South Dakota State football coach pleads no contest to DUI

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota State University football coach John Stiegelmeier has pleaded no contest to drunken driving.Stiegelmeier was arrested Jan. 27 and later apologized for what he said was a poor decision.Brookings County prosecutor Teree Nesvold tells the Argus Leader that Stiegelmeier pleaded no contest in a March 5 court appearance, and the judge granted a suspended imposition of sentence. If Stiegelmeier complies with the terms of probation, the case eventually will be wiped from his record.Nesvold says the arrangement is common with first-offense DUIs.Stiegelmeier is the winningest football coach in South Dakota State history, leading the Jackrabbits to a 148-97 record in 21 seasons.———Information from: Argus Leader, Continue Reading

NFL draft profile — No. 49: South Dakota State TE Dallas Goedert

Each day leading up to the 2018 NFL draft, I’ll break down my top 50 prospects. In some cases, we had to make tough omissions because of poor injuries, combine showings or incomplete information. For more complete scouting reports on all the prospects, check out the Pro Football Weekly 2018 Draft Guide, which is available for order now.49. South Dakota State TE Dallas Goedert6-foot-5, 256 poundsKey stat: Had 13 games with 101 or more receiving yards over his final two college seasons. Had a seven-game span in 2016 where he totaled 902 yards and eight TD catches.The skinny: Largely unknown recruit in rural South Dakota who walked on at SDSU redishirted as a freshman and remained largely unknown until his breakout season of 2016, when he went from 26 catches and three TDs the season before to 92 grabs (for 1,293 yards) and 11 scores as a junior.Goedert made a name for himself with one of the best catches of that season (see below) against Drake and was named a unanimous FCS All-America First Team selection and a Walter Payton Award Finalist in both 2016 and 2017 when the Jackrabbits went a combined 20-7 and made the FCS playoffs both years.He was invited to the Senior Bowl and had a strong first-day showing before a hamstring injury knocked him out of practice and kept him from working out fully at the NFL scouting combine. Goedert will work out and plans to do everything at his pro day on March 30, which should be well-attended.Upside: Highly athletic and natural. Smooth strider as route runner. Runs with ease for such a big man. Quick get-off and release off the line. Should fit a team seeking both an in-line tight end and one who can flex out or go in motion. Long arms. Big frame with a bit of room to grow and get stronger. Above-average to very good physical traits. Deceptively strong. Can help move a pile as a blocker and gain yards as receiver after contact.Made tangible progress each season. Stepped up in big games — against FBS opponents Continue Reading

Two more area players sign with South Dakota

Rack your brain and try to remember what you know about South Dakota. Odds are, you got Mount Rushmore and then drew a blank. Palm Beach Lakes defensive back Jakari Starling and Palm Beach Central defensive back Tre Jackson didn’t know a lot about it either until South Dakota — the football program, not the whole state — started recruiting them. “I didn’t know anything about South Dakota (except that) they played in one of the hardest conferences in the FCS,” Starling said in a Twitter message. “And it was in the middle of nowhere, almost by Canada.” But Jackson and Starling visited the campus in Vermillion, S.D. (population: about 10,500), and fell in love. They both committed after their visits. “The school was amazing,” said Starling, who is No. 27 on The Post’s Big Board. “A great feel for the environment and the people in the area. … The area is beautiful.” Both Jackson and Starling said South Dakota’s academics were a big reason for choosing the school. “We had a meeting about academics,” said Jackson, who plans to major in business and sports medicine and kinesiology. “It went really well, (I) learned a lot and they had what I wanted to further my education in.” Both also said they liked that South Dakota is different from their hometowns in Palm Beach County. “I like that it’s different,” Jackson said. “I have no problem being away from home. It’s just a sacrifice I have to make to get where I want to be in life.” Although they’ll be away from home, they won’t be alone. They join former Palm Beach Central defensive lineman Luis Peguero, former Royal Palm Beach running back Shamar Jackson and several other players from around Florida in Vermillion. Plus, the two plan to room together next year, Starling said. Although others have made the trip from the Sunshine State to South Dakota, Continue Reading

North Dakota State tops final FCS polls of the season

Published 5:42 am, Tuesday, January 9, 2018 FARGO, N.D. (AP) — National champion North Dakota State tops both of the final Football Championship Subdivision polls of the season. The Bison defeated James Madison 17-13 on Saturday to win their sixth FCS title in seven years. James Madison is second in both the final STATS media poll and the final coaches poll. The rest of the top five in the media poll is South Dakota State, Sam Houston State and Weber State. In the coaches poll, it's Sam Houston State third, followed by SDSU and Weber State. Continue Reading

Iowa lands much-needed second LB: Seth Benson, Gatorade’s South Dakota Player of the Year

IOWA CITY, Ia. — The Hawkeyes secured a much-needed second 2018 linebacker recruit on the eve of the final day of the early signing period.Seth Benson, Gatorade's South Dakota Player of the Year, flipped from South Dakota State to Iowa and committed to the Hawkeyes on Thursday night. He'll sign his letter of intent on Friday. He also held offers from South Dakota, North Dakota and North Dakota State. He announced his decision via Twitter.Rivals gives Benson two stars; he doesn't have a 247Sports profile. The Hawkeyes offered him on Monday, one day after linebacker pledge Ben VanSumeren flipped to Michigan. Benson became a top priority when junior college linebacker Will Honas signed with Nebraska on Thursday.Benson is a 6-foot-1, 210-pound tackles machine from Washington High in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He piled up 110 tackles and led Washington to its third consecutive state title this season.Benson brings Iowa's 2018 class up to 16, including juco transfer defensive tackle Daviyon Nixon and grayshirt defensive back Riley Moss. Iowa City West's Dillon Doyle is the only other linebacker signee.The signings of three more future Hawkeyes — receiver Calvin Lockett and defensive backs Julius Brents and D.J. Johnson — are expected to become official Friday. Matthew Bain covers college football and basketball recruiting for the Des Moines Register. He also helps out with Iowa and Iowa State football and basketball coverage for HawkCentral and Cyclone Insider. Contact him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @MatthewBain_. Continue Reading

North Dakota State returns to FCS title game with rout vs. Sam Houston State

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — No matter which nemesis North Dakota State faces in the FCS championship game, the Bison looked quite able to exact some payback after a 55-13 win over Sam Houston State in Friday night’s semifinal.Bruce Anderson scored five touchdowns — four in the first half — and North Dakota State rolled up 642 yards offense in crushing the Bearkats.The second-seeded Bison will face the winner of Saturday’s game between defending national champion James Madison and NDSU’s Missouri Valley Football Conference rival South Dakota State on Jan. 6 in Frisco, Texas. James Madison ended the Bison’s run of five straight national championships with a semifinal victory last season and the Jackrabbits, second to the Bison in the MVFC, beat North Dakota State 33-21 at home on Nov. 4.I’m just excited were going back to Frisco, it doesn’t matter who we play,” Bison coach Chris Klieman said.“We have a bunch of leaders in that locker room who deserve to go back to that game.”Friday night’s game was essentially over at halftime after North Dakota State scored touchdowns on six of its seven offensive possessions. The half ended on the Bearkats’ third turnover, an interception by Tre Dempsey, who also made a fumble recovery. MORE:Sixth-seeded Sam Houston State (12-2) came in with the leading offense in the FCS, averaging over 45 points and 552 yards offense. But the Bearkats were squelched by the Bison, finishing with 352 yards but only 176 in the pivotal first half.The Bearkats drove down the field on their first drive, but couldn’t get into the end zone on first-and-goal from the Bison 10, settling for Tre Honshtein’s 28-yard field goal.“That first drive, I told the guys all week, field goals are never going to beat us because we’re going to score enough points,” Klieman said. “They gave up three and honestly that was a win for us because it just takes a Continue Reading

No. 4 Louisville women’s basketball rallies to beat South Dakota State

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — Asia Durr scored 18 of her 20 points in the second half and No. 4 Louisville overcame an eight-point halftime deficit to beat South Dakota State 68-64 on Sunday.Arica Carter added 14 points, and Myisha Hines-Allen had 10 for the Cardinals (8-0) in their lowest-scoring and worst-shooting game of the season. Last season, Louisville won the matchup by 53 points.Macy Miller led the Jackrabbits (6-2) with 14 points.The Cardinals entered the game averaging 85.7 points, but struggled against the Jackrabbits. Louisville shot 46.7 percent from the field. Asia Durr:   She’s ‘electric’ and she’s on the verge of becoming a household name U of L news: Louisville football returns to Florida for TaxSlayer Bowl v Mississippi State Louisville took its first lead of the game in the third quarter on Durr's basket that made it 37-36. But South Dakota State (6-2) responded and got the lead back to five. Louisville ended the quarter on a 7-2 run to tie it at 46 going into the final frame.The Cardinals built the lead to five on Sam Fuehring's basket with just over six minutes to play. But the Jackrabbits again got it to two when Miller scored to make it 64-62. South Dakota State had the ball with a minute to play, but was unable to get any closer. BIG PICTURELouisville: The Cardinals have four straight at home before finishing out the month with four straight road games. Continue Reading

South Dakota State fends off South Dakota 31-28

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — Taryn Christion threw for 299 yards and three touchdowns and South Dakota State held off upset-minded South Dakota 31-28 on Saturday.The Jackrabbits (9-2, 6-2 Missouri Valley Football Conference) have won a series-record nine straight against their in-state rivals and lead all-time 54-51-7. The Coyotes (7-4, 4-4) haven't beaten South Dakota State at home since 1997.After a scoreless first quarter, the Jackrabbits used a Chase Vinatieri 45-yard field goal and Christion's 11-yard TD pass to Jake Wieneke to forge a 10-0 lead at 11:54 in the second.Michael Fredrick put the Coyotes on the scoreboard with a 49-yard run and a 17-yarder, sandwiched around a Christion-to-Wieneke 69-yard scoring strike, and South Dakota trailed 17-14 at the half.South Dakota went back out in front 21-17 on a 10-yard TD pass from Chris Streveler to Dakarai Allen with 3:54 left in the third quarter, but Mikey Daniel's 1-yard plunge with 22 seconds left in the quarter capped a 10-play, 65-yard drive and the Jackrabbits led 24-21 heading into the final quarter.South Dakota State added a Christion-to-Cade Johnson 17-yard scoring strike to go up 31-21 with 4:52 left to play. Allen's second TD catch of the game, this one from 3 yards out, capped the scoring for South Dakota with 2:14 remaining.Dallas Goedert hauled in 11 passes for 117 yards for the Jackrabbits, who finished second — behind North Dakota State — in the conference and are assured a spot in the FCS playoffs.Streveler finished with 286 yards passing and two scores for the Coyotes. Michael Frederick ran for 123 yards and two scores on 15 carries, while Kai Henry had 17 totes for 109 yards. South Dakota outgained SDSU 583-386.__More AP college football: and Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Continue Reading

South Dakota State takes down North Dakota State 33-21

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — Taryn Christion threw for 329 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score as South Dakota State handed North Dakota State its first loss of the season, 33-21, on Saturday in a clash of two top-10 FCS teams.Christion threw touchdown passes to Dallas Goedert, who had 116 yards receiving on seven catches, and Jacob Brown. Jake Wieneke had two catches for 59 yards that moved him past Jerry Rice and into third place all-time in FCS receiving yards at 4,730.Mikey Daniel's 5-yard run and Chase Vinatieri's second field goal of the game gave the Jackrabbits (7-2, 3-2 Missouri Valley Conference) a 27-14 lead after three quarters. Easton Stick's 11-yard run, coming two plays after a Jackrabbits fumble, cut the lead to 27-21 early in the fourth quarter but Goedert's 19-yard TD grab capped a nearly seven-minute drive to give South Dakota State insurance with 7:06 left.Stick threw for 229 yards and two touchdowns but also threw three interceptions. NDSU also lost two fumbles with the season-high five turnovers leading to 17 points. Despite the loss, the Bison (8-1, 5-1) remain atop the Missouri Valley Conference.___More AP college football: and Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Continue Reading

South Dakota St. piles up points on Drake football

BROOKINGS, S.D. — Taryn Christion passed for two touchdowns and ran for another, and South Dakota State continued to pile up the points with a 51-10 victory over Drake on Saturday night.The Jackrabbits (3-0) have scored in all 12 quarters this season, averaging over 43 points per game.Christion was 14-of-22 passing, throwing touchdown passes to Dallas Goedert and Jake Wieneke and running 10 yards for another score during a first half in which the Jackrabbits scored on their first five possessions then tacked on Cade Johnson’s 95-yard kickoff return for a 41-3 lead. It was the Jackrabbits’ first kick return for a touchdown since Oct. 13, 2012.Isaac Wallace ran for pair of 1-yard scores and Mikey Daniel had an 11-yarder. Sophomore Chase Vinatieri added a 51-yard field goal. It was a career long for the nephew of Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri.The lone touchdown for the Bulldogs (1-2) came on Grant Kraemer’s 62-yard touchdown throw to Steven Doran. Drake hosts its homecoming game at 1 p.m. next Saturday against Valparaiso. Continue Reading