Daily Republic Sports
VERMILLION—For the first time in five years, the University of South Dakota football team is ranked in the top-25 poll, equaling its best start in Missouri Valley Football Conference play. The 2 p.m. kickoff at the DakotaDome Saturday against Western Illinois marks the first meeting for USD coach Bob Nielson against his old team, which he coached for three seasons and took to the national playoffs last season. The game will be shown at ESPN3.com.
SIOUX CENTER, Iowa — The Dakota Wesleyan University volleyball team didn't have the attacking prowess needed to stick with Dordt on Wednesday night. The Defenders defeated the Tigers in three sets in Great Plains Athletic Conference action. Set scores were 25-13, 25-14 and 25-16. Dordt doubled up DWU in kills 46-23 and hit .310 percent on the attack, while the Tigers were hitting .094 for the match. Mitchell native Dana Misiaszek had nine kills and nine digs to lead the Tigers and Rebecca Frick had six kills for DWU. Michelle Van Epps had 21 set assists and nine digs.
Mitchell High School senior Kendra Brewster will play collegiate basketball at Dakota Wesleyan, the school said Wednesday. The 6-foot forward was among the Kernels' team leaders in rebounds and blocked shots a year ago, as Mitchell qualified for the Class AA state tournament. She has also played goalkeeper for the Mitchell girls' soccer team and ran cross country. Brewster joins Colorado product Savannah Arellano and Sarah Castaneda, a forward from Bloomfield, Nebraska, as part of the team's 2017 recruiting class.
The University of South Dakota swimming teams are in the pool for the 2016-17 season and a pair of area swimmers are pushing the Coyotes ahead this year. Christian Fossum is a freshman from Mitchell and Kathleen Juffer is a junior from Wagner. In a dual against Minnesota State on Oct. 7, Juffer was third in the 100-meter backstroke in a time of 1:10.07 and fourth in the 200-meter back in 2:31.26. She was also part of a relay team that finished fifth in the 200 medley relay.
Alyssa Weidler's goal in the 84th minute pushed the Dakota Wesleyan University women's soccer team to a 1-0 win over Dordt Wednesday at the Pepsi-Cola Soccer Complex in Mitchell. Weidler's five shots on goal led the team, with senior keeper Kira Miller recording six saves for the victory. In the men's contest, the Tigers led a 1-0 halftime advantage slip away for a 5-1 loss to Dordt. Peter Wartenberg had the team's lone goal in the 24th minute. Dordt outshot the Tigers 12-7 for the match and Gaston Miteff had three saves.
The Mitchell High School volleyball team will have a home-court advantage for the District 3AA volleyball tournament, which starts Tuesday. The Kernels (17-6) will host No. 4 seed Pierre (10-11) in a 7 p.m. match at MHS. No. 2 Huron (16-7) and No. 3 Aberdeen Central (12-8) will meet in the other semifinal at 7 p.m. in Huron.
CHAMBERLAIN—Eleven Chamberlain football players have been honored by the All-Nations Football Conference, it was announced Wednesday. All-conference players include sophomore quarterback Jazz Dominguez, senior middle linebacker Dodge Knippling, freshman offensive tackle Nash Hutmacher, senior receiver Rich Marone, junior slot receiver Carson Powers, junior safety Marc Schwenk and junior slot receiver Riggs Priebe.
SCOTLAND — Scotland held off Platte-Geddes 27-14 to earn an opening round Class 9A prep football victory on Tuesday night. Chase Mogck gained 163 yards on nine attempts to help propel the Highlanders. Chandler Diede added another 59 yards on nine carries. Diede passed for another 96 yards in the contest on 6-of-9 passing. Travis Skorepa hauled in three passes for 96 yards and Tanner Skorepa caught two balls for 24 yards.
Listed are the high school football first-round playoff pairings released by the South Dakota High School Activities Association. (All times Central.) Class 11AAA Thursday's games No. 8 Rapid City Stevens (3-6) at No. 1 Sioux Falls Washington (9-0), 4:30 p.m., at Howard Wood Field. No. 7 Sioux Falls Lincoln (3-6) at No. 2 Sioux Falls Roosevelt (8-1), 7:30 p.m., at Howard Wood Field. No. 6 Rapid City Central (3-6) at No. 3 Brandon Valley (6-3), 6 p.m. No. 5 Aberdeen Central (4-5) at No. 4 Sioux Falls O'Gorman (6-3), 6 p.m. Class 11AA
Chelsey Heeg helped Freeman Academy/Marion pick up a victory over Mitchell Christian on Tuesday night. Set scores were 25-13, 25-8 and 25-16. Heeg tallied 17 kills and two digs for the Bobcats, while teammate Michele Schoenwald recorded eight aces. Amy Ptak assisted on 23 points and served three aces in the victory. Erica Thompson had eight assists and six digs for the Golden Eagles, while Charlotte Haag posted four kills. Mitchell Christian ends the regular season with a record of 2-22. James Valley Christian 3, Mitchell Christian 0