Voice of the Coyotes Joe Van Goor talks about the Coyote men’s basketball team without Tyler Hagedorn and what is to come for the team.
Saturday South Dakota and South Dakota State play in the South Dakota Showdown Series, presented by South Dakota Corn. Fans can go to the game and cheer on their teams, but you can also help contribute to Feeding South Dakota even if you aren’t at the game. Text the word SHOWDOWN to 80077 and you will donate $10 to the hunger relief organization.
Also, visit the Showdown Series website for the latest standings.
South Dakota head football coach Bob Nielson talks about the Coyotes win over Northern Colorado and looks ahead to a top 25 matchup at Weber State.
Each week throughout the season John Thayer talks to South Dakota Athletic Director David Herbster about USD athletics.
Topics this week:
-Football season opener at Kansas State
-Volleyball hosting a tournament
-New strategic plan “We Are South Dakota”
Midco Sports Networks Jay Elsen joined John Thayer Tuesday on “On the John” to talk South Dakota football as the Coyotes prepare to open the season at Kansas State.
University of South Dakota head football Bob Nielson talks about the Yotes effort in fall camp that has prepared them for the season. Coach Nielson also talks about the season opener against Kansas State.
The University of South Dakota women’s basketball team left Sunday for Australia. It’s a bonding trip with some basketball mixed in. The girls will play three games in Australia and get the chance to do some exploring as well. Fortunately for the team they have native Australian Jasmine Trimboli to help show the way. I had the chance to catch up with Trimboli, Caitlin Duffy and head coach Dawn Plitzuweit to talk about the trip before they departed.
South Dakota head women’s basketball coach Dawn Plitzuweit talks about the transition do USD and Vermillion and also about the excitement of going to Australia with the team.
Senior Caitlin Duffy is excited for a once in a lifetime opportunity that will also be a basketball trip with teammates.
Jasmine Trimboli gets the chance to return to her home country and play basketball in front of family and friends. She will also help show her USD teammates a new culture.
The USD women’s basketball team will open the upcoming season on Nov. 11 at the Sanford Pentagon against Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Tickets for the game will go on sale in October.
The University of South Dakota will send three athletes to Eugene, Ore. for the NCAA Track Championships next week. Two athletes, Emily Grove and Emily Brigham, will compete in the women’s pole vault, while Teivaskie Lewin will compete in the men’s 110 hurdles.
The Championships are June 8-11 at Hayward Field. Continue reading
This morning on my radio show, “On the John”, which airs Monday through Friday from 9-11am CT on ESPN Radio 1570, I was joined by former USD defensive coordinator and current Rocky Mountain College head football coach Jason Petrino. The Battlin’ Bears just wrapped up the spring season. Coach Petrino talks about his new job, his time at USD, Carson Wentz – who he game planned against, and Drew Iddings getting a chance in the NFL.
There isn’t much better than a rivalry game.
There are storied rivalries between teams, players, coaches, etc. Some have developed over time. Some have been more forced. And some have been renewed.
South Dakota and South Dakota State is a storied rivalry that has been renewed in recent years. And one more event has been added to the list.
A managers game. Continue reading
Someone is going to pick up a talented player.
According to Jeff Kolpack of the Fargo Forum, Holly Johnson has played her last game for the Bison due to an injury. A foot injury has kept Johnson out of the lineup this season and apparently the injury has not healed enough for her to play this season. NDSU head coach Maren Walseth decided not to redshirt Johnson and move the program in a different direction.
Johnson has played every season for the Bison, including as a true freshman. Over the last two years she has averaged over 13 points and 6 rebounds per game. Johnson played in 87 games for the Bison and started all 59 over the last two years.
Johnson will be able to use the graduate transfer rule, since she will graduate from NDSU, and be immediately eligible next season.
In her career against South Dakota, Johnson has averaged 12 points and six rebounds in 27.5 minutes per game. Johnson’s best game against the Coyotes was in 2014 when she scored 31 points and grabbed eight rebounds. In that game USD rallied from a 19-point deficit to beat the Bison in overtime, 95-87. Oddly enough, in the only win for the Bison over USD in her career Johnson was held scoreless in a 2013 game.
With the ability to play right away Johnson can be a big addition to a team that needs immediate help on the inside.
Holly Johnson career against USD (regular season)
DATE RESULT PTS REB MIN
2/8/2015 L 83-79 8 6 33
1/15/2015 L 84-69 14 10 33
2/27/2014 L 95-87 OT 31 8 37
1/30/2014 L 83-70 13 5 24
2/2/2013 W 57-50 0 3 16
1/3/2013 L 73-52 6 6 22
Today the University of South Dakota announced Bob Nielson would be its next head football coach. And, it appears, the Coyotes have hit a home run.
When former head coach Joe Glenn announced his retirement USD Athletics Director David Herbster made one thing clear – he wanted a coach who is a proven winner and has experience as an FCS Coach or higher. Continue reading
Today the University of South Dakota held a press conference to announce the retirement of Joe Glenn as the head football coach. As Glenn entered a quiet, somber ballroom at the Muenster University Center he shouted “This isn’t a funeral”, which followed with laughter from those in attendance.
USD Sports Information Director Bryan Boettcher welcomed those in attendance before turning it over to Athletic Director David Herbster who thanked Coach Glenn for his time and effort as the head coach of the football program before giving the floor to Glenn.
Joe Glenn delivered the following statement:
After the statement Coach Glenn took questions from the media in attendance:
Per USD Athletic Director David Herbster the search for a new football coach begins immediately.
The worst sight on a football field is when a player falls to the ground and doesn’t get up. It’s sickening when they aren’t moving. As a fan, player, coach, etc you hope for even the slightest movement. Something to make you feel as if the player is going to be OK.
Earlier this season South Dakota traveled to Macomb, Ill. for a conference game against Western Illinois. In the first half right guard Sam McLeran pulled around the left side and double-teamed a linebacker as he’s done many times before. Sam fell to the ground and didn’t get up. The training staff for South Dakota rushed onto the field, joined by staffers from Western Illinois. After an on-field evaluation the ambulance was called onto the field. Sam’s dad and brother walked onto the field to be with Sam as he was strapped onto a backboard and loaded into an ambulance. Players and coaches from both teams sat on a knee, concerned for Sam’s health. Fans prayed. There was encouraging applause as Sam was lifted into the ambulance and again as the ambulance drove off the field. Continue reading
It’s the only way to describe the feeling in Fargo on Saturday. I have had the opportunity to be around the South Dakota football team for three seasons. I was on the sidelines through many losses, there for the upset of then-No.5 Northern Iowa in 2013, I’ve seen them win non-conference games at home and a fun victory on Dakota Days a couple years ago.
This was different. Continue reading
The University of South Dakota football team defeated UC Davis on Saturday, 27-17. With the win the Coyotes improved to 1-1 on the season. The Coyotes used a healthy rushing attack from Trevor Bouma – 18 car. 186 yds, 2 TDs – in the win. The performance, which also included a team high 48 yards receiving, earned Bouma Missouri Valley Football Conference offensive player of the week. Kicker Miles Bergner was named special teams player of the week.
On Monday South Dakota head football coach Joe Glenn joined me to talk about the win.
The Coyotes host Drake Saturday at 2:00pm in the DakotaDome.
The South Dakota women’s basketball team defeated in-state rival South Dakota State on Saturday, 82-78. The Jackrabbits were without leading scorer Megan Waytashek (14.1ppg), who missed the game due to illness. Raeshel Contreras led USD with a career-high 32 points. The senior is averaging 24 ppg over her last three and the Coyotes have won all three of those games. She has also led the team in scoring in eight of 18 contests this season.
The Coyotes are now at the top of the Summit League with a 4-1 mark in league games and 14-4 overall.
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|South Dakota State||3-3||12-7|
South Dakota is back on the road this week when they travel to Fort Wayne on Thursday and IUPUI on Saturday. Through 24 leagues games this season home teams are 19-5.
Watch highlights of Saturday’s win on GoYotes.com by clicking here.
After the game I joined Jay Elsen of Midco Sports to talk about the game.
The Coyote women jumped out to a lead early against Northern Iowa, but the Panthers pesky defense towards the end helped UNI close the gap. South Dakota was able to hold off the charge and defeat UNI 85-77. The Coyotes are now 5-0 all-time against Northern Iowa when playing inside DakotaDome. USD now leads the series 6-5 overall, which means the Coyotes are just 1-5 in Cedar Falls. Can we just schedule this opponent in the Dome only?
Oh, by the way, the team shot 60 percent in the game, which isn’t bad.
Tia Hemiller scored a career-high 20 points in the win and dominated at the end of the game to hold off UNI. She has taken over in the final minute in back-to-back games to help South Dakota to the win. Coyotes are now 5-2 on the season and will host Cal State Fullerton tomorrow.
After the game Jay Elsen and I sat down for a video blog to talk about the Coyote win. I always appreciate the chance to be on with Jay, who also hosts Coyote Corner on Tuesday nights at 8pm CT on Midco Sports Net.
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
After a 1-1 start to the season the South Dakota women’s basketball team will play two games on the west coast, starting with Portland State tonight. The Vikings are 0-1 after falling in their season-opener at Seattle. The two teams have only met one time in history with South Dakota earning a 87-71 win in Vermillion on Dec. 28, 1992. The Coyotes opened their season with a win at Drake before falling on the road at Kansas on Sunday.
About South Dakota
The Coyotes are led by Raeshel Contreras and Nicole Seekamp. The two seniors have each poured in a 20 point effort this season. Contreras, the Summit League player of the week, is averaging 20.5 points per game through two contests, while Seekamp is averaging 14. Seekamp needs just 18 points to join the 1,000 point club at South Dakota. Only 20 other players have reached the mark at South Dakota, with Mandy Koupal’s 2,142 point career at the top. Speaking of scoring marks, Margaret McCloud is just 10 points away from her 500th career point. The junior has started two games this season after coming off the bench the first two years of her career. McCloud scored 10 points and grabbed 15 rebounds at Kansas on Sunday to record the 7th double-double of her career.
About Portland State
The Vikings fell to Seattle on the road to start the season. They are without one of their top players to start the season after junior Alicia Carline suffered a hand injury diving for a loose ball in an exhibition game against George Fox. The 6’3″ center had 21 points and 10 rebounds at the time of her injury. Two players, Lariel Powell and Emily Easom, played 40 minutes in the first game of the season. Both players struggled from the field, but Powell dished out a career high seven assists. The Vikings only return two starters from last season and have six newcomers into the program. In the loss to Seattle, PSU was only able to score 16 points in the second half of play. The Vikings had three players score in double digits in the first game of the season. Portland State is directed by Sherri Murrell, who is in her eighth season.
Tipoff is set for 9:00pm CT. You can hear the game on Classic Hits 106.3 and kvht.com with pregame beginning at 8:30pm.
Next up: Tomorrow night the Coyotes will be in Seattle to play the Washington Huskies.