Sioux Falls Storm resign veteran players

siouxstormAs their main rivals strengthen their squads for 2014, Sioux Falls Storm did the same and recently re-signed two of its key players. Cory Johnsen has played for the team over the last eight years and it comes as no surprise that he signed a new contract as he is indispensable to the defense. It would be excessive to say that he was the main reason for why the Storm won six out of the last eight championships, but he played a decisive role in most of the 115 victories.

Sioux Falls owner recently told the media that he is thrilled with Johnsen’s physical form following an intense off-season program and he is confident that the veteran will perform at the desired level. He is one of the most dominant players in the league and now that he bought a house in Sioux Falls, it is only fair to assume that he will keep playing for the local team.

Another player that the Storm are thrilled to have back is Charlie Sanders who will be playing for them in 2014, marking the fourth consecutive season. He is just as important for the offense as Cory is for the defense and the best proof is that he was named First Team All-IFL each time since his rookie season. With the re-signing taking longer than expected, some fans were concerned about the prospect of losing him to another team but they can now rejoice and relax seeing him back in their courtyard.

While the regular season awaits, Sioux Falls Storm is also preparing for an exhibition game against a former local rivals, the Bandits who recently joined the CPIFL. The two teams used to compete very often in the past, but since they became a part of the APFL, these confrontations have become history. The rivalry is every bit as intense today as it was three years ago and the prospect of having the two teams on the field on February 7, 2014 is bound to draw huge crowds.

Obviously, the reigning champions have the first chance, but owner Todd Tryon sees plenty of advantages in renewing this rivalry. The fans have already announced their intention of buying tickets for the exhibition game to see how their team will perform against the Bandits. Back in the day, they used to be formidable opponents and nobody expects the Storm to Steamroll past them.

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