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A little more than a month into the women’s college basketball season, Dakota Wesleyan University is 8-2 overall and 3-1 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference, but isn’t in the NAIA Division II Top 25 Coaches’ Poll. In the most recent polls released Tuesday, the Tigers were receiving votes. DWU received 35 votes, which is fifth among the 15 schools that received votes. Purdue Calumet (Ind.), Huntington (Ind.), Friends (Kan.) and Union (Ky.) each garnered more votes than the Tigers. Purdue Calumet is 7-3 with losses to No.
Despite being up by nine points at halftime, Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball coach Jason Christensen knew his team could play better. In the opening half the Tigers shot 42 percent from the field and accrued 10 fouls, but DWU (8-2, 3-1 GPAC) responded by scoring 48 points in the second half to earn an 81-56 win over Great Plains Athletic Conference foe Dordt College Wednesday at the Corn Palace. “I think our kids showed some heart tonight,” Christensen said. “Tonight our intensity was great. We came out and played hard on the offensive and the defensive end.
Mitchell resident Jack Theeler has been selected for induction into the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame. Theeler will be inducted on April 12 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center...
Raising money for one player to go overseas is tough and raising funds for two is even more difficult, but that’s what the Johnson family is trying to do. This summer, Gramm and Mitch Johnson will play football Down Under. The brothers will travel to Australia to participate in the Down Under Sports football tournament. “I think it will be a great opportunity and a once in a lifetime experience,” Mitch said. “I hope to have some experiences there and better myself for my senior year.” Both Mitch, a junior, and Gramm, a senior, played on the Kernel football team in the fall.
PARKSTON — After winning its first state championship since 2007 last season, the Parkston wrestling team has gone from the hunter to the hunted. Teams across the state will be lining up to knock off the Trojans, who claimed the Class B title in record fashion in 2013. “Nothing is guaranteed, we have to be ready to go every time,” Parkston head wrestling coach Jared Digmann said. “We have a chance to do a lot of good things but it will depend on how we work in this wrestling room.” For Digmann, finding talent to fill the Parkston roster hasn’t been hard.
Dakota Wesleyan University coach Jason Christensen has a pair of “diaper dandies” on his women’s basketball team. The term made famous by ESPN’s Dick Vitale refers to players who contribute on the basketball court as freshmen, and forwards Erica Herrold and Kristin Sabers fit the diaper dandy mold. Through the first eight games of the season, Herrold leads the team in scoring. The Dimock native is averaging 12.4 points per game and 4.4 rebounds per game.
The Mitchell Aquatic Club specializes in hard work and dedication in and out of the pool. MAC swimmers have garnered state championships, earned college scholarships and gained statewide notoriety, but few know about the hard work that takes place outside the pool by the parents of many of the swimmers. This swim season, MAC will host four swim meets. The events are the MAC Pentathlon (Nov 2-3), MAC Winter Invitational (Feb 1-2), Corn Palace Invitational (June 27-29) and State A Championships (July 26-28).
ABERDEEN — The Winner volleyball team's bid for its first state title fell short Saturday as the Warriors fell to Dakota Valley 25-21, 27-25, 22-25, 25-17 in the championship of the Class A state tournament. With the win, No. 2 Dakota Valley secured its first volleyball title in school history. The Panthers played in the state championship match last year but fell to Sioux Falls Christian, which took third this year. “It feels amazing. This is just a great accomplishment for these young ladies,” Dakota Valley volleyball coach Rick Pruett said.
ABERDEEN — For the second straight season, the Wagner Red Raiders end the season as the fifth-best team at the Class A state volleyball tournament. The Red Raiders defeated No. 7 Sisseton 25-21, 25-22, 25-23 Saturday. “I like anytime you can leave the state tournament with a winning record, I think that is everyone's goal,” said Wagner head volleyball coach Amy Tyler, whose team beat Aberdeen Roncalli in last year’s fifth-place match.
ABERDEEN — After trailing 2-0 in the semifinals of the Class A volleyball state tournament, No. 4 Winner looked all to be headed to third-place match. But the Warriors (27-3) put together a comeback to upset No. 1 Belle Fourche 19-25, 18-25, 25-18, 25-20, 15-12 Friday in Aberdeen. “I don't know how to explain it or what to say,” said Winner coach Jamie Keiser, who was still in shock after the win.