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Spotted: Spring Photos Now Complete

Our spring sports season is now complete, with the S.D. State Track and Field Championships marking the end of the 2013-14 school season. This spring we have taken a ton of photos (over 25,000 of them) and had a lot of fun doing it.

Here are the spring sports galleries, listed by sport.

Archery — April 13-14: First Dakota Classic

Baseball — March 26: Dakota State at MMC; March 30: Brookings at YHS; April 5: Doane at MMC; Brookings at YHS; April 6: Watertown at YHS; April 9: Dakota State at MMC; April 12: Hastings at MMC; April 15: Dordt at MMC; April 17: Northwestern at MMC; April 21: Washington at YHS; April 26: DWU at MMC; May 1-3: GPAC Baseball Tourn. MMC vs. Morningside vs. Midland vs. Northwestern; May 4: Mitchell at YHS; May 5: Canaries vs. Explorers; May 9: Roosevelt at YHS; May 13: YHS at Mitchell; May 17: YHS at Roosevelt (Regions); May 18: Vermillion at Bon Homme (Regions)

Basketball — March 28-29: 24th Annual Roger Haas Tourn.

Golf — April 10: Southeast South Dakota Small School Boys & Girls; April 15: Yankton Girls Inv.; April 24: MMC Men’s Inv.; April 28: GPAC Men Round 4; May 1:MMC Women’s Inv.; May 5: GPAC Women’s Round 4; May 12: S.D. Region 3B Boys & GirlsS.D. Region 2A Girls; May 13: S.D. Region 2A Girls; May 14: Randolph Boys Inv.; May 19: Neb. District C-2 Boys; May 20: S.D. State B Boys & Girls

Softball — March 30: Concordia at MMC; April 6: Midland at MMC; April 8: Dakota Wesleyan at MMC; April 11-12: Western Illinois at USD Game 1 & Game 3; April 21: Presentation at MMC; April 25: Doane at MMC; April 26: Hastings at MMC;

Tennis — March 29:  Bethany at MMC Women; April 8: Brandon Valley at YHS; April 12: Omaha at USD Women; April 15: S.C. North at YHS Boys; April 24: SC West at YHS Boys; Morningside at MMC Women; April 26: Hastings at MMC Women; May 6: Lincoln at YHS Boys; May 8: Vermillion at Yankton

Track & Field — March 24-25: Dan Lennon Class A & Class B; April 5: USD Snowbird; April 8: Scotland Inv.; April 10: Turner County Relays; April 22: SD/NE Challenge; MMC Twilight; April 27: Flyer Inv.; May 2-3: Howard Wood Dakota Relays Friday and Saturday; May 6: Little Missouri Valley Conf.; May 8: First Dakota Relays; May 10: Yankton Junior High Relays; May 14: Neb. District D-3; May 15: Neb. District C-6; May 17: ESD Championships; May 22: Region 5B; Region 4A; Region 5A; Yankton Last Chance Meet; May 23-24: Neb. State Meet Day 1 Class C and Class D, Day 2 C/D; May 30-31: S.D. State Meet

April 26: Riverrat Marathon; May 4: MMC Hall of Fame/Awards Day

Now we are on to summer. Keep an eye on Spotted and follow our sports staff on Twitter for all the updates.

June 2, 2014 Posted by | Archery/Outdoors, Baseball, Colleges & Universities, Mount Marty College, South Dakota State, Sports, University of South Dakota, Yankton | Leave a comment

USD Women’s Recruit: Abigail Fogg

BY JEREMY HOECK

jeremy.hoeck@yankton.net

The latest addition for the University of South Dakota women’s basketball program follows a trend the Coyotes witnessed first-hand at the NCAA Tournament.

Size and length win at the national level.

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With that mind, USD announced Wednesday the signing of 6-foot-4 Canadian post Abigail Fogg, a transfer from Division I American University and native of Sault Ste. Marle, Ontario. Fogg will have to redshirt the 2014-15 season, but will have two seasons of eligibility.

Fogg was a situation where a previous connection helped USD, but her height certainly sweetened the package, according to head coach Amy Williams.

“That’s something you can’t teach, that kind of size,” Williams said Wednesday evening.

Fogg is the third recruit — and second transfer — signed by the Coyotes for the 2014-15 season, joining Rapid City native Caitlin Duffy, a 5-foot-11 guard from Colorado State. Both will redshirt next season.
The other recruit is 6-foot-1 post Kate Liveringhouse from Bellevue West (Omaha, Nebraska), who will be a freshman this fall.

Winners of the Summit League tournament in March, the Coyotes were competitive with a much taller Stanford squad in the first round of the NCAA Tournament — ultimately losing by 19 points.

“When you look nationally, some of them have tremendous athleticism, some have tremendous speed, Stanford had tremendous size,” Williams said.

“That was a very impressive thing for us, to see that level up close.”

A close connection is also what brought Fogg to USD’s radar. Current Coyote assistant Josh Hutchinson recruited Fogg to American University, where Hutchinson was an assistant.

When American changed coaches, that eventually led Fogg to want to make a move, Williams said

Fogg played in 20 games last season for the Eagles, averaging 2.6 points and 2.8 rebounds in 9.9 minutes of action per game. At USD, though, she eventually figures to see more time by the time she is eligible, Williams said.

“In Abi’s case, she’ll really benefit spending a year getting stronger and getting to know her teammates and our program,” Williams said.

By the time Fogg and Duffy are eligible as juniors in 2015-16, the Coyote roster could also feature a number of other long and athletic players.

USD has received three known verbal commitments, including a 6-foot-1 post and a pair of 5-foot-9 guards.

“The size is outstanding, and right now we’ve got to keep working at that next step,” Williams said.

That being?

Being more consistent in the regular season to contend for a regular season championship, she said. The last two seasons, USD has surged down the stretch and made a deep run in the post-season tournament.

USD will return four starters next season, with the only graduation hit being center Polly Harrington.

You can follow Jeremy Hoeck on Twitter at twitter.com/jhoeck. Discuss this story at http://www.yankton.net.

(Photo courtesy of the American University athletic website)

May 29, 2014 Posted by | University of South Dakota, Women's Basketball | Leave a comment

USD Men’s Basketball Recruit: Sekou Harris

BY JEREMY HOECK
jeremy.hoeck@yankton.net

Yet another previous recruiting connection has landed the University of South Dakota men’s basketball team a recruit for the 2014-15 season.

Sekou Harris, a 6-foot point guard from South Plains College in Texas, told the Press & Dakotan on Sunday that he committed to USD the previous night.

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Harris, a native of Plainfield, New Jersey, said he had originally been recruited by USD head coach Craig Smith while Smith was an assistant at Colorado State. Shortly after Smith was hired at USD in April, Harris’ phone rang.

“They want me to be that leader and try to win games and get to the (NCAA) tournament,” Harris said. “I’m very competitive; I don’t like to lose.”

Harris, who said he will sign his letter of intent on Tuesday, will become the fourth 2014-15 addition for the Coyotes. He will join fellow transfer Tre Burnette (Williston State), as well as incoming freshmen Logan Power (Lincoln, Neb.) and Dejon Davis (Bloomington, Minn.).

USD hasn’t officially announced which players will not be returning next season, but Harris said Smith’s message to him was simple.

“He said that he needed a point guard that was fast and could be a leader,” Harris said.

From there, Harris spoke with his family and committed over the phone to USD assistant Eric Peterson on Saturday night.

Harris said he had also been in contact with Texas-Arlington, Louisiana-Lafayette and Maine.

“It was tough. I wanted to make sure I was making the right decision, for my family and myself,” he said. “I wanted to put myself in a position to win.”

Harris spent his freshman season at Division I Fairleigh Dickinson, and averaged 16.9 minutes in 22 games. He then transferred to South Plains College, located in Levelland, Texas.

In one year with South Plains, Harris helped lead the Texans to a 29-6 record and an NJCAA Elite Eight appearance. He played in all 35 games, averaging 6.7 points, 4.8 assists and 3.2 rebounds.

Harris isn’t the only South Plains player to land with a D-I school. Head coach Steve Green also sent players to Ole Miss, Hofstra, Tennessee Tech and Wright State.

Asked about his familiarity with the Summit League, Harris referenced former South Dakota State standout Nate Wolters, who is now with the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks.

“It’s a quiet conference, but it’s very tough,” Harris said. “Every team is really solid. You never know what team is going to step up and win it.”

Of his new school, Harris said Smith is trying to “bring a new culture to the program.”

Part of that new culture could be a new style, Harris said. Smith had previously said he wants to utilize an up-tempo system on both ends of the floor.

“I like to get the ball in transition, use my speed and athleticism to my advantage,” Harris said. “I like to get to every spot on the floor, and make my presence felt.

May 26, 2014 Posted by | Men's Basketball, University of South Dakota | Leave a comment

USD Men’s Basketball Recruit: Dejon Davis

BY JEREMY HOECK

jeremy.hoeck@yankton.net

Austin Hansen’s impact at the University of South Dakota has produced a recruit out of Minnesota.

Bloomington Kennedy High School standout Dejon “D.J.” Davis signed recently to attend USD and play basketball for the Coyotes, based primarily on his relationship with Hansen, according to Davis’ high school coach.

Davis, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard, had previously committed to Northern Colorado, where Hansen had spent one season as an assistant. Hansen was then hired to Craig Smith’s staff at USD in April, and Davis wanted to stay with Hansen, according to Bloomington Kennedy head coach Willie Braziel.

“He decided that South Dakota would be a better fit,” Braziel told the Press & Dakotan. “The relationship he built with that coach was absolutely huge for DJ. That coach deserves a lot of credit.”

Braziel was also quick to credit Davis’ work ethic, specifically when it came to ‘giving up part of his game’ as a senior.

Bloomington Kennedy won nine games during Davis’ junior season, but when Braziel was hired a year ago, he said he “challenged” Davis to play more off the ball — and naturally, his scoring would suffer a bit.

The result was a 17-10 record for Kennedy during Davis’ senior season.

“He could have averaged 30 points a game, easily,” Braziel said, “and there are very few kids at the high school level you can approach with that mindset as a new coach. Unless you like losing.”

As a senior, Davis averaged around 21 points, 4.5-5 rebounds and 2 assists per game, according to Braziel. Bloomington Kennedy is a member of the South Suburban Conference, one of the tougher leagues in Class 4A, the coach said.

Davis is slated to play in the Inner City All-Star Classic on June 8.

You can follow Jeremy Hoeck on Twitter at twitter.com/jhoeck. Discuss this story at http://www.yankton.net.

May 21, 2014 Posted by | Breaking News, Men's Basketball, University of South Dakota | Leave a comment

USD Men’s Basketball Commit: Logan Power

BY JEREMY HOECK

Logan Power, a 6-foot-5 small forward from Lincoln (Nebraska) Christian High School, has committed to the University of South Dakota men’s basketball program, he told the Press & Dakotan on Wednesday.

You can watch some highlight clips here

Power, who averaged 20.6 points, 10.8 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game as a senior this past season, said he committed to USD head coach Craig Smith late last week. Power will join the Coyote program this fall.

It wasn’t until last summer, though, that Power ultimately chose to pursue basketball over football — a sport he also excelled in for Lincoln Christian.

“I was in the boat where I didn’t know if I wanted to play football and basketball,” Power said Wednesday evening.

By the end of the summer, following football camps and AAU basketball with NE Bison Red, hoops won out.

He had been in brief contact with the University of Nebraska staff while Smith was still in Lincoln, but Power said the conversations “exploded” when Smith was hired at USD.

“I love the opportunity going into that program with the coaches they have. I feel like they’re going in the right direction,” Power said.

It didn’t hurt, either, having an energetic coach like Smith to work with, he added.

“That’s one of the first things I noticed with him actually, how excited and pumped he was to get started,” Power said. “That’s something I really love; something that makes me more excited.”

As one of the bigger players on his high school team, Power said he played both in the post and on the perimeter.

“I like to play matchups, take what the defense gives me,” he said. “I’ll work hard, that’s just how I am.”

Power will join transfer Tre Burnette, a 6-foot-5 guard from Williston (N.D.) State, as newcomers to USD’s 2014-15 roster.

May 15, 2014 Posted by | Breaking News, Men's Basketball, University of South Dakota | Leave a comment

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