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Wednesday's sports brief: 12/11/2013

Lou Nanne to lead Minn. Gophers sports fundraising

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former University of Minnesota hockey star Lou Nanne, now a prominent Gophers booster, has been picked to lead the school’s fundraising campaign for enhanced athletic facilities.

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The university announced the news on Monday.

With a separate practice building for the men’s and women’s basketball teams at the top of the list, the Gophers are pursuing $190 million in private money to upgrade their sports programs. Football practice facility renovation is also a high priority.

Nanne will lead a new volunteer leadership council that will assist the athletic department in meeting the needs of the athletes, coaches and programs.

Dakota Wesleyan hosting youth basketball clinic

By The Daily Republic

The Dakota Wesleyan University basketball programs are hosting a clinic for youth players Saturday at the Christen Wellness Center on DWU’s campus.

The clinic is for boys and girls first through sixth grade and will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

Participants will receive instruction from DWU players and coaches, and are invited to perform fundamentals learned in front of college basketball fans at the Tigers’ home conference doubleheader against Doane College that afternoon.

The DWU women play at 6 p.m. and the men face off at 8 p.m. at the Corn Palace.

Cost for the clinic is $35 per athlete and additional family members receive a $5 discount per athlete.

Wesleyan’s Cimpl earns second coaching honor

By The Daily Republic

Dakota Wesleyan University head football coach Ross Cimpl has been named the American Football Coaches Association NAIA Region 4 coach of the year.

The Wagner native is one of five head coaches from around the NAIA to earn the honor and this is the first time a Tiger coach has been recognized by the AFCA. Cimpl led the Tigers to an 8-3 record in his second season at the helm.

Other coaches honored were University of Minnesota’s Jerry Kill in the Football Bowl Subdivision and North Dakota State University’s Craig Bohl in the Football Championship Subdivision.

Cimpl and the other four regional winners will be recognized at a banquet Jan. 14 in Indianapolis, Ind., and are up for AFCA coach of the year, which will be announced that night.

Gophers beat SDSU men 75-59

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Austin Hollins scored 20 points and grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds as Minnesota pulled away from South Dakota State for a 75-59 victory Tuesday night.

DeAndre Mathieu added 15 points, and Elliott Eliason had 10 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks for the Gophers (9-2), who had 21 assists and only seven turnovers. They held a 40-30 rebounding advantage.

Jordan Dykstra led the Jackrabbits (4-7) with 16 points and 16 rebounds, and Chad White added 15 points.

Kansas State edges Coyotes

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Marcus Foster had 18 points and Shane Southwell contributed 17 points and six rebounds as Kansas State beat South Dakota 64-62 on Tuesday night.

Kansas State (6-3) overcame a poor second-half performance from the foul line to top the Coyotes. While holding a 63-62 lead with 2 seconds left, Thomas Gipson converted on the first of two free throws to seal the victory.

Trevor Gruis matched his season high with 18 points for South Dakota (3-6), while Adam Thoseby added a season-high 16.

SDSU’s Bono, MHS seniors to speak at Quarterback Club

By The Daily Republic

Because of last week’s winter weather, special guests were rescheduled to speak at this week’s meeting.

Speaking tonight is South Dakota State University wrestling coach Chris Bono, Mitchell High School volleyball and girls’ and boys’ basketball seniors.

The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at The Depot in Mitchell.