SPORTS 4-3-14

Track:   Sioux Falls Christian Open Event Meet, 4:00pm
Golf:   Elk Point-Jefferson Meet, 9:00am
   Hamlin Tournament, 3:00pm

SDSU WBB…Texas-El Paso put together a late second-half run to edge South Dakota State 66-63 Wednesday in the WNIT semi-finals in Texas.
   The Miners advance to play Rutgers in Saturday’s championship.  The Jackrabbits end the season with a 26-10 record.
   SDSU held the Miners to 33 percent shooting from the field, but committed 21 turnovers in the game.  The Jackrabbits held a 40-36 rebounding edge.
   Kayla Thornton led UTEP with 22 points and 11 rebounds.  Kristine Vitola had 18 points and nine boards, while Kelli Willingham added ten points.
   Megan Waytashek’s 14 points led the Jackrabbits, with Hannah Strop and Gabby Boever each scoring eight.  Mariah Clarin had ten rebounds.

STATE “AA” ALL-STATE…The Class “AA” All-State girls’ basketball team has been announced.
Macy Miller, 6-foot senior, Mitchell (30.7 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.3 bpg)
Ellie Benson, 5-foot-8 senior, Sioux Falls Washington (12 ppg, 7 rpg, 4 apg, 3 spg)
Tagyn Larson, 6-foot-2 junior, Sioux Falls Roosevelt (15.3 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 3.6 bpg)
Dalee Stene, 5-foot-7 junior, Sioux Falls O’Gorman (11 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.8 spg)
Lynsey Prosser, 5-foot-7 senior, Sturgis Brown (17 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.4 apg, 2 spg)
Ellie Brecht, 5-foot-11 junior, Sioux Falls Lincoln (17.1 ppg, 4 rpg, 1.9 apg)

Jessica Mieras, 6-foot-2 junior, Sioux Falls O’Gorman (11.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.5 apg)
Kahlie Peterson, 5-foot-11 senior, Sturgis Brown (15.7 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 4.2 apg, 2.5 spg)
Sydney Palmer, 5-foot-11 junior, Pierre (14.3 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.3 spg)
Paige Mriden, 5-foot-7 guard, Sioux Falls Roosevelt (16 ppg, 3 rpg, 1.1 apg)
Kaitlyn Severyn, 5-foot-11 senior, Pierre (11.3 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.8 apg, 2 spg, 1.7 bpg)
Jennie Scharn, 5-foot-11 senior, Rapid City Stevens (14.7 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 3.5 apg)

SDSU WOMEN’S GOLF…The South Dakota State women’s golf team finished 14th at the Panther Intercollegiate in Stockbridge, Ga.
   The Jackrabbits shot a 959. Campbell won the event shooting an 876.
   Sydney MacDonald finished tied for 32nd after shooting a 232.  Myranda Dunmire shot a 242 to tie for 59th. Alli Plath finished tied for 64th after firing a 243.
   Brianna Janu placed 75th after shooting a 247.  Islamiah Fuad finished tied for 80th, shooting a 255.

SDSU MEN’S GOLF…The South Dakota State men placed third at the Beu/Mussatto Invitational tournament, carding a 54-hole total of 921.  Bradley won the meet at 913, followed by South Dakota at 919.
   Hudson Carpenter and Dylan Baker tied for eighth at 228 to lead the Jacks.  Grant Smith fired a 230, Trevor Tobin 237 and Lukas Davison 243.  Playing individually, Guillermo Gonzalez finished at 239, Austin Sitter at 242 and Ian Rinken 245.

VanLAECKEN AWARD…Parkston athletic director Rob VanLaecken will be presented the 2014 State Award of Merit by the South Dakota Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.
   VanLaecken received his bachelor’s degree at Dakota State College. He has been a member of the NIAAA for the past 16 years.  Van Laecken’s school teams have won nine state titles and have been state runner-up 18 times.
   He serves on the basketball advisory board, and is the district and region chairman for several sports.  Van Laecken was honored with the Athletic Director of the Year in 1996 and 1997.

EQUESTRIAN ACADEMIC…Fourteen South Dakota State riders earned equestrian All-Academic honors; three NCEA Academic First Team selections, one honorable mention and 10 honor roll picks.
   To earn a first team selection, a rider must compete in 70 percent of her team’s meets and maintain at least a 3.5 grade point average over the previous two semesters.
   The three first team selections include seniors Laura Dunlavy and Shelby Webb, along with junior Jordan Goodall.  Mandy Gradert is an honorable mention choice.

REIFF TO MMC…One of Chester’s top volleyball players will be continuing her playing career at Mount Marty College.
   Rachel Reiff, a 5-11 middle hitter, will play volleyball for the Lancers.  Reiff rolled up 265 kills and 46 blocks on the season. She also recorded 118 digs and 32 ace serves.

DWU SIGNEES…Two area girls’ basketball players have signed with Dakota Wesleyan’s program.
   Madison Kuehl of West Central averaged 14.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.  Grayson Gruenhagen of DeSmet averaged 10.5 points and five rebounds per game.  They’re among a group of 16 players signed by the Tigers.

NEBRASKA DEFECTIONS…Nebraska women's basketball players Sadie Murren and Hannah Tvrdy have decided to transfer.
   Coach Connie Yori says Murren plans to move to an NCAA Division II or NAIA school so she can play next season. Yori said Tvrdy also plans to continue playing basketball.
   Murren played in 25 games as a sophomore this past season, averaging 2.6 points and one rebound. Tvrdy appeared in 21 games as a freshman and averaged 1.5 points. Murren and Tvrdy each played about eight minutes a game.
   Nebraska is set to return four starters from its 2013-14 team that finished 26-7, won the Big Ten tournament and made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament.

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