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EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part of our summer-long ‘Behind The Mask’ series following baseball and softball umpires, and the issues they face

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VERMILLION — Two national champions, a set of twins and one of the best offensive linemen in Coyote history will comprise the newest members of the Henry Heider Coyote Sports Hall of Fame.

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VERMILLION — A no-hitter from Bailey Sample and a three-hit game by Brooklyn Townsend helped Yankton Fury Red to a doubleheader sweep over the Vermillion Flamez in youth softball action on Thursday.

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Three hours after a morning practice, Addison Peitz is back at the Memorial Park pool.

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Yankton Fury Black notched a pair of victories over Yankton Rec 7-12 in youth softball action Wednesday evening at Riverside Park. Game scores were 9-2 and 12-8.

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SIOUX FALLS — After guiding the Cougars to the Class B boys’ state track championship last month, Viborg-Hurley’s Bill Hansen has been named the Boys’ Track & Field Coach of the Year, as part of the winners announced Wednesday by the South Dakota High School Coaches Association.

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SIOUX FALLS — South Dakota State University sophomores Derek Hackman and Gus Steiger were named Wednesday to the 2019 Baseball Academic All-Summit League Team. Selections of the 10-member squad were determined by a vote among the league’s sports information directors and faculty athletics re…

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LINCOLN, Neb. — South Dakota State is one of the non-conference opponents the Nebraska men’s basketball team will face during the 2019-20 schedule, according to a Wednesday announcement by Nebraska.

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Three athletes, a longtime supporter and the first Lancer women’s basketball team to qualify for the NAIA National Tournament will be inducted into the Mount Marty College Athletic Hall of Fame during an event on Friday, June 21.

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The Yankton Bucks U18 boys’ soccer team took second in its division at the All-American Cup, held this past weekend in Blaine, Minnesota. Team members include (front) Nick Gregiore, Ethan Yassat, Reid Binde, Will Pavlish, Gavin Fortner, Zach Hebda, (back) Asst. Coach Lexi Rust, Coach Dane Ha…

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HARTFORD — Beresford’s Maiya Muller finished second in the girls’ 14-15 year-old division of the South Dakota Golf Association Junior Tour event on Tuesday at Central Valley Golf Course in Hartford.

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NORFOLK, Neb. — The Yankton Fury Red earned a doubleheader sweep over the Norfolk Golden Girls in softball action on Tuesday.

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Nik Davis and Ross Heine, both long-time players (and Heine a former manager) for the Yankton Tappers, recently shared the same belief.

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CRETE, Neb. — Doane Women’s Basketball Head Coach Tracee Fairbanks announced on Friday that she has resigned her position. Fairbanks has guided the Tigers the past 20 years, taking the team to a pair of NAIA National Tournaments.

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LINCOLN, Neb. — Hartington-Newcastle tied for third in the Nebraska School Activities Association Cup All-School Standings, announced Monday. Points were scored in both athletic and fine arts activities.

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Several Yankton and area high school players participate in the Yankton Buck basketball camp this past week. Participants included (front) Luke Bernatow, Josh Sheldon, Cole Slowey, Rugby Ryken, Cooper Grotenhuis, Evan Ness, Mac Ryken, Isiah Schelhaus, Seth Peterson, Cody Oswald, Connor Teich…

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VERMILLION — South Dakota women’s basketball will take on the 2017 NCAA Champion South Carolina Gamecocks on Dec. 22, 2019, in Columbia, South Carolina, announced Wednesday by head coach Dawn Plitzuweit.

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Several Yankton and area elementary school players participate in the Yankton Buck basketball camp this past week. Participants included (front) Brycen Brunicek, Colin Frazee (1-2 hot shot champ), Cooper Haynes, Jax Gause (1-2 free throw champ), Jackson Gullikson, Connor Mulloy, Niles Nedved…

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The Yankton United 2008 soccer team won the U12 Girls’ Sky Blue division of the Tempo Classic, June 8-9 in Tea. Team members include (front) Iyana Becker, Remy Wenzlaff, Bailey Anderson, Sienne Tacke, Olivia Woods, (back) Coach Jennifer Teicherow, Kara Koerner, Ava Haar, Elaina Erramouspe, J…

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The Yankton United 07-08 soccer team won the U12 Girls’ Yellow division of the Tempo Classic, June 8-9 in Tea. Team members include (front) Chloe Blom, Eden Wolfgram, Kaylee Goeden, Brenna Haas, Taeya Kennedy, (back) Coach Lucas Johnson, Gracie Gutzmann, Maddie Jerke, Tessa Gillies, Jaden Sc…

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As the saying goes, an athlete doesn’t for the name on the back of their uniform, but for the name on the front.

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Jack Nielsen and A.J. Bilslend combined for six hits, five RBI and three runs scored as Blair bounced Springfield-Platteview 10-3 in the semifinals of the Lewis & Clark Classic on Sunday at Riverside Field at Bob Tereshinski Stadium.

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MITCHELL — The Yankton Fury Black dropped its second setback to Parkston in the weekend 9-7, dropping the final of their 14-under division at the Lowell Rang softball tournament on Sunday in Mitchell.

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The Yankton FC Gazelles U17 team lost in a shootout to place second in its division of the NSC All-American Cup, played this past weekend in Blaine, Minnesota. The Gazelles went 2-2 on the weekend. Team members include (front) Brie Luken, Talia Olson, Callie Boomsma, Leola Stastny, Molly Vor…

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The Yankton FC Gazelles U18 team won its division in the NSC All-American Cup, played this past weekend in Blaine, Minnesota. The Gazelles went 4-0, outscoring opponents 17-2 on the way to the title. Team members include (front) Megan Cap, Thea Luken, Madison Schroeder, Emma Christensen, Kel…

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AMES, Iowa — Three area student-athletes were among the 53 from Northeast Community College to be named Academic All-Region for the spring 2019 semester by the ICCAC.

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Dan Kramer of Yankton (center right) shot a hole-in-one during the ABS golf tournament at Fox Run Golf Course. Kramer made the ace on Hole No. 13, hitting the 176-yards shot with a 5-iron. Golfing with Kramer were Mike Lemay, Monte Goeden and Joe Vig.