• The South Dakota High School Track & Field State Meet began yesterday at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls, and continues today through Saturday.

For the Gazelles,

–In the 4×800 Meter Relay Finals, the team of Annika (Ah-Nick-Uh) Gordon, Thea Chance, Shae Rumsey and Sydnee Serck finished 3rd with a (9:29.39) time, Brandon Valley took the Gold (9:15.93).

–The 4×100 Meter Relay team of Alexia Wheeler, Alivia Dimmer, Molly Savey and Burkley Olson finished 14th with a (51.85) time and missed the finals cut.

–The 1600 Spring Medley Prelims saw the Gazelles team of Burkley Olson, Cora Shurman, Annika Gordon, and Shae Rumsey finish with the third best time in the preliminaries with a (4:14.65) to advance to the final on Saturday.

–Cora Schurman finished 2nd in the long jump with a 18-011/4, while SF Lincoln’s Lauren Merkley edged her with an 18-063/4 measure. Yankton’s Tierney Faulk finished 7th (17-033/4).

For the Bucks,

–In the 4×800 Meter Relay Finals, the team of Carson Conway, Nate Schoenfelder, Zach Fedde, and Dylan Payer marked a time of (8:18.71) to finish third. Sioux Falls Jefferson took 1st with a (8:10.21) time.

–In the 100-Meter Dash Prelims, both Austin Gobel and Jaden Supergeci (Super-Guess-E) snuck into the top eight to advance to the finals on Saturday with (11.13 and 11.18) times respectively.

–In the 4×100 Meter Relay Prelims, the team of Gavin Haselhorst, Brayden Boese (Bayze), Gavin Swanson and Jaden Supergeci edged out Pierre by a fraction of a second to hold onto the 8th finals qualifying spot on Saturday with a (43.56) time.

–Gavin Haselhorst finished 6th in the Long Jump with a 21-013/4 measurement. Sam Rohlfs of Aberdeen took 1st (23-05.25).

–Bodie Rutledge finished 10th and Carson Haak finished 13th in Shot Put with (139-00 and 135-05) measured throws respectively.

For full day one results, and day two schedule, visit

  • Mount Marty’s Seth Wiebelhaus finished fifth in the decathlon at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships yesterday at Gulf Shores, Alabama. Wiebelhaus finished with 6,486 points in the two-day event, posting top-four finishes in three of the day’s five events: third in the 110 hurdles (15.34), and fourth in the pole vault (4.2 meters) and 1500 (4:42.73). Also for the Lancers, Marcus Jnofinn posted a qualifying time in the 100-meter dash, finishing in 10.33 seconds, good enough to compete in the finals today. The Lancers team of Paul Paul, Taven McKee, Jesse Van Hemert and Nathan Simons had the second-fastest qualifying time in the 1600-meter relay, finishing with a 3:11.90.
  • The Yankton Tappers fell in South Central League play for the second game in a row last night, falling to Vermillion at Riverside Field 9-7. The Tappers are now 1-2 in SCL play, and host Menno on Sunday at Riverside Field, first pitch 6pm. In other SCL play, Crofton lost to Lesterville 13-2 at home, and Wynot lost to Tabor 12-1 at home.
  • Senior Joe Gokie and Sophomore Lucas Kampshoff were selected to the South Dakota High School Baseball Association’s All-State Second Team yesterday. The two, in addition to senior Samuel Kampshoff, were named to the All-Region Team. Lucas Kampshoff led the (13-11) Bucks in both average (.397) and RBI (21) this season.
  • A Hail Mary touchdown pass in late November turned out to be the deciding factor in this year’s South Dakota Showdown Series presented by South Dakota Corn and Midco Sports. The South Dakota Coyotes and South Dakota State Jackrabbits both accumulated 13 points, invoking the tiebreaker for the first time in the Showdown’s 10-year existence. The football result, a 23-20 Coyote victory in Vermillion, served as the tiebreaker. The trophy was presented Thursday at the South Dakota Corn Office. The South Dakota Showdown Series is a point-based athletic and academic competition between the two in-state university rivals. Points were claimed in head-to-head competitions and Summit League Championship finishes in 16 men’s and women’s sports. Both programs scored the maximum three points allotted for academic achievement by compiling a student-athlete grade-point average above 3.0.