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HOWARD -- Luke Loudenburg plays football like a giant. That might be hard to believe when looking at the physical stature of Howard's 5-foot-5, 150-pound senior fullback. While Loudenburg knows there are challenges that come with being a smaller-than-average high school football player, he chooses to look at his strengths. "It's really hard to see me in the backfield," Loudenburg said.
Holding the state title trophy was the Howard Tigers' one goal this season. With a standout fullback and a solid supporting cast, Howard accomplished the feat after beating Wolsey-Wessington 32-20 to claim the Class 9A championship. The Tigers (12-0) placed five on the 2014 all-state list, while the Warbirds (11-1) had two, which were selected by the South Dakota Football Coaches Association.
Matt Wilber's team has made 96 three-point shots this season. Two of those couldn't have come at a better time Tuesday night, when Corsica natives and senior starters Luke Bamberg and Kris Menning made back-to-back threes with 6:30 left on the clock the second half. The shots from downtown separated the Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball team from Briar Cliff University, which was the first team that has contested with the Tigers this season. "(Bamberg and Menning) stepped up big and usually conference games come down to one or two possessions, either somebody makes a play or doesn
High school football teams do not have equal opportunities to make the playoffs, coaches agreed during a recent meeting. That's because some teams are scheduled to play more games against higher-division opponents, which automatically gives more power points. Vern Smith is the Gettysburg athletic director, football coach and also the nine-man football representative on the South Dakota High School Activities Association advisory committee. Smith and other coaches discussed during a meeting last week in Vermillion during the state football championships that scheduling is inequitable, but th
Boys and girls basketball teams have been chosen for the Hanson Classic in January at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. On the girls side, Hanson, Sanborn Central/Woonsocket, Ethan and Mount Vernon/Plankinton with represent the Mitchell area. Others that are competing are DeSmet, Sully Buttes, Jones County, Castlewood, Viborg-Hurley, Summit, Warner, Tri-Valley, Dell Rapids, St. Thomas More, Deubrook and Crofton, Neb. The girls event is Jan. 17. The boys event is Jan. 24 and features Hanson, Platte-Geddes, Gregory, Sanborn Central/Woonsocket, Canistota, Parkston and McCook Central/Montrose.
WHITE LAKE -- The experience gained at the state tournament last year is likely to benefit Kimball/White Lake this time around, according to senior Kelli Steffen. "We know what it's like playing in the big atmosphere," the 5-foot-8 middle hitter said. "This year, we feel like we can come out and play hard and get an upset in that first game. We want to be in the top four." The WiLdKats (21-4) are the sixth seed at the Class B state volleyball tournament, which is in Aberdeen, and face No. 3 Sully Buttes at 6 p.m.
Emily Johnson had a big performance for the University of Sioux Falls, but it wasn't enough as the Cougars fell to Minnesota Duluth in five sets during the NSIC/US Bank tournament on Nov. 11. Set scores were 25-18, 25-11, 23-25, 29-27, 15-6. The Platte native recorded 16 kills and 10 digs for a double-double.
A spectator would expect a ball hog to score a lot of points. But that's not how Jalen Voss finds his success on the basketball court. "He's just a difficult matchup because of his versatility," Valley City State University coach Jeff Kaminsky said after his team fell to Dakota Wesleyan University 96-76 on Tuesday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. "Even more so, he really is a team player.
MOUNT VERNON -- In 2012, Darcy Deinert didn't think her team would qualify for the state volleyball tournament three years into its co-op. "I did not think we'd be here," Deinert, Mount Vernon/Plankinton's head coach, said Monday. "I knew that we had a good group of girls athletics wise." The Titans are the second seed in this year's Class A state tournament. They open the state tournament against No. 7 Lead-Deadwood at 7:45 p.m. Thursday in Watertown. Mount Vernon's last trip to the state volleyball tournament was in 2010, when it took third.
Despite a letdown in the last two weeks, Ross Cimpl and his team still have something to play for today. The Dakota Wesleyan University football team has the chance to get its second straight seven-win season. DWU has not accomplished back-to-back seven-win seasons since 1992 and 1993. "I've bought into what coach says and look where that's brought us, two winning seasons in a row. What else can you ask for?" DWU senior linebacker Anthony Cervantes said.