Jay Elsen

Get Involved With Varsity Sports Now!

A new season of "Varsity Sports Now!" is underway on Midco Sports Network. Jason Andera and I will be scouring through the region's prep basketball scene every Thursday night (7 pm) for the next few months. You can expect highlights, player features, coach interviews, and, of course, Andera's Power Rankings. We will also be offering several...
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NSIC Preview: Wayne St. at Northern St.

MidcoSN will in the Hub City for tonight's NSIC doubleheader between Wayne State and Northern State. I'll have the pleasure of calling all of the action with my good friend, Al Bahe. Game times are 6 and 8 p.m. Women's Matchup: We'll get our first live look at one of the premier programs in NCAA Division II, let alone  the NSIC. Wayne State...
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My Take On Meierkort

I was one of many that was caught off guard by the recent dismissal of USD head football coach Ed Meierkort.   After all, on the surface, he appeared to do a lot of things right.  54-35 (.607) overall record 40-5 (.889) at the DakotaDome 2005 NCC Co-Champions 2006 NCAA Division II Playoff Appearance Guided USD to first win...
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Successful Season for MidcoSN

It's hard to believe, but our incredibly ambitious football schedule has come to a close. Three months ago it seemed like a mighty steep mountain to climb. But, now that it's over, I can tell you that it's been well worth the ride. We had a lot of great times, met a lot of great people, and saw a lot of great football. And we've gotten better a...
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MidcoSN Analyst Lands New Coaching Gig

Robert Fuller is a mountain of a man. And, as it turns out, the former U-Mary offensive lineman turned powerlifter is a really good football coach, too. You probably remember him as the guy standing next to Tom Nieman or myself during our coverage of high school and college football in Bismarck, ND this fall. He's a gentle giant. In fact,...
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Coach Q&A: Dan Kratzer, SD Tech

The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology football program is leaving the NAIA on a high note. In their final season at that level, the Hardrockers cracked the NAIA's top 25 for the first time since 1985, climbing as high as No. 12 in the Oct. 18 poll. The team finished the year 7-3 overall and 6-2 in the Dakota Athletic...
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