Our Elite Athletes

Carson Wentz

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.

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Matt Cullen

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.Matt-quoteimage-2_900x400

Chad Greenway

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.New-Greenway-1_900x400

Mike Miller

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.

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Zach Zenner

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.

Detroit Lions running back Zach Zenner (34) during a NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017 in Detroit. (Detroit Lions via AP)

Dusty Coleman

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.

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Brian Leonhardt

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.

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Kim Kaufman

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.KaufmanCrop

Greg Stiemsma

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.

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Weston Dressler

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.

B.C. Lions' Nehemie Kankolongo (49) pursues Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Weston Dressler (7) as he runs around the end zone attempting to burn off precious time in the dying seconds of the second half of CFL action in Winnipeg Saturday, October 8, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

Nate Wolters

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.

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C.J. Ham

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.

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Amy Olson

Raised in Oxbow, N.D., (Anderson) Olson enjoyed a stellar youth and amateur career before going on to star at North Dakota State. She won an NCAA record 20 individuals title for the Bison and then broke into the LPGA in 2013.

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