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Against Dordt College Wednesday, the Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team held a double-digit lead before falling on a last-second shot. Again Saturday, the Tigers struggled built a 16-point lead on No. 9 Concordia, only to watch it slip away on a last-second layup to fall to the Bulldogs 86-84 in a Great Plains Athletic Conference contest at the Corn Palace. “We had some bad turnovers again,” DWU women’s basketball coach Jason Christensen said. “We had 21 turnovers and they had 22 points and that was probably the biggest difference. We also didn’t get stops defensively.
Despite the bitterly cold weather this winter, Mitchell area soccer players are finding time to play in the offseason. Athletes are playing on Mitchell Soccer Association sponsored teams, which play the sport indoors during the winter months. “We have opportunities for kids to play year-round,” MSA President Jodie Cain-Lambert said. “Players can play as little as they want or as much as they want.” Players ages 4 through 19 are allowed to participate in the year-round soccer program.
Last year, the Hanson and Mitchell Christian girls’ basketball teams took home district titles. The Beavers advanced to the Class B state tournament, while the Golden Eagles fell in the region championship. This year, however, only one of those teams could be crowned district champion because they both compete in District 8B. Five of the six teams in the district have records over .500. “The Mitchell area has always been a hotbed for basketball, so that is not a big surprise to me,” Hanson girls’ basketball coach Jim Bridge said.
Four years ago, Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball coach Jason Christensen and four players embarked on a journey. Now, Christensen, along with seniors Kim Johnson, Taylor Piper, Micaela Erickson and Amanda Hart, have helped the Wesleyan women’s program get back to its winning ways. “This is a special group,” Christensen said. “There is probably not a team in the GPAC that started with what we had and turned around the way we did.
Twenty-two skaters took the ice for the inaugural Mitchell Blades exhibition Saturday at the Mitchell Activities Center. There were no judges, no scores, just skaters of all ages having fun...
Just one match stood between the Dakota Wesleyan University wrestling team and a sweep of the DWU triangular Thursday at the Christen Family Wellness Center. The match was a 133-pound contest between Concordia’s Emilio Rivera and Wesleyan’s Richard Rios. Coming into the final match of the evening, DWU held an 18-16 lead. But it was Concordia who would have the final say, as Rivera defeated Rios by decision to give Concordia a 19-18 win over Wesleyan. “It was just a barn burner of a dual,” DWU wrestling coach Matt Sedivy said. “We had Richard Rios in the final match.
Mental lapses and turnovers proved to be detrimental for the No. 25 Dakota Wesleyan women’s basketball team as they fell 80-67 to No. 10 Morningside Wednesday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. The Tigers (15-7, 8-5 GPAC), who cracked the top 25 for the first time this season in this week’s NAIA poll, committed 20 turnovers. Morningside took advantage of the mistakes by scoring 22 points off the turnovers. “We lost because we turned the ball over,” DWU women’s basketball coach Jason Chris-tensen said.
Lindsey and Alicia Grassmid aren’t like most students who compete in athletics for Menno High School. While their peers are sitting in class at the high school, the sisters do their schooling at home. “I am fine being homeschooled. I think it is fun,” said Lindsey Grassmid, who runs cross country and track at Menno. “It’s fun to run with the other kids and meet new people.” Alicia, who is in cross country, track and basketball, and Lindsey are two of eight homeschooled kids who compete in varsity athletics this year from Mitchell area schools.
The St. Vital Victorias hockey team will travel from Winnipeg, Canada, to Mitchell to provide a little international flavor at the Mitchell Marlins bantam hockey tournament this weekend. The team...
The Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team had a hard time closing out the win Wednesday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. But the Tigers (14-6, 7-4 GPAC) got the job done and earned their seventh Great Plains Athletic Conference victory with an 81-73 victory over Briar Cliff University. “We were kind of on our heels a bit, but I was proud of the way our kids played,” DWU women’s basketball coach Jason Christensen said.