The Yankton School Board last night accepted the early retirement contract of teacher and head football coach Arlin Likness. The 61-year-old Likness finished his coaching career with 261 victories and seven state football titles. Likness coached Hamlin to three state championships before coming to Yankton as an assistant coach in 1994. He took over the head coaching duties five years later and won state titles with the Bucks in 1999, 2002, 2014 and 2015.
The Yankton Bucks placed three wrestlers in the championship round Saturday at the Huron Invitational. Sophomore Carlos Ruffo won his weight class and will enter the Regional meet Friday unbeaten in 25 matches. Freshman Giovanni Ruffo and eighth-grader Owen Warren each finished as a runner-up at Huron. The Region 2-A meet this year is Friday at the Pentagon in Sioux Falls.
Irene-Wakonda is having a banner season on the basketball court. The girls team at Irene-Wakonda is rated fifth in Class B basketball this week, and the Eagles boys squad is ranked seventh in the state.
In Class C-2 girls basketball sub-district play last night, Hartington Cedar Catholic downed Laurel-Concord-Coleridge 51-33. In the Sub-District 5 semifinals tonight at Wayne High School, top-seed Hartington-Newcastle meets Hartington Cedar Catholic at 6:00 followed by Ponca against the Crofton Lady Warriors. All four of those teams have at least 13 victories on the season.
The Mount Marty women’s basketball squad has its final home game of the season tonight as the Lancers will host Nebraska Christian College at 6 p-m at the Cimpl Arena. Mount Marty is 12 and 16 overall, while the Sentinels have a 12 and 14 record. Our broadcast starts at 5:35 pm on AM 1450, KYNT.
U-S-D junior second baseman Alyssa Fernandez has been named the Summit League Softball Player of the Week. Fernandez batted .375 last week for the Coyotes in six games in Arizona with four home runs and eight RBI’s.