WATCH: Ellefson hoping for some normalcy in third NFL season, MN baseball state tournaments off and running

Sacred Heart, New York Mills and Roseau both advanced to Wednesday's semifinals on the diamond.

North Dakota State tight end Ben Ellefson trained in Colorado since mid-January to prepare for NDSU's Pro Day, which was canceled at the end of March due to COVID-19. Ellefson agreed to terms with the Jacksonville Jaguars last weekend. David Samson / Forum News Servce
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Ben Ellefson is heading toward his third season as an NFL tight end and he's hoping to make it the best one yet.

The Hawley native and North Dakota State alum landed with the Minnesota Vikings before the start of the 2021 regular season, but an injury kept him sidelined for most of the year.

As he goes through offseason training, Ellefson has his sights set on a roster spot with the Vikings again this fall.

"Coming back from an injury last year, obviously I just want to stay healthy and fight for a spot on the team and that is pretty much all you can ask for," Ellefson said. "I really enjoyed this off-season program."

Ellefson holds NDSU's school record for touchdowns by a tight end. He currently has one career reception in two NFL seasons.


The final week of the spring sports season in Minnesota is underway, with state tournaments in baseball, golf, and lacrosse starting on Tuesday.

Baseball saw Sacred Heart and New York Mills each advance in Class A. Sacred Heart will face the defending champions, Hayfield, in the semifinals on Wednesday morning at 11:00, while New York Mills squares off with Randolph at 1:30 p.m.

In Class AA, Roseau took down third-seed Marshall. The Rams face St. Agnes in the semifinals at 1:30 p.m. as well.

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Zach Staton joined WDAY as a sports reporter in 2018. He grew up in Salem, Virginia loving any sport he could play or watch. Staton graduated from Bridgewater College with a degree in Communication Studies before getting his Master's in Broadcast and Digital Journalism with a Sports Communication Emphasis from Syracuse University.
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