Zone Coverage is a Minnesota-based sports news outlet that strives to provide you with the most in-depth and unparalleled coverage and analysis of all things local sports. Being a Minnesota sports fan requires a passion and commitment like no other. At Zone Coverage, we understand that passion – the drive to know all the stats, the depth chart, the lineups, and the results – all so you can be an authority in the conversation about your team and your city.
Matt Dahlien has carved out a diverse career in the Twin Cities area. He started out as an intern for the Minnesota Timberwolves and continued on to work for big brands such as Target, Optum, and Buffalo Wild Wings. He decided to use his experience and return to his first love, sports, and joined Zone Coverage in February 2018.
Tom Schreier is the founder and proprietor of Zone Coverage. Tom created Zone Coverage with the goal of mixing new age media with old-school journalism. His goal was to create an economically sustainable platform for sports content for the sports fans of Minnesota. Prior to Zone Coverage, Tom previously wrote about Minnesota sports for Bleacher Report and Yahoo! Sports before joining 105 The Ticket in 2014.
Sam Ekstrom is a Zone Coverage staff writer and podcaster in his sixth year covering the Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Golden Gophers men's basketball team. After moving to the Twin Cities in 2014, Sam started working as a radio engineer, producer and host for "Sports Radio 105 The Ticket," where Zone Coverage was first formed. He grew up in Vermillion, S.D. rooting for the USD Coyotes (not SDSU) and graduated from Dordt (not "dork") University in Sioux Center, Iowa.
Dane Moore is Zone Coverage's staff writer covering the Minnesota Timberwolves. Dane has been covering the Wolves in various capacities since the inception of the Tom Thibodeau era -- which was a really weird place to start his NBA writing career.
You can find Dane's coverage of the Timberwolves and the NBA with Charlie Johnson at Zone Coverage and on The Dane Moore NBA Podcast. The goal is perpetuating a love of the game and elevating the basketball conversation -- because that's what Nikola Pekovic would want. (Will talk about jump hooks.)
Brandon Warne covers the Minnesota Twins for Zone Coverage and is also the site's senior editor. He hosts the Midwest Swing podcast for the site as well. He and his wife Amanda live in the outer Twin Cities suburbs with their daughter, Harper.