The fall-winter overlap will continue for at least another week:
One obvious story angle for the South Dakota State and Northern Arizona FCS playoff game is the running backs. Jackrabbits junior Zach Zenner is No. 2 in the country this season (1,695) and No. 7 on the career active list (4,209). Lumberjacks senior Zach Bauman is No. 9 this season (1,355) No. 2 on the career active list (5,031).
Zenner’s take on the individual showdown?
"The interesting thing about it is we’ll never even really look at each other. On film, I’ll be looking at his defense and he’ll be looking at my defense. I’m sure we’ll get a chance to wish each other good luck before the game, but other than that the focus won’t be on each other."
The 12th-place finish by SDSU junior Trent Lusignan on Saturday at the NCAA Division I men’s cross country championships was the third-best in Summit League history. Two Southern Utah runners - Jess Baumgartner and Cam Levins - finished third and fourth, respectively in 2006 and 2011. Nobody else had been in the top 50.
Here’s a full replay of the race.
Incredibly, there’s more running on tap as the SDSU indoor season starts Dec. 6 in Fargo.
A traveling trophy has been created for the SDSU vs. NDSU wrestling dual series: The Border Bell - a kettlebell. It will go to the winner of the first meeting between the two each season with the second dual counting in the conference standings.
The Border Bell will be up for grabs for the first time at 4 p.m. Saturday at Frost Arena. That time was adjusted to allow for fans to watch the SDSU football team at 7.
Jacks baseball recruit Phil Jacobson tied an Iowa all-class record by scoring five touchdowns for Sioux City Heelan in its state championship victory last week. He also picked off two passes.
Ex-SDSU star point guard and Milwaukee Bucks rookie Nate Wolters had the first scoreless showing of his young career Saturday. He played just 9 minutes in a loss to Charlotte because Brandon Knight returned from injury as Luke Ridnour did a couple games ago.
On Monday, Wolters returned to The Palace of Auburn Hills, where he and the Jacks faced Michigan in the NCAA Division I tournament, to take on the Pistons.
Up next this week for the Bucks: Wednesday against Washington (one of the teams that held Wolters’ rights on draft night), Friday at Charlotte and Saturday and Tuesday against Boston.
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