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The Dakota Wesleyan University basketball teams were both picked to finish second in their respective Great Plains Athletic Conference preseason coaches polls. The DWU men tallied 73 total points and two first-place votes, while Northwestern College was tabbed the preseason favorite with 78 total points and seven first-place votes. Rounding out the top-5 were Briar Cliff University in third, Morningside College in fourth and Midland University in fifth.
Mount Vernon's Wayne Kluth picked up his second career 300 bowling game at Village Bowl Monday night. Kluth, playing in the City League, finished with a 678 series.
Seventeen area football teams have reached the playoffs, each hoping to be the one to put together a special run to the DakotaDome and a South Dakota state high school football championship. A preview on each area team can be found below: Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan
The Dakota Wesleyan University volleyball team defeated Mount Marty College in four sets on Tuesday at the Corn Palace. The Tigers won the Great Plains Athletic Conference match 25-16, 25-19, 18-25 and 25-10. Becky Frick finished with a double-double, recording 15 kills and 25 digs. Chelsey Heeg tallied nine kills. Emily VanBockern added seven kills and five block assists. Emily Brunsing had five kills and five block assists, while Bridgett Knobbe pitched in 35 assists and 22 digs. Sara Herman and Mallory Cooper added 30 and 18 digs, respectively.
The Mitchell Technical Institute Mavericks rodeo team took fourth place at the Bison Stampede rodeo this past weekend in Fargo North Dakota. Bobby Reynolds took second in the bareback competition, while Randy Fuhrer placed fourth in team roping and Lynden Nelson placed fifth in steer wrestling. In the updated regional standings, the Mavericks were in sixth place as a team with Reynolds placing first in the region for bareback riding.
The Mitchell High School softball team landed four players on the Class A all-state softball teams. Mitchell junior pitcher/first baseman Tori Misiaszek and junior shortstop/center fielder Hannah Sibson were named first-team all-staters. Junior center fielder/pitcher Jordyn Cranny and senior third baseman/pitcher Kayla Picht were on the second team.
McCook Central/Montrose football coach Ryan Evans will be the featured speaker at the Mitchell Quarterback Club meeting Wednesday. The Fighting Cougars are 5-3 and will play Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan in the first round of the playoffs at 7 p.m. Thursday in Bridgewater. The meeting, which includes fall Mitchell High School and Dakota Wesleyan coaches, as well, begins at 7:30 p.m. at The Depot Pub and Grille in Mitchell. The event is open to the public.
PLATTE—Kimball/White Lake topped Platte-Geddes 16-25, 25-21, 25-14 and 25-11 in prep volleyball action on Tuesday in Platte. Grace Konechne, Sara Kunnari and Sage Pulse both put down nine kills for the WiLdKats. Kunnari added seven blocks, nine digs and one ace. Pulse also had three blocks. Konechne added two blocks and two aces. Darby Deffenbaugh finished with 13 digs, four kills and two aces. Heather Munsen dished out 35 assists for the WiLdKats.
PLATTE—Platte-Geddes outlasted Tripp-Delmont/Armour 25-16, 22-25, 23-25, 26-24 and 15-8 in a prep volleyball marathon match on Monday in Platte. Tori Weins powered Platte-Geddes with 18 kills, nine digs, four blocks and four aces. Courtney Neuman added 52 assists, four digs and one ace. Carly Sprik finished with 14 kills, two blocks, two digs and one ace. Candice Knudsen added 10 kills and one block.
POLLS 6 The South Dakota Prep Media football and volleyball polls for the week of Oct. 16 are listed below, ranking the top-five teams and listing the team’s record, points received and ranking in the previous poll. First-place votes received are indicated in parentheses. (This week’s poll is the final edition of the season for the Class 11B and nine-man classes.) FOOTBALL Class 11AAA