The Yankton Bucks football team advanced to the Class 11-AA State Championship last Friday night, as they defeated the Tea Area Titans 33 to 25.

            Bucks Sophomore Carson Ness excelled on both sides of the ball, catching 6 passes for 94 yards and 2 touchdowns on offense, while tallying a pair of interceptions defensively, the last of which sealed the win for the Bucks.

            The Pierre Governors await the Bucks in the state title game next week. Kickoff from the DakotaDome is set for 7:00 PM next Friday night.

Six Yankton Bucks players made this year’s ESD All-Conference team, led by senior Tucker Gilmore who was named to the team for both offense and defense.

The other Bucks named to the team were Quarterback Lucas Kampshoff, Offensive Tackle Cayden Wavrunek (Wah-ver-nick), Linebacker Matthew Sheldon, Defensive Lineman Tyson Prouty, and Kicker/Punter Josue Trujillo (Ho-Sway Tru-he-o).

            SoDak 16 pairings have been set for Class AA volleyball, and the Yankton Gazelles enter postseason play as the #14 seed.

            The Gazelles will travel to Sioux Falls Washington for the SoDak 16, as they take on the #3 seeded Warriors with a spot in the State Tournament on the line.

            The Gazelles and Warriors will play on Thursday night, beginning at 6:00 PM. Pregame coverage on KYNT and KYNTV is scheduled for 5:30.

Mount Marty Freshman Guard Rugby Ryken made history in his first career start on Saturday, tying the Lancers single game record for assists with 16 in MMU’s 88 to 81 loss to Valley City State University.

            Ryken added 11 rebounds to his statline for a double-double. Lancers Head Coach Collin Authier spoke highly of Ryken and his willingness to be coached following his near record breaking performance.

            Tash Lunday also had a big day, as he tallied 27 points, 7 rebounds, and played all 40 minutes for the Lancers.

            The Lancers are on the road for their next game tonight, as they travel to Vermillion, South Dakota to take on USD. Tip-off is set for 8:00 PM, pregame coverage on KYNT begins at 7:30. Tehl Tanner will be on the call.

            Mount Marty Women’s Basketball suffered their first loss of the season on Saturday, as they fell to Valley City State University 75 to 74, as the Vikings hit a half court shot as time expired.

            Four different Lancers scored in the double digits in the loss, led by Kaity Hove who tallied 17 points and 7 rebounds.

            The Lancer women, now 2 and 1 on the year, travel to Madison, SD for their next game, as they take on Dakota State on Wednesday night.

            Mount Marty Cross Country competed in the GPAC Championship meet over the weekend, as the men finished 6th and the women took 10th.

            Tague Tvedt was the highest finisher for the Lancer men as he took home 25th, followed by Logan Ferrari in 33rd. Jordyn Fischer led the Lancer women, as she finished in 37th.

            The GPAC Championships mark the end of the 2023 season for Lancers Cross Country.

            Avon Pirates Football punched their ticket to the DakotaDome last night, as they defeated De Smet 46 to 19 in the Class 9-B Semifinals.

            This is the first trip to the championship game for the Pirates since their title win in 2013. Avon will take on Faulkton Area next Thursday night.

            The Crofton Warriors advanced to the Class D1 Football Semifinals last night, as they defeated Elkhorn Valley 64 to 22.

            The Warriors will face the Exeter-Milligan/Friend (EMF) Bobcats in the semifinals next Friday night.

            The Wynot Blue Devils are on to the Class D2 Football Semifinals, as they topped Humphrey St. Francis 34 to 12.

            The Blue Devils will take on Howells-Dodge next Friday night. Wynot was victorious in the regular season matchup between the two teams, as they took a 32 to 26 win.

            The Wynot Blue Devils took home third in the Class D2 Volleyball State Tournament on Saturday, as they defeated Meridian 3 sets to 1. The Blue Devils conclude the 2023 campaign with a 27 and 7 overall record.

            South Dakota Coyote Football got back into the win column on Saturday, as they took a 14 to 7 road win over #10 Southern Illinois.

            The Coyote defense was stout throughout the game, tallying 7 sacks, 4 of them belonging to Brendan Webb, and allowing only one touchdown to SIU, coming with just over 3 minutes left in the 4th quarter.

            The Coyotes return home next week, as they host North Dakota inside the DakotaDome.

            South Dakota State Jackrabbits Football remained undefeated last weekend, as they moved to 9 and 0 with a 33 to 16 win over North Dakota State.

            The SDSU defense forced a pair of turnovers in the win, as they intercepted NDSU Quarterback Cam Miller twice.

            The Jackrabbits are on the road next week, as they travel to Youngstown, Ohio for a game against Youngstown State.

            The Nebraska Cornhuskers had their 3-game win streak snapped on Saturday, as they lost to Michigan State, 20 to 17.

            The Huskers, now 5 and 4, remain one win away from bowl eligibility, as they return to Lincoln next week to host Maryland.

SD HS Football State Title Matchups for All Classes (This Week)

In Class 11-AAA:

  •  #1 Sioux Falls Lincoln vs #3 O’Gorman

In Class 11-AA:

  • #1 Pierre vs #2 Yankton

In Class 11-A:

  • #1 Dell Rapids vs #2 West Central

In Class 11-B:

  • #4 Elk Point-Jefferson vs #6 Hot Springs

In Class 9-AA:

  • #1 Parkston vs #3 Howard

In Class 9-A:

  • #1 Warner vs #7 Deubrook Area

In Class 9-B:

  • #1 Avon vs #2 Faulkton Area