September 26, 2012

SDSU Runner Bongard Returns from Iraq

Top-tier athletes face many decisions. 

Some are gifted enough to have to choose which sport they’ll pursue. Some choose how to balance academics and athletics. And some are forced to give up their desire to serve their country in order to pursue their athletic dreams. 

But some, like Anthony Bongard, choose to go after both.
Bongard is a senior cross country and track and field runner from Redwood Falls, Minn., but he’s also a combat engineer with the Minnesota National Guard.

September 25, 2012

Preseason Prognostications, Part II

The Summit League’s official basketball Twitter account (@summithoops) recently completed a “Tweetdown” of the Athlon Sports 2012-13 College Basketball Preview projections.

The publication tabbed South Dakota State as the preseason favorite followed by Oakland, North Dakota State and Western Illinois. SDSU's Nate Wolters, the pick for Player of the Year, was joined by Oakland’s Travis Bader, North Dakota State’s Taylor Braun, Western Illinois’ Ceola Clark III and Fort Wayne’s Frank Gaines on the all-league team.

Wolters also received honorable mention All-America recognition and was ranked fifth in a list of the nation’s best scorers.

A quick synopsis is below.

1) South Dakota State
2) Oakland
3) North Dakota State
4) Western Illinois
5) Fort Wayne
7) Kansas City
8) South Dakota
9) Omaha

Nate Wolters, South Dakota State (Player of the Year); Travis Bader, Oakland; Taylor Braun, North Dakota State; Ceola Clark III, Western Illinois; Frank Gaines, Fort Wayne.

To read the entire Summit League breakdown, purchase Athlon Sports’ 2012-13 College Basketball Preview at your newsstand or online at