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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.
SCOTLAND -- Knowing he's going to wrestle for the next five years, Dan Stibral is ready to enjoy his senior season on the mat. The Scotland senior signed a national letter of intent Wednesday to wrestle at North Dakota State University. Stibral will be on a full-ride athletic scholarship and will redshirt in his first season with the Bison. "It let's me focus on my senior year and I can enjoy it more," Stibral said Thursday. "I know I'll be wrestling for five more years, so I can just make the most of this year." Stibral competes in the 285-pound weight class for Bon Homme/Scotland.
PARKSTON -- This isn't Parkston's first rodeo at the DakotaDome. But the Trojans are hoping this year's outcome is filled with tears of joy, not disappointment. "It's going to help a little bit, knowing what to expect with the atmosphere and dealing with the nerves," Parkston head football coach Eric Norden said. "But there's something to be said for playing in the Dome for the first time. There's a lot of adrenaline." At 1:30 p.m. today, No. 1 Parkston (11-0) and No. 3 St.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Sioux Falls women's basketball team suffered a 61-50 loss to Division I Northern Iowa University on Sunday in an exhibition game. Parkston native Marie Malloy went 3-of-7 from the floor for nine points in the loss. Malloy, a 5-foot-6 junior guard, also had four rebounds, a block and a steal for the Cougars. Malloy and USF compete in their home opener against Presentation College at 7 p.m.
KIMBALL/WHITE LAKE -- In Kimball/White Lake's first year of a volleyball co-op in 2013, the WiLdKats flew under the radar. After placing seventh at the Class B state tournament a year ago, the WiLdKats are eager to get back to the big stage. Kimball/White Lake (21-4) faces Burke/South Central in the Region 6B tournament at 7 p.m. today in Platte. The winner earns a berth to the Class B state tournament, which is Nov. 20-22 in Aberdeen. Sarah Deffenbaugh's team hasn't had a lull during the regular season, and she said a big part of that is because of her returning starters.
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.