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Dakota Wesleyan University track athletes Tamika Irvin and Nicole Court-Menendez are in different places in their careers, but this weekend at the NAIA indoor track and field championship they will be in search of the same goal. Irvin and Court-Menendez are each hoping to garner NAIA All-American status at the national championships. Both runners are DWU's only athletes who qualified for the national championships. "We are excited to be here, we love coming to nationals. ... Both Tamika and Nicole have legitimate shots of becoming NAIA All-Americans," DWU track coach Pat Belling said.
All seven Dakota Wesleyan University wrestlers competing in the NAIA national wrestling tournament today in Des Moines, Iowa, know what it feels like to wrestle on this big stage. But they don't know how it feels to be an All-American. Last year Richard Rios (133), Dusty Paulsen (149), Trever Devestern (157), Kyle Gerlach (157), Nicholas Hutcheson (165), Tyler Sarringar (174) and Eric Gruis (HWT) all made the NAIA national wrestling tournament. Rios, Gerlach and Devestern each came within one match from earning All-American status.
Mitchell High School's weight room is packed with 25 students and three coaches after school. Among them is Abby Sudbeck, a sophomore, who is a member of the Kernels track and field team and the only female member of the Mitchell powerlifting club. "I think it's kind of different because usually it is the guys who are supposed to be the strong alpha males, but I go out there and show them what I've got," Sudbeck said.
The Mitchell Aquatic Club won't be the largest team at the state A swimming championship this weekend in Aberdeen, but coach Kyle Margheim hopes his team will be the most efficient. Twenty-nine MAC swimmers will compete at the championships, beginning Friday from ages 8 to 18. The meet concludes Sunday. "I am very proud of my kids, and I think we will have strong standouts at each age group," Margheim said. "They give out a percentage award for the team that has the most points per swimmer, and I think we will be in the top two in that category, which would be a huge success. ...
WINNER -- It's been three days since Winner's Tate Novotny defeated Wagner's Trevor Lensing by major decision to claim the Class B 170-pound state championship. But the fact that he's a state champion wrestler still has not sunk in. The victory was the second time this school year Novotny has won a state championship; the other time was in November when Winner won the Class 11B football title.
PRESHO -- For the first time in 10 years, the Lyman girls' basketball team will compete for a region championship and a chance to reach the Class B state tournament. Today, the Raiders face Wall in the Region 7B title game at 6 p.m. mountain time in Kadoka. If Lyman wins, it punches a ticket to the Class B state tournament, a feat that has not been accomplished by any Lyman girls' basketball team since 1989. Lyman coach Cooper Garnos is no stranger to the state tournament himself, after taking the Lyman boys' basketball team there in 1996 and finishing second.
All season long the Hanson girls' basketball team has prided itself on its depth. Hanson coach Jim Bridge once again called on that depth to help the Beavers secure a 43-30 victory over Scotland in the District 11B championship game Friday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. The Beavers rotated in and out with furious pace whenever there was a dead-ball moment. "We have been doing that all year," Bridge said. "I think at the beginning of the year, the girls got a little frustrated with how many players we were playing. ...
Clinging to a four-point lead with 1:03 left on the clock, the Mitchell Christian girls' basketball team had to convert free throws. The Eagles (14-6) did just that, knocking down six of their eight free-throw attempts to ice the game and beat Corsica/Stickney 58-53 in the District 10B semifinals at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. Becca Glanzer made four of the six Mitchell Christian converted free throws and finished the game with 16 points.
Seven Mitchell High School wrestlers will compete at the Class A state tournament in Watertown Saturday. That number is down from last year's total of 10. Last season, the Kernels finished fifth as a team at the tournament, which begins at 10 a.m., and two individual state champions. Eight of 10 of those state qualifiers from last year's team graduated, including Jason Greenway and Brent Havlik, who won state titles at 160 pounds and 170 pounds last season. "I am happy for the seven kids that got in," Mitchell coach Travis Carpenter said.
Saturday, for the first time since mid-January, Mitchell wrestlers Alex Herrick and Matt Larson were both in the lineup for the Kernels. The result was a fourth place at the Region 3A wrestling tournament for Mitchell and a second- and third-place finish for Larson and Herrick, respectively. The Kernels, who have not had the duo together since the Jerry Opbroek Invitational on Jan. 12, are sending seven wrestlers to this weekend's Class A state tournament.