2009, 2012, & 2014 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
Colors: Cardinal / Black
Home Field: Concordia University
2017 Record: 6-2 (Overall 9-4)
Lifetime Record: 151-41-1
General Manager/ Head Coach
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By unanimous decision, the Northern Elite Football League voted in the Sioux City Stampede.
The Sioux City Stampede carry the ELITE requirements held by the NEFL. Through four seasons the Stampede are 33-8 (including a 0-3 Franchise Start), winning the Midwest Football Alliance in 2017 after an undefeated season. It was their 3rd appearance in the MFA Title game in their 4 years.
Led by Head Coach and part owner, Jason Garnand, the Stampede strive for more, "The Stampede would like to thank the Midwest Football Alliance over the last 4 years. They are a very organized, competitive league. We are truly excited for the move to the NEFL as its a great opportunity to provide new challenges and Big Opportunities for the Stampede."
Sioux City is nestled on the boarder of Iowa, Nebraska, & South Dakota; carrying a population of 165,000+ in the metro area. There are multiple colleges in & around the Sioux City area, helping to bolster the Stampede roster.
The Northern Elite Football League has now attracted League Champions in two consecutive years, while expanding west - Fargo Invaders - and now south for the Stampede. The NEFL is arguably one of the best leagues in the Nation, and continues to build momentum with the addition of the Sioux City Stampede.
The Final Regular Season Rankings found the Warriors on-top for the first time all year, which held true for Final Rankings. In fact, after the playoffs there were no changes to the rankings.
1. Minneapolis Warriors (6-2; 10-2) +0
Best: 1 | Worst: 7
Minneapolis started the season at (1-2), but ended with an 8-game winning streak to capture the Elite Bowl title.
2. St. Paul Pioneers (6-2; 9-4) +0
Best: 1 | Worst: 3
St Paul spent most the year as the #1, but with some late season losses and their first loss in the playoffs in over 8 years; they end the season as #2.
3. Northland Bulls (7-1; 8-3) +0
Best: 3 | Worst: 7
The Bulls started the year (0-2), but rebounded nicely going (7-1) in the East Division. They ended up falling short in the Elite Bowl.
4. Fargo Invaders (6-2; 6-4) +0
Best: 1 | Worst: 4
After spending a majority of season at #2, the Invaders move to #1 was short lived as they finished the season with 3 straight losses.
5. River City Rough Riders (6-2; 9-5) +0
Best: 3 | Worst: 5
River City started hot, but came across some loses in the 2nd half of the season; ultimately losing to the Bulls in the playoffs.
6. Chippewa Valley Predators (4-4; 6-5) +0
Best: 5 | Worst: 7
The Predators qualified for the playoffs, but fell short in the first round; ending the year a game above .500
7. Fox Valley Force (3-5; 3-7) +0
Best: 4 | Worst: 7
Fox Valley had some exciting wins and had some meaningful games late in the season, but couldn't quite make it into the playoffs.
8. Battle Creek Sting (1-7; 2-7) +0
Best: 8 | Worst: 9
The Sting book-ended their season with wins.
9. Hudson Thunderhawks (0-8; 1-10) +0
Best: 9 | Worst: 10
Hudson picked up a non-NEFL, but couldn't remain consistent through the season.
10. Minnesota Brawlers (1-7; 1-7) +0
Best: 8 | Worst: 10
Minnesota had their challenges both on and off the field, in their last year in the NEFL.
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For the leagues 10th Anniversary, the NEFL has switched things up a bit. Previously, Each team chose their own All-Stars based on the number of wins they had. In 2017, each team nominated players from their respective teams; and then representatives from each team met to discuss All-Stars by each position group, followed by a ranking system after the discussion.
Some of the positions were close, so a 2nd ranking was done from the pool of players that just missed the cut; awarding 2 additional All-Star spots for each Division.
The players below are the best at what they do, in arguably one of the best Leagues in the country.