Our Elite Athletes
A graduate of Bismarck Century High School, the 6-foot-5 Wentz went on to lead North Dakota State to four FCS national championships. That’s despite suffering a serious injury as a senior. He was taken with the No. 2 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Moorhead High School graduate is one of the most tenured American-born players in NHL history. He made his NHL debut in 1997 and won the Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006. Cullen is also active with the Sanford Health Foundation through the Cullen Children’s Foundation.
Greenway has been an impact player – and person – for the Minnesota Vikings since becoming a first-round draft pick out of Iowa in 2006. Since then, the 6-foot-3, 240-pound linebacker has twice been named to the Pro Bowl and twice been nominated for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. He grew up in Mount Vernon, S.D.
Miller is arguably the most decorated basketball player in the history of South Dakota. A native of Mitchell, the 6-foot-8 sharpshooter reached the NCAA finals with the University of Florida, has won the Rookie of the Year and Sixth Man of the Year plus two championships since breaking into the NBA in 2000.
Despite not being highly recruited at Eagan (Minn.) High School, Zenner turned into one of the most decorated players in South Dakota State history. He ranks second in career rushing at the FCS level with 6,548 yards. He made the roster of the Detroit Lions as an undrafted rookie and wound up being the team’s starting running back in his second pro season. Zenner is also a high-achiever off the field, having been accepted into medical school. He does medical research during the offseason.
Coleman was a multi-sport high school standout in Sioux Falls before playing baseball at Wichita State. He made his MLB debut in 2015 for the Kansas City Royals, and the club went on to win the World Series.
A Minnesota native, Leonhardt honed his skills as a tight end at Bemidji State and broke into the NFL as an undrafted rookie. The 6-foot-5, 255-pounder scored his first professional touchdown in 2014 with the Oakland Raiders.
Originally from Clark, S.D., Kaufman is a rising star on the LPGA Tour, where she debuted in 2014. Before that, she was a two-time All-American at Texas Tech.
The 6-foot-11 Stiemsma broke into the NBA four years after leaving the University of Wisconsin as an undrafted rookie, having honed his game overseas and in the NBA D-League. He’s played with Boston, Minnesota, Orlando and Toronto, earning minutes for his strong defensive play.
A native of Bismarck, N.D., the 5-foot-7 Dressler starred at Bismarck High – his jersey has been retired by the Demons – and the University of North Dakota before embarking on a long professional career as a receiver in the Canadian Football League. Dressler won Rookie of the Years honors in 2008 and won the Grey Cup in 2013.
A former Minnesota high school star, Wolters broke numerous records at South Dakota State as a do-it-all point guard. He finished as one of four players in NCAA Division I history to record at least 2,000 points, 600 rebounds and 600 assists in a career. He was chosen in Round 2 of the 2013 NBA Draft by the Washington Wizards before being traded to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Ham is a Minnesota native who made the Minnesota Vikings roster as an undrafted rookie free agent, first working his way through the tryout system. He was a powerful running back at NCAA Division II Augustana University and did his pre-professional training at POWER in Sioux Falls.