, S.D.  —  It’s not the position Brittany Jessen, or any volleyball player, necessarily wants to play. “When I was younger I actually really wanted to be a hitter. I thought it would be so cool to play that role. But as everyone else got taller and I stayed the same height I transferred into setting!” USD Senior Brittany Jessen…

Pierre’s Austin Hoss A Boss At State Golf

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PIERRE, S.D.  —  Though Austin Hoss’ dad played college golf at North Dakota State, it’s not exactly like father like son when it comes to the links. “He taught me a little bit but I primarily learned from other people and coaches because he kinda did things a lot different then I did.  Buddies kinda talked me into it and just…

Christensen’s Legend Grows with 800th Win

Christensen's Legend Grows with 800th Win

This wasn’t what Jill Christensen pictured herself doing in the early 80s. “I didn’t expect to be coaching volleyball at all to be honest. So to be coaching this long yeah, it’s been a great ride.” Parker Head Volleyball Coach Jill Christensen says. After all she’d never actually played or coached volleyball when she took over as head coach in…

Janke Brothers Bring Identical Success To Madison

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MADISON, S.D.  —  It’s easy to confuse Jaxon with Jadon Janke. “Almost every day people do get us mixed up.”  Madison Senior Jaxon Janke says. “And our parents even get us mixed up a lot of times.”  Madison Senior Jadon Janke says. “They have numbers on so that helps me out. But they could during the school day.”  Madison Head…

Reiss Leading Charge For Mustang Volleyball

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MARSHALL, MN  —  It’s coincidence that Taylor Reiss wears the number one. “When I came here this was the jersey they gave me so I didn’t choose it or anything!” SMSU Junior Taylor Reiss says. That Southwest Minnesota State was her top choice to play college volleyball coming out of Minneota wasn’t. “I started playing volleyball when I was in…

Streveler Finds A Football Home At USD

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VERMILLION, S.D.  —  Most quarterbacks run from hitting. “To this day still my favorite part of football is the contact. It definitely applied and still applies now.” USD Senior QB Chris Streveler says. Chris Streveler runs to it because he likes it. “He’s certainly one of the more physical quarterbacks I’ve ever had.” USD Head Football Coach Bob Nielson Says….

Boutier Rises From Last To LPGA Tour

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D.  —  Celine Boutier made golf look easy at Willow Run during the Great Life Challenge. “It’s actually really fun to see, when you visuazlie a shot, and then you actually do it it’s just really satisfying and I did a lot of that!” Boutier says. Which was hard to visualize growing up in France when Celine was…

Opdahl is Dakota State’s Quiet Star

Opdahl is Dakota State's Quiet Star

MADISON, SD…Austin Opdahl’s objective for each game is simple. “Yup (the quarterback) trusts in me to come down with the ball no matter where he puts it so that’s my job.” DSU Senior Austin Opdahl says. How he does that is anything but. “You can’t explain it. Half the time I’m sitting there going ‘oh no! Oh no! Oh My!…