Local Sports 3-5-24

Mount Marty Baseball will play a pair of games in Orlando, Florida today against Ave Maria.

The Lancers enter at 12 and 4 on the year, winning seven of their last eight games. Ave Maria is 5 and 7 on the year, with their losses coming to teams ranked in the top 25 in the NAIA.

Game one is scheduled for 3:00 PM, with game two to follow. Both games will be contested over seven innings instead of the standard nine.

Mount Marty Softball returns to action for two games today, taking on Siena Heights and Bethel University in Viera, Florida.

The Lancers are 6 and 8 on the year and are currently 3 and 1 on their Florida trip. MMU is outscoring their opponents 28 to 8 over the first four games.

MMU will take on Siena Heights at 12:15, while the first pitch for their game against Bethel scheduled for 2:30.

The Cedar Catholic Trojans open up the 2024 Class C2 Boys Basketball State Tournament tomorrow afternoon, as they take on Lincoln Lutheran in round one.

The Trojans enter at 19 and 6 on the year as the #3 seed. Lincoln Lutheran are 17 and 8 on the year and are the #6 seed.

Tipoff from the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln is set for 3:15 PM tomorrow. Pregame coverage on Riverfront Sports 94.3 FM begins at 2:45. Scott Ulrich will be on the call.

The Wynot Blue Devils Boys’ Basketball team will play their first game of the Class D2 State Tournament tomorrow, as they take on St. Mary’s in round one.

Wynot enters as the #4 seed in the class at 17 and 7 on the year. St. Mary’s holds an 18 and 6 record and is the #5 seed.

Tipoff from Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln is scheduled for 10:45 AM tomorrow morning.

Former South Dakota Coyote Chris Nilsen placed fourth in the Men’s Pole Vault at the 2024 World Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Nilsen, who took gold at the US Indoor Championships last month, cleared a height of 5.75 meters to take fourth. 

Sweden’s Mondo Duplantis claimed gold in the event with a clearance of 6.05 meters. Followed by America’s Sam Kendricks and Greece’s Emmanouil Karalis.

University of South Dakota Director of Athletics Jon Schemmel announced yesterday that Mount Marty alum Logan Bornholdt has been hired as the Assistant AD for Development. 

Bornholdt, like Schemmel, comes to USD following a stint at Dakota State University, where she served as Assistant AD for Development for three years. At DSU, Bornholdt revamped the Trojans Athletics Club and was a key part in the 250 million dollar “Trojans Unite” Campaign.

Before starting at Dakota State, Bornholdt was the Assistant Director of Annual & Athletic Giving at Mount Marty University. Bornholdt will assume her new position in May.

Mount Marty Men’s Tennis was defeated by Iowa Central late last week 6 to 1, ending the Lancers four dual win streak.

Luis Lainer claimed the lone win of the day for MMU, winning a singles match against Tacleo Missan two sets to one.

MMU returns to the court today, as they face Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska. Matches are scheduled to begin at 11:00 AM.

Mount Marty Women’s Tennis was defeated by Iowa Central last Friday 5 to 0 in Yankton.

The Lancers had won back-to-back duals before Friday’s loss, and are now 2 and 2 on the year.

The Lancers travel to Seward, Nebraska today for a matchup with Concordia University. Matches are scheduled to begin at 11:00 AM.