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Today's Sports Briefs: 4/19/13

USD gives interim AD the official position

By The Associated Press

VERMILLION -- The interim athletic director at the University of South Dakota is getting the job on a more permanent basis.

The Yankton Press and Dakotan reports that David Herbster received the news Thursday during an athletic department meeting with president Jim Abbott. Herbster, the former senior associate athletic director, is in his sixth year with the department.

USD volleyball coach Matt Houk says he feels like the two have built a solid relationship, and there's a lot of trust between coach and administrator. Houk says he's confident in Herbster's ability to lead the department and to keep pushing the school to bigger and better things.

The athletic director position opened in December after David Sayler resigned to accept a position at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Vikings play Metrodome finale vs. Lions Dec. 29

By The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings will play their final game at the Metrodome against Detroit Dec. 29.

The NFL schedule was unveiled Thursday. The Vikings will also play the Lions to start the season Sept. 8. They have one Monday night game, at the New York Giants Oct. 21; one Sunday night, against Green Bay Oct. 27; and one Thursday night, against Washington Nov. 7.

The Vikings play at the Packers Nov. 24 and at Chicago Sept. 15, before hosting the Bears Dec. 1. The home opener is Sept. 22 against Cleveland. One of Minnesota's home games this year is in London, against Pittsburgh Sept. 29. The Vikings have their bye after that.

They'll face former teammates Percy Harvin and Antoine Winfield in Seattle Nov. 17.

Nightingale signs with SMSU volleyball team

By The Daily Republic

WHITE LAKE -- Senior Maria Nightingale will join the Southwest Minnesota State University volleyball team this fall.

The middle hitter signed a letter of intent Tuesday. Nightingale led the Wolverines to a 21-7 overall record and reached the 1,000-kill mark in her senior season.

Weather cancels, postpones events

By The Daily Republic

Wintry weather has canceled and postponed many area events that were originally scheduled for today and Saturday.

The Dakota Wesleyan University track and field team will not travel to the Northwestern College Invite today because it was canceled. The DWU softball team will make up its doubleheader against Midland, originally scheduled for Saturday, at 5 p.m. April 29 in Mitchell.

The Mitchell High School boys' tennis team's home meets for today and Saturday have each been postponed with no makeup date at this time.

The MHS girls' golf team will not travel to play in the Yankton Invite today as it has been postponed. The Pierre American Legion Relays, originally scheduled for today, have been canceled as well.

Today, the Mitchell baseball team's game against Huron will not be played.