Local Sports 5-9-24

Yankton High School Senior Landon Potts will be staying close to home to continue his academic and athletic careers, as he officially signed with the Mount Marty Basketball program on Wednesday.

Potts aided the Bucks to a state championship in his junior year, before becoming the focal point of the offense as a senior. In his last year for the Bucks, Potts averaged 16.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 2.6 assists per game.

Potts plans to major in business during his time at Mount Marty.

Mount Marty’s Shugo Kondo was chosen as a 1st-team All-GPAC honoree for Baseball yesterday, leading the list of 8 selections for the Lancers.

Kondo tallied a .345 batting average with 5 home runs, 10 doubles, and 21 RBI for the Lancers this season, his first after transferring into the program.

Also honored for MMU was Bodi Wallar, who made 2nd-team All-GPAC. Wallar led the team with a .361 batting average, adding 8 home runs, 12 doubles, and 36 RBI.

Rounding out the Lancer honorees are Kiko Nunez, Noah McCandless, Jared Miller, Caden Eymann, Ethan Wishon, and Ryan Bachman. All were selected as honorable mentions.

The Mount Marty Men’s Track and Field team has moved up in the national rankings, as they now sit 24th in the latest NAIA polls.

Individually for the Lancers, Edwin Nyamutswa and Mason Schleis are ranked 7th in the 100 meters and decathlon respectively. Nyamutswa is also top-20 in the 200.

Other Lancers earning top-20 rankings are Marcus Jnofinn in the 100 and 200 meters and Luke Rettedal in the shot put. The MMU 400 and 1600 relay teams also rank in the top 20 nationally.

Mount Marty Women’s Golfer Tanna Lehfeldt was honored by the Great Plains Athletic Conference yesterday, as she was chosen as 2nd-team All-Conference.

Lehfeldt is a senior from Brandon, who tied for 11th in the GPAC Championships, finishing just outside of a 1st-team qualification spot.

Lehfeldt joins Kelsey Heath as All-GPAC honorees for MMU, as Heath finished top-10 in the GPAC Meet to earn 1st-team honors.

Yankton Gazelles Softball returns to action tomorrow, as they travel to Brookings for a matchup with the Bobcats.

Yankton is currently 12th in Class AA at 6 and 9 on the year, while Brookings is 8th in the class at 7 and 5. 

First pitch from the Southbrook Softball Complex in Brookings is scheduled for 4:00 PM tomorrow afternoon.

Yankton Gazelles Golf will travel to Mitchell tomorrow for an invitational hosted by the Kernels. Tee time from Lake View Golf Course is scheduled for 10:30 AM.

The University of South Dakota announced yesterday that Head Football Coach Bob Nielsen had signed an extension to remain with the University through 2027.

USD is coming off of their most successful Division I season in program history, as they tallied 10 wins and finished the season ranked #4 in the country.

Nielsen is going into his 31st season as a head coach next year, and his 9th a the helm for the Coyotes.

Several area athletes competed in the Nebraska District D-3 Track and Field Meet yesterday, held in Hartington, Nebraska. As a team, Bloomfield and Hartington-Newcastle tied for the boys’ title, while Bloomfield took 2nd on the girl’s side. Event winners for Bloomfield, Hartington-Newcastle, and Wynot are listed below.

For Bloomfield:

  • Jacob Smith, Brock Jeannoutot, Evan Hollander, and Layne Warrior won the boys’ 1600 relay.
  • Evan Hollander also captured a win in the boys’ 300 hurdles.
  • Jacob Smith added a victory in the boys’ 400-meter run.
  • Blake Hochstein won the boys’ 110-meter hurdles.
  • Linkin Rahn won the girls’ discus at 104 feet 1 inch.
  • Madison Abbenhaus, Tenly Gilsdorf, Miley Pinkelman, and Brooke Pinkelman won the girls’ 400-meter relay.
  • Madison Abbenhaus also won the girls’ 100-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles.
  • Brooke Pinkelman added a win in the girls’ 100-meter dash.

For Hartington-Newcastle:

  • Kale Korth took 1st in the boys’ pole vault.
  • Cole Rosener won the boys’ long jump.
  • Mani Lange won the girls’ pole vault at 8 feet 6 inches.

For Wynot:

  • Dylan Heine set a new school record of 6 feet 5 inches en route to a victory in the boy’ high jump.
  • Chase Schroeder took 1st in the boys’ 800-meter run.