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Derik Fossum was announced Tuesday as the head coach for the Dakota Wesleyan University cross country and track and field programs. Fossum, 25, was an assistant for the track and field team under former head coach Pat Belling, who headed the programs for eight seasons. Belling resigned in December, and Fossum takes over the program immediately. "Derik has been a huge part of DWU track and field for several years as an athlete and a coach," DWU Athletic Director Curt Hart said in a release. "We feel very fortunate to have someone with his passion for Dakota Wesleyan.
Sanborn Central/Woonsocket basketball coaches Troy Olson, Rod Weber, Tim McCain and Rob Baruth will speak at the Quarterback Club meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Depot in Mitchell. Dakota Wesleyan University and Mitchell High School coaches will also speak at the meeting.
KIMBALL -- Since Christmas, Turner Blasius has really honed in on his wrestling skills. The extra focus and improvement paid off over the weekend at the West Central Invitational. The Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes 195-pounder pinned his way through the bracket to claim the title. In the final, Blasius pinned Sisseton's Josh Currence in 2 minutes, 53 seconds. Blasius pinned his other two opponents in less than 2 minutes each. "He had a good weekend," Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes head coach Thomas Konechne said. "But it just hasn't been last weekend. He's had a good month.
Dakota State University's Sharee Galbraith was selected as the North Star Athletic Association women's basketball player of the week Monday. The Winner native posted a pair of double-doubles during a week when the Trojans went 2-1. In a win over Oglala Lakota, Galbraith had 13 points and 13 rebounds. Against Trinity Bible, she tallied 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field and 4 for 6 free throws, while grabbing 11 rebounds. In DSU's lone loss of the week to Briar Cliff, Galbraith had nine points and five rebounds.
PARKSTON -- Dominant doesn't begin to describe Duncan Stoebner and Dan Stibral. The two senior Bon Homme/Scotland wrestlers are both undefeated this season. After Tuesday's dual with Parkston, Stoebner improved to 28-0 at 120 pounds, while Stibral earned his 19th win at 285 pounds. Both wrestlers earned state titles as juniors, with Stoebner earning his first state championship his sophomore season.
PARKSTON -- Mark Stoebner's team was fighting an uphill battle Tuesday. In a Class B wrestling dual between two top five programs, Parkston proved why it sits above the rest. "Parkston has a great dual team. We were outmatched from the start," Stoebner, Bon Homme/Scotland head coach, said. "We wanted to give the crowd a good show, and I thought we did that in a lot of spots." The Trojans beat Bon Homme/Scotland 49-27 after winning seven of the final eight matches.
ETHAN -- When Camden Myers stepped out onto the Corn Palace floor last week, spectators knew they were going to get a show. Not 10 seconds into the contest against Bridgewater-Emery, the Ethan junior recorded a steal before dunking the basketball. "He's been fantastic for us this year," Ethan head coach Bryce Roth said.
James Boehmer was happy with the adjustments his wrestlers are making this season. The first-year Parkston head coach saw the work in practice pay off Saturday evening, as the Trojans won the Jerry Opbroek Invitational at Mitchell High School. "It was good to see where our kids were at, and I'm really impressed with them," Boehmer said after the 10-team tournament.
Matt Larson's Christmas present came one day late. The Mitchell High School senior was cleared to hit the wrestling mat, something he waited for since September. Larson, an all-state football player as a junior, was sidelined in a football game on Sept. 19 in Spearfish. After being tackled by three opposing players, Larson's lower left leg was shattered, putting him in surgery following the game.
The South Dakota High School Activities Association released Friday the new football classifications, leaving two Mitchell-area teams with blank slates. For the 2015-16 and 2016-17 football seasons, Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan will compete in Class 11B, while Bon Homme will move down to Class 9AA. This season, the Seahawks were a 9AA program and the Cavaliers competed in 11B.