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Catching up with former area athletes: Dvorak hoping to lead Morningside to national championship

SIOUX CITY, Iowa--Last season, Wes Dvorak was busy leading the Parkston Trojans to their first-ever state championship in football. This season, he hopes to bring hardware home to Sioux City for his Morningside Mustangs, which are in the NAIA pla...

SIOUX CITY, Iowa-Last season, Wes Dvorak was busy leading the Parkston Trojans to their first-ever state championship in football. This season, he hopes to bring hardware home to Sioux City for his Morningside Mustangs, which are in the NAIA playoffs.

Dvorak, a freshman running back, has rushed for 675 yards on 109 carries and five touchdowns for the Mustangs in 12 games. He's averaging 6.2 yards per carry and 56.3 yards per game.

Dvorak has also proved himself as a receiving option out of the backfield. In 2015, he has nine catches for 162 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

In Morningside's first round playoff game against St. Xavier (Ill.), Dvorak had five carries for 12 yards.

The Mustangs hope to continue their playoff run when they take on Tabor (Kan.) at noon today in Sioux City, Iowa.

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Greenway returns a kick for a touchdown in final collegiate game

SIOUX FALLS-For Mitchell native Jason Greenway, Augustana's first-round NCAA Division II playoff game couldn't have started any better.

The kick return specialist returned the opening kickoff against Humboldt State 99 yards for a touchdown, giving the Vikings an early 7-0 lead.

Greenway also caught two passes for eight yards, while his twin brother, Justin, ran for nine yards and tallied 48 receiving yards.

The quick start wouldn't be enough, however, as Humboldt State rallied to win 45-31 and the Vikings ended their season at 9-3.

Gottlob, Jackrabbits preparing for FCS playoffs

BROOKINGS-Salem native Shayne Gottlob and the South Dakota State University Jackrabbits spent their Thanksgiving week preparing for the University of Montana in the first round of the FCS playoffs.

The Jackrabbits-who have made the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season-will take on the Grizzlies at 2 p.m. today in Missoula, Mont., for the right to take on four-time defending champ North Dakota State University.

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Gottlob, a junior defensive tackle, has racked up 28 total tackles, two for a loss and two quarterback hits in 2015.

In last week's double-overtime loss to Western Illinois, Gottlob recorded three total tackles.

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