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PARKSTON -- Parkston guard/forward Erica Herrold was playing with a cold, but that did not cool her down on the court. The 6-foot senior scored 15 points and grabbed an amazing 24 rebounds to record a double-double. "I just want to thank my teammates for my performance because they are really who help me do what I do on the court," Herrold said.
The Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball team is trying to mix business with pleasure while on the West Coast. The Tigers ventured to San Diego to play two games and enjoy a little fun in the sun this weekend. "We want to play good basketball and stay focused on the court, and we want the guys to have fun as well," DWU head coach Shane Murphy said. "We took them out to the beach and we might try to tour one of the naval ships. "Then for the next two days, our focus will be strictly on basketball.
ARMOUR -- After nearly 40 years of coaching in Armour, Burnell Glanzer has a new life. Instead of holding a whistle during the afternoons, he holds a pen and does paperwork. The legendary coach who retired after last season works as the school's superintendent and still attends basketball games. "Retirement has been like I figured it would be," Glanzer said. "I still go to the games and try to keep my mouth shut." Keeping quiet can be tough for a man who was known for his intensity on the sidelines and his winning ways.
HURON -- Leading 17-15 over Eastern South Dakota Conference foe Huron after seven matches Thursday, there was a glimmer of hope for the Mitchell High School wrestling team.
ALEXANDRIA -- The Hanson girls' basketball team is determined. Last year, the Beavers finished sixth in the Class B state basketball tournament, but this year the team has its sights set on more. "The girls are on a mission to prove themselves and make their own identity," Hanson head coach Jim Bridge said. "It would be easy to live on the history of our program, but they are determined to make their own history." The Beavers have started the season 5-0 and have been voted as the fourth best team in Class B girls' basketball by the state's sportswriters association.
Scrolling down the Dakota Wesleyan women's basketball team's stat sheet, Elizabeth Lamb may be overlooked. The senior from Onida doesn't have gaudy numbers that stand out. But through 14 games, Lamb is averaging nine points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. The Tiger guard was named the Great Plains Athletic Conference/Hauff Mid-America Sports player of the week for her combined performance in two games last week. The senior averaged 14 points and 3.5 steals per game to help DWU win two conference games and improve to 10-4 on the season.
MOUNT VERNON -- Jared Long said he's not a shooter. Still, that did not stop the Mount Vernon/Plankinton guard from filling up the box score in a boys' basketball game last week against Ethan. Long finished the game with a career-high 40 points and the Titans won the game 87-75. "I am not much of a shooter," Long said.
When Mitchell Christian's Jackson Feiner knocked down a game-tying 3-pointer with a minute left in a District 10 battle against Kimball/White Lake Thursday night, KWL coach Kamden Miller had all his timeouts and knew he could make a very long game. But Miller did not need to prolong the contest, because on the very next possession, KWL point guard Jesse Taylor picked the pocket of MCHS point guard Keegan Larson-Shields, raced down the court and finished with a layup to put the WiLdKats on top 57-55.
The Mitchell Christian girls' basketball team's defense rose to the occasion. The Eagles forced 34 turnovers en route to a 44-34 victory over Kimball/White Lake Thursday at Mitchell Christian School. "We are just so proud of these girls. They played the defensive game of their lives," Mitchell Christian head coach Jackie Van Laecken said. The WiLdKats and Eagles were locked in a defensive struggle in the first half, which saw neither team crack the 15-point barrier. By half's end, the score was 14-13 with Mitchell Christian leading.
On the basketball court, Alexa Van Laecken and Becca Glanzer form a bond like hydrogen and oxygen. The duo has a connection that is fueled by their friendship on and off the court. "Basketball would not be the same without Alexa," Glanzer said. "I love her as a friend and love playing basketball with her." The juniors, who have both played varsity basketball at Mitchell Christian since they were in the seventh grade and share the same birthday, spend almost as much time off the court as they do on the court.