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Holly Johnson career at NDSU is over

Someone is going to pick up a talented player.

According to Jeff Kolpack of the Fargo Forum, Holly Johnson has played her last game for the Bison due to an injury. A foot injury has kept Johnson out of the lineup this season and apparently the injury has not healed enough for her to play this season. NDSU head coach Maren Walseth decided not to redshirt Johnson and move the program in a different direction.

Johnson has played every season for the Bison, including as a true freshman. Over the last two years she has averaged over 13 points and 6 rebounds per game. Johnson played in 87 games for the Bison and started all 59 over the last two years.

Johnson will be able to use the graduate transfer rule, since she will graduate from NDSU, and be immediately eligible next season.

In her career against South Dakota, Johnson has averaged 12 points and six rebounds in 27.5 minutes per game. Johnson’s best game against the Coyotes was in 2014 when she scored 31 points and grabbed eight rebounds. In that game USD rallied from a 19-point deficit to beat the Bison in overtime, 95-87. Oddly enough, in the only win for the Bison over USD in her career Johnson was held scoreless in a 2013 game.

With the ability to play right away Johnson can be a big addition to a team that needs immediate help on the inside.

Holly Johnson career against USD (regular season)

DATE               RESULT         PTS        REB          MIN
2/8/2015        L 83-79             8             6               33
1/15/2015       L 84-69           14            10             33
2/27/2014     L 95-87 OT       31            8               37
1/30/2014      L 83-70            13             5               24
2/2/2013        W 57-50            0             3               16
1/3/2013         L  73-52            6              6               22

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Congrats to a friend for a deserved award

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I was sitting in the KCSR studio at Chadrad Communications in Chadron, Neb. when I received a phone call from a reporter of a newspaper in Yankton, SD. He introduced himself as Jeremy Hoeck of the Yankton Press & Dakotan and he wanted to interview me for a story about me taking a job with 5 Star Communications in Yankton.

That happened to be the first of many conversations I would have with that guy. Over the last 3+ years we have covered many of the same sporting events – in South Dakota and Nebraska, discovered our love for dilly bars, tried changing a flat tire, had conversation over brewskies, talked about random stuff on the radio and so much more.  Continue reading

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Officials can decide a game

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For the longest time I have kept the position that officials do not decide games. Sometimes they make calls that certainly have an impact and when those calls happen late in a contest we, as fans, blame the officials for our team losing. In many of those instances you can argue that turnovers earlier in the game or poor shooting or whatever could have changed the outcome of the game. My argument has always been a game that has 40 or 60 minutes of game play does not get decided by a call that takes a couple of seconds. I realize some will not agree with that. Continue reading

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Beranek passes, leaves legacy

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Paul Beranek earlier this month at a basketball game. Photo credit: The Independent and Doug Koster.

Paul Beranek lost his battle with cancer this morning.

Perhaps you know him, maybe you have heard of him or you might not have any clue who Paul Beranek is.

#Bstrong….that’s who he is.

#BStrong made a push on Twitter late last night and some people, out of curiosity, probably learned a little about Beranek.

To get a better understanding of what Paul Beranek stood for and who he is read the article written by Dirk Chatelain of the Omaha World Herald. It will help you learn about a man that you may never get to meet.  Continue reading

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USD hires Bob Nielson

SD PawPrint_2C_whiteToday the University of South Dakota announced Bob Nielson would be its next head football coach. And, it appears, the Coyotes have hit a home run.

When former head coach Joe Glenn announced his retirement USD Athletics Director David Herbster made one thing clear – he wanted a coach who is a proven winner and has experience as an FCS Coach or higher.  Continue reading

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Joe Glenn press conference

Today the University of South Dakota held a press conference to announce the retirement of Joe Glenn as the head football coach. As Glenn entered a quiet, somber ballroom at the Muenster University Center he shouted “This isn’t a funeral”, which followed with laughter from those in attendance.

USD Sports Information Director Bryan Boettcher welcomed those in attendance before turning it over to Athletic Director David Herbster who thanked Coach Glenn for his time and effort as the head coach of the football program before giving the floor to Glenn.

Joe Glenn delivered the following statement:

After the statement Coach Glenn took questions from the media in attendance:

Per USD Athletic Director David Herbster the search for a new football coach begins immediately.

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South Dakota State B Amateur Bracket Challenge

The South Dakota State B Amateur baseball tournament begins tonight in Mitchell and runs through August 16. What began as an office pool has sprung questions about entering a bracket challenge.

You can now enter the bracket challenge free of charge by going here:
State B Amateur Baseball Tournament

All you have to do is register yourself and you can predict the tournament field. It’s free and there is no prize…..except pride….

When you click on the link above it will take you to a page where you select “State B Amateur Tournament”. Right above the tournament name click “Predict It” and you will be asked to register. Select your winners of the first round and click “Enter” at the bottom. It will then give you second round matchups and you can select those winners. Proceed until the bracket is complete.

Good Luck and thanks for entering!

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NSSA Awards Weekend and STAA Seminar

2015 NSSA Awards Banquet at Catawba College in Salisbury, NC.

2015 NSSA Awards Banquet at Catawba College in Salisbury, NC.

This weekend I had the chance to go to Salisbury, North Carolina for the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Awards weekend. My main reason for going on the trip was to attend the One Day Ticket to Sportscasting Success seminar put on by Jon Chelesnik of Sportscaster Talent Agency of America (STAA). I was encouraged by a few people if I am going to make the trip then to make a weekend out of it and take in the NSSA Awards weekend events. I was hesitant at first and mostly because of financial reasons. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to pay for everything. Eventually I talked myself into it and now, a day after it all ended, I know that it was money well spent. I felt like the last few days were an investment in my career and if I had to do it over again, knowing what I know now, it would have been an easy decision. Continue reading

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30 Thoughts ‘On the John’ – USD WBB, Bo Pelini and more

thayersthoughtsIt’s been a crazy last couple of days with Bo Pelini being introduced as the new head coach at Youngstown State and an audio tape being leaked by some coward that has gained attention everywhere. The South Dakota women’s basketball team has two games remaining on its five-game home stand. The Coyotes have been off from games for over a week during finals.

Here are some thoughts on everything.

1. Whether or not you are ok with the Bo Pelini audio being released and the content you have to admit it’s a pretty cowardly thing to do. 2. Someone, knowing how emotional Pelini is, saw a chance to make some money and they took advantage. 3. It’s fitting the audio had to be made public on the day Pelini was introduced as the 7th head coach at Youngstown State. 4. Many people don’t care for Pelini and this was a chance to hide but still take one final jab at the coach. 5. Pelini has a chance to make an impact right away at YSU. 6. The Penguins are already built into a playoff team and they would have made it this year if they didn’t collapse in the end. 7. Pelini is entering the best FCS conference in the country in the Missouri Valley Football Conference that has two teams playing in the semifinals this weekend. 8. Pelini will fit in well with an FCS program where he can focus more on coaching and less on media pressure.

9. South Dakota women are back on the floor tonight for a game when they host University of St. Mary. 10. The Coyotes have won five straight and hope this game serves as a tune-up before they host North Dakota on Sunday. 11. USD is receiving 27 votes in the latest mid-major Top 25 poll. 12. North Dakota is one spot outside of the poll. 13. USD will play two teams currently in the mid-major Top 10 this season – Dec. 29 against No. 4 Chattanooga in San Antonio and No. 10 South Dakota State twice during the league season. 14. The Coyotes are 7-2 and are off to their best start under Amy Williams, who is in her third season.

15. I’m cheering for Todd Hoffner and Minnesota State in the D2 Football Championship on Saturday. He has been through a lot the last couple of years and to have a team walk out on him this spring only to bring them together and earn a spot in the title game is something special. 16. I interviewed Coach Hoffner on my radio show ‘On the John’ yesterday about the big game and his team. 17. The game kicks off at 3pm Saturday against CSU-Pueblo at Sporting Park in Kansas City, KS.

18. While I sat here and wrote this I listened to the audio that was released of Bo Pelini. 19. It isn’t nearly as bad as what I anticipated. In fact, it was not even close. 20. It’s really a guy being honest with his players and then the media blowing it up as something much bigger. 21. The audio has some shots at media for what has been written about the program and that is motive enough for someone to publish it and return the jab. 22. I would encourage you to listen to the audio and make your own judgment before we continue to listen to the Bo Pelini critics and get a different idea of what the content actually is. 23. You can listen to it here, courtesy of the Omaha World Herald.

24. I finally finished watching ‘How I Met Your Mother’. I had previously watched the first seven seasons but over the last month have watched the final two. 25. I have concluded that I am Ted. They say we will one day find “the one” and he did after chasing the one that he couldn’t have. 26. It’s funny how we can relate so well to movies or music or whatever else. Sometimes you feel like you watch a movie or show to see what could be your path. 27. Don’t look now, but Christmas is a week away. Holy crap I better get some shopping done. 28. My sister celebrated one year of having her nail shop open in Cozad, Neb. If you are ever passing through there and need the service look up Tip-Toe Nail Salon. She will take care of you. 29. It finally snowed a decent snow in the area. I am a winter guy. I hate the wind but I love the cooler weather and I don’t mind the snow. The ice, on the other hand, not cool. 30. I end every radio show with “Win today before you worry about tomorrow”. Sometimes we get so caught up in future results or potential outcomes that we fail to see what is right in front of us. Enjoy everything while it is right in front of you and while you can. There will be a day when it leaves your life or you no longer have it and you should assure yourself you did everything to enjoy it while you could.

That’s it for today. I will ramble again sometime soon.

P.S. – Now that HIMYM is over, what is a show I should getting addicted to on Netflix?

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Minnesota State Head Coach Todd Hoffner prepares for title game

Todd HoffnerThere’s a story about a coach. This coach followed a journey, but it was no ordinary journey. He became a head football coach in 1999 at Wisconsin-Eau Claire. After a league title and five seasons ranked in the Top 25 this coach moved on to Vermillion, SD where he spent two season as Offensive Coordinator for the South Dakota Coyotes. In 2008, the coach had a chance to run a program again and was introduced as the head coach at Minnesota State University. In 2012 the journey hit a road block and a nightmare began. In January 2014 the coach was hired as a football coach at Minot State. Three months later a court ruled he could have his old job back. He took it. The coach is Todd Hoffner and his Mavericks are about to play for a national championship. Continue reading

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Coyote Corner again

I had the chance to be on Coyote Corner for the second time this season with Jay Elsen on Midco Sports. I always enjoy being on the show and any chance to talk about sports. This week was a little different with a tough season right now for the Coyotes, but we made it through and Jay always does a fine job as the host. Also in the show Jay will preview the matchup with FCS No. 1 North Dakota State and Alex Heinert has a feature on a couple of players who have bounced back from injury.

Big thanks to Jay for asking me to be on the show again, Alex for his work as the producer of the show and Toby who is behind the scenes making sure everything is on time.

Check out this week’s episode of Coyote Corner:

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AL Wild Card: It’s the Royals time!

imagesYou’ve heard, I’m sure, a few times the Royals are into the postseason for the first time since 1985. Of course, that was a World Series championship against the I-70 rivals. It’s been a long time. And for Royals fans, the past five years we have listened to “experts” talk about the talented minor league system the Royals have put together. We have seen guys like Gordon, Hosmer, Moustakas and others have tremendous success in Omaha and struggle when they get to the big club. Then, it finally started to come together. The Royals have put together a solid rotation, they have one of the best 7, 8, 9th inning setups in all of baseball and the lineup has been able to do enough.  Continue reading

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Appearance on Coyote Corner

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We leave in a selfie world so here is a pre-tv selfie!

In case you missed it, this week I had a chance to make an appearance on Coyote Corner. The show is a product of Midco Sports Network, based is Sioux Falls. Jay Elsen hosts the show every week and he takes a look back at the previous game for the University of South Dakota. This week I joined him for “Saturday Storylines” and also a look at the Missouri Valley Football Conference. I’ve always enjoyed the chance to be on a show at Midco. This is my second appearance on Coyote Corner and I also had the chance to sit in on Benchwarmers. 

I invite you to check out the show. Not only this week because I am on it, but each and every week. Jay is a great host who knows his stuff and Alex Heinert does a fantastic job producing the show. Anyway, here is this week’s episode. Check it out!

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Yankton homecoming moved four hours away

downloadThere has been a lot of conversation and, naturally, a lot of disappointment for Yankton fans over the last two days after we learned the suspended game between Yankton and Aberdeen Central will now be played in Aberdeen. Yes, Yankton’s homecoming game. How does this happen?

Let’s start with Friday, September 19th. Yankton enters the game 3-0 and Aberdeen Central is 2-1, with both teams knowing this is a huge game for them. And both play like it. The game goes back and forth and just before halftime Yankton gave the ball back to the Golden Eagles. Aberdeen Central moves down the field and scores with 13 seconds left in the half. On the ensuing kickoff Yankton nearly answered with a kickoff return into Aberdeen Central territory with just five seconds left. I was in favor of giving the kicker, Brady Hale, a chance at a field goal, but if I remember correctly it would have been about a 62 yard field goal. That’s a long shot, obviously, but the kid has a cannon for a leg. The half ends with Yankton trailing 20-17.  Continue reading

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Abandoned blog

For some reason I apparently abandoned this blog. I didn’t  forget about it because I think about it quite often and I actually think about posting something, but most of the time I am probably just too lazy. The last post on here was in March of 2013, which, if you are keeping count, was 18 months ago. I am actually going to make an attempt to update this thing more than once every year and a half. No promises, because who knows what will happen. I was asked once to do a blog so some people who are interested can keep up with what I am doing so I will attempt to do that, especially when women’s basketball season rolls around and I get the opportunity to travel with the USD women’s basketball team. Stay up to date on out trips here. Thanks for checking out my blog and I will make an effort to get it back on track.

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Blog hiatus over….

Apparently I took a hiatus from this blog. I don’t know if many people read it. I do know a few posts have received an unbelievable number of responses, views, etc. I can’t thank the people who read this regularly, occasionally or rarely enough. This thing was started as a simple place to share thoughts or sometimes I find it easier to deal with things by writing about it. I have not received many views the past few months and I shouldn’t have because apparently I took a break from blogging. So why the break?

The break was unplanned and a short time before my last post I was frequently updating on different things. It was basically a break that happened because of life. So here is an update:

In the spring I was contacted about a job opening. I didn’t apply for it. I decided that if someone contacts you it is worth a listen. So I did. After conversations with this potential employer I didn’t feel it was a fit and was content with staying in Chadron, where I felt like I had unfinished business. I was asked to make a trip to the new place and at least check it out and I did. Things clicked. I learned more about the opportunity I would have and realized it was the next step in the dream I began chasing many years ago. The nice thing about the new place was it would give me the opportunity to have a Sports Talk show, something I haven’t done since college. After much thought I decided it was the move that I was supposed to take and life turned to a new direction.

Leaving behind Chadron was not easy….not in the slightest. I will explain more at a later blog.

I moved to Yankton, SD in July and began work for 5 Star Communications as the Sports Director for Classic Hits 106.3 and ESPN Radio 1570. The job allows me to focus on sports, do a sports talk show, cover a DI university (USD) and do play-by-play of high school sports, among other things. It has been an exciting last few months and each day I realize the move was the right one for me.

There will come a time when you have to make a decision about moving or something big in your life that you will have to decide on. The only advice I have is to look at the big picture. Through the scope I thought staying in Chadron was the best thing for me. In the big picture this move appears and feels like the right one.

It’s a challenging job, but what dream chasing job isn’t?

I’ve also joined the station team for the YankTON challenge. We are working hard to drop some pounds and get in shape. It has definitely been disheartening at times and tough, but you just gotta get your mind right and get after it. It’s the first step to completing a Triathlon that I still think I will attempt very soon. (Stay tuned for that).

So life has changed and it drove me away from the blogging world, but I will work to get back to updating this thing with thoughts on sports and life…….because that is my life.

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Life is crazy

Life is crazy. It gives you crazy challenges and then makes everything okay. Then before you know it the good is gone and you are back to the way things were, but there still is good. Is that confusing? It has to be one of the most confusing things that make sense. But that’s life. If we could figure it all out then it wouldn’t be any fun. Continue reading

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Polar Plunge a success

Sometimes doing things to make yourself happy is good. Sometimes doing something to see someone else smile is better. When you can combine the two it is one of the greatest feelings you can possibly have.

In January I made a vow to myself that I was going to start living a better life. It’s not that I have been living life in a horrible way, but I do believe we can all get better with certain things. One of the things I wanted to do was do something for a good cause. I have always thought it would be fun to try a polar plunge. I came across one less than two hours away and began to ponder whether or not to do it. The plunge was a fundraiser for the Special Olympics of Nebraska. Continue reading

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