Sports Columns

THE FINAL WORD: Four bold predictions for the 2017 NFL playoffs

MARSHALL – With a sharp whistle blown from the sideline referees, the regular season has ended. Thirty-two teams entered this point when the season started back in September, but now only 12 remain. The NFL playoffs are officially upon us, which means it’s time for interesting storylines, ...

THE NEXT LEVEL: Eichten, Lindstrom forming a bond at Bethany Lutheran

MARSHALL — Two seasons ago, the Bethany Lutheran College men’s basketball program went just 5-20. In total, the Vikings have went through four consecutive losing seasons. That led to a coaching change this offseason, as former Southwest Minnesota State guard Matt Fletcher took over the ...

Photo by Shannon Rathmanner
In this Aug. 2014 photo, two athletes compete in a lacrosse game at Camp Skylemar in Naples, Maine. Skylemar is a summer sports camp for boys.

IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING: Skylemar: My home away from home

MARSHALL – When I was a senior in college, my post-graduation life was shrouded in mystery. I had just one semester left in school, but I was terrified by the unknown that was next. All of my friends had jobs already lined up or options on the horizon, but the only thing I knew for certain ...

BEYOND THE SPORTS DESK: WNBA with the W…and the L

MARSHALL? I was sitting at home on Thursday night watching the Minnesota Lynx battle the Los Angeles Sparks in Game 5 of the WNBA Finals.In the game's closing minutes, I was mentally preparing myself for writing this column, in which I would congratulate the WNBA for putting on a fantastic ...

SMSU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Making the case for the next SMSU coach

Editor's note: This article is strictly the opinions of David Merrill and Josh VanKlompenburg. This is not confirming that these individuals have applied for or received interviews for the job in any way.Southwest Minnesota State is having their committee meeting this week and hopes to start ...

Seniors, seeding and the state tournament

MARSHALL - With another state tournament in the books, there are some final thoughts I'd like to level you with.Marshall graduates four seniors this year in Marah Mulso, Lexi Saugstad, Abby Louwagie and Emily Buysse. Between the four of them, they have accomplished a lot in their time as ...

IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING: Winning by Dufault

ST. PETER As a sports reporter, I'm a little embarrassed to say that before Thursday, I'd never seen a buzzer -beater live. I've watched replays on Youtube or SportsCenter like every other sports fan, but I've never been present at one of these moments. However, in a literally unbelievable ...

IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING: Why I only watched half of the Super Bowl

If you have been reading my columns, you probably know that I'm a huge football fan. I have been for as long as l can remember. A lot of people consider fall their favorite season for the changing leaves, the pumpkin flavored treats and the refreshing bite in the air; I consider it my favorite ...

Why Shannon should have watched the whole Super Bowl

As Shannon already explained in her column, she had committed to not watching the Super Bowl this year.It doesn't take long to figured out Shannon is a big NFL fan after talking to her for more than five minutes, so needless to say, this came as a bit of a shock.I'll give her a couple things. ...

IN CASE YOU WER WONDERING: A Packer fan in a Vikings’ world

Growing up in Minnesota, there are a few things expected of you. You need to be able to handle the cold, you're supposed to adhere to the "Minnesota Nice" stereotype, and you absolutely have to be a Vikings fan.For most of my life, I've followed two of these three rules. To the great chagrin of ...

In case you were wondering: Stay Classy Minneota

MINNEAPOLIS -?The Minneota Vikings had plenty of game plans in place for the big game against the Minneapolis North Polars on Saturday, but there are just some things you can't plan for.Their biggest game plan was keeping North's quarterback Tyler Johnson in check. Johnson, a Minnesota Gophers ...

In case you were wondering: New Beginnings

Moving to a new place can always be scary. A new city, a new job, a new apartment and nobody you know is a tough combination. Or at least it should be.When I was offered my job here at the Marshall Independent, I was working in Baltimore, Maryland and was spending my summers in Naples, Maine. I ...

SMSU MEN’S BASKETBALL: More than a game

MARSHALL -?The Southwest Minnesota State University Mustangs men's basketball team opened their exhibition season with a 71-69 win over the SMSU Alumni team Saturday.It was more than just a game though, as the matchup was part of the sixth annual Andy Wiersma Day at SMSU."I think this game is ...

Don’t believe the DraftKings hype

If you haven't seen a DraftKings or FanDuel commercial this football season, you've probably been living under a rock.The commercials play about as often as you and I blink.I tried DraftKings last week, but before I tell you about that, I'll get you up to date on the saga that is daily fantasy ...

Remember the past, think of the future, but focus on the present

Wednesday was "Back to the Future Day" around the country- playing off the fact that "Back to the Future II" predicted the Cubs would beat the Marlins in the 2015 World Series.Aside from the fact both of those teams are National League teams, making it technically impossible, I'll say the movie ...

WINTER’S “Nebrasketball” a must-read

A few days ago, I wrapped up "Nebrasketball", written by Scott Winter, who was nice enough to send me a copy."Nebrasketball" tells the story of former Southwest Minnesota State coach and current Nebraska basketball coach Tim Miles.For those of you who don't know, current SMSU men's basketball ...

NICK’S FINAL NOTE

I struggled, really, trying to figure out how to start this column. Columns- taking personal experiences and making them matter to each and every one of you- were Nick's thing.Lots of things were his thing." Were" may actually be the wrong tense because he hasn't lost any of those skills.Monday ...

NICK’S NOTES: Nick’s night

Just about 15 months ago, life wasn't going great for me. I was living in Somerville, Massachusetts, in a townhouse that smelled like cat urine. I split up with my girlfriend. One of my roommates was skipping out on rent and I was told that I'd need a root canal.Fast forward to to Thursday ...

NICK’S NOTES: Understudies

When I was a senior in high school, I tried out for the role of Lt. Joe Cable in my school's production of "South Pacific." I thought I nailed the audition. I had worked hard in the offseason, joining choir and taking voice lessons. I wanted that part so bad. I thought I deserved it.I did get ...