Mount Marty Lancers catcher Kiko Nunez has been named GPAC baseball player of the week following his performance over the weekend against Briar Cliff.

            On Sunday, Nunez recorded 7 hits over 16 innings, hitting 2 home runs and 5 RBIs. On the season, the Lancer sophomore is batting .323, is tied for the team lead in home runs with 6, and leads MMU in RBIs with 23.

            Nunez and the (21-4) Lancers return to the diamond on Friday, as they travel to Micthell to face off with Dakota Wesleyan.

            Two hockey players from Yankton will compete in the USA Hockey National Championship Tournament, as Madeline Abbot and Luke Moeller have been named to Team South Dakota for their age groups.

            Abbot will compete in Irvine, California as a member of the Under-16 girls team, while Moeller will compete for the under-14 boys team as Team SD looks to defend their national title in Denver, Colorado.

            The USA Hockey National Championship Tournament will officially begin next Thursday, March 30th.

            A pair of young athletes earned top-2 finishes at last week’s Elks Hoop Shoot Region 2 Championships in Rapid City as Easton Prouty of Yankton finished second in the the boys’ 8-9 year-old division, while Crofton’s Blake Connot took the top spot in the boys’ 12-13 year-old division.

            Prouty hit 22 of his 25 attempts to finish as the runner-up, while Connot made 24 of 25 shots, winning his division, and moving on to the national finals in Chicago, Illinois. Connot will compete in Chicago on April 22nd, with the national champion of each division being enshrined in the National Basketball Hall of Fame.

Several all-conference teams for boys and girls basketball in South Dakota have been announced, and a number of local athletes have earned the honors.

For Avon:

  •  Landon Thury and Jaden Stahl were named to the boys All-Little Missouri Valley Conference team.
  • Courtney Sees and McKenna Kocmich were named to the girls all-Great Plains Conference team, as well as All-Little Missouri Valley Conference team.

For Bon Homme:

  • Riley Rothschadl, Chapin Cooper, and Landon Bares were named to the boys All-Little Missouri Valley Conference team. Rothschadl was also named 3rd-team All-Southeast South Dakota Conference.
  • Jurni Vavruska (Yur-nee Vav-roo-ska), Jaden Kortan, and Erin Heusinkveld (Hi-sink-veld) were named to the all-Little Missouri Valley Conference team for girls’ basketball.

For Gayville-Volin:

  • Taylor Hoxeng was named to the All-Great Plains Conference girls’ basketball team.

For Irene-Wakonda:

  • Miles Pollman was named to the all-Cornbelt Conference 2nd-team for boys basketball.

For Scotland:

  • Stephen Johnson, Cole Friederich, and Trenton Skorepa were named to the boys All-Little Missouri Valley Conference team.
  • Trinity Bietz, Martina DeBoer, and Claire Janish were named to the girls All-Little Missouri Valley Conference team. DeBoer and Bietz were also named to the all-Great Plains Conference girls’ basketball team.