The Independent sports staff will have a little different look heading into the fall season.
Matt Dahlseid joined the staff in early August to replace former sports writer Kelsey Duckett, who left the Independent to get her masters degree at Columbia College in Chicago, Ill.
Dahlseid, a recent graduate of the University of South Dakota, in Vermillion, S.D., comes to Marshall with an extended background in sports journalism.
He spent over a year working at the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan, while also working as the sports editor of the Volante - the USD student newspaper.
You may have already seen him out at a few events to wrap up the summer months, but now he will be thrown into yet another busy fall season filled with volleyball, soccer, cross country, swimming and, of course, football.
Dahlseid is from Bloomfield, Neb., where he played golf and basketball during his time in high school.
On the court, he played as a shooting guard or small forward, and on the links, he was the No. 1 golfer and also worked as a coach to some of the younger kids.
But his athletic career shifted from athlete to writer once arriving on the USD campus.
Throughout it all, Dahlsied said he has developed a strong passion for the game of basketball. He has followed the Minnesota Timberwolves through the ups and downs - from the days when Kevin Garnett, Sam Cassel and Letroy Spreewell were tearing up the Western Conference, to the recent "rebuilding years," which has lasted almost half of this decade.
When asked about who he would crown the greatest basketball player of all-time, he admitted the honors almost have to go to the great Michael Jordan, mainly because of the number of titles throughout his career.
Dahlseid said LeBron James has Air Jordan beat in terms of athletic ability, but until he hoists the NBA championship trophy over his head, he can't be named the best.
His knowledge for the game of basketball helped earn Dahlseid a handful of writing awards during his time roaming the Coyote campus. His background will likely go a long ways when looking at some of the high school talent throughout the area. The level of play also carries into the collegiate level with the Southwest Minnesota State University men's basketball team.
But the winter season is still months away as the fall season is right around the corner.
The high school fall teams just opened camp last week, while some teams have already began their season - Marshall and Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle Valley tennis.
The SMSU teams have already held public scrimmages and exhibitions as the season begins this weekend with the football team beginning Saturday in Minnesota, Crookston and the volleyball team kicking off its season with a tournament in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Dahlseid had his first look at the SMSU football team and the Regional Event Center during the first fall scrimmage the Mustangs held. He is also becoming accustomed with the area as he makes his stops throughout the area talking with local football and volleyball coaches, preparing for the season to come.
At this rate, he will be a familiar member of the community in no time.