KYNT Local Sports for 12-3-19

The Yankton Gazelles gymnastics squad posted a 125.9 score to finish second behind Mitchell and ahead of Parkston-Ethan in the season opener last night.  Alison Johnson scored a 32.45 and led the Gazelles with a sixth place in the All-Around and Ava Koller was ninth in the All-Around at 31.95.

Yankton Bucks seniors Dylan Yaggie and Luke Barnes were both honored Monday as members of the South Dakota High School football Academic All-State team.

Mount Marty College men’s basketball coach Todd Lorensen has been named the NAIA National Coach of the Week by  Lorensen guided the Lancers to victories over two teams in the top 20 of the national rankings last week.  Mount Marty beat 16th-rated Jamestown 93-88 in overtime last Monday and on Saturday edged 20th-ranked St. Ambrose 93-90.  The Lancers are 10 and 2 on the season and will play at sixth-ranked and unbeaten Dakota Wesleyan on Wednesday as part of a women’s and men’s G-PAC doubleheader.

In men’s basketball Monday, 22nd-ranked Washington beat South Dakota 75-55.  Stanley Umude led the Coyotes with 17 points and 13 rebounds as their record dropped to 6 and 3 on the season.

The University of South Dakota will host one of eight sites this week for the National Invitational Volleyball Championship.  The Coyotes were the regular season champion of the Summit League and finished with a 27 and 2 overall record.  USD will host Central Michigan at 7:00 Thursday at the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.  The other opening match Thursday pits Nevada-Las Vegas against Kansas City, and the winners will face each other at 2:00 Friday for the right to advance to the third round next week.

In the FCS playoffs on Saturday, Northern Iowa defeated the University of San Diego 17-3.  In the second round coming up Saturday, South Dakota State will host Northern Iowa with a 1:00 kickoff in Brookings.  In other games Saturday involving teams from the Missouri Valley Football Conference, Illinois State will play at Central Arkansas and top-seed North Dakota State hosts Nicholls State.