LOCAL SPORTS 12-5-22

FOOTBALL

  • The 2nd Round of the FCS Division 1 Football playoffs kicked off Saturday:

Incarnate Word 41, Furman 38

Sacramento State 38, Richmond 31

Samford 48, Southeastern Louisiana 42

North Dakota State 49, Montana 26

South Dakota State 42, Delaware 6

Holy Cross 35, New Hampshire 19

William & Mary 54, Gardner Webb 14

Montana State 33, Weber State 25

The quarterfinal round takes place Friday and Saturday, as North Dakota State hosts Samford at 6pm on Friday, and South Dakota State hosts Holy Cross on Saturday at 11am.

BASKETBALL

  • The Yankton Gazelles basketball squad opened their season at Sioux Falls Lincoln Friday night and lost their season opener 36-22. The Gazelles, now (0-1), play their first home game tomorrow night against (0-0) Huron. You can catch the action live from the Summit Center with the voice of Yankton Basketball, Bryce Ladwig on KYNT and KYNTV. Pregame coverage begins at 630pm, tipoff at 7pm.
  • The (4-4) USD Women’s Basketball Squad hosts Drake tomorrow evening at the Sanford Coyote Sports Center. Tipoff scheduled for 7pm.
  • The (5-4) USD Men’s Basketball team defeated BYU 69-68 on the road Saturday afternoon in Salt Lake City, and now travel to Colorado Springs tomorrow for another tough opponent, Air Force. Tipoff is scheduled for 4pm.
  • The (5-4) SDSU Women’s Basketball team defeated Northern Iowa at home 80-69 on Saturday, and now have the week to prepare for their trip to Kansas City this Saturday, as they take on Kansas State in the Municipal Auditorium at 1pm.
  • The (3-6) SDSU Men’s Basketball squad traveled to Tuscaloosa, Alabama on Saturday and lost to the Crimson Tide 78-65, and now prepare for a clash with Montana in Missoula tomorrow. Tipoff scheduled for 8pm.

OTHER

  • The Yankton Bucks were 0-4 in the Dual Wrestling Tournament in Watertown on Saturday. Huron defeated Yankton 57-24 in the seventh-place match. Yankton went 0-3 in pool play, falling to Tea Area (72-9), Milbank (48-36) and Aberdeen Central (75-3). Yankton’s Janish, Dylan Sloan and Shayce Platt each took two victories in the tournament, while Devon Coke, Chase Howe and Edly Amara earned single victories. In the girls’ tournament, Yankton’s Jaclyn Kyte and Nevaeh Leonard each went 3-0 with three pins on the day. Monica Massey went 1-2. Yankton heads to Sioux Falls Washington on Tuesday. YHS will face Lennox, Sioux Falls Lincoln and Washington in the quadrangular.
  • The Yankton Gazelles placed eighth in the 11-team Lolly Forseth Invitational gymnastics meet, held Saturday at Jefferson High School in Sioux Falls. Mitchell won the team title with a score of 144.1, beating out O’Gorman (142.8) and Harrisburg (142.45). Yankton finished at 127.05, highlighted by a 34.25 team score on vault.
Biden-Harris Administration Grants South Dakota $3.1 Million in Internet for All Planning Grants

Biden-Harris Administration Grants South Dakota $3.1 Million in Internet for All Planning Grants

The Biden-Harris Administration has awarded more than $3.1 million to South Dakota in “Internet for All” planning grants.

Evan Feinman, the Director of the Broadband Equity Access and Deployment, says that Internet for All grants will help deploy high speed internet networks and develop digital skill training programs.

Feinman says that the Internet for All grants will help all Americans receive the same quality internet access.

Feinman added that the next step for South Dakota will be to develop a five year action plan and an initial proposal for a program to distribute future funds to service providers.

Pearl Harbor Remembrance

Pearl Harbor Remembrance

One of our local veterans groups, the Forty and Eight, will be holding a remembrance ceremony on Saturday evening.

Kathy Brown, Chef de Garde (chef de guard) of our local 40 and 8 detachment, explains the details…

This veterans organization, which traces its roots back to World War One, in best known for the Flags for First Grader program and for sponsoring a nursing scholarship.

Brown talks about the reason behind the ceremony…

No registration or appointments are required to attend. You can find more information about this organization by going to www.fortyandeight.org

City of Yankton Employee of the Year

City of Yankton Employee of the Year

On Friday night, the City of Yankton held their Holiday Party, where the 10th annual City Employee of the Year was announced.

This year’s award goes to Officer Jen Keithel (Kigh’-tel) of the Yankton Police Department.

Keitel describes how she feels about receiving this award…

Keitel talks about what it is like working as a police officer…

Keitel describes her duties for the city of Yankton…

Congratulations to Officer Jen Keitel, your 2022 City of Yankton Employee of the Year.

Baseball Getting Upgraded in Yankton

Baseball Getting Upgraded in Yankton

The Bob Tereshinski Stadium at Riverside Park is getting some upgrades thanks to the usual trio of the City of Yankton, Yankton Baseball Association, and Mount Marty University.

Jason Nelson, from the Yankton Baseball Association, explains how the city’s assistance will help in the long term…

These safety projects will make the play safer by improving the warning track, interior fencing and the dugouts, which should even improve insurance rates.

These projects will also benefit the Yankton community when the State Legion Baseball Tournament is hosted here for the first time since 2011.

Commissioner Ben Brunick voices some concerns…

The Yankton City Commission voted 7-1 to help by paying 50 percent of the current project, or $87,000.

Boss’ Pizza & Chicken Coming to Yankton

Boss’ Pizza & Chicken Coming to Yankton

The chain restaurant Boss’ Pizza and Chicken will be opening a location in Yankton.

Boss’ will be moving into the location that was occupied by Minervas Grill and Bar, which closed at the end of November.

Joshua Benz, the Director of Franchisee for Boss’ commented on the decision to open a location in Yankton.

Boss’ will be taking over catering and events for the Kelly Inn

Benz says that the restaurant will be run by franchisees Aaron and Kimberly Ocampo from Nebraska.

Benz added that Boss’ was originally planned to open Monday, but due to a shipping issues will open Tuesday instead.

Boss’ have a reduced menu for a few weeks in order to bring in equipment and train employees.

Benz says that Boss’ plans to have a grand opening in late January.

Yankton Parade of Lights and Tree Lighting

Yankton Parade of Lights and Tree Lighting

Last night the Meridian District of Yankton hosted the Yankton Parade of Lights and the Tree Lighting Ceremony with fireworks.

Luke Youmans, the city’s Aquatics, Recreation and Special Events Manager, talks about the participants in the parade…

The parade started with the Yankton Police Department battling The Grinch, and concluded with the Yankton Fire Department escorting Old Saint Nick, himself.

Youmans invites everyone down to the tree…

At the conclusion of the parade, Mayor Stephanie Moser led the assembled crowd in the tree lighting and admired the fireworks display, while Santa and Mrs. Clause talked to a large gathering of children.

If you missed it, check out some pictures on KYNT’s Facebook page.

SAC Task-Force Announced

SAC Task-Force Announced

The Yankton City Commission met on Monday night, where a new task-force was announced to assist in the SAC Fitness Center.

Mayor Stephanie Moser makes the announcement…

Moser explains how this task-force came about…

Moser stresses that this is not a committee, but a task-force with limited focus and a temporary existence to accomplish its purpose.

Moser lays out her vision for what this group will accomplish…

The SAC Task-Force will meet for the first time in January, and is expected to be in place approximately 6 months, giving the city Parks and Recreation Department valuable insight and guidance on how to improve this facility.

The Members of the SAC Task-Force are:

  • Brian Bertsch
  • Jason Bietz – YSD Business Manager
  • Charlie Gross
  • Brian Hunhoff
  • Vince Jenness
  • Cody Kneifl
  • Todd Larson – Parks and Recreation Director
  • Sam Mason
  • Mayor Stephanie Moser
  • Jaclyn Mueller
  • Larry Ness
  • Tracy Raab
  • Commissioner Mason Schramm
  • Colleen Schurrer
  • Luke Youmans – Aquatics, Recreation and City Events Manager

LOCAL SPORTS 11-29-22

FOOTBALL

  • The 2nd round of the FCS Division 1 Playoffs take place this Saturday, as 16 teams remain.

New Hampshire vs Holy Cross

Furman vs Incarnate Word

Gardner-Webb vs W&M

Weber State vs Montana State

Delaware vs South Dakota State (2pm)

SE LA vs Samford

Montana vs North Dakota State (230pm)

Richmond vs Sacramento State

  • The Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Program officially signed Matt Rhule to an eight-year, $74 million contract that makes him the third-highest paid coach in the Big Ten behind Ohio State’s Ryan Day and Michigan State’s Mel Tucker and among the top 10 nationally. Athletic director Trev Alberts said the contract is 90% guaranteed and that some of the compensation is deferred. Rhule will have a pool of $7 million to spend on assistant coaches.

BASKETBALL

  • The (4-3) USD Women’s Basketball travels to Northern Colorado this Friday for a 7pm tipoff.

VOLLEYBALL

  • The South Dakota Coyote Volleyball team (29-3) won its third straight Summit League Championship this past weekend as they defeated Omaha in three straight sets on Saturday. With the win, the Coyotes earned an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament for the fourth time in five years. The Yotes take on #22 Houston in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, first serve is scheduled for 330pm on Friday.

OTHER

  • The Gazelles Gymnastics team fell in their season opener to Mitchell 143.4-127.2 last night at the River City Gymnastics Center. Mitchell finished with the top three individual “All Around” Scores, with Yankton’s Allie Byrkeland finishing fourth and scoring top marks for Yankton with a 31.55 score. Yankton now prepares for a varsity invitational at Sioux Falls Jefferson on Saturday, beginning at 11am.
  • Yankton Wrestling makes its season debut Thursday in a varsity triangular versus host team Beresford, and ESD foe, Watertown. Competition begins at 5pm.
Names Released in Hutchinson County Fatal Crash

Names Released in Hutchinson County Fatal Crash

The names of the victims in a two vehicle crash in Hutchinson County last week have been released.

Jennifer Blewett, 49, Scotland and Herman Runge, Jr., 71, Sioux Falls were killed after a 2010 Kenworth T800 semi-truck and trailer traveling northbound on SD Highway 50 crossed the center line while navigating a curve and struck a southbound 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan.

Blewett and Runge, who were in the Dodge, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Another passenger, Susan Runge, 72, Sioux Falls, suffered life threatening injuries and was transported to the Scotland hospital before being airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital.

Runge was the only occupant in the Dodge who was wearing a seatbelt.

The driver of the semi-truck, Kevin Rudloff, 23, Verdigre, NE, was not injured. Charges against Rudloff are pending.

South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.