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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.
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.