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Staples-Motley High School’s Sivert Klefsaas Named Minnesota Football Honors Scholar-Athlete

By Daniel House , 03/30/22, 9:30AM CDT



MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – March 30, 2022 –  Staples-Motley High School’s Sivert Klefsaas has been named a Scholar-Athlete by the Minnesota Chapter of the National Football Foundation.

This annual award honors Minnesota high school football players for their outstanding athletic, academic and community service accomplishments. Klefsaas, a native of Motley, Minnesota, is one of eight scholar-athletes who will be recognized during this summer’s Minnesota Football Honors show. 

“Sivert’s academic and community service accomplishments jumped out,” said Todd Fultz, President of the Minnesota Chapter of the National Football Foundation. “He pushed himself with a difficult academic schedule and made key contributions on and off the football field. We look forward to honoring him during the show.”

Sivert Klefsaas, a two-time All-District and All-Area selection, quickly became one of the best offensive players in the region. Klefsaas finished his career with 2,240 career yards (6.7 yards per carry) and 29 touchdowns. He also contributed on defense, accumulating 86 tackles, eight forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. 

“Sivert led our team in yards, rushing & receiving and touchdowns for two seasons. He was a two-way athlete that never came off the field,” said Staples-Motley head coach Chris Kappler. “During our Week 5 game this year, Sivert went down with a foot injury that ended up sidelining him for the remainder of the season. In response to his injury, Sivert dedicated himself to helping his teammates.”

Klefsaas’ leadership, service and positivity extended into his local community too. He accumulated more than 200 community service hours by working with Special Olympics, Feed My Starving Children and Camp Shamineau. Klefsaas also spread his love for sports onto the next generation by coaching youth football and basketball. Academically, Sivert posted a 3.895 GPA, which placed him at the top of his class. 

Minnesota Football Honors is hosting a show later this summer to honor its high school, college and Minnesota Vikings award winners. Full broadcast details will be announced in the coming weeks on


About the Minnesota Chapter of the National Football Foundation:

The Minnesota Chapter of The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame is a local nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote amateur football’s ability to develop leadership, sportsmanship, competitive spirit and academic excellence in Minnesota’s young people. The Minnesota Chapter recognizes legendary football icons, college football Hall of Famers and Minnesota’s top high school and college football scholar-athletes. For more information, visit, or Facebook (@MNFootballHonors) and Twitter (@NFFMN).


Todd Fultz, President              

MN Chapter of The National Football Foundation 

Phone: (612)-325-5500    

Media Contact: 

Daniel House, Director of Media Relations and Content 

MN Chapter of the National Football Foundation