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Winning comes naturally for the Dakota Wesleyan University women's golf team. So naturally, the Tigers' golf team won for the fifth straight year Thursday at the Two Rivers Golf Course in Sioux City, Iowa. The Wesleyan women finished first in the Great Plains Athletic Conference Qualifier No. 3 and GPAC Qualifier No. 4, en route to capturing its 10th title in 11 years. GPAC Qualifier No. 3 was originally scheduled for April 9 in Hastings, Neb, but was canceled due to inclement weather.
MENNO -- Sunshine was a welcome sight at the first ever Erv Ptak Relays Thursday in Menno. According to the National Weather Service, temperatures reached 68 degrees during the invitational. For the track meet's complete results, see Page B2. Because of two snow storms, many high school athletes have not competed in track and field events for two to three weeks. Many scheduled track and field events were postponed or canceled, including the Corn Palace Relays in Mitchell, the Fleveras Relays in Tyndall and the Flyer Invitational in Freeman.
Bryce Holter has been around baseball in South Dakota since 1991, but he has never seen weather haunt a season more than this year. Holter, who coaches the Hanson County spring team, said weather the past two weeks has made it impossible to get anything done on the field. Holter and several other coaches from the area believe this is the worst season in terms of having inclement weather postpone and cancel games he can ever remember. "It's pretty tough, but there is nothing you can really do," he said.
Lakeview Manager Dan Sabers is 95 percent sure the Mitchell High School Invitational golf meet will go on as scheduled later this week. The meet, scheduled to start at 9 a.m. Friday, could be in jeopardy because of impending weather forecast to hit the Mitchell area today. According to the National Weather Service, Mitchell is forecasted to get an estimated 4 inches of snow. "We definitely want to play because it is one of the biggest tournaments in the state," Mitchell golf coach Rob Marchand said.
In his 10th year as the Great Plains Athletic Conference Commissioner, Corey Westra was announced the 2013 recipient of the Charles Morris NAIA Administrator of the Year Award earlier this week. The award is named in honor of former NAIA Executive Director Charles Morris. Westra will be formally recognized at the 72nd annual Convention Awards luncheon Monday in Kansas City, Mo. The recipient of the award must exemplify loyalty and enthusiasm for the NAIA. The Daily Republic recently spoke with Westra to discuss his job, talk about the GPAC and Dakota Wesleyan University.
Mitchell native Mike Miller, an NBA player for the Miami Heat, seems to have found the fountain of youth recently. Miller recorded his second-highest point total of the season in the Heat's regular-season finale Wednesday. The 6-foot-8, 210-pound shooting guard recorded 21 points on 7-of-10 shooting, with six of those seven baskets coming from behind the three-point line. Miller's season-high this year was 26 points, which came 15 days ago against the Charlotte Bobcats.
For distance runners, there are differing opinions when discussing training in warm or cold weather. Mitchell Christian's Becca Glanzer prefers warmth, while Chamberlain's Anna Byers, Freeman's Rebecca Eberts and Hanson's Trey Persson prefer it to be a little chilly. No matter what the runners favor, recent weather hasn't given them much of a choice. "It's not really difficult to prepare in cold weather for me," said Byers, a sophomore from Chamberlain who ran in the 3,200- and 1,600-meter runs at state last year.
CHAMBERLAIN -- Chamberlain assistant track coach Becky Jensen said it's a beautiful sight to see Hudson Priebe glide over hurdles when he competes in his signature 110-meter event. Last year, as a sophomore, Priebe claimed his first individual track and field state championship when he won the 110-meter hurdles at the Class A meet in Rapid City. Priebe enters his junior season as the favorite in the 110 hurdles after claiming the title last year.
The backcourt of the Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team got a boost Tuesday. The Tigers, who finished 20-11 last season and missed out on the NAIA national basketball tournament, signed former Northern State basketball player Kelsey Little. "Kelsey is just an all-around good kid and we are excited to have her," DWU basketball coach Jason Christensen said. "We were actively recruiting her before she went to Northern.
SIOUX FALLS -- Basketball was very much a part of the Thune family household. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., his brothers, Rich, Bob and Tim and sister Karen all played basketball at Murdo High School. That love and passion for the game of basketball came from family patriarch Harold Thune. "I have four boys and a daughter who played the sport," Harold Thune said. "As a family it has been fun to enjoy the sport we love." The elder Thune, who is now 93 years old, starred at Murdo High School in the late 1930s before heading to the University of Minnesota to continue his basketball career.