~TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3:
Gymnastics: Deuel @ Madison, 6:30pm
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4:
Men’s Basketball: Dakota State @ South Dakota State (Live on Ranch AM910 @ 6:30)
SDSU WBB…Three Jackrabbits scored in double figures as South Dakota State defeated New Jersey Tech 71-46 Monday night.
Megan Waytashek and Mariah Clarin each scored a game-high 12 points while Kerri Young tallied 10 points. Waytashek added a season- and game-high eight rebounds for the Jackrabbits.
South Dakota State took control of the game midway through the first half when it used a 13-3 run to take a 19-12 lead with 7:54 remaining in the half. The Jacks held the Highlanders to just four points the final 10:10 of the half. Gabby Boever scored seven of her nine points in the first half to lead the Jackrabbits.
NJIT was led by Alana Dudley and Shakia Robinson with eight points each.
South Dakota State travels to Green Bay, Wis., when it plays Wisconsin-Green Bay Saturday at noon.
HURON-BKGS GYM…Brookings defeated Huron 128.6-to-121.7 Monday in the season opening gymnastics dual. Individual results:
BARS: Alexis Gannon, 8.05; Camille Ysbrand, 2nd, 7.5; Sarah Mittan, 2nd, 7.5; Doha Mohamed, 5th, 7.35
BEAM: Jordan Waldner, Huron, 8.95; Samantha Bridges, 2nd, 8.3; Gannon, 3rd, 8.2; Ysbrand, 4th, 7.85; Danielle Bachar, 5th, 7.45
FLOOR: Gannon, 8.45; Kalli Kuebler, 3rd, 7.9; Mohamed, 5th, 7.75
VAULT: Gannon, 9.1; Jenna Thornton, 2nd, 9.0; Kuebler, 3rd, 9.8; Bachar, 7th, 8.2
ALL-AROUND: Gannon, 33.8; Kuebler, 4th, 30.2; Thornton, 6th, 29.4; Bridges, 7th, 28.75
Brookings won the J-V meet 115.0-to-86.7. Pam Dahl led a Bobcat sweep of the top five spots in bars with a 7.9…Mohamed won the beam at 8.3 as Brookings took the top five spots…Brookings took the top five places in floor, with Bachar leading the way at 6.4…Casey Johnson and Mittan tied for first in vault at 8.4…and Johnson won the all-around at 28.4 points.
The Bobcats compete Saturday at the Lolly Forseth Invitational at Sioux Falls Lincoln.
BHS GYMNASTICS…Brookings opens the gymnastics season with only three juniors and seniors on the roster. But head coach Rachelle Engbrecht likes her young team’s work ethic.
She says the Bobcats aren’t shy about wanting to work harder and do more. 97627 :16 “their minds to”.
Engbrecht says Brookings may be farther along in practice this year, as compared to a year ago. 97628 :15 “get even higher”.
Engbrecht says some things will be sorted out the first two weeks of the season. The bulk of the routines will be set by the end of December. 97629 :32 “before state meet”.
Coaches will get to see some of the top teams Saturday at the Lolly Forseth Invitational to be held at Sioux Falls Lincoln.
DYKSTRA POW…The Summit League named South Dakota State forward Jordan Dykstra its player of the week, the first Jackrabbit to win the award this season.
Dykstra earned MVP honors at the Progressive Legends Classic, Brookings Subregional. In victories against Howard and Lehigh, Dykstra posted double-doubles including a career-high 32 points and season-high 13 rebounds against Lehigh.
In the week’s final outing at Stanford, Dykstra posted his fifth 20-point game of the season. In four games during the week, Dykstra averaged 20.0 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 0.5 steals per contest. He shot 85.7 percent from the free throw line, 55.6 percent from three-point range and 46.9 percent from the field.
Dykstra and the Jackrabbits return home to Frost Arena on Wednesday to host Dakota State, and then hit the road for a game at Minnesota on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at Williams Arena. Both games tip at 7 p.m.
11B ALL-STATE…The Class 11B All-State football team has been announced by the sportswriters and the coaches:
Quarterback: Cody Majeres , Canton
Fullback: Trace Meyer, Winner
Running backs: Dalton Cox, Aberdeen Roncalli; Gabe Dolen , Canton
Wide receivers: Jacob Henderson, St. Thomas More; Austin Meester , Beresford
Tight end: Brady Reiff , Parkston
Tackles: Jaden Krump, Tri-Valley; Lincoln Feist , St. Thomas More
Guards: Scott Assman, Winner; Joe Jaeger, Bon Homme
Center: Tyler Lems , Canton
Ends: Kray Krolikowski , Winner; Joseph Newman, Tri-Valley
Linemen: Jay Brandis , Winner; Austin Bertram, Parkston
Linebackers: Tanner Broughton, Canton; Mitch Heisinger, Parkston; David Kocer, Wagner; Jake Scofield , Flandreau
Defensive backs: Wes Dvorak, Parkston; Dakota Bodden, Bon Homme; Noah St. Pierre, Wagner; Riley Scherr , St. Thomas More
Kicker: Brywn Ractliffe , Canton
Punter: Lucas Lorenz, Aberdeen Roncalli
Special team player: Ephram Albrecht, Redfield/ Doland
Long snapper: Landon Rohlfs, Redfield/ Doland
HONORABLE MENTION: Jace Christiansen, Flandreau; Jake Baloun, Redfield/ Doland; Devin Seeger, Redfield/ Doland; Cade Goodfellow, Sioux Valley; John Hoiten, McCook Central/Montrose.
ALL-MVFC FB…Ten South Dakota State players have been named to the All-Missouri Valley Conference football team.
Five Jackrabbits earned first-team honors, including repeat selections Zach Zenner and Bryan Witzmann. Making their first appearance on the first team are wide receiver Jason Schneider, linebacker R-C Kilgore and defensive back Winston Wright.
Second-team honorees included Vince Benedetto at fullback and defensive tackle Chase Douglas.
Rounding out the Jackrabbit honorees were honorable mention selections quarterback Austin Sumner, defensive end Doug Peete and kick returner Je Ryan Butler.
Special awards were presented to North Dakota State quarterback Brock Jensen as MVFC Offensive Player of the Year, South Dakota linebacker Tyler Starr as MVFC Defensive Player of the Year and Youngstown State running back Martin Ruiz as MVFC Freshman of the Year and Newcomer of the Year. North Dakota State headcoach Craig Bohl was selected as the Bruce Craddock Valley Football Coach of the Year for the third consecutive season.
BUTLER…South Dakota State is preparing for its FCS second-round playoff game Saturday at Eastern Washington.
The Jacks defeated Northern Arizona Saturday to advance – sophomore defensive back and kick returner JeRyan Butler says it was one of SDSU’s best efforts. 97630 :27 “I’ve been here”.
Butler says Eastern Washington has big, physical receivers – but says the Jacks have seen similar in conference play, and work against physical receivers each day in practice. 97631 :11 “when they jump”.
Butler says the Jacks can improve in some areas for Saturday: 97632 :34 “been used to”.
Like Saturday’s Alabama-Auburn game – special teams could be important: 97633 :21 “part of it”.
Saturday’s kickoff is at 3:00pm Central Time.
RCC FB COACH…Rapid City Central football coach Trent Pikula has stepped down, and a search for his replacement won’t start until 2014.
Athletic director Darren Paulson says assistant coaches will start the off-season program. He says the decision was a long time coming and that it didn’t sneak up on anybody at the school.
Pikula wrapped up his career at Central with a 21-50 record over seven years. The Cobblers had a 4-5 record in 2013 that ended with a 27-14 loss to Sioux Falls O’Gorman in the first round of the Class 11AAA playoffs.
PELINI FINED…The Big Ten Conference has issued a public reprimand of Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini and fined the school $10,000 for Pelini's comments about the officiating in the Cornhuskers' game against Iowa last week.
Pelini used an expletive at his postgame news conference while discussing a pass interference penalty against the Huskers. Pelini was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct during the game for swiping his hat at, and nearly hitting, the head linesman.
The Big Ten said Monday that Pelini violated the league's sportsmanship policy, which requires "civility toward all, and respect, particularly toward opponents and officials."
Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst said he was disappointed with Pelini's actions and addressed it with the coach. Eichorst noted Pelini issued an apology Saturday.