Multi-sport Groton standout Matt Thorson said he will play football at NSU this fall.
The 6-foot, 190-pound safety and quarterback was a three-year starter who helped Groton win 28 games in the past four seasons and a Northeast Conference championship in 2011 - Groton's first such title since 1972. He was a three-time all-conference player who was an all-state safety and member of the Aberdeen American News All-Area Football Team and Argus Leader Elite 45 Team. He has a 3.6 grade point average.
His career stats as a safety: 180 tackles, five interceptions, four fumble recoveries and three sacks. And as a quarterback: 120 of 235 for 1,710 yards and 15 touchdowns and 1,420 rushing yards with 15 touchdowns.
PC woman honored
Presentation College sophomore Hannah Phillips has been honored by the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference as the women's basketball player of the week.
The sophomore guard from Upsala, Minn., had 37 points (second most in school history), 12 steals and 10 rebounds in a 76-62 win over Trinity Bible College Jan. 17. Over the weekend, she scored a total of 48 points in losses to Martin Luther and Bethany Lutheran. In the last five games, Phillips has 134 points, 29 steals and 27 rebounds, playing all but 12 minutes of those 200 minutes.
PC gets 2 area recruits
Presentation College volleyball coach Chelsey Albrecht has added two area volleyball players to her program.
Ellendale (N.D.) High School senior Meg Martin of Forbes and Northwestern High School graduate Carly Peterson will play for the Saints this spring. Martin is a 5-foot-7 outside hitter and Peterson, who is transferring from Dakota State in Madison, is a 5-foot-8 setter .
Last season, Martin had 179 kills, 23 aces, 80 blocks and 143 digs and was named her team's MVP and best defensive player while earning all-conference, all-district and district player of the years honors. During her senior season at Northwestern, Peterson had 107 kills, 38 aces, 835 assists, 109 digs and 35 blocks, was named all-conference, a member of the South Dakota North All-Star team and to the Aberdeen American News All-Area Team.
Wings trade goalie
The Aberdeen Wings traded Frederick Hunter Leisner to Texas.
This was Leisner's second year with the Wings. The Wings acquired forward C.J. Reuschlein and goalie Reid Mimmack in the trade. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound, 20-year-old Mimmack of Brainerd, Minn., has posted a 9-4-3 record in goal this season. The 6-foot-2, 193-pound, 18-year-old Reuschlein of Linden, Mich., has 12 goals and 16 assists in 38 games this season.
Leisner, a Garland, Texas, native, had a 11-11-5 record this season. He ranked fourth in the North American Hockey League in save percentage and fourth in saves made. Aberdeen registered a 3-2 overtime win over Texas earlier this season with Leisner in goal, making 32 out of 34 saves.
Three Wings selected
The North American Hockey League has named its 20-man rosters for the six-team Top Prospects Tourney Feb. 20-22 in Troy, Mich.
Each team will play three games in the event meant to display the NAHL's best players. Three Aberdeen Wings were named to the Central team: Steve Obarzanek, Lane Mahoney and Cory Ward.