The Mount Marty softball team battled tough but lost to a pair of nationally ranked opponents in Tucson on Thursday. Tenth-rated Indiana Wesleyan topped the Lancers 5-1 and then Olivet Nazarene outscored Mount Marty 10-6. The Lancers are 2 and 8 overall and will conclude their trip to Arizona with games against Grace College of Indiana and Roosevelt University from Illinois.
The Mount Marty baseball squad is 9 and 5 on the season and will have two games tonight in Arizona, taking on Concordia and Valley City State.
University of South Dakota senior Shanice Cannigan has been honored as the Summit League Female Athlete of the Month for February. Cannigan won her third consecutive 60-meter hurdles championship and her second pentathlon title in the conference meet and set Summit League records in each event.
South Dakota State junior Mike Daum has been named the Summit League Male Athlete of the Month for February. Daum averaged 25 points and 12 rebounds per game in leading the Jacks to an unbeaten month and the league title.
There were five women’s basketball teams and four men’s squads from the Great Plains Athletic Conference who qualified for the N-A-I-A National Division Two tournaments, and all nine teams won their first-round games. On Thursday at Sioux Falls, the Dakota Wesleyan men topped Governors State from Illinois 84-67, and the Morningside men defeated Trinity International of Illinois 87-69. Yesterday in the women’s tourney at Sioux City, Morningside crushed Rio Grande from Ohio by a 97-69 score…Hastings got past Lawrence Tech from Michigan 57-49…and Northwestern downed Friends University of Kansas 81-74.
Tripp-Delmont-Armour pulled off a big upset to open the South Dakota Class B girls basketball state tournament, handing top-seed Faith their first loss of the season by a 48-39 score on Thursday. In another Class B first round girls game last night, Hanson defeated the Avon Lady Pirates 53-42.
Four-time defending state champion St. Thomas More used strong defense to beat Vermillion 44-26 last night in the first round of the Class A girls tourney.
In a Class A boys basketball round of 16 game at Yankton High School, Dakota Valley scored the game’s final 11 points in defeating Bon Homme 59-50 last night. Joey Slama led the Cavaliers with 18 points as they finished at 17 and 4 overall.
Vermillion senior A.J. Plitzuweit has been named the Gatorade South Dakota High School Basketball Player of the Year. Plitzuweit averaged 34 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals per game for the Tanagers this season and has signed to play college basketball at Augustana University.
The Nebraska boys basketball state tournament began in all six classes Thursday in Lincoln. In Class D-2, Riverside eliminated Wynot 54-48 as the Blue Devils ended up at 14 and 10 for the season. Heartland defeated Osmond 52-34 in a Class D-1 first round game. Top-seed Ponca crushed Perkins County 72-29 in Class C-2 and the Indians will now take on B-R-L-D in a semifinal contest today.