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KYNT Sports 1-3-17

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

U-S-D sophomore Allison Arens of Crofton not only was named the Summit League Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, but she also earned the ESPN-W National Player of the Week award!  Arens is the first Coyote in program history to earn that national honor.  She averaged 26 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists per game in a pair of U-S-D victories last week, and the Coyotes raised their season record to 13 and 2 heading into a Wednesday game at North Dakota State.

The Mount Marty women’s basketball program held a signing and picture ceremony yesterday.  Platte-Geddes senior Hallie Hallock signed with the Lancer women’s program, she is a 5’8” guard for the Black Panthers. 

In the South Dakota Sportswriters high school boys basketball poll this week, Sioux Falls O’Gorman, Sioux Falls Christian and the Langford Area are the top rated teams.  In the girls poll, Sioux Falls Washington, St. Thomas More and Sully Buttes are rated first in each class.  Parker is ranked fourth among Class B boys basketball teams, the Vermillion boys are unbeaten and rated fifth in Class A, while Freeman is ranked fifth in the Class B girls poll. 


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KYNT Sports 1-2-17

Monday, January 2, 2017

The USD women’s basketball team edged South Dakota State 65-62 Saturday in Vermillion.  Crofton sophomore Allison Arens led the Coyotes with 24 points as they set a school record with their 21st consecutive home victory.  USD now has a 13-2 season record and will travel to North Dakota State on Wednesday.

SDSU edged South Dakota 73-72 in men’s basketball Saturday in Brookings as sophomore Mike Daum hit the game winning basket with two seconds left and led the Jacks with 30 points.  Matt Mooney paced the Coyotes with 22 points as their season record dipped to 10-7 overall.

Mount Marty set an all-time men’s basketball school record by hitting 22 baskets from three-point range in a 111-91 victory over West Coast Baptist in Lancaster, California.  O-J Thok made eight shots from long range and led the Lancers with 28 points.  Mount Marty snapped their 11-game losing streak, and the Lancers will return to G-PAC action with a women’s and men’s doubleheader Wednesday evening at Hastings College.



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KYNT Sports 12-30

Friday, December 30, 2016
The Yankton Bucks and Gazelles traveled to Brandon Valley for a make-up doubleheader last night in Brandon Valley. The Gazelles fell to the Lynx 66-52 and the Bucks came up short against Brandon 48-46. The Mount Marty Lancers are on the west coast this week with contests in Arizona and California. The Lancer women closed out the Arizona Christian Classic with a loss to Spring Arbor 63-56. The Lancers were led by Logan Wagner who scored 24 while breaking the Mount Marty career record for three-pointers. The Lancer men are in California where they fell to Antelope Valley College 90-71. The Lancer men were led by Zach Telles and Drew Cheskie who both scored 16. Tonight Scott Kooistra has the call as the Lancers meet West Coast Baptist at 7 P-M.

The University of South Dakota made a strong opening statement to Summit League play with an 86-69, start-to-finish drubbing of Omaha Thursday inside Sanford Coyote Sports Center. It was the team’s largest margin of victory in a conference game in four seasons. Trey Dickerson scored 17 points while Matt Mooney and Tyler Flack added 16 each as the Coyotes remained undefeated in their new facility. Next up for South Dakota is a rivalry game at South Dakota State Saturday in Brookings.

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KYNT Sports 12-29

Thursday, December 29, 2016
The Mount Marty Lancer women are in Arizona participating in the Arizona Christian Classic. Last night Mount Vernon Nazarene bested the Mount 68 to 45. Today, KYNT Sports will be broadcasting quadraheader basketball from three different locations. Coverage starts this afternoon again at the Arizona Christian Classic where the Lancers take on Spring Arbor University. The Bucks and Gazelles are in Brandon Valley tonight with live play-by-play action with Rich Wright starting at 5:15. The night wraps up with the Lancer men in California taking on Antelope Valley College.

Mount Marty has announced that Tate Bruckner will be their new head softball coach effective Jan. 3. Bruckner, who has been serving as interim coach since the fall, is a 2014 Mount Marty graduate who played Lancer Baseball during his undergraduate years after transferring from Northern State University. Bruckner worked for two years as assistant coach of MMC Baseball under head coach Andy Bernatow, then accepted the position of interim coach for the Lancer Softball program.

Allison Arens of Crofton tallied her first double-double and broke a University of South Dakota record for free throws as the Coyotes defeated Denver 70-64 Wednesday night inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center. Arens scored 28 and sunk 18 from the charity stripe. Bridget Arens of Crofton had 12 points in the win. 12-2 U-S-D hosts rival South Dakota State at 3:30 p.m. Saturday inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.

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KYNT Sports 12-28

Wednesday, December 28, 2016
The Mount Marty women look to extend their five game winning streak tonight against Mount Vernon Nazarene of Ohio. Out KYNT broadcast starts at 7:30PM at AM 1450 and on

Make a New Year’s resolution of good health by kicking off 2017 with a First Day Hike at Lewis and Clark Recreation Area. On January 1, all 50 states will be participating in the sixth annual national event that encourages everyone to celebrate the New Year with a guided outdoor exploration. The local Lewis and Clark First Day Snowshoe Hike begins at 1 p.m. Last year, more than 55,000 people covered over 133,000 miles on 1,100 hikes across the country. Participants are encouraged to log their adventures on social media with #FirstDayHikes.

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KYNT Sports 12-23-16

Friday, December 23, 2016

The Yankton High School basketball teams swept Mitchell last night at the Corn Palace with both varsity teams winning by 23 points.

The Gazelles got their first win by rolling past the Kernels 56-33.  Bailey Kortan led Yankton with 15 points, Lindsay Hale added 14 and each player hit four baskets from three-point range.  The Gazelles hit seven of their first nine three-point shots in the victory.

The Bucks downed Mitchell 60-37 as eighth-grader Matthew Mors led the attack with 24 points, Rex Ryken chipped in 16 and Jack Wolfgram had 12 points.  Yankton is now 2 and 2 on the boys season.

Yankton will have a girls-boys doubleheader at Brandon Valley next Thursday.

A powerful Wichita State team defeated South Dakota State 89-67 in men’s basketball last night.  Sophomore Mike Daum led the Jacks with 20 points as they fell to 7 and 8 on the season.


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KYNT Sports 12-22-16

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Seventh-ranked Gonzaga University stayed unbeaten with a 102-65 victory over South Dakota in men’s basketball last night.  Tyler Flack and Matt Mooney led the Coyotes with 13 points each.  U-S-D is now 9 and 6 on the season as they prepare to open up the Summit League schedule at home against Omaha next Thursday.

In women’s basketball last night, South Dakota State picked up a 78-58 win at Wichita State.  Ellie Thompson led the Jacks with a career-high 23 points as they raised their season record to 9 and 3.

The Yankton High School basketball teams play at Mitchell tonight in E-S-D action.  The Kernels have played just one opponent this year with their girls and boys losing to Aberdeen Central.  The Gazelles have lost three close games this season, while the Bucks are 1 and 2 entering tonight’s game.  Our broadcast from the Corn Palace begins at 6:05 p-m on AM 1450, KYNT.


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KYNT Sports 12-21-16

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Eighth-grader Matthew Mors tied a school record with 41 points for the Yankton Bucks but it wasn’t quite enough, as third-ranked Sioux Falls Washington held on for a 68-65 victory last night at the Summit Activities Center. 

Third-ranked Washington edged Yankton 48-47 in the girls contest as Madason Tessier led the Gazelles with 13 points and ‘Bailey Kortan chipped in a dozen.  The Yankton Gazelles and Bucks play a doubleheader Thursday at Mitchell.

Mors tied a school record of 41 points set back in 1974 by Hall of Fame center Chad Nelson in a game against Norfolk.  Matthew hit 12 of 20 shots from the floor going up against 6’7” and 6’6” players from Washington, he made 5 of 8 from the three-point arc and hit 12 consecutive free throws at one point.

The U-S-D women’s basketball team defeated Southern Illinois 68-57 Tuesday in Kansas City to run their season record to 11 and 2, the best mark since the Coyotes made the jump to Division One.  Senior center Abigail Fogg led U-S-D with 19 points and 9 rebounds, while sophomore Allison Arens of Crofton had 17 points with 5 assists and she was named the M-V-P of the holiday classic in K-C.

U-S-D faces on of the top men’s basketball teams in the nation tonight with a game at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.  Gonzaga is unbeaten in 11 games and ranked seventh in the nation, while the Coyotes are 9 and 5 overall.

Madison High School standout Mason Leighton has announced he will play football at the University of South Dakota.  Leighton caught 41 passes for 773 yards and 13 touchdowns this fall and was the M-V-P in the Class 11-A state title game for the Madison Bulldogs.




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KYNT Sports 12-20-16

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

U-S-D sophomore Allison Arens of Crofton scored a career high 30 points as the Coyotes defeated Northern Illinois 97-83 in women’s basketball last night in Kansas City.  The Coyotes are now 10 and 2 on the season as they head into a 1:00 game this afternoon against Southern Illinois in K-C.

South Dakota State picked up their first road victory of the men’s basketball season with an 83-75 victory at Drake University last night.  Mike Daum and Andre Wallace led the Jacks with 20 points each as they evened their season record at 7 and 7. 

S-D-S-U sophomore Mike Daum was named the Summit League Men’s Basketball Player of the Week.  Daum scored 39 points in a Jacks victory last weekend, and he has connected on a school-record 40 consecutive free throws.

In the South Dakota Sportswriters high school boys basketball poll this week, Sioux Falls O’Gorman, Sioux Falls Christian and Warner lead their respective classes…in the girls basketball poll, Aberdeen Central, St. Thomas More and Sully Buttes are rated first in each class.  Parker is fourth place in the Class B boys ranking, while the Avon girls are rated fourth in Class B.

Yankton will host Sioux Falls Washington tonight in a girls and boys basketball doubleheader.  Both Washington teams are 2 and 1 on the season and both are rated third in Class Double-A.  Our broadcast of the Gazelles and Bucks from the Yankton High School Summit Activities Center will start at 6:05 pm on 1450, KYNT.

The Yankton Bucks wrestling squad has been invited to compete in the Floyd Farrand Wrestling Invitational next week at Sioux Falls Lincoln.  They expect 19 high school wrestling teams to compete at Lincoln on December 29th and 30th.



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KYNT Sports 12-19-16

Monday, December 19, 2016

The Mount Marty men’s basketball team trailed by 35 points at halftime, had their best second half of any game in the G-PAC this season, but still dropped a 94-72 decision at home against Doane College on Saturday.  Senior Zach Telles hit five three-point baskets in the second half and led the Lancers with 20 points.  Mount Marty is now 3-10 overall and will play two games in California in between Christmas and New Year’s.

The USD men’s basketball squad pulled away late in the game to win 80-68 at Montana State on Sunday.  Matt Mooney scored a career-high 28 points as the Coyotes raised their season record to 9 and 5 as they head into a game Wednesday at undefeated and eighth-ranked Gonzaga.

The USD women’s basketball team is 9-2 on the season and will be in action tonight in Kansas City, taking on a Northern Illinois squad that is 6-3 overall.

South Dakota State won their 34th consecutive men’s basketball game at home by edging Murray State 88-84 in overtime on Saturday.  Mike Daum led the Jacks with 39 points and 11 rebounds.  SDSU is now 6-7 overall with a game at Drake University tonight.




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