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One of the top players in Mitchell High School football history won't be going far to continue football career. Spencer Neugebauer has verbally committed to play football at Dakota Wesleyan University, he told The Daily Republic Saturday night via text message. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound running back and linebacker showed speed and toughness in leading the Kernels to the school's first playoff-era state championship, winning the Class 11AA title with an 11-1 record.
HASTINGS, Neb. — A career day from freshman Ty Hoglund helped the Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball team to an 89-87 win over Hastings College in a Great Plains Athletic Conference contest Saturday. The No. 10-ranked Tigers led 88-87 with less than two seconds left when Tate Martin was fouled. Martin hit one shot and allowed the Tigers to escape with a road win over the Broncos.
For the second Saturday in a row, the Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team traveled to Nebraska and came up just a few points short of a road victory, with the nation's No. 1 team falling to Hastings College Saturday 65-62 in a Great Plains Athletic Conference contest. DWU trailed by as much as 12 points in the first half on two separate occasions and was nine points down with six minutes left in the game, only to rally back to take a brief lead with three minutes to go in the contest.
HURON — The pairings for the Huron Holiday Classic, which is scheduled for Dec. 27-28 at Huron Arena, have been announced. Mitchell Christian will kick off the slate of six girls' games on Tuesday, facing Marty at 11 a.m. Iroquois will play Jones County at 12:45 p.m., followed by Colman-Egan vs. Hitchcock-Tulare at 2:30 p.m.; Elk Point-Jefferson vs. Chester Area at 4:15 p.m.; Wolsey-Wessington vs. Potter County at 6 p.m.; and James Valley Christian vs. Faulkton Area at 7:45 p.m. Five boys' matchups are scheduled for Wednesday.
IROQUOIS—Mitchell Christian turned a six-point halftime deficit into a 12-point season-opening win over Iroquois in a high school boys' basketball game on Friday in Iroquois. The Golden Eagles won the contest 61-49. Mitchell Christian trailed 17-13 after the first quarter and 27-21 at halftime. New coach Jesse Tolsma said the team was anxious and excited to start the season opener. The Golden Eagles cranked up their defense in the second half and to key the victory. The Golden Eagles went ahead 37-32 after three quarters and pulled away in the fourth quarter.
Mitchell squandered an early two-goal lead Friday, falling 8-5 to Huron in a boys varsity hockey game at the Mitchell Activities Center. Jake Jarman's early goal and a power play goal from Jesse Grosdidier had the Marlins up 2-0 with less than seven minutes off the clock in the game and carried a 2-1 lead into the first-period intermission. The floodgates opened for Huron in the second period, as the All Stars scored four times and took a 5-4 lead after two period. Austin Kerr and Drew Kitchens each had goals in the second period.
WAGNER — It was a successful season opener for the Winner boys basketball team, dispatching Wagner 63-27 Friday. Trevor Bertram had 20 points, including six made 3-pointers in the win, while Drew DeMers had 16 points, nine assists and four rebounds. Cameron Kuil added 13 points, five steals and four rebounds in the win. The Red Raiders had 10 points from Brycen Zephier and nine points and five rebounds from Alex Sully. Tysin Arpan had eight rebounds in the loss for Wagner.
RAPID CITY — Mitchell stands 25th in the 35-team field at the Rapid City Wrestling Invitational after the opening day with 32 points. Pierre leads the two-day event following Friday's action, posting 135 points. Rapid City Central is in second place with 116.5 points, followed by Bismarck (N.D.) with 107.5 points and Aberdeen Central in fourth place with 105 points.
IROQUOIS—Mitchell Christian picked up its first win of the season with a convincing 60-34 win over Iroquois in high school girls' basketball action on Friday in Iroquois. The Golden Eagles jumped out to a 16-5 lead after the first quarter and maintained their comfortable lead the rest of the way. "The girls played a good game tonight and shared the ball well," Mitchell Christian coach Jackie Van Laecken said. "Defensively, we did a much better job on the boards. It was great to see the balanced scoring attack."
BROOKINGS — It was a rough night for the South Dakota State University women's basketball team Friday, falling at home to Green Bay 67-43 and with standout Macy Miller leaving the game with a knee injury. SDSU fell behind 27-16 at halftime, shooting just 23 percent in the first half. A Mitchell native, Miller was hurt on the final play of the first half and did not return to the game, instead watching the remainder of the game with ice on her knee, the Brookings Register reported. She finished the game with seven points.