The countdown: Top local sports stories of 2012

Published 12:00 pm Friday, December 28, 2012

1) A week to remember

Mike Goergen

Things didn’t start so well this fall for Southland senior Mike Goergen as he suffered an injury before football season that limited him to just one half of playing time for the entire season.

But things got a lot better for him near the end of November when, in a four-day span, he made his verbal commitment to walk-on with the North Dakota State University football team and he became Southland’s all-time leading scorer in basketball.

Goergen, who will likely red-shirt next season and look for a scholarship the following year, will be headed to an NDSU team that won the NCAA Division I FCS National Championship last season and is back in the title game again this season.

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He looks to use his speed to play linebacker at safety for the Bison.

In basketball, Goergen has started since he was a freshman and he’s seen his production increase every season.

Despite being just 6-1, Goergen has done a lot of damage in the paint over the years while playing in Southland’s front court. He set a single-season scoring record for the Rebels last season and he scored his 1,282nd career point on Nov. 30 to become the school’s all-time leading scorer.