Daily Republic Sports
For the third time in his professional career, Mount Vernon native Chad Greenway has been named the South Dakota Sports Celebrity of the Year, as selected by the South Dakota Sportswriters Association.
SIOUX FALLS — Thirteen former greats have been selected for induction into the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame. The eighth annual induction banquet is at 1 p.m. on March 25 at the Ramkota Hotel in Sioux Falls. Ticket information will be announced soon on the Hall of Fame website at www.sdbbhof.com . Members of the Class of 2017 include standouts from the decades of the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. They will increase Hall of Fame membership to 130.
Gregory's Robert Vomacka has verbally committed to play football at Northern State. The all-stater tweeted his intentions to join the Wolves late Thursday night, "Blessed and happy to announce that I will be continuing my football and academics at Northern State University." The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Vomacka was a member of two Class 9AA state championship teams at Gregory, including this past fall. Vomacka rushed for 649 yards and four touchdowns, and had 35 catches for 544 yards and two scores.
WINNER — Class A No. 5 Winner led after each of the first three quarters before Parkston outscored the Warriors 23-11 in the final period as the Trojans claimed a 58-49 victory over the Warriors in prep boys basketball action on Thursday night. Brayden Leischner scored 19 points for Parkston and teammate Jordan McKean added 11 points on the night. The Trojans were 14-of-29 from the field and 5-of-14 on 3-pointers. Parkston shot 46 free throws in the game, making 25 of them.
PLANKINTON — The strong start for the Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes wrestling team continued Thursday, as the WiLdKats won the 15-team Titan Invitational in Plankinton. KWLPG edged out traditional powerhouse Philip Area by three-and-a-half points, scoring 188.5 points to the Scotties' 185 points. Host Mount Vernon/Plankinton/Corsica-Stickney was third with 158.5 points.
ABERDEEN — The Mitchell High School wrestling team knew what it was getting itself into Thursday night when it headed to Aberdeen Central. The Kernels were wrestling Class A's No. 2 team, as the Golden Eagles were fresh off a big dual victory over No. 1 Pierre 34-33. The Golden Eagles were winners Thursday night, as well, topping Mitchell 53-18 in an Eastern South Dakota Conference meeting. Given the strength of the opponent, coach Travis Carpenter said he was pleased with his team's fight.
AVON — The Avon girls basketball program will host a youth basketball jamboree Feb. 18 for third- and fourth-grade girls teams. The event will have two divisions seperated by grade and each team is guaranteed three games. No score will kept. Entry fee is $40 per team and concessions will be available. For more information or to sign up, contact Brad Poppe at email@example.com or Shelly Poppe at firstname.lastname@example.org .
LAS VEGAS -- Dakota Wesleyan University had a case of déjà vu on Wednesday. For the second night in a row, the No. 12 DWU men’s basketball team claimed an 84-67 victory at the Trip Sports Las Vegas Hoopla in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Tigers topped Central Christian (Kansas) 84-67, one day after defeating the University of Dubuque by the exact same score.
HONOLULU -- Dakota Wesleyan University’s Jason Christensen is now the winningest coach in program history. The No. 8 Tigers defeated Grace College 83-58 on Wednesday to give Christensen win No. 114. The Mitchell native and DWU graduate now has an overall record of 114-92, which surpasses Kevin Lein for most coaching wins in DWU women’s basketball history.
WOLSEY—Mitchell Christian surrendered the first 16 points and never recovered against Wolsey-Wessington on Tuesday. The Golden Eagles lost 60-30 in a high school boys basketball contest in Wolsey. "We weren't ready right off the get-go," Mitchell Christian coach Jesse Tolsma said. "We were trying to climb an uphill battle the rest of the way, but the kids fought back. I am really proud of their effort. We just have to get a little more better at being prepared right off the tip and ready to go."