Players always remember a few special games or meets. Peyton Wingert, now a senior at Midland University, will remember this year’s exhibition game against Nebraska at Pinnacle Bank Arena Nov. 1. Although the Huskers won 87-42, Wingert led Midland in scoring with 14 points and rebounding with 8. From beyond the arc, she was 3 of 4.
The Ohio State game may have bought Scott Frost another year. Connor Culp, who has struggled with field goal kicking this year, was 13 of 15 last year and was first team all-conference.
The offensive coordinator at Illinois who helped lead the team to wins over Nebraska, Penn State and Minnesota is Tony Peterson. In 2009, he was assistant head coach and wide receivers coach under Ed Meierkort at USD.
Former Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill is now the interim head coach at TCU, who beat Baylor last Saturday.
Kill made a statement at a lunch in Minneapolis that has stuck with me. The five-star football recruit may already be at his peak ability while lower-rated recruits have room to grow and develop. A good example was the historic development of linemen over the years at Nebraska.
Iowa football would also fit into the development of players.
Lakota Tech, which played Dakota Valley at Beresford Tuesday night, had the longest road trip for a team in the SoDak 16. Next was Pine Ridge playing Sioux Fall Christian at the Corn Palace. (See accompanying article on Lakota Tech, page 2.)
Besides hosting the football championship this weekend, USD will also host SDSU in football.
When my son was considering the University of North Dakota, we went to the USD game there.
They, too, were not only hosting the state high school playoffs, but UND was hosting hockey games Friday and Saturday nights which drew large crowds as they were playing Minnesota Duluth.
The North Dakota championships are now played at the Fargo Dome at NDSU.
On Veterans Day, a thumbs down to the University of Tennessee. The 2022 Congressional Medal of Honor Ceremony will be held in Knoxville, TN. Recipients were to be recognized at the Tennessee-Army game. Tennessee bought out the contract which was signed in 2016. They have instead scheduled Akron of the MAC.
Tennessee plays in Nyland Stadium, named after long time coach Robert Nyland, who served in both the World Wars and attained a rank of general.