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Former Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball coach Doug Martin is in hospice care, the school's athletic department confirmed Tuesday. "I've heard he's not doing well," Randy Sprung, an associate professor of psychology at DWU, said Tuesday afternoon. Martin, who is in his 80s, suffered a stroke in 1992, but continued coaching basketball for the next 13 years.
ETHAN -- Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan head football coach Jeff VanLeur challenged his team at halftime to control the line of scrimmage. The Seahawks accepted that challenge. Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan outscored Mount Vernon/Plankinton 40-26 in the second half to secure its first win of the season. The Seahawks won 54-26. "Our linemen got off the ball way better in the second half," said Seahawk senior running back Jordan Grosdidier, who had 235 yards and a pair of TDs in the contest. "There were holes that you could drive a truck through sometimes.
Despite having all the parts on-site, the new scoreboard at Joe Quintal Field will not be used tonight at Mitchell High School's first football game of the season. "To the naked eye it looks like everything is ready, but the wiring and training to use the program isn't done," Mitchell Activities Director Geoff Gross said. "It's a complicated program and not something we can turn on and just go." The new scoreboard sits behind the goal post at the west end of the field.
In the 1990s and early 2000s, the Mitchell's Rec Center was the place for kids to go after school. Kids by the carloads strolled into the Rec Center and to the basketball courts and lounge area, waiting for their parents to pick them up for the day. Sure, the facility had all sorts of activities for kids to do, but Rec Center Director Rob Marchand definitely made it the place to be. From his encouragement to his loving smile, Marchand's support for every child was in constant display. Marchand, 59, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009, died Tuesday.
Mitchell lost its chance Thursday to host a third consecutive state high school volleyball tournament. Mitchell High School Activities Director Geoff Gross voiced concerns to the South Dakota High School Activities Association office about the Corn Palace hosting the Class B state volleyball tournament in November. John Krogstrand and Jo Auch, SDHSAA assistant executive directors, followed the request with a visit to Mitchell in recent weeks, saw the construction underway at the city-owned facility, and felt that the tournament should be moved. On Thursday afternoon, the SDHSAA board of dir
Playing collegiate volleyball is something Taylin Alm dreamed her entire life of doing. Now, she's living it. The 6-foot-4 right side hitter has enjoyed her first two months at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, but she's ready to make her mark on the court. Alm, a freshman, said Tuesday that she's changed her swing, which has been a big adjustment for her. "It's been tough to change because I'm used to what I do, but I need to have an open mind about it," she said, of head coach Bond Shymansky working with her technique.
HOWARD -- Luke Loudenburg has been a force on the football field in recent years for the Howard Tigers, and the senior isn't looking to hold back now. The 5-foot-8, 150-pound running back has the all-time nine-man rushing record on his radar this season.
Putting in the time over the offseason can sure pay off. Freshman Sammy Pooley, who played the No. 4 spot for the Mitchell Kernel girls tennis team last season, has moved up the ranks to the No. 1 singles position. "We've had a couple conversations about going up against every school's best player," Mitchell head coach Pat Moller said, adding she won all of her challenge matches in the preseason. "She wanted it from the beginning and worked up. Having a freshman at No. 1 sets up strong for the future." Pooley played No. 6 as a seventh-grader and No. 4 as an eighth-grader.
It's a big day for quarterbacks at Dakota Wesleyan University. Three of the Tigers' four quarterbacks will battle today at the annual fall scrimmage for the starting spot. The scrimmage begins at 10 a.m. at the practice field south of Joe Quintal Field. "We want to see who can rise to the occasion a little bit," DWU third-year head coach Ross Cimpl said Friday. Today's scrimmage will showcase three potential starting quarterbacks -- Andrew Paulson, Dillon Turner and Luke Stephens.