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Daily Sports Report 4-18-14

Friday, April 18, 2014
The Mount Marty College baseball squad split a doubleheader at home against #20 Northwestern on Thursday.  The Raiders won the opener 4-2, then Mount Marty scored in the bottom of the 9th to take game two 3-2.  The Lancers are 3-11 in the GPAC with a twin bill at Dordt College on Saturday.

The Yankton HS club baseball team had their doubleheader at SF O'Gorman postponed on Thursday, and the Bucks will now host SF Washington Monday at 3 p-m.  

USD distance runner Amber Eickhorn set a school record in the women's 10,000 meter run when she placed second in the race Thursday at the Mt. SAC Relays in California.
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Daily Sports Report 4-16-14

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Mount Marty had seven extra-base hits in a 9-4 victory over Dordt in non-conference baseball.  Michael O'Connell had a triple, two doubles and a single and drove in three runs for the Lancers, now 18-18 on the season.

The Yankton HS track and field team picked up 11 first places at the Corn Palace Relays.  Danielle Beckman was a double winner in the sprints for the Gazelles, and Yankton won five relays races in Mitchell.

The Yankton Gazelles shot a 357 total and placed third among 13 teams at the Yankton Golf Invitational Tuesday at Fox Run GC.  Becky Frick had an 82 and tied for third, while Peyton Pierce shot 87 and took 13th.

Yankton rolled past SC North 7-2 in boys tennis on Tuesday.

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Daily Sports Report 4-15-14

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Mount Marty College has signed an Augustana transfer who was a former SD Miss Basketball and Player of the Year.  Alex Kneeland is a 5'8" guard who scored 2,923 points for Summit HS and was a Class B first team all-state choice three years in a row.  Kneeland averaged six points a game for Augie last year, and plans to major in Biology at MMC.

Mount Marty split a baseball doubleheader at home against Nebraska Wesleyan on Monday, losing the first game 7-4 in extra innings and winning the nightcap 5-3.  In the victory, Jared Miller became the all-time hits leader for Mount Marty with 228 on his career.  The Lancers are 2-10 in the GPAC and now 17-18 for the season.

The Yankton Bucks tennis team had just two of their normal varsity players over the weekend and lost five matches in Aberdeen.  Hunter Rockne went 5-0 for Yankton, while Greg Hauer went 4-1 for the weekend.  

Yankton will host its Girls Golf Invitational today at Fox Run...the Bucks tennis team will entertain Sioux City North...and the YHS track and field athletes will compete at the Corn Palace Relays in Mitchell with reports this evening on KYNT.
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Daily Sports Report 4-14-14

Monday, April 14, 2014
Hastings College swept Mount Marty in a baseball doubleheader Saturday by scores of 5-3 and 10-5.  The Lancers are now just 1-9 in the GPAC and 16-17 on the season.

Nebraska Wesleyan took a pair of softball games from Mount Marty on Saturday by scores of 11-0 and 7-2, dropping the Lancers to 1-11 in the conference.

USD blanked Western Illinois 2-0 in softball on Saturday, as Rachel Cue fired a three-hitter for the Coyotes, now 5-3 in Summit League play.

Yankton senior J-J Hejna won the high jump and triple jump Saturday at the Brandon Valley Invitational, while Casey Skillingstad took first in the pole vault and Annie Kruse won the 1600.
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Daily Sports Report 4-12

Saturday, April 12, 2014
The Yankton Gazelles shot a 358 total and placed third at the Parkston Invitational Friday, behind Pierre and Parkston.  Gazelles sophomore Becky Frick fired an 81 and placed seventh in the meet.

The Yankton High School track and field squad will be among nine teams competing at today's Brandon Valley Invitational.  The action starts at 10:30 a-m and we'll have reports throughout the day on AM 1450, KYNT.

We'll have the broadcast of game one today of the Hastings at Mount Marty baseball doubleheader on 1450, KYNT starting at 1 p-m.  The Lancers are 1-7 in the GPAC...one game behind Hastings.

The Mount Marty softball squad beat Dakota State 8-4 in the opener Friday, then lost 11-3 to the Lady T's in game two.  Mount Marty has a softball twin bill at Nebraska Wesleyan this afternoon.
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Daily Sports Report 4-11

Friday, April 11, 2014
Mount Marty College has added Class B all-state guard Blake Bartscher for their men's basketball program.  Bartscher helped Ethan to a fourth-place finish at the state tourney, was named the Class B Spirit of Su winner and averaged nearly 19 points and 8 assists per game this season.

The Mount Marty baseball squad is looking to move up in the GPAC standings this weekend, with home conference doubleheaders against Hastings and Nebraska Wesleyan.  We'll have the broadcast of Saturday's first game with Hastings at 1:00 on AM 1450, KYNT.  The Lancer softball team has a non-conference doubleheader with Dakota State today.

The Yankton Bucks tennis team heads north to Aberdeen today for five matches over the next two days against Aberdeen Central, Roncalli, Rapid City Stevens and Madison.  The Yankton Gazelles golf squad competes in the Parkston Invitational today.

Former USD player and coach Joey James has accepted a position as the new men's basketball head coach at Concordia-St. Paul in the Northern Sun Conference.
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Daily Sports Report 4-10-14

Thursday, April 10, 2014
Yankton senior J-J Hejna was named second-team All-State in Class AA boys basketball.  Hejna averaged over 12 points and 8 rebounds per game in helping the Bucks to a sixth place finish at the state tournament.

Mount Marty split a baseball doubleheader with Dakota State on Wednesday, losing the first game 6-4 and winning the nightcap by a 10-5 score.  Jared Miller led the Lancers with five hits and six RBI on the day as Mount Marty is now 16-15 overall.

Leanne Williamson has been named the new full-time head volleyball coach for USD.  Williamson has assisted the Coyotes program since 2009, and takes over from Matt Houk who left for an assistant job with the Minnesota Gophers.

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Daily Sports Report - April 9

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


South Dakota State scored six times in both the fourth and fifth innings to pull away for a 16-3 victory over Mount Marty in non-conference baseball action yesterday.  The game was called after the top of the sixth inning on the 10-run rules. The Mount drops to 15-14 on the season.

Dakota Wesleyan University 8, Mount Marty College 0
    Dakota Wesleyan University 10, Mount Marty College 1 (5)

The Yankton High School tennis team defeated Brandon Valley 5-4 in boys tennis yesterday, but Roosevelt outscored the Bucks 8-1 in an afternoon triangular.  Jason Schindler got two singles wins for the Bucks while the team of Ben Jensen and Hunter Rockne scored the only Yankton doubles win of the day.  The Bucks now have a week off before taking on Sioux City North on April 15th.

Gazelle Becky Frick shot a 77 to come in second out of 75 golfers at the Pierre Invite yesterday at Hillsview Golf Course.  Yankton as a team was fourth on the course with Payton Pierce carding 20th and Amber Livingston 33rd.  The Invite was won by Katie Bartlett of Pierre with a 76.  Team winner was Sioux Falls O’Gorman.

The 2014 South Dakota National Archery in the Schools Program champions were crowned last weekend at the all-day tournament held at the NFAA Easton Archery Complex in Yankton.  Over 30 schools and 350 archers competed for top honors. The competition was held at the elementary, middle school and high school level; with both individual shooters as well as school teams competing to be recognized as top archers in the state. Avon took second place in team results at both the Middle and High School levels.

South Dakota’s women’s golf team placed ninth of 15 teams at the Kansas City Shootout hosted Monday and Tuesday by Shoal Creek Golf Club.   The Coyotes sent nine golfers to compete in the 54-hole event. Freshman Brenna Lervick and junior Janice Baumberger were USD’s top two place finishers for the third event in a row.  Half of the eight Summit League programs competed in the event. It was the final meet for the Coyotes ahead of the Summit League Championships held in two weeks in Keller, Texas.

Kendall Kritenbrink has been named to the U.S. Collegiate National Team program that will train and compete in conjunction with the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships in Minneapolis from June 22 to July 1.  Kritenbrink is one of 36 athletes who were chosen by USA Volleyball for the program. The athletes were chosen based on evaluations from the U.S. Women’s National Team’s open tryouts in February or on past performances in the program. This program is considered a second tryout for the U.S. National Team.  Kritenbrink was The Summit League’s Player of the Year last season.

The Sioux Falls Canaries have named Matt Ferguson as general manager of the club. The Tripp native is in his fifth season with the organization and also serves as the vice president of sales.  Ferguson began his career with the Canaries in 2010 as a sales executive and was promoted to director of ticket sales in 2012. In 2013, Ferguson was named vice president of sales, a position he holds for both the Canaries and Stampede hockey club. Under his guidance, both clubs have seen record attendance and ticket sale growth over the last two seasons.  The club also announced today that Duell Higbe has been named assistant general manger of baseball operations and Brita Bragnalo as assistant general manger of business operations.   The Canaries open the 2014 season at home on May 15th against the Sioux City Explorers.



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Daily Sports Report - April 8

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Both the Mount Marty baseball and softball teams have games this afternoon.  The Mount Marty men are in action today in Brookings taking on South Dakota State and the softball team is at home in Riverside Park against Dakota Weslyan.  Both teams have first pitch at 3 P-M.


The Mount Marty College men’s soccer program announced the signing of Renner Mickelson of Mitchell to play soccer for the Lancers this coming season. Mickelson will graduate from Mitchell High School this spring.  Mickelson, a 6’2” forward and outside midfielder, is the current co-record holder for Most Goals Scored and Most Assists at MHS.  In addition to his soccer award, Mickelson is also the recipient of an Academic Honors Scholarship.

O’Gorman took a golf dual from the Yankton Gazelles yesterday 329-387.  Kelsey Johnson of Sioux Falls was the medalist.  Yankton’s top golfer was Becky Frick who shot an 89.  Payton Pierce led the Gazelles J-V golfers to a 319-319 tie.


   The Sioux Falls Canaries announced three key signings on Monday, receiving pitcher Josh Giles from the Amarillo Sox and inking free agent outfielder Drew Muren and catcher Dallas Tarleton.   The Sioux Falls Canaries home opener is Thursday, May 15, at Sioux Falls Stadium against the Sioux City Explorers.


The Mount Marty College Student Nursing Association is sponsoring its third annual “Shape Up at the Mount,” Fun Run and 5K on Saturday, April 12th. The adult 5K race will begin at 9:00 a.m. with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m.  The one mile Fun Run race will begin at 10:00 a.m. with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m.  The cost for running the 5K is $10 per student and $15 per adult. The cost to participate in the Fun Run is $5 per child.


Fox Run Golf Course will host their Spring Fling days beginning this month.  Golfers seeking to invest in new equipment or replace old gear are encouraged to meet with professional fitting specialists from companies like Titleist, Callaway and Nike.  Appointments at Fox Run are limited.  The first Spring Fling day is April 19th with the PING pro fitter.  Ladies and lefties are particularly invited to sign up due to limited pro shop inventory.




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Daily Sports Report - April 7

Monday, April 7, 2014

 Junior Jeff O’Connell collected wins in the men’s long jump and 200-meters while sophomore distance runners Katie Wetzstein and Amber Eichkorn both tallied a win and a second-place finish at the USD Snowbird held at Williams Field in Yankton on Saturday.  The Coyotes also swept the top three spots in two events. Hunter Wilkes won the women’s pole vault. On the men’s side, Brant Haase led a trio of Coyotes in the 5,000, winning in 15:11.11 with Jeff Mettler finishing second and Mubarik Musa placing third.  The Coyotes added five more wins at the meet. Ashley Thompson won the triple jump, Danielle Waldner won the shot put, Mach Dojiok won the 800, Kyle Ballew won the pole vault and Denton Stephens won the hammer throw.  USD men’s thrower Cody Snyder won the discus with a mark of 193-4. That mark would’ve ranked second in the nation.  South Dakota is scheduled to compete at the Sioux City Relays next weekend.

The Mount Marty College women’s soccer program has signed Madison Profeta of Groton to play soccer for the Lancers this coming season. Profeta will be listed on the roster as defender.   Profeta was a captain for the 2013 Groton High School soccer team which finished 3rd in the state tournament.  She was also named to the South Dakota High School All-State Second Team.

 The Mount Marty Lancers won the late game yesterday against three earlier losses this weekend.  Mount Marty took the second game from Concordia 9-5 yesterday following a 13-2 loss to the Cobbers.  The Mount lost a doubleheader against Midland Saturday 13-0 and 13-7.  The Mount Marty softball team lost their doubleheader Sunday 3-0 and 8-3 against Doane.

The Doane double header that was postponed Friday for Mount Marty College has been rescheduled for Monday April 14th at 2 and  4pm.  The Lancers will face Doane at Riverside Park


–        Eagle Creek Software Services in Vermillion, will sponsor the South Dakota Sneaker Tour including a 5K run/walk in Vermillion.  All of the net proceeds from the event will be donated to organizations with planned festivities to celebrate 125 years of South Dakota.   The Vermillion 5K leg of the Sneaker Tour is scheduled for April 26.  Pre-registration is available at one of the Vermillion sponsors: Old Lumber Company, Eagle Creek Software Services offices or online at www.sdsneakertour.com. The cost is $15 to register through April 10, then $20 up until race day.  Same day registration starts at 10:00 AM at the Old Lumber Company at 15 Court St. The run begins at 11:00 AM. 


Michael and Ellen McVay will host a “Round to Remember” Golf Tournament to benefit the South Dakota Alzheimer’s Association.  The tournament will be at Hillcrest Country Club in Yankton on Friday, May 9th at noon. Green fees, golf cart, and dinner following the round is $100.00 per player.  To play in the tournament or be a sponsor, call Hillcrest Country Club.



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