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Dave Thorson's team is no stranger to the Corn Palace. DeLaSalle High School returns to Mitchell's venue today to participate in its fifth consecutive Mike Miller Classic. "We have felt that the Mike Miller Classic, on all fronts, has been really positive for our team," Thorson said Friday. "We love the hospitality that we have gotten from the Mike Miller Foundation.
Mike Miller has had some ups and downs in December. After missing seven straight games after suffering a concussion on Dec. 4 against the New York Knicks, the Cleveland forward and former Mitchell Kernel came back with a vengence. Miller, 34, entered back into Cleveland's rotation on Friday, when he got his first start of the season.
Raquel Sutera and April Winne chipped in to help the Mount Marty women's basketball team top Dakota State University on Dec. 17 in Madison. Sutera, a Tabor native, scored 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Lancers. Winne, a native of Olivet, added 12 points and four assists. DSU's Kennedy Wagner, a Chamberlain native, went 2-of-2 from the free throw line in the loss. Mount Marty won two contests at the Las Vegas Hoopla over the weekend to improve to 10-6 overall.
Senior Ben Miller made the most of his minutes Friday night. After Rapid City Central rallied to overcome a 15-point deficit and take its first lead since the first quarter, Miller sparked the Kernels with six straight points with four minutes remaining in the contest. Miller hit a 3-pointer, then recorded a steal and headed for the Kernel basket.
HARRISBURG -- The dog days of last season are over, so far. The Mitchell Kernel boys basketball team recorded at least 90 points for the second straight game en route to beating Harrisburg 100-84 on the road in an Eastern South Dakota Conference game Tuesday night. How are the Kernels becoming so successful?
Former Dakota Wesleyan University University men's basketball coach Doug Martin died Sunday, but his legacy lives. "He did a lot for Dakota Wesleyan," DWU Athletic Director Curt Hart said Monday. "We still hear about Doug all the time. He was just a class act and was very likeable. He's going to be missed." Martin, 78, died in his hometown of La Crosse, Wis., after suffering from poor health for the last several months.
In the Mitchell Skating Academy's first-ever competition, seven skaters earned medals at the Dakota Series Watertown Skate Games Basic Skills Competition on Dec. 6. "It couldn't have gone better," program director Jessica Steidl said.
PLATTE -- By returning four starters, Platte-Geddes was bound to be the favorite Class B boys basketball team heading into the season. The Black Panthers made a run to the Class B state championship game a year ago, falling in the title game.
Marie Malloy scored a career-high 20 points in the University of Sioux Falls' 86-56 win over Upper Iowa on Friday. The Parkston native connected on three of her four three-point attempts grabbed a career-high nine rebounds, falling one shy of a double-double. USF (7-0, 3-0 NSIC) continued its undefeated streak against Winona State on Saturday, and Malloy added six points, four assists and three rebounds. The Cougars have to Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference games this weekend against Minot State at 6 p.m. Friday in Minot, N.D., and University of Mary at 4 p.m.
WAGNER -- For the first time in his career, Robert Kokesh holds the top ranking at 174 pounds in every major NCAA wrestling poll. The feat is exciting for Kokesh, a Wagner native, but he has bigger plans. "My goal is to win a national championship," the University of Nebraska-Lincoln senior said Tuesday in a phone interview with The Daily Republic. "Being ranked number one isn't going to win me that national title." Kokesh ascended from the No. 2 spot after winning his weight class at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational over the weekend. He earned the No.