Catching up with former area athletes: JJ Cooney helps University of Sioux Falls qualify for first-ever Division II regional golf tourney

Ryan T. Deal, The Daily Republic, Mitchell, S.D.
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Apr. 28—The University of Sioux Falls men's golf team has qualified for its first-ever selection to the NCAA Division II Central Regional. The Cougars was selected seventh in the region and is in the field of 64 teams and 24 student-athletes competing as individuals that have been selected to participate in regional competition of the 2021 NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championships. The Central Regional is Shoal Creek Golf Course in Kansas City, Missouri, on May 6-8. The top four teams from each super regional and the top individual not with a team from each super regional will advance to the finals May 17-21 at PGA National Resort.

Pickstown native JJ Cooney is a member of the Cougars, who placed all five golfers in the top-20 at the recent Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference tournament. Cooney tied for 17th place with a 15-over-par 228. Cooney is USF's first-ever men's golfer to earn four top-20 finishes at an NSIC Tournament.

USF recently recorded a sixth straight top-five finish this spring by placing third. USF finished with a 34-over-par 886.

Krolikowski, Ward pace SDSU defense

Behind Mark Gronowski's season-high three touchdown passes and a stout defense, South Dakota State University opened the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs with a 31-3 victory over Holy Cross at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium on April 24.

South Dakota State cruises past Holy Cross in FCS playoffs opener

Canistota High School graduate and defensive lineman Xavier Ward logged one of SDSU's four sacks on Holy Cross quarterback Matthew Sluka. Winner High School graduate and SDSU defensive lineman Krockett Krolikowski added a tackle.

The Jackrabbits will host Southern Illinois in the quarterfinals on Sunday at 8 p.m. at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium. The game is scheduled to be televised on ESPN2.

Genant named to MVFC all-academic team

Parkston High School graduate and offensive lineman Wes Genant was one of eight South Dakota State University football players named to the Missouri Valley Football Conference all-academic team.

Genant honored on the first team for the third time. Genant has compiled a 3.89 grade-point average while majoring in biochemistry and pre-medicine.

League sports information directors voted on the team by designating 11 players for first-team honors and 11 for second-team recognition. Nominees must be starters or key reserves and carry at least a 3.2 cumulative grade-point average.They must have participated in at least 50 percent of his team's regular season games.

Additionally, nominees must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing, and must have completed at least one calendar year at their institution. True freshmen, redshirt freshmen and first-year transfers are not eligible.

Lee earns all-NSIC honors

Augustana University men's golfer Jacob Lee wrapped up his junior season with a fourth-place finish at the recent NSIC Championships, earning all-tournament honors for the first time in his career. As a team, the Vikings finished the tournament in sixth place.

After leading day-one with a 70 and golfing a 76 on day-two, Lee turned in a 72 in round three, just one stroke over par. His total score of 218 tied him for fourth-place, just eight strokes behind the top spot.