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The Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team came out on fire as it flushed York College 90-60 Wednesday night at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. Behind good three-point shooting, the Tigers jumped out to a 15-2 lead in the first five minutes of the game. "We haven't practiced well the last few days, so we just wanted to come out and start hot," said junior guard Amanda Hart, who scored 15 points and brought down six rebounds for DWU. "I think once a person starts hitting shots, we all get on a roll.
PRESHO -- On the surface, the Lyman volleyball team looks like any other, but its journey to the state tourney has been anything but conventional. As the No. 4 seed in the District 13B tournament, the Raiders had to battle No. 1-seeded White River and No. 2-seeded Jones County, and they came out on top. However, what's even more impressive is that the Raiders have accomplished this great feat with zero seniors. "I don't think it matters how young or old a girl is; if they have the willingness to succeed, they will," said Lyman co-head coach Jill Whalen.
Mitchell High School basketball fans will only have to drive two hours to see Tucker Volesky play collegiately. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound guard will attend the University of South Dakota for basketball after originally attempting to play at Harvard. "I initially tried to go to Harvard, but that didn't work out," said Volesky, who was voted a second-team all-state selection last season at Mitchell. "I am glad I took a shot at trying to go to the best school in the world.
COLOME -- If offensive statistics are any indication, the DakotaDome scoreboard will get quite a workout. Both the Colome Cowboys (10-1) and the Harding County Ranchers (12-0) come into Thursday's 9B high school championship football contest averaging more than 35 points per game and have the potential to combine for 100 points. "I hope not," Colome head coach Kevin Keiser said. "If a lot of points are being scored, I don't think that benefits us. We are not a real explosive team.
Former Dakota Wesleyan baseball player Scott Redd was named the Most Valuable Player of the National Adult Baseball Association's Over 50 and 60 National Fun Tournament in Las Vegas. Redd, who plays for the South Dakota Jackalopes, was tabbed as the MVP after batting .618, while throwing two complete games and came out of the bullpen to close the championship game of the six-day tournament. "It was a lot of luck, getting the right pitches at the right time and keeping the body in the right condition at 50," said Redd, who played amateur baseball in Delmont.
"Use the run to open up the pass" is a common phrase often heard in football. It may be more than a coincidence that the majority of teams playing in the South Dakota state championship games this week also go by that mantra. "I think the running game has to be strong here because the weather is an issue," Colome head coach Kevin Keiser said.
COLOME -- Andrew Odden was at a loss for words. The Colome High School senior running back finished with 156 rushing yards, a rushing touchdown and helped the Cowboys (10-1) punch their ticket to the state title game when they defeated Viborg -Hurley (8-3) 52-36 Saturday night in the semifinals of the 9B state playoffs.
For the better part of two years, the Canistota High School football team (10-0) has not tasted defeat. The Hawks have won state championships in both 9B in 2010 and 9A in 2011 and have plans on adding a third title to their trophy cabinet. They're also riding a 34-game win streak. In order to get the opportunity to play for the 9A state championship again, Canistota will have to defeat Arlington (9-1) today at 6 p.m. in a state semifinal game at home.
When the Dakota Wesleyan University football team takes the field against Nebraska Wesleyan, there may finally be an answer to an age-old question: Does good offense beat good defense or is it the other way around? The Tigers (5-3 overall, 4-3 conference) play their final road game of the year at 1 p.m. today in a Great Plains Athletic Conference matchup against NWU (4-4, 3-4 conference) in Lincoln, Neb.
Behind the hot hand of junior forward Kim Johnson, the Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team eked out a 74-72 win over Mayville State University in its season-opener Friday night at the Corn Palace. Johnson, who was named the MVP of the Fulton State Bank Classic game, struggled in the first half of the game, going 3-for-10 from the field. But she kept shooting and eventually regained her form, finishing the night with 30 points on 13-of-26 shooting.