These are heady times for South Dakota State fans. The football team is tied for first in the Missouri Valley Football Conference and both basketball teams are preseason favorites in the Summit League:
SDSU sophomore RB Zach Zenner still leads the Football Championship Subdivision in rushing yards per game (166.22) despite being held to a season-low 49 at Southern Illinois. He also continues to be second in total rushing yards at 1,496.
Plus, teammate senior linebacker Ross Shafrath is tops in the FCS in solo tackles per game at 7.22.
The SDSU wrestling team kicked off the Chris Bono era on Sunday by hosting the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open. The Jacks placed four in the top three in their weight classes, equaling their best finish in three years.
Up next: The first four duals under Bono. SDSU will face Cleveland State, Indiana, Northern Illinois and D-II Tiffin on Saturday in DeKalb, Ill.
As for the Jacks latest high-profile recruit, New Mexico prep standout Paul Mascarenas said he also had offers from Minnesota, Utah Valley and St. Cloud State. A freestyle national champ at 113, he projects to compete at 125.
The Summit League women’s soccer tournament concluded Sunday in Brookings with Oakland taking its eight postseason crown. The attendance for the championship match in a tournament that didn’t have a true host team: 130. By comparison, there were 348 fans at the 2009 title game in Brookings when SDSU was playing.
The SDSU cross country teams on Saturday will compete in the Midwest Regional meet in Springfield, Mo. The men are ranked 11th in the region and have hopes of a top-10 finish and perhaps a couple of national qualifiers in fifth-year senior Mike Krsnak and sophomore Trent Lusignan, who finished 1-3 at the Summit League meet. Krsnak narrowly missed out two seasons ago and took a redshirt last fall to gear up to make the leap.
The SDSU volleyball team needs a win at four-time defending regular-season champ NDSU on Friday - and maybe some help - in order to qualify for the four-team league tournament. And there’s no official word yet on the availability of star Kelli Fiegen.
Here are the Jacks’ playoff scenarios, as explained by the sports information office:
- If Oakland sweeps and UMKC wins, SDSU is out no matter what happens at NDSU because Oakland would have 10 wins and UMKC has the tiebreaker on SDSU if both finish at 9-7.
- If Oakland splits and UMKC wins, SDSU is in at No. 4 seed because all three teams would be 9-7, which would invoke a tiebreaker where the top two teams advance based on collective record against the tied teams.
- If Oakland loses both and falls to 8-8 and SDSU wins, SDSU is in no matter what UMKC does because SDSU would be 9-7 and UMKC would be the only other team that can reach 9-7. So the final two spots would go to SDSU (No. 4 seed) and UMKC (No. 3 seed).
- If SDSU beats NDSU, UMKC loses to Omaha and Oakland splits, SDSU would be 9-7, Oakland would be 9-7 and UMKC would be 8-8.
Tiebreaker: Results of head-to-head competition between the two tied teams.
Result, SDSU advances as No. 3 seed based on a head-to-head tiebreaker over Oakland, which would be the No. 4 seed. UMKC is eliminated.
- If Oakland, UMKC, SDSU, USD and NDSU all finish at 8-8. SDSU would be 3-5 against those teams. Oakland is 3-5 against those teams. NDSU would be 5-3 against those teams. USD is 5-3 against those teams. UMKC is 4-4 against those teams.
Tiebreaker 1: Results of each tied team’s collective record against the other teams tied for the same position. That eliminates SDSU, Oakland and UMKC, and puts USD and NDSU in the field.
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