Catching up with former area athletes: Freeman native Haggerty is key senior for Northwestern soccer

A weekly look at what area athletes are accomplishing in college sports

Brennan Haggerty (Northwestern College photo)

ORANGE CITY, Iowa — Freeman Academy High School alumnus Brennan Haggerty is putting together a strong campaign for the Northwestern College men’s soccer team, which is ranked in the top-25 nationally for the first time in school history.

Haggerty, a 5-foot-10 senior midfielder for the No. 23-ranked Red Raiders, has started in nine of the 10 matches for Northwestern, who have had four shutouts in the last seven matches Haggerty has started.

Haggerty, who has played in 60 matches in his career with 45 starts, has two career goals and six assists. He was an all-GPAC honorable mention selection in 2020 and started all 36 games for Northwestern during the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

The Red Raiders (8-1-1, 4-0-0 GPAC) play Saturday, Oct. 2 at Jamestown (N.D.) before hosting Dakota Wesleyan on Oct. 6 in Orange City, Iowa.

J.J. Beck (Dakota State University photo)
Brooks Jansen (Dakota State University photo)

Freshmen defenders Beck, Jansen in the mix for Dakota State

MADISON — A pair of former area athletes are seeing playing time as freshmen for the Dakota State University football team’s defensive unit.


Redshirt freshman linebacker J.J. Beck, of Gregory, has made 10 tackles for the Trojans defense, playing in two games to date this season.

Beck made seven tackles in the Trojans’ Sept. 18 40-13 win over Presentation in Madison, and he had three tackles against Wisconsin-La Crosse on Sept. 4 in a 42-21 loss. He has been listed as a reserve middle linebacker in DSU’s 3-4 defensive scheme behind sophomore Mahdi Benalshaikh.

Freshman nose tackle Brooks Jansen, an alumnus of Bridgewater-Emery, has played in one game and has two tackles to his name from the Presentation victory.

Dakota State (3-1, 2-0 in North Star Athletic Association play) will travel to Forest City, Iowa on Saturday, Oct. 2 to face Waldorf University. The Trojans’ next home game is Oct. 16 against No. 19-ranked Valley City State (N.D.).

Trey Ortman (Buena Vista University photo)

Ortman playing defense, special teams for Buena Vista football

STORM LAKE, Iowa — Buena Vista University sophomore and Canistota native Trey Ortman has been involved in the opening games of the season for the Beavers football team.

Ortman, who is listed as a quarterback, has seen most of his action on defense and in special teams plays for the NCAA Division III program. Ortman is tied for the team lead in interceptions with two, along with two breakups, a forced fumble and recovery and 10 tackles in the first four games.


Both interceptions came in a wild 80-58 loss to Gustavus Adolphus (Minn.) on Sept. 4, while Ortman recovered the fumble against Luther (Iowa) in a 32-14 win on Sept. 25.

On special teams, Ortman has had five kick returns for a total of 84 yards, with a long of 24 yards.

The Beavers (2-2, 1-1 in American Rivers Conference play) will be in action on Saturday, Oct. 2 at the University of Dubuque in Dubuque, Iowa.

Traxler is the assistant editor and sports editor for the Mitchell Republic. He's worked for the newspaper since 2014 and has covered a wide variety of topics. He can be reached at
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