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2017 NFL Draft Projections

The new league year is upon us in the NFL, and that means one of the most coveted events of the year is right around the corner: the NFL Draft. 253 men are looking to see their dream of being in the NFL become a reality. All eyes are going to be on the first few picks of the 2017 Draft. Here is a preview of the first five mock selections: The Cleveland Browns have the first overall pick and are projected to select Myles Garrett, a defensive end from Texas A&M first overall. With the number two pick in the draft, the 49ers are expected to select defensive end out of Stanford, Solomon Thomas. The 49ers need players all across the board. Their top needs are a quarterback, outside linebacker, and lineman. The Chicago Bears hold the third spot in this year’s draft. In the offseason, they released veteran quarterback… Keep Reading

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Aaron Hernandez Found Dead, one of many troubled NFL stars

Wednesday morning, officials reported former New England Patriots tight end, Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell. While an autopsy is still being performed, Hernandez was reported to have hung himself using his bed sheets. Hernandez was currently serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole after having been convicted for a 2013 shooting of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player. Lloyd had been dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancée at the time. In 2012, Hernandez was investigated for a connection he had to a double murder in Boston. Last week on April 14, he was found not guilty of the murders. Formerly considered to be one of the best tight ends in college football, Hernandez was rumored to have used marijuana in college, causing him to fall in draft ranks. In 2010, the former Florida Gator was drafted by the Patriots in the fourth round, after… Keep Reading

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Adrian Peterson rides into the purple sunset

Whether fans like it or not, the Vikings former star running back, Adrian Peterson will not be with the team in the 2017 season. This was confirmed in March when General Manager, Rick Spielman told the media, “with us signing [Latavius] Murray, Adrian will move on elsewhere.” Where Peterson will end up next season is still not certain as the 32- year-old running back has struggled to stay healthy in the second half of his career. It is fair to believe Peterson’s best years may be behind him, but as he departs the Vikings it’s worth looking back at how much he achieved with the team. In 2007, after a standout performance at Oklahoma, the Vikings drafted Peterson with the 7th overall pick in the NFL draft. The young running back was confident in himself despite having dealt with injuries in college. He would tell the Star Tribune at the… Keep Reading

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Patience Yalartai takes One Last Jump

Patience Yalartai, a senior jumper at St. Cloud State University placed seventh against all competitors to become a NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field All-American, in the triple jump for the first time in her collegiate career. “It’s a great feeling, I have reached the height of my profession as a Collegiate athlete, and it is absolutely an amazing feeling,” Yalartai said when asked how it felt to be an all American. “Really wanting it contributed to my success. I like my sport and I really wanted to reach that point of All-American status, so I kept at it until I reached it,” she said. When talking about her experience at nationals she commented: “I think my performance at Nationals was good compared to the other times at Nationals. In the past things just didn’t come together and I didn’t perform my best. Yet this time it was all… Keep Reading

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Brodzinski crowned with debut for the Kings

Many athletes dreams conclude with the opportunity to play their sport professionally. At St. Cloud State University this dream has been made possible for many hockey players. Jonny Brodzinksi, a Blaine, Minnesota native now has the pleasure of adding his name to that list. Earlier this week Brodzinski made the trip from the gloomy weather of Ontario to the warm rays of Los Angeles as he hit the ice with the Kings at the Staples Center to face off against the New York Rangers in his NHL debut. Usually, an athlete’s first appearance in the pros means new faces – not for Brodzinski. The familiar face of former Husky, Nic Dowd greeted him to his left as Brodzinski skated in his right wing position. Dowd and Brodzinski played two seasons together at St. Cloud State and Dowd now has 71 games up on him in the NHL. Brodzinski led his… Keep Reading

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Batter up: SCSU’s powerhouse on the diamond

When you think of the powerhouse programs at St. Cloud State University, wrestling and hockey are usually at the top of the list, but there is one squad that is often overlooked, even though they are perennially one of the nation’s best teams. The St. Cloud State baseball team are owners of 171 wins the past four seasons – they have averaged over 42 wins per season. This year has been no different. With the team off to a 18-6 start they are currently third in the NSIC. With one of the most powerful offenses in the nation, it is not hard to see why the team is able to reel off win after win, with a ten game winning streak that saw the Huskies outscore their opponents 144 to 35 runs in those ten games. Now in the midst of another seven game streak with the offense leading them… Keep Reading

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The madness is ready to continue

If you’re a basketball fan of any type, March is most likely one of your favorite months out of the year. Whether it be making brackets, watching your favorite team winning or losing, seeing the upsets, seeing the heartbreak, March Madness is always at the top of the TV listings. This year may be different than most years. Mid-way through the second round, there has been a glaring lack of upsets, which people did not see coming. When March Madness starts, most people talk about what upsets they think are going to happen or which big team is going to fall first. In this year’s tournament, it’s been a lack of both. In the first day of the first round, the madness started off right with Princeton taking Notre Dame to the final seconds. Princeton fouled Notre Dame with 10 seconds to go to put Matt Farrell on the line… Keep Reading

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Huskies cap off season with optimism

The St. Cloud State Men’s basketball team came into the season with high expectations.  What they got was a rollercoaster of a season. With many ups and downs, this team was one of the most exciting to watch. Senior guard Scottie Stone and sophomore Gage Davis led the Huskies to a winning record 19-14 and third place in the NSIC North on the season that came to a heartbreaking end with an 81-61 loss to Upper Iowa. There is no reason for this team to hang their heads. SCSU started out disappointing with a 0-4 start, but as soon as they came back from the 2016 Sports Anaheim Division II Tip Off Classic, that’s when the team took off – especially when playing on home court. The Huskies put up a 13-4 record when defending their home floor at Halenbeck Hall. Coach Matt Reimer was satisfied with the season overall… Keep Reading

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Both high school hockey classes have closest tournament in years

Class AA: Grand Rapids returns to the promised land The 2017 Class AA hockey tournament had several interesting story lines. Perhaps the biggest of all of them was phenom senior Casey Mittlestadt, who many regards as a top ten pick in the upcoming NHL draft, returning for his senior year and attempting to win a state tournament with the Eden Prairie Eagles. The Eagles were runners-up to the Wayzata Trojans in last year’s tournament and were looking to avenge that heartbreaking defeat. With five D1 commits on their roster, Eden Prairie was the clear favorite heading into this tournament. The eventual champion Grand Rapids Thunderhawks, led by a top line spearheaded by Husky commit Micah Miller, were a dark horse coming into the tournament. Although Grand Rapids was not a very deep team, their top line was a forced to be reckoned with. Miller had a whopping 56 points on… Keep Reading

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