The Yankton Bucks baseball team celebrated senior night last night, as they split their double header against O’Gorman, losing game one 2 to 1, before winning game two 3 to 0. A double play ending in the glove of senior first baseman Josh Sheldon secured a Bucks victory in the nightcap.

YHS Final Out 5-9-23

            The 11 and 4 Bucks were 2nd in the most recent standings release, and will play exclusively on the road the remainder of the regular season. Next game for Yankton is against Brandon Valley on Friday.

            Yankton Gazelles softball have won 8 of their last 9 games, as they improved to 11 and 4 last night with a 17 to 6 victory over Mitchell.

            Grace Behrns pitched a complete game on the mound, as she struck out ten batters en route to the victory. Peyton Moser led the way at the plate for the Gazelles as she went 5 for 5 with 3 RBI and 3 runs scored.

            The Gazelles return to Yankton on Friday as they host Brookings for senior night at Sertoma Park at 6:00 PM.

            Yankton Bucks tennis sits 3rd overall in the ESD conference meet following a rain delayed day one of activities.

            Jack Pedersen is the highest single finisher for the Bucks as he took the flight 5 singles championship following his victory over Lucas Fogarty. Other finishers for Yankton include;

  • Zachary Briggs taking 3rd place in flight 1
  • Harrison Krajewski (Kra-ski) finishing 3rd in flight 2
  • Chris Rockne was 3rd in flight 3
  • Ethan Marsh fell in the consolation championship of flight 4
  • Luke Moeller finished 4th in flight 6

            The doubles portion of the ESD meet will take place today in Mitchell. Yankton currently sits at 123 points, 76 points behind the leaders Harrisburg.

            Yankton high school announced yesterday that Bucks head tennis coach Ryan Hage would now also take the reins of the Gazelles tennis program beginning next season.

            Hage has coached the Bucks since the 2015-16 season, and has led them to five straight winning seasons, including a state title in 2022.

            Yankton Gazelles Golf fell 17 to 3 in yesterday’s Marchand Cup against Mitchell. Two of Yankton’s three points came from singles play, as seniors Elsie Larson and Gracie Brockberg each earned victories.

            The Gazelles will return to Mitchell on Friday, May 12th, for the Mitchell Invitational.

            The Mount Marty Lancers softball team had two athletes earn conference honors yesterday, as it was announced that Autumn Porter and Elisabeth McGill were named to the All-GPAC 2nd team.

            McGill, a junior, posted a .382 batting average while also tallying 23 RBI and 3 home runs last season, while Ported batted .305 with 25 RBI and 8 home runs in her sophomore season. The Lancers also had 3 players earn all-conference honorable mentions, as Bailey Kortan, Ella Ray and McKenzie Gray were recognized for their play.

            Two members of the Mount Marty men’s tennis squad were honored yesterday, as Heinrich Lindeque and Jeronimo Wagner earned spots on the GPAC all-conference team. Lindeque earned his honor in the number 1 singles position, while Wagner was named to the team in the number 2 singles position.

            This is the first time in program history that two players had made the all-conference team, during a season that also saw the Lancers pick up their first ever GPAC victory.

            South Dakota softball third baseman Aleesia Sainz (A-lee-see-uh Signs) was honored as the Summit Softball Player Of The Year yesterday, following her stellar 2023 season.

            Sainz led the Summit League in batting average this year as she posted a .420 mark, alongside 21 RBIs on conference play, to lead the Coyotes to an 11 and 9 league record, and the #4 seed in the Summit league tournament.

            USD opens the conference tournament on Wednesday against the No. 5 seed North Dakota Fighting Hawks.