Tonight is a night to celebrate volleyball in Aberdeen.
Both college teams are playing at home as are two of the three high schools. The Wolves will host Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference rival Minnesota State, Moorhead at 7 p.m. at Wachs Arena.
NSU is 5-5 and 0-2 in the league while Moorhead is 9-2 and 1-1. NSU is opening its NSIC schedule by facing five of six league teams that are rated in the top 25 in the nation.
Moorhead is among those NSIC teams rated as the Dragons are No. 19. The other rated NSIC teams are: Concordia-St. Paul (No. 2), Minnesota-Duluth (3), Southwest Minnesota State (4), Mankato (12) and Wayne State (21). Winona State is an honorable mention pick.
Nebraska-Kearney, who the Wolves lost to 3-1 earlier in the season, is No. 1. CSP is the five-time defending national champion.
Across town, Presentation College (1-11) will host rival Trinity Bible College (3-6) of Ellendale. That match will start at 7 tonight at the Strode Center.
In high school action tonight, Class AA No. 2 Aberdeen Central (8-1) will host Pierre (3-6) in an Eastern South Dakota Conference match at 7 p.m. at Golden Eagles Arena while Class A No. 4 Aberdeen Roncalli (11-2) will host Class B No. 5 Northwestern (11-6) at 8 p.m. at the Roncalli Gym.
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
Concordia-St. Paul (8-1)…2…0
Winona State (10-2)…2…0
Southwest Minnesota State (8-1)…1…1
Minnesota State-Moorhead (9-2)…1…1
Augustana College (7-3)…1…1
Minnesota State, Mankato (7-3)…1…1
Wayne State (7-3)…1…1
St. Cloud State (5-5)…1…1
Bemidji State (3-6)…1…1
University of Mary (1-8)…1…1
Sioux Falls (8-1)…0…0
Upper Iowa (6-4)…0…2
Northern State (5-5)…0…2
Minot State (3-8)…0…2
AT 7 TONIGHT
Moorhead at NSU, Wachs Arena
Crookston at Bemidji
Sioux Falls at Southwest
Minot at Mary
Duluth at St. Cloud
Upper Iowa at Winona
Wayne at Augustana
Concordia-St. Paul at Mankato
NOTE: Rest of College Standings in Scoreboard.
When Northwestern College coach Kirk Talley stepped off the bus for his team’s game against Presentation College at Swisher Field on Saturday in brought back plenty of fond memories.
Talley, who has been the head coach for the St. Paul, Minn., school for a dozen years, actually spent a year on the sidelines for the Northern State football squad back in the mid ’80s.
“I went to Northern State for grad school in 1985,” Talley said.
He served under then Northern coach Rob Bollinger.
Talley’s homecoming was a successful one as Northwestern topped PC 35-10.
“It was fun to be back,” Talley said.
Sports writer Dave Vilhauer
South Dakota State linebacker T.J. Lally was named Missouri Valley Football Conference Newcomer of the Week and punter Ethan Sawyer earned special teams honors following their performances in the Jackrabbits’ 12-8 victory over UC Davis on Sept. 15.
A redshirt freshman from Chicago, Lally had 10 solo tackles, including four sacks, and a fumble recovery. His four sacks were the most by a Jackrabbit player in a game since Jeff Wolgamott’s four against Morningside in 1997. Mark Dunbar set the school record when he had six sacks for SDSU against St. Cloud State in 1978.
A sophomore from Brandon, Sawyer punted seven times for an average of 47.9 yards, including a career-long 72 yarder.
South Dakota State freshman Katie McNeary has had an immediate impact on the women's soccer team.