KYNT Local Sports 2-27-18

Mount Marty College women’s soccer head coach Peter Shepherd has resigned his position, as he has decided to continue his education in the physical therapy field.  Shepherd had coached both the men’s and women’s soccer programs the past three years until Carlos Saenz was hired a couple months ago to guide the Lancer men’s program.  Mount Marty Athletic Director Chris Kassin says that Saenz will coach both teams on an interim basis and the search for a new women’s soccer head coach will begin immediately.

Mount Marty split a pair of close baseball games in Topeka for the second day in a row against Presentation College.  Justin Miller drove in the winning runs for the Lancers in a 4-3 victory in the opener and the Saints edged Mount Marty 8-6 in the nightcap.  The Lancers are 5 and 3 overall and will spend next week on their annual Spring trip in Tucson, Arizona.

The University of South Dakota won two of three softball games over the weekend in Louisiana, as the Coyotes now stand at 3 and 13 on the season with a trip next weekend to compete in the Grand Canyon Classic in Phoenix.

South Dakota State junior Mike Daum was named the Summit League Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for a seventh time this season.  Daum averaged 26 points and 13 rebounds per game last week as the Jacks won two games and secured the number-one spot in the Summit League Post-Season Tourney.  Daum was also named the Lou Henson award National Player of the Week.

Top-ranked Ponca will look to defend its Class C-2 boys basketball state championship next week after rolling past Creighton 68-36 last night in a district title game in Randolph.  Tonight, the Wynot boys take on Humphrey St. Francis in a Class D-2 district championship at the Wisner-Pilger gym.

There was girls basketball regional action last night at Mount Marty’s Cimpl Arena as Class B teams moved within one game of a berth in the state tournament.  Avon topped Burke-South Central 50-39 and Tripp-Delmont-Armour defeated Corsica-Stickney 56-41.