Amy Williams helped raise the level of women’s basketball when she led the USD women to the WNIT Championship. Dawn Plizawelz built on that, getting the Coyotes to an 11th place ranking in the coaches’ poll last year.

Leann Williamson has done the same with volleyball, finishing runner-up in the WNIT for volleyball. This past weekend she took her team to another level. USD volleyball defeated 14th-ranked Creighton in Omaha on Friday and then took them to five on Sunday in Vermillion. The victory is USD’s first over the highest-ranked opponent in any sport.

The new facilities have helped greatly in recruiting.

The success provides great opportunities and role models for area athletes.

For a long time, Harrisburg was a key opponent to Dakota Valley. Now among the largest schools, the Tigers have two players on the Coyote volleyball team and one on the basketball team. All three are seeing playing time and all three were multi-sport athletes in high school.

The University of South Dakota alumni association has recognized 30 under 30. Megan Glisor-Wegher is one. She is an audiologist at ENT Consultants. Her school record in the high jump at USD is 6’ 3/4”.

Last weekend, TV viewers were able to watch the golf tournament at Torrey Pines outside of San Diego. I mention the course because it’s public, so any of our readers can play it.