South Dakota Coyotes

Coyotes Release 2019 Volleyball Schedule

USD To Host Iowa & Wyoming

VERMILLION, S.D. – A home match with Iowa and seven other teams that finished the 2018 season in the top 100 of the NCAA RPI rankings highlight South Dakota volleyball’s 2019 schedule released Monday by head coach Leanne Williamson.   The Coyotes will host a tournament inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center for the second-straight season. Three road tournaments and…

USD’s Hammer Earns All-American Honors, Anderson 17th In High Jumps At Nationals

Coyotes Wrap Up Season At NCAA Track & Field Championships

AUSTIN, Texas—South Dakota natives Ben Hammer and Zack Anderson wrapped up the 2019 NCAA Championships for the Coyotes on Friday evening at Mike A. Myers Stadium.   In his final meet as a Coyote, Hammer garnered his first career All-America accolade. He finished 11th in the field for second-team All-America. His best mark came on his first throw of the…

Nilsen Kept Focus On His Vault & Not Duplantis To Pull Off Win

USD Junior Wins Third Overall National Title

AUSTIN, TX  —  Much of the track community is still buzzing about Chris Nilsen’s National Championship Pole Vault victory on Wednesday. Though Chris was the defending champion, the expectation was that LSU’s Mondo Duplantis would take the title after the freshman phenom had set an NCAA record with a vault of 19 feet, 8 and a quarter inches.  Duplantis had…

USD’s Helen Falda Finishes 7th In Pole Vault

Earns All-American Honors

AUSTIN, Texas—South Dakota junior pole vaulter Helen Falda picked up her fifth career All-America honors with a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships inside Mike A. Myers Stadium. Senior Lara Boman capped off her career in the hammer throw on Thursday evening as well.   Falda jumped 14 feet, 3 ¼ inches, to garner her second…

Future Coyotes Krista Bickley & Karley Peters End Prep Careers On High Note

Each Claims State Titles During Final Day Of State Meet

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.  —  The State Track & Field meet concluded yesterday, wrapping up the brilliant prep careers of a couple of future South Dakota Coyotes. Brandon Valley senior Krista Bickley won the 400 meter dash for the fifth straight time and was also the anchor on a pair of relay champions for the Lynx.  In Class A Parker’s Karley…

Coyotes Can’t Crack Bison In Summit League Softball Tournament Championship

USD Loses 6-0 & 3-1

FARGO, N.D.—With senior Summit Player of the Year KK Leddy roughed up by South Dakota Friday, North Dakota State coach Darren Mueller handed the ball to freshman pitcher Paige Vargas and she delivered. Twice.   Vargas, with solid defense behind her, limited the Coyotes to one run in 14 innings of work in leading North Dakota State to its sixth…

SUMMIT SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT-Coyotes Cruise By Fort Wayne

USD Wins Tournament Opener 5-1

FARGO, N.D.—Alyssa Fernandez and Jessica Rogers both went deep and pitcher Dustie Durham took a shutout into the final inning of South Dakota’s 5-1 win against Purdue Fort Wayne Thursday at the Summit League Tournament hosted by North Dakota State.   The second-seeded Coyotes (32-24) advance in the winner’s bracket of the double-elimination tournament to face top-seeded North Dakota State…

USD’s Chris Nilsen Wins Drake Relays Invitational Pole Vault Title Amid Professional Field

Bests USATF National Champion Sam Hendricks

DES MOINES, Iowa—South Dakota junior Chris Nilsen took gold in the invitational pole vault at the 110th Drake Relays on Saturday inside Drake Stadium.   Nilsen topped Olympic medalist Sam Kendricks in head-to-head competition for the first time in his career. It marked the fifth meeting between the two with a pair of Drake Relays and a pair of U.S….

Coyotes Showing Signs Of Growth At The End Of Spring Practice

Final Public Practice & Scrimmage Today

VERMILLION, S.D.  —  Like most of the rest of the residents in their state the University of South Dakota football team has had an odd spring. It’s just that the weather can’t entirely be blamed for that. USD hasn’t been able to go indoors due to the ongoing renovations of the Dakota Dome.  As a result the Coyotes have been…

Coyote Softball Completes Weekend Sweep Of UND

USD Wins Sunday 7-4

VERMILLION, S.D.—South Dakota scored three runs in the final inning and completed a three-game sweep of North Dakota with a 7-4 win Sunday at Nygaard Field. It is the ninth straight Summit win for the Coyotes (28-18, 11-1 Summit) who remain atop the standings.   USD third baseman Lauren Wobken came up with two key at bats in the later…

Coyote Tennis Edged By UND

USD Falls 4-3

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota dropped a hard-fought 4-3 women’s tennis match against North Dakota on Saturday inside Huether Family Match Pointe. North Dakota won four of the six singles matches to conclude its Summit League season with a 4-1 mark. South Dakota, after winning the doubles point, took a 2-0 lead as Jana Lazarevic remained hot with a 6-1, 6-2…

Coyote Softball Completes Sweep Of Omaha

USD Wins Series Finale 9-1

VERMILLION, S.D.—Dustie Durham was 3-for-3 with a two-run homer and four RBIs and Alyssa Fernandez crossed home four times as South Dakota completed a three-game sweep of Omaha with a 9-1, six-inning win Sunday at Nygaard Field.   The Coyotes (25-18) have equaled their best start in the Summit at 8-1 and have a half-game lead over North Dakota State…

Mooney Shines On Final Four Stage

Season-High 22 Points Against Michigan State

MINNEAPOLIS, MN  —  If you saw Matt Mooney at South Dakota, you know he usually plays his best in the biggest moments. So last night’s performance in the Final Four for Texas Tech was certainly no shock. Mooney matched his season high of 22 points, including going 4-8 from downtown, to lead the Red Raiders to a 61-51 win over Michigan…

Walkoff Highlights Coyotes Doubleheader Sweep Of Omaha

USD Softball Wins 5-4 & 4-0

VERMILLION, S.D.—One swing of the bat changed the entire complexion of South Dakota softball’s doubleheader sweep of Omaha Saturday at Nygaard Field. The Coyotes won by scores of 5-4 and 4-0.   The Mavericks entered with just three wins on the season, but led the Coyotes 4-3 heading into the last half of the seventh inning of game one. South…

Former Coyote Matt Mooney Soaking In Final Four Experience With Texas Tech

Mooney's Red Raiders Play Michigan State Tomorrow At 7:49 PM

MINNEAPOLIS, MN  —  Matt Mooney once told his former South Dakota coach Craig Smith that he didn’t think he’d be able to live with himself if he never got to play in the NCAA Tournament. The former Coyote has certainly made the most of his chance at Texas Tech, and tomorrow will play in the Final Four. Mooney averaged 11…

Coyotes Focused Yet Still Finding Fun At NCAA Tournament

USD Revels In First Tournament Appearance In Five Years

STARKVILLE, MISS  —  Yes, the South Dakota women’s basketball team is getting down to the business of preparing for their NCAA Tournament first round game with Clemson during their first practice today. Yet if you think nerves are starting to set in, this really isn’t that kind of team. From pictures to talk about a wild bus driver, the Coyotes…

The Coyotes Are Ready for Clemson

SDSU speaks about match-up with Clemson at practice today

STARKVILLE, MISS.— Welcome to Humphrey Coliseum on the campus of Mississippi State University, sight of the first two rounds of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament, and the place where the University of South Dakota will play their second game in Division One at the NCAA Tournament tomorrow night against Clemson at 6 o’clock. Now none of the players were around during…

Former Coyotes Matt Mooney & Craig Smith Make NCAA Tournament

Ex-USD Player & Coach Make Big Dance With New Teams

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.  —  Though the Rushmore State doesn’t have a team in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, there are a couple of former South Dakota Coyotes that will get a chance to dance. Former USD guard Matt Mooney and Texas Tech are a 3 seed and will face Northern Kentucky in Tulsa on Friday.  Former Coyote head coach Craig…

Jackrabbit & Coyote Women Want To See Each Other Both Make NCAA Tournament Field

Selection Show Tomorrow

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.  —  The NCAA Women’s basketball tournament will be announced tomorrow and it’s expected to be an historic day for the state of South Dakota and the Summit League with both the Jackrabbits and Coyotes expecting to hear their names called. SDSU knows that they’re in by virtue of winning the automatic bid in their 83-71 Summit League…

SUMMIT QUARTERFINALS: Fort Wayne Men Shoot Down USD

Coyotes Lose 96-70

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.  —  For the first time since 2010 there will not be a men’s basketball team from the state of South Dakota playing in the Summit League Tournament semifinals. A white-hot shooting performance and triple-double from John Konchar led the Purdue-Fort Wayne Mastodons to a 96-70 Summit League Tournament Quarterfinal win over South Dakota on Sunday night in…