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The Vikings fill needs in 2020 draft

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Dylan Krenz-Bertrand

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Heading into the 202o NFL season, the Minnesota Vikings were in dire need of talent at multiple positions. After the draft this week, a lot of those issues have been solved.

On the first day of the draft, Minnesota selected WR Justin Jefferson with pick 22 out of LSU and CB Jeff Gladney using pick 31 from TCU. These were the two top needs the Vikings needed to address.

Using the selection they got from the Buffalo Bills from trading Stefon Diggs, they selected his replacement in Justin Jefferson. After leading college football with 111 receptions on the national champion LSU team, Jefferson has the ability to be a huge difference maker in the Minnesota offense.

At 5′ 10″, CB Jeff Gladney is considered undersized by many at his position, but his football IQ and toughness more than make up for it. Compiling 31 tackles, half a sack, an interception, and 14 defended passes last year at TCU, as well as earning an invite to the Senior Bowl and first team all Big-12, Gladney was one of the premier corners in the draft and looks to make an immediate impact on the roster. Most impressively, however, is the fact that Gladney played the entire 2019 season and attended the NFL Combine with a torn meniscus, choosing to delay the surgery until after his drills in Indianapolis.

Ezra Cleveland was the Vikings’ first pick on the second day of the draft. At a freakish 6′ 6″ and 311 pounds, Cleveland has all the measurables that the Vikings have needed for years at the LT position. While most experts think he needs to sit for a year to work on his physicality as a blocker, the Boise State lineman already has the athleticism to be a star at the position, excelling in outside zone runs that the Vikings love to use with Pro-Bowler Dalvin Cook at running back.

Dipping back into the pool of cornerbacks, Cameron Dantzler out of Mississippi State looks to be another great weapon on defense for Mike Zimmer. One of the only corners to give the aforementioned LSU team difficulty this past season, simply refusing to back down against the juggernaut team. He will look to compete for a starting role this year with the team.

DJ Wonnum, the defensive end out of South Carolina, was the first of the Vikings’ three fourth round picks. Wonnum was a captain at South Carolina for two years and has drawn many comparisons to Danielle Hunter, the current star of the Vikings pass rush.

With their next pick, the Vikings decided to take James Lynch, the all time sack leader from Baylor. Lynch needs some time to perfect his technique, but has absolutely no lack of effort and can cause massive disruption in the pocket for opposing quarterbacks.

Using their final fourth round selection, the Vikings took Troy Dye from Oregon. Dye led Oregon in tackles all four years he played there, and was used in college similarly to Anthony Barr, the star LB on the Vikings. Falling farther down the board than most thought, the Vikings got a steal with this pick.

Beginning the fifth round, the Vikings again draft a cornerback with pick 169 in Harrison Hand out of Temple. With this selection, the Vikings have fully replenished their CB room after losing Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes, and Mackenzie Alexander to free agency prior to the draft.

Their next selection was WR KJ Osborn out of Miami. While he will likely be used as a return man, he does provide valuable depth at the receiver position sorely needed after offseason departures Stefon Diggs and Laquon Treadwell. He will also likely take return duties away from cornerback Mike Hughes, who will need to be used more as a result of Minnesota’s personnel turnover on defense.

Starting the sixth round, the Vikings took Blake Brandel, the tackle from Oregon State. Brandel looks to be a developmental piece on the line, something the Vikings have been lacking in recent years. Brandel holds the third longest starting streak in Oregon State history.

With their next pick, the Vikings selected Josh Metellus from Michigan. With a severe lack of depth at the safety position, Metellus is very likely to make the roster and see a decent amount of playing time as a rookie.

To begin their seventh round selections, the Vikings got a high value player in Kenny Willekes from Michigan State. Graded by most as a third or fourth round selection, Minnesota gets a player at the end of the draft that is the school’s leader in tackles for loss. This was graded by most analysts as the Vikings’ best pick of the draft purely for the high value at the spot.

Their next selection was QB Nate Stanley out of Iowa, the Vikings’ first QB taken in the draft since Teddy Bridgewater. Stanley has all the requisite talent at the position, just lacking accuracy. He will compete for a backup role this year on the roster.

With their second to last pick in the draft, Minnesota selected Brian Cole II, the safety from Mississippi State. Cole has lots of versatility, playing safety and linebacker in college and the ability to play cornerback. He also played wide receiver in college for a brief period. He is the second player from Mississippi State taken by the Vikings this draft, along with CB Cameron Dantzler.

With a record setting 15th pick in the draft, the Vikings selected guard Kyle Hinton out of Washburn. He played tackle in college but will need to convert to guard due to his size in the NFL.

With only three selections made to address the decade old need at O-Line, and two of them being late round picks, GM Rick Spielman will likely be criticized for not taking care of this hole. However, he did an excellent job of finding value picks and not giving up any capital to take good players who will contribute to the team.

The new needs at wide receiver and defensive back were addressed early, and the Vikings were able to find incredible value with their picks without moving up the draft board once. They did add some high end talent to the offensive line as well as some developmental pieces to help for the future.

With the sheer amount of talent taken in this draft, the Vikings look to have one of the better draft classes of the year, and hopefully one of the best in recent Vikings memory.

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Dylan Krenz-Bertrand is a junior at Sartell High School. He is involved in Student Council and is currently the Minnesota Central Division Parliamentarian....

Orjansen Family Podcast

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This is episode one of the podcast I am doing with my family. In this explode I sit down with my mom, Sara Orjansen and discuss how she has been dealing with quarantine and what she is doing to keep herself sane during this pandemic. We also talk about the family and how all her kids are handling these hard times. Please enjoy.

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Vaniesa Orjansen, Journalist

Vaniesa is a senior at Sartell High School, and she is planning on moving to Arizona for college next year. She is planning on majoring in psychology to...

Storm’n Sabres’ lax season

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Tiana Mick

Senior Noah Swenson on the field during Wednesday's game against St. Cloud.

On Wednesday, May 16th, the boys’ Storm’n Sabre lacrosse team faced the St. Cloud boys’ lacrosse team at the Oak Ridge Elementary field. It was a tough battle, with the Storm’n Sabres falling one point behind with two minutes left on the clock. They missed a few goal opportunities in the final 30 seconds of the game, resulting in defeat by St. Cloud.

So far this season has shown to be a growing year for the boys’ lacrosse team, with a 1-6 record. Their solo dub was against Holy Family.

This year, the dynamic of the team has been different compared to ones in the past. Griffin Trondson stated, “At the beginning, it was more individualized, but now we’re coming together more.”

Trevor Dummer said, “With the help of our new coach, it (the team chemistry) has gotten better.”

There is no failure, just feedback.”

— Griffin Trondson

The players are still hopeful for future games. “We hope to go undefeated for the rest of this season,” senior Griffin Trondson replied when asked what he is looking forward to the rest of this lacrosse season.

Senior Trevor Dummer added, “Everyone is working hard and staying positive,” when asked the same question.

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Boys’ lacrosse falls to Becker

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Megan Sieben

Boys lacrosse team celebrates a game well played.

The Sartell/Sauk Rapids boys lacrosse team played Becker on the evening of Monday, May 7th at 7:30. The game was played on the football field by Sartell Middle School. The beginning of the game was intense and very close! At halftime, the score was tied 7-7. After a tough battle in the third and fourth quarters, Sartell/Sauk Rapids fell to Becker 14-8.

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Cole Jurek, senior lacrosse player from Sartell, explains that their lacrosse team this year is a very senior heavy team. Jurek exxplains, “We have a pretty good bond since most of the team has been playing together for three to four years now.”

 

It is only Sartell’s third year of having lacrosse as a varsity sport, so it is a relatively new organization. Similar to hockey, Sartell and Sauk Rapids are a conjoined team. Although the team is off to a relatively slow start, having a record of 3-5, Jurek has high hopes for the team.

 

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Boys Golf: First conference win in 5 years

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Eddie Hamilton

Blake Webster tees off

The Sartell boys golf team won their first CLC victory of the season on May 7th at Blackberry Ridge Golf Club in Sartell.

The Sabres were ready to roll on a beautiful Monday evening and were ready to face the tough competitors from the conference. Blackberry Ridge Golf Club was in great shape for the tournament with smooth fairways and fast greens that gave the golfers something to think about with every putt.

Freshman Michael Webster tied for 1st and shot a personal-low with a 74 with a 36 on the back and a 38 on the front. Freshman Logan Hamak shot an amazing round of 76. His splits were 36-39, and he tied for 4th on the day. Blake Webster and TJ Raden, both seniors, shot a 79 for the final 2 scores. Isaac Murtley shot a 83 for a solid score and Derrick Olsen shot a 92 with troubles on the first nine, but finishing strong. The Sartell Sabres Boys Golf team hope to keep the good scores up for upcoming meets. Come see the boys golf team and check out their schedule here!

 

It was our best meet in a long time.”

— TJ Raden

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Sartell boys’ golf team still unable to golf on a course due to weather

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Christy Hamak

SHS golf team last year at team pictures.

With snow still on the ground in mid-April, the boys’ golf team is getting very eager to get on the course. The SHS boys’ golf team is coached by Jason Huschle (SMS math teacher) and Brock Swanson (golf pro at Blackberry Ridge). The team has three senior captains: Alex Braun, Blake Webster, and TJ Raden. Typically, there are six people golfing varsity per meet, but there are around 25 people in total on the team.

Because of the snow, the golf team has been practicing 2-3 times per week at St. Johns University golf simulator which allows 12 people per session at $60/2 hours. Along with that, Logan Hamak (SHS freshman) has a golf simulator that he allows some teammates to practice on– this is free for the golf team, and Logan doesn’t charge people to golf at his simulator.

In total, five meets have been canceled this golf season, three conference meets have been rescheduled but the invitational meets were canceled for good. Because so many meets have been rescheduled, the boys anticipate missing quite a bit of school in May. Golf team member,TJ Raden, mentioned that some days they will have double meets where they golf a round in the morning, eat lunch, and then golf another round in the afternoon. The courses will more than likely be “trashy, squishy, sloshy, and slushy.” However, there will not be any rules changed due to the bad state of the courses.

Once the courses in Sartell open up, the team plans on practicing every day at Blackberry Ridge Golf Course (their home course). The team typically practices from 3:00 pm-8:00 pm because they love golfing and want to stay there as long as they possibly can. The reasons TJ and senior team member Blake Webster like being on the SHS golf team the most are because of all of the awesome courses they get to golf at for a low fee, and all of the funny jokes they share.

I’m really excited to see what this year has in store for the golf team.”

— Blake Webster

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Blackberry Ridge Golf Course, home course of the Sartell Sabres boys golf team.
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