Athlete of the Week

Shannon Johnson is Women’s Mid Amateur Champion

Shannon Johnson is Women's Mid Amateur Champion

SIOUX FALLS, SD… It didn’t take Dave Hanten long to see something special in a young Shannon Johnson. Dave Hanten, Willow Run Golf Pro says:”She always calls and says Dave let’s go hit some balls. Translation is would you just take a look at my swing and see where we’re at.” A relationship grew over the next few years as Johnson…

Stricker Wins First Sanford International

Stricker Wins First Sanford International

SIOUX FALLS, SD… Steve Stricker’s week in Sioux Falls at the Sanford International began in anonymity. “I went down to the Duluth Trading Company today, that’s where I was shopping, and the lady was like yeah, we’ve got a big golf tournament in town, who’s your favorite? And I looked at my wife and I’m like Nikki, who’s your favorite?…

Gimbel Back To End College Career On His Terms

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MARSHALL, MN  —  Blake Gimbel likes to throw the football. “Some guys ask hey, did you really throw the ball 60 times in a game? And I’ll tell them yeah, we did it multiple times.” SMSU Senior QB Blake Gimbel says. A lot. “I like throwing the ball. You don’t even think about it when the game is going on….

Gall Excited To Defend World Championship

Gall Excited To Defend World Championship

TRIPP, SD…IT DIDN’T TAKE LONG FOR TOM GALL TO FALL IN LOVE WITH RACING. Tom Gall, Drag Racer: “I FIRST GOT INTO DRAG RACING BECAUSE OF MY DAD. HE RACED FOR YEARS AND YEARS, AND HE DECIDED YOU KNOW IF YOU’RE SERIOUS ABOUT THIS AND I WAS… WE’LL BUILD YOU A DRAGSTER. IT’S THE SAFETY AND EASIEST WAY TO GO…

Great Weekend For Linnea Strom At GreatLIFE Challenge

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D.   —  Though Willow Run is a little less than 4500 miles from Linnea Strom’s native Sweden, the GreatLIFE Challenge felt like a family affair with several Swedish teammates cheering her on and her dad on the bag as caddy. “He’s a calm person so it’s nice having him on the bag. He knows exactly what to say…

Treinen Enjoying All-Star Season with Oakland

Treinen Enjoying All-Star Season with Oakland

MINNEAPOLIS, MN…It only takes a few former South Dakota State teammates to remind one of baseball’s most dominant closers that he wasn’t always so dominant. “It was against Oral Roberts and he gave up a few runs. And now he’s here, barely giving up any runs in the Major Leagues. And we always make the joke ‘well he couldn’t get…

Simmons Takes Over at QB for USD

Simmons Takes Over at QB for USD

VERMILLION, SD… The USD football program is coming off one of it’s best season’s to date. One year removed from an FCS playoff victory, now they’re attacking this season with a new leader at quarterback. Austin Simmons, USD Quarterback:”Yeah it’s pretty exciting. It’s been a while in the making, so definitely looking to take advantage of it, and seize the…

Nolz is Iron Man for Parkston

Nolz is Iron Man for Parkston

PARKSTON, SD…You’ll never see a bag of ice on Parkston pitcher Brady Nolz shoulder after a game. Brady Nolz, Parkston Pitcher:”I’ve seen studies where it helps you and it doesn’t help you. I think a lot of it is mental and I don’t do it, I never have. I don’t like it. It’s cold and I don’t like it on…

Metzger Having Another Great Year on Dakotas Tour

Metzger Having Another Great Year on Dakotas Tour

SIOUX FALLS, SD… On a serene golf course, you’d never know that Andre Metzger Junior grew up in a far different environment. “My dad’s actually in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Two time NCAA National Champion for Oklahoma. He taught me what I call the “champion’s mentality”. You never fail unless you quit so just keep fighting.” Metzger says….

O’Gorman Alum Cedrick Lang Takes Improbable Path To Minnesota Vikings

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EAGAN, MN  —  Cedrick Lang knows how long the odds are of making an NFL roster. “I’m definitely finding that out.  It’s part of the process.  Some guys get cut four or five times before they stick with a team and you bounce around and it’s not easy on your family, but it’s a process.”  Lang says. When you realize just…

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…