Wednesday Sports, November 15
— The Dakota Wesleyan volleyball team had four players named to the GPAC All-Conference team while also having Ady Dwight named as the conference Attacker-of-the-Year. Dwight earned First Team honors, true freshman setter Kayleigh Hybertson was named to the second team while libero Tya Weideman and outside hitter and defensive specialist Elizabeth Tyler earned Honorable Mention honors.
— Dakota Wesleyan women’s basketball host Doane on Friday night at 5 pm at the Corn Palace.
— Dakota Wesleyan’s men’s basketball host Doane on Friday night at 6:45 pm at the Corn Palace.
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE
— Top-ranked South Dakota State faces Missouri State in the regular season finale Saturday at 2 p.m. The Jackrabbit pregame show begins at noon on KORN News Radio.
— Dakota State men’s basketball opens up play at the Jacksonville Classic on Sunday when they take on Central Florida at 7 pm.
— South Dakota State women’s basketball lost its first game of the season on Tuesday, 66-64 at Wisconsin. The Jacks trailed by nine points with five minutes remaining, before tying it up a 6-62 with 51 seconds left. Brooklyn Meyer had the second double-double of her career with a career-best 19 points to go with 11 rebounds and five blocks. The sophomore was 6-of-11 from the floor and knocked down 7-of-10 from the free throw line. SDSU travels to UT-Martin on Saturday at 1 pm, followed by #1 South Carolina on Monday at 6 pm.
— South Dakota State volleyball, 9-19 on the season and 7-9 in Summit League action, ended the regular season on Tuesday night with a five-set loss to USD, 23-25, 23-25, 25-23, 25-23, 15-4. Sydni Schetnan had a career-best 18 kills for the Jacks, while Sylvie Zgonc was close behind with 17 kills, 12 digs and three blocks. USD was led by 21 kills and 18 digs from Kylen Sealock. Madison Harms added 16 kills and Avery Van Hook added 58 assists. South Dakota State will head to Vermillion for the Summit League Volleyball Tournament that starts on Sunday and are locked in as the six seed. Game times and opponent are yet to be announced. With the win, USD improves to 12-4 in the conference, tied for first with Omaha. Kansas City and Denver can also finish 12-4 in the conference with wins tonight to end up in a four way tie for first with tiebreakers set to determine to #1 seed.
— USD men’s basketball lost at DePaul on Tuesday, 72-60. The Coyotes got 21 points and 10 rebounds from Lahat Thioune, while Kaleb Stewart added 15. USD shot just 4-for-17 from three. South Dakota next heads to Arizona for a two-day tournament in Glendale. The Coyotes take on Virginia Military Institute at 1 p.m. on Friday at the Arizona tip-off in Glendale, Arizona. Saturday’s opponent will be either Purdue Fort Wayne or Northern Arizona.
— USD woman’s basketball held Northern Colorado to 33 points through the first three quarters, en route to a 72-59 home win on Tuesday night. Last night was the Coyotes’ 100th game inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center, with USD improving to 87-13 all-time on Abbott Court. Junior guard Grace Larkins led the way with 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists. The Coyotes head to the Caribbean later this week for the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas. USD plays DePaul in game one of the tournament at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.
— USD football ends the regular season vs. Western Illinois on Saturday.
— South Dakota volleyball (18-9, 12-4 Summit) ended the regular season on Tuesday with a five-set win over SDSU.
— Golden State’s Draymond Green was ejected after putting Minnesota’s Rudy Gobert in a headlock and two other players were thrown out after an altercation early in the Warriors’ game against the Timberwolves on Tuesday night. The game was still scoreless and not even two minutes in when Golden State’s Klay Thompson and Minnesota’s Jaden McDaniels got in a shoving match near midcourt following a Timberwolves possession. Green rushed in and pulled Gobert away from behind with his arm around the center’s neck. Thompson’s jersey was ripped during the scuffle, which led to Green’s second ejection of the season and two free throw attempts for Gobert. Karl-Anthony Towns scored 33 points, sending the Minnesota Timberwolves to their seventh straight victory, 104-101.
— Nikola Jokic had 32 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists, as the Denver Nuggets beat the Clippers 111-108, keeping L.A. winless since acquiring James Harden last month. Jokic was perfect on 14 free throw attempts, including two with 13 seconds left that helped the Nuggets hold off the Clippers’ comeback try. Los Angeles has lost five straight with Harden, who was acquired on Oct. 30, and six in a row overall despite the 34-year-old guard’s best game with his new team since arriving from Philadelphia.
— Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell scored 24 points while Anthony Davis had 19 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks in L.A.’s 134-107 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. LeBron James had 16 points and nine rebounds while playing only 23 minutes for the Lakers, who improved to 5-0 at home.
— Indiana point guard Tyrese Haliburton had 33 points and 15 assists, while Obi Toppin chipped in 27 points as the Pacers beat the 76ers 132-126 and snapped Philadelphia’s eight-game winning streak.
— Miami’s Jimmy Butler scored a season-high 32 points, Bam Adebayo had 21 points and 11 rebounds as the Heat defeated the Charlotte Hornets 111-105.
— Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 28 points and a career-high seven steals, as the Oklahoma City Thunder rolled past the San Antonio Spurs 123-87.
— New Orleans rookie Jordan Hawkins, along with Brandon Ingram each scored 25 points, as the Pelicans snapped a five-game losing streak with a 131-110 win over the Dallas Mavericks.
— Spencer Dinwiddie had 29 points, nine assists and five rebounds, leading the Brooklyn Nets to a 124-104 victory over the Orlando Magic.
— Utah’s Jordan Clarkson scored 30 points and Lauri Markkanen added 21 points and nine rebounds, leading the Jazz to a 115-99 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.
— Dejounte Murray had 32 points and nine assists as the Atlanta Hawks extended Detroit’s losing streak to nine games with a 126-120 win over the Pistons.
— Hunter Dickinson had 27 points and 21 rebounds, as No. 1 Kansas outlasted No. 17 Kentucky for an 89-84 victory in the Champions Classic in Chicago. Kansas closed the game with an 11-1 run. Dickinson put the Jayhawks in front for good with two foul shots that made it 85-83 with 2:04 to go.
#4 Marquette 71, #23 Illinois 64
#8 Creighton 92, Iowa 84
#9 Duke 74, #18 Michigan State 65
— Georgia has moved up to No. 1 in the College Football Playoff rankings, nudging past Ohio State, with third-place Michigan and fourth-place Florida State holding their spots in the top four. Georgia had maybe its most impressive performance of the season Saturday, beating Mississippi 52-17. It was the second straight week the Bulldogs defeated a ranked opponent, after taking down Missouri the week before. Washington was fifth again, followed by Oregon, Texas and Alabama. Missouri at nine and Louisville were new to the top 10 this week.
— The Buffalo Bills have fired offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey with QB Josh Allen stagnating over a six-week stretch as the three-time defending AFC East champions falling further out of the playoff picture. The move came a day after a 24-22 loss to the Denver Broncos where Allen committed three of Buffalo’s four turnovers and the offense was held under 26 points for a sixth straight game to match the longest stretch since the quarterback’s rookie season in 2018. Second-year quarterbacks coach Joe Brady takes over as interim coordinator.
— Brandon Hyde was voted American League Manager of the Year after guiding the Baltimore Orioles to an AL-best 101 victories just two years after a 110-loss season. Miami’s Skip Schumaker won the National League award in voting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Hyde led Baltimore out of a difficult rebuild in which the Orioles improved to 83-79 in 2022 and he finished second in voting to Cleveland’s Terry Francona. Hyde earned 27 of 30 first-place votes this year. Schumaker received eight first-place votes, three more than runner-up Craig Counsell, who left Milwaukee last week to manage the Chicago Cubs.
— Shohei Ohtani was among seven players who turned down a $20.3 million qualifying offers from their former teams and remained on the free agent market to pursue more lucrative contracts. In addition to Ohtani saying no to the Los Angeles Angels, others who declined to accept included Cubs outfielder Cody Bellinger, Blue Jays third baseman Matt Chapman, and pitchers Josh Hader and Blake Snell of the Padres, the Phillies’ Aaron Nola and the Twins’ Sonny Gray. By making a qualifying offer, a team will receive an additional selection in next July’s amateur draft if a player signs elsewhere before then.
— A man who was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter in the death of American ice hockey player Adam Johnson, whose neck was cut by a skate during a game, has been released on bail. Johnson, 29, was playing for the Nottingham Panthers against the Sheffield Steelers in an Oct. 28 game when he was hit by an opponent’s skate blade. South Yorkshire Police did not name the suspect or provide his age. He was arrested on Tuesday and released on bail on Wednesday. The player whose skate cut Johnson’s neck was Matt Petgrave, 31, who plays for Sheffield. Johnson was a Minnesota native who had a brief NHL career with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
— Rory McIlroy has abruptly resigned from the PGA Tour board. His decision comes as the tour is trying to finalize an agreement to create a new commercial enterprise involving Saudi Arabia’s national wealth fund. McIlroy has been the biggest voice opposing Saudi-funded LIV Golf. He has spent the last five years involved in tour business during some turbulent times. That includes dealing with the COVID pandemic and most recently the threat and then partnership with Saudi’s national wealth fund. McIlroy was the first international player to serve on the policy board. He ends his season in Dubai this week on the European tour.
Class AA State Tournament, Thursday, November 16 at the Summit Arena at The Monument in Rapid City
All times Mountain
No. 1 Harrisburg (28-0) vs. No. 8 Aberdeen Central (14-11), 11 am
No. 4 Watertown (25-6) vs. No. 5 O’Gorman (17-10), 12:45 pm
No. 2 Sioux Falls Jefferson (22-2) vs. No. 10 Brandon Valley (15-13), 5 pm
No. 3 Sioux Falls Washington (26-3) vs. No. 6 Sioux Falls Lincoln (14-10), 6:45 pm
Class A State Tournament, Thursday, November 16 at the Summit Arena at The Monument in Rapid City
All times Mountain
No. 1 Sioux Falls Christian (32-4) vs. No. 8 Lennox (19-10), 11 am
No. 4 Platte-Geddes (31-6) vs. No. 5 Dell Rapids (26-6), 12:45 pm
No. 2 Rapid City Christian (33-5) vs. No. 7 Dakota Valley (19-10), 5 pm
No. 3 Miller (28-6) vs. No. 6 Wagner (26-6), 6:45 pm
Class B State Tournament, Thursday, November 16 at the Summit Arena at The Monument in Rapid City
All times Mountain
No. 1 Warner (37-0) vs. No. 14 Gayville-Volin (21-11), 11 am
No 4. Burke (32-4) vs. No. 5 Wolsey-Wessington (29-5), 12:45 pm
No. 2 Chester (30-2) vs. No. 7 Faulkton Area (24-9), 5 pm
No. 3 Colman-Egan (28-5) vs. No. 6 Castlewood (21-8), 6:45 pm