Multi-sport Groton standout Matt Thorson said he will play football at NSU this fall.
The 6-foot, 190-pound safety and quarterback was a three-year starter who helped Groton win 28 games in the past four seasons and a Northeast Conference championship in 2011 - Groton's first such title since 1972. He was a three-time all-conference player who was an all-state safety and member of the Aberdeen American News All-Area Football Team and Argus Leader Elite 45 Team. He has a 3.6 grade point average.
His career stats as a safety: 180 tackles, five interceptions, four fumble recoveries and three sacks. And as a quarterback: 120 of 235 for 1,710 yards and 15 touchdowns and 1,420 rushing yards with 15 touchdowns.
PC woman honored
Presentation College sophomore Hannah Phillips has been honored by the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference as the women's basketball player of the week.
The sophomore guard from Upsala, Minn., had 37 points (second most in school history), 12 steals and 10 rebounds in a 76-62 win over Trinity Bible College Jan. 17. Over the weekend, she scored a total of 48 points in losses to Martin Luther and Bethany Lutheran. In the last five games, Phillips has 134 points, 29 steals and 27 rebounds, playing all but 12 minutes of those 200 minutes.
PC gets 2 area recruits
Presentation College volleyball coach Chelsey Albrecht has added two area volleyball players to her program.
Ellendale (N.D.) High School senior Meg Martin of Forbes and Northwestern High School graduate Carly Peterson will play for the Saints this spring. Martin is a 5-foot-7 outside hitter and Peterson, who is transferring from Dakota State in Madison, is a 5-foot-8 setter .
Last season, Martin had 179 kills, 23 aces, 80 blocks and 143 digs and was named her team's MVP and best defensive player while earning all-conference, all-district and district player of the years honors. During her senior season at Northwestern, Peterson had 107 kills, 38 aces, 835 assists, 109 digs and 35 blocks, was named all-conference, a member of the South Dakota North All-Star team and to the Aberdeen American News All-Area Team.
Wings trade goalie
The Aberdeen Wings traded Frederick Hunter Leisner to Texas.
This was Leisner's second year with the Wings. The Wings acquired forward C.J. Reuschlein and goalie Reid Mimmack in the trade. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound, 20-year-old Mimmack of Brainerd, Minn., has posted a 9-4-3 record in goal this season. The 6-foot-2, 193-pound, 18-year-old Reuschlein of Linden, Mich., has 12 goals and 16 assists in 38 games this season.
Leisner, a Garland, Texas, native, had a 11-11-5 record this season. He ranked fourth in the North American Hockey League in save percentage and fourth in saves made. Aberdeen registered a 3-2 overtime win over Texas earlier this season with Leisner in goal, making 32 out of 34 saves.
Three Wings selected
The North American Hockey League has named its 20-man rosters for the six-team Top Prospects Tourney Feb. 20-22 in Troy, Mich.
Each team will play three games in the event meant to display the NAHL's best players. Three Aberdeen Wings were named to the Central team: Steve Obarzanek, Lane Mahoney and Cory Ward.
Aberdeen man honored
Ted Zahn of Aberdeen and Patty Coddington of Sioux Falls have been elected to the South Dakota Golf Association Hall of Fame.
Zahn, a native of Aberdeen, was the head professional at Moccasin Creek Country Club in Aberdeen from 1991 to 1997. In 1979, Zahn was the director of education with the National Golf Foundation, writing Easy Way to Learn Golf, an instructional booklet that is still in publication. In the early 1980s, Zahn started Executive Golf Outings with Yankton native Jim Ahern and PGA Tour professional David Edwards.
Zahn attended Northern State and was conference medalist three times. He was inducted into the school's hall of fame in 1993 and also served as golf coach for the Wolves, winning numerous conference titles and taking his team to one national championship appearance. Zahn is still an active member of the PGA of America and is a coach with The First Tee program at Moccasin Creek Country club.
Coddington, the assistant women's golf coach at Augustana College, is a 10-time SDGA champion. Both will be inducted during ceremonies held later this year. Here are the hall's members:
Aberdeen: Ted Zahn, Charles Howard, Dean Shortridge, Roger Legge.
Brookings: Pat Lockwood, Lorne Bartling, Bob Masson.
Deadwood: John Rachetto.
Eureka: Marlene Bauer Hagge.
Huron: C. Irvin Krumm, Hobe Richards, Gary Wiren.
Milbank: Jack Davenport.
Parkston: Mrs E.R. Doering.
Sioux Falls: Patty Coddington, Ed Livingston, Ev Comstock Sr., Ralph Porter, Phil Donohue, Don Platt, Gene Reiter, Ivan Steen, Ruth Miller, Terry Comstock, Anne Borgmann, Dave Hanten, Marv Widness, Peggy Kirby, Terry Crouch, Tom Egan, Mark Amundson, Ray Laird III.
Rapid City: John DeRudder, Ila Michael, George Meyers, John Derby, Kathy Kober, Mike Brummer.
Yankton: Laddie Cimpl, Indy Titterington, Robert E. Marchand, Jim Ahern.
S.D. amateur group meeting
The South Dakota Amateur Baseball Association will hold its annual meeting Feb. 12 at the Highland Conference Center in Mitchell.
The center is between the Hampton and Comfort Inn off the east I-90 exit. The event will begin with a noon meal, which is free to all league officers, team managers, umpires, fans and media personnel. The annual meeting will follow, with discussion to include a review of the 79th year of activities, financial reports, a report on promotions, election of officers and new business.
Anyone interested in amateur baseball is invited to attend.
Aberdeen Family Y registration
The Aberdeen Family Y is registering kindergarten basketball players through Monday.
Cost for the program (either Mondays or Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.) is $25. Details: Dan at 605-225-4910.
Milestone for Yankton athlete
Yankton High School senior 145-pound wrestler Logan Smith earned his 100th career win over the weekend. Last season, Smith won the state title by nipping Griffin Hieb of Aberdeen Central 4-0.