Daily Republic Sports
VERMILLION—The South Dakota women's basketball team will host Oregon in the semifinals of the National Invitational Tournament at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in the DakotaDome in Vermillion. On Sunday, the Coyotes advanced to the semis with a 68-54 win over Western Kentucky and had to wait for the outcome between Monday's game between Oregon and University of Texas at El Paso to know who and where they would be playing next. The winner will face either Michigan or Florida Gulf Coast in the WNIT Championship at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
The Class AA boys basketball all-star team won both of its contests at the three-class shootout on Saturday in Salem, beating Class A 116-112 and Class B 91-81. Against Class A, Sioux Falls Roosevelt's Tristan Teichmeier scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Sioux Falls Washington's Carter Keller notched 19 points and five rebounds. Lennox's Jacob Hinker was named the MVP for Class A after scoring 23 points and grabbing five rebounds. Dell Rapids' Ty Hoglund chipped in with 22 points and five points.
VERMILLION—Nicole Seekamp's 18 points lifted the University of South Dakota past Western Kentucky 68-54 in the WNIT quarterfinals on Sunday at the DakotaDome in Vermillion. With the win, the Coyotes advance to take on the winner of a contest between Oregon and University of Texas at El Paso that takes place today. The semifinal matchup will be held Wednesday or Thursday with a time and location to be announced
PHOENIX, Ariz.—The Dakota Wesleyan University softball team dropped two contests to Arizona Christian University on Friday, falling 7-1 and 6-3 in Phoenix, Arizona. Lorissa Loeppky took the loss in Game 1, allowing six runs on seven hits, while walking three and striking out three in 3.2 innings. Paige Kinley hit a home run for the Tigers' lone scoring effort of the game. In Game 2, Hallie Misiaszek took the loss, pitching 6.1 innings and allowing six runs while striking out four batters and giving up seven hits. Sierra Haage had two RBIs for the Tigers.
The Dakota Wesleyan University baseball team swept Northwestern College (Iowa) in a doubleheader on Friday by scores of 5-4 (eight innings) and 16-8 at Cadwell Park in Mitchell. Nathen Smith earned the win on the mound in Game 1, pitching an inning in relief while striking out a batter. Sean Riley had two hits and an RBI for the Tigers, while Austin Calhoon, Neil Nagle and Cole Wenande had an RBI each.
PLEASANT PRAIRIE, Wis.—Mitchell Aquatic Club swimmers competed at the 2016 Spring Sectionals on March 14 in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin. MAC's Tevyn Waddell won the 100-meter butterfly with a time of 1 minutes, 2.02 seconds. Along with her first-place finish in the 100 butterfly, Waddell finished second in the 100 backstroke (1:02.07), fourth 200 backstroke (2:18.72), fourth in 200 individual medley (2:23.11) and 13th in the 50 freestyle (27.26).
MESA, Ariz.—The Dakota Wesleyan University softball team won a pair of contests against Benedictine (Ariz.) on Thursday by scores of 1-0 and 5-2. Hallie Misiaszek pitched seven scoreless innings to pick up the win in Game 1, while Sierra Haage pitched a complete game in Game 2 while earning a victory for the Tigers. DWU takes on Arizona Christian in a doubleheader starting at 11 a.m. today.
VERMILLION—The South Dakota women's basketball team advanced the Women's National Invitational Tournament quarterfinals after outlasting Northern Iowa 51-50 on Thursday at the DakotaDome in Vermillion. Nicole Seekamp scored 16 points to lead the Coyotes, which outscored the Panthers 27-23 in the second half for the win. Kelly Stewart added seven points as USD went 20-of-60 from the field (33 percent), 1-of-13 from behind the arc (7 percent) and 10-of-15 from the line (67 percent). Jen Keitel led UNI with a game-high 19 points, while Stephanie Davison added 13 points.
FRISCO, Texas—The Augustana University men's basketball will play for the NCAA Division II National Championship on Saturday. The Vikings clinched a national title berth after defeating Western Oregon 74-55 on Thursday in Frisco, Texas. Casey Schilling led Augustana with 17 points, while Alex Richter chipped in with 15. The Vikings shot 43 percent from the floor and held Western Oregon to 30 percent shooting. Augustana will face Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.) for national title at 2 p.m. Saturday on CBS.
FRISCO, Texas—The Augustana Vikings men's basketball earned a 86-79 win over Tarleton State at the NCAA Division II Elite Eight on Wednesday in Frisco, Texas. Trailing by as many as 10 points in the second half, the Vikings rallied and went on to outscore Tarleton State 57-42 in the second half. Alex Richter scored a game-high 32 points, while Casey Schilling added 17 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double.