North State men’s and women’s basketball teams open season Friday

Although there is no playoff or division title for the Northern State University football team, Wolves still have one game.

They will face the University of Minnesota-Duluth at 1 p.m. Saturday at Dacotah Bank Stadium to wrap up the season.

The game is Northern’s chance to end the season on a high against one of the best teams in the Northern Sun Intercollege Conference. The Bulldogs are 7-3 and coming off a win over Augustana last weekend in Sioux Falls. At 4-1 in the NSIC North Division, they still have a shot at winning the division title, although Bemidji State (8-1 overall) is set to lose on the road to the University of Mary.

Three Bulldog quarterbacks attempted between 71 and 78 passes this season, but last weekend it was Kyle Walljasper who led Duluth with 207 passing yards and 81 rushing yards. Walljasper is the team’s second-best rusher with 716 yards. Running back Wade Sullivan leads the way with 734 yards. The Bulldogs have 2,251 net rushing yards this season.

Northern’s defense has generally been a force this season, but Duluth’s has been dominant. He’s held opponents to an average of 19.9 points per game and allowed just 717 net rushing yards this season, with opposing running backs averaging a paltry 2.6 yards per carry. The Bulldogs have 38 sacks resulting in 277 yards lost.

A win for Wolves would mean a 7-4 record on the season, momentum heading into the offseason and sending a group of seniors off with a win. And it would be another step in coach Mike Schmidt’s work to make Northern a permanent contender in the NSIC.

Brent Aldridge now wins winningest volleyball in NSU program history

Bent Aldridge became the winningest volleyball coach in Northern State University history when Wolves defeated Bemidji State University in four sets on Sunday. It was his 224th win at Northern.

Aldridge

Wolves are 18-10 this season and 13-7 at NSIC. They play Concordia-St. Paul at noon today in the first round of the NSIC tournament. The game is in St. Paul, Minn.

North State basketball teams open the season on Friday

Northern State’s men’s team opens the season with a pair of games this weekend. The Wolves play the NCAA Division II No. 1 team at Southwest Missouri State at 5:30 p.m. Friday in St. Joseph, Mo. On Saturday, they face Western Missouri State. at 7 p.m., also in St. Joseph.

The women also have matches on Friday and Saturday in Moorhead, Minnesota. The Wolves face Central Missouri at 8 p.m. Friday and Rogers State at 5 p.m. Saturday. Northern beat Division I North Dakota 81-75 in an exhibition game Nov. 2.

Wrestling Wolves head to Mitchell for Dakota Wesleyan Open

After opening the season with three bouts, the Northern State wrestlers head into their first tournament of the year on Saturday. They will travel to Mitchell for the Dakota Wesleyan Open.

Wolves opened the season with a 47-3 win over Carl Albert State College on Friday in Midland, Okla. In their second game of the day, they fell to No. 4 Central Oklahoma, 30-3. Northern fought Concordia-Moorhead on Thursday night in Minnesota.

NCAA Cross Country Regional Nov. 19 in Missouri

The Northern State University cross-country teams will then compete in the regional meet Nov. 19 in Joplin, Mo. The NCAA II national meet is Dec. 3 in Seattle.

The men’s team placed seventh out of 14 teams in Saturday’s NSIC meeting at Wayne State College in Nebraska. Senior Jackson Harrison paced Wolves, finishing seventh in 25:27.65. Freshman Josh Martin took ninth place in 25:31.24.

Harrisson

On the women’s side, Wolves took eighth place out of 16 full squads. Jennifer Clark was the best in the North in 31st place with a time of 23:31.89.

Seven Roncalli footballers win All-Northeast Conference honors

Seven Aberdeen Roncalli football players have been named to the Conference All-Northeast squad.

They include quarterback/kicker/defensive back Jackson Isakson, running back/linebacker Maddox May, lineman Brendan Livermont, wide receiver/defensive back Phillip Zens, wide receiver/defensive back Andrew Brennan, running back defensive/back Aiden Schaunaman and linebacker Zane Backous.

Roncalli's Zane Backous completed a touchdown pass in a win over St. Thomas More on Oct. 1 at Dacotah Bank Stadium.

The Cavaliers finished the regular season 8-0 and captured the Northeastern Conference title. They finished the season 9-1 after falling to Hot Springs in the playoffs.

The full team of all conferences follows.

  • Aberdeen Roncalli: Jackson Isakson (Sr.), Maddox May (Sr.), Brendan Livermont (Sr.), Phillip Zens (Sr.) Andrew Brennan (Sr.), Josh Shaunaman (Jr.) Zane Backous (So.).
  • Britton-Hecla: BoDell Davidson (Sr.), Collin Beaner (Jr.).
  • ClarkWillow Lake: Trey Huber (Sr.), Mitchel Larson (Sr.), Cole Heiman (Sr.).
  • Deuel: Owen Quail (Sr.), Trey Maaland (Jr.), Ronnie Begalka (Sr.), Robbie Begalka (Jr.), Ty Lovre (Sr.), Dominic Constant (Sr.).
  • Groton area: Colby Dunker (Jr.), Logan Ringgenberg (Jr.), Teylor Diegel (So.).
  • Hamlin: Luke Fraser (Jr.), Evan Stormo (So.), Simon Vander Vorst (Sr.).
  • Milbank: Aidan Foell (Sr.), Eli Johnson (Sr.), Jayden Johnson (Jr.).
  • Mobridge-Pollock: Aiden Schoenhard (Sr.), Kobe Johnson-Good Shield (Sr.), Jackson Eisemann (So.), Simon Fried (Jr.).
  • Red field: Mason Whitley (Sr.), Grady Fey (Jr.), Elijah Morrissette (Jr.), Keaton Rohlfs (Sr.).
  • Sisseton: Jason Fisher (Jr.), Mason Shultz (So).
  • Webster area: Brent Bearman (Jr.), Carson Mount (Jr.).

Honorable mention: Aberdeen Roncalli: Abe Kretchman (Sr.). Keegan Stewart (Jr.); Britton-Hecla: Elijah Jensen (Sr.), Gage Storley (Sr.); Clark-Willow Lake: Cole Brendan (Sr.), Turner Fjelland (Sr.); Deuel: Josh Mussi (Sr.) Kaden TeKrony (Jr.); Groton Area: Andrew Marzahn (Sr.), Lane Tietz (Jr.); Hamlin: Tyson Stevenson (Jr.), Kadyn Swenson (Sr.); Milbank: Garrett Mertens (Jr.), Jairek Frazee (Jr.); Mobridge-Pollock: Cole Wellner (Sr.), Holden Eisemann (Sr.); Redfield: Nolan Gall (Sr.); Justin Ratigan (Jr.); Sisseton: Dean Shultz (Sr.), Taylor Snaza (So.); Webster area: Ethan Optiz (Sr.), Gavin Sannes (Sr.).

The Aberdeen Wings return home for two games this weekend

In the North American Hockey League, Aberdeen hosts North Iowa in games at 7:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The Wings are 8-7-1-2 this season, good for fourth place in the Central Division. They could move up the standings as the Bulls are only one point ahead of Aberdeen.

Forward Alexander Gullichsen leads the Wings with seven goals and eight assists in 18 games. Nikolai Tishkevich follows with eight goals and five assists.

Last weekend, Aberdeen split two games at Northern Iowa, winning 6-3 on Saturday and losing 4-1 on Friday.

Overview College football team lucky to end season with four wins

The Presentation College football team could end the season with four wins if the Saints can win Saturday at Dickenson State University in North Dakota. But it won’t be easy as the Blue Hawks, 7-2 and 5-0 in the North Star Athletic Association, are ranked 18th in the latest NAIA poll. Kick-off is set for 1 p.m.

Earlier in the season, the Saints snapped a 23-game losing streak. So this season has been a positive step, no matter what happens over the weekend.

In their final home game on Oct. 29, the Saints beat Mayville State University 21-0. Quarterback Tim Evitt threw for two scores and Billy Nelson opened the second half with an 85-yard punt return for Presentation, which scored all of its points in the third quarter.

Current Basketball Seasons at Overview

The basketball season has already started for the men’s and women’s Presentation teams.

The men were 1-3 going into Thursday night’s game against Jamestown University, ranked No. 9 in the nation at the start. Next up is a Friday game against Oak Hills Christian College at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Strode Center on campus.

On the women’s side, the Saints were 0-4 heading into a Thursday night game at Briar Cliff. Their next game is Sunday at 2 p.m. at St. Cloud State in Minnesota.

The North Star Athletic Association Volleyball Tournament takes place this weekend

The Presentation College volleyball team plays Dakota State at 10 a.m. this morning in the North Star Athletic Associations Super Six in Watertown. The Saints are 9-21 this season with a 6-8 conference record.

The Saints are the sixth seed and Dakota State is the No. 3 seed. The winner advances to the semifinals, which are also Friday. The championship game is Saturday at 2 p.m. at Watertown Civic Arena. A full program follows.

Friday

Quarter-finals

Semi-finals

Saturday

Championship

Winners of the semi-finals at 2 p.m.