Catching up with former area athletes: Cooney captures first title on two-hole playoff

University of Sioux Falls golfer J.J. Cooney hits a shot at the Bob Writz Invite in 2018 at Bear Creek Golf Course in Denver, Colorado.

Pickstown’s J.J. Cooney shot a program-NCAA Division II best 140 and won a two-hole playoff to claim his first individual title while leading the University of Sioux Falls men's golf team to a third place finish at the Watkins Invitational on Sept. 5 in Lake City, Minnesota.

The Cougars, who had career-best marks from Cooney, Jack Evans, Blake Berry and Nathan Woodall, carded a USF DII-program-best two-round total of 583. USF not only carded the best second day total at the tournament but set a program 18-hole round mark with a 285.

Cooney, a three-time All-NSIC performer, won the tournament in a two-hole playoff over Winona State’s Dylan Brown and Brady Madsen.

On Sept. 10, USF tied for sixth at the Bemidji State Invitational with a 614. Cooney finished six-over par, 150 (75-75) for a 14th place tie and has shot 75 or better in all four rounds this season.

The Cougars will next compete at Monkey Island, Oklahoma, on Sept. 22-24 in the Missouri Southern State Fall Invite.


McCance makes first collegiate start

Gregory graduate and Wayne State College quarterback Andy McCance threw a pair of touchdowns in his first collegiate start on Sept. 7.

McCance completed 21 of 37 passes for 284 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions in Wayne State’s 37-20 loss against Winona State. McCance also led Wayne State in rushing with 47 yards on 14 attempts.

Wayne State got on the board early in the fourth quarter when McCance found Taurean Grady on a four-yard scoring play to make the score 23-7. Wayne State closed its scoring with 1:29 to play when Wayne’s Mason Lee grabbed a nine-yard scoring pass from McCance to make the final score 37-20.

McCance is a redshirt freshman that transferred from South Dakota after last season. Wayne State will host Southwest Minnesota State on Saturday.

Brewster sees first college action

Mitchell graduate and South Dakota School of Mines freshman Chelsea Brewster logged her first college action on Sept. 6-7.

Brewster and the Hardrockers competed at the Chadron State College tournament, finishing 1-3 at the event. Mines defeated Montana State University-Billings and dropped matches against Chadron State, University of Sioux Falls and Fort Hays State.

Brewster played in two matches for the Hardrockers. She posted four kills and five digs against Fort Hays State.

The Hardrockers will play at the Huskies Classic on Friday and Saturday in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

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