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The Class B SoDak 16 matches are tonight, with five area teams set to play for state volleyball tournament spots on Nov. 15-17 in Sioux Falls. Below are capsules of each match involving an area Class B team: Warner vs. Freeman The Freeman Flyers can end a 20-year state tournament drought today, but standing in the way is a Class B powerhouse. No. 15 seed Freeman (22-7) plays No. 2 Warner (32-2) today in a SoDak 16 match, which starts at 7 p.m. at the Watertown Civic Arena.
The Class A SoDak 16 matches are tonight, with three area teams set to play for state volleyball tournament spots on Nov. 15-17 in Sioux Falls. Below are capsules of each match involving an area Class A team: McCook Central/Montrose vs. Dakota Valley McCook Central/Montrose can punch its ticket to a second straight state volleyball tournament today with a win over Dakota Valley. The No. 2 Fighting Cougars (23-3) play the No. 15 Panthers (19-14) at 7 p.m. at Sioux Falls Roosevelt in a SoDak 16 match.
On the heels of reaching a state championship football game for the first time in 23 years, Bon Homme High School head coach Byron Pudwill was named the Region 7 coach of the year on Monday by the South Dakota Football Coaches Association. The 10-1 Cavaliers advanced to Thursday's South Dakota High School Activities Association Class 9AA championship game against Kimball/White Lake after a a 44-22 win at Wolsey-Wessington on Friday.
The Southeast South Dakota Conference released its all-conference team on Monday, and it was littered with area football players. SESD conference champion Mount Vernon/Plankinton placed six players on the squad, with Jesse Hastings, Hunter Pranger, Thomas Baker, Brady Anderson, Colton Tobin and Weston Tobin earning spots. Hastings headlines the MVP (5-0 SESD) group with 1,468 yards and 25 touchdowns this season as the Titans reached the Class 11B semifinals.
A quintet of Mitchell High School seniors were named to the Eastern South Dakota all-conference football team on Monday. Drew Kitchens, Carter Max, Carson Max, Jackson Sadler and Dylan Krogman were all honored by the conference, which named 52 players to the team. Kitchens and Carter Max are repeat All-ESD members at running back and offensive line, respectively. After 907 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2017, Kitchens led the Kernels with 766 yards and 11 scores this season. Max, meanwhile, helped pave the way for a rushing attack that averaged 244.6 yards per game.
The Mitchell High School volleyball team will host Pierre in a SoDak 16 match on Thursday. The Kernels are the No. 6 seed, while the Governors are the No. 11 seed. The match is at 6 p.m. at MHS gym. The Kernels (15-8) swept the Governors (8-12) in both meetings this season. The winner of Thursday's match will advance to the state tournament on Nov. 15-17 in Sioux Falls. SoDak 16 Class AA matches No. 16 Sturgis (9-21) at No. 1 Rapid City Stevens (30-1), 7 p.m. No. 9 Brookings (14-13) at No. 8 Aberdeen Central (10-10), 6 p.m.
SIOUX FALLS—Four players scored in double figures and the No. 17 Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball team defeated Presentation College 103-76 on Sunday at the NAIA Classic. Playing at the Sanford Pentagon, Ty Hoglund powered the Tigers with 35 points on 13-of-22 shooting from the field and finished two points shy of his career-high 37. Freshman reserve Koln Oppold tallied 14 points and six rebounds, while Nick Harden added 13 points, six steals and five assists. Sam McCloud added 12 points.
SIOUX FALLS—The No. 2 Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team took care of Presentation College at the NAIA Classic on Sunday. One day after scoring 106 points, the Tigers rolled to a 91-49 win over the Saints at the Sanford Pentagon. On Sunday, DWU's Maekala Karst tossed in a career-high 19 points and collected five rebounds. Kynedi Cheeseman finished with 17 points, three rebounds and three assists, while Sarah Carr notched 15 points and four rebounds. The Tigers shot 45.8 percent from the field and 35.5 percent from beyond the arc.
The Dakota Wesleyan University men's and women's basketball doubleheader against Northwestern College scheduled for Wednesday has been moved to the Corn Palace. The doubleheader was scheduled to be played in Orange City, Iowa, but due to a scheduling conflict, the games will be moved to Mitchell. The Northwestern College volleyball team is hosting Hastings College in the Great Plains Athletic Conference tournament on Wednesday. The DWU women will play the Red Raiders at 6 p.m., with the men's game to follow at 8 p.m.
BRITTON — It's hard to say what the oddsmakers, were such a thing allowed, would have given on Howard holding Britton-Hecla's offense to just one score. But whatever it would have been, not many people would have taken it. They should have.