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Sioux Falls not joining CIF

SIOUX CITY | The rivalry renewal for the Sioux City Bandits with the Sioux Falls Storm did not last long.

Sioux Falls, which recently said it would play the 2018 season in the Champions Indoor Football league, the same league as Sioux City, has reversed its decision.

The decision was announced Wednesday as the storm said it will return to the IFL. The team said "given the restrictions, stipulations and restraints" were something they could not agree to.

USD women picked third in Summit

ELMHURST, Ill.–South Dakota women’s basketball has been selected third in the 2017-18 Summit League Preseason Poll. Junior guard Allison Arens was named to the Summit’s preseason first team and sophomore guard Ciara Duffy was voted to the second team.

The Coyotes placed behind South Dakota State and Western Illinois in the team poll. South Dakota State was voted to the top spot with 380 points and 16 of the first-place votes. Defending Summit League regular season and tournament champion Western Illinois was picked second with 372 points and 12 first-place votes. South Dakota received 307 points in the poll.

Under the direction of USD head coach Dawn Plitzuweit in her first season, the Coyotes wrapped up 2016-17 with a 23-9 record and advanced to the second round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. Seven players return from last year’s squad including three starters in Arens, Duffy and junior guard Jaycee Bradley.

Arens returns as an all-Summit League first-team pick from a year ago. She finished third in the league for points per game (17.1), second for assists per game (3.8) and seventh for steals per game (1.7).

Duffy was voted the 2016-17 Summit League Freshman of the Year and earned a spot on the Summit’s all-newcomer team last season. Duffy handled the point while averaging 11.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.

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