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PRESHO -- The biggest team at the Mid-Dakota Monster wrestling tournament won't step on a mat this weekend. Twenty-three wrestling teams are entered in this year's meet, which is in its 39th year of existence. But the largest, most important team is the group of volunteers that puts together one of the area's biggest regular-season tournaments of the year. Scattered all across the Lyman gymnasium Friday were volunteers who dedicate their time to help put together the tournament, which is a two-day affair and runs annually in Presho.
The Cornbelt Conference will have a new addition in football next season. Menno and Marion high schools will combine to create a new co-op and enter into a four-year agreement. On Jan. 9, the South Dakota High School Activities Association's board of directors will vote to approve the merger. "We have been actively trying to find someone to co-op with in football for the last two years," Marion Superintendent Adam Shaw said. "We called the schools around us, and it worked out that Menno was looking for a co-op.
WAGNER -- The Parkston wrestling team proved pins are critical to winning any dual. The Trojans won five matches by pin en route to winning the dual 46-22 Thursday in Wagner. "For the most part we wrestled pretty tough, but we have to keep improving," said Parkston head coach Jared Digmann, whose team is ranked No. 1 in the state. "In a dual meet, it's big to be able to get pins.
The time has finally come for all high school basketball games to have a shot clock. Yes, South Dakota Class A and B schools, this means you. At its truest essence, basketball is supposed to be a game of nonstop excitement. Of course over the years, the game created in Springfield, Mass., has evolved and morphed into a matchup of coaches' competitive wits. But for fans, no matter which way you slice it, we still enjoy the adrenaline rush we receive from watching the last two minutes of a close game.
SCOTLAND -- Many believe Scotland wrestler Dan Stibral's potential is unlimited. "If he keeps pushing himself, the sky is the limit," Scotland head coach Joe Walloch said. So far this season, the heavyweight has backed up his supporters' claims. Stibral is ranked fourth in Class B for his weight class, sporting 14 wins and only one loss. The sophomore's most recent wins came Saturday with three pins and a technical fall en route to winning the McCook Central/Montrose Invitational championship at heavyweight.
It was a stunning end to the 2012 Mike Miller Classic Saturday when Pierre matched up with Our Savior New American, a team from Centereach, N.Y. In a nail-biting, overtime-thriller, Our Savior defeated Pierre 84-80 in a game that was likely the most entertaining of the three-day classic. "It was a lot of fun to play a team like that who has a lot of good basketball players and it's great experience for us," Pierre head coach Terry Becker said after the game near his team's locker room in the Corn Palace in Mitchell.
The Islanders seemed to get to the basket at will and made 34 two-point field goals and shot 61 percent from the field en route to defeating White River 83-61. "We try to play inside out in our motion offense but we got inside a little bit more because that was more effective," DeLaSalle head coach Dave Thorson said. DeLaSalle only shot five 3-pointers the entire game. The Islanders' efforts on the inside were led by junior power forward Reid Travis, who finished with 35 points on 15-of-20 from the field.
There was a sea of green in the crowd during the final game of the Mike Miller Classic Saturday at the Corn Place. Representing Pierre High School, a large group of fans in the stands were wearing T-shirts labeled "Conrad's Clan." The group is a nonprofit organization named after Pierre junior Conrad Adam, who is battling cancer and listed as a member of the Governors boys' basketball team. The mission is to support Adam and raise as much money to help his fight.
There was no panic in Sioux Falls Lincoln head coach Jim Halseth's team Friday. Despite giving up a 12-point lead and falling behind for one possession, the Patriots bounced back and went on to defeat Coronado 75-64 Friday in the only game the team will play in the Third Annual Mike Miller Classic at Mitchell's Corn Palace. "It was fun to watch them bounce back when we let the other team back in the game," said Halseth, whose team was up by as many as12 points in the first half.
PARKSTON -- The Parkston boys' basketball classic doesn't have a huge matchup of two highly ranked teams in the state polls. But Craig Bruening, the Parkston boys' coach, says there are some good teams that will take the court today. "We have some good quality teams," Bruening said. "We don't have as many ranked teams as we have had in the past, but we have some teams who could end up ranked." Bruening and his Trojans (3-1) take on undefeated Sisseton (4-0) in Class A action 7 p.m. today. All games are being played at the high school gymnasium.