Local Sports Report 1-10-22

  • The Yankton Gazelles & Bucks basketball teams split a varsity doubleheader in Mitchell Friday night. The Gazelles fought hard the entire game, but their resiliency was tested when missed free throws opened a window for the Kernels to extend the game.

The Gazelles would grind out the overtime period, securing a 56-53 overtime victory to improve to 2-3 on the season and 2-1 in ESD play. The Gazelles were led in scoring by Ellie Karolevitz (Karlevitz) who netted 23 points in the win. Coach Trey Krier credited his team for their resilience under pressure.

The Bucks began their highly anticipated matchup falling behind 8-0 from tip-off, and were facing a 17-point deficit at half. Yankton battled all the way to the end, closing the margin to seven points on multiple occasions. The Bucks were led in scoring by Dylan Prouty who tallied 15 in the effort. Coach Chris Haynes made note of the Bucks slow response to the Kernels offensive push early in the game.

Both the Gazelles and Bucks turn their attention to another ESD foe, this time at home as the tough Harrisburg Tigers come to town for a doubleheader tomorrow evening. You can catch the action on all KYNT audio platforms as well as on KYNTV with the voice of Yankton athletics, Bryce Ladwig. Pregame coverage begins at 630pm/tipoff at 7.

  • The South Dakota Women Basketball Team’s stifling defense led the Coyotes to a 65-42 victory over in-state rival South Dakota State on Saturday afternoon in front of 3,513 fans inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center. The Coyote defense held South Dakota State (8-8, 4-1) to its lowest scoring total this season. Coach Dawn Plitzuweit (Plitz-ew-white) is happy with her teams’ defensive capabilities, but is also noting that the Coyote offense is willing and able to contribute to a victory.

The Coyotes shot at a 46.4 percent clip from the field and knocked down 43.8 percent from deep. South Dakota resumes action Thursday in Denver at 8 pm.

  • Zeke Mayo scored a season-high 21 points and Baylor Scheierman didn’t miss a shot in totaling 19 points in an 84-65 South Dakota State win against South Dakota Saturday inside Frost Arena. The Jackrabbits (13-4) stayed unbeaten in Summit League play at 4-0 while South Dakota (7-7), playing for the first time since December 22nd, fell to 0-3. This was the fifth consecutive meeting between the two teams that has taken place outside of Vermillion. South Dakota will stay on the road to face North Dakota (4-12, 0-3 Summit) Monday in Grand Forks, North Dakota. It’s a make-up game from Dec. 30 when the contest was postponed due to COVID-19.
  • The Yankton Gazelles Gymnastics squad finished 6th in the Brookings High School Invite this past Saturday, tallying a 135.75 team score, defending State Champion Mitchell took the team title with a 148 mark. The Gazelles now turn their attention to a varsity triangular in Sioux Falls this Friday versus Harrisburg and Brookings. Competition is et to begin at 5pm.
  • The Yankton Bucks earned their first victory of the season, downing Huron 3-1 in boys’ varsity hockey action on Saturday at the Kiwanis 4-H Ice Center. Luke Abbott posted a goal and an assist for Yankton, which trailed 1-0 after one period. Taten Benson and Donnyraee Marshall each scored a goal. Dawson Vellek had two assists and Hunter Haas added an assist in the win.

On Saturday the Lancer women’s basketball team battled the College of Saint Mary down in Omaha, Nebraska. The Flames jumped out to a 49-15 halftime lead and never looked back, winning the game 81-44. The Lancers fell to 2-16 overall on the season. This evening, the Lancers will play again in an exhibition game on the road against the University of Sioux Falls at 6 p.m.

On Wednesday, the Lancer basketball teams are back in the Cimpl Arena vs Northwestern College. The women’s team will play at 6 p.m. against the #13 Red Raiders with the men’s game to follow. All coverage of these Wednesday night matchups will be on KYNT and KYNTV with the pregame starting at 5:30.

On Saturday, the Indoor Track and Field season will continue with the Mount Marty Opener. This event will be all day Saturday at the Dakota Fieldhouse on the campus of Mount Marty University.