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LETCHER — As a child, Myah Selland learned to play big. She spent countless hours working on her basketball game with her older sister, Shelby, and cousin, Rachel, in her family's barn. The homemade gym -- located fewer than 30 yards from the girls' grandfather Doyle Selland's house -- is a hidden gem, with a scoreboard, small bleachers, lockers, a weight set and three basketball hoops. "It's always been there, and we used it more and more as we grew up, either playing as families or by myself," Myah said. "We'd meet up and go to the barn. That's what we did.
PARKSTON -- Sydney Bormann isn't settling with winning high school golf tournaments. In the past year, the Parkston junior has taken her talents to tournaments in South Carolina, West Virginia, Florida and Arizona. "It's great to have that experience at the national level," she said on Thursday. Bormann knows the big stage will help her transition to playing with the South Dakota State University women's golf team after she graduates. She verbally committed to SDSU in February. "SDSU is extremely lucky to get Sydney," Parkston head golf coach Tyler Hockett said.
Ten years ago, competitive youth gymnastics wasn't offered in Mitchell. Audra Rew saw that as a problem. In 2005 when a former coach resigned from coordinating and coaching gymnastics classes at the Mitchell Parks and Recreation Department, the city called on Rew to see if she would take over the program. "I told them I would, but only if I could start a competitive team," she said, adding the club branched off from the Rec Center soon after. "They felt that with our parent organization, it'd be better if we left the Rec and became our own unit.
MOUNT VERNON -- Cody Renken leads by example. The Mount Vernon senior has been that way through his entire basketball career, and it was in display over the weekend at the Class A state boys basketball tournament in Rapid City. "He doesn't announce his leadership," said Mount Vernon/Plankinton head coach Eric Denning, whose team finished eighth at state. "He never gives up and gives everything he has all the time." Renken, a 6-foot forward, was announced as the Spirit of Su award winner for Class A on Saturday.
Two Mitchell High School boys basketball players earned all-Eastern South Dakota Conference honors. Senior Beau Brown was one of 10 players to be first team selections, while senior Carter Brewster was an honorable mention pick. The all-conference players are chosen by the league's coaches. Brown led the Kernels offensively this season, averaging 21.2 points per game by shooting 41 percent from the field. He made 30 3-pointers and was an 80 percent free throw shooter. Brown averaged 4.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.7 steals per contest. "Mr.
When Macy Miller was younger, she recalls filling out the March Madness brackets. "I remember thinking that maybe in college I could actually be on the page," she told Brookings radio. "It's a pretty cool feeling." Miller, a Mitchell native, and the No. 14 seed South Dakota State University women's basketball team opens NCAA Tournament play today against No. 3 seed Oregon State. The game begins at 4 p.m. today at the Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, Ore., and televised on ESPN2. The advancing team will play the winner of No. 6 George Washington and No.
WAGNER -- In the last three years, Robert Kokesh has watched the brightly lit national championship matches from the dark. But in his senior campaign, he says that it's his turn. The No. 1-ranked 174-pound Nebraska wrestler sets out to become a national champion Thursday as the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships begin at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Today's first-round action begins at 11 a.m., and the event continues through the championship session that begins at 7 p.m. Saturday. "It'd be an amazing feeling," Kokesh said about wrestling in Saturday night's title match.
WINNER -- To Augustana College wrestling coach Jason Reitmeier, Jayd Docken is irreplaceable. Docken, a Winner native, added to his achievements on Saturday after earning a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships. The senior 195-pound wrestler became an All-American for the second-time. In his career, Docken was a four-time national qualifier and tallied a record of 95-33. "He's done a lot for our program with what he's accomplished," Reitmeier said. "It's extremely difficult to do what he's done. Even getting out of our region is tough.
Shane Murphy has a great amount of pride in this year’s Dakota Wesleyan University men’s basketball team. “This is an awesome group of guys. I enjoyed the opportunity to take...
PLANKINTON -- Makaela Karst proved why she's so valuable over of the weekend at the Class A state girls basketball tournament. When Mount Vernon/Plankinton's leading scorer and South Dakota State commit Megan Bultsma was getting double- and triple-teamed, Karst was there to keep her team competitive. "When some of the other teams took Megan out of the game, Makaela really stepped forward," MVP second-year head coach Bill Marquardt said. "She had a great weekend." The 6-foot junior forward helped lead MVP to a third-place finish after beating Webster Area 58-48 on Saturday.