Morning Sports Report 12-6-21

● The Yankton Gazelles fell in their season opener to Sioux Falls Lincoln 42-32 Friday night at the Summit Center. Gazelles head coach Trey Krier has a positive outlook on his team’s performance despite the result.

 The Gazelles, now 0-1 on the season, prepare to head to Huron on Tuesday for their ESD Conference opener. You can listen live on KYNT or watch on KYNTV with the voice of Yankton athletics, Bryce Ladwig. Pregame is set for 630pm/tipoff at 7pm.

● South Dakota State dominated the first half and then held off a furious second half comeback bid by fourth-seeded Sacramento State to advance in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs with a 24-19 victory Saturday night at Hornet Stadium. With the win, the Jackrabbits improved to 10-3 overall and earned a date with fifth-seeded Villanova in quarterfinal action Saturday. Kickoff is set for 1pm central.

● South Dakota saw its volleyball season come to a close on Friday with a first round NCAA tournament setback to 11th-ranked Minnesota inside Maturi Pavilion, 25-19, 25-22, 25-17. The Coyotes end their season with a 20-10 record.

● Yankton took seventh in the Lolly Forseth Gymnastics Invitational Saturday afternoon with a 132.6 score. Mitchell, the defending state champions, won the event with a 145.8. Yankton now prepares to host its second competition of the season tomorrow at 530pm in the new River City Gymnastics Center vs all four Sioux Falls Public Schools.

● The Yankton Wrestling squad looks to enter the win column for the first time this season as they travel to and compete against Lennox, as well as Sioux Falls Washington and Sioux Falls Lincoln in a quad. First match is set for 5pm.

● Rich Ann-Archer set a new school record in the women’s 60-meter dash as South Dakota State opened the indoor track and field season with a number of impressive showings Friday at the SDSU Holiday Open and Multi at the Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex. On Saturday, Faith Leiseth broke the school’s  indoor women’s discus throw record, cementing herself in school history during the second day of the invite.

● South Dakota State returns to Frost Arena Monday after four straight games on the road. The Jackrabbits are 3-5 on the season, most recently losing to Northern Iowa 50-59 in Cedar Falls Saturday. The University of  South Dakota women’s basketball (4-4) hosts Bradley (3-3) for a game inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center tonight at 7 pm.

The Mount Marty Lancer basketball programs made the trip down to Sioux City on Saturday for two games with Morningside University. The number 10 Mustangs press defense proved troublesome for the Lancer women as they ended the first have with 13 points and 24 turnovers. However, the Lancers were able to end the game strong, scoring 18 in the fourth quarter. The final score was 80-42, the Mount Marty women fall to 1-8 overall.

  • The Mount Marty men faced number 18 Morningside directly following the women’s game. There were 5 lead changes in the first half of play but Morningside pulled ahead in the second half. With nine minutes to go, the Mustangs had an 18-point lead. Good three point shooting down the stretch and a 27-point performance from Nick Coleman drove the Lancers within 5 in the final minutes, but the Mustangs refused to miss free throws and took the game 82-75. The lancers have now dropped 10 in a row and are 3-11 on the season.