Athlete of the Week

Big Ten Softball is Next for Emma Burns

Big Ten Softball is Next for Emma Burns

RAPID CITY, SD… It didn’t take long for Emma Burns to show that she belonged on a diamond. “I started with baseball and I was typically better than most of the other boys, so that kept me going for sure. And then I came here and there was softball. Anytime anyone ever hit homeruns I was the person who had…

Petersen is Hard to Catch in Track and Football

Petersen is Hard to Catch in Track and Football

  BRANDON, SD… Contrary to popular belief, Braiden Petersen proves that sometimes it’s good to be at the head of the line. “All the way through elementary school I’d always been kind of quick. I wouldn’t say I was fast but I’d always be front of the line in gym class and stuff like that. And then as the year’s progressed…

Storm’s Damond Powell Making Courageous Comeback

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D.  —  It only takes a second or two for Damond Powell to change a game. “I got a mission. I tell everybody that I’m trying to get to the endzone. There’s no feeling like it. It feels so good because you’re like man, I’m about to get there! I’m about to score.” Powell says. Which is why…

Aderhold Finishes HS Career with State B Title

Aderhold Finishes HS Career with State B Title

WATERTOWN, SD…Since he began swinging plastic clubs as a toddler, Judah Aderhold has been a cerebral force on the golf course, learning how to handle adversity along the way. “It always used to be right just around the greens and I never used to hit it far at all. And that’s kind of changed, I started to hit a decent…

Mitzel Caps Magical Senior Year at Augie

Mitzel Caps Magical Senior Year at Augie

SIOUX FALLS, SD…Tyler Mitzel’s baseball dreams began at Augustana. “I remember when I was a little kid, you’d always kind of dream about just kind of playing at these big schools, playing baseball, I’d come to Augustana games and be like ‘oh yeah, I can’t wait to do this one day. I can’t wait to complete for a National Championship.”…

Chris Grayson Drives Canaries

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D.  —  A lot has changed for Chris Grayson since his first tenure with the Canaries. “You know you keep all doors open in this game. You keep on good terms with all your employers so situations like this are always available.” Canaries Outfielder Chris Grayson says. Playing 2015 and parts of 2016, chris showed flashes but never…

Hoekstra Set To Swing Big Stick At Sioux Falls

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D.  —  Being the son of a former SDSU baseball player had Nick Hoekstra swinging early. “I probably picked up a bat for the first time when I was about two years old. He’s always taught me how to swing, he’s showed me MLB swings and stuff like that. He’s just always wanted to perfect my swing for…

Cannigan Leads USD to Summit Title

Cannigan Leads USD to Summit Title

VERMILLION, SD…For the first time since joining the Summit League the Coyotes can call themselves Summit League Champions. Senior Hurdler Shanice Cannigian knows how important this momentum will carry into the post season. Shanice Cannigan, USD Senior says:”We’ve been trying for years and to have that win in right now it gets you extra motivation to do better things.” Cannigan…

Morse Having MVP Season For Jackrabbits

Morse Having MVP Season For Jackrabbits

BROOKINGS, SD…Facing Brittney Morse in the batters box is serious business. Brittany Morse, SDSU Senior says: “I mean if I swing as hard as I can I typically miss the ball so I just try and do my best every time…” Outside of that, not so much. Krista Wood, SDSU Softball Coach says:”She just cracks jokes all the time, she’s…

Rogers leads the Summit in Home Runs

Rogers leads the Summit in Home Runs

VERMILLION, SD…With a bat in her hands during Coyote softball games, Jessica Rogers checks all the boxes. Jessica Rogers, USD Junior Catcher:”I try not to think about the past at-bats during the game. I just try to go in with a new mind-set thinking like okay, I still have to go in and do my job…” It was the mental…

Tatum Is The Storm’s Explosive Weapon

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D.  —  It’s easy to see how Mike Tatum picked up his nickname. “The Weapon, that’s my nickname. So I got that name because I passed for a touchdown in one game, ran for a touchdown, caught a touchdown and returned a kick. All in one Arena game.” Storm WR/RB Mike Tatum says. Making it even more impressive…

Russian Import Berdin Leads Stampede Between The Pipes

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D.  —  Mikhail Berdin loves playing in front of fans in the United States. “Because when I play in KHL we had maybe 3,000 maximum in fans. In here sometimes we have 10,000.” Stampede Goalie Mikhail Berdin says. And Sioux Falls Stampede fans love their goalie from Russia. “I think it helps motivate him. He’s fiercly competitive and…

Lorenz has been a Big Hit for the Northern Wolves

Lorenz has been a Big Hit for the Northern Wolves

ABERDEEN, SD…The crack of the bat. A sound Lucas Lorenz is all too familiar with. Dean Berry, Northern Head Coach:”He’s the middle of the order guy. He’s a leader. He’s a guy who can change the game with one swing, and I think he relishes that roll. He loves to have have the so called pressure on him…” Head Coach…

Big Reasons for Northern’s Success This Season

Big Reasons for Northern's Success This Season

ABERDEEN, SD…Seniors Carter Evans and Logan Doyle are only a few inches shy of 7′ feet. They lead the team in rebounds and block shots. They’re a power house duo Head Coach Paul Sather is more than thrilled to have. Paul Sather, Northern MBB Coach:”When you’ve got some big guys on the floor like that.. I mean when I was…

Mooney Plays With Some Swagger for USD

Mooney Plays With Some Swagger for USD

VERMILLION, SD…Matt Mooney is an entreprenuer on the court….. “Control your own destiny and you be your own boss and same way in the game. I like the moment and I like taking risks and giving it everything I got.” USD Junior Guard Matt Mooney says. …and off. “He had an idea he said to me ‘coach, what do you…

Rotert Has Helped Bring SDSU Wrestling to Highest Level

Rotert Has Helped Bring SDSU Wrestling to Highest Level

BROOKINGS, SD… When he takes the mat, Nate Rotert becomes a different person. Chris Bono, SDSU Wrestling Coach:”He wrestles with that tough-guy mentality and I love it…because you know what, when you grab him off the mat of when he’s walking around he’s an elementary ed major. He loves hanging out with little kindergartners and 2 year olds and being the…

It’s a Family Affair For the Schlimgens

It's a Family Affair For the Schlimgens

YANKTON, SD…For the past decade Tom Schlimgen’s been leading the Mount Marty Women’s basketball team. Now, after this season, he’s thrown in the towel on his 44 year coaching career. Tom Schlimgen, Mount Marty WBB Coach: “I told them when they hired me that I’d give them 3-4 years if they wanted me that long, and I just finished my…