Mount Marty College Announces Partnership with Sacred Hoops

MtMartyYANKTON, SD — Mount Marty College (MMC) recently announced a partnership with Sacred Hoops, a South Dakota based basketball academy, that will foster opportunities for South Dakota athletes to achieve their goals both on the court and in the classroom.

As part of the agreement, Sacred Hoops athletes who go on to play any collegiate sport at MMC will be awarded an automatic $16,000 (minimum) scholarship. The scholarships, which are subject to student fulfillment of MMC’s admission requirements, are renewable for four years and have a minimum net value of $64,000.

MMC Athletic Director, Chris Kassin, says the agreement is a fantastic opportunity for the Lancers.  “We’re always looking to partner with organizations who share our mission and core values,” explains Kassin. “Our goal is to provide talented athletes from across the region with the chance to continue their co-curricular activities while they get a quality degree, so the partnership with Sacred Hoops was an obvious choice.” SacredHoops_300px

Sacred Hoops Basketball Academy provides individualized training and competitive tournament opportunities for South Dakota basketball players who want to improve their game. The program currently serves male and female athletes from across the state with headquarters in Sioux Falls, Aberdeen, Pierre, and Rapid City. The program has more than 32 summer basketball teams and does more than 150 high school program workouts in the off-season, along with various types of skill workouts, coaching clinics, and humanitarian events.

Sacred Hoops Director, Allan Bertram, believes the partnership is another way to help students pursue their athletic dreams. “Our organization focuses on helping athletes from all parts of our region, and it’s so important for us to do this with organizations that share our Mission and Vision,” says Bertram. “We are very proud and blessed to be able to partner with Mount Marty College to promote post-secondary education and give young people the opportunity to participate in athletics at the collegiate level.”

Mount Marty College offers a variety of in-demand majors including education, nursing, science, business, and criminal justice degrees. To learn more about academic programs and scholarship opportunities at MMC visit To learn more about Lancer athletics visit


Founded in 1936 by the Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery, Mount Marty College is a Catholic, Benedictine school of higher education located along the bluffs of the Missouri River in Yankton, South Dakota, with additional locations in Watertown and Sioux Falls. Mount Marty offers undergraduate and graduate degrees with particular focus on student and alumni success in high-demand fields such as health sciences, education, criminal justice, business, accounting, recreation management and more. A community of learners in the Benedictine tradition, Mount Marty emphasizes academic excellence and develops well-rounded students with intellectual competence, professional and personal skills and moral, spiritual and social values. To learn more, visit

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Schumaker, Dells Grad, Only SD Student to Make List

Schumaker, from Mt Marty MBB bio

Schumaker, from Mt Marty MBB bio

Zane Schumaker, a Dell Rapids graduate and junior at Mount Marty, was one of 177 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division II men’s basketball student-athletes named to the 2018 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes list for the 2017-2018 season.

Schumaker was one of two students from Mount Marty named to the list and the only student from South Dakota to make the list.

In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status to qualify for this honor.

Schumaker led the Lancers in assists and steals during this past season.

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Dell Rapids Native One of Four to be Inducted in Lancer Athletic Hall of Fame

MMC-Michelle-ShumacherYANKTON, SD – January 11, 2018 – Mount Marty College (MMC) Athletics is proud to announce four new members to be inducted in to the Lancer Athletic Hall of Fame. The formal induction ceremony will be held on June 22, 2018 as part of the Mount Marty College Summer Reunion and Lancer Club Summer Party; however, the inductees will be introduced at half time of the men’s basketball game on Saturday, January 27th at Laddie E. Cimpl Arena.

The following individuals will be introduced:

Michelle Amundson Schumacher – Women’s Basketball (2006-2010)
Shumacher was named 1st Team All-Conference all four years. She was named NAIA 2nd Team All American her senior season, and twice was named Honorable Mention by the NAIA.  At graduation, she held six Lancer records, and was in the Top 10 Career Charts in 14 categories. She led the nation in 3 point shooting percentage her senior year. She was instrumental in leading the Lancers to the NAIA National Tournament twice, and a conference regular season championship. She was the 2010 GPAC Champions of Character award winner.  During Schumacher’s time as a Dell Rapids Quarrier, she set a number of school records, was named to the Class A All-State team three years, helped her team to an undefeated 2005-2006 season which included a state title, and was named Miss Basketball for South Dakota.

Jason Nelson – Baseball (1996-1999)
One of the greatest hitters in Lancer history, Nelson is the career record holder for batting average and home runs, His batting average was best by .41 points. At the time of his graduation, he was in the top six for career runs, and three other top five single season marks. He was named 1st Team All-Conference (SDIC) all three season he played, and was part of four conference season and tournament championships.

Jeremy Grady – Baseball (1994-1997)
Grady graduated as part of the winningest class in the history of Lancer athletics, being part of 127 baseball victories. He was known as a great defensive catcher (.976 fielding %) and, while stealing statistics were not kept, and for his outstanding arm, with opponents rarely trying to steal on him. He was named SDIC All-Conference in 1996 (2nd Team) and 1997 (1st Team). His teams won the NAIA South Dakota District his first two years, and then won the SDIC Conference his junior and senior seasons.

Laura (Wortmann) Morrison – Track and Field (2006-2009)
The four time All American in the shot put and the discus, Morrison graduated as the most decorated thrower in Lancer history. She twice placed 2nd in the discus at the National Meet, and in the process set the South Dakota College Women’s record in 2008. She holds every shot put and discus record for the Lancers, and was twice named the Mount Marty College Female Athlete of the Year. In 2009, she was named the GPAC Performer of the Meet, collecting 20 points by winning the shot put and discus, and setting the GPAC record in the discus.

For more information on Mount Marty College Athletics please visit


CONTACT: Mount Marty College Athletic Department

Andy Bernatow, Sports Information, (605) 668-1601, or Chuck Iverson, Assistant Athletic Director, (605) 668-1529,

1105 West Eighth Street, Yankton, SD 57078,

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By Jody Schumaker

zanety_2016In their younger years you could hear an echo of a basketball dribbling in the gym, the clang of a basketball hitting iron, and a swish of a made basket—all seemed like a common occurrence with these two Dell Rapids Quarrier teammates.  Zane Schumaker (Mount Mary—freshman guard) and Ty Hoglund (Dakota Wesleyan—freshman guard) were in third/fourth grade when they began playing this game together as teammates; however, on November 22, 2016 in Yankton, SD, something changed.

They were together on the floor again, but this time playing against each other.  As Hoglund would say following the game, “that just felt weird”.   It was also a bit strange watching from the stands cheering for both, but rooting for one.   I’m sure this sequence has occurred several times within the state, perhaps even here in Dell Rapids—recent memory includes two brothers from Dells playing against each other.

Memories returned of these two hitting three point shots as young grade school kids, barely with the strength to get the ball to the rim, but with all the confidence of a veteran ball player.  It didn’t take long to know they had something special.  At a young age, their uncontrolled speed and over abundance of energy are now a bit more enhanced, controlled, and times with pin point accuracy.  Their time in the gym, hours of practice, to push their passion for the game only continues to grow, and oh how it shows with the improvement and enhancement of their individual and team skills.  Even as college freshman both are showing signs of leadership and gamesmanship on veteran teams.  They are no longer boys.  These two former grade school kids, who possessed tons of energy and love of basketball, are now grown men still possessing the same energy and love of the game.

It was a bit strange not seeing them wearing Quarrier orange and black, instead sporting two different shades of blue with a splash of white.  The names have changed from Schmidt, Hammer, and Karst to names like Thok, Martin, Tellas, and Spicer.  The chemistry built with years of playing with their old teammates, now needs to be quickly developed with their new teammates for a future of success on the court.  Their teams may be heading in different directions, as Dakota Wesleyan pulled away from Mount Marty to capture the win this night, but both these former Quarriers again showed their skill and ability to their new fans of Lancers and Tigers.

The Lancer and Tiger fans will get to know and enjoy watching these two play for the next four years, as we Quarrier fans have been doing for many years.  Oh yes, there were fans from Dell Rapids in the stands watching this match-up, perhaps bringing back memories of state tournament runs, 25 foot bombs, awesome passes, last second shots, and a love for the game attitude.  This won’t be the last time they will be on the floor together.  They could possibly see each other another seven times, since both schools play in the very talented GPAC conference, and are scheduled to play twice a year, if they both decide to continue to play the game—I have a hunch they will.   They will move on to do great things in their life and enjoy life as friends on and off the court, and when they get together, not only will they visit about high school experiences, but now they can throw it a bit about college.

As I watched them interact following the game, talking and laughing about the game and their current teammates, but still holding on to that connection from the past.  zanebryce_2016Schumaker had the first opportunity to experience playing against a former Quarrier when Mount Marty faced Morningside on November 16, 2016 and former Quarrier Bryce Koch.  Hoglund will get the same opportunity when Dakota Wesleyan faces Morningside on November 30, 2016.   All in all, I can say it was a lot of fun to watch these two play again, even if they weren’t on the same team.  They are representing Quarrier basketball and coach Fersdahl quite well in their new roles and teams.

Zane and Ty will face off again on February 1, 2017, as Dakota Wesleyan hosts Mount Marty at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD at 8 p.m.

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