Recruits continue to be announced, the practice field will soon be built and fall drills are around the corner.
Yes, Presentation College football is almost here.
The Saints' football program will play their inaugural season starting this fall. PC's first game will be Saturday, Sept. 3, at Clark Swisher Field in Aberdeen against Trinity Bible College.
Andy Carr, who was named the PC head coach in April 2010, and his staff are continuing to recruit and are doing a lot of little things leading up to the start of fall camp. The Saints will tentatively report for fall camp on Aug. 12.
It will be good to get some grass under our feet and start coaching again, Carr said.
In fact, this past fall was the first fall in 23 years that Carr was not involved in fall football - whether as a player or a coach.
It was a little different, Carr said. Now there was plenty to do to keep us busy. You could tell we were as coaches chomping at the bit to coach and to get out there and teach again.
Carr and his staff went to more than 250 schools in person.
Even if they did not have somebody who was going to play, it was an important for us to go introduce ourselves and introduce PC football, Carr said.
The Saints continue to announce waves of recruits - almost two or three players at a time. PC has received about 42 commitments from student-athletes. Carr hopes to land around 60 players.
What we are looking for is guys who are going to be building blocks for that foundation, Carr said. People that want to come on board and want to make history with us and are going to be with us for the long haul. We can't foresee the future, but that is what we really want and what we are looking for.
PC has landed a few transfer student-athletes and some from other universities have reached out to program about joining in the fall. And there is no real rhyme or reason where the student-athletes come from.
We are always going to try to get as many kids as we can from the immediate area, that is number one, Carr said. I don't think there is anything wrong with bringing guys from outside the region. I think it is a benefit at times. I think you really want to try and go in your backyard first and get as many guys as you can and then fill in the guys that fit the same values. It does not matter if you are from Selby, South Dakota, or from Orlando, Florida. You have to meet what we are looking for.
There were 10 student-athletes that were on campus already this past year. They did some informal workouts around the PC campus, but almost all of those were involved in other sports. A practice field will be built this summer near the campus.
Starting a practice field, starting a locker room, it starts to become more than something you are hearing about, Carr said. It starts to become a tangible thing.
NSU all-conference honors
Northern State had eight student-athletes earn all-conference honors at the recent Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference outdoor track and field meet in Aberdeen this past weekend.
The top three finishers in each event and top two relay teams earn all-conference status. The all-conference performers for NSU and their events include: Alli Arampatzis, pole vault; Melodi Boke, shot put; Britlyn Sturlaugson, javelin throw; Tanya Vassar, heptathlon; Luke Hauert, 110-meter/400-meter hurdles; Calvin McGruder, high jump/long jump; Trevor Mau, long jump and Jon Evenson, javelin throw.
From staff reports
· University of Mary men's basketball coach Randall Herbst recently resigned from his position to return to the University of Nebraska-Omaha as an assistant coach, his previous post before joining the Marauders. Mary assistant coach Jevvin Budde will take over for Herbst.
· Mobridge graduate and Purdue thrower Bill Hardcastle placed second in the discus and third in the shot put at the Big Ten championships this past weekend in Iowa City, Iowa. Hardcastle had a throw of 169-1 in the discus and 58-8 toss in the shot put. The Boilermakers continue the postseason in two weeks, heading down to Big Ten archrival Indiana for the NCAA Championship East Preliminary Rounds. Official word of the Boilermakers' NCAA qualifiers will be available in the next week.
· Dakota State will serve as host of the Association of Independent Institutions Men's and Women's Basketball Division II National Qualifying Tournament February 23-25, 2012. The tournament will attract five men's and five women's teams from across the country. By serving as host, Dakota State men and women will receive an automatic berth in the tournament. The winner and runner-up of the championship game will both advance to the National NAIA Tournament.
· South Dakota State senior Ben Jasinski of Rapid City has been named to the All-Summit League track and field team. Jasinski also won the field MVP award for his performance during the 2011 Outdoor Championships in Sioux Falls this past weekend. Jasinski turned in a second-place finish in the triple jump, won the high jump and finished sixth in the long jump.
· SDSU students who qualified for the June 12-18 College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo., include Pat Cowan of Highmore in team roping and Cally Thomas of Harrold in barrel racing.
· Redfield-Doland standout Dallas Jungwirth will play football for Dakota Wesleyan this fall.
· Britton-Hecla graduate and Jamestown College thrower Robert Nelson won the discus and placed sixth in the shot put at the recent Dakota Athletic Conference outdoor track and field meet in Spearfish. He had a throw of 153-5 in the discus and a toss of 45-10 in the shot put.
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