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Written by Ariana Birondo, Storm Media Intern

Sioux Falls, SD - The Sioux Falls Storm opened up the 2017 season with a home game against the new IFL Arizona Rattlers. The Sioux Falls Storm home-game win streak extends to 63 wins after defeating the Arizona Rattlers 40-29.

The Storm started the game slow, scoring a late touchdown with 4:36 left in the first quarter. Korey Williams ran in the
sweep for a touchdown at the three-yard line. The rest of the first quarter would go unchanged and ended with the Storm leading 7-0.

In the early minutes of the second quarter the Rattlers' Darrell Monroe ran in a touchdown at the 14:45 mark. The Storm attempted to block the kick, but ended up being fooled by a trick play while the Rattlers' Jon Wolf rushed in the end zone. With the two extra points on the board, the Rattlers squeaked ahead of the Storm, making the score 8-7. Three minutes later and the Storm's defense fell as the Rattlers' Darron Thomas completed a 27-yard pass to Dema Washington in their end zone.




With 11:31 left in the second, the score was 14-7 in the Rattlers favor. Storm quarterback Lorenzo Brown ran in a 36-yard touchdown, tying the score at 14-14 with 7:54 left on the clock. The tie didn't last long when the Rattlers' Anthony Amos scored their third touchdown of the second quarter making the score 22-14 with 4:06 left. The Storm's running back Robbie Rouse ran in a two-yard touchdown but the team missed the extra point making the score 22-21 in favor of the Rattlers at halftime.

 
 
Feb 17th Home Opener Sioux Falls StormWritten by Kayley Shade, Director of Social Media Marketing

Sioux Falls, SD -
The Sioux Falls Storm are set to start their season at home on Friday, Feb. 17th against the Arizona Rattlers, one of two new franchises to join the Indoor Football League for the 2017 season.

Boyer Truckswill serve as the Presenting Sponsor of the game and help give away 5,000 large Storm Posters that will highlight each of the team's ten (10) championship-winning seasons. Opening kick-off is set for7:05 PMat the Denny Sanford Premier Center.

The Storm will open up this year's campaign as the reigning six-time IFL United Bowl Champions. Last season, the Storm recorded a 15-1 regular season record and swept the two-playoff games in route to the title.



 
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Written by Kayley Shade, Director of Social Media Marketing

Sioux Falls, SD -The Sioux Falls Storm is excited to announce the signings of Rolandan 'Duece' Finch, Robbie Rouse and Lovie Banks-Rose Jr.

Finch (5'10, 215) will be joining the Storm for his third Indoor Football League (IFL) season. During Rolandan's first season with the Storm, he rushed for 281 yards on 40 attempts accumulating five touchdowns. Finch also accrued 54 receiving yards on five attempts. He played his collegiate career at Boston College where he rushed for 1,280 yards and five touchdowns in his career, leading the Eagles in rushing in 2011.

Rouse (5'6, 190) played with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Arena Football League (AFL) during the 2013 season. In 2015, Robbie played with the Nebraska Danger and the Iowa Barnstormers of the Indoor Football League (IFL). He also had a stint with the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). Robbie played collegiately at Fresno State where he is the All-Time leading rusher with 4,647 career yards. He was second in the Mountain West in all-purpose yardage with 1,925 and he ranked 18th nationally with 148.1 all-purpose yards per game, helping him become a First-Team All-Mountain West selection.
 
Linebackers 2017 Sioux Falls StormWritten by Kayley Shade, Director of Social Media Marketing

Sioux Falls, SD - The Sioux Falls Storm are excited to announce the signings of Defnesive Back Elijah Fields and Linebacker Julian Gener for the 2017 season.

Fields (6'2, 215) will be returning for his fourth season in the Indoor Football League (IFL). Elijah accounted for 108 tackles, 67 solo, 9.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions and nine pass breakups during the 2016 season. Fields is a three-time IFL Second Team All-IFL honoree. The explosive defensive back is a University of Pittsburgh Alum, where he was a two-year letter winner.

Gener (5'11, 220) spent the 2016 season with the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Julian played collegiately at the University of Hawaii and led the team in both total tackles (95) and solo tackles (62) and ranked second with 13.0 tackles for loss and had 2.5 sacks during his senior season. Julian earned the Hawaii Defensive Player of the Year Award and received All-Mountain West Honorable Mention honors as a senior.

 
IFL Partners with YouTubeThe Indoor Football League (IFL) has announced a partnership with YouTube that will provide a free live stream of all IFL games during the 2017 season on the world's leading video provider.

In addition, the IFL's official channel, www.youtube.com/IndoorFootballLeague, will not only contain full live games, but also on-demand and archived games, weekly highlights and other digital video content.


The IFL will be the first indoor football league to stream a complete season on the media platform.


"Utilizing the YouTube platform makes it easier than ever for our fans to enjoy our games and remain highly engaged in all aspects of the IFL," said IFL Commissioner Michael Allshouse. "We continue to see a strong desire for more digital video content and this partnership gives football fans around the country even more access to our thrilling sport."


The 2017 IFL season kicks off on Thursday, February 16 as one of the IFL's newest members, the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles, host the Nebraska Danger at 7:00 PM MT.


 
Sioux Falls Storm Assistant Coaches 2017Written by Kayley Shade, Director of Social Media Marketing

Sioux Falls - Head Coach Kurtiss Riggs and the Sioux Falls Storm announce today the hiring of Paul Keizer. In addition, coaches Brian Hermanson, Jared Fredenburg, Andre Fields, Cory Johnsen and Blake Wilson have been retained for the 2017 season.

"We are very fortunate to have an experienced staff that has worked many years together," said Head Coach Kurtiss Riggs.

Keizer will be returning for his seventh season as the Offensive Line Coach. Paul, a former two-time All-Star, played for Sioux Falls in 2007 and 2008. During Keizer's career, the Storm allowed only 18 sacks on 836 passing attempts. The Storm offensive line, led by Keizer, set a team record in rushing yards and total points during the 2007 season. He earned UIF Western Conference All-Star honors twice in 2007 and 2008. He spent time with the Buffalo Bills in the summer of 2006 and was in camp with the Los Angeles Avengers of the AFL before the 2007 season began.

Hermanson will be returning for his sixth season as the Defensive Coordinator. Brian boasts 34 years of coaching experience. Earlier in his coaching career, he served as the Defensive Coordinator at Roosevelt High School.He is best known for his remarkable success as the Head Coach at Washington High School from 2005-2012, compiling a 47-3 record during his tenure. He was recognized by South Dakota State University as the 2013 recipient of the Ralph Ginn Award for Coaching Excellence.

 
Written by Kayley Shade, Director of Social Media Marketing

Kurtiss Riggs signs 3 year extension Sioux Falls StormSioux Falls, SD - The Sioux Falls Storm is excited to announce a new three-year extension with Head Coach Kurtiss Riggs.

Riggs is entering his 15th season as the head coach of the Sioux Falls Storm. Under his leadership, the Storm has won ten championships, including consective titles from 2005-2008 and more recently, 2011-2016 seasons. With Coach Riggs at the helm, the Storm put together the longest winning streak of any professional sports team with 40 consecutive wins. During his tenure, Riggs has been named Coach of the Year four times, led the Storm in back-to-back undefeated seasons in 2006 & 2007 and has compiled a career record of 201-34.

Riggs began his indoor career as a player for the Sioux Falls Cobras in 2000 and continued playing for the Storm in 2001. He began his coaching duties in 2002 as the offensive coordinator before taking over in 2003 as the head coach.

"Riggs' is the best in the game bar none. I've said from day one that the only team I ever have interest in owning and operating will be coached by Kurtiss Riggs," said owner Todd Tryon. "He's helped build a culture that wins on and off the field and he should be proud of his accomplishments."

Riggs has six consecutive United Bowl wins, and his team carries immense expectations in the 2017 season. The Sioux Falls Storm carry a 62 home game win streak that will be tested when perennial power Arizona Rattlers, formerly of the AFL, come to town February 17th.
 
United Bowl MVP Sioux Falls StormWritten by Kayley Shade, Director of Social Media Marketing

Sioux Falls, SD -
The Sioux Falls Storm is thrilled to announce the signings of quarterback Lorenzo Brown and rookie Drew Powell for the Storm in 2017.

Brown (6'0, 205lbs) will be entering his seventh season with the Sioux Falls Storm. He is a versatile player both through the air and on the ground. During the 2016 season, Lorenzo completed 183 passes out of 295 attempts for 2,428 yards and 56 touchdowns. He also rushed 152 times for 724 yards earning 21 rushing touchdowns. Brown earned the United Bowl Most Valuable Player and made the IFL's Honorable Mention list during the 2016 season.

Powell (6'3, 220) was a four-year starter for Livingstone College. He tallied 10,861 total yards (conference record), 732 career completions (conference record), 1,312 career attempts (conference record), and 100 total touchdowns (school record) during his collegiate career. Drew was the 2015 Hero Sports D2 Offensive Player of the Year, the 2015 Conference Player of the Year and received 2015 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) First Team quarterback honors.

 
Written By Kayley Shade, Director of Social Media Marketing

Knight Tatum Return Sioux Falls Storm 2017Sioux Falls, SD - The Sioux Falls Storm is elated to announce the signings of LB Tyler 'Superman' Knight and Mike 'The Weapon' Tatum to the Storm's 2017 championship run.

Knight (6'0, 225) the two-time IFL Defensive Player of the Year returns to the Sioux Falls Storm for his fifth season.The Mississippi Valley State Alumni joined the Storm in 2011, when he played a critical role in the Storms championship run, collecting a total of 104 tackles. In 2012, Knight joined the Kansas City Command of the AFL. Knight returned to the Storm in 2013 and proceeded to dominate the league, racking up 153 tackles (Storm single season record and second highest in IFL history). During the 2016 season, Tyler garnered 169 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, three interceptions, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, eight blocked kicks and eight pass breakups. Knight was named to the All-IFL Second-Team Defense roster in 2015, the All-IFL First-Team Defense roster in 2016 and is a five-time IFL Defensive Player of the Week.

Tatum (5'10, 170lbs) will be entering his fifth season with the Storm for the Indoor Football League's (IFL) season. During the 2016 season with the Storm, Mike totaled 200 rushing yards on 35 attempts and accrued six touchdowns, 758 receiving yards on 54 receptions with 18 touchdowns and ensued 179 return yards on ten attempts.

"Leadership is key to overcoming adversity and that is exactly what these two men bring," said the Storm's General Manager Tyler Pederson. "Can't say enough for what they do not only on the field but off the field as well."

The Storm home opener is Friday, Feb. 17th with a kickoff time of 7:05pm. 2017 Sioux Falls Storm season tickets are now available for purchase. Visitwww.siouxfallsstorm.com to renew/purchase your tickets.
 

Tyler Knight 5 of Top Ten 2016 PlayersAs 2016 comes to a close, the Indoor Football League will look back at the Top Ten Players from the 2016 season. The countdown will culminate with the announcement of the Top IFL Player of 2016 being announced on New Year's Eve.

The IFL is pleased to announce that Sioux Falls Storm LB Tyler Knight has been named Number 5 on the IFL's Top Ten Players of 2016.

Breaking into the top half of the IFL's countdown is two-time IFL Defensive Player of the Year and perennial All-IFL LB Tyler Knight. One of the IFL's top defensive stars, Knight's tremendous 2016 campaign helped lead the Sioux Falls Storm to their sixth consecutive United Bowl trophy.

Knight had a record setting season in 2016 as he was all over the field, setting an IFL single season record with 169 total tackles. Knight recorded nine games in which he topped double-digit tackles. In addition, Knight excelled at special teams too as he tied for the league lead with eight blocked kicks.

 

Korey Williams Number 6 Top Ten Players 2016As 2016 comes to a close, the Indoor Football League looks at the Top Ten Players from the 2016 season. The countdown will culminate with the announcement of the Top IFL Player of 2016 being announced on New Year's Eve.

The IFL is pleased to announce that Sioux Falls Storm WR/KR Korey Williams has been named Number 6 on the IFL's list Top Ten Players of 2016.

Williams, the 2016 IFL Special Teams Player of the Year, was a special talent for the Storm in 2016 as his dynamic play throughout the season helped the Storm win their sixth consecutive United Bowl championship.

After a two-year stint in the Canadian Football League, Williams returned to the Storm with big results. Williams proved to be deadly on special teams as he led the IFL with six return touchdowns last season, two more than any other IFL player. An all-purpose weapon, Williams also added 18 rushing touchdowns and 10 touchdown receptions.

 
Offensive Linemen 2017 Season Sioux Falls StormWritten by Kayley Shade, Director of Social Media Marketing

Sioux Falls, SD - The Sioux Falls Storm is eager to announce the signings of offensive linemen Rashaud Mungro, Kyle Bryant, Jabari Buckley, Jarien Moreland, Fred Ruff, Faleaoga Russell and Lawrence Smith to their 2017 roster.

Mungro (6'6, 330) will be returning for his forth season with the Storm. He was named to the Second Team All-IFL squad in 2014 and 2015. Mungro spent time with the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League and played for the Eastern Kentucky Drillers of the UIFL where he was a First Team All-UIFL selection.

Bryant (6'6, 315) joins the Storm for his second season in the IFL. Kyle played at Youngstown State University after transferring from Bowling Green University. During his career at Youngstown, he played in 21 games and started 16 during his senior year. Kyle was the 2013 and 2014 recipient of the Dwight "Dike" Beede Scholarship.

Buckley (6'6, 330) played for the Chicago Eagles of the Champions Indoor Football (CIF) League during the 2016 season. Leading the line in Chicago, the Eagles rushed for over 1,000 yards. Jabari signed with the Sioux Falls Storm of the IFL for the 2017 season.

 
Wide Receivers Sioux Falls Storm 2017 SeasonWritten by Kayley Shade, Director of Social Media Marketing

Sioux Falls, SD - The Sioux Falls Storm is proud to announce the signings of Korey Williams, Marcus Beaurem, Melvin German and John Haggerty for the 2017 Indoor Football League (IFL) season.

Williams (5'11, 185) joins Storm for his third season as a member of the IFL. During the 2016 season, Korey accumulated 18 touchdowns with 350 rushing yards on 66 carries. Williams also reeled in 52 receptions for 571 yards and ten touchdowns. Korey earned 2016 IFL Special Teams Player of the Year after gaining an astounding 934 yards and six touchdowns on returns. Williams was a two-time player of the week and earned All-IFL First-Team Special Teams honors in 2016.

Korey played collegiately at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. During his sophomore season, Williams caught 50 passes for 771 yards, averaged 15.4 yards per catch and 70.1 yards per game while scoring seven touchdowns. He was also a First-Team All-Conference receiver. Williams has also spent time with the Omaha Beef, Saskatchewan Roughriders and the BC Lions.

 
Defensive Backs 2017Sioux Falls, SD - The Sioux Falls Storm are excited to announce the return of defensive backs Matt Hermanson, J'Vontez Blackmon and Carlton Watkins for the 2017 Indoor Football season.

Hermanson (6'0, 200) will be returning to the Storm for his third season in the Indoor Football League (IFL). During his second season with the Storm, Matt had a breakout season accumulating 109 total tackles (68 solo), 2,5 tackles for loss, four interceptions and nine pass breakups. Matt was a four-year starter at the University of Montana. He totaled 239 tackles, 121 of which were solo, five forced fumbles, three fumble recovers, and five interceptions in his career as a Grizzly.

Blackmon (6'0, 210) joins the Storm for his second season in the IFL. J'Vontez collected 69 total tackles (48 solo), 1.5 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, four interceptions and four pass breakups during the 2016 season. He was also named IFL Special Teams Player-of-the-Week in Week 10 of the 2016 season.

 
Defensive Lineman Sioux Falls Storm 2017Written by Kayley Shade, Director of Social Media Marketing

Sioux Falls, SD - The Sioux Falls Storm is elated to announce the signings of defensive linemen Jeremiah Price and Claude Davis to their 2017 Indoor Football League (IFL) roster.

Price (6'2, 255) will return to the Storm for his seventh season in the IFL. JP became a two-time IFL Champion while playing for the Sioux Falls Storm during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. He was the 2012 United Bowl MVP and earned Second Team All-IFL honors in 2013.

 
Written by Kayley Shade, Director of Social Media Marketing

Sioux Falls, SD - The Sioux Falls Storm are proud to announce the signings of defensive backs Brandon Person, Daniel Lindsey and Edward Brown to their 2017 roster.

Person (6'0, 230) in 2015, Person signed with the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL) after landing a tryout at their mini-camp. Brandon signed with the Sioux Falls Storm of the Indoor Football League (IFL) for the 2017 season.

Brandon played in 32 games at Tiffin University and collected 246 tackles, eight interceptions and six forced fumbles in three seasons. He led the team in tackles all three years. He was a three-time Honorable Mention All-Conference selection.

Lindsey (6'0, 200) signed as a rookie with the Sioux Falls Storm of the Indoor Football League (IFL) for the 2017 season. Daniel made seven starts at cornerback at Fort Hays State University. He ranked 14th on the team in tackles with 35 and tied for second on the team in interceptions with two.

 

80 Game Schedule Kicks Off February 16

The Indoor Football League (IFL) is proud to announce its 2017 regular season schedule. The 18-week, 80-game schedule kicks off on Thursday, February 16 and concludes on Saturday, June 17.

The 2017 season marks the IFL's ninth season of play. Two new members, the Arizona Rattlers and the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles are set to take the field next spring and join eight incumbents in a battle for the 2017 United Bowl crown. The 2017 conference alignments are as follows:

United Conference
Cedar Rapids Titans
Green Bay Blizzard
Iowa Barnstormers
Sioux Falls Storm
Wichita Falls Nighthawks

Intense Conference
Arizona Rattlers
Colorado Crush
Nebraska Danger
Salt Lake Screaming Eagles
Spokane Empire

 

Arizona Rattlers Join IFLArizona Rattlers to Begin IFL Play in 2017

Phoenix, AZ - The Indoor Football League (IFL) is proud to announce the addition and partnership of the league's newest team, the Arizona Rattlers.

The historic Rattlers organization brings almost 25 years of indoor/arena football experience and a winning pedigree to the IFL. Since the team's establishment in 1992, the Rattlers organization has won ten division titles and has appeared in ten championship games, winning five.

The Rattlers will compete as new members in the IFL 2017 season. The team will continue to compete in Talking Stick Arena in Phoenix, AZ.

"We are excited about competing in the IFL," said Rattler Owner Ron Shurts. "Our loyal fan base and the Rattlers brand have always been my number one concern. This change affords our fans an opportunity to enjoy many more years of success and allows the Rattlers brand to continue to grow."

"Today is a tremendous day in the history of the IFL," said IFL Commissioner Michael Allshouse. "We are glad to welcome one of the preeminent indoor football organizations in the country to the IFL. The Arizona Rattlers organization has prided itself in continued success, both on and off the field, for nearly a quarter century. This longevity is a testament to the quality of their organization and their passionate fanbase."

 
Written by Kayley Shade, Director of Social Media Marketing

Sioux Falls, SD - The Sioux Falls Storm announce the signings of defensive backs Fred Barnes and Lynn Grady Jr.

Barnes (6'1, 190) enters the Indoor Football League as a rookie for the 2017 season. Fred played collegiately at the University of West Alabama where he played as a nickel back and was member of special teams. He recorded 12 total tackles, eight solo, two pass break-ups and one fumble recovery during his junior season.

Grady (6'0, 205) joins the Storm as a rookie in the Indoor Football League. Lynn started in nine games during his senior season at Abilene Christian University, finishing the season with 52 tackles (31 solo), seven tackles for loss, two pass break-ups, two quarterback hurries and one forced fumble.

 
Sioux Falls Storm 2017 SeasonWritten by Kayley Shade, Director of Social Media Marketing

Sioux Falls, SD - The Sioux Falls Storm have added two linebackers to their 2017 roster with the signings of Shawn Loiseau and Ricky Wyatt.

Loiseau (6'1, 240) joins the Indoor Football League as a rookie for the 2017 season. Shawn has spent time with the Houston Texans and the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL), before playing indoor football. After his stint in the NFL, he joined the Los Angeles Kiss of the Arena Football League (AFL). Shawn played collegiately at Merrimack College where he forced three fumbles and had five quarterback hurries during his senior season. He ranked second nationally and set a school record with 133 tackles, which tops in the Northeast-10 Conference (NE-10). Shawn was NE-10 Defensive Player of the Year and a First Team All-Conference honoree.

Wyatt (6'0, 230) played at the University of Central Arkansas where he appeared in six games accumulating five tackles, including four solos. This year will be Ricky's rookie season in the Indoor Football League.

 
Written by Kayley Shade, Director of Social Media Marketing

Sioux Falls, SD - The Sioux Falls Storm have added four defensive linemen as they prepare for their seventh consecutive championship season. The Storm adds defensive linemen Cory Henry, Anthony White, Damon Williams and Nicholas Richardson.

Henry (6'4, 255) joins the Indoor Football League as a rookie for the 2017 season. Cory has experience in the indoor game as he played for the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League (AFL) during the 2014 season. Henry played collegiately at Florida Atlantic University where he ended his career as FAU's all-time sack leader and earned First Team Conference USA All-Conference.

White (6'3, 330) will be entering his first season with the Storm. Anthony played at Michigan State University where he saw action in 39 games on the defensive front, including 16 starts. He tallied 65 career tackles, including 6.0 for losses. Anthony spent time with the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL) and New Orleans VooDoo of the Arena Football League (AFL) where he had 6.5 tackles and 0.5 sacks in six games.

 

IFL League Meetings To Be Held in Las Vegas, NV

IFL League Meetings 2016Las Vegas, NV - The 2016 Indoor Football League (IFL) Annual Board of Directors Meetings begin Monday, September 19 and continue through Tuesday, September 20 at Harrah's Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. The IFL League Office, representatives from each IFL team and many other special guests and business partners will be in attendance.


Among the items to be discussed during the meetings are the 2017 schedule, conference alignment, marketing plans and the continued evolution of business practices to expand the league's business model.


"The Annual IFL Board of Directors Meetings is essential in establishing a strong plan and a strong tone for the upcoming season," said IFL Commissioner Michael Allshouse. "Going into our ninth season, the goal is to continue to better ourselves not only as playing partners but as business partners. The collaboration that occurs during the League Meetings leads to the implementation of sound business strategies that continue to position the IFL as a leader in the indoor/arena football industry."


IFL fans and followers can expect additional information and exclusive interviews with team members from around the league on all of the IFL social media platforms. Fans are encouraged to visit the IFL's Facebook and Twitter pages as well as the League's official website www.goifl.com.

 
Sioux Falls, SD - With the 2017 Indoor Football season fast approaching, the Sioux Falls Storm are proud to announce 2017 season tickets are now on sale.

Starting September 1st, purchase or renew your 2017 season tickets and receive a 10 Time Championship game ball (1 per renewal). Special promotion is good until September 30th.

Ways to renew/purchase your seats:


Current season ticket holders have until November 11th to secure their seats. If you have questions please email allison.norgaard@siouxfallsstorm.com

Get your tickets now to see the 10-time Nation Champions, your Sioux Falls Storm.
 
Nickole Roberts Lightning Girls CoachWe are very excited to announce that the 2017 Storm Lightning Girls will have a new coach for the upcoming seasons.

Former Lightning Girl Nickole Roberts from Sioux Falls will be filling the position as head coach of the dance team. Nickole has been with the team for 8 years now and has filled the captain roll for the past 2. She is currently a Marketing Coordinator here in Sioux Falls. Nickole has also traveled to Pro Dance Camp the past 2 summers, bringing knowledge, experience & routines to the team each season.

'It will definitely be difficult to fill Allison's shoes, but she has prepared me well andI'm so excited to continue my passion of dance by being the coach of the StormLightning Girls," stated Nickole. "The Storm has been my family for the past 8 years and I'm blessed to continue being apart of Storm nation."
 
Written by Kayley Shade, Director of Social Media Marketing

Sioux Falls, SD - The Sioux Falls Storm is proud to announce that wide receiver Caleb Holley recently signed with theSaskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (CFL).

During the 2016 season, Caleb totaled 40 receptions for 650 yards and 21 touchdowns in 11 games while with the Storm. Holley also tallied 168 return yards. Holley was named IFL Offensive Player-of-the-Week in Week 9 of the 2016 season.

Caleb played collegiately at East Central University where he played in nine games. He caught 55 passes for 970 yards and nine touchdown receptions during his senior season.

The Storm wish Caleb the best of luck and congratulate him on next step in his career.
 
July 23 Playoff Sioux Falls StormWritten by Kayley Shade, Director of Social Media Marketing

Sioux Falls, SD
- The Sioux Falls Storm (16-1) will face the Spokane Empire (13-4) in the United Bowl Championship on July 23rd. Kickoff is set for 7:05 pm at the Storm Shelter (Denny Sanford PREMIER Center). The sponsors of the IFL United Bowl Championship are Waterbury Heating & Cooling and Coleman Heating & Air Conditioning.

The Sioux Falls Storm will host a special Law Enforcement Night program at the game to honor the brave men and women that wear the "badge" and protect our city streets and community. The Storm will also be hosting a fundraiser for Dylan Bourassa of Harrisburg, a 13-year-old athletic teenager who enjoys playing football and basketball. Dylan was recently diagnosed with Malignant Ewing's sarcoma, a primary bone cancer that affects mainly children and adolescent. Because of the cancer, Dylan will need to have his left leg amputated from the calf down at the Mayo Clinic in August.

 

United Bowl Championship Sioux Falls Storm 2016Representatives from Sioux Falls Storm, Spokane Empire and the IFL League Office to be in attendance

The Indoor Football League (IFL), in conjunction with the Spokane Empire and Sioux Falls Storm, will be holding a joint media day at 3:00 PM CT on Friday, July 22 in the Sioux Falls Convention Center in regards to the 2016 United Bowl Championship game.

Owners, coaches and select players from the Intense Conference representative Spokane Empire (13-4) and the United Conference representative Sioux Falls Storm (16-1) will be available to issue statements about the upcoming game and answer questions.

Among the players in attendance for the Spokane Empire will be captains QB Charles Dowdell, LB Nick Haag, DB Josh Ferguson and OL Dave Lefotu. The representatives for the Sioux Falls Storm will be QB Lorenzo Brown, WR/RB Korey Williams, and LB Tyler Knight.

 
Written by Kaylie Behring, Storm Media Intern

Sioux Falls, SD -
The Sioux Falls Storm captured their sixth consecutive United Conference Championship after defeating the Cedar Rapids Titans on Saturday, July 16th in a 54-28 battle.

Cedar Rapids would score first after Dylan Favre hit Lemans Casimier with an eight-yard pass to take an early lead of 7-0. The Storm would answer with back-to-back touchdowns when Lorenzo Brown found a gap for a one-yard run into the endzone, and Tyler Knight returned a 36-yard fumble, bringing the Storm lead to 13-6. The Titans would score one final time before ending the first quarter after a three-yard run by Venric Mark, bringing the score to 13-13.

The Storm continued their momentum in the second quarter after an 11-yard run by Lorenzo Brown, and a 22-yard field goal by Justin Syrovatka, extending the Storm lead to 23-16. Nicholas Belcher of the Titans would kick a 21-yard field goal, bringing the score to 23-16. Caleb Holley recovered a fumble in the endzone, ending the half with a score of 30-16.

 

Individual Awards To Be Named Throughout Week

The Indoor Football League (IFL) is proud to announce the 2016 Coach of the Year and Special Teams Player of the Year.

Coach of the Year: Billy Back (Wichita Falls Nighthawks)

Wichita Nighthawks Head Coach Billy Back has been named the 2016 IFL Coach of the Year.

Coming off of a disappointing 5-9 inaugural season, the Nighthawks made a coaching change and signed Back, four-time championship winning head coach. Under Back's supervision the Nighthawks finished the season 11-5, made their first playoff berth and sported the top offense in the IFL.

On offensive guru, Back spearheaded a dynamic offense that led the IFL in the following offensive categories: points per game (62.6), yards per game (298.6) and passing yards per game (226.3). The Nighthawks ranked second in the IFL in rushing touchdowns (53) and red zone conversion (75%). In addition the Nighthawks scored 1,001 points in 2016, becoming just the second team in IFL history to top 1,000 points scored on the season.

Under Back's tutelage, the Nighthawks had five players named to the All-IFL teams in 2016 including QB Charles McCullum, WR Jordan Jolly, K Rockne Belmonte, RB Tyler Williams and DL Walter Thomas.

Special Teams Player of the Year: Korey Williams (WR/RB, Sioux Falls Storm)

Sioux Falls Storm WR/RB Korey Williams is the 2016 IFL Special Teams Player of the Year. Returning to the Storm after spending several seasons in the CFL, Williams immediately added his explosive speed to the Storm?s special teams unit, making it one of the most dangerous in the IFL.

Williams (5?11,185, Northwestern Oklahoma St.) made his mark quickly for the Storm having a kickoff return for a touchdown in his first game in 2016. Williams would then follow that with five more kickoff return touchdowns during the season. Williams? six total return touchdowns led the IFL and is the most by any IFL player since 2009, the league?s inaugural season.

 
Written by Kayley Shade, Director of Social Media Marketing

Sioux Falls, SD - The Sioux Falls Storm (15-1) will host the Cedar Rapids Titans (12-4) in United Conference Championship for the fourth consecutive time. Kickoff is set for 7:05PM (CT) on July 16th. Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital, Orthopedic Institute, and KSFY-TV will sponsor the game.

The Sioux Falls Storm will be hosting a special fundraiser for four-year-old Reese Whitney, who has been fighting a rare brain cancer, which has no cure and no remission, for the last three years. Reese was diagnosed in May of 2013 with Anaplastic Ependymoma Grade 3. She has had over a dozen surgeries, four of which were brain related, 10 months of chemotherapy and 30 rounds of proton beam radiation. Back in May of 2016, Reese had scans that showed a possible new growth. She may have to undergo more surgery and treatments this August.

The Storm looks to extend an 11-game win streak after last defeating the Spokane Empire, 59-35, at Spokane in their final regular season game on June 18th. In that game, Lorenzo Brown completed 10 passes for 135 yards, one touchdown and one interception, as well as 30 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Rolandan Finch ended with 63 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Wide receiver, Caleb Holley, caught three passes for 67 yards, scoring one touchdown. Elijah Fields returned one interception for a touchdown. Matt Hermanson led the defense with 8 tackles. Tyler Knight has seven tackles and one block. Carlton Watkins also tallied seven tackles. The Storm defense totaled five interceptions.

 

Sioux Falls Storm Named IFL Franchise of the Year

The Indoor Football League (IFL) is proud to announce the 2016 Team Awards for outstanding achievements during the IFL regular season.

Franchise of the Year: Sioux Falls Storm

The Sioux Falls Storm have been named the 2016 IFL Franchise of the Year. Selected by their peers, factors considered for achieving this award consisted of attendance, sales, public relations, marketing, on-field performance, community involvement and overall representation of the IFL.


"For the past 17 years this franchise has striven for excellence on and off the field," said Storm Owner Todd Tryon. "We've always prided ourselves in setting the standard for all of professional indoor football. Recruit great people, create an atmosphere that people want to be a part of, and then get out of the way!"


The Sioux Falls Storm posted a league-best 15-1 record in 2016 and will be hosting the United Conference Championship on July 16th. During the 2016 season, the five-time IFL United Bowl Champions led the IFL in attendance averaging 7,532 fans per game and posted a new IFL attendance record of 9,972 fans during their Week 8 matchup. Off the field, the Storm continued to set benchmarks in public relations and community involvement. For the second consecutive season, the Storm have contributed and raised over $100,000 for the betterment of the Sioux Falls community.

 

Sioux Falls Leads Way With Seven Players Honored


The Indoor Football League (IFL) is proud to announce the 2016 All-IFL First and Second Team selections.

The Sioux Falls Storm finished the 2016 season with a league best 15-1 record and lead the IFL with seven selections to the all-league teams. Stalwart Offensive Linemen Myniya Smith and Charlie Sanders paved the way for the Storm's league-leading rushing attack and have each been named to their sixth consecutive First Team All-IFL list. Joining Smith and Sanders on the First Team list are DL Brandon Peguese, LB Tyler Knight and KR Korey Williams. Knight led the IFL in tackles (169) while Williams led IFL in kick return touchdowns (6). DL Claude Davis and DB Elijah Fields each earned Second Team Honors.


In their first year of IFL play the Spokane Empire earned six selections to the All-IFL list. Explosive rookie RB Trevor Kennedy has been named First Team All-IFL after leading the IFL in rushing touchdowns with 28. OL Dave Lefotu paved the way for Kennedy and has also been honored with First-Team accolades. After leading the Empire in tackles (104) and interceptions (7) DB Robert Brown earned First Team honors. QB Charles Dowdell, DL Benjamin Perry and LB Nick Haag all take home Second Team honors.


The Cedar Rapids Titans and the Wichita Falls Nighthawks each placed five players on the All-IFL teams in 2016.


For the Titans, the team's ferocious pass rushing duo of DL Xzavie Jackson and DL Jermiah Price each earned First Team honors after combining for 27.5 sacks in 2015, OL A.J Harmon, LB Nikolas Sierra and four-time IFL Special Teams Player of the Week Nicholas Belcher earn Second Team honors.

 
Written by Kayley Shade, Director of Social Media Marketing

Sioux Falls, SD - The Sioux Falls Storm has held numerous fundraisers to help a variety of worthwhile causes and charitable organizations throughout the Sioux Falls community. Late season projections will show the Storm as having raised and distributed well over $100,000 for the second season in a row. The Storm have raised approximately $102,428 following the completion of the 2016 regular season schedule while totaling $229,067 for the past two years.



 
Season ticket holders can now purchase their seats for the 2016 IFL Playoffs. Purchase the Conference Championship game tickets and get the United Bowl tickets for 50% off. The Storm will kickoff at 7:05pm on Saturday, July 16th for the Conference Championship game. United Bowl would be held Saturday, July 23rd and would kickoff at 7:05pm also.

Season ticket holders must renew their tickets by calling the Storm office at 605-274-6686 starting at 10AM - 5PM or emailing/mailing their renewal form in to Allison at the Storm office by June 30th at Noon. All season ticket holders that purchase the 2 game package will get a FREE Storm playoff t-shirt. Due to high call volume please leave a message and we will get back to you shortly.

Individual tickets for the Conference Championship game on July 16th will go on sale through ticketmaster.com and the Premier Center Box office starting at 10am on July 1st.

Visit this page to download the 2016 Playoff Tickets Form

 
The Indoor Football League (IFL) is proud to announce the Hall of Fame Class of 2016. After an extensive voting process, which included input from IFL teams, coaches, fans, and current Hall of Fame members, the Indoor Football League honors and recognizes the achievements of Mark Blackburn, Lionell Singleton, and Tom Wigley.

Mark Blackburn (LB, Sioux Falls Storm)
A Los Angeles native, Mark Blackburn was first introduced to Sioux Falls when he was an All-Conference performer at the University of South Dakota. Upon graduation, Blackburn joined the Sioux Falls Storm, completing one of the most illustrious careers in the history of indoor football. A team captain and four-time All-League selection, Blackburn was a key figure in the team winning 40-straight games and four-straight United Bowl Championships (2005-2008). He was named United Bowl MVP in 2008. Blackburn is the franchise's all-time leader in tackles (664) and forced fumbles (10), ranks fifth in sacks (28.5), and third in interceptions (17). His #14 jersey is retired by the Storm.

"I am speechless," stated Blackburn. "Thank you to all the teams, coaches, and fans for this great honor. I am humbled to represent the Sioux Falls Storm as one of the newest members of the Hall of Fame."

Blackburn still calls Sioux Falls home. He currently serves as the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Augustana University.

 
Written by Kayley Shade, Director of Social Media Marketing

Sioux Falls, SD - The top seeded Sioux Falls Storm (14-1) will face the second seeded Spokane Empire (12-2) in the Storm's last regular season game on Saturday, June 18th. Where kickoff is set for 9:05 PM (CT).

Last weekend, the Storm defeated the Iowa Barnstormers 53-30. In that game, quarterback Lorenzo Brown completed ten passes for 173 yards and four touchdowns. He also tallied 72 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Korey Williams garnered 44 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Wide receiver, Caleb Holley, caught one pass for 18 yards. Wide receiver, Marcus Beaurem caught three passes for 75 yards and scored two touchdowns. Tyler Knight led the Thunder Defense with 13 tackles. Claude Davis had four tackles and two pass breakups. Brandon Peguese had two sacks.

 
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