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HOWARD -- Four Howard High School wrestlers are ranked in the top three in the state wrestling polls at their respective weight classes, making them the backbone of the team, according to Howard coach Tyler Dahl. Bailey Neises (113), Luke Loudenberg (120), Evan Donahue (138) and James Jungwirth (170) headline a talent-laden Tiger wrestling squad that will have eight wrestlers competing at the Class B state wrestling tournament, which begins at 10 a.m. Friday at the Barnett Center in Aberdeen.
WAGNER -- The Parkston wrestling team has been virtually unstoppable this season. Saturday at the Region 3B wrestling tournament in Wagner was no different. The Trojans had 10 wrestlers in the finals and finished the day with 230 points to cruise to the team title. Parkston, which won all but one of its tournaments during the season, qualified a total of 12 to state, which starts Friday in Aberdeen. The next closest team to the Trojans was Burke/Gregory, which came in second with 146.5 points. "It's good to win the region, but that's not our goal," Parkston coach Jared Digmann said.
Despite falling to Northwestern Wednesday, a bid to the NAIA national basketball tournament is still within reach for the Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team. Thirty-two teams get into the national tournament. Each conference with at least 10 teams receives two automatic bids. If a conference has at least 15 teams, it receives three automatic berths to the national tournament. This season, seven NAIA D-II conferences qualify for two automatic berths; among them is the Great Plains Athletic Conference, which has 11 women's basketball teams.
The Sanborn Central/ Woonsocket girls' basketball team was locked in a dogfight in its final game of the regular season Friday night in Mitchell. With two minutes to go, the Blackhawks were clinging to a six-point lead. But they did not panic. They collected themselves and answered back with a firestorm of points to defeat Mitchell Christian by a score of 63-53 at Mitchell Christian School. "Mitchell Christian is a very scrappy team," Sanborn Central/Woonsocket co-head coach Rob Baruth said.
Sanborn Central/Woonsocket junior Shelby Selland verbally committed to NCAA D-II Augustana Thursday. The center is the first SC/W player to commit to play college basketball since Sanborn Central and Woonsocket began its cooperative before last season. "I always wanted to play college basketball," she said. "I didn't know what level, but I knew I wanted to play. I really like Augustana. They have a really strong program and I really like their system." Selland is averaging 17 points and eight rebounds this season and chose Augustana over the University of Sioux Falls and Northern State.
With one regular season game left to play, the Dakota Wesleyan women's basketball team is in search of its 20th win of the season. The Tigers had their first chance to reach the 20-game win mark Wednesday night against Northwestern but fell to the Red Raiders 87-81 at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. "That was a big one to take the pressure off, but now all we can do is look forward to Saturday," DWU forward Kim Johnson said. "It's do or die time, and we have to beat Briar Cliff." DWU ends its regular season at home against Briar Cliff University at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
With roughly seven minutes to go Wednesday, the Dakota Wesleyan University fans at the Corn Palace in Mitchell were buzzing about the Tigers' 10-point lead on 10th-ranked Northwestern. Seven minutes later, as the buzzer sounded, the Tigers had fallen to their Great Plains Athletic Conference foe 87-81. The DWU fans were stunned silent. "We did not finish down the stretch," DWU coach Jason Christensen said. " ... We had crucial turnovers toward the end of the game. I don't know if we tightened up, if we were nervous, I don't know if it was the wooden-neck tie syndrome. ...
With one game left in the regular season, Mitchell Marlins girls' hockey players Haley Stahl and Hannah Spates are ranked in the top 10 of the South Dakota Amateur Hockey Association in statistical categories. Stahl, a forward, ranks eighth in the state in goals (20), ninth in points (26) and third in power-play goals (3). Stahl's marks are all team-highs for the Marlins, who are 7-10-3 this season. The team's main goalie is Spates, who has 550 saves this season, second in the SDAHA. Spates is 247 saves behind league leader Anna Veazey of the Rushmore Thunder.
There will be a website constructed and an open house to visit for potential contributors of the Mitchell High School weight room project. During a meeting Monday, a group leading the charge to improve the weight room decided a website should be constructed to give people the opportunity to observe the current weight room and some views of future plans. Mitchell football coach Kent VanOverschelde said the group would like the proposed webpage running by Monday and the site will be an informational page that depicts the overall plan.
Take a look at the Class B girls' basketball rankings and there are no teams from District 11 listed. Hanson (18-2), a District 11 member, is receiving votes in the poll and is guaranteed the No. 1 seed in the district tournament heading into the postseason. But the road to the district championship won't be easy for the Beavers, the defending district champs. Of the five teams in the district, four teams have winning records with at least 13 wins.