Catching up with former area athletes: Three area players finish Mount Marty baseball careers

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Three area baseball players—Derek Miller, Deric Denning and Hunter Hallock—recently capped off their careers with the Mount Marty College baseball team.

The Lancers defeated Doane University 15-11 (11 innings) on a walk-off grand slam to stay alive in the Great Plains Athletic Conference baseball tournament. Mount Marty then fell to Midland 16-0 and was eliminated from the tournament on Monday. The trio helped Mount Marty finish the season 29-21.

Miller, a Mitchell grad, finished his senior season with a 6-4 record. He struck out 54 batters in 75 innings pitched with a 3.84 ERA.

Denning, a Mount Vernon grad, had a team-high nine saves and finished the season 4-3. He also set a Lancer record with 25 pitching appearances this season.

Hallock, a Chamberlain grad, finished with 32 hits and batted .317 on the year. He drove in 20 RBIs.

Cooney continues to make history

Pickstown native and University of Sioux Falls golfer J.J. Cooney was recently named to the All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference team.

With five top-10 finishes this season, Cooney became the first golfer in program history to be named to the All-NSIC first team in USF's six-year membership with the conference. Cooney made history last season, collecting second team all-conference honors, the first time a USF men's golfer was honored by the league.

Cooney led the Cougars with a 74.68 stroke average in eight events, including five top-10 finishes and a sixth-place finish at the NSIC Championships in April. In the spring portion of the season, Cooney posted top-10 finishes in all four tournaments that culminated in his sixth-place score at the NSIC Championships, which is the highest finish for a USF golfer in six years as members of the league.

Lemon earns three all-conference honors

Mitchell Christian graduate and Northwestern College runner Aaron Lemon earned three All-Great Plains Athletic Conference honors at the recent conference meet in Sioux City, Iowa. The top eight finishers in each event earn all-conference status.

Lemon placed seventh in the 400-meter dash in 49.41 seconds, while he was also the lead runner in the 4x400 and 4x800 meter relays. The 4x800 relay finished second in 7:39.72, while the 4x400 relay placed fourth in 3:19.62.