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KYNT Sports 11-30-15

Sunday, November 29, 2015

The South Dakota State football season came to an end Saturday in the first round of the F-C-S playoffs.  The University of Montana scored the first 24 points and held off the 12th-ranked Jackrabbits 24-17.  Freshman quarterback Taryn Christion had 284 yards of total offense but it wasn’t enough as S-D-S-U finished the season with an 8 and 4 record in their fourth consecutive year in the playoffs.

The University of California has canceled its September 3rd season-opening football game at home against the University of South Dakota.  Cal took an opportunity to play its season opener in Sydney, Australia against Hawaii.  U-S-D Athletic Director David Herbster says they are searching for an opponent to start the 2016 season before their home opener September 10th with Weber State.

The U-S-D men’s basketball team won two games in California this weekend, beating Sacramento State 96-90 and Eastern Washington 77-71.  The Coyotes are now 4 and 3 on the season and will play Saturday at the University of Minnesota.

The U-S-D women’s basketball team won a four-team tournament in Florida Saturday with a 76-53 rout of Florida Atlantic.  Junior guard Caitlin Duffy had 20 points as the Coyotes raised their season record to 3 and 3.

The Yankton Gazelles gymnastics team opens their season Monday night at home against the defending state champion Mitchell Kernels, with the meet scheduled to begin at 5:30 p-m at the Summit Activities Center.

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KYNT Sports 11/28/15

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Four Coyotes scored in double figures as the South Dakota women defeated Appalachian State 87-60 at the Florida Atlantic Thanksgiving Tournament Friday. The win improves the Coyotes to 2-3. Senior center Margaret McCloud put away 13 points to lead the Coyotes in scoring. Senior guard Tia Hemiller and junior guard Caitlin Duffy added 11 points each. Sophomore center Kate Liveringhouse knocked down five field goals for 10 points. South Dakota led the entire contest, with as much as a 30-point advantage in the fourth quarter.

The South Dakota men play two games this weekend at the Sacramento State Invitational in Sacramento, Calif. The 2-3 Coyotes face undefeated Sacramento State 5:30 p.m. today, and will take on Eastern Washington at 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

South Dakota State brings a stingy defense into its Football Championship Subdivision playoff game against a surging Montana, whose offense has averaged 55 points in each of its last two games,  The Jackrabbits (8-3) have allowed just 16.7 points per game, the ninth-best mark in the FCS, and the defense really stiffens when its opponents are in scoring range.  Montana's (7-4) ) offense has scored 111 points in its past two games with the return of starting quarterback Brady Gustafson, who has passed for 1,460 yards and nine touchdowns in five outings.  The first-round game kicks off at 1 p.m. Saturday in Missoula. It will be carried by ESPN3 and DirecTV's ESPN College Extra.  The teams played one common opponent. The Grizzlies defeated four-time defending champion North Dakota State 38-35, while SDSU fell to the Bison 28-7.

The Dakota State University Fieldhouse has been closed to all activities due to lead dust.  President José-Marie Griffiths says the National Guard informed the school on Wednesday about the results of a health study done this summer. Guard activities in the fieldhouse over the years have included an indoor firing range.
The university has hired an environmental assessment company to do an independent review.  DSU basketball practice has been moved out of the fieldhouse for now, as has part of the Greater Madison Area Chamber of Commerce Show and Sell event planned for Saturday.

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KYNT Sports 11-27-15

Thursday, November 26, 2015
University of South Dakota defensive end Andrew Van Ginkel has been named the Missouri Valley Football Conference Freshman of the Year. Van Ginkel is the first Coyote to earn the award since South Dakota joined the league in 2012. Van Ginkel is a redshirt freshman from Rock Valley, Iowa.

The University of South Dakota women’s basketball team plays in the Florida Atlantic Thanksgiving Tournament today against Appalachian State at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, South Dakota will face either Florida Atlantic or Delaware State.

The South Dakota State Jackrabbits men’s basketball team has now run their season-opening winning streak to six with a 77-66 win over Cleveland State in Cancun, Mexico. The Jackrabbits 6-0 start equals their best start at the Division I level.

U-S-D director of track and field/cross country Lucky Huber has announced a 2016 schedule featuring three home meets and trips to Big Ten, Big 12, and Pac-12 schools. South Dakota opens the 2016 season inside the DakotaDome as alumni return for the Dakota Realty Alumni Meet on Jan. 16. The two other home meets on the schedule will be held at the new outdoor track facility. Fans can get a first look at the new facility on April 19, prior to the Coyotes hosting the 2016 Summit League Outdoor Championships May 12-14. The Summit League Outdoor Championships are to be hosted by South Dakota May 12-14.

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KYNT Sports 11-25-15

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Dakota Wesleyan swept both ends of a G-PAC basketball doubleheader over Mount Marty last night at the Corn Palace.  The Tigers pulled away for a 72-47 women’s victory, as Alex Kneeland led the Lancers with 16 points and 7 boards.  Dakota Wesleyan downed Mount Marty 104-75 in the men’s contest, as Taylor Millay topped the Lancers with 16 points.  Mount Marty will resume basketball action next Wednesday at home with a doubleheader against Briar Cliff.

U-S-D won their men’s basketball home opener on Tuesday with an 83-63 win over the South Dakota School of Mines.  Senior guard Casey Kasperbauer led the Coyotes with a career-high 26 points.  U-S-D is 2 and 3 on the season and will travel this weekend to Sacramento for a pair of non-conference games.

Scotland reached the state football semifinals this fall, and the Highlanders put two on the Class 9-A all-state team.  Senior defensive end Kreg Kepplinger and senior linebacker Tanner Iwan were both named all-state for Scotland.  Also from this area, Gayville-Volin junior linebacker Grant Rice and Irene-Wakonda senior defensive tackle Ben Gustad were selected Class 9-A first team all-state.

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KYNT Sports 11-26-15

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The competitive sports season begins Monday for Yankton High School winter sports teams.  The Gazelles gymnastics squad will host defending state champion Mitchell in a meet starting at 5:30 p-m.  The Bucks wrestling season starts next Saturday at the Watertown Duals Tournament, and the Yankton High School basketball seasons begin with a doubleheader at Mitchell on December 11th.

U-S-D defensive end Andrew Van Ginkel has been named the Missouri Valley Football Conference “Freshman of the Year”.  Van Ginkel is a redshirt freshman from Rock Valley, Iowa who finished second in the Missouri Valley with nine quarterback sacks and 18 tackles for loss.  He also tied for second nationally with three fumble recoveries.

The U-S-D women’s basketball team is competing in the Florida Atlantic Thanksgiving Tournament the next two days.  The Coyotes are 1 and 3 on the season and will face 1 and 2 Appalachian State at 1:30 this afternoon.  

South Dakota State sophomore Macy Miller was honored as the Summit League Women’s Basketball Player of the Week.  Miller averaged 27 points a game for the Jacks last week and currently leads the Summit League in scoring.

The S-D-S-U men’s basketball team is now unbeaten in six games after winning the Mayan Division Championship of the Cancun Challenge in Mexico this week.  The Jacks defeated Cleveland State 77-66 in the title game as Tournament M-V-P Deondre Parks led the team with 18 points and 7 rebounds.

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KYNT Sports 11-24-15

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Mount Marty College basketball teams continue their season tonight with a G-PAC doubleheader at Dakota Wesleyan.  Our broadcast of Lancer basketball starts at 5:35 p-m on AM 1450 KYNT from the Corn Palace in Mitchell.

U-S-D had a successful women’s basketball home opener last night, crushing Marquette 97-69.  Senior Nicole Seekamp had 16 points and 12 assists for the Coyotes, now 1 and 3 on the season.  U-S-D will face Appalachian State Friday afternoon in a two-day tournament in Boca Raton, Florida.

Tonight, U-S-D has their men’s basketball home opener as the 1 and 3 Coyotes host the South Dakota School of Mines at 7:00 in the Dome.

U-S-D head football coach Joe Glenn announced his retirement Monday.  Glenn had 200 college coaching victories in his 28-year career, including national championships at Northern Colorado and Montana.  He was 12 and 34 during four seasons with the Coyotes.

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KYNT Sports 11-23-15

Monday, November 23, 2015

Mount Marty College improved their women’s basketball record to 3 and 2 as the Lancers hung on for a 72-67 victory at Doane College on Saturday.  Mount Marty was 16 for 16 at the free throw line, and hit 50 percent of their three-point attempts.  Alex Kneeland led the attack with 23 points, while Raquel Sutera added 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Mount Marty led at halftime of the men’s game, but Doane rallied to defeat the Lancers 86-71.  K-J DeCristino paced Mount Marty with 18 points and Jalen Hurley added 16.  The Lancers will visit Dakota Wesleyan for a basketball doubleheader Tuesday night at the Corn Palace.

Mount Marty freshman Mikayla Prouty of Bryant, South Dakota placed 119th out of 321 runners in the NAIA National Cross-Country meet in Charlotte.  Prouty was the top G-PAC freshman runner in the final month of the season.

U-S-D senior Amber Eichkorn ended her career with a 154th place in the NCAA Cross-Country national meet in Louisville.

Illinois State crushed U-S-D 46-0 in football on Saturday, as the Coyotes finished with a 5 and 6 season record.  Coyote head coach Joe Glenn will officially announce his retirement today.  Glenn is one of 76 coaches in NCAA history to reach 200 victories, he was 12 and 34 in four seasons with the Coyotes.

Western Illinois upset South Dakota State 30-24 in double overtime on Saturday.  The Jacks ended with an 8-3 regular season record and will open the F-C-S playoffs with a game at 16th-ranked Montana at 2:00 Saturday.

South Dakota’s entries in the N-C-A-A Division Two football playoffs both lost in the first round Saturday.  Henderson State defeated the University of Sioux Falls 23-16, while Humboldt State outscored Augustana University 45-31.

Denver eliminated U-S-D 3-1 in the Summit League Volleyball Tournament semifinals on Saturday.  The Coyotes finished up 15-16 overall

U-S-D has their home women’s basketball opener tonight, taking on Marquette University at 7:00 in the DakotaDome.  The Coyotes are winless in three games to open the season. 

The top-seeds each won state high school volleyball championships Saturday night at the Denny Sanford Premier Center.  Aberdeen Central, Sioux Falls Christian and Chester were the state title winners.  Parker ended up third in the Class B tournament as the Pheasants finished with a 28 and 6 season record.

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KYNT Sports 11-20-15

Friday, November 20, 2015

The South Dakota high school volleyball state tournaments started Thursday with all three classes being played at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls.  Parker downed Philip 3-1 in the first round of the Class B tourney, and the Pheasants will take on top-seed Chester tonight in the semifinals.  The other top seeds, Aberdeen Central and Sioux Falls Christian, won in straight sets yesterday.

Mount Marty has signed Wagner High School all-stater Ali Kuca for their women’s basketball team next season.  Kuca is a 5’9” guard/forward who averaged 19 points and 9 rebounds per game during her junior season at Wagner, shooting 40 percent from three-point range.

Mount Marty freshman Mikayla Prouty will compete in the N-A-I-A National Cross-Country championship tomorrow in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Prouty finished sixth in the G-PAC meet two weeks ago for the Lancers.

U-S-D senior Amber Eichkorn will run in her second consecutive N-C-A-A national cross-country championship tomorrow in Louisville, Kentucky.  Eichkorn was second in the Summit League race and she took 135th place last year in the nation.

The Kansas State women’s basketball team stayed unbeaten, but it took overtime last night to edge U-S-D 84-81.  In the loss, the Coyotes set a Bramage Coliseum record by making 17 three-point baskets, the most K-State has ever allowed in their history.  U-S-D senior Nicole Seekamp had 20 points, 10 assists and 8 rebounds…while junior Caitlin Duffy made seven three-point shots for 21 points.

The U-S-D men’s basketball team is also in Manhattan, Kansas and will have a game at Kansas State tonight.

The U-S-D football team is 5 and 5 on the season entering their final game tomorrow at Illinois State, while the South Dakota State squad takes an 8 and 2 record into the regular season finale at Western Illinois.

The U-S-D volleyball team faces North Dakota State tonight at 6:00 in the opening round of the Summit League championships in Denver.

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KYNT Sports 11-19-15

Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Mount Marty College women’s basketball team battled top-ranked Morningside before dropping a 68-58 decision last night at the Cimpl Arena.  Senior Alex Kneeland led the Lancers with 17 points, while senior Raquel Sutera had 12 points and 7 rebounds. 

Morningside controlled the men’s game with an 85-60 victory over the Lancers.  K-J DeCristino paced the Lancers with 18 points in the conference opener.  The Mount Marty teams will have a G-PAC doubleheader at Doane College Saturday.

Mount Marty had two players earn honorable mention from the G-PAC for volleyball.  Junior BreAnne Thege (tee-gee) was honored for her defense, as she paced the Lancers with 494 digs.  Junior Sierra Kloth (klohth) topped the Lancers with 310 kills and 50 ace serves.

Mount Marty has signed Gayville-Volin standout Genevieve Clark to run track and cross-country and play basketball.  Clark is a 5-8 guard who averaged 17 points a game for the Raiders last season, and she has finished in the top two spots in the Class B cross-country state meet twice in her career. 

The University of South Dakota basketball teams are both spending time in Manhattan, Kansas this week.  The Coyote women have a game tonight at Kansas State, and the U-S-D men play at K-State tomorrow night.

The 35th annual South Dakota high school state volleyball championships begin at noon today, and all three classes will be played at the same time at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls.  The defending state champions are Sioux Falls O’Gorman, Sioux Falls Christian and Warner…and all three are back to defend their state titles.  There are six sessions of volleyball planned, with the state championship games to be played Saturday night.

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KYNT Sports 11-18-15

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Mount Marty College basketball teams open their G-PAC schedule tonight with a very tough opponent.  The Lancers will host Morningside College in a women’s and men’s doubleheader starting at 6 p-m at the Cimpl Arena.  The Mustangs are unbeaten and rated first in the nation in women’s basketball, while the Morningside men are 2 and 3 on the season.  Our broadcast of Lancer basketball starts at 5:35 this evening on AM 1450, KYNT.

U-S-D shot only 28 percent from the field, and lost a 64-43 women's basketball decision at Northern Iowa Tuesday night.  The Coyotes are winless in two games, and will play at Kansas State Thursday evening.

Sydney Bormann of Parkston is a three-time Class A state girls golf champion, and she has signed to play college golf at South Dakota State.  Bormann also has been named the South Dakota Golf Association Junior Female Golfer of the Year twice, and won two Midwest Junior Golf titles.

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