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P’s Pack returning for 2018-19 season

VERMILLION, S.D. -- South Dakota women’s basketball head coach Dawn Plitzuweit is pleased to announce that the prosperous women’s basketball kids’ club, Coach P’s Pack, returns for the 2018-19 season. All girls entering grades 3-8 are encouraged to join Coach P’s Pack for its third year to gain exclusive access to the reigning Summit League Champions.

Membership to Coach P’s Pack includes a two-hour clinic with Plitzuweit and the team, a T-shirt, letters from Coyote players throughout the season, free admission to a USD home game, a custom in-game video board message, coupon codes for discounted tickets and an invitation to Coach P’s Pack Night.

The basketball clinic is slated for Sunday, Oct. 7 from 1-3 p.m. with registration to begin at noon. Youth will have the opportunity to learn and improve on basketball fundamentals through drills, competition and fun games. The clinic will focus on passing, ball handling, shooting and concepts of the game. An autograph session with the Coyote women’s basketball team will follow the clinic.

Other perks include an invitation to Coach P’s Pack night on Feb. 21 as the Coyotes host Denver. Members will be invited to a pre-game pizza party with Charlie Coyote and South Dakota athletes. They will also welcome the Coyotes onto the court with a tunnel during starting lineups.

Parents can return the application with the $30 membership fee to the USD athletic department.

USD’s Whitting represents Australia in triathlon

VERMILLION, S.D. -- South Dakota freshman Sammy Whitting will represent her native Australia at the 2018 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final on Saturday morning in Gold Coast, Australia. The gun will go off at 8:30 p.m. Friday night Central Time.

Whitting, initially announced as an alternate for the race, has been bumped up to compete for Australia. She accumulated ITU (International Triathlon Union) points over the summer through competitions in Australia and Europe to earn her spot. Notably, Whitting placed 10th at the Oceania Triathlon Championships with a time of 1 hour, 11 minutes and 11 seconds in March. She was the fifth Australian across the line.

A native of Brisbane, Australia, Whitting missed the Coyotes’ season opener on Sunday to travel to home for the competition.

South Dakota and defending national champion Arizona State are the only two programs sending triathletes to the world championship race.

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