BY JOHN PAPENDICK firstname.lastname@example.org
6:18 AM PDT, July 19, 2012
Media reports indicate the Indoor Football League is in turmoil, and the Sioux Falls Storm seem to be part of the center of it because they have developed into a winning franchise.
The Storm have dominated the league, winning six indoor championships in the last eight years, including the last two titles. Aberdeen Central graduate Cory Johnsen has been a standout noseguard on five of those championship teams.
Aberdeen Roncalli graduate and defensive back Dan O’Keefe joined the team this year, and Doland graduate and wide receiver Blake Wilson has been on the team as well.
July 31 is the deadline for teams to recommit to the IFL, and it’s believed some teams have threatened not to recommit if the Storm return with the same roster of dominating players, according to the Argus Leader. So the Storm has released all but two of its players (O’Keefe is one) in order to allow other teams a shot at signing them. Veteran Sioux Falls coach Kurtiss Riggs also has said he is not sure he will return.
Gotta have Faith
Recent Faith High School graduate Alana Gray and Faith senior teammate Tearnee Nelson played in four state tournaments during the 2011-
¿They were mainstays onthe Longhorns’ State B volleyball and basketball teams — Faith’s first appearance in the girls’ state tourney.
¿They placed fifth and sixth in the pole vault in the state track meet.
¿Both qualified for the high school state finals rodeo.
That came from my friend Padraic Duffy of the Rapid City Journal. Duffy was honored in Aberdeen Wednesday as the sportswriter of the year by the South Dakota High School Coaches Association. No wonder!
John Papendick is the managing news-sports editor for the American News. Reach him at email@example.com.
Blog: aberdeensports.net/ inthehuddle.