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KIMBALL -- Senior fullback Turner Blasius was named the recipient of the South Dakota male Wendy's High School Heisman award Monday. Blasius helped the Kimball/White Lake football team, which made a run to the 9AA semifinals this season, to an 8-3 record. Blasius is the second Kimball student to earn the award in two years. Trevor Reinesch was the state winner in 2012. "After Trevor won the award, I thought why couldn't I?" Blasius said Monday, adding there was an application process to be eligible for the honor.
The Dakota Wesleyan University women's team took eighth on Saturday and the men 10th at the Great Plains Athletic Conference cross country meet at Wild Oak Golf Club in Mitchell. Eleven teams competed in both the women's and men's races. Dordt College, which is ranked second in the nation, won the women's title and the individual crown went to Nebraska Wesleyan's Gabi Jenkins, who ran a time of 17 minutes, 42.16 seconds. The DWU women were paced by Skylar Forgey, a Colome native, who finished in 64th with a time of 20:43.76.
WESSINGTON SPRINGS - For being primarily a running team all season, Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central sure didn’t shy away from the pass Saturday night. Junior quarterback Tucker Kingsbury completed 12 of...
Football games should be competitive, but in South Dakota, they aren't in most cases. If a team doesn't "show up" to play, it shouldn't walk right through its opponent. There are often lopsided matchups throughout the regular season, even deep in the playoffs in several classes. In the last five years, Class 11B is the only class to have an average point spread of less than five in the state championship game. "It's such a competitive class," said Winner coach Dan Aaker, who led his team to 12-6 and 13-6 wins over Tri-Valley in the 2009 and 2012 title games.
WESSINGTON SPRINGS -- In the first week of the regular season, Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central defeated Kimball/White Lake by two touchdowns. But 10 weeks later, that can all be thrown out the window. "That was more than two months ago and both teams have improved since then," Blackhawks coach Jason Kolousek said. "We're not going off our first meeting, we're more focused on what they've done recently." With a spot in the Class 9AA championship game on the line, the No. 8 WiLdKats (8-2) and No. 4 Blackhawks (9-1) face off at 5 p.m.
Amy Williams and her players had a breakout end-of-the-season run in March. But Williams, who's in her third season as head coach of the University of South Dakota women's basketball team, knows that was last year. "We were one shot from rimming out to being out in the first round of the (Summit League) tournament," Williams said Wednesday evening at the weekly Quarterback Club meeting at The Depot in Mitchell. "Our girls understand it's a game of inches, and that even when you do everything right, it sometimes doesn't go your way. We've got to control what we can, and go from the there.
Three Mitchell area wrestlers competed in the Daktronics Open for the Augustana Vikings over the weekend in Brookings. Senior Bradyn Neises took third place in the 165-pound weight class. Neises, a Howard native, went 5-1 on the day, with his only loss coming to Division I opponent. Two Winner natives, senior Jayd Docken and freshman Sean Bice, went 1-2 for the Vikings. Bice wrestled unattached at 149 and earned a win over De'Ondre Ward, of Iowa Central Community College.
Gary Munsen played a big role in helping Mike Miller reach his dreams of playing in the National Basketball Association. Miller, a first-year Cleveland Cavalier and former Mitchell Kernel, is now paying his respects to Munsen, who is second in South Dakota state history for boys basketball coaching wins. This year's Fifth Annual Mike Miller Classic will include the inaugural "Coach Gary Munsen Tournament." "It's exciting and I'll be looking forward to being there," Munsen said.
Three Mitchell High School football players were named to the all-Eastern South Dakota Conference team, which was released today. Seniors Tyler Larson, Mitch Johnson and Jacob Cersosimo were picked as defensive selections for the Kernels, who finished the season 3-6. All honorees were selected by conference coaches and coaches could not vote for their own players. Larson was chosen as a defensive lineman, Johnson a linebacker and Cersosimo a defensive back.
Ken Novak was surprised Monday evening with an award no Mitchell soccer coach has ever received, according to Mitchell Soccer Association President Jodie Cain-Lambert. Novak was awarded State Girls Recreational Coach of the Year and Regional 2 Girls Recreational Coach of the Year by South Dakota State Soccer Association President Rich Jensen in Mitchell. "I had no idea I was even under consideration for it," Novak said.