Every Northern State football home game this season has been a photo finish.
My teammate Ryan Deal flushed out several great storylines from Saturday’s game at Swisher Field:
- Northern State senior Mason Thorstad blocked Concordia-St. Paul’s potential game-tying point-after-touchdown kick with 34 seconds left to seal a 24-23 Wolves win. Thorstad was quick to give credit to his fellow defensive linemen, especially Jalon Bibbs.
- NSU wide receiver Mark Hanley, who made his own big plays by recovering the ensuing onside kick and making two TD catches, talked about how he and the rest of his passing group had to improve their game to match the effort of their teammates.
- NSU defensive back Logan Dosch had eight tackles and two interceptions. All he wanted to talk about was how great his teammates played and what he needed to do better.
You really have something going when you have got a bunch of athletes wanting to credit their teammates and turn the spotlight away from them onto their team. Especially in football when that spotlight only around comes around 11 times, or games, a year.
These last few months, my American News teammates and I have been immersed with Northern football of the past. We have been working on the history of Northern State football.
The project will be rolled out on Gypsy Day weekend. We hope it is as exciting as was Saturday’s game.
After all these months of brainstorming, researching, talking, writing, editing and designing pages about college football, it was fun to actually see some college football.
Area bull riders
The top 20 riders on the Northern Bull Riding Tour will meet at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Sioux Falls Arena for the 2012 championship finals.
There are numerous area riders in the finals, including Andrew Coughlin of Timber Lake, who is leading the standings.
Other area riders are Jared Schaefer of Leola (seventh), Cody Schultz of Hitchcock (12th), Corbin Surat of Aberdeen (16th), T.C. Frederick of Gettysburg (19th) and T.J. Anderson of Aberdeen (20th). There also will be three Fort Pierre riders (Taylor Cowan in second, Casey Heninger in 13th and Jake Etzkorn in 14th) and two from Pierre (Tye Odden in third and Clay Hindman in fourth).
There also will be a Young Guns Division championship. All four of those young cowboys are from the Aberdeen area: Kyle Blume and Chance Jandel of Redfield, Gavin Schultz of Tulare and Lane Roettele of Aberdeen. It should be a fun night of rodeo.
Old Canteen battle
The South Dakota high school cross country teams in Union County have a neat tradition.
On Friday, the boys’ and girls’ teams from Alcester-Hudson, Beresford, Dakota Valley and Elk Point-Jefferson gathered at the Elk Point Country Club to battle for the Old Canteen. In 2006, Dean Chadwell and the Union County Historical Society donated the civil war-era canteen to be used as a traveling trophy for this event.
And then Doug Adams of Beresford made the beautiful stand that holds the canteen from wood that came from a barn in rural Union County that was well over 100 years old.
Beresford had won the Old Canteen for best combined score from the girls’ and boys’ teams from 2006-11. On Friday, however, Dakota Valley took home the 2012 title and trophy.
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