The South Dakota and South Dakota State women’s basketball teams both won big in their opening games this weekend at the Summit League Tournament in Sioux Falls. The second-seed Coyotes rolled past North Dakota State 74-51 as senior Allison Arens of Crofton led the way with 18 points and 6 rebounds. The top-seed Jackrabbits crushed Purdue-Fort Wayne 88-50 as senior Macy Miller led the attack with 24 points. SDSU will take on Oral Roberts today at noon and USD will face North Dakota at 2:30 today in the women’s semifinals.
In the Summit League men’s basketball first round play, Western Illinois upset top-seed South Dakota State 79-76 at the Premier Center as David Jenkins scored a team-high 29 points for the Jacks.. Last night, Purdue-Fort Wayne routed USD 96-70 as the Coyotes finished up with a 13 and 17 season record.
Three Coyotes earned second-team All-American honors in the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship Saturday in Alabama. Helen Falda placed 10th in the pole vault with a jump of 13 feet, 7 ¾ inches…Zack Anderson of Parker took 13th in the high jump with a leap of 7 feet ½ inch…and Lara Boman was 15th in the weight throw with a toss of 65 feet, 4 inches.
The Mount Marty baseball team scored in every inning as they crushed Mayville State 16-3 on Sunday. Justin Miller had four hits and four RBI’s as the 6 and 6 Lancers will now face Lourdes University in a twin bill this afternoon in Tucson. The Mount Marty softball squad outscored Dickinson State 14-6 and then lost an 8-3 decision to Mayville State Sunday as their record stands at 8 and 8 overall.
Second-seed DeSmet won the Class B girls basketball state championship Saturday night with a 49-39 win over previously unbeaten Ethan. Freeman placed fourth in the girls State B tourney, losing to Corsica-Stickney 55-45 on Saturday night at the Huron Arena as the Flyers ended up at 20 and 6 on the season.
In the Nebraska Class D-2 boys basketball championship game Saturday night in Lincoln, Johnson-Brock defeated Osmond 67-54. The Osmond Tigers finished as runner-up in the state with a 27 and 2 season record. In Class C-2, Ponca downed Centennial 52-43 to end up third in the state tournament at 24 and 5 overall.