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The Menno/Marion, Mount Vernon/Plankinton and Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan football teams could be making a jump from nine-man to 11-man football in 2015. A proposal from the South Dakota High School Activities Association staff was unveiled during preliminary discussions at the SDHSAA board of directors meeting Jan. 15. At the heart of the proposal is the reconfiguration of the state’s football class system. The proposal plans to cut football classes from seven to six.
For the second straight year the Parkston Trojans wrestling team finished in second-place at the Jerry Opbroek Invitational at Mitchell High School. Last year it was Pierre, who kept the Trojans from the title. But Saturday it was Totino Grace of Minnesota, which played the role of spoiler, as it claimed the title with a score of 169.5. Parkston finished with 163. This is the second time this season the Trojans have finished behind Totino Grace.
All eyes will be on the Parkston Trojans Saturday as they try to become the first Class B school to win the Jerry Opbroek Invitational since 2008. Wagner was the last Class B team to win the tournament, which begins at 11 a.m. today at Mitchell High School. Last year, the Trojans scored 163 points, finishing second to Class A state championship Pierre, which has won the invitational for the last three years. “It would definitely be big to win this one,” Parkston wrestling coach Jared Digmann said. “This is the only tournament we didn’t win last year, so we definitely want to win it.
The field for the 31st Annual Hanson Girls’ Corn Palace Classic is loaded. The classic, which begins 10 a.m. Saturday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, features six teams ranked in the South Dakota Sportswriters Association basketball poll and two that received votes. Hosting deep fields and top-tier matchups is becoming a normal occurrence for the Hanson Classic.
TABOR — Thirteen-year old Tabor native Bailey Kortan will represent the Minnesota Vikings in the National Football League’s Punt, Pass & Kick National Finals Saturday in Denver. Kortan, an eighth-grader at Bon Homme, is one of 40 athletes from across the country to compete in the event.
Mitchell Marlins hockey player Cole Koons has lifted weights for several years, but the junior defenseman said it is nice to have a team workout in the Mitchell High School weight room. “It is very helpful to be able to use the weight room,” Koons said. “It helps the team bond a little more.” Mitchell High School renovated its weight room over the summer, but questions loomed early in the school year about nonsanctioned sports teams — hockey, baseball, softball, etc.
FORESTBURG — Dominant is a word that can be used to describe the Sanborn Central/Woonsocket girls’ basketball team’s performance in its first four games, but the only word that matters to the Blackhawks is champion. “I definitely think state is our goal,” SCW senior center Shelby Selland said. “We were disappointed with how things ended last year, but I think we have our sights set on something higher this season.” The high expectations come from the success the team has had the last two seasons.
BRANDON — Heading into the fourth quarter, the Mitchell Kernels were right where they wanted to be, according to junior guard Beau Brown. The Mitchell boys’ basketball team trailed 43-38 with six minutes to go in the game, but the Kernels were unable to halt an 8-0 run by the Brandon Valley Lynx. Brandon Valley’s Jacob Adams took control of the game and led the Lynx over the Kernels 57-44 Tuesday in Eastern South Dakota Conference action. Adams, a 6-foot-2 forward, began to assert himself in the post, leading the Lynx on an 8-0 run, which d
According to head coach Chris Haynes the Yankton Bucks played perhaps their best defensive game of the season Saturday at the Corn Palace. The Bucks held the Mitchell Kernels to a 30 percent shooting night en route to earning a 62-42 Eastern South Dakota Conference victory. “We thought our defense was great,” Haynes said. “We were able to force a couple of turnovers and get into transition.” The Bucks (2-2, 2-1 ESD) forced 17 turnovers with pres-sure man-to-man defense in the half court.
For the second time in three years, the Dakota Wesleyan University wrestling team will compete at the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals. “It is pretty cool to be invited to the...