Athlete of the Week

Watson Has Record-Breaking First Season with USF Cougars

Watson Has Record-Breaking First Season with USF Cougars

SIOUX FALLS, SD…. As first impressions go, it’ll be tough for anyone who ever wears a Sioux Falls uniform to top the one Gabe Watson made in 2018. “Thought he’d be a good football player but what he’s doing is amazing right now. I don’t want to say he’s exceed expectations because I don’t know where he can get to.”…

Kayden Verley’s Versatility Sparked Canton

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CANTON, S.D.  — It’s a good thing that Kayden Verley has a passion for pigskin. “It’s one of the best feelings you’ll have in your high school career, for sure. Well so far I have. Football is a lot different, so much energy and excitement.” Canton Junior Kayden Verley Says. Because the junior plays plenty of it at Canton. As in,…

Maggie Smither The Cornerstone Of SDSU Soccer

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BROOKINGS, S.D.  —  Though Maggie Smither’s career as a midfielder didn’t last long…. “I started around like 11 or 12. And so I just went in and I wasn’t really like a field player. Around middle school I kind of stepped into keeper just because I was tall and could kick it far.” SDSU Junior Goal Keeper Maggie Smither says….

Hayley Dotseth Leading Coyotes’ Pack

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VERMILLION, S.D.  —  Outside hitter Hayley Dotseth may seem reserved, but she’s lethal on the volleyball court for the Coyotes. “She’s just such a competitor. From the moment she walked on campus we didn’t really know what to expect from her. And I think her freshman year she came out and surprised a lot of people. I think even being…

Many Miles & Yards Lead Tupak Kpeayeh To History

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D.  — The first thing you notice is the name. “I’m Tupak with a K. Everyone thinks it’s with a C, they always spell my name wrong. Ton of people just ask if I can rap all the time and I say no!” Washington Senior RB Tupak Kpeayeh says. And then you see that Tupak Kpeayeh makes his music…

Lyng Still Golfing at age 90!

Lyng Still Golfing at age 90!

SIOUX FALLS, SD…On any given day Gordy Lyng can be found on the golf course. Gordy Lyng says:”Well it’s a way of staying young…” Gordy has spent his working years as the former owner of Boomer’s and Tinner’s restaurants. The 90 year old is now retired – but his golf game has never been better. “It’s hard to say how…

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…