SPORTS 3-31-14

      South Dakota State men @ Beu/Musatto Invitational, Macomb, IL
      South Dakota State women @ Panther Invitational, Stockbridge, GA
      Brookings girls’ @ Yankton, 2:00pm

SDSU WBB…South Dakota State advanced to the WNIT’s “Final Four” with Sunday’s 76-64 win over Indiana at Frost Arena.
   SDSU will now face the UTEP/Washington winner – that game will be played Monday night.
   Sunday’s game was nearly a statistical dead heat – Indiana had 24 field goals, SDSU 23…the Jacks had 32 rebounds, Indiana 30.  But Hoosiers coach Curt Miller says the difference was the free throw line, where the Jacks had a 20-8 scoring edge.  97621   :20   “ten or twelve”.
   Megan Waytashek led SDSU with 20 points.  Steph Paluch had 19 and Mariah Clarin had 15 points, seven boards and three blocked shots.
   Alexis Gassion (GASS-ee-un) led Indiana with 22 points.  Larryn Brooks added 16, with Gassion and Lyndsay Leikem each getting four rebounds.
   SDSU head coach Aaron Johnston says upperclassmen are showing the way:  97622   :20   “from big shots”.
   Miller says both teams played well, and the Hoosiers had a chance to win.  97623   :20   “make ‘em nervous”.
   Clarin was asked how “Final Four” feels:  97624   :11   “it’s pretty cool”.
   Miller says it’s a step forward for a program that won six games two years ago, and eleven last season.  97625   :40   “far we’ve come”.
   SDSU’s semifinal game will be Wednesday or Thursday, with the WNIT title game Saturday at 2:00pm.

3-CLASS SHOOTOUT…Results of Saturday’s 3-Class Shootout games in Salem:
“AA” Girls 85, “A” Girls 63
“AA” Girls 86, “B” Girls 82

“AA” Boys 110, “A” Boys 91
   “AA” – Tyler Nagy, 23pts, 6rebs
“AA” Boys 96, “B” Boys 91
   “AA” – Tyler Nagy 11pts, 3rebs, 4assts

Girls MVP's
AA - Macy Miller - Mitchell
A - Kennedy Wagner - Chamberlain
B - Remi Wientjes - Sully Buttes

Boys MVP's
AA - Justin Decker - Huron
A - Trae VandeBerg - Madison
B - Nathen Wedel – James Valley Christian

Dunk Contest - JJ Hejna - Yankton

SDSU EQUESTRIAN…Tied at 6-6 with UT-Martin going into the final event of the day, the South Dakota State reining riders swept all four points to lock up the 10-6 win and the 2014 Independent Championship title.
   The Jackrabbits, who entered the tournament as the No. 4 seed, improve to 3-9 on the season.
   SDSU captured three of the four MOP awards on the weekend as well, with Santana Wright winning over fences, Lexus Hoffman in horsemanship and Laura Dunlavy in reining.
   NCEA All-American Raivenne Scott boosted her record to 10-0-1.
   SDSU and top-seed Fresno State tied at 8-8 in points, but the Jackrabbits prevailed on western equivalency scores by the slim margin of 2,056.6-2,042.  SDSU advanced to the finals with the win.

SDSU GOLF…The South Dakota State’s women’s golf team opened play Sunday at the John Kirk/Panther Intercollegiate with a 334 to tie for 15th.
   Georgia State leads the field, shooting a 300.
   Sydney MacDonald shot an 80, including birdies at the 11th, 14th and 16th holes to lead SDSU.  Brianna Janu is in a tie for 65th after shooting an 84.  Alli Plath and Myranda Dunmire are one shot behind Janu, firing 85’s.  Islamiah Fuad finished the first round with an 87.

SDSU BASEBALL… Dylan Casey singled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting Omaha to a 7-6 victory over South Dakota State in the second game of a Summit League baseball doubleheader Sunday.  The Mavericks won the opener 10-2.
   In game two, Aaron Machbitz was 3-for-5 to lead the Jackrabbits, while Scott Splett and Jake Ratz each notched a pair of hits.
  Sam Pack was the lone Jackrabbit with a two-hit effort in the opener as Omaha held an 11-7 advantage in hits.
   South Dakota State scored three times in the top of the 11th inning to close out a 5-2 victory over Western Illinois in a suspended game Saturday morning.
   SDSU improved to 12-12 overall and 1-1 in The Summit League.
   Zach Holt started the game-winning rally for the Jackrabbits with a single to lead off the 11th. Holt moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Al Robbins and advanced to third on a single by Reid Clary. Tyler Shannon then plated Holt with the go-ahead run on a bunt single. Two batters later, Scott Splett delivered a two-run single that scored both Clary and Shannon to provide the final margin.
   J.D. Moore, who pitched the final two innings on Friday, closed out the Jackrabbit victory by pitching a scoreless 11th inning on Saturday to earn his second win of the season. He struck out two and walked three in three innings.
   In the opener, Western Illinois left-hander Aaron Michel pitched a one-hitter as the Fighting Leathernecks posted a 1-0, seven-inning victory. Michel struck out eight, including the side in the top of the seventh, and walked five.

SDSU SOFTBALL…The South Dakota State softball team came up just short in its bid to sweep Western Illinois on Sunday, falling to the Fighting Leathernecks 4-3.
   Allison Huffman finished the day 2 for 4 at the plate with a run scored, and five other Jackrabbits recorded hits in the game.
   Jennifer Sutton took the loss after one inning of relief of Ashlyn Bender, who pitched the first five innings, giving up no runs on six hits with a pair of walks and a strikeout.

SDSU TRACK…The South Dakota State women’s track and field team set two school records on the final day of the Arizona State University Invite. Jazzelena Black (triple jump) and Mary Wirth (high jump) both claimed school records Saturday.
   Carly Carper put her name in the school record book today as she tallied a mark of 18-10 in the long jump event. Her mark today moves her into sole possession of fourth place in the SDSU record book.  Carper led the Jackrabbits in the 100 as she finished fourth with her final time of 11.94 seconds.  Gina Fritz was ninth in the 100 and 200.
   Two Jackrabbit distance runners won events Saturday at the Wayne State Invitational. Laura Lawton set a meet record time of 4 minutes, 45.53 seconds en route to winning the 1,500-meter run and Alex Suhr won the 5,000-meter run with her personal-best time of 18:22.92.
   Justin Carson took second-place with his overall time of 55.07 in the 400-meter hurdles.  Ryan and Nate Schaefer tied for fifth in the pole vault. They both cleared a height of 14-5 1/4.
   In Arizona, Jeremiah Ary finished in the top-10 in both the long jump and the triple jump.  He posted a distance of 22-6 1/2 to take eighth in the long jump and tallied a mark of 44-10 1/4 to place third in the triple jump.
   Marc Husman competed in both the 200- and 400-meter dashes Saturday. He took 12th (22.57s seconds) in the 200-meter dash and placed sixth (49.80) in the 400-meter dash.

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