- The NCAA Division I FCS Championship is set as two Dakota schools will square up on January 8th in Frisco, Texas.
Defending champion and perennial powerhouse #3 North Dakota State defeated the #7 University of Incarnate Word 35-32 Friday evening at the Fargo Dome in their semifinal round matchup.
#1 seed, South Dakota State took care of business Saturday afternoon, flattening #4 Montana State 39-18 to advance to their 2nd ever FCS National Championship game.
Earlier this season, the Jackrabbits defeated the Bison in the Dakota Marker Game 23-21, the annual border battle held each year. Kickoff for the championship game in Frisco, Texas is set for 1pm on the 8th of January, and can be seen on ABC.
- Summit League Conference play begins tonight for the state’s two Division I Basketball Programs:
The (4-7) USD Women host Kansas City tonight at the Sanford Coyote Sports Center at 7pm, while the (5-7) USD Men travel TO Kansas City for a 7pm tipoff. For South Dakota State, both the (7-5) women and (5-7) men face Oral Roberts, with the women hosting and the men traveling on the road, each with a 7pm tipoff scheduled.
- Yankton Bucks Wrestling made the cold trip north to the seven team Sioux Falls Washington Invitational Saturday morning and finished fourth with a 110 score. Watertown took the team title with a 313 score. In the Girls competition, Watertown also took the team title with 57 points, while the Yankton Gazelles finished 3rd with 54.5 points.
Leading the Yankton Bucks was Dylan Sloan and Shayce Platt, each who secured 2nd place finishes in their divisions, while Damian Janish finished in third place. Also for the Bucks, Peyton Eustace finished fourth, Dominic Cabella, Chase howe, Asa Swenson and Shaylor Platt finished fifth, while Josh Swenson finished sixth.
The Gazelles were led by Nevaeh Leonard, who improved to 11-0 after a first-place finish. Monica Massey and Jaclyn Kyte each placed third. Jett Yaggie finished fourth.
Both the Bucks and Gazelles host their first competition of the season tomorrow evening, as Brookings and Sioux Falls Roosevelt come to the Summit Activities Center for a 5pm start.
- The Yankton Gazelles Gymnastics Squad traveled to Mitchell Saturday morning for the McCormick Invitational and finished fifth out of five but did score a season best (128.65). Mitchell won the meet, scoring 147.7. Leading the Gazelles in the all-around were Mackenzie Steinbrecher (31.675) and Burkley Olson (31.225). Yankton is back at it again today, hosting Madison and Huron in a triangular at the River City Gymnastics Center, beginning at 530pm.
- The Kansas City Chiefs secured their seventh straight AFC West Division title yesterday, defeating the Houston Texans on the road 30-24. The Chiefs, now 11-3, host Seattle on Christmas Eve (Dec 24-Sat) at noon.