· In the all-time SDSU men's scoring chart, Wolters moved from 12th to nine as the junior is now at 1,418 points. Next up is the junior's former teammate Kai Williams, No. 8 on the list with 1,423 points from 2006-10.
No. 1 on the list is former Hamlin star Mark Tetzlaff, who scored 1,931 points for the Jacks from 1982-85. Mark is the dad of current NSU standout Dustin Tetzlaff. In only two seasons at NSU, Dustin has scored 600 (300 last season, and 300 so far this season). He scored 22 in his freshman season at the University of South Dakota.
· With its state-leading 15 South Dakota recruits announced last week, the Northern State football program has been making headlines in newspapers across the state during the past week.
· Aberdeen Roncalli graduate Aaron Fuller is a junior on the Central College men's indoor track and field team. Fuller's parents, Jim and Brenda Fuller, are the NSU track and field coaches.
· Sully Buttes graduate and Dakota Wesleyan junior women's basketball player Elizabeth Lamb has been named to the academic all-district 6 team. Lamb is an accounting and criminal justice double major with a 3.93 grade point average.
· The University of Sioux Falls men's soccer team will become an affiliate member of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, joining the University of Mary, Montana State University Billings, Northwest Nazarene University (Idaho), Saint Martin's University (Wash.), Seattle Pacific University (Wash.), Simon Fraser University (B.C.) and Western Washington University. This fall, USF will join the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, which does not sponsor men's soccer.
· Sioux Falls Lincoln standout Alex Schultz has verbally committed to play baseball at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
· Black Hills State head coach Jay Long has accepted the head football coach position at Chadron State College.
· Britton-Hecla graduate and Jamestown College senior Robert Nelson placed sixth in the shot put (44-8) and 11th in the weight throw (45-10 ) at the Concordia-Moorhead Duals this past Saturday.
· Drake University assistant Joe Burger is the new coach of the new men's soccer program at the South Dakota School of Mines. The Hardrockers will begin play this fall.
College Plus is a weekly feature on Tuesdays in the American News during the college sports season. If you have news tips or suggestions, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 605-622-2323.
From Staff Reports
Whenever there is a South Dakotan in the NFL draft, it always brings up the question of former South Dakotans in the NFL. According to the website databasefootball.com and American News staff reports, 53 South Dakota-born men have played in NFL regular season games. The list includes Aberdeen-born players Taylor Mehlhaff and Robb White.
Area former NFL players include Norm Van Brocklin of Eagle Butte, Duane Putnam of Pollock, Christian Bentz of Artas, Ben Derr of Turton, Wuert Engelmann and Bryan Schwartz of Miller, Urban Odson of Clark and the Milbank trio of William Winter, Clarence Manders and John Manders.
A couple of area North Dakota players also had illustrious careers in the NFL. Born in Ellendale, defensive Phil Hansen graduated from Oakes High School and played at North Dakota State. He started 148 of his 156 NFL career games with the Buffalo Bills (1991-2001), collecting 633 tackles with 61.5 sacks and playing in three Super Bowls.
Palmer Edward Pete Retzlaff was born in Ellendale, graduated from Ellendale High School, went to Trinity Bible College in Ellendale and starred in track and field and football at South Dakota State College. The five-time Pro Bowler played running back, wide receiver and tight end for 11 seasons (1956-58) with the Philadelphia Eagles. In 1958, Retzlaff led the NFL with 56 pass receptions despite never having caught a pass in college and in 1965, he won the Bert Bell Award for NFL player of the year.