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Optimist Club weekly athletes

Grace Hegerle, Kenzie Carlson, Cara Romeike and Matt Young were named Optimist Club athletes of the week.

Hegerle, a sophomore on the Jamestown High School volleyball team, accumulated 15 digs, 4 kills, 2 blocks and an ace during a 3-1 win over Bismarck St. Mary's on Oct. 30. Carlson, a junior on the Blue Jay swimming and diving team, made the West Region all-conference team after finishing top 16 in 50-yard freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle.

Romeike, a senior from Coppell, Texas on the University of Jamestown women's wrestling team, won all three of her matches at the Jimmie Open on Nov. 3. Young, a senior from Woodland, Wash., on the Jimmie cross country team, was a Great Plains Athletic Conference all-conference finished after placing 9th in the 8,000-meter race.

NDSU game only on ESPN+

FARGO—The Missouri Valley Football Conference's agreement with ESPN is sure to cause issues for fans wanting to watch the North Dakota State at Missouri State football game on Saturday, Nov. 10.

It will only be available on ESPN-plus, the premium subscription service available on It will not be televised on the North Dakota NBC Network, which carries the other 10 Bison regular season games. Fargo station KVLY is part of the NBC network.

It's part of the Valley's contract with ESPN that calls for eight league games to be produced as a "Game of the Week" package. On Saturday, that happens to be NDSU at Missouri State. (FF)

Vikings DE Hunter named player of the week

EAGAN, Minn. — After a convincing return to dominance last week against Detroit for the Minnesota Vikings defense, one of their own has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Week.

Defensive end Danielle Hunter, who recorded 3 1/2 of the team's 10 sacks, was recognized by the league Wednesday, Nov. 7, for his role in Minnesota's 24-9 win over the Lions on Sunday. Hunter co-led the team with nine tackles, and also recorded three tackles for loss, four quarterback hurries and returned a fumble 32 yards for a touchdown to help seal the win.

Hunter, 24, now leads the NFL with 11 1/2 sacks, but downplayed his individual impact when speaking to the media Tuesday.

"Uh, it's not an individual effort," Hunter told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "It's just all working together as a D-line, able to flush sacks to whomever, beating our guys."

This is the ninth time a Viking has earned DPOW honors in the Mike Zimmer era, the last being safety Harrison Smith in the opening week of the season. (PP)