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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.
NEW HOLLAND -- The Dakota Christian and Andes Central school boards have approved for the schools to enter into negotiations concerning a future co-op. Dakota Christian Athletic Director Chad Bietz said Wednesday that committees -- which consist of school board members, athletic directors and parents -- will meet to discuss whether a co-op is something that should be proposed. "We'd like to see it happen," Bietz said. "If we agree, the school boards need to approve the action, then we have to take it to the (South Dakota High School Activities Association) before the Jan.
MARION -- A team needs five players to compete in basketball. Marion made the best of its situation this season as just four boys -- grades nine through 12 -- went out for the sport. Marion's administration planned ahead and filed a hardship with the South Dakota High School Activities Association in the spring. The hardship requested permission for Marion's four players to join Canistota's team for the season.
Macy Miller is sure making her mark. The South Dakota State University freshman point guard played a big part in two wins for the Jackrabbits last week, averaging 16.5 points, 2 rebounds, 4.5 assists and one steal.
Heather Carr finished the race. And that's all she cared about. The Eden Prairie, Minn., resident and Mitchell native was one of 53 people to complete the 2014 Antarctic Ice Marathon in November at Union Glacier Camp in Antarctica. It was Carr's fifth marathon, and she was one of 10 women to run the race. She finished with a time of 8 hours, 6 minutes, 10 seconds. "Overall, I was pleased with how I ran," Carr said following her trip. "My only real goal was to simply finish the race, and I did.
Several Mitchell area freshman chipped in during Mount Marty's 92-71 loss to Northwestern College Wednesday night in Great Plains Athletic Conference men's basketball action. Deric Denning, a Mount Vernon native, had three rebounds, Parkston native Jalen Hurley recorded eight points and six rebounds and Ethan native Blake Bartscher added two points and three assists. The Lancers (1-9) look to earn their first conference win on Saturday when they host Doane College at 4 p.m. Cavanaugh helping Trojans During a four-game week for the Dakota State University men's basketball
Three Kernels made significant impacts for the football team this season. Seniors Mitch Johnson and Jacob Cersosimo and junior Kanin Nelson were recognized as Class 11AA all-state selections by the South Dakota Football Coaches Association. "They had the ability to make plays wherever they were on the field," Mitchell head football coach Kent VanOverschelde said. This is the first all-state honor for all three Mitchell players. The Kernels finished the season 3-6 after falling in the first round of the playoffs to Harrisburg. Leading the way on the all-state list is Class 11AA runner-up B
The Kernel gymnastics team continued its undefeated streak in its first meet of the season. After not losing a meet last season and claiming the Class AA state title, Mitchell didn't miss a beat Monday. The Kernels totaled a team score of 142.75, beating Yankton (130.95) and Ethan/Parkston/Hanson (116.7). "It's always good to get the ball rolling for the season," Mitchell head coach Audra Rew said. "There was a lot of difficulty added for the first meet." The Kernels had four gymnasts compete in the all-around Monday, taking the top four places.
There's familiarity for the Kernel boys basketball team. Second-year head coach Erik Skoglund said the offseason training has allowed him to be more comfortable heading into this year's season. "We're so much better now than we were at the end of last year," he said Monday at the boys basketball team's practice at the Corn Palace. "They're hungry.
Since winning the state high school gymnastics title in February, the Kernel gymnastics team has had to find new motivation. "We've had to set new goals and find ways to inspire them," said Mitchell head coach Audra Rew, who has won three state titles since taking over as head coach in the 2006-07 season. "It takes so much energy to win the first one, that to regroup and find the motivation after that was kind of a rocky road over the summer.