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South Dakota State University sophomore Nick Young made his first start of the season for the Jackrabbits in the second game of a doubleheader against Dakota State on April 24 in Sioux City, Iowa. The former Mitchell Kernel pitched 1 1/3 innings in his third appearance of the season, SDSU won 11-7 over the Trojans.

South Dakota State (21-14, 7-5 Summit) will travel to Macomb, Ill., for three games in three days today through Sunday against Western Illinois University in conference play.

- Tyson Gau, a junior for the Augustana College baseball team, made his second start of the season Sunday in a 10-2 win over Morningside College at Ronken Field in Sioux Falls. Gau, a Hanson graduate, faced 18 batters in four innings pitched, striking out seven and giving up two runs. Gau is now 2-0 on the year with an ERA of 1.00.

Augustana (31-15, 16-6 NSIC) plays again Friday and Saturday when it hosts Winona State at Konken Field in Sioux Falls.

- Mitchell native Amelia Rew, a senior on the Arizona State University gymnastics team, earned second-team Pac-12 All-Academic honors with a 3.48 grade point average. Rew, a biological sciences major, plans to attend physician's assistant school after graduation in December. To be eligible for selection to the All-Academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade-point average and be either a starter or significant contributor.

- University of Sioux Falls junior Brigitte Gross placed sixth in the pole vault at the historic Drake Relays on Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa. Gross cleared 12-feet-9 1/2 inches and now ranks fourth nationally in all of NCAA Division II in the women's pole vault.

Gross, a Hanson graduate, also anchored the 4x100-meter relay team that finished eighth overall with a time of 47.99 seconds, the second-fastest time in program history. The Cougars will compete again on Friday and Saturday at the Howard Wood Relays in Sioux Falls.

- Former Hanson standout Bethany Gross ran the second leg for the Air Force Academy distance medley relay team that shattered the school's record at the Drake Relays Saturday with a time of 11:15.76. Gross, a senior for the Falcons, is also part of the distance medley team that holds the outdoor track record at the Academy.

Air Force will compete again Friday when it hosts its annual Air Force Twilight Open and then goes right into the Mountain West Conference Championships May 8-11 in Las Vegas, Nev.

- Former Avon football standout Earv Archambeau rushed for 40 yards on four carries in the University of South Dakota's annual spring football game on April 20 at the DakotaDome in Vermillion. Archambeau, a senior for the Coyotes, had a 30-yard breakaway run late in the third quarter but was brought down at the nine-yard line.

- Tyndall native Austin Koch, a senior wide receiver for the Coyotes, had three catches on the day for 57 yards during the spring game. Koch, who walked on to the USD football team in 2009, caught a 44-yard bomb from quarterback Josh Vander Maten late in the first quarter that led to a touchdown on the next play.

USD will begin its season on Aug. 31 against UC Davis at the DakotaDome in Vermillion.

- Keith Cutler, a Platte native, helped the University of Sioux Falls baseball team to four wins over Minot State on April 20-21 in Yankton. Cutler, a senior for the Cougars, was 2-for-5 with one RBI in a 7-0 win in the first game of the weekend and 3-for-5 with two RBIs in a 10-7 win in the second game. Cutler was 1-for-4 in each of the April 21 games as the Cougars won the first 5-1 and the second 10-0.

- Wesley Kroupa, a redshirt sophomore and Kimball graduate, was inserted as a pinch runner in three games for USF and scored one run in the 10-0 win on April 21.

- Northern State senior hurdler Luke Hauert was named the Northern Sun Intercollegiate

Conference Outdoor Track and Field men's athlete of the week, it was announced April 16 by the league.

Hauert, a Stickney native, earned the honor after his efforts in the Concordia Outdoor Invitational on April 13 where he improved his times in both the 110-meter and 400-meter hurdles.

Hauert is the leader in the NSIC in both events and clocked in with an NCAA provisional qualifying and winning time of 14.35 seconds in the 110-meter and was just a half-second off the provisional standard in the 400-meter with a finish of 53.88 seconds, giving him a second place finish. Hauert also anchored the Wolves 4x400-meter relay team that finished third in the meet.