The Class 11-AA Football Playoffs begin this week, and the Yankton Bucks are the #2 seed entering their first round matchup against the Huron Tigers on Thursday.

            The Bucks and the Tigers met last week to conclude the regular season, with Yankton taking a 56 to 21 win in Huron.

            This week’s game will take place at Crane-Youngworth Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:00 PM on Thursday.

Class 11-AA First Round Playoff Matchups (Higher Seed Hosts):

  • #1 Pierre vs #8 Spearfish
  • #2 Yankton vs #7 Huron
  • #3 Tea Area vs #6 Sturgis Brown
  • #4 Watertown vs #5 Aberdeen Central

            Mount Marty football fell to Hastings over the weekend in a high scoring affair, 45 to 42. The loss drops the Lancers to a 3 and 6 record on the year.

            The Lancers offense tallied just under 350 total yards, led by quarterback Ken Gay II, who threw for 309 yards and 5 touchdowns in the loss. Jonah Miyazawa (Me-uh-za-wa) led the Lancer receivers with 7 catches for 131 yards. Rex Ryken found the endzone the most for MMU, as three of his five catches ended in a score.

            Mount Marty hits the road for the final time next week, as they travel to Crete, Nebraska on Saturday for a meeting with Doane.

            Yankton Gazelles volleyball swept the East/West duels hosted in Yankton over the weekend, as they finished the two-day event 5 and 0.

            Yankton swept both Spearfish and Sturgis on Friday, before defeating Douglas 2 to 1 and sweeping both Rapid City Central and Rapid City Stevens on Saturday.

            The undefeated weekend for Yankton moves them into a SoDak 16 spot, as they currently sit 15th in the standings. The Gazelles have three more matches to close out the regular season, starting tomorrow night, on the road, against Tea Area.

            Yankton Bucks and Gazelles cross country both took home 10th place finishes from the Class AA State Tournament over the weekend.

The Bucks put three runners in the top-50 of the event, led by a 14th place finish from Dylan Payer. Joining Payer were Abram Chance in 26th, and Harrison Krajewski (Kra-ski) in 31st. On the girls side, a pair of Gazelles took home top-50 finishes, led by 8th grader Rilyn Jackson in 27th with Abby Johanneson finishing 50th.

Sioux Falls Lincoln would win the boys team title, with Pierre’s Jared Lutmer taking home the individual championship. Brandon Valley were champions on the girls side, while Libby Castelli was the individual champion for O’Gorman.

Yankton Competitive Dance finished 3rd in the Class AA State Tournament over the weekend, with Gazelles Cheer taking home 11th in the event.

The 3rd place finish for Yankton Dance is the best in over a decade, as they last placed 3rd back in 2012. The 11th place finish for Cheer was also the highest in recent years, dating back to 2015 when they ended the championships in 9th.

Brandon Valley would be crowned the team champions in the dance competition, while Sioux Falls Jefferson would claim the cheer title.

Mount Marty volleyball fell to 10 and 18 over the weekend, following their 3 to 1 loss to Midland University.

Julia Weber, 13, and Gabby Miller, 11, each tallied double digit kills for the Lancers, while Ally Whitmire led the team in assists with 33.

The Lancers are at home for their next match on Wednesday against Concordia University.

Mount Marty men’s and women’s soccer split their double header with Morningside over the weekend, as the Lancer men won 1 to 0, while the women fell 5 to 2.

The win marked the end of a 12-match skid for the Lancer men against the Mustangs, as Savas Di Lascio scored the lone goal in the 67th minute. On the women’s side, Lesslie Romo-Gutierrez was the driving force behind the Lancers two goals, as she tallied a goal and an assist in the loss.

Both teams are on the road for the next match, as the Lancers have a double header against Waldorf on Wednesday.

Mount Marty men’s and women’s cross country hosted their final meet of the regular season on Saturday, as the men finished 4th with the women in 5th.

Individually for the Lancers, Logan Ferrari was the highest finisher for the men as he ended the meet in 14th. The Lancer women were led by Jordyn Fischer who took home 12th. Former Yankton Gazelle Thea Chance also ran in the race representing USD, as she finished 11th in the women’s race.

The Lancers will next compete in the GPAC Championships on November 4th.

The South Dakota Coyotes football team shutout Indiana State in the 2nd half on Saturday, as they took home a 17 to 3 win over the Sycamores.

The game was tied at the break before a pair of 2nd half touchdowns propelled USD to the win. Running backs Travis Theis (Tice) and Charles Pierre Jr. each eclipsed 100 yards rushing in the win, with Pierre finding the endzone on an 81 yard scamper in the 4th quarter.

The Coyotes will be at home next week, as they host in-state rivals South Dakota State on October 28th.

The #1 ranked South Dakota State Jackrabbits football team remained undefeated on Saturday, as they took a 17 to 10 road win over Southern Illinois.

Isaiah Davis led the Jackrabbit rushing attack with 91 yards and a touchdown in the win, as he averaged over 6 yards per carry. The SDSU defense forced two turnovers in the win, and allowed the SIU offense to find the end zone on only one occasion.

The Jacks are on the road this week, for a rivalry matchup with the South Dakota Coyotes.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers football team are above a .500 record for the first time under Matt Rhule, following their 17 to 9 win over Northwestern on Saturday.

The Nebraska defense put pressure on Northwestern quarterback Brendan Sullivan all afternoon, recording 8 sacks by 8 different players in the win.

Nebraska, now 4 and 3 on the year, will be at home again on Saturday, as they host the Purdue Boilermakers.