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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.
At the start of the fifth set, the Mitchell Kernels looked to have the momentum. Mitchell won the first three points in the final frame, but errors and a 12-point run by Pierre ended the Kernel volleyball team's hopes of winning its home opener Thursday. "We had a tough time getting the ball to Brenna (Morgan) where we wanted it," said Mitchell head coach Deb Thill, whose team fell 13-25, 25-20, 21-25, 25-19, 15-5. In the final set, Pierre's Tobie Welch kept the Mitchell defense off balance, prompting the Kernels to make plays from tough positions. Pierre coach Chris Swiden said Welch got
To some people, blue is just a color. But to everyone in the Mitchell High School gymnasium on Thursday, the color blue had a different meaning. The color was worn by nearly every person at Mitchell's volleyball match against Pierre to honor former Kernel golf coach Rob Marchand, who died Aug. 26 from cancer.
Luke Stephens has won the quarterback battle for Dakota Wesleyan University. The 6-foot-2 sophomore transfer was named the starter at the position for the Tigers' season opener. Stephens was redshirted at Butte College before playing at Yuba Community College last season. "He is controlling the offense and he's made guys comfortable," third-year DWU head coach Ross Cimpl said Wednesday. The Tigers open the 2014 campaign against the University of Wisconsin-Stout at 1 p.m.
AVON -- Devin Tolsma worked hard during the offseason, building muscle and increasing his speed. "Bigger, faster, stronger is the thing to be in football," Tolsma said, adding he lifted three to four times per week in the summer. "The little stuff is going to help the team out drastically." The 5-foot-9, 185-pound senior running back felt the difference the offseason workouts made in the Pirates' season opener Friday.
Former Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball coach Doug Martin is in hospice care, the school's athletic department confirmed Tuesday. "I've heard he's not doing well," Randy Sprung, an associate professor of psychology at DWU, said Tuesday afternoon. Martin, who is in his 80s, suffered a stroke in 1992, but continued coaching basketball for the next 13 years.
ETHAN -- Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan head football coach Jeff VanLeur challenged his team at halftime to control the line of scrimmage. The Seahawks accepted that challenge. Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan outscored Mount Vernon/Plankinton 40-26 in the second half to secure its first win of the season. The Seahawks won 54-26. "Our linemen got off the ball way better in the second half," said Seahawk senior running back Jordan Grosdidier, who had 235 yards and a pair of TDs in the contest. "There were holes that you could drive a truck through sometimes.
Despite having all the parts on-site, the new scoreboard at Joe Quintal Field will not be used tonight at Mitchell High School's first football game of the season. "To the naked eye it looks like everything is ready, but the wiring and training to use the program isn't done," Mitchell Activities Director Geoff Gross said. "It's a complicated program and not something we can turn on and just go." The new scoreboard sits behind the goal post at the west end of the field.
In the 1990s and early 2000s, the Mitchell's Rec Center was the place for kids to go after school. Kids by the carloads strolled into the Rec Center and to the basketball courts and lounge area, waiting for their parents to pick them up for the day. Sure, the facility had all sorts of activities for kids to do, but Rec Center Director Rob Marchand definitely made it the place to be. From his encouragement to his loving smile, Marchand's support for every child was in constant display. Marchand, 59, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009, died Tuesday.