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HURON -- The Mitchell Aquatic Club took seventh place as a team in the B Championship Swim Meet over the weekend in Huron. The championship was for swimmers who was not qualify for events for the state meet, which is Friday through Sunday at the Mitchell Aquatic Center. Of the 27 swimmers MAC took to Huron, 10 qualified for this weekend's event. MAC now has 31 swimmers competing at state. State begins at 11 a.m. Friday in Mitchell.
Ross Cimpl is looking for that signature win. In his first two seasons at Dakota Wesleyan University, his football team has proven it can win eight games. His team has proven it can go on the road and beat a ranked school. But one thing that has eluded Cimpl and his Tigers is a victory over one of the conference's perennial top two programs -- Morningside College and Northwestern College. "Hopefully, this is the next step for us," Cimpl said Wednesday. The No. 15 Tigers (2-0) are ready to take on No. 18 Northwestern (1-1) at 1 p.m. Saturday at Joe Quintal Field in Mitchell.
Junior Kendall Lindeman hauled in a touchdown pass in Morningside College's 83-19 rout of Nebraska Wesleyan University on Saturday in a Great Plains Athletic Conference game. The Ethan native's touchdown reception was from 31 yards out from quarterback Ryan Kasdorf with 2:11 left in the first quarter. Lindeman, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound running back, caught one of Morningside's five touchdown passes. The Mustangs (2-0) play Dordt College in their home opener at 7 p.m.
Kodi Larson and the Tigers don't want to be in the same situation they were in against the University of Wisconsin-Stout again this week. The No. 21 Dakota Wesleyan University football team trailed by 12 points with one quarter to play in its home opener. The Tigers rallied with big plays, led by senior running back Francois Barnaud, and won the game 23-19 to start the season. Larson, a sophomore wide receiver, said the comeback gave the offense confidence, but the Tigers need to jump out to an early lead this week.
FREEMAN -- The Freeman football program has forfeited today's game against Canistota because it can't field a team. In the Flyers' contest against Menno/Marion last week, two senior starters -- Josh Roth and Nick Watson -- suffered "broken bone injuries that required surgical repair," said Freeman Athletic Director Don Hotchkiss. The injuries left 10 players on the roster for this week's contest, causing Freeman (0-3) to forfeit. Hotchkiss said several players, who weren't out for football this season, asked to join the team on Monday. "We let those kids go out, so our team could play," Ho
University of Sioux Falls outside hitter Emily Johnson earned all-tournament honors at the Queens University Fall Invitational over the weekend in Charlotte, N.C. The Platte native led the Cougars with a team-high 52 kills over five matches, posting a 3.25 kills per set mark.
The Mitchell Kernels kept the match close with Aberdeen Central in the first set, but the Golden Eagles proved why they're the No. 2-ranked program in the state the rest of the way. "They're one of the best teams in the state and I was really proud of the way our kids responded to them," said Mitchell head coach Deb Thill, whose team fell 25-22, 25-13, 25-11. "I think our crowd had a lot to do with that as well." In the first set, the Kernels were aggressive offensively and blocking when the dominant Golden Eagle offense was on the attack.
Emily Reynen is one of many leaders on Mitchell Christian's volleyball team, according to first-year coach Shelby Thomas. In the Golden Eagles' first week of the season, Reynen helped the team to a 2-0 start. Reynen, a junior outside hitter, recorded a double-double with 10 kills and 11 digs in Mitchell Christian's 3-1 win over Sunshine Bible Academy in the season opener.
After a challenging start to the season, the Mitchell Kernel football team looks to get in the win column this week. In Mitchell's loss to Yankton in its season opener, the Kernels (0-1) were held to just 101 offensive yards. Senior lineman Chandler Nelson said the urgency to get better was the main focus in preparation for today's game against No. 3 Harrisburg. The Eastern South Dakota Conference matchup begins at 7 p.m. today in Harrisburg. "We're working on getting off the ball as fast as we can," he said.
The Dakota Wesleyan University football team is excited about its home-friendly schedule. The Tigers host seven of their 11 regular-season contests, beginning with a nonconference game against the University of Wisconsin-Stout at 1 p.m. today at Joe Quintal Field in Mitchell. "It's fun that we can be at home this much this year," said third-year DWU head coach Ross Cimpl, whose team was ranked 21st in the NAIA Coaches Preseason Poll. "I think we do have a home field advantage when we play here.