Morningside hoops to announce recruits
SIOUX CITY – Morningside College women’s basketball head coach Jamie Sale will announce the Mustangs’ 2017 recruiting class at a meet the incoming freshmen signing day event this Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Rosen Verdoorn Sports Center-Allee Gym.
The recruits will join a Morningside team that posted a 24-9 record during the 2016-17 season for its school-record 14th consecutive 20-win season. The Mustangs made a 15th consecutive appearance in the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship, where they advanced to the tournament’s second round before an 80-72 loss against College of the Ozarks. Morningside has a 420-81 record for a .838 winning percentage over the last 14 seasons and won NAIA Division II National Championships in 2004, 2005, 2009 and 2015.
Morningside sports schedule changes
SIOUX CITY – Morningside's two Great Plains Athletic Conference baseball doubleheaders against Briar Cliff University have been flipped. The March 28 date will be a 3 p.m. doubleheader at Mercy Field with Morningside as the home team and the April 17 date will be a 1 p.m. doubleheader at Briar Cliff.
The Morningside track and field teams have dropped the April 1 Iowa Western Community College Open from their schedule and will compete in that day’s Buena Vista University Outdoor Open in Storm Lake, Iowa.
Mentgen earns tennis honors
SIOUX CITY | Morningside College’s Nick Mentgen, a freshman from Mertert, Luxembourg, is the Hauff Mid-America Sports/Great Plains Athletic Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Week.
Mentgen went undefeated at No. 2 singles and No. 2 doubles to help lead the Mustangs to a pair of victories in last Saturday’s triangular in Waverly, Iowa.
He defeated Fumiya Kitahara 6-1, 6-1 and combined with Jesus Sanz, a freshman from Burgos, Spain, for an 8-2 doubles triumph in the Mustangs’ 5-4 victory against Wartburg College. Mentgen rallied from a first set loss for a 5-7, 6-2, 10-5 victory against Dylan Wong and combined with Sanz for an 8-3 doubles win in the Mustangs’ 6-3 triumph against Monmouth College.
Mustangs sweep baseball honors
SIOUX CITY | Morningside College’s Joe Genoways is the Hauff Mid-America Sports/Great Plains Athletic Conference Baseball Player of the Week and Lucas Henning is the Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Baseball Pitcher of the Week.
Genoways, a junior first baseman, collected nine hits in 15 at-bats for a .600 batting average with six doubles, two home runs and 10 RBIs to lead the Mustangs to a four-game sweep of a weekend series against the University of Winnipeg. Genoways had his biggest game of the series in Sunday’s finale when he went four-for-five with two doubles, two home runs and eight RBIs in the Mustangs’ 10-0 triumph.
Henning, a senior pitcher, pitched a no-hitter with a career-high 13 strikeouts to lead the Mustangs to a 5-0 victory against Winnipeg in the nightcap of last Saturday’s doubleheader.
USD's Burns earns Summit honor
ELMHURST, Ill. — South Dakota sophomore Ellie Burns was named the Summit League’s Women’s Tennis Player of the Week.
Burns collects the award for the second time this season and third time in her career. She became the first player in USD’s Summit League history to claim back-to-back weekly tennis awards. Burns won every match that she competed in last week. She helped the Coyotes defeat North Dakota by a score of 5-2. In USD’s second match of the week, the Coyotes fought hard, but lost to Creighton 4-3.
Against North Dakota, Burns was victorious in the No. 1 singles spot (7-6, 6-0). She teamed up with junior Hannah Wich to claim the No. 3 doubles match (6-1).
Northwestern events impacted by weather
ORANGE CITY, Iowa | Northwestern's baseball games against Southwest Minnesota State on Tuesday were canceled and the softball game against Morningside was postponed to April 10.
The Red Raider softball team's game against Bellevue Wednesday has been postponed.
Briar Cliff's softball doubleheader against Dakota Wesleyan was also postponed.
USD's Waldner, Nilsen earn honors
ELMHURST, Ill. – South Dakota senior Danielle Waldner and freshman Chris Nilsen have been named the Summit League Outdoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week.
Nilsen captures his sixth weekly Summit League honor and first of the outdoor season. The 2017 NCAA Indoor Champion picked up where he left off at the start of the outdoor season by clearing 18 feet, 6 ¼ inches, to win Arizona State’s Baldy Castillo Invitational by 18 inches. Nilsen crushed an 11-year-old school record by 11 inches on his first attempt. His jump also leads the nation and ranks second in the world (IAAF) at the beginning of the outdoor season.
Waldner collects her second career athlete of the week award and first outdoor honor. Waldner finished as the top collegiate and second overall in the shot put at the Baldy Castillo.
Carter leaving ISU program
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State sophomore forward Simeon Carter is transferring from the men’s basketball program, head coach Steve Prohm announced Tuesday.
Carter, a Charlotte, North Carolina native, saw action in six games. He played 2.3 minutes per game, averaging 1.0 points per game.
Coyotes 10th at Sacramento St. Invite
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — South Dakota’s women’s golf team finished 10th out of 12 teams at the Sacramento State Invitational which was held Monday and Tuesday at Sierra View Country Club. The tournament scores only consist of the first two rounds (36 holes) as the final round on Tuesday was cancelled due to lighting.
Sacramento State won the team title after shooting 301 and 297 in rounds one and two, respectively. South Dakota finished in 10th place at 59-over par (325-310-635).
Northern Arizona’s Sofia Anokhina took home individual medalist honors and was the only player to finish the tournament under par. Anokhina shot a three-under par 69 in the first-round and had a two stroke lead going into the second-round. She shot par in the second and finished the tournament at 3-under par with 141 strokes.
Coyote senior Brenna Lervick tied for 24th at 9-over par (77-76-153). Junior Abby Dufrane (78-82-160) and sophomore Lexi Petersen (85-75-160) tied for 47th at 16-over par. Freshman Katie Bartlett (88-78-166) and senior Kaitlyn Krzyzanowski (85-81-166) tied for 62nd at 22-over par. Freshman Sunny Killian competed individually for USD and tied for 65th at 23-over par (82-85-167).