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4-19-14 Sports Briefs

By Staff | Apr 18, 2014

Esmond native Hoffner returning to Mankato

Esmond native Todd Hoffner’s time as head football coach at Minot State University came to an abrupt end Tuesday after just a few months in the Magic City.

Hoffner was reinstated as head coach at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

In Aug. 2012, Hoffner was arrested and charged with possessing and producing child pornography. But the charges were dropped by the Blue Earth County (Minn.) judge, Krista J. Jass, three months later. The cellphone videos in question, of his three children, were deemed harmless.

Hoffner’s decision to return to his previous post stems from an arbitrator’s April 9 ruling that the newly hired Minot State coach had been wrongfully fired from MSU-Mankato in May 2013.

Following his dismissal, Hoffner filed a labor grievance with the Bureau of Mediation Services. During the 11-month waiting game, he applied for numerous coaching positions – including the head coach job at the University of North Dakota – before landing at Minot State.

On Wednesday, at his first spring practice session with Mankato, only three players showed up in regular football attire.

The rest of the 74-man roster appeared in street clothes. Junior free safety Samuel Johnson, whom Hoffner recruited, read the following statement: “As a collective unit, we’ve all agreed that we will stick together and show our support in having Aaron Keen as the head football coach at Minnesota State University, Mankato.”

Hoffner declined comment Wednesday.

– Ryan Holmgren, Minot Daily News

TGU recognizes athletes at all-sports banquet

Towner – TGU held its annual All-Sports Banquet on April 14. Coaches talked about their respective seasons and senior athletes and also commented on the sports year.

Individual award plaques were handed out for the following sports. Volleyball: Best Offensive Player, Mattie Schmitt; Best Defensive Player, Mattie Schmitt; Hustle Award, McKayla Thompson.

Football: All-Region players, Kendal Green, Luke Bacon, Ethan Bachmeier, Colter Thorp, Hunter Schell and Eli Luna; Honorable Mention, Ray Thomas and Tucker Goodman; First-Team All-State: Luke Bacon, Colter Thorp and Eli Luna; Second-Team All-State, Kendal Green.

Boys Basketball: Best Offensive Player, Luke Bacon; Best Defensive Player, Ethan Bachmeier; Most Improved Player, Colter Thorp; Best Free-Throw Shooter, Eli Luna.

Girls Basketball: Best Offensive Player, Mattie Schmitt; Best Defensive Player, Akesha Juarez; Most Improved Player, Angie Anderson; Second-Team All-State, Mattie Schmitt.

– TGU Athletic Department

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