Mount Marty Women’s Basketball swept their 2-game west coast swing last night with a 73 to 52 win over Pacific Union.

            Maria Parsley led the Lancers with a 23 point, 12 rebound double-double. The sophomore forward added 5 assists and 4 steals as well, at least tying for the team lead in all four categories.

The Lancers have an extended break before they take the court again, with their next game against Northwestern scheduled for January 6th.

Yankton Bucks Basketball will be in action tonight, as they host the Aberdeen Central Golden Eagles inside the Summit Activities Center.

            The Bucks are 0 and 3 entering the contest, coming off of a loss to Sioux Falls Lincoln last week. Aberdeen are currently 3 and 1 on the year.

            Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 PM, with pregame coverage on KYNT and KYNTV beginning at 6:30. Bryce Ladwig will be on the call.

            Yankton Gazelles Basketball will hit the road this evening, as they take on the Aberdeen Central Golden Eagles in Aberdeen.

            Yankton are 2 and 2 so far this year, following their loss to Sioux Falls Washington last week. Aberdeen are undefeated at 4 and 0, and are 5th in the latest Class AA Media Polls.

            Tip-off from Aberdeen is slated for 7:00 PM.

            The University of South Dakota announced yesterday that Jon Schemmel would be the next Director of Athletics for the University.

            Schemmel has over a decade of experience with Division I Athletics, including time with the Coyotes from 2012 to 2017 as Senior Associate AD. Schemmel most recently was at Dakota State, where he served as President and CEO of institutional advancement at the DSU Foundation & Alumni Association.

            Schemmel will officially take the role beginning on January 2nd, 2024.

             South Dakota Coyote defensive standouts Brock Mogensen, Myles Harden and Brendan Webb have all been named to the American Football Coaches Association FCS All-America Team. Mogensen and Harden were each named to the AFCA First-Team with Webb earning 2nd team honors.

Mogensen is the reigning Defensive Player of the Year in the Missouri Valley Football Conference from his linebacker spot, while Harden, a defensive back, recorded a team high six pass breakups this season.Webb led the MVFC and was 9th in the country in sacks this past season, getting to the opposing QB 9.5 times.

            This is the 4th different list to honor both Mogensen and Harden, while it’s the 2nd publication to name Webb an All-American.

            South Dakota Men’s Basketball play their third and final game of their California road trip tonight, as they take on San Diego.

            The Coyotes enter with a 7 and 5 overall record coming off of back-to-back losses on the west coast, while San Diego are 8 and 4 on the year, winners of two straight.

            Tonight’s game will be the final non-conference game for the Yotes, with tip-off scheduled for 9:00 PM.

            South Dakota Women’s Basketball picked up their 7th straight victory last night, as they defeated Bradley 68 to 47.

            The Coyotes had three players score in double figures, led by 20 from Grace Larkins. Larkins was followed by Tori DePerry with 13 and Kendall Holmes with 12. Larkins and DePerry tied for the team high in rebounds with 8.

            USD are off until after the Christmas holiday, as they open Summit League play against North Dakota State on December 29th.

            South Dakota State Men’s Basketball fell to 6 and 6 on the year yesterday, as they were defeated by Wyoming 78 to 65 in the first game of the Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational.

            Charlie Easley was the scoring leader for the Jackrabbits with 17 points on the night. Easley also had a team high 4 steals in the loss.

            SDSU will conclude the Sun Bowl Invitational today with a game against Norfolk State. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:00 PM.

            South Dakota State Women’s Basketball will be on the road tonight, as they take on the #21 ranked Creighton Bluejays in Omaha, Nebraska.

SDSU are coming off of a loss to Gonzaga this past weekend, while Creighton are 8 and 2, winning 6 of their last 7 games.

Tip-off is scheduled for 6:00 PM this evening.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers football program announced yesterday the signing of 39 student-athletes as part of National Signing Day.

            Of the signings, 5-star QB Dylan Raiola (Ray-o-la) was the highest ranked, as the top quarterback prospect in the country by 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals. 247Sports and Rivals also had Raiola ranked as the #2 overall prospect in the class. Raiola is the son of former Husker Center Dominic Raiola, who spent over a decade in the NFL. Raiola is joined as a “legacy signing” by punter Kamdyn Koch (cook), who is the son of former Husker punter Sam Koch.

            Other major recruits include Tight End Carter Nelson, the 2nd ranked TE in the nation, Offensive Tackle Grant Brix, a top-20 OT in the class, and a familiar name in Edge Rusher Willis McGahee IV, son of former NFL Running Back Willis McGahee.

            The full list of the 39 Nebraska Football signings is included at the end.

Area High School Basketball Schedule for Tonight:

In Boys Basketball:

  • Yankton vs Aberdeen Central.
  • Avon vs Colome
  • Bon Homme vs Alcester-Hudson
  • Gayville-Volin vs Canistota

In Girls Basketball:

  • Yankton @ Aberdeen Central.
  • Avon vs Colome
  • Bon Homme vs Alcester-Hudson
  • Gayville-Volin vs Canistota

Nebraska Football Signings:

  • Jacory Barney Jr., WR
  • Caleb Benning, DB
  • Grant Brix, OL
  • Mario Buford, DB
  • Quinn Clark, WR
  • Landen Davidson, OL
  • Izaac Dickey, RB
  • Ethan Duda, JACK
  • Nolan Fennessy, OL
  • Ian Flynt, TE
  • Roger Gradney, DB
  • Rex Guthrie, DB
  • Dae’Vonn Hall, WR
  • Blye Hill, DB
  • Eric Ingwerson, TE
  • Donovan Jones, DB
  • Daniel Kaelin, QB
  • Kamdyn Koch, P
  • Willis McGahee IV, JACK
  • Isaiah McMorris, WR
  • Ashton Murphy, DL
  • Carter Nelson, TE
  • Preston Okafor, DB
  • Nico Ottomanelli, PK
  • Jake Peters, OL
  • Braylen Prude, DB
  • Gibson Pyle, OL
  • Dylan Raiola, QB
  • Xander Ruggeroli, OL
  • Amare Sanders, DB
  • Connor Schutt, ATH
  • Vincent Shavers Jr., LB
  • Keelan Smith, WR
  • Bode Soukup, QB
  • Larry Tarver Jr., DB
  • Preston Taumua, OL
  • Evan Taylor, DB
  • Trent Uhlir, RB
  • Derek Wacker, LB/RB

HS Signings

Evan Adams (Breda, Iowa) Defensive Lineman, 6-4, 245 lbs. Kuemper Catholic High School

About Evan: Team captain and a first-team all-district performer for the Knights … had 61 tackles as a sophomore and 40 more as a junior before an injury took away his senior season … led his team to the state semifinals in 2022 … also competes in basketball and track and field … competed at the Drake Relays the last two seasons and placed fifth in the state with a discus throw over 165 feet … sister, Aimee, is a USD volleyball alumna … National Honor Society member … plans to study business at USD.

Lincoln Adams (Lake Zurich, Ill.) Linebacker, 6-1, 200 lbs. Lake Zurich High School

About Lincoln: Three-year varsity starter who overcame a back injury sustained during his freshman year to become an all-state performer … had a school-record 148 tackles this past season including 10 for loss … named Lake County Player of the Year … led Lake Zurich to the state semifinals in 2022 and 2023 … also competes in wrestling and track and field … one of two in his class to be elected to attend a leadership seminar … plans to study business management at USD.

Jacob Arop (South Omaha, Neb.) Offensive Lineman, 6-6, 270 lbs. Bellevue West High School

About Jacob: Talented two-sport athlete who started playing football two years ago … didn’t allow a sack and amassed more than 40 pancakes in two seasons … three-time varsity letter winner on the hardwood and helped lead the Thunderbirds to a state championship and an undefeated season in 2022-23 … Bellevue West was the state runner-up the season before.

Jeffrey “JT” Brands (Oakland, Neb.) Defensive Lineman, 6-1, 270 lbs. Oakland-Craig High

About JT: Defensive tackle who has been the leading tackler at Oakland-Craig over the last three seasons … voted best defensive player in C2 … had 71 tackles including 6.5 for loss last season … also scored eight touchdowns on the offensive side of the ball with six rushing scores and two touchdown receptions … compiled 256 tackles including 14 sacks for the Knights … also competes in wrestling and track and field, and is the program record holder in the shot put (58.5 feet) … two-time state qualifier in the shot put … brother, Mike, competes at Nebraska-Kearney … plans to study business at USD.

Mason Cowgill (Erie, Colo.) Tight End, 6-4, 220 lbs. Erie High School

About Mason: Four-year varsity letter winner for football and track and field … helped the Tigers to a 35-7 record during his career and a state championship in 2023 … Erie was runner-up in 2021 … had 32 catches for 508 yards and eight touchdowns for the varsity team … is the current school record holder in the discus where he is a two-time, all-state performer … twin brother, Jackson, intends to compete at Washington State … plans to study business at USD.

Brendon Crispe (Castle Pines, Colo.) Offensive Lineman, 6-9, 295 lbs. Arapahoe High School

About Brendon: First-team all-state and all-conference honoree who was captain of the Warriors’ offensive line his senior season … three-year varsity letter winner in both football and basketball … averaged close to seven pancakes per game offensively and four tackles-for-loss defensively … helped Arapahoe to two league championships and a No. 3 state ranking … first-team academic all-state honoree and honor roll member all four years of high school … sister, Samantha, plays basketball at Utah … plans to study business at USD.

Caden Frey (Red Cloud, Neb.) Tight End, 6-6, 225 lbs. Red Cloud High School

About Caden: Two-time all-state and all-district performer who caught 108 passes for 1,952 yards and 41 touchdowns for the Warriors … led Nebraska in receiving in 2022 and 2023 … had 50 catches for 797 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior, leading the state in all three categories … three-time state qualifier at Red Cloud … also competed in basketball and trap shooting … father, Brad, played collegiately at New Mexico State … plans to study education at USD … commercial beekeeper who manages 13 apiaries for his family’s beekeeping business.

Sam Hawker (Monona, Wis.) Offensive Lineman, 6-9, 305 lbs. Monona Grove High School

About Sam: All-region and honorable mention all-state honoree … semifinalist for the Joe Thomas award which honors the top senior offensive lineman in Wisconsin … played left tackle for the Silver Eagles … saw starting running back run for 1,300 yards behind him and the line surrendered just nine sacks … helped lead Monoma to its first playoff win in three years … also played hockey growing up and was a youth hockey state champion … plans to study business at USD.

Crew Heier (Hartford, S.D.) Linebacker, 6-4, 215 lbs. West Central High School

About Crew: All-state defensive end and tight end for the Trojans … had 65 tackles including three sacks and seven tackles-for-loss last season … also had 11 catches for 207 yards and a score … named an Elite 45 football player by Argus Leader … also competes in basketball at West Central … plans to study business.

Dreavin Hodge (Sioux Falls, S.D.) Running Back, 6-0, 190 lbs. Sioux Falls Lincoln High School

About Dreavin: All-state running back and two-year varsity starter who ran for 623 yards and nine touchdowns while helping the Patriots to a state title and undefeated season in 2023 … three-sport standout who also competes in wrestling and track and field … uncles are current USD linebackers coach Elijah Hodge and former USD linebackers coach Abdul Hodge … sister, Brittany, attended USD … plans to study special education.

Nick Mayfield (Chicago, Ill.) Quarterback, 6-2, 180 lbs. Eisenhower High School

About Nick: Four-year varsity letter winner and three-year starting quarterback for the Cardinals who set the program record for passing yards in a season and touchdowns … three-time all-conference honoree … threw for 2,015 yards and 26 touchdowns this past season … also ran for 835 yards and 12 scores … plans to study business at USD.

Tommy Meckna (Omaha, Neb.) Wide Receiver, 6-2, 180 lbs. Elkhorn North High School

About Tommy: Multi-sport star who owns school records for longest touchdown (83 yards), interceptions in a season (6) and interceptions in a career … first-team all-division honoree … caught 26 passes for 510 yards with seven touchdowns … school record holder in the 100-meter dash … played varsity basketball for three years … father, Tom, played collegiately at Wayne State … plans to study business and has already created his own lawn care business.

Quinton (QJ) Moore Jr. (Lakeland, Fla.) Linebacker, 6-1, 215 lbs. Lake Gibson High School

About QJ: First-team all-district middle linebacker and team captain for the Braves who twice this past season was named MaxPreps player of the game … totaled 103 tackles as a senior with three sacks, nine quarterback hurries and three pass breakups … also competes in track and field for Lake Gibson … National Honor Society member with a 4.0 grade point average … plans to study business at USD.

Mikey Munn (Windsor, Colo.) Defensive Back, 6-0, 185 lbs. Windsor High School

About Mikey: Team captain and three-sport athlete who also competes in basketball and track and field … first-team all-state performer who plays all three phases for Windsor, but excelled at free safety where he had 12 interceptions in 13 games this past season and 15 for his career … was voted the top defensive back in the country by SBLive Sports … had 80 tackles, three interceptions and 14 pass breakups as a junior … scored 17 touchdowns for the Wizards as a senior (12 rushing, 3 kickoff returns, 2 INT returns) … plans to study sport marketing at USD.

Sam Parks (Wichita, Kan.) Kicker, 5-8, 150 lbs. Maize South High School

About Sam: Four-year varsity starter who earned multiple 5A all-state awards and holds school records for points scored, longest field goal and most touchbacks … helped lead Maize South to a regional title this past season … career long is 51 yards … made 169 of 177 extra points and 17 of 25 field goals during his high school career … had 80 touchbacks … also competed in tennis and soccer for the Mavericks.

Beau Ryan (Omaha, Neb.) Linebacker, 5-11, 215 lbs. Westside High School

About Beau: First-team all-state linebacker and team captain who led the Warriors to two state championships and three championship games … leading tackler for a defense that posted eight shutouts and allowed 41 points all season … voted the most “ET” player (effort & toughness) by his coaches … had 70 solo tackles as a senior with 26 tackles-for-loss and four sacks … finished with 219 career tackles … had a pick six and totaled four touchdowns on the season … plans to study accounting at USD.

Dawson Sechser (Sioux Falls, S.D.) Defensive Back, 6-0, 185 lbs. Jefferson High School

About Dawson: Three-year varsity starter while competing in the largest class (AAA) in South Dakota … two-time all-state and all-Metro Conference honoree who has been named Linebacker of the Year and Most Valuable Player … Argus Leader Elite 45 team member this past season and was honorable mention as a junior … team captain who helped lead the Cavaliers to a state title in 2022 … compiled 165 tackles and seven interceptions on defense, and had 362 receiving yards and nine touchdowns on offense … also competes in basketball and in track and field, focusing on long jump, triple jump and relays … 4.0 student who has received the academic all-state award … plans on studying kinesiology or criminal justice … mother, Kim, is a USD alumna.

Jamal Streeter (Port Charlotte, Fla.) Wide Receiver, 6-0, 175 lbs. Port Charlotte High School

About Jamal: First-team all-area receiver who led the Pirates to back-to-back district titles for the first time in program history … set program records for catches (110) and receiving yards (1,477) in three seasons at the varsity level … had 41 catches for 532 yards and seven touchdowns his senior season and also had two interceptions on the defensive side … also plays basketball at Port Charlotte … plans to study business at USD.

Jahiem Williams (Miramar, Fla.) Defensive Back, 5-10, 175 lbs. Miramar High School

About Jahiem: Broward County all-star who had four interceptions including a pick six as senior at Miramar … was credited with 12 pass breakups and totaled 507 all-purpose yards … helped lead the Patriots to three district championships … also a two-time all-district champion on the track … runs 10.7s in the 100-meter dash and 22.1s in the 200 … attends the same high school as current Coyotes Myles Harden, Josiah Ganues and Tim White … plans to study business at USD.

Signed Financial Aid Agreement to Attend USD as a Transfer

Jonathan Bunce (Edina, Minn.) Linebacker, 6-3, 240 lbs. Edina High School, University of St. Thomas

About Jonathan: Earned first-team all-Pioneer League honors for the second consecutive season after closing the season with 63 tackles including 7.5 tackles-for-loss and 4.0 sacks … was the Tommies top tackler inside conference play … he helped lead the No. 2 scoring and rush defense in the Pioneer League … played in 31 games for St. Thomas over the past three seasons, totaling 167 tackles with 12.5 sacks … also has one interception and a forced fumble.

Adrian Hawkins (Baltimore, Md.) Offensive Lineman, 6-6, 290 lbs. DeMatha Catholic High,  Monmouth University

About Adrian: Competed in nine games for the Hawks this season and in 20 games over the past three seasons at Monmouth … played offensive and defensive tackle at DeMatha Catholic High School … also played lacrosse and threw the shot put in high school.

Carter Hooper (Toronto, Ont.) Defensive Lineman, 6-5, 265 lbs. IMG Academy (Fla.), University of Connecticut

About Carter: Competed in all 25 games for UConn over the past two seasons … had 13 tackles as a redshirt freshman in 2022 … had 14 tackles this season including three against USF and a tackle-for-loss against Sacred Heart … played for coach Kevin Wright at IMG Academy in Florida … helped the team to a No. 8 national ranking and claimed the top spot in the state of Florida.