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Saturday, the Dakota Wesleyan University basketball programs host their opening conference games, but not on their home turf The Tiger men and women kick off Great Plains Athletic Conference play against Nebraska Wesleyan University beginning at noon at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls. DWU normally plays its home games at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, but a change of venue was needed because the Corn Palace is hosting the Class AA high school volleyball state tournament through Saturday evening. “I think this is really big for our basketball teams,” DWU athletic director Curt Hart
ABERDEEN — For the first time in school history, the No. 4 Winner Warriors advanced to the semifinals of the Class A volleyball state tournament. The Warriors rode a balanced...
Every time Winner volleyball coach Jaime Keiser’s team sees the Wagner Red Raiders on its schedule, the match is circled. The teams faced off twice this season and the Warriors have one more circle left on the schedule. The lone circle remaining on the schedule represents the Class A state tournament first-round meeting between the Warriors and the Red Raiders. The match is at 1:45 p.m.
Coming off appearances in the NAIA national tournament last season, Dakota Wesleyan University wrestlers Trever DeVestern, Kyle Gerlach, Richard Rios and Tyler Sarringar are poised to use each match as a building block to reach nationals again in 2013. Saturday all four laid a foundation for what could be a great season as each made it to the finals of the DWU Open at the Christen Family Wellness Center. Of the four Tigers who wrestled in the finals, DeVestern and Sarringar had their hands raised at the end of their matches. “It’s good to wrestle all these different schools so you can
VERMILLION — Coming into the Class 9B state championship Friday, Avon junior fullback Kole Beeson had not caught a single pass all season, but that changed in the fourth quarter. With Avon trailing 22-16 with just under 2 minutes on the clock, Beeson caught a screen pass from junior quarterback Logan Mudder and scampered 38 yards for a touchdown, which tied the game at 22. Junior running back Devin Tolsma pounded his way in on a two-point conversion run to give the No. 2 Avon Pirates the 24-22 victory over the No. 1 Hamlin Chargers. “This is awesome,” Beeson said.
AVON — The last time the Avon Pirates played in the Class 9B state championship at the DakotaDome running backs Brandon Kocmich and Devin Tolsma were young pups. Kocmich was a sophomore and Tolsma was a freshman on the 2011 squad that lost 58-24 to Waverly-South Shore. In that game, Tolsma carried the ball two times for three yards and had four tackles. Kocmich ran the ball four times for 11 yards, adding 3.5 tackles. Today, Kocmich, a senior, and Tolsma, a junior, look to play a much bigger role as the No. 2 Pirates (11-0) take on the No.
Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball coach Jason Christensen described junior forward Katie Johnson’s play as great and intense as she led the Tigers to a 70-59 victory over in-state rival Dakota State University Wednesday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. Johnson exemplified toughness and grit in the post as she tallied 16 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double. “I get the benefit of the doubt because we have such good shooters outside and Kim Johnson, who is an All-American, down there with me,” Katie Johnson said.
With a win Saturday, the Tigers can do what few teams have done in more than 100 years of football at Dakota Wesleyan University. The Tigers could become the third team in school history to win eight games in a season. A feat accomplished by the 1976 squad (8-2) and the 1992 team (10-1). This year, DWU is 7-3 overall and 6-2 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference under second-year coach Ross Cimpl.
Last April, Mitchell Technical Institute student Ronnie Barnett had high hopes for completing his goal of creating an Archery Club at MTI. It took a few months but the sophomore’s dream has come to true. “I talked to our president, Greg Von Wald, my first year but we didn’t get things going,” Barnett, of Park Rapids, Minn., said. “But now that I am out here shooting and seeing the total participation, I am really encouraged to see what we can do.
WINNER — The top-ranked Winner Warriors’ bid for a second straight Class 11B state championship appearance came to an end they were upset 19-7 by No. 5 Canton in the semifinal football game Saturday. The Warriors, who brought a 22-game win streak into the game, had difficulties slowing down Canton's vaunted rushing attack all game and in the end, it cost them. “Canton is a very good football team,” Winner football coach Dan Aaker said. “We were concerned about the physicality that some of their skill position players had coming in to the game.