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Dakota Wesleyan University's secondary must be ready for today's Great Plains Athletic Conference matchup as it faces the league's second-best passer. Nebraska Wesleyan University quarterback Tyler Francis has thrown for more than 2,000 yards this season. His favorite receiver Connor Zumpfe leads the league in total receptions with 50 for 852 yards and eight touchdowns. "They do have quite a connection," NWU 19-year head coach Brian Keller said, adding Zumpfe played basketball for the Prairie Wolves (2-5, 2-4 GPAC) before joining the football program last season.
For two years, Francois Barnaud watched Josh Endres dominate on the gridiron for Dakota Wesleyan University. The knowledge Barnaud learned from the school's all-time rushing record holder was endless. "Josh was the kind of guy you wanted to break records because he never was a guy to go out and talk about how good he was," Barnaud, a senior running back, said Thursday. "It was a humbling thing to see a guy with that talent not make anything of it.
Sophomore Kerri Young and freshman Macy Miller will start for the South Dakota State University women’s basketball team in the Jackrabbits’ first exhibition game of the year Thursday. SDSU hosts...
ALEXANDRIA -- Jim Williams has reigned over the state's nine-man rushers for nearly a decade. He was one of the players who put the Hanson Beavers on the map in the mid-2000s. The running back helped lead Hanson to its first-ever state football championship on the way to becoming South Dakota's all-time nine-man record holder for career rushing yards. Williams, a 2006 graduate, finished his high school career with 6,010 yards. "Nobody told me I was getting close," Williams said Sunday about becoming the state record holder.
When the ice and snow take over the Midwest in the winter, most people head inside. But not Heather Carr. Carr, a 1992 Mitchell High School graduate, puts her running gear on and braves the daunting cold. "If it's negative 30, I will go out for a run," she said. "My eyelashes are freezing when others are on the treadmill." Her love for cold weather and running have led her to signing up for one of the world's unique marathons -- the Antarctic Ice Marathon. This year, Carr is one of 53 entrants at the event, which is Nov. 18 in Union Glacier, Antarctica.
For the first time in nine years, both the boys and girls cross country teams from Parkston qualified for the state meet. Both Parkston programs made the state cross country meet in 2005 but hasn't advanced both teams to state since co-oping with Ethan. "We're trying to build that culture of trying to get everybody to work together and push each other," Ethan/Parkston third-year cross country coach Jared Digmann said.
Basketball is a game of instincts, something that Kerri Young and Macy Miller have a lot of when they play together. "That helps them immensely," South Dakota State University women's basketball coach Aaron Johnston said Wednesday in an interview with The Daily Republic. "They're rekindling that connection they had in high school, and they have good chemistry on the court." The two Mitchell natives played for years alongside each other as kids and into high school, leading the Kernels to a Class AA state championship in 2012.
Caitlin Pick is a force to be reckoned with on the volleyball court. The Kimball native smashed her 1,000th career kill on Saturday in Dakota State University's loss to Waldorf College. Pick recorded a team-high 15 kills and added 10 blocks for a double-double. Last week, the Trojans (17-13) went 2-3, earning wins over Presentation College and AIB College of Business. In the five matches, Pick tallied 70 kills, including an 18-kill performance against Mount Mercy University on Saturday. Pick and DSU continue play Friday against Dickinson State University at 8 p.m.
After finishing tied for fifth in the Great Plains Athletic Conference last year, the Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball team was picked third in the preseason conference poll, which was released Tuesday. The Tigers, who fell in the GPAC championship game at last year's tournament, received 83 points and one first-place vote in the poll, which is voted on by the league's coaches. "I think (the third-place ranking) is probably a combination of how we finished last year and having all of our guys back," Dakota Wesleyan University second-year coach Matt Wilber said Tuesday.
KIMBALL -- It takes a group effort for a running back to be successful. The offensive line and other players must hit their blocks, and when they do, the running back has the opportunity to explode for a huge game. Kimball/White Lake running back Eathen Gaulke experienced that success Friday, as he rushed for five touchdowns and 201 yards. "A lot of people were involved with his success, and he'd be the first one to say that as well," Kimball/White Lake head football coach Dale Taylor said. He led the WiLdKats (5-2) to a 42-14 win over Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan, the 2013 Class 9AA state cham