Daily Republic Sports
PIERRE — It's been a strong year for the Mitchell girls tennis team and Saturday's Pierre Invitational brought about a barometer for the Kernels to find out where they're at and where they want to be. A couple of losses to the state's best teams showed there's work still to be done. The Kernels dispatched Rapid City Central 9-0 but fell by the same score to Rapid City Stevens and St. Thomas More Saturday in Pierre.
BRANDON — In the words of coach Mark Horan, Saturday was a day for the Mitchell boys senior golfers. Both Cade Carpenter and Sam Mock put together strong performances for the Eastern South Dakota Conference meet in Brandon, taking all-ESD honors and finishing in tie for fifth place overall with 330 team strokes. Pierre won the team title with a score of 305.
PIERRE—It was a hard road to Pierre on Saturday for the Mitchell Kernels volleyball team. But once they got there, the Kernels took care of business. After overcoming some bus troubles on the road, Mitchell won its Eastern South Dakota Conference match with the Governors in straight sets, tallying an important win in District 3AA. The Kernels won by a score of 25-17, 25-14 and 25-22. Mitchell coach Deb Thill said the team didn't play its best on serve in the first set but still managed to overcome hitting errors for an eight-point set victory.
The Dakota Wesleyan University women's soccer team lost its Great Plains Athletic Conference opener Saturday, dropping a 4-0 decision to the College of Saint Mary in Omaha, Neb. The Flames found the net in the first half, scoring three goals, and outshot DWU 14-9 for the game. DWU (0-8, 0-1 GPAC) visits Northwestern College for a GPAC contest Wednesday in Orange City, Iowa.
The Dakota Wesleyan University volleyball team added its second five-set victory of the week Saturday, defeating the College of Saint Mary 3-2 in a Great Plains Athletic Conference clash at the Christen Athletic Center. Set scores were 26-28, 25-20, 23-25, 25-20 and 15-11 in favor of the Tigers. Three different Tigers recorded double-digit kills, led by senior Lauren Tadlock, who recorded 20 kills and 16 digs. Mitchell's Dana Misiaszek tallied 13 kills, while Katie Vetch added 11.
KIMBALL—Kimball/White Lake brought home the first-place crown at its own tournament Saturday, defeating Burke/South Central in a hard-fought two-set sweep in Kimball. Set scores for the championship were 25-21 and 28-26. The WildKats had a well-rounded performance from Darby Deffenbaugh, who had 16 assists and 14 digs, while Brenna Blasius had 10 kills and eight digs, while Brooklyn Donald had 11 digs, two aces and eight kills. The Cougars were paced by Taylee Indahl's nine kills and Teah Serr's nine digs. Madison Wischmann's 11 assists and seven digs.
Terry Kirby, of Mitchell, hit a hole-in-one Sunday at Lakeview Golf Course in Mitchell. Kirby was playing on the 156-yard No. 12 hole, from the white tees. He made the shot using a 6-iron, and it's his third career ace.
SIOUX FALLS — It wasn't a win, but it was a fulfilling end to the Mitchell High School girls soccer season Saturday. The Kernels played a solid, well-rounded match for 80 minutes, coach Jason Wear said, and played Sioux Falls Christian to a 0-0 draw in Sioux Falls. "In a lot of ways, it was a perfect ending to the season," Wear said. "We did things we've worked on all year and we played a complete game, a full 80 minutes. We passed well and I would say we outpossessed them. We had good confidence but we just didn't get one in the net."
HASTINGS, Neb.—Dakota Wesleyan University's football team got right to it on Saturday. DWU scored on the third play of the game on a 75-yard Dillon Turner run and never looked back as the No. 22 Tigers picked up 644 yards of offense and grabbed a road win at Hastings 39-20 at Lloyd Wilson Field in Hastings, Nebraska. A total of 343 yards came on the ground for the Tigers, who got 160 yards on 15 carries from Turner and were helped by an 84-yard day by Gaige Marshall, who broke off a big 74-yard touchdown run in the middle of the second quarter for a 27-6 DWU lead.
WOLSEY — Homecoming was spoiled for the top-ranked Wolsey-Wessington Warbirds on Friday night. The No. 4 Gregory Gorillas overcame a sloppy start to the game to pull out a 40-36 upset on the Class 9AA defending state champions in Wolsey. The big play of the game was Andy McCance's 32-yard touchdown pass to J.J. Beck with 3 minutes and 27 seconds left in the game. McCance was under pressure and was nearly tackled before he let the throw go.