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WEDNESDAY'S BRIEFS: Williams named to Great West team

NAPERVILLE, Ill. -- Great West Conference football coaches could not ignore Shea Williams' presence on the field for the University of South Dakota defense this season.

The Alexandria native posted a team-high 89 tackles and 6.5 tackles for loss for the Coyotes. For his efforts, Williams was named to the All-GWC second team, it was announced Tuesday.

The junior was one of 15 USD players to earn all-conference honors. The annual accolades are based on a vote of the conference's coaches.

Wagner gets 10 all-conference nods

By The Daily Republic

After going unbeaten in Southeastern South Dakota Conference play this season, the Wagner High School football team led the way with 10 all-conference selections, it was announced Tuesday.

Andrew Krcil, Solomon St. Pierre, Brett Kuca, Jack Robinson, Alex Kocer, Derek Dickerson, Anthony Anderson, Levi Geiman, Tyler Krcil and Austin Weber all were named to the all-conference team for the Red Raiders.

Bon Homme had nine selections led by quarterback Tad Schuurmans. Lance Ranek, Chad Sykora, Doug Vanecek, Jared VanWinckle, Ryan Heusinkveld, Brad Rokusek, Tyler Dockendorf and Charlie Bentzen also were named to the team for the Cavaliers.

Platte-Geddes/Dakota Christian's Lee Niewenhuis, Randy Dyke, Mike Kimball, Ty Wilkins, Tanner Johnson, Dillon Werkmeister, Otto Qualm and Cody Wagner were honored along with seven Parkston players.

Keegan Heisinger, Kyle Schlimgen, Evan Schoenfelder, Bryant Bowar, Payton Monson, Austin Wolf and Jesse Thuringer were named to the team for the Trojans.

Coyotes cruise over Upper Iowa

By The Daily Republic

VERMILLION -- The University of South Dakota women's basketball team opened the second half with a 16-4 run en route to a 71-47 victory over Upper Iowa on Tuesday night at the DakotaDome.

Sophomore guard Alexis Yackley had 11 points, including three 3-pointers and dished out seven assists, while Stacia Robertson had 11 points and four blocks for the Coyotes. Junior guard Annie Roche chipped in 10 points for USD, which shot 61 percent from the floor in the second half.

The Coyotes (3-3) host Santa Clara on Tuesday and Creighton on Dec. 2. Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m.

Jackrabbits ease past Idaho State

By The Daily Republic

BROOKINGS -- Clint Sargent's 16 points led four players in double-figures for the South Dakota State University men's basketball team in its 79-47 victory over Idaho State on Tuesday night.

Griffan Callahan had 13 points, while Nate Wolters and Chad White each chipped in 10 for the Jackrabbits, who allowed just 18 points in the first half.

SDSU is 4-0 and hosts Eastern Illinois at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Sterger's manager says no settlement

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The manager for the woman at the center of the NFL's investigation of Brett Favre said Tuesday that the quarterback's agent asked about paying her to keep quiet.

But that's not how Favre's agent, Bus Cook, sees it.

Cook said in a statement that Jenn Sterger's camp made "numerous overtures" to him. He believes money has been the motivation for the former New York Jets game emcee.

Sterger's manager, Phil Reese, told The Associated Press he called Cook in October to alert him about a report alleging Favre sent inappropriate messages and lewd photos to Sterger when they were both with the Jets two years ago.

Reese said Cook asked him if there were an amount of money "that could make this go away."

Cook replied in a statement Tuesday that "we were never going to pay them" because "there is no reason to pay them."

The report on the website Deadspin about the alleged texts and photos prompted a league investigation that has gone on for well over a month.