Local Sports 3-20-24

Mount Marty Baseball was swept by #8 ranked Doane yesterday in their GPAC Doubleheader in Yankton.

Game one ended 8 to 7 in favor of the Tigers. Bodi Wallar led MMU at the plate, going 2 for 2 with 3 RBI, 2 runs scored, and a home run.

Doane took game two as well 9 to 6. Will Gardner went 2 for 3 at the plate with 2 RBI and a home run for the Lancers.

MMU, now 15 and 10 on the year, hosts Morningside for a four-game series later this week, beginning with a doubleheader tomorrow at Riverside Field. First pitch of game one is set for 2:00 PM. Pregame coverage on KYNT and KYNTV begins at 1:30. Tehl Tanner will be on the call.

The four-game series between the Lancers and Mustangs was originally scheduled for Saturday and Sunday but was moved up due to forecasted weather in the area.

Mount Marty Softball returned to action yesterday, sweeping Dakota Wesleyan in their doubleheader at Sertoma Park.

The Lancers edged out the Tigers in game one, 8 to 7. Olivia Valdez went 3 for 4 with 3 RBI and 2 runs scored. Autumn Porter went 1 for 1 with 4 runs scored, reaching base three times on a hit by pitch.

The Lancers took game two 11 to 3 in six innings. Autumn Porter went 4 for 4 with a pair of RBI, while Olivia Valdez again went 3 for 4 with 3 RBI. 

Next up for the Lancers is a doubleheader in Jamestown, North Dakota on Saturday against the Jamestown Jimmies.

Mount Marty Men’s and Women’s Tennis will be in Sioux City, Iowa today for a clash with the Morningside Mustangs. Matches are scheduled to begin at 4:00 PM.

Yankton High School will host a Spring Sports Kickoff tomorrow in the Yankton High School Commons. Food & beverages will be served beginning at 5:30 PM, with Spring athletics coaches scheduled to speak at 6:00.

Longtime Dakota Wesleyan Men’s Basketball Head Coach Matt Wilber has announced that he will be leaving the program after eleven years to accept a coaching position with the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury.

Wilber holds a 223 and 115 record as the head coach at Dakota Wesleyan, leading the Tigers to six NAIA National Tournament Appearances, and a runner-up finish in 2015.

Wilber will join the Mercury as an assistant under new head coach Nate Tibbetts. Tibbetts himself is a native of Jefferson, South Dakota. Wilber’s resignation will officially take effect on March 31st.

Yesterday was the Class B portion of the Dan Lennon Indoor Track and Field Invitational in Vermillion, and several area athletes finished at the top of their events.

Menno’s Ashton Massey placed in the top 3 of four different events. Massey won the triple jump, took 2nd in the 60-meter hurdles, and was 3rd in both the 400 and 800-meter runs.

Hartington-Newcastle’s Mani Lange won the girls’ pole vault with teammate Hazel Hochstein in 4th. Cole Heimes finished 5th for the Wildcats in the boys’ pole vault.

Cedar Catholic’s Lauren Bernacker took the top spot in the girls’ 400 while Alex Kuehn claimed the boys’ crown in the same event. Elsewhere for the Trojans Lexi Eickhoff was 2nd in the shot put, and Ava Noecker was 5th in the pole vault. 

Scotland’s Trinity Bietz took the top spot in the girls’ shot put with a throw of 38 feet, 4 and 1/4th inches.

South Dakota State Men’s Basketball will play in the first round of the NCAA Tournament tomorrow night, as they take on the 2nd-seeded Iowa State Cyclones.

The Jackrabbits are 22 and 12 on the year following their Summit League Championship campaign, including 8 straight wins to end the season. Iowa State captured the Big 12 title en route to the #2 seed, as they enter the tournament with a 27 and 7 record, with only 2 losses to teams not ranked in the AP top-25.

Tipoff is scheduled for 6:35 PM tomorrow. The game will be held at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Nebraska.