Daily Republic Sports
PREP This week's South Dakota Sportswriters Association high school football and volleyball polls are below. Teams are listed with first-place votes in parentheses, record, vote points and ranking last week. FOOTBALL Class 11AAA 1. SF Roosevelt (6) 5-0 38 1 2. SF Washington (2) 5-0 34 2 3. SF O'Gorman 3-2 24 3 4. Brandon Valley 3-2 16 4 5. Aberdeen Central 3-2 6 NR RV: SF Lincoln 2 Class 11AA 1. Harrisburg (6) 3-2 38 1 2. Mitchell (2) 4-1 34 2 3. Huron 3-2 19 4 4. Yankton 2-2 14 T5
PARKSTON — No. 5-ranked Mount Vernon/Plankinton grabbed a road win over a Region 5A rival Monday at Parkston, winning in three sets. Set scores were 25-15, 25-18 and 26-24. MVP picked up 14 kills from Destiney Haak and 12 kills from Hannah Clark. Erin Denning had 27 assists and Kaleigh Erdahl had 13 digs for the Titans. For the Trojans, Paige Semmler had 15 kills and two blocks. Nicky Weber had 15 digs and Mariah Weber had 16 digs. Sammi Murtha had a double-double with 23 assists and 12 digs.
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."