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Basketball is in the Selland family blood. The love of basketball that bonds generations of Sellands was forged on a barnyard basketball court. The barn is located on the Selland family farm, where the last two generations of Sellands have spent honing their basketball playing ability. Years of playing on the family court has led to much success, including Shelby and Myah Selland earning Class B all-state honors Tuesday. “Basketball is kind of the center of our family,” said Rachel Selland, a Woonsocket High School senior. “It is our thing.
SIOUX FALLS-- To win a state championship, many people say a team has to be cohesive and tight knit. Saturday, the band of brothers was reunited as the 1985 state champion Mitchell Kernel boys basketball team was honored as the 2014 team of excellence at the 2014 South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Ramkota Hotel in Sioux Falls.
PARKSTON -- Rob Van Laecken may be retiring but he is not going out without a bang. The outgoing Trojan athletic director was awarded the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association State Award of Merit. “It comes from your peers and other ADs. It’s pretty special when it comes from them,” Van Laecken said Friday. “I never thought I would get something like that.
After finishing 8-3 last season, expectations are high for the Dakota Wesleyan University football team. DWU head coach Ross Cimpl said his staff and team are doing all they can to get better this spring. “I think expectations are very high,” Cimpl said Thursday. “Sometimes it is easy to get wrapped up in the fact that we had a good season. But there was a lot of hard work that went into us having that big season, and I think our guys recognize that. They know that we have a lot of work to do if we want get better this season.” Because of snow, Thursday’s practice was canceled.
This year’s state basketball tournaments weren’t without a few surprises. Whether it was No. 7 Platte-Geddes knocking off No. 2 Langford Area at the Class B boys’ basketball state tournament, or No. 1 Huron falling to No. 8 Sioux Falls Lincoln at the Class AA boys’ tournament, this year’s state basketball tournaments brought many upsets. Prior to Friday, throughout the six basketball state tournaments this year, a lower-seeded team has knocked off a higher-seeded team 17 times in the winner’s bracket.
ALEXANDRIA - The Custer Battlefield Highway Conference teams swept the Cornbelt Conference in the senior all-star games Tuesday at Hanson High School in Alexandria. The CBH girls’ team beat the Cornbelt girls 86-63. Mount Vernon/Plankinton’s Becca Glanzer led all players with 16 points. Mitchell Christian’s Cassidy Graham had 14 points, Sanborn Central/Woonsocket’s Shelby Selland had 13 points and Rachel Selland had 10 points for the CBH team.
The Dakota Wesleyan University men’s and women’s golf team have been finding it hard to get in the swing of things this spring. The Tigers haven’t been able to put together a consistent schedule for practice or tournaments. Since the Tigers opened spring practice in mid-February, they have only practiced outside four times. “A lot of years, winter kind of quits around this time and spring comes in and takes over, but it doesn’t seem like winter wants to let go this year,” said DWU head coach Adam Anderson, who estimated that 95 of the program’s practices have been inside this season.
SCOTLAND — After coaching for 40 years, there are not too many things Jim Kocer hasn’t accomplished or seen in the world of wrestling. But Tuesday, the 61-year-old Scotland man was honored to be named the 2014 Assistant Coach of the Year by South Dakota wrestling coaches. It is the first time Kocer has won an award for his coaching efforts. “I have been coaching for a lot of years,” said Kocer, whose coached wrestling for more than 25 years. “It felt really good to be given this award, but I was really surprised.
Freshmen Emily Sudbeck and Krista Huber represent the future of Dakota Wesleyan University softball. That is what Tiger softball coach Ed Kieff said of his young infielder and pitcher, who are both Mitchell natives. Kieff doesn’t look at the the Mitchell High School softball team as a feeder program for DWU, but said if the program produces good players, he definitely wants them to suit up in blue. “I certainly think in 2015 and beyond, you will see more interest from Jim (Misiaszek) and myself in bringing in more girls from the Mitchell program,” Kieff said.
Jon Bane has played in big games as the starting quarterback for Dakota Wesleyan University, but Wednesday, he arrived on one of the biggest stages imaginable. Bane took the football field at Baylor University’s football pro day, throwing passes with hopes of impressing NFL scouts. The event featured just 18 players from the Bears football team, with the exception of Bane, who ended his career as DWU’s all-time leading passer. A pro day is an official workout for athletes who wish to impress scouts prior to the NFL Draft, rookie minicamp and training camp.