The Yankton Bucks and Gazelles basketball teams wrapped up their regular seasons on Saturday with a pair of games against Sturgis Brown.

            The Gazelles fell in their game 44-42, while the Bucks defeated Sturgis 60-42. The victory was the 151st of Chris Haynes tenure as Bucks head coach, which ties him with Bob Winter for the most all-time in program history.

            Next up for both teams would be the SoDak 16. As it stands the Gazelles are .008 seed points outside the bracket as they await the final results for every team in Class AA, including the current 16th seed Sioux Falls Roosevelt.

As for the Bucks, they currently sit 4th in Class AA and would host #13 Huron inside the Summit Activities Center on Saturday. Official matchups are still pending, and will be finalized at the end of the regular season for all Class AA teams.

The South Dakota high school state wrestling tournament took place last week, and Yankton wrestler Navaeh Leonard won the girls 142 pound state title on Friday night.

Leonard capped off her title run with a 5-4 tiebreaker victory over Ali Bissell of Sioux Falls Roosevelt. Following the victory, Leonard ended her senior season with a 36-2 overall record and her second state championship in the last three seasons.

Yankton high schooler Miles Krajewski (Kra-ski) competed in the 2023 Para-badminton International in Vitoria, Spain last week and took home a top-6 finish in mixed doubles, a bronze medal in men’s singles, and a gold medal in men’s doubles with his partner Vitor (Vee-tor) Tavares. Krajewksi currently ranks in the top 20 in the world for men’s singles (20th) and men’s doubles (5th) as he has his eyes set on the 2024 paralympic games in Paris, France.

The Mount Marty Lancers Baseball team were in Lincoln, Nebraska this week as they improved to (9-2) with a 3-game sweep over Valley City State University. The Lancers won game one 7-1, game two 7-2, and game three 9-3. Catcher Billy Hancock led the way offensively as he went 6-12, with 2 home runs and 6 RBIs over the weekend.

Next up for the Lancers is a trip to Atchinson, Kansas as they have a pair of double headers against Benedictine College on Saturday and Sunday.

The Mount Marty Lancers Softball team were in Davenport, Iowa over the weekend as they played four games in two days. The Lancers would fall in all four games losing to Saint Ambrose 5-1 and Mount Mercy 2-1 on Saturday, as well as Saint Ambrose again 2-1 and Aquinas College 4-0 on Sunday.

The Lancers are now (4-4) on the year and will travel to Wichita, Kansas on Saturday for games against York and Avila University. First pitch for game one will be at 12:00 PM noon.

The South Dakota Coyotes men’s and women’s basketball teams concluded their regular season with a pair of victories over Kansas City on Saturday. The women earned a 74-73 road victory as 4 players scored in the double digits, while the men defeated the Roos 82-48.

Next up for both squads is the Summit League tournament, the women are a 4 seed and will meet #5 Oral Roberts in round 1 on Sunday at 12:30 PM, while the men are the 6th seed and will face #3 North Dakota State on Sunday at 8:30 PM.

The South Dakota State Jackrabbits men’s and women’s basketball teams closed their regular seasons against Oral Roberts on Saturday. The women defeated ORU 92-67 as the Jackrabbits ended the season undefeated in conference play. The SDSU men would fall to the Golden Eagles 69-65. Matt Dentlinger led the team in scoring with 23 points with Zeke Mayo putting up a 20-point 12-rebound double double.

The SDSU women go into the Summit League tournament as the top seed and will face either St. Thomas or Western Illinois at 12:30 PM this Saturday. The Jackrabbit men earned the #2 seed in their bracket and will meet either Kansas City or Omaha on Saturday at 8:30 PM.

The Nebraska high school girls basketball state tournament officially begins later this week, and three area teams are in the running for a state title.

In Class D1, #3 seeded Cedar Catholic will play Johnson-Brock at 7:45 PM on Wednesday.

In Class C2, top seeded Crofton will meet #8 Cross County at 9:00 AM Thursday morning.

In Class D2, # 6 seeded Wynot will face off with the #3 seed St. Mary’s at 7:00 PM on Thursday.

All games will be held at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The Nebraska high school boys basketball district finals have officially been set as two area teams look to punch their ticket to the state tournament.

In Class D2-3, Wynot will face Hay Springs this evening at 6:00 PM. The game will be played at Ainsworth High School.

In Class C2-4, the Cedar Catholic Trojans will host the Yutan Chieftains tomorrow night at 6:00 PM in Hartington, Nebraska.

Local High School Basketball Results (Saturday):

In Girls Basketball:

  • Yankton fell to Sturgis 44-42
  • Scotland lost to Viborg-Hurley 60-22

In Boys Basketball:

  • Yankton defeated Sturgis Brown 60-42