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When the ball leaves the hand of Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball players Celeste Beck and Amanda Hart, they know right away whether or not the shot will go in. They each say that when they are connecting from behind the three-point line, their confidence level is what keeps them shooting. This season, the shooters have helped the Tigers to an 18-9 record with most of their contributions in scoring coming on 3-pointers. Both of their long-range shooting stats are among the best in comparison to other players at the NAIA Division II level.
An update is needed at the Mitchell High School weight room, a group agreed at a meeting Monday. The group, which included MHS coaches and community members, toured the room and discussed its vision of improvements. "Everybody came to a consensus that the equipment needed to be updated," said Mike Mohr, a member of the committee. "Nothing is set in stone right now, but we will meet again." The committee is meeting again at 7 p.m. Monday. The proposed plan to improve the current MHS weight room will cost an estimated $80,000, according to MHS Activities Director Geoff Gross.
WAGNER -- Some of Ali Kuca's fondest memories are playing basketball in the driveway with her two older brothers, Brett and Chris. The Wagner girls' basketball player, who was taught to play basketball by her mom and dad, said that driveway games weren't always easy and sometimes ended in tears but were all worth it. Last week, the freshman recorded back-to-back double-doubles to help the Red Raiders win both of their games. Kuca scored 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds against Andes Central Jan.
The Mitchell Christian girls' basketball team went on three big runs en route to defeating Sunshine Bible Academy 50-30 Monday in Mitchell. The streaks put distance between the two teams, which are both having winning seasons this year. The first run came with the Eagles down 13-11 in the second quarter and looking for a momentum boost. They got a surge from juniors Becca Glanzer and Alexa Van Laecken, who each forced steals and scored buckets during the 7-0 run -- giving Mitchell Christian an 18-13 lead.
For the first 20 minutes of the Dakota Wesleyan vs. Midland University women's basketball game, DWU guard Brittany Hills was virtually a non-factor on the scoreboard. The senior shot the ball two times in the first half and finished the half with two points. The second half went much differently for Hills, as she scored 15 points to help the Tigers defeat Midland 77-69 in a Great Plains Athletic Conference matchup Saturday at the Corn Palace. "I just knew I had to step my game up a little more and help contribute to the team," Hills said.
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.