KYNT Local Sports 2-5-18

The Yankton Gazelles placed fifth out of eight teams in the E-S-D Conference Gymnastics meet Saturday in Aberdeen.  Mitchell won the team title with 146 points, while Yankton had 138 points for fifth place.  Sophomore Payton Steffensen led the Gazelles with a third-place All-Around finish while junior Samantha Kortan was 12th All-Around for Yankton, which qualified for state.

The Yankton Bucks took fifth place out of 17 teams Saturday at the Yankton Wrestling Invitational.  Rapid City Stevens was first with 222 points, Pierre was second at 213 and the Bucks scored 118 points to finish fifth.  Yankton had three weight class champions including senior Cole Diedrichsen at 220 pounds, while Carlos Ruffo stayed unbeaten winning the 138 pound title and Giovanni Ruffo was first at 120 pounds.

The Pierre Lady Governors held off Yankton 43-37 Saturday night in girls basketball.  Sophomore Madison Wuebben scored all 12 of her points in the second half to lead the Gazelles, as their season record dropped to 4 and 10 overall.  Friday night, the Bucks rallied to win at Pierre 58-50 as freshman Matthew Mors led the way with 32 points and senior Jack Wolfgram added 15.  The Yankton teams will have a doubleheader at Sioux Falls Washington Tuesday.

The Midland University women’s basketball team put together a big first half and defeated Mount Marty College 75-54 on Saturday as Molly Koisti paced the Lancers with 15 points.  Midland pulled away late in the second half to defeat Mount Marty 69-58 in men’s basketball as Conlan Callahan topped the Lancers with 12 points.  The Lancers will have a G-PAC doubleheader at Northwestern College Wednesday night.

The U-S-D men’s basketball squad won at North Dakota State 76-72 on Saturday as Matt Mooney led the Coyote offense with 21 points and the team improved to 20 and 6 on the season.  The U-S-D women’s basketball team whipped North Dakota State 80-54 on Saturday.  The Coyotes are now 19 and 5 after their 13th consecutive victory.

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