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The Huron All Stars took advantage of a slow Marlin boys' varsity team at the end of the opening period. The All Stars (5-7) scored two goals in the final minute and a half of the first. "We played a sloppy five minutes in that first period," said Mitchell coach John Lord, whose team lost 3-1 Tuesday at the Mitchell Activities Center. "This has kind of been the Achilles heel all year." Huron's first-period goals were scored by Nate Tomczak and Andy Reimer -- with the first coming on a power play.
SIOUX FALLS -- Ben Leber is humbled by his support from South Dakotans. "You never know where things are going to go with your career, and it's nice that there's still a care from people back here that they want to see how their South Dakota guys are doing," the former Minnesota Vikings linebacker said.
WHITE LAKE -- Many successful athletes have come from White Lake, but one stands above the rest. That is, when combining basketball and volleyball successes. Maria Nightingale has conquered a feat that no other WiLdKat or Wolverine has. The senior has surpassed the 1,000 career kill mark in volleyball and 1,000 career point mark in basketball in the same year. "This is really something special," White Lake Athletic Director Bob Schroeder said.
HURON --Mitchell struggled without its leading scorer Seth Cavanaugh, who is temporarily out with a mild concussion he suffered Friday. But "that's no excuse," according to head coach Tom Young, whose team lost 61-39 to school-rival and No. 3-ranked Huron Tuesday at Huron Arena. "We didn't take care of the ball very well and didn't have very many good offensive possessions," said Young, whose team shot 39 percent from the field.
GREGORY -- Kurt Braun comes from a wrestling family, but he's trying to make his own mark. "His brothers were outstanding wrestlers and he's following the family tradition," Burke/Gregory coach John Hansen said. And he's doing it in fine fashion. Last weekend, Braun, a sophomore, claimed the 120-pound title at the Little "B" Wrestling Tournament Saturday in Parkston. "He looks for every single opportunity that he has to score," said Hansen, whose team took third place in the tournament.
John Lord thought his team played its best game against Oahe this season Sunday. "We made strides in the right direction," said Mitchell coach Lord, whose team lost 5-0 against the Capitals.
The Dakota Wesleyan men's basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak with a 79-63 win over Concordia Sunday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. The Tigers (10-12, 5-7 GPAC) gained their momentum with a 7-0 run, started by Danny Maman with a 3-pointer, with 5:02 left to play in the first half. "It was good for us to get the momentum early," said DWU's Mike Lee, who scored 16 points in the win. "It got our confidence on the right level." The Tigers continued shooting well throughout the half, going 16-of-29 from the field for 55 percent.
The first half said it all. The McCook Central/Montrose boys' basketball team opened the game with 14 straight points and controlled the game until the final buzzer, beating Platte-Geddes 59-43 during the Hanson Boys Corn Palace Classic Saturday in Mitchell. "The game was won in the first half," said MCM coach Bill Marquardt, whose team shot 55 percent from the field in the first half. "We really came out with some energy and made some shots." The early lead didn't only come from hot shooting as the Fighting Cougars outrebounded the Black Panthers 17-6 in the first half.
The future looks bright for the Marlin girls. The junior varsity team sits at No. 1 in league play and is an undefeated 12-0 this season. Watertown is second behind the Marlins with an 8-1 overall record. "We have a tough defense," Mitchell coach Randy Rezac said. "The girls are really good at keeping the shots away from the goalie." The net has been shared by three goalies. Cara Beck has made 98 saves on 108 shots on goal and allowed 10 goals.
PLATTE -- For the first time in school history, Platte-Geddes/Dakota Christian is not playing 11-man football. The Platte-Geddes/Dakota Christian football team, which was co-oped in 2007, has moved down to Class 9AA from Class 11B. The entire list with each school from all seven classes was released by the South Dakota High School Activities Association Tuesday. Regions have yet to be assigned and will be determined at a later date.