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Sioux Falls tabbed to host NAIA men’s basketball tournament


In addition to the mission trip, five students will also take part in a Spanish immersion school experience, sponsored by DWU alumnus and board member, John Grinager. The students will go with group one, take part in a two-week immersion program speaking only Spanish and staying with Spanish-speaking host families so they might return fully fluent and accustomed to the culture.

The following students have been chosen for the program: Heather Banister, Grand Junction, Colo.; Kayla Mielitz, Big Stone City; Mackenzie Stevens, Polk, Neb.; Kelli Swenson, Chamberlain; and Tara Van Hofwegen, Humboldt.

In addition to church fundraising, the college has set up an online site for friends and family to donate at

Team one also consists of: Chelsea Boddicker, Mitchell; Matt Britt, Rapid City; Breanna Clark, Loveland, Colo.; Erin Deibele, Sheridan, Wyo.; Joe Ford, Vermillion Coleen Hannum Bakersfield, Calif.; Christian Hildebrandt, Faribault, Minn.; Alex Kuehler, Sturgis; Ross Leonhardt, Sioux Falls; Gabrielle McKinley, Midland; Natalie Munger, Kimball; Taylor Piper, Mitchell; Kasha Roberts, Rapid City; Sam Sandau, Tripp; Tyler Sarringer, Pierre; Jedd Schlicht, Woonsocket; Nicole Schroeder, Yankton; Kayla Summerville, Platte; Carrie Swanson, Spearfish; Jasmin Vant, Canton; and Katherine Varnado, Box Elder.

In addition to the five Spanish immersion students, team two will be comprised of the following:

Jesse Bennet, Sioux Falls; Kristen Binger, Tulare; Denet Christopher, Sioux Falls; Maranda Ehrenfried, Pierre; Sam Fluck, Becker, Minn.; Kyle Gerlach, Stickney; Liz Humiston, Edgemont; Leah Miiller, Corsica; Lacey Reimnitz, Corsica; Josh Thompson, Lead; Tyler Volesky, Mitchell; Jessalyn Wienk, DeSmet; Alexis Wilde, Gillette, Wyo.; and Lynzie Wobig, Canova.