Daily Republic Sports
VERMILLION—Two players scored more than 20 points as South Dakota defeated Illinois 77-68 in a women's college basketball game on Wednesday at the Sanford Coyote Sports Center in Vermillion. USD's Abigail Fogg scored 25 points and Jaycee Bradley added 23 points as the team shot 47.1 percent (24-of-51) from the field and 52.2 percent (12-of-23) from behind the arc. The win improved the Coyotes' record to 6-8 all-time against Big Ten schools. South Dakota outrebounded Illinois 35-24 led by a career high 13 boards from Allison Arens.
Northwestern didn't lose a match as it topped Dakota Wesleyan University 51-0 in Great Plains Athletic Conference wrestling dual on Wednesday in Mitchell. The Tigers had five open weight classes in the loss. DWU competes at the Simpson Open on Saturday in Indianola, Iowa. Northwestern 51, Dakota Wesleyan 0
UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich.—Saginaw Valley State, which is coached by Alpena native Randy Baruth, is No. 1 in this week's NCAA Division II men's basketball poll. The Cardinals, who are ranked atop the poll for the first time in school history, are 8-0 this season. This is Baruth's fifth season at Saginaw Valley State. He guided the Cardinals to their first-ever NCAA Division II Elite Eight appearance last season. Saginaw Valley State matched a program record with 25 wins and went 18-4 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Mount Vernon native Chad Greenway has been selected as the Minnesota Vikings Community Man of the Year for the third straight season, the team announced Wednesday as the NFL announced the selections to represent all 32 teams. It is the fourth time that Greenway, the longest-tenured Viking in his 11th season, has been chosen for his commitment to philanthropy and community impact.
The postseason accolades keep piling up for Bon Homme volleyball player Sierra Mesman. Mesman, who was announced as the Class A Miss Volleyball winner on Saturday, was the lone senior and the lone athlete from a non-Dakota XII Conference team on the first team of the South Dakota Volleyball Coaches Association All-State team.
PARKSTON — Fueled by Erika Sage's 26 points, Freeman earned a season-opening victory over the Parkston Trojans 63-49 in prep girls basketball action on Tuesday night in Parkston. Karlie Maske had 11 points, and both Josie Fuhrman and Ashley Glanzer added 10 points each for Freeman in the victory. Molly Schoenfelder had 11 points and four rebounds for the Trojans, while Sydney Wickersham contributed nine points. Freeman (1-0) plays Parker on Thursday in Freeman, while Parkston (0-1) plays Tea Area on Friday in Tea. P 6 24 39 49 F 18 30 47 63
Mitchell Christian was trailing by just two at halftime against Wolsey-Wessington, but was done in by a tough third quarter on Tuesday at Mitchell Christian. The Eagles lost their season opener 50-33. Mitchell Christian trailed 14-4 after the first quarter, but rallied to slice the deficit to 23-21 at the break. The Warbirds extended their lead to 35-26 after the third quarter and pulled away in the fourth quarter for the 17-point victory.
It's been three meets and three wins for the Mitchell High School gymnastics team. The Kernels continued their winning ways picking a home win over Yankton and Sioux Falls Lincoln on Tuesday at the MEGA Center in Mitchell. Mitchell finished with a team score of 142.250, while Yankton took second at 138.400 points and Sioux Falls Lincoln had 128.950 points. "The team performed well and just enjoyed the moment," Mitchell head coach Audra Rew said. "It's nice to be able to perform in front of your hometown crowd."
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Mitchell native Macy Miller tossed in a game-high 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds in South Dakota State's 83-72 win over North Dakota on Tuesday in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Miller made 9-for-15 from the field and went 8-for-9 from the free throw line. Fellow Mitchell native Kerri Young finished with nine points, five rebounds and five assists. Madison Guebert added 25 points and hit six 3-pointers for the Jackrabbits. South Dakota State (7-1) will host Wisconsin-Green Bay at 7 p.m. in Brookings.
SIOUX FALLS—Former University of Sioux Falls defensive coordinator Jon Anderson was introduced as the team's new head football coach during a press conference on Tuesday in Sioux Falls. Anderson, who coached with USF from 2002-2012, takes over for former head coach Jed Stugart. Stugart announced Monday he accepted a job as the Lindenwood (Missouri) head coach.