Daily Republic Sports
FREMONT, Neb. -- Collin Kramer’s and-one layup with seven seconds left in overtime proved to be the difference on Saturday as Midland University’s Tyler Craven missed a 3-pointer as time expired. As a result, No. 17 Dakota Wesleyan University men’s basketball stayed perfect on the season, defeating Great Plains Athletic Conference foe Midland University 95-92 in overtime.
VERMILLION—Huron High School came up just short in its Cinderella bid for the South Dakota High School Activities Association Class 11AA football championship, but top-seeded Pierre prevailed in a 38-20 win over the No. 6 Tigers for its second consecutive state title on Friday in the DakotaDome. The Governors jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the first quarter as Garrett Stout connected with Jack Maher on a touchdown pass and then found Andrew Coverdale streaking down the sideline for a 76-yard scoring strike.
Dakota Wesleyan University hosted Concordia on Friday at the Christen Family Athletic Center in its first Great Plains Athletic Conference wrestling dual of the season. The Bulldogs treated their hosts to 58-0 loss, sparked by an opening-match technical fall, as Zackary Moistner topped Xylon Takata, 16-1. Mitchell Messersmith took the mat next for DWU, but was pinned in the second period. Plankinton native Marcus Urban hung around, but was eventually pinned by Concordia's Issiah Burks. Bradley Dohmen also dropped his heavyweight match by technical fall, 20-3.
On the heels of winning the South Dakota High School Activities Association Class 9B championship, the Colome High School football team also earned some more hardware. The Great Plains all-conference team was released on Friday, featuring five players from the unblemished champion Cowboys. All five players were seniors as Jackson Kinzer, Layton Thieman, Beau Bertram, Wyatt Cahoy and Chase Dufek were named to the squad after Colome cruised to an 8-0 record during the regular season.
The awards continue to roll in for Chamberlain High School senior Ella Byers. Less than a month after winning the second Class A cross-country state championship of her career, Byers was once again named an All-American by the South Dakota Cross Country and Track and Field Coaches Association. Byers won the Oct. 20 state meet with a time of 18:22.78, besting Lennox's Ali Bainbridge by nearly five seconds. Byers was also named academic all-state. Winter, McCord named coaches of the year
Class AA State Tournament Nov. 15-17 at Sioux Falls Thursday’s Pairings No. 1 Rapid City Stevens (31-1) vs. No. 9 Brookings (15-13), noon. No. 4 Watertown (21-6) vs. No. 5 Huron (17-7), 1:45 p.m. No. 3 Sioux Falls O’Gorman (27-5) vs. No. 6 Mitchell (16-8), 6 p.m.
The Little Missouri Valley Conference released its postseason all-conference team on Wednesday, with conference champion Wagner placing five players on the team. The Red Raiders went 6-0 in LMVC play this season and were rewarded for it as Abby Brunsing, Maesa Dvorak, Kirstyn Roth and Faith Tyler were named all-conference performers. Brunsing, a sophomore, led Wagner with 371 kills, while Faith Tyler had 352 kills and a team-high 421 digs during her senior season. Roth, a senior libero, was second on the team with 373 digs and Dvorak led the squad with 58 blocks.
FORT PIERRE—Kimball/White Lake edged Kadoka Area in a five-set marathon match and punched its ticket to the state tournament on Tuesday. The WiLdKats won the SoDak 16 match 25-19, 25-23, 23-25, 17-25 and 15-6.
Class A State Tournament Nov. 15-17 at Sioux Falls Thursday's Pairings No. 1 Miller (28-2) vs. No. 8 Rapid City Christian (25-12), noon. No. 4 Winner (26-3) vs. No. 5 Elk Point-Jefferson (27-5), 1:45 p.m. No. 3 Sioux Falls Christian (28-8) vs. 6. Parker (26-7), 6 p.m. No. 2 McCook Central/Montrose (24-3) vs. No. 7 Aberdeen Roncalli (21-6), 7:45 p.m. Class B State Tournament Nov. 15-17 at Sioux Falls Thursday's Pairings No. 1 Northwestern (35-2) vs. No. 8 Kimball/White Lake (22-7), noon.
The Mitchell High School cross-country team had 10 runners qualify for the USA Track & Field National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships on Dec. 8 in Reno, Nev. The Mitchell runners that qualified include: Grayson Hetland, Londyn Schroeder, Dawson Schroeder, Nate McCormick, Carter Buschbach, Will Prunty, Kennedy Olsen, Annika Vermuelen, Madeline Vogel, Adelyn Prunty. The group qualified for nationals at the recent regional race in Aberdeen. The runners that placed in the top 15 in each age/gender group advanced to nationals.