Local Sports 3-27-24

Yankton Bucks Tennis had their triangular yesterday against Sioux City Heelan and Vermillion canceled due to inclement weather.

Next up for the Bucks is a home duel against Mitchell scheduled for tomorrow afternoon. Matches are slated to begin at 2:00 PM.

Mount Marty Senior Annika Johnson competed in the Association of College Unions International Collegiate Clay Target Championships last weekend, posting career bests in all four events.

Johnson shot an 88 out of 100 in American Trap, 79 out of 100 in Skeet Shooting, and 72 out of 100 in both Super Sport Shooting and Sporting Clays. Johnson’s highest finish came in Sporting Clays, where she finished 104th in the 222 competitor field.

Mount Marty Softball is on the road in Sioux Center, Iowa today, for a neutral-site GPAC doubleheader against Northwestern.

The Lancers enter the game with a 9 and 13 overall record, 2 and 2 in GPAC play. The Red Raiders are the #11 team in the country with a 22 and 2 record. Tonight’s doubleheader will be their first conference games of the campaign.

The game was moved to the Dordt Dome in Sioux Center due to inclement weather. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 5:00 PM this evening.

Mount Marty Men’s Golf had the 2nd and final round of the Park University Staco Spring Classic in Kansas City canceled yesterday due to inclement weather.

With yesterday’s cancelation, the Lancers ended the tournament in 5th place, led by Wout Kerkhofs and Bennett Cassens who tied for 10th. Rounding out the scoring for MMU, Ted Bengston tied for 20th, Jimmie Cunningham tied for 39th, and Hunter Bailey tied for 46th.

Next up for MMU is a two-day event on April 1st and 2nd in Hesston, Kansas.

South Dakota Women’s Basketball advanced to the third round of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament last night with a 79 to 65 win over Northern Arizona.

Grace Larkins set a new career high with 34 points in the win. Larkins also led USD in rebounds with 12 and steals with 4. 

USD will be on the road for their next WNIT game, as they travel to Laramie, Wyoming on Friday to take on Wyoming. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 PM.

The Great Plains Athletic Conference has added another National Championship to its accolades, as the Dordt Defenders captured the 2024 NAIA Women’s Basketball Championship last night.

Dordt edged out Providence 57 to 53 to claim the title, as Karly Gustafson led the Defenders with 16 points and 5 rebounds in the win.

Dordt, who also won the GPAC conference title this year, ends their season with a 35 and 2 overall record.