Daily Republic Sports
SIOUX FALLS — The best season in program history at the NCAA Division II level ended for No. 4 Sioux Falls in heartbreaking fashion as No. 5 Harding University (Arkansas) converted two late field goals to escape with a 27-24 overtime victory at Bob Young Field on Saturday in Sioux Falls. The Cougars finished the season 12-1. USF won the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference title and was the 12th team in school history to complete the regular season unbeaten.
LAS VEGAS, Nev.—The Texas Christian University men's basketball team topped Washington 93-80 on Saturday to claim the championship of the Global Sports Classic at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Mitchell native Ryan Miller is an assistant coach for the Horned Frogs. TCU is now 6-0 on the season. The Horned Frogs defeated UNLV 63-59 on Friday in their first game of the Global Sports Classic. TCU will play Washington again on Wednesday in Fort Worth, Texas.
JAMESTOWN, N.D.—No. 25 Dakota Wesleyan University four-game winning streak was snapped on Saturday. The Tigers dropped a 98-92 decision against the University of Jamestown in a men's college basketball game in Jamestown, North Dakota. The Tigers (7-2) entered as one of the highest scoring teams in the nation, but their defense had a tough time slowing down the hot-shooting Jimmies. Jamestown (3-5) nailed 14-for-24 3-pointers, with Logan Brown hitting five and Vlad Stoicoviciu drilling four off the bench.
RIVERSIDE, Calif. — A big advantage on the glass and surges before and after halftime helped the University of South Dakota to a 61-55 non-conference women's basketball victory Friday against UC-Riverside. The Coyotes outscored Riverside 19-11 in the second quarter and 18-12 in the third quarter to build a 53-44 lead after three quarters and then held on for the road win. USD was paced by 27 points and nine rebounds from Allison Arens, who was 10-of-13 shooting. Bridget Arens and Ciara Duffy each had 10 rebounds and Jaycee Bradley had 13 points in the win.
DETROIT—Matt Prater's 40-yard field goal on the final play gave the Detroit Lions a 16-13 victory over the Minnesota Vikings and sole possession of first place in the NFC North on Thanksgiving Day at Ford Field. Prater's game-winning kick completed another late comeback for the Lions (7-4), who have trailed in the fourth quarter in all of their victories. Darius Slay's interception of a Sam Bradford pass set up the game-winner.
Commemorative shirts for the 2016 Mitchell Kernels football championship are now on sale through Mitchell High School. The shirts are black and have a state champion graphic on the front, followed by the season opponents and results on the back. Orders will be taken through Dec. 9 and must be turned in to the MHS office. Youth and adult sizes are available.
ST. LOUIS - Missouri Valley Football Conference champion South Dakota State has claimed three of the league's top individual awards, conference officials announced Wednesday morning. Quarterback Taryn Christion was named MVFC Offensive Player of the Year, linebacker Christian Rozeboom was selected MVFC Freshman of the Year and John Stiegelmeier was honored as Bruce Craddock MVFC Coach of the Year. Award selections are determined through a vote of the league's coaches, sports information directors and select media.
A pair of area players set themselves apart on the defensive line for the Class 9A all-state football team, selected by the South Dakota Football Coaches Association. Menno/Marion's Eli Huber and Scotland's Tanner Skorepa both were named as defensive selections, with the Razorbacks' Huber as a defensive tackle and Skorepa joining the team as a defensive end. Huber totaled 59 tackles in 2016, which included 11 for loss, to go along with six sacks and three fumble recoveries.
Dakota Wesleyan guard Tate Martin is this week's Great Plains Athletic Conference men's basketball player-of-the-week. Martin, a senior from Mitchell, tallied a double-double with 15 points and 15 assists in a win over Dordt College. The 15 assists were a new career-high for the senior. On Saturday, Martin dished out six assists, while recording 22 points and was 9-of-16 from the field and 4-of-7 from beyond the arc against Midland University.
KEARNEY, Neb.—Long-time Northern State women's basketball coach Curt Fredrickson recorded his 800th career coaching win on Monday night. The Wolves (4-0) defeated Nebraska-Kearney 71-45 in Kearney, Nebraska, to give Fredrickson the milestone win. In his 38th season with the program, Fredrickson holds the status of second-winningest active NCAA Division II women's basketball coach. Barbara Stevens, of Bentley University in Massachusetts, is the active leader with a 961-268 record in 39 seasons.