Tuesday's sports briefs
Hanson players named MVPs of Cornbelt
Marquardt, a junior, leads the boys’ basketball first team. Hanson’s Taylor Nichols also made the first team, along with Marion’s Nick Gortmaker and Freeman’s Cole Paulson and Brennan Schmidt.
Cheesman, a sophomore, leads the first team on the girls’ side. Other players named to the first team are Bridgewater-Emery’s Justine Dye, Canistota’s Chloe Nielsen and Freeman’s Erika Sage and Nicole Saarie.
All-Cornbelt Conference teams
BOYSFirst team: MVP: Jordan Marquardt, junior, Hanson; Cole Paulson, junior, Freeman; Nick Gortmaker, senior, Marion; Brennan Schmidt, junior, Freeman; Taylor Nichols, junior, Hanson.Second team: Jerret Weber, sophomore, Bridgewater-Emery; Nick Hofer, senior, Canistota; Dylan Lehr, senior, Menno; Jacob Paradeis, senior, Hanson; Chet Peterson, senior, Menno.Third team: Sam Vander Stouwe, junior, Hanson; Mason Decker, sophomore, Canistota; Wade Miller, senior, Bridgewater-Emery; Joe Weier, senior, Freeman; Jacob Wuertz, senior, Marion.
GIRLSFirst team: MVP: Kynedi Cheeseman, sophomore, Hanson; Justine Dye, junior, Bridgewater-Emery; Chloe Nielsen, senior, Canistota; Erika Sage, freshman, Freeman; Nicole Saarie, senior, Freeman.Second team: Sydney Dodd, senior, Hanson; Kelsey Dawson, junior, Howard; Tiana Kayser, junior, Bridgewater-Emery; Jenny Hofer, senior, Canistota; Leah Marsh, senior, Hanson.Third team: Kylee Kessler, senior, Menno; Katlyn Schroeder, Hanson; Devin Nelson, junior, Marion; Kadra Kayser, freshman, Bridgewater-Emery; Kalli Ortman, freshman, Canistota.
Seven Tigers earn academic honorsBy The Daily RepublicSeven Dakota Wesleyan University men’s and women’s basketball players were named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes, it was announced Monday.
Taylor Kuhn, Celeste Beck, Micaela Erickson, Amanda Hart and Katie Johnson were honored on the women’s side, while James O’Halloran and Kris Menning earned the award for the Tiger men.
In order to be eligible for the honor, a student-athlete must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and have achieved junior academic status.
MTI archery team competes in first-ever eventBy The Daily RepublicYANKTON — The Mitchell Technical Institute archery team competed in its first-ever U.S. Collegiate Archery event March 1-2 in Yankton.Josh Christopher, an Alexandria native, took sixth in a field of 120 competitors. Thomas Doolittle, a Midland native, placed 67th and Connor Bargmann, a Rapid City native, was 92nd.
Christopher was also the North Region Champion.
The MTI team is coached by Clayton Deuter and Stacey Eddy.
Berens awarded Pro Hockey Hunt scholarshipBy The Daily RepublicMitchell High School senior Mitch Berens was awarded a scholarship from the Sam Tronnes Memorial Foundation during the opening ceremonies Friday at the Swiftel Center in Brookings.
Berens was one of 14 scholarship winners and received $500 from the Pro Hockey Hunt. Award winners had to maintain a 3.2 GPAC through high school and write an essay on what hockey has meant to them, along with a list of their volunteer efforts in the community.
In addition, the foundation gave grants to four hockey associations — Brookings ($4,000), Mitchell ($2,000), Rushmore ($2,000) and Sioux Falls ($2,000).
A $500 grant was given to Brandon Valley, which is starting to organize hockey.
The foundation has given the Mitchell Skating and Hockey Association $4,000 for the Twice the Ice campaign and the additional grant listed above.
SD Basketball Hall of Fame banquet tickets still availableBy The Daily RepublicThe 1985 Mitchell Kernel basketball team is the team of excellence at this year’s annual South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame banquet.
Another former Kernel, Bart Friedrick, is also getting inducted along with six other area athletes.
The induction ceremony begins at 2 p.m. March 29 at the Ramkota Inn in Sioux Falls. Tickets are $35 and includes a supper buffet. Tickets can be ordered by calling 605-270-1262, and rooms reservations can be made by calling 605-336-0650.
The doors open at 11 a.m. to look at special displays.