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With five minutes to go in the Dakota Wesleyan vs. Concordia game, the Corn Palace was abuzz. Every time the Tigers scored a bucket, fans answered with a cheer. And in contrast when the referees made a call the fans didn't approve of, the fans jeered. Simply put, the game was intense, and everyone in the Corn Palace knew it, including Dakota Wesleyan women's basketball team. "We knew it would be crazy down the stretch, especially with our fans at home," DWU forward Kim Johnson said.
For the first twenty minutes of the Dakota Wesleyan vs. Concordia University women's basketball game, DWU guard Amanda Hart couldn't score a basket. The junior was 0-of-4 from the field and 0-of-3 from behind the arc. Still the Alexandria native kept shooting and eventually found her stroke. Hart knocked down two three-pointers in the second half, but the most important three-ball Hart made, came with the game tied with less than three minutes to go. As the shot clock was about to hit zero, Hart released the ball in the nick of time and the shot went in touching nothing but the net.
By AARON SAUNDERS The Daily Republic Canistota's Alex Robertson and White River's Wyatt Krogman are pretty familiar with each other. The two senior guards have gone head-to-head on the basketball court during high school basketball seasons and in practice in past years as members of the South Dakota Heat. The pair got even more acquainted Saturday night in the final game of the Hanson Boys Corn Palace Classic in Mitchell. Each guard led his team in scoring and assists but at night's end, it was Krogman, who had the upper hand as No. 1 White River defeated No. 2 Canistota 62-50.
When the Mitchell Christian boys' basketball team stepped on the court Friday night to face Tripp-Delmont/Armour, it was already down two starters. The Eagles were without Adam Rasmussen, who was on a mission trip, and Jackson Feiner, who was out with a bad back. By the game's end, the Eagles fell to TDA 52-39 and were down four players as junior guard/forward Aaron Lemon and senior guard Keegan Larson-Shields both went down with knee injuries. "We were shorthanded, but we don't want to use that as an excuse.
When the new state Class B boys' basketball rankings are unveiled next week, there could be some shuffling. The culprit is the 31st annual Hanson Classic, which begins at 10 a.m. today at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. This year, the Classic pits Class B's No. 1-ranked White River and No. 2 Canistota against each other, as well as the No. 3 Viborg-Hurley Cougars and fourth-ranked James Valley Christian. "The last two or three years all of these teams have been great," Hanson coach Josh Oltmanns said.
South Dakota football fans will have another semiprofessional team to watch this year, and they even have a chance to be on the team. The Tri-State Buffalos, which will serve the South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota region, is starting a team that begins its season in April. Team owner Cody Scholten said the team is hosting open tryouts for all roster positions from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday in Sioux Falls. It will play nine-man football and play in the South Plains Football League along with nine other teams from Minnesota and Iowa.
Mitchell Aquatic Club's Tevyn Waddell broke her own state record in the 100-meter backstroke with a time of 57.78 seconds over the weekend at the Midwest All-Stars swim meet in Lawrence, Kan. The previous record for her age group, set in November, was 57.81. Waddell finished second overall in the event, which included swimmers from Kansas, Iowa, Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota and Missouri. The 14-year-old swimmer also broke team records in the 13-14 girls' age group's 500-meter freestyle and 400 individual medley en route to fifth- and eighth-place overall finishes, respectively.
All season long, Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball coach Jason Christensen has said his team doesn't have a go-to player. On any given night, anyone can lead the Tigers (15-6) in scoring. The third-year head coach's words were backed up by his players Wednesday, as five DWU players scored in double figures to help the Tigers defeat Dakota State 78-69 in a nonconference game at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. Elizabeth Lamb led all Tigers players with 15 points. Eight of the senior guard's points came from the free-throw line, where she went 8-for-8.
Avon coach Brad Poppe challenged his point guard Chesney Nagel to protect the ball against a vaunted Mitchell Christian press defense. Nagel did that and more Tuesday night as she scored 10 points in the fourth quarter to lift the Pirates to a 52-44 victory over Mitchell Christian in Mitchell. Nagel finished with a game-high 22 points, two assists and Avon only committed seven turnovers. "I was aggressive to the hole and I made my free throws, which helped a lot so it was just an all-around game that went really well," Nagel said.
By AARON SAUNDERS The Daily Republic With two minutes to go in the fourth quarter, the Mitchell Christian boys' basketball team looked to be heading to its first victory in three games. Despite being down by nine points at halftime, the Eagles were leading the Avon Pirates 37-33. The perfect storm was brewing and either the game would end as a sweet, yet gritty, victory for MCHS or a loss more brutal than a Tarantino movie. Unfortunately for the Eagles, it was the latter.