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A committee has been formed to possibly renovate the weight-training facilities at Mitchell High School, with one booster saying he hopes the finished project will be on par with college weight rooms in South Dakota. Mitchell High School officials are looking into purchasing new equipment for the weight room to make working out more efficient for its student-athletes. The proposed plan to improve the current MHS weight room will cost an estimated $80,000, according to MHS Activities Director Geoff Gross.
The Dakota Wesleyan baseball team may have been selected to finish sixth in the conference preseason polls but DWU coach Steve Gust is cautiously optimistic about his 2013 baseball squad. The Tigers return five senior starters to their lineup. Gust said seniors Nick Tadlock, Michael Lukkason, Kirk McBreen, Erick Nockleby and Todd Kaplan will all be counted on to anchor DWU offensively. Last season, each of the five players appeared in at least 50 games for the Tigers, who finished fourth in the Great Plains Athletic Conference with an 11-9 mark and 24-32 overall record.
Eleven days ago Mitchell Christian boys' basketball player Aaron Lemon went down with an apparent knee injury. In an interview with The Daily Republic Monday, Lemon's father and MCS Athletic Director Bob Lemon confirmed that his son suffered a complete tear of his anterior cruciate ligament Jan. 18, in the fourth quarter of a boys' high school basketball game against Tripp-Delmont/Armour. The junior, who was the team's second leading scorer and rebounder, will have surgery sometime in June and make an attempt to run track this spring.
PARKSTON -- Parkston wrestler Brady Reiff prefers to end his matches as quickly as possible. The sophomore did just that, taking just 83 total seconds to pin all three opponents en route to claiming the 220-pound title Saturday at the Wagner Invitational. "Usually I don't like to waste time. It's better to go out there and get it done as fast as I can because there is less chance of losing," Reiff said.
Mitchell Christian girls' basketball coach Jackie Van Laecken has preached the importance of playing strong defense to her team all season. Saturday, Van Laecken's Eagles played good defense en route to defeating the Wessington Springs Spartans 49-21 in a girls' high school basketball game at Mitchell Christian School. "We really looked to play tough defense and the girls rotated well on that," Van Laecken said.
The grind of a long wrestling season is starting to catch up with the Chamberlain wrestling team. The Cubs started the season healthy but recent injuries and illness have started to creep up on the squad. In its dual with Mitchell Thursday night, three Chamberlain wrestlers were sidelined. Logan Pickner (120) and Tyler Myers (182) were both out with the flu, while Nick Claussen, who wrestles at 195 pounds, was out with a chest bruise. "Lately, we have been dealing with a lot of injuries and kids being sick," Chamberlain coach John Donovan said.
Despite being without two of its top wrestlers, the Mitchell wrestling team came away with a win Thursday night. The Kernels, who were without junior Alex Herrick and sophomore Matt Larson due to injuries, got their second dual win of the season after defeating Chamberlain 54-20 in the second match of a double dual. In the first match of the night, the Kernels fell to Brookings 51-18 in an Eastern South Dakota Conference matchup.
The Dakota Wesleyan University wrestling team is 6-4 in duals this year and ranked 17th in the NAIA this season. Leading that charge is sophomore Kyle Gerlach. The Mount Vernon native has 19 wins, his latest came Tuesday with a 9-4 decision over Briar Cliff's Dylan Kavanaugh at 157 pounds. "The season has been going really good this year," said Gerlach, who has set a goal of reaching the podium at the NAIA national tournament in March. "We had a pretty good offseason this year and I think it has really been paying off.
With only two weeks left in its regular season, the Mitchell wrestling team is preparing for postseason matches. But it is doing so without two of its most successful wrestlers. The Kernels, who are 1-8 in duals this season, host a double dual at 6 p.m. today in Mitchell against Brookings and Chamberlain. Mitchell duals Brookings at 6 p.m. and then takes on Chamberlain at approximately 7:30 p.m. Both matches are at the Mitchell High School gymnasium. Mitchell's Matt Larson and Alex Herrick will not be competing.
The Dakota Wesleyan women's basketball team struggled to accrue points during the first half of its game against Mount Marty College Wednesday night at Corn Palace. The Tigers went scoreless in their first six possessions en route to shooting 20 percent from the field in the first half. DWU made just seven of its 35 first half shots and finished the half with 18 points. Three of those seven buckets came from Katie Johnson, who scored seven points in the first half to keep the Tigers within striking distance.