Ellefson scores first NFL points

The road to landing with an NFL team had many more bumps in the road in 2020 than almost any other year for rookies.

No workouts, pro days, no team visits before the draft.

Ben Ellefson has battled through all of that and now it's paid off.

WDAY confirmed that the Hawley native was signed to the Jacksonville Jaguars 53-man roster on Thursday, Oct. 22.

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Ellefson had previously been on the Jaguars practice squad and the team protected him each week to ensure he wasn't signed by another team.

The former Bison tight end was also active for the first two weeks of the season. He did not record any stats in those two games, but recorded his first career points on a two-point conversion reception from quarterback Gardner Minshew Sunday in a 39-29 loss to the Chargers.

After the draft in April, Ellefson signed as an undrafted free agent with Jacksonville. He was waived during final cuts.

There will be a Bison connection in the Jaguars next game. Jacksonville plays the Los Angeles Chargers, where Ellefson's former quarterback Easton Stick plays.

Laker junior Siri Vagle was named to the Mid-State all-conference tennis team. Robert Williams / Tribune
Laker junior Siri Vagle was named to the Mid-State all-conference tennis team. Robert Williams / Tribune

Vagle named all-conference

Detroit Lakes junior Siri Vagle became the Lakers’ top singles player during this year’s tennis season and was named to the Mid-State all-conference team.

Vagle was one of the only Lakers with varsity experience coming into the season with new head coach Greg Unruh. Detroit Lakes finished the season 2-11 but picked up a consolation playoff victory over Little Falls before being eliminated by Fergus Falls.

The Lakers return the entire lineup for 2021.

Shorthanded Hornets rally for win

Going into Saturday’s game against Wadena-Deer Creek in Moorhead, the Frazee Hornets were missing 20 sophomore and junior players due to COVID quarantine.

The Wolverines came into the game 2-0 and had outscored their opponents 95-6. That trend looked like it would continue as W-DC took a 20-0 lead into halftime.

Frazee tied the game with three scores in the third quarter: a Brock Barlund 20-yard touchdown pass from Broden Fleisher (20-6), a Tyler Moe 5-yard run and Fleisher conversion run (20-14) and a Christian Petron 48-yard interception return on the ensuing W-DC drive to tie the score at 20-20. A conversion run for the lead was stopped.

The drama continued with a tied score to the final minutes of the fourth quarter.

Frazee took the lead on third-and-goal on a Fleisher one-yard run. Barlund made it 28-290scoring untouched on a pitch around the left end.

The Wolverines had two-minutes and three-seconds to try to force overtime. On third-and-four from the Wolverine 40, Josh Dykhoff took a short pass from Payton Rondestvedt, broke a tackle and got all the way to the Hornet 10-yard line.

Payton Rondestvedt hit Dykhoff again on second and goal and he scored from the 10 with 59 seconds left on the clock. Rondestvedt passed to Hayden Larson to tie the game at 28.

In overtime, Fleisher found Lewis Helmers in the left corner of the end zone on the first play. A conversion pass failed.

Wadena-Deer Creek reached the six-yard line on a Rondestvedt run and got half the distance to the goal line on a second down offside penalty on Frazee. Rondestvedt got to the one-yard line on a second down run, but Frazee’s defense held the line on third down and tipped a pass on fourth down storming off the field to celebrate a 34-28 victory.

Frazee (2-1) looks to take down another undefeated team at New York Mills Friday night. The Eagles (3-0) have quality wins over two section champions from 2019 in Polk County West and Underwood and a section runner-up in Pelican Rapids.