Local Sports 4-4-24

Yankton’s Miles Krajewski will represent the United States in this summer’s Paralympic Games, qualifying for mixed doubles in para-badminton alongside his partner Jayci Simon.

Krajewski and Simon are currently ranked #7 in the world in mixed doubles. Krajewski is also ranked #7 in men’s singles, with Simon #14 in women’s singles.

Krajewski will compete in both mixed doubles and men’s singles at the Paralympics. The opening ceremony for the 2024 games is scheduled for August 28th in Paris, France.

Yankton Bucks Baseball has their season opener this evening, as they host Vermillion for a single game at Riverside Field.

First pitch is scheduled for 5:30 PM tonight. Pregame coverage on KYNT and KYNTV begins at 5:00. Bryce Ladwig and Brayden Butler will be on the call.

Mount Marty Softball split their doubleheader with Briar Cliff yesterday, winning game one 6 to 3 before dropping game two 4 to 0.

Raegan Harper went 3 for 3 with a pair of RBI for the Lancers in game one. Brooklyn Townsend went 2 for 2 and added another 2 RBI as well. McKenzie Gray got the win on the mound.

The Lancers were held to 5 hits as a team in the second game. Sami Noble notched two of them, going 2 for 3 in the loss.

MMU is back home again on Saturday for a doubleheader against Hastings, beginning at 1:00 PM.

Yankton Gazelles Softball has their season opener today, taking on the Brandon Valley Lynx in Brandon.

Yankton is looking to get back to the State Tournament this season after finishing 7th last season. The Lynx are coming off of a 4th place finish last season.

First pitch from Aspen Park in Brandon is scheduled for 6:00 PM.

Mount Marty Baseball returns to action tomorrow, as they host Dordt for a GPAC doubleheader at Riverside Field.

The Lancers are 18 and 13 on the year, having won 3 of 4 in their last series against Midland. Dordt enters tomorrow’s matchup at 6 and 25 on the year.

First pitch of game one is scheduled for 2:00 PM with game two to follow. Pregame coverage on KYNT and KYNTV begins at 1:30. Tehl Tanner will be on the call.

Yankton Bucks Tennis will be in Sioux Falls tomorrow for a triangular against Sioux Falls Jefferson and Milbank.

The Bucks will face Milbank at 12:00 PM noon and Jefferson at 2:00. Matches will be held at Sioux Falls Jefferson High School.

Mount Marty Women’s Golf took home 6th in the Concordia Bulldog Spring Invitational, which concluded yesterday in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Tanna Lehfeldt and Kelsey Heath led the Lancers, finishing 14th and 15th respectively. Rounding out the field for MMU was Tatum Jensen, tied for 45th, as well as Caitlyn Stimpson and Abigail Greenhoff, who tied for 53rd.

Next up for the Lancers women is the Augustana Invitational in Sioux Falls, beginning on April 8th.

Mount Marty Track and Field will compete in the two-day USD Early Bird meet, beginning tomorrow in Vermillion. Events are scheduled to begin at 1:00 PM and will be held at the Lillibridge Track Complex.

Vermillion Tanagers Head Girls’ Basketball Coach Jon Brooks was honored by the South Dakota Basketball Coaches Association yesterday as the Region 6 Girls’ Coach of the Year.

Brooks led the Tanager to a Class A State Championship this season, finishing with a 22 and 4 overall record.

The SDBCA has also selected Brooks as head coach of Team White in the upcoming SDBCA All-Star game in Sioux Falls. Avon standout Courtney Sees will also compete in the game as part of Team Blue.

The South Dakota High School Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame announced on Wednesday that Vermillion Golf Coach Kirk Hogen will be inducted into their Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2024.

Hogen has been at the helm of the Tanager Golf program for 45 years, starting back in 1979. In that time he has coached Vermillion to three boys’ and three girls’ State Championships. 

Joining Hogen in this year’s class will be Terry Rotert of Huron and Jim Pearson of Sisseton.

The Bloomfield Bees claimed the boys’ championship at the Knox County Track and Field Invite earlier this week, winning three events and tallying 120 points as a team.

Jacob Smith won the 400 for Bloomfield and was part of the 1st-place 1600-meter relay team alongside Beau Eisenhower, Hayden Loseke, and Layne Warrior. Loseke and Warrior, along with Brock Jeannoutot and Evan Hollander also claimed the top spot in the 400-meter relay.

Crofton’s Jace Panning and Seth Pinkelman also claimed event victories at the meet. Panning in the 100-meter run and Pinkelman in the pole vault.

The Crofton Warriors claimed seven event victories in the girls’ portion of the  Knox County Track and Field Invite, finishing 2nd as a team to Niobrara-Verdigre.

Claiming individual titles for the Warriors were Caitlyn Guenther in the triple jump and discus, Ellie Tramp in the 100-meter hurdles, Jordyn Arens in the 1600, and Addyson Ostermeyer in the pole vault.

The Warriors also won a pair of relays, as Cailtyn Guenther Cassie Allen, Jacee Anthony, and Ellie Tramp won the 400 relay, while Jordyn Arens, Rylie Arens, Sophia Wortmann, and Elizabeth Wortmann won the 3200 relay.

Brooke Pinkelman captured the lone event wins for the Bloomfield girls in the meet, winning both the 100 and 200-meter runs.