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Jay Elsen

Coach Q&A: Terry Dosch, Aberdeen Roncalli

Few programs in South Dakota, let alone Class 11B, have enjoyed the kind of consistent success enjoyed at Aberdeen Roncalli. The Cavaliers reached the semifinals yet again in 2010, falling to the eventual state champs from Flandreau. And while a lot of the key players from that team were lost to graduation, longtime head coach Terry Dosch thinks...
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Coach Q&A: John Stiegelmeier, SDSU

It's safe to say that the 2010 season was a disappointment for South Dakota State. After earning their first FCS playoff berth in 2009, the Jackrabbits had hoped to take another step forward as a program. The team did show flashes, particularly by winning five of their last seven games. It was the 0-4 start that proved to be the Jacks'...
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Devastation In Minot Is Real

When the Souris River began to pour over its banks and into the heart of Minot, N.D. in late June, it captivated the region. I, like many of you, watched from afar as the citizens of the "Magic City" fought to save what was left of their  homes and their city. The record-setting water levels were expected, but the devastation the flood would...

Coach Q&A: Paul Rudolph, Minot St.

Minot State is ready for a new era. The Beavers have been approved to make the final step in the transition to NCAA Division II, and will compete as a "provisional member" in 2011. MSU is faced with a very difficult schedule, but head coach Paul Rudolph thinks the experience of this season will prove invaluable to the program. Q. What are you...
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Coach Q&A: Barry Holmen, Minot High School

If ever there were a team that deserves become a sentimental favorite, it would be Minot High. The Magic City is still recovering the flood that devastated much of the city this summer. And Magicians head coach Barry Holmen thinks football may provide some much needed therapy. Q. What’s your general outlook for 2011? A. We’re very...
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Reflecting on Huron/Harrisburg

This summer I shared my thoughts on the proposed reshaping of the South Dakota high school football classification system. In case you've forgotten, the idea of an 11AAA class, consisting of schools with an enrollment of 800 or higher, has been hatched in the interest of competitive balance. To my knowledge, it has not been discussed in any...
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