Our 2019 Celebrity Guest Bios
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- Originally from Mount Vernon, SD
- Three-time South Dakota All-State while at Mount Vernon High School
- Was named the Gatorade Football Player of the Year as a senior in 2001
- Attended and played football for the University Iowa from 2002-2005
- Drafted in the first round as the 17th Overall pick by the Minnesota Vikings in 2006
- In 2010 was the combined tackles leader for the NFC
- Voted Second-team All-Pro in 2012
- Two-Time NFL Pro Bowler (2012, 2013)
- Was named “Whizzer” White NFL Man of the Year in 2015
- Originally from Atlanta, Georgia
- Earned a scholarship to play soccer and tennis at Mercer University
- Exceled as an athlete in seven different sports
- Can Hit a Golf Ball 280 yards is able to tee the ball up with his feet
- Won the USPTA President’s Award for his outstanding contributions to tennis
- Won the Independent Tennis Pro of the Year for Georgia
- Played in the BMW Golf event in South Carolina and was featured on the Golf Channel
- From Sioux Falls, SD and attended Washington High School
- Decided to pursue Taekwondo during middle school and MMA progressed after that
- Began his mixed martial arts career while working as a computer technician during the day
- Debuted professionally in the MMA in 2006
- Trains in Brisbane, Australia
- Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
- Green Belt in Judo
- 3rd degree Black Belt in Taekwondo
- Nitro Bantamweight Champion
- K-Oz Bantamweight Champion
- Number one Bantamweight in Australia in 2015
NWHL- Boston Pride/ USA Olympic Team
- Originally from Warroad, Minnesota and attended Warroad High School
- Let’s Play Hockey Ms. Hockey Award in 2005
- Finished her high school career ranking 5th in Minnesota state career scoring
- Attended and played for the Minnesota Gophers and was a two-time top-10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award (2008, 2009)
- Has participated in the World Championship 7 different years, receiving 5 gold and 2 silver medals
- Gigi is a three-time Olympian, 2010, 2014, 2018. Team USA won Silver Medals in 2010 and 2014 and a Gold Medal in 2018, all against Canada
- Awarded with the 2016 NWHL Defensive Player of the Year Award
- Originally from Cincinnati, OH
- Attended Elder High School in Cincinnati where he was named first-team All American by USA Today as a senior in 2007
- Was invited to play in the 2008 U.S. Army All-American Bowl after his senior season of high school
- Also played basketball in high school and is the school’s the second leading scorer and holds the record for most career rebounds
- Attended and played football for the University of Notre Dame
- Was the first freshman to ever start a season opener for Notre Dame as a tight end
- Drafted by the Minnesota Vikings 43rd overall pick in 2011
- Selected for the 2011 NFL All-Rookie Team
- Selected for the Pro Bowl his second season in the NFL (2012)
- Named MVP of his first Pro Bowl in 2012 and attended a second Pro Bowl in 2017
- Originally from Binger, Oklahoma
- Played baseball and basketball and was the Valedictorian of Binger-Oney High School
- Drafted in the 2nd Round of the 1965 MLB draft by the Cincinnati Reds
- At age 20, he was the NL Rookie of the Year, 1st time the award was won by a catcher
- Won the NL Golf Glove Award for Catchers in 1968
- During the 1960’s, he served in the United States Army Reserve (478th Engineer Battalion). This unit included several of his teammates…notably…Pete Rose
- 14-Time All-Star
- Two-Time World Series Champion (Big Red Machine) – 1975, 1976
- Two-Time National League MVP
- Ten-Time Gold Glove Award Winner at Catcher
- Cincinnati Retired his #5 in 1984
- Inducted into the MLB Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989
- A member of the All-Century Team
- Colleges best Catcher receives the Johnny Bench Award
- Arguably the Greatest Catcher of All Time
Boston Celtics/Portland Trailblazers
- Originally from La Mesa, CA and attended Helix High School
- At age 17 was chosen to play for the United States Men’s National Basketball Team at the 1970 FIBA World Championship
- Attended and played basketball for UCLA
- Won 2 NCAA National Championships with UCLA (1972, 1973)
- Recipient of the James E. Sullivan Award in 1973 for being the top amateur athlete in the US
- Awarded the USBWA College Player of the Year and the Naismith College Player of the Year for three consecutive years while playing at UCLA
- Drafted number one overall by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1974 NBA Draft
- Won 2 NBA Championships with the Trail Blazers (1977) and the Celtics (1986)
- Only player to have ever won an NBA Finals MVP, Sixth Man Award, and Regular Season MVP
- Both UCLA and the Portland Trail Blazers retired his #32
- Inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame and the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1993
- Selected for the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team
- Originally from Bloomington, Minnesota where he attended Kennedy High School
- Drafted in 1978 by the Minnesota Twins in the 17th round
- Selected for the All-Star game in 1982
- Two time World Series Champion (1987,1991)
- Was one of only 7 Twins players that was a part of the 1987 and 1991 World Series Teams
- Kent’s #14 was retired by the Twins in 1995
- Inducted into the Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame in 2000
- Played 14 seasons in MLB
- Originally from Brooklyn Park, MN and attended Park Center Senior High School
- Was offered a pro baseball offer by the Cincinnati Reds and a football scholarship to the University of Minnesota directly out of high school
- Attended the University of Missouri and played baseball
- Earned All-Big 8 honors his junior season at Missouri
- Was drafted by the Twins in the 3rd round in 1979
- Played nine seasons with the Twins
- World Series Champion in 1987 with the Twins
- Named to the American League All-Star team in 1988
USA and MLS Soccer Player
From Saint Paul, Minnesota, Tony Sanneh graduated from the Saint Paul Academy and Summit School where he was a two-time All-State team recipient. He played his college career at University of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and became the all-time scoring leader with 53 goals and 32 assists.
His professional career began in 1994, one year out of college, with the USISL’s Milwaukee Rampage. He scored 14 goals and tallied 14 assists in his first year. He went on to play for a variety of teams in the MLS, including D.C. United, where he scored two goals in the first two MLS Cups, leading the United to consecutive MLS titles.
Tony became an important part of the USA national team in the 2002 FIFA World Cup. He played every minute of every game in the tournament and made a crucial assist to Danny McBride in the USA’s first game of the tournament leading to a 3-2 upset over Portugal.
He retired after the 2009 MLS season and now runs his own soccer camps in the Midwest and U.S. Virgin Islands. In 2013 Tony organized a match between a Minnesota Thunder Legends team and the Stegman’s Old Boys of Minneapolis for sponsorship with the Free Beer Movement to raise money for his Sanneh Foundation.
• United States National Team member from 1997-2005
• CONCACAF Gold Cup winner
• All-time scoring leader at University of Milwaukee Wisconsin
• 43 National Game Caps
• Currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Bellator – MMA/UFC
- Originally from Reno, Nevada
- Attended Robert McQueen High School and won two wrestling state championships and ranked fourth in the country
- Attended and wrestled for Arizona State University
- Three-time Pac-10 champion (2003, 2004, 2006)
- Two-time All American (2004, 2006)
- Won the Ultimate Fighter Light Heavy Weight during season 8
- Top 5 Light Heavyweight contender with UFC
- Tied for the 2nd most wins in UFC Light-Heavyweight history
- First fighter in Bellator history to hold belts in two divisions simultaneously
- Holds a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
- Bellator Light Heavyweight World Champion and Bellator Heavyweight World Champion
Our 2018 Celebrity Guest Bios
For more information click on the names below.
Adam Thielen has been a Minnesota Viking Since 2013, and just in 2017 signed a three-year contract extension with them.
Thielen has led the Vikings in receiving yards with 967 in 2016, becoming the only Minnesota native in team history to do so. In a week 12 Thanksgiving Day (November 23, 2017) matchup with the Detroit Lions, Thielen became the first Vikings receiver since Sidney Rice in 2009 to surpass 1000 receiving yards in a single season. Also, Thielen has hauled in 12 catches for 202 yards and 2 TDs at Green Bay on 12/24/16, the 4th-most ever by a Viking in a single game and the highest ever by a Viking against Green Bay.
Thielen is from Detroit Lakes, MN and graduated from Mankato State University. After he redshirted the 2008 season in college, he played in nine games and caught 21 passes for 252 yards and a touchdown as a freshman in 2009. As a sophomore in 2010 he stared in all 11 games and was maned Minnesota State’s Offensive player of the Year in addition to Second- Team All- NSIC South Division after he led the team with 41 receptions for 686 years and six touchdowns.
Thielen became the main target for Minnesota Stat’s passing attack and was again the team’s starting kick and punt returner, helping the Mavericks to a 13-1 record. When Thielen fished his four years at Minnesota State he was near the top of several career receiving categories.
- He signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Vikings in 2013
- In 2017 he was the First Viking receiver with 1,000 receiving years since Sidney Rice.
- Made his 1st Pro Bowl in 2017 and was selected 2nd team All-Prow at Wide Receiver.
- Hauled in 12 catches for 202 yards and 2 touchdowns at Green Bay in 2016- 4th most ever by a Viking in a single game.
- Led the Vikings in receiving yards with 967 in 2016, becoming the only Minnesota Native in the team history to do so
Andy North is and American professional golfer who is best known for winning the U.S. open twice. He is also very well known for his broadcasting work with ESPN.
In 1985 north played on the Ryder cup team. In 1990 he was the PGA Grand Slam of Golf. He has played intermittently on the Champions tour since 2000. His best finish at this level is second in the Emerald Coast Classic. 1993 north joined ESPN as an on-course reporter. In 2004, he was promoted to the lead on-course reported for ESPN and ABC Sports. He also has been the leas analyst on ESPN’s gold studio shows with host Scott Van Pelt since 2003.
North is from Monona, Wisconsin. He accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for the Florida Gators men’s gold team. Where he was also maned all SEC and all-American in 1970-71-72. He Graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and was later induced into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as “Gator Great.”
According to ESPN, his preview shows for major championships have been so in-depth that Tour player have been known to watch them to help with course strategy. North has also been occasionally serving as a substitute analyst for Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball radio broadcast.
- He was elected to the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame.
- You’ll see Andy on nearly every major tournament as an analyst and clubhouse host/announcer.
- In 1993 Andy Joined ESPN as an on-course Reporter and was promoted to lead on-course reported for ESPN and ABC spots.
- He is also Lead analysis of the Scott Van Pelt Show since 2003
- He won the U.S. Open in 1978 and 1985
Ben Nguyen is a mixed martial artist who currently competes as a flyweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He is holding a record of 4-2 with the organization.
He began his professional mixed martial arts career while working during the day as a computer technician. In 2012 he went to Thailand to attend Tiger Muay Thai and MMA Scholar Athlete program. He then moved and started fighting in Australia. Nguyen made is professional MMA debut in 2006, over the next eight years he amassed a record of 14 wins against 5 losses, in the process he became the Nitro Bantamweight Champion.
Nguyen is from Sioux Falls, SD and went to Washington high school. After high school, he went to college to become an engineer but then switched paths to follow his dream of becoming an MMA fighter.
Nguyen achieved internet fame when his fight versus Julian Wallace surfaced on YouTube in 2013. Wallace attempted to intimidate Nguygn at the pre-fight weigh-ins but this tactic proved ineffective as Nguyen knocked Wallace out within 25 seconds of the first round. The video of the fight went viral and has amassed over 18 million views on YouTube, and over 100 million on Facebook.
- Nguyen started Taekwondo when he was twelve years old after he was bullies in school.
- He is currently ranked the #8 flyweight in the UFC
- He fights out of Brisbane, Australia with his wife April Adams who is also a kickboxer.
CJ Ham went undrafted in the 2016 NFL Draft. Following the Vikings rookie minicamp, Ham was signed as a free agent to the 90-man roster. Ham was released by the Vikings and was signed to the practice squad and soon was promoted to active roster.
In Hams first preseason game he led the team in rushing with 35 yards on 12 carries, including a 10- yard touchdown, and catching one pass for 9 yards, defeating the Bengals 17-16. In the preseason Ham lead the Vikings in rushing yards with 140 yards on 44 carries, including two touchdowns.
CJ Ham is from Duluth, MN. He went to Duluth Denfeld High School where he starring in football and track and field. Ham played college football at Augustana in Sioux Falls, and is the fifth player in Augustana history to sign with an NFL team. He also was a four-year letterwinner in track and field at Augustana.
Ham helped the Augustan Vikings advance to the NCAA playoffs, and led the Northern Sun Conference in rushing yards and TDs. Notched career-high 1,097 rushing yards as a senior and 16 TDs, matching the school record in rushing TDs, and becoming only 4th Augustana RB to top the 1,000-yard plateau.
- Ham scored his first NFL touchdown against the Steelers in week two of last year.
- Ham had volunteered as a peer educator and mentor in the Sioux Falls School District and volunteered weekly at the Boys and Girls Club
- Signed as an Unrestricted Free Agent with eh Vikings in 2016
- Scored his 1sr NFL touchdown against the Steelers in week 2
- Primarily used as a blocking back.
Jocelyne Lamoureax is an ice hock forward. She has scored the game- winning shootout goal to win the gold medal for Team USA at the 2018 Winter Olympics against Canada.
Lamoureax also won silver medals for the United States Women’s national ice hockey team at the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics. She also played one season of NCAA hockey for the University of Minnesota and three for the University of North Dakota. In the 2018 Olympics, she scored two goals six seconds apart, an Olympic record for shortest time between goals by anyone, men or woman.
Jocelyne Lamoureax is from Grand Forks, ND. She also has a twin sister, Monique who played right beside her in the Olympics. She went to Shattuck- St. Mary’s high school in Minnesota. She and her Sister lead them to four straight state titles and three National Championships. She went to play at the University of Minnesota her freshman year and then her and her sister transferred from Minnesota to the University of North Dakota.
Jocelyne is a three-time Olympian, 2010, 2014, 2018. She is currently a member of the 2009-10 Untied States woman’s national ice hockey team. Jocelyne and her sister, Monique, were the first set of twins ever to play women’s ice hockey in the Olympics.
- Lamoureux was named to the roster for the 2010 Four Nations Cup
- Her sister Monique scored the game-tying goal at the end of regulation.
- Jocelyne is a three-time Olympian.
- Team USA won Silver Medals in 2010 and 2014
- She scored the 2018 Olympics game winning goal in the 1st extra found of shootouts to bring the Gold to the USA
Johnny bench is an American former professional baseball cater who played in the Major Leagues for the Cincinnati Reds. He is arguable the Greatest Catcher of All Time. He has lead the National League three times in caught stealing percentage and ended his career with a .991 fielding percentage.
At age 20, he was the NL rookie of the Year. First time the award was won by a catcher. Bench had 2,048 hits for a .267 career batting average with 389 homeruns. And 1,376 RBI during his 17 year Major League career, all spend with the Reds. Bench also popularized the hinged catcher’s mitt. He began using the mitt after a stint on the disabled list in 1966 for a thumb injury on his throwing hand. By the turn of the decade, the hinged mitt became standard catchers’ equipment.
Bench is from Binger, Oklahoma. He played baseball and basketball and was the Valedictorian of Binger-Oney High School. He was drafted in the 2nd round of the 1965 MLB draft to the Cincinnati Reds.
Bench is a 14 time All-Star. A two-time World Series Champion, Two-time National League MVP, and Ten- Time Gold Glove Award winner at Catcher. He retired as the career home run leader for catchers, a recorded which stood until surpassed by Carlton Fist and the current holder, Mike Piazza. Bench still holds the Major League record for the most grand slam homeruns by a catcher with 10. Cincinnati retired his # 5 in 1984, and was inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame in 1989.
- Colleges best Catcher Receives the Johnny Bench Award
- During the 1960’s he also served in the United Stated Army Reserve.
- Arguably the Greatest Catcher of All Time
- A member of the All- Century Team
- 14- Time All-Star
- 2-Time National League MVP
- 2-Time World Series Champion
- Inducted into MLB Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989
- Won the NL Gold Glue Award For Catchers in 1986
Kirk Hinrich is an American former professional basketball player who is currently a lead academy specialist for the Sanford POWER Basketball Academy.
Hinrick played all four years at Kansas before being drafted into the NBA. He is often referred to as “Captain Kirk” because he was voted as team caption for the Bulls four consecutive years. Hinrich is the Bulls’ all-time leader in three-pointers. After seven season with the Bulls, he had short stints with the Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks before returning to the Bulls in 2012.
Hinrick is from Sioux City, Iowa. He graduated from the University of Kansas, third Team All-American his junior year when he lead the Jayhawks to the National Championship game vs Syracuse and was named Midwest Regional’s Most Outstanding Player.
2003 He was selected by the Chicago Bulls with the 7th overall pick and transitioned from shooting guard to point guard. After stops in Washington with the Wizard and then back to Chicago, he finished his career with the Atlanta Hawks in 2016, a 14 year NBA Veteran.
- He was selected to the NBA’s “Got Milk” All Rookie First Team, along with Dwayne Wade, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Chris Bosch
- Is back in Sioux Falls working with Sanford’s POWER
- 3rd team All-American his junior year
- Was the 7th overall pick and transition form shooting guard to point guard
- A 14 year NBA Veteran
Logan Storley is a Six-Time SD state Champion Wrestler. He is now an MMA fighter and has not lost a match.
Storley went to the University of Minnesota where he was a Four-Time All- American. Finished 6th, 4th, 3rd, and 4th at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in is four years at the University of Minnesota. He began his MMA career in 2015 in the 170 pound division.
Storley is from Roslyn, SD and had went to school and wrestled at Webster High School prior coming to Minnesota, the same high school as gopher wrestling MMA and WWE legend Brock Lesner. Storley earned the Junior Hodge Trophy as a Six- time state champion at Webster with a career make of 262-3.
He was one of the hottest wrestling prospects in the county when he signed with the gophers. He was immediately inserted in the Minnesota lineup as a true freshman.
- Currently is 7-0 in the MMA with his next fight again Joaquin Buckley on April 13th in St. Charles, MO.
- Logan Storley has the Nickname “Storm”
- Finished 6th, 4th, 3rd, and 4th at ten NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in his four years at U of M.
- Began his MMA career in 2015 in the 170 pound division
- He was a Four-Time All-American.
Robert “The Chief” Parish
Parish was known for his strong defense, high arcing jump shooting, and his clutch rebounding late in games. Parish played an NBA record 1,611 regular season games in his career. Robert parish was elected in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003.
In 1996, Parish was named as one of the 50 greatest payers in NBA history. He got his nickname “The Chief” after the Chef Bromden, a silent, giant Native American character in the film One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest. According to Parish, former Celtics forward Cedric Maxwell gave him his nickname because of his stoic nature.
Parish went to Centenary College of Louisiana. After an outstanding, but yet, obscure career at centenary he was Drafted by the Golden State Warriors in 1976 NBA draft. He was also drafted by the Utah Stars of the ABA 1973 Special Circumstances draft and the Spurs in the 1975 ABA draft. He elected to stay in School.
In 1980, the Boston Celtics President Red Auerbach dent the top pick to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for Parish, where he joined, Larry Bird, Cedrix Maxwell and Kevin McHale. In 1996, he was named to the NBA All-Century team along with Bird and McHale. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003.
- In his 14 years with the Celtics he won three NBA titles
- He played two seasons with the Charlotte Hornets and his Final Season with the Chicago Bulls in 1997
- He was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame in 2003
- In his 14 years with the Celtics he won 3 NBA Titles
- He was named to the NA All- Century team along with Bird And McHale
Celebrity Guests from previous years
Kent “Herbie” Hrbek
Duke Blue Devils / NBA
Kansas City Royals
New York Giants
Ryan “Darth” Bader
Professional Mixed Martial Arts
Minnesota Twins/Detroit Tigers/ Toronto Blue Jays
Portland Trailblazers/Houston Rockets
Head Volleyball Coach
University of North Dakota
Three Time All-American
Head Volleyball Coach
George “The Iceman” Gervin
Kansas City Chiefs
Wrestling / UFC
Kyle Vanden Bosch