Daily Republic Sports
McCook Central/Montrose junior Morgan Koepsell and Howard senior Bailey Rudebusch were both named to the all-Big East Conference's first team for girls basketball, the conference announced Tuesday. Koepsell, a center, and Rudebusch, a forward, were joined by Flandreau junior Kathy Parsley, Parker senior Lauren Hunstad and Sioux Valley junior Carly Granum on the first team.
ALEXANDRIA — It was a clean sweep for the Custer Battlefield Highway Conference in the annual CBH-Cornbelt Conference all-star basketball games held Tuesday at Hanson High School. The girls CBH team won 88-58 and the boys contest was 93-70 in favor of the CBH. Ethan's Kacey Bartscher led all scorers in the girls contest with 19 points, while Sanborn Central/Woonsocket's Myah Selland had 18 points. Ethan's Ellie Hohn and Janae Gustafson each had 11 points in the victory.
Sanborn Central/Woonsocket's Wyatt Feistner was honored as a first-team selection to the all-281 Conference boys basketball team, the conference announced. Feistner, a senior center, was joined by three fellow seniors and a sophomore on the first team. Wolsey-Wessington's Bennett White and Darian Ogunjemilusi and James Valley Christian's Eric Hasart were selected, along with Highmore-Harrold sophomore Jharret Bloomenrahder were picked as the league's top players.
INDIANAPOLIS—University of Minnesota freshman swimmer and Mitchell native Tevyn Waddell earned three All-American honorable mention honors at the NCAA women's swimming and diving championships. Waddell was a part of five Minnesota relays and three teams earned All-American honorable mention—800-meter free relay (14th), 200 medley relay (11th) and 400 medley relay (12th). The 200 free and 400 free relay teams placed 20th, while individually Waddell took 32nd in the 100 backstroke.
The Dakota Wesleyan University softball team split its home opener doubleheader against Presentation College on Sunday at McWhirter Field in Mitchell. DWU won the first game 5-3 and dropped the second game 10-1. In Game One, Amber Budmark smacked a three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning, while Melysia Ortega and Lorissa Loeppky each had two hits in the win. In the circle, Sierra Haage picked up the win. Haage allowed three runs on 10 hits with eight strikeouts in seven innings tossed.
IOWA CITY, Iowa—Iowa center Megan Gustafson scored a career high 33 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter, to guide the Hawkeyes past the Coyotes 78-73 in the second round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament Saturday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
ST. LOUIS—Alex Kocer capped off a stellar wrestling career as an All-American. The South Dakota State senior grappler fell in the seventh-place match to Rutgers' Kenny Theobold by pinfall on the final day of the NCAA Division I wrestling championships on Saturday in St. Louis, Missouri. Kocer, a Wagner native, beat three seeded wrestlers to earn his All-American status and finished his career as a Jackrabbit with a career record of 96-44. He is tied for 14th on the SDSU career wins list, qualified for three NCAA tournaments and finished his senior season 30-11.
BROOKINGS—It took until overtime in the second round of the Women's NIT but the South Dakota State women's basketball team's season came to an end Sunday in front of a 2,793 fans at Frost Arena. Colorado, led by Kennedy Leonard and Haley Smith, snapped the Jackrabbits' 10-game home win streak with an 81-75 victory.
SIOUX FALLS—Ethan Freidel poured in a game-high 29 points as Tea Area won the Class A state boys basketball championship with a 72-65 win over top-seeded Madison on Saturday in Sioux Falls. Noah Freidel added 16 points and nine rebounds, while Kade Stearns chipped in 12 points for the Titans, who went 24-of-55 from the field (43 percent), 9-of-23 from deep (39 percent) and 15-of-22 from the line (68 percent).
ABERDEEN — Wolsey-Wessington outscored Parker by 14 points in the second quarter as they picked up a 58-42 semifinal victory at the Class B state boys basketball tournament. Bennett White had a huge game for Wolsey-Wessington as he accounted for 17 points and 16 rebounds. The Warbirds made 26-of-67 field goal attempts and grabbed 14 more rebounds than Parker. The Pheasants were 21-of-55 from the field in the loss, with Landon Leberman leading the team with 13 points.