For the sixth straight year, a Warner native's college football team will play for the national championship.
Former Warner and South Dakota State football standout Lee Munger is the strength and conditioning coach at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, which will play Mount Union (Ohio) for the NCAA Division III national championship at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Salem, Va., on ESPNU. Both teams are 14-0.
Since 2005, those same two teams have played for the title, with Whitewater winning 31-21 in 2007 and 38-28 in 2009, and Mount Union winning 35-28 in 2005, 35-16 in 2006 and 31-26 in 2008.
Finalists are from region
Three of the five finalists for the NCAA Division II football coach of the year award are from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
Mike Aldrich of Augustana, Bob Nielson of Minnesota-Duluth and Tom Sawyer of Winona State are finalists as is South Dakota native Mel Tjeerdsma of Northwest Missouri State. Tjeerdsma is a Springfield High School and USD-Springfield graduate.
The fifth finalist is Marty Schaetzle of Mercyhurst in Erie, Penn. Fans can vote through Dec. 28 at CoachoftheYear.com. The winner will be announced Jan. 10 prior to the BCS national championship game.
NAIA honors 5 Dakotans
Five players from North Dakota and South Dakota schools are on the NAIA All-America team announced Tuesday by the American Football Coaches Association.
They are Jon Ryan (Watertown), a wide receiver from the University of Sioux Falls; Derek Pauley (Bowman, N.D.), tight end from Dickinson State; James Hansen (Rapid City Central), offensive lineman from Dakota Wesleyan University; Dustin Erbes (Colfax, N.D.), defensive back from Jamestown, and Andy Smith (Pierre), kicker from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
Smith, chosen to the team for a second time, is a junior. The other four are seniors.
NSU Classic Saturday
Wachs Arena in Aberdeen will be a busy place Saturday with four basketball games.
The Northern State Girls' Basketball Class will feature two high school games: Aberdeen Roncalli vs. Waubay at 1:30 p.m. and Sully Buttes vs. Summit at 3 p.m. That night, NSU will host Minnesota-Duluth in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader with the women playing at 6 p.m. followed by the men at 8.
USF women now No. 4
The University of Sioux Falls women's basketball program continues to climb the NAIA Division II poll, moving up one more spot to No. 4 in the latest rankings.
The Cougars (10-1) are coached by Groton graduate Travis Traphagen. USF will travel to Aberdeen Thursday to play Presentation College at 7 p.m. at the Strode Center.
Mansfield man gets 300
Four 300 games were rolled last week at the Village Bowl in Aberdeen.
Two occurred Monday and another Wednesday. On Thursday night, D.B. Garber of Mansfield added his name to the list. Garber, 45, hit the second perfect game of his career in the third game of a 723 series. Garber bowls in the Jaycee League for the Lust Chevrolet team. His first 300 was about a month ago, before the Village Bowl installed the new lanes.
Garber, who has bowled for 30 years, said, It was pretty much a normal night, I was throwing it pretty good. Everyone was pretty much watching in the tenth (frame).
Was there any difference between his second and first 300 games? I was a little nervous on the last two (throws), but it was better than the first time, said Garber.
S.D. prepster third in nation
A Rapid City junior finished third in the 2010 Foot Locker Cross Country Championships National Finals last weekend in San Diego.
South Dakota State AA champion Tony Smoragiewicz finishing in 15:16 behind second-place Futsum Zeinasellassie (15:10) of Indianapolis, Ind., and first-place Lukas Verzbicas (14:59) of Orland Hills, Ill.