WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14:
Men’s Basketball: Southern @ South Dakota
Nebraska-Omaha @ Texas Tech
Western Illinois @ Southern Illinois-Edwardsville
Women’s Basketball: Creighton @ South Dakota State, 7:00pm (Live on Ranch 910AM @ 6:30)
IUPUI @ Wright State
SDSU MBB…Nate Wolters scored 22 points and Jordan Dykstra nailed four 3-point shots as South Dakota State held on to keep in front of Tennessee State 78-71 on Tuesday night in its home opener.
Wolters was 6 of 11 from the field and made all 10 of his free throws to lead the Jackrabbits. Dykstra added 18 points and made 4 of 5 at 3-point range. He was 5 of 8 from the field. Chad White added 11 points, including three 3-pointers. Tony Fiegen had 10 points and nine rebounds.
White had a bit different role – coming off the bench. 97634 :11 “in the future”.
South Dakota State had a 42-27 lead at halftime.
Robert Covington had 23 points, including three 3-pointers, and 11 rebounds for the Tigers. Patrick Miller had 12 points and Jordan Cyphers added 10, including two 3-point shots.
SDSU head coach Scott Nagy says the Jacks beat a great team. 97635 :23 “to get better”.
Nagy says his biggest concern is turnovers. 97636 :13 “we normally are”.
SDSU has three games this weekend in Hempstead, NY. The Jackrabbits have an 18-game winning streak at Frost Arena.
SUMMIT MBB…Anthony Drmic had 25 points and 10 rebounds and Derrick Marks scored 18 points as Boise State defeated Oakland 88-80. Duke Mondy scored 21 points and Corey Petros had 17 points and 12 rebounds for Oakland.
Frank Gaines scored 24 points and Mario Hines added 17 to lead IPFW to a 73-56 victory against Rochester.
Kirk Korver scored 17 points to lead UMKC over Lincoln (Mo.), 99-64.
Mitchell Patton had 27 points and 13 rebounds, and IUPUI beat Bowling Green 80-66.
SUMMIT WBB…The IPFW women's basketball team recorded its first win of the season 68-52 over Grace. The Mastodons were led by Haley Seibert who scored 18 points to go with a career-high seven assists.
Western Illinois had seven different players hit 3-point field goals, totaling 15 on the night, as the Fighting Leathernecks cruised to an 85-35 victory over Clarke.
Boise State scored the game's first nine points and led by as many as 24 in an 80-61 win over North Dakota State.
SIOUX VALLEY VB…Sioux Valley will meet once-beaten Pine Ridge Thursday night to close out the first day of the state “A” volleyball tournament in Watertown.
Cossacks’ head coach Jill Vincent says Pine Ridge runs a deliberate style Sioux Valley hasn’t seen this season. She says the Lady Thorpes’ record is legitimate. 97631 :18 “they’re so scrappy”.
With perennial powers Wagner and Sioux Falls Christian in as the three and five seeds – Vincent says it’s a strong field. 97632 :21 “kind of crazy”.
Vincent says the Cossacks’ focus is on Pine Ridge, but in a roundabout way, they’ve prepared for the rest of the field. 97622 :21 “in the tournament”.
Sioux Valley has two players who were on the Cossacks’ last state tourney team – that was four years ago.
ARLINGTON VB…Fifth-seed Arlington draws number-four Andes Central Thursday afternoon in an opening round match of the state “B” volleyball tournament at Mitchell.
Andes Central has just three losses, and owns a win over “A” power Wagner. Arlington coach Anita Boeck says A-C has strong middle hitters. 97628 :19 “the front row”.
Arlington doesn’t have the height of previous state tourney teams – Boeck says the Cardinals have to be better defensively. 97629 :22 “little bit more”.
The tourney features two unbeaten teams – top-seed Parker and number two Warner: 97630 :17 “be top notch”.
All matches will be played at the Corn Palace.
STATE VB PAIRINGS…Here are the pairings for the three state high school volleyball tournaments:
Class AA – Rapid City Central High School
S.F. O’Gorman (20-2) vs. Watertown (9-14), 1 p.m.
S.F. Washington (21-5) vs. Mitchell (15-8), 2:45 p.m.
S.F. Roosevelt (21-5) vs. Huron (14-9), 7 p.m.
Aberdeen Central (19-2) vs. R.C. Stevens (15-12), 8:45 p.m.
Class A – Watertown Civic Arena
Belle Fourche (31-1) vs. Mobridge-Pollock (23-6), noon
Dakota Valley (26-3) vs. Wagner (30-3), 1:45 p.m.
Sioux Falls Christian (27-4) vs. Aberdeen Roncalli (23-5), 6 p.m.
Pine Ridge (31-1) vs. Sioux Valley (23-5), 7:45 p.m.
Class B – Mitchell Corn Palace
Lyman (16-12) vs. Parker (32-0), noon
Andes Central (29-3) vs. Arlington (30-5), 1:45 p.m.
Herried-Selby Area (28-2) vs. James Valley Christian (21-6), 6 p.m.
Warner (31-0) vs. Timber Lake (24-7), 7:45 p.m.
ALL-DVC VB…Arlington, Elkton-Lake Benton and Oldham-Ramona/Rutland each put three players on the All-Dakota Valley Conference volleyball team.
Chosen from Arlington are Brett Heuer, Samantha Boeck and Brooke Hennrich. Elkton-Lake Benton placed Kelsey Kinner, Gabby Kampmann and Shelby Remund. Taylor Stratton, BreeAna Olson and Kelsie Casanova made the list from ORR.
Others on the team are Abigail Englin and Erica Koenig from Deubrook, Taylor Schoenfelder and Maria Huntimer from DeSmet, Lindsey Strait and Breanna DeKam of Castlewood, Lexie LeBrun and Danielle Fiegen of Dells St. Mary’s, Cailey DeKnikker and Allison Strande of Lake Preston, Erin Begalka of Estelline and Tori Nelsen of Colman-Egan.
Honorable mention picks are Jadyn Christensen of Arlington, Lacey Lynn of Elkton-Lake Benton, Haley Hopf of ORR, Ashton Buller of Deubrook, Shelace Albrecht of DeSmet, Sierra Johnson of Castlewood, Tori Michel of Dells St. Mary’s, Breanna Paul of Lake Preston, Nicole Stroschein of Estelline and Mandy Entringer of Colman-Egan.
ALDRICH FIRED…Augustana College has fired head football coach Mike Aldrich.
The Sioux Falls school released a statement Tuesday saying Aldrich and his offensive coordinator, Steve Olinger, have been let go.
Aldrich did not immediately return messages left by The Associated Press.
Augustana Athletic Director Bill Gross says the search for a new head coach would begin immediately.
Aldrich was Augustana's head coach for three seasons, compiling a record of 22-13. He led the Vikings to their best season in school history in his debut season, when the team went 11-2 and made the NCAA Division II playoffs. Augustana lost to eventual national champion Minnesota Duluth.
The Vikings finished 5-6 this season. They lost their final three home games of the year, one to city rival University of Sioux Falls.
SDSU-USD…The 123-year-old hunt for South Dakota football dominance returns after a nine-year hiatus Saturday when the Coyotes from "The U" head up to Brookings to pursue the Jackrabbits from "State."
After the last meeting between South Dakota State and the Coyotes in 2003, the Jackrabbits moved up to Division I. USD has since followed suit and joined the Jackrabbits in the Missouri Valley Football Conference this season.
The schools played to a 6-6 tie during their first matchup in 1889, which in that day would have involved each team scoring a four-point touchdown and a two-point conversion.
USD stoked the fiery competition last fall by erecting a billboard along Interstate 29 in Brookings showing a coyote running down a jackrabbit with the headline, "Have an old friend for dinner." Within a month, Brookings police had to remove a dead coyote found hanging by a rope from the top of billboard.
SDSU head coach John Stiegelmeier said it won't be long until fans resurrect the tradition of smuggling in dead jackrabbits or coyotes under their winter coats and tossing them onto the football field or basketball court, which he says is not supposed to happen, but will happen.
ALL-ACADEMIC FB…The South Dakota Football Coaches Association has announced its All-Academic team. To be eligible, a student must be a senior, have a 3.5 grade average, and must have played or managed for three years. Area student-athletes seclected:
Brookings – Caleb Vig, Chris Schneider, Derek Biteler
Dell Rapids - Cole Langer, Nathan Koens, Dylan Lautt, Bryce Koch, Michael McGee, Colin LeBrun, Jacob Morris, Lane LeBrun, Matt Kolbeck, Trevor Peter, Ryan Nichols
Madison - Jacob Ricke
Tri-Valley - Riley Brown, Logan Koopman, Brett Page, Josh Prather
Deuel - Brent Krause, Justin Cassels, Sawyer Giese, Thad Krause, Erin Benson
McCook Central/Montrose - Zach Bies, Corwin Coldman, Brandon Reif, Billy Kapperman, Cordell Wobig
Flandreau - Mitchel Foster, David Johanson, David Parsley, Kyle Scofield
Sioux Valley—Thayer Trenhaile, Dallis VanderWal
Clark/Willow Lake—Colin LaBrie
Great Plains Lutheran—Phil Bunkowski, Zack Peterson
Deubrook Area—Tyler Jensen
Howard—Andrew Schwader, Cal Wiese, Nathan Dawson, Steve Larsen, Ben Walter, Cole Potter, Evan Donahue
DeSmet/Iroquois—Andrew Foley, Amanda Poppen
Elkton-----Tyler Schindler, Braden Carmody, Lacey Lynn
Chester Area—Austin Opdahl, Kenneth Shaffner, Kyle Heyn
Arlington—James Kersting, Lane Weber, Austin Gilbertson
Dell Rapids St. Mary—Rachel Scholten
Estelline—Mathew Konrad, Brady Miller
Castlewood—Cody Smith, Grant Fodness, Dylan Wittmeier
Lake Preston—Peter Schukking
IOWA HARASSMENT…University of Iowa President Sally Mason says she is reviewing the school's handling of an athletics department official who resigned after being accused of improperly touching student athletes for years.
Peter Gray resigned last week after working for the last decade at the athletics department, where he was in charge of monitoring the academic progress of student-athletes. An internal report says Gray violated the university's sexual harassment policy by rubbing, massaging shoulders and hugging students and athletes — behavior that allegedly took place since 2002 and also marked an earlier employment stint at Iowa from 1993 to 1995.
Gray allegedly made comments of a sexual nature to recruits and parents, gave football tickets to someone outside the university in exchange for nude photographs and made other sexual overtures and comments.
DI HIRING…Women's college basketball teams are still making good grades when it comes to hiring coaches.
The annual hiring report card by the Black Coaches and Administrators, showed 21 of 25 Division I teams that had head coaching vacancies received an A or B grade.
Schools are scored in four categories: Communication with the BCA, composition of their search committees, candidates who were interviewed and the length of the search.
The report shows 29.6 percent of overall candidates interviewed and 34.2 percent of those serving on search committees were people of color. Four of actual hires were black women, one was Hispanic, and one was a multi-racial male. Twelve of the 25 coaches hired were women.
Michigan and Utah State received C's. Colorado State and Texas had D's.
VIKINGS STADIUM…Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he will fight any effort by the Vikings to charge fans extra fees to buy season tickets in the new publicly subsidized football stadium.
In a sharply worded letter, Dayton told team owner Zygi Wilf that he is distressed by reports the team may charge seat license fees to help generate money for the stadium. Dayton says he will urge a public authority to block any such move.
The team is due to pay slightly more than half of the $975 million price tag. Dayton told Wilf that the contribution is the responsibility of team owners, not fans.
The governor has long pushed for what he calls a "People's Stadium." He says he won't let the result be a "Rich People's Stadium."