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Catching up with former area athletes: Bull shines in Doane debut

Doane University freshman and Burke native Tressa Bull watches a tee shot recently for the Tigers. (Rick Schmuecker / Doane University Athletics)

The Doane University women's golf team started its season on Sept. 6, with freshman and former Burke/South Central standout golfer Tressa Bull making an immediate impact.

In the Doane Fall Invite at College Heights Community College in Crete, Nebraska, Bull shot a 96 to finish sixth overall in her debut on the par-72 course. As a team, Doane finished six strokes behind York College to take second.

In her second collegiate competition, the Midland Invite on Monday in Fremont, Nebraska, Bull finished atop the individual standings. She shot a 79 to put her six-over-par to win the invitational title by one stroke. She benefited from two birdies and eight pars, helping her shoot 20 strokes better than the tournament's average score. The Tigers finished sixth in the nine-team field.

Doane next plays at the York Invite in York, Nebraska.

Nelson makes SDSU debut

The FCS No. 3 South Dakota State University Jackrabbits opened its season with a 45-14 win over Montana State on Saturday, which also saw former Mitchell High School standout quarterback Kanin Nelson make his Jackrabbit debut.

The sophomore played the final two drives, though he didn't attempt a pass. He ran twice for 28 yards, including a 22-yard run on his final drive.

Xavier Ward, of Freeman, also blocked an extra point in the win.

South Dakota State hosts Arkansas-Pine Bluff at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Cooney golfs impressive first round

University of Sioux Falls and former Andes Central High School standout golfer J.J. Cooney began his 2018 campaign at the Bemidji State Invitational on Monday and Tuesday in Bemidji, Minnesota.

The junior golfer shot a 153 over two days, putting him nine-over-par and in 28th place. On the first day, Cooney started the invitational off by shooting a 73 on the par-72 course to put him in 12th. It was his 24th USF career round of 75 or better. He shot an 80 on the second day.

The Pickstown native is coming off an impressive 2017 campaign which saw him earn All-NSIC honors.

USF is back in action on Sept. 24-25 at the Missouri Southern State Fall Invitational in Monkey Island, Oklahoma.

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