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Joe Van Goor talks USD men’s hoops and Augustana

Voice of the Coyotes Joe Van Goor talks USD men’s basketball as the Coyotes are set to begin Summit League play tomorrow night. Joe also shares his thoughts on Augustana and recommends a box of buttered popcorn at the Corn Palace over the popcorn balls.

Joe Van Goor talks USD men’s hoops and Augustana
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WBB: Five straight in the Dome

Al McGuire Center at Marquette University. South Dakota earned a 69-65 win over the Big East Golden Eagles on Sunday.

Al McGuire Center at Marquette University. South Dakota earned a 69-65 win over the Big East Golden Eagles on Sunday.

It’s been a little while since I shared some thoughts on South Dakota women’s basketball. If you haven’t been paying attention the Coyotes have won two straight and are 4-2 on the season after a win over Marquette on Sunday. Any time a mid-major can get a win over a bigger conference opponent you really appreciate the effort. Marquette, of course from the Big East Conference, is that win for the Coyotes. After letting Kansas slip away and watching Washington’s offense come alive this was the last chance – until the postseason – to get this type of win. And they did. Continue reading

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WBB: Contreras named player of the week

Picture from Goyotes.com

Picture from Goyotes.com

It’s always good to see one of the players your cover get recognized for a nice performance. Today the Summit League announced South Dakota senior guard Raeshel Contreras as player of the week for her performance on opening weekend. Contreras led South Dakota in scoring in an 83-78 win over Drake Friday night with 24 points, and, perhaps more importantly, she also grabbed nine rebounds. Sunday she got off to a slower start, but finished the game with 17 points in a 68-60 loss at Kansas. She also connected on another late three-pointer to pull South Dakota within three points in the final couple of minutes.  Continue reading

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Two decades of Bill O’Boyle

On December 22, 2011 Chadron State College announced it would not renew the employment contract of Bill O’Boyle. The coach has spent six plus seasons as the program’s head coach and 20 total seasons on the CSC sideline. Continue reading

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2011 NCAA Volleyball Bracket Challenge

It’s not March Madness, but 64 teams have been selected for the NCAA Volleyball Tournament. Penn State has won it the last three years and the Nittany Lions are the No. 8 seed this year. Texas, Nebraska, Illinois and Iowa State are the top four seeds in the tournament. The Regional sites include Lexington, Ky., Minneapolis, Minn., Gainesville, Fla., and Honolulu, Hawaii. The semifinals and finals are in San Antonio, Tex. at the Alamodome.

Test out your knowledge of the NCAA Volleyball Tournament with this bracket challenge. Just follow the link below. It only takes a few minutes to select the tournament winners.


2011 NCAA Volleyball Tournament

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Tressel out, insert candidate name here

Photo courtesy of dtrsports.com

News this morning that Jim Tressel had resigned as the head coach of Ohio State didn’t shock too many. With the recent events in the football program replacing the coach seemed inevitable. Speculation now begins on who could be the next Buckeyes head coach. Luke Fickell has been named the interim head coach for the 2011 season. You may recall that Fickell was scheduled to be the Buckeyes head coach during the five-game suspension for Tressel. Now he will get his chance earlier than expected to be the boss of the Buckeye program.  Continue reading

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History says: Upset in Lincoln Saturday

Nebraska and Texas will meet Saturday, October 16 at 2:30 on ABC

It’s been circled on calendars for 10 months.

It’s been talked about since December 5, 2009.

It’s lost some of its hype on the national stage, but locally, in Nebraska, this is the most anticipated game in some time.

It’s October 16. It’s Texas vs Nebraska.

Some folks wearing red on Saturday will call this game revenge. There is no need to remind the Big Red faithful about the 2009 Big 12 Championship Game. You know the game that left Nebraska one second shy of the biggest win in the Bo Pelini era. Continue reading

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Playing for a Legend…

When the UCLA Bruins take the field for the championship series of the College World Series against South Carolina, it will be more than just a game. The team will be playing for themselves, coaches, school and a man, a coach named John Wooden. Just 24 days following the passing of the greatest coach to ever, the UCLA baseball game will play in game one of  a best of three series to claim the national championship. Continue reading

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Conference Realignment Winners/Losers

The move of Nebraska to the Big Ten Conference has sparked conversation and controversy all over the college football world. Bloggers, tweeters, facebookers, analysts and reporters are all reporting what “sources” say. While the NBA finals are trying to wrap up and college baseball teams try to validate their ticket to Omaha, many eyes have turned to college football. We don’t need to mention the seasons begin in August and this is June. No matter what changes happen, there are always winners and losers. If the college football changes end today here are the top five winners and losers. Continue reading

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You don’t have to win, to “win”

Competition can be defined as “rivalry between two or more persons or groups for an object desired in common, usually resulting in a victor and a loser”.
In most cases there is a loser, but can both persons ever “win”. The idea in any competition is to obviously be the victor in the end. I know when I play sports or anything, for that matter, I want to win. It is the nature of the beast; you want to make someone else the loser. However, there are some occurrences where the “must win” attitude is pushed aside to help make things right.

Picture this….you are out on the links on a beautiful day. After the final hole, you learn that you have tied for the conference championship and must play a playoff hole. The winner of the playoff will advance to the national tournament. You may never have the opportunity to win the conference championship again. To add to the excitement, one player in the playoff is a senior, while the other is just a sophomore. The senior has had four years to win a conference championship, while the sophomore is new to the idea.

Now picture this…….the sophomore has stamped his ticket to the national tournament, because he was a part of the conference championship team. The championship team and individual earn a spot to the national tournament. The senior is one of the nicest guys on the course and has worked hard for four years. His team is not going to the national tournament, so his only chance is to win this playoff hole.

If you were the sophomore, would you go after the conference individual championship that you have rightfully put yourself in contention for? Or would you completely blow the playoff hole because you are already going to the national tournament and feel someone else has earned their chance to play in the most prestige tournament?

That is exactly what happened at Heritage Bluffs Golf Club in Channahon, Ill. Grant Whybark, the sophomore mentioned above, qualified for the NAIA national golf tournament for being a part of the University of Saint Francis (Ill.) conference championship team. However, he was forced into a playoff for the individual honors by a senior from Olivet Nazarene, Seth Doran. Whybark’s tee shot on the playoff hole sprayed 40 yards to the right and well out of bounds. He would make double-bogey, while Doran made par to earn his spot in the national tournament. The amazing this about this story is Whybark did it on purpose.

This seems like a nice story, but was Whybark assuming that day that he was the better man on the tee box? Or was he simply giving someone else a spot in the national tournament? The story has reached ESPN Radio, blogs and news outlets all over the country. Some people are happy to hear the story and praise this young man for not claiming both spots (team and individual) to the national tournament. Other people believe or not, are infuriated because of what the young man did. Some are claiming Whybark took something away from Doran for not letting him win it on his own. What do you think? Is this an act of kindness? Or is it an act of embarrassment?

If I am Doran, I would be thanking Whybark until I breathed my last breath in this world. It was the absolute last chance for Doran to realize a dream of competing at the national tournament and Whybark has already earned a spot, so why be greedy? I applaud this young man for doing something that most of us wouldn’t. Most of us would go for the gold because we have earned that opportunity. This was nothing less than a class act of kindness and sportsmanship.

This is not the first time an act like this has happened and hopefully it won’t be the last. In a 2008 softball game between Western Oregon and Central Washington, Western Oregon’s Sara Tucholsky hit a home run for the first time in her long career, at any level. However, Tucholsky injured her knee at first base and collapsed. Western Oregon’s only option was to have a pinch runner enter the game and the three-run home run would turn into a single. Central Washington first baseman Mallory Holtman asked the umpire if they could help their opponent around the bases. When told there was not rule against it, Holtman was joined by shortstop Liz Wallace to do something simply, “unbelievable,” as the two carried Tucholsky to touch each base. The homerun gave Western Oregon a 4-2 win and ended the season for Central Washington, but on that day…more than just Western Oregon was a winner.

In 2009, a high school basketball team was charged with a technical foul for playing a player that was not on the pregame roster. The reason the player was not on the roster was because his mother had passed away that day and the team did not expect him to play. When the opposing team was granted two free throws for the technical foul, senior and Co-captain Darius McNeal stepped to the line and intentionally missed both attempts as an act of sportsmanship.

Acts of sportsmanship are not as common as they used to be, but they do still exist. For an athlete at any level to step up and be the better person is simply amazing. In two of the three stories above, the act of sportsmanship directly impacted the outcome of the game and the losers were deemed “winners”.

UCLA Bruins football coach Henry Russell Sanders was quoted in 1950 saying, “Men, I’ll be honest. Winning isn’t everything. (Long pause). Men, it’s the only thing.”

You have to decide what “winning” actually is to know if it was indeed, the only thing and perhaps, everything.

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