Area Notebook: BOLD's Jordan Sagedahl is doing well at South Dakota State

Tom Elliott, West Central Tribune, Willmar, Minn.
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Feb. 17—Jordan Sagedahl, the 2020 Hengstler-Ranweiler winner, is doing well in college.

That's according to his high school baseball coach at BOLD, Brian Kingery.

"He's doing really well," said Kingery, who is also BOLD's head girls basketball coach.

Kingery said that Sagedahl has emerged as South Dakota State's starting third baseman after fall ball. He'll also be a backup catcher for the Jackrabbits. He was recruited as a catcher.

Sagedahl is wearing No. 15 and listed at 6-foot-2, 190 pounds on South Dakota State's roster. He is majoring in business economics.

Sagedahl, of course, didn't play in 2020 because of the pandemic. All spring sports were canceled last season.

He led BOLD to the state Class A championship in 2019, batting .500 with three home runs, 34 RBI, 32 runs scored, 23 stolen bases and a .768 slugging percentage. He also had a 6-3 record as a pitcher with a 1.19 earned-run average, striking out 77 in 59 innings.

"It's a shame we didn't get a chance to play (in 2020)," Kingery said. "We might have won one (a state title)."

Sagedahl also led BOLD to the state Class A football championship game in 2019 and was a star on the basketball team that was ranked No. 1 for most of his senior season.

South Dakota State is set to open play at 6:25 p.m. Friday against Kansas at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The Jackrabbits and Jayhawks have a three-game series with games scheduled for 5:25 p.m. Saturday and 8:25 a.m. Sunday.

Sagedahl also will be playing in the Northwoods League this summer for the Bismarck Larks, who are in the same division as the Willmar Stingers. He'll retain his eligibility with the Bird Island amateur baseball team after being a part of the Bullfrogs' elite eight run in Class C last year.

Mr. Basketball candidates

The Mr. Basketball Committee has announced its 2021 watch list. Included are Paynesville's Corbin Froelich and BOLD's Drew Sagedahl, the brother of Jordan Sagedahl.

There are 53 players on the watch list.

Others of note in conferences involving area teams: — From the Central Lakes Conference, Fergus Falls' Dominic Aguilar and Chance Fazio, Alexandria's Colton Roderick and Brainerd's Griffen Rushin. — From the Wright County Conference, Rockford's Ryan Boysen and Delano's Trey Longstreet. — From the West Central Conference, Melrose's Rowan Nelson and BOLD's Sagedahl. — From the Central Minnesota Conference, Eden Valley-Watkins' Joshua Streit and Paynesville's Froelich.

The favorite is probably Minnehaha Academy's Chet Holmgren, a 7-foot-1 post player who shoots 3-pointers and is rated as the No. 1 prospect in his age group in the country.

No Camden Conference players apparently made the cut, despite MACCRAY's Brady Kienitz being one of the top scorers in the state and Renville County West forward Riley Ashburn being a double-double threat each game.

Lac qui Parle Valley's Maverick Conn is probably the most noticeable slight. LQPV has been state-ranked in Class A.

Another successful Jackrabbit

Leah Hansen, a 2019 Willmar graduate, recently had the fastest indoor time in the Summit League this season in the 5,000-meter run. Running for South Dakota State, Hansen had a time of 16 minutes, 54.95 seconds to win the SDSU Classic Indoor Meet last Saturday.

Hansen, a sophomore, also is running cross-country for the Jackrabbits. She was a 12-time letter-winner in cross-country and track at Willmar and is business major at SDSU.

Also on the SDSU track and field roster is Kirah Kessler-Gross, who is listed as a freshman exercise science major participating in sprints and jumps.

The Jackrabbits next compete at 1 p.m. Saturday in the SDSU Last Chance Meet at the Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex in Brookings. The Summit League Indoor Championships are Feb. 27-28 in Brookings.

Stingers grant

The Willmar Stingers are seeking applications for grants for area youth baseball and softball teams. The Northwoods League team plans to award more than $50,000 in grants for equipment.

The 22 Share the Glove grants awarded each spring have a retail value of more than $2,000, according to a press release. Each grant includes catcher's gear, catcher's glove, 10 fielding gloves, eight batting helmets, six bats and one buck of practice balls.

The equipment is supplied by Rawlings and is sized for youth teams, ages 9-12. There will be 11 grants awarded in baseball and 11 in softball. Willmar is allowed to award one softball grant for the 2021 season.

To be eligible, the team must be a non-profit community organization, or be a school or school-based program. No grants will be awarded to for-profit business, political or religious organization.

Contact the Stingers at www.willmarstingers.com or call their office at 320-222-2010 for more information. The application deadline is April 16.