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December 21st, 2012

Minnesota linebacker commits to NSU

The Northern State football team has received its third known verbal commitment for the 2013 class.
Matt Harding of Mounds View high school in Arden Hills, Minn., has verbally committed to the NSU football team. Harding is a 6-foot-2, 220-pound inside linebacker. He was a three-year starter for the Mustangs. Harding was an honorable mention all-conference selection as a junior and was an all-conference selection this past season. He had 89 tackles as a senior. Harding racked up 60 tackles, 2.5 sacks and one interception as a junior. As a sophomore, he recorded 30 tackles.
“He has been one of our hardest workers in the program and has turned himself into a very good football player,” Mounds View coach Jim Galvin said.

Harding was also considering Division I Drake, University of Sioux Falls and Winona State. Harding went on his official visit to NSU’s campus this past weekend.
“I came down and visited last weekend and fell in love with it,” Harding said. “I loved everything about it. The coaching staff and all the players. The guys were awesome. They have a really good thing going. They are building a winning program. They have gotten better each year and I think they are going to continue to. I wanted to be a part of that.”
Harding said the NSU coaching staff projects him as a middle linebacker in the Wolves’ 3-4 base defense.

“He really loved his trip to Northern,” Galvin said. “It wasn’t one of the schools he was considering, I don’t think early on. Then he made his visit out there and he fell in love with the place.”
Here is a highlight video of Harding.
Verbal commitments are not binding until prospects sign their national letters of intent on Feb. 6.

By Ryan Deal

 

December 17th, 2012

Live Sports schedule Week of 12/17

Watch these games LIVE on American News Live Sports this week:

12/18 Game of the Week: Aberdeen Christian vs. Warner boys, 7:45PM

12/21 Area Spotlight: Britton-Hecla vs. Roncalli girls,  8PM

 

Other games available on American News Live Sports:

12/17: Lemmon vs. Mobridge-Pollock girls

12/18: Ethan vs. James Valley Christian girls and boys

12/18: Sturgis Brown vs. Lead-Deadwood girls and boys

12/18: Mitchell vs. Watertown boys

12/18: Sully Buttes vs. Mobridge-Pollock boys

 

December 15th, 2012

Central standout commits to NSU football

Another Aberdeen Central standout will play for Northern State.
Central senior multi-sport athlete Josh Hilgemann verbally committed to the NSU football team this past Thursday. He went on his official visit last Saturday. Hilgemann’s senior teammate Schyler Kumpf also recently committed to the Wolves. They are the first two known verbal commitments for coach Tom Dosch and the Wolves’ 2013 recruiting class.
“I think he is excited to have a couple of local guys on the team,” Aberdeen Central coach Mike Flakus said. “I think it is great a fit for (Hilgemann).”
The 5-foot-10, 165-pound Hilgemann mentioned Southwest Minnesota State and Black Hills State as other suitors. However, the chance to play in his hometown was too hard to pass up.
“They have got a great program,” Hilgemann said. “They have really turned it around in the last years. They just have a really great attitude.”
Hilgemann was an All-Eastern South Dakota Conference selection and an honorable mention all-state selection. He was also a member of the Aberdeen American News All-Area team this season. Hilgemann had more than 1,000 yards of total offense, had 54 receptions for 700 yards and led Central in rushing yards. He was also defensive back for the Golden Eagles.
“He is really versatile,” Flakus said. “He runs the ball well. He catches the ball well. He is a very versatile athlete, both offensively and defensively.”
Hilgemann said the NSU coaching staff envision him being a slot wide receiver.
“That is my favorite spot to play,” said Hilgemann, who plans on redshirting his first year and will major in biology.

Watch a highlight video of Hilgemann right here.

Verbal commitments are not binding until prospects sign their national letters of intent on Feb. 6.

By Ryan Deal

December 10th, 2012

Central linebacker to join Wolves

Northern State’s first known verbal commitment is one of Aberdeen’s own.
Aberdeen Central senior offensive lineman/linebacker Schyler Kumpf has verbally committed to the NSU football team. He is the first known verbal commitment for head coach Tom Dosch and the 2013 recruiting class.
“That football program has really taken big strides,” Kumpf said about committing to NSU. “You can really see that they are improving and they are together as a team. That was one of the biggest things that I wanted to go to Northern for was the team and I wanted to be a Wolf.”
Kumpf mentioned Black Hills State and Southwest Minnesota State as other suitors. However, I really got the feeling that NSU was the clear cut favorite and he had his heart set on the Wolves for a long time. He plans on majoring in art at NSU. His preferred major was another factor in his decision. He projects as a linebacker in the Wolves’ 3-4 base defense and will probably redshirt his first year.
“Coach Dosch is a great coach and it is going to be a great time playing there,” said Kumpf, who also played hockey for the Aberdeen Cougars.
Kumpf recently sustained a knee injury playing hockey and his status for the rest of the hockey season is uncertain. The 5-foot-10, 215-pound Kumpf was an All-Eastern South Dakota Conference selection and an All-State linebacker after this past season. He was also a member of the Aberdeen American News All-Area team this season. Kumpf led the Golden Eagles in tackles the past two years.
“He was key both offensively and defensively, and special teams,” Aberdeen Central coach Mike Flakus recently told the American News. “He was very good at pulling and finishing off blocks down field. Defensively, he was our middle linebacker and that spot anchors your defense. On special teams he was the long snapper and very good.”

Watch a highlight video of Kumpf here.
Verbal commitments are not binding until prospects sign their national letters of intent on Feb. 6.

By Ryan Deal

December 10th, 2012

Live Sports schedule week of 12/10

Watch these games LIVE on American News Live Sports this week:

12/11 Game of the Week: Watertown vs. Aberdeen Central boys, 7:15PM

12/10 Area Spotlight: Mobridge-Pollock vs. Roncalli boys,  8PM

 

Other games available on American News Live Sports:

12/11: Roncalli vs. Mobridge-Pollock girls, 6:30PM

12/11: Aberdeen Central vs. Watertown girls, 7:30PM

12/11: Newell at Lee-Deadwood boys and girls

12/15: Potter County vs. Mobridge-Pollock boys, 6:30PM