Mitchell High School graduate Carson Max helped the South Dakota State University baseball completed a four-game sweep against Northern Colorado.

The Jackrabbits completed the sweep with 6-3 and 12-9 victories against the Bears on Feb. 28. With the two victories, the Jackrabbits improved to 5-2 overall.

In the 12-9 win, Max blasted an opposite-field three-run homer to left in the fourth inning to put the Jackrabbits ahead, 5-3. The Jacks finished with three home runs and 11 hits in the contest.

This season, Max has drove in four runs in 14 at-bats. The Jacks (5-2) are scheduled to open a three-game series Friday at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville.

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Koepsell selected to NSAA honorable mention team

Former McCook Central/Montrose standout and Dakota State University women’s basketball player Morgan Koepsell was a North Star Athletic Association honorable mention honoree.

Koepsell is averaging 11.3 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. She’s recorded 36 blocks for the Trojans. She’s 55.1 percent from the field (118 of 214) and 21 of 47 from the 3-point arc (44.7 percent).

The Trojans won the NSAA women's basketball conference regular-season title outright title for the first time in school history since the league was formed in 2013-14. The Trojans await to hear on where they will face and location for the 2021 NAIA women's basketball national tournament. The selection show is 6 p.m. Thursday.

University of Sioux Falls' J.J. Cooney competes at the Missouri Southern State Fall Invite during his senior season. Cooney will return for a fifth year after the NCAA granted spring sport student-athletes two extra semesters of eligibility. (Courtesy of University of Sioux Falls)
University of Sioux Falls' J.J. Cooney competes at the Missouri Southern State Fall Invite during his senior season. Cooney will return for a fifth year after the NCAA granted spring sport student-athletes two extra semesters of eligibility. (Courtesy of University of Sioux Falls)

Cooney, USF jump five spots to finish 8th at Natural State Golf Classic

Led by the NSIC Preseason Player of the Year JJ Cooney, the University of Sioux Falls men's golf team finished eighth (623) at the Natural State Golf Classic on Tuesday in Cabot, Arkansas.

The Cougars jumped from 13th after day one to eighth and opened the season with a top-10 finish in a competitive field of 19 teams.

Cooney made a big jump individually as he moved from 38th to 21st by carding a second-day round of 73 to finish at 152 (79-73). In making a six-shot improvement, Cooney carded a two-under 34 on the front nine today with birdies on 11, 13 and 14 plus four pars. On the back nine, he had a three-over 39 with three pars and birdies on holes, 2, 5 and 7. In total in the two rounds, he finished eight-over par and totaled 17 pars and eight birdies.

USF will compete at the "Battle for the Belt" in Hot Springs, Ark., on March 8-9.