Daily Republic Sports
For the third straight season, the Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team is heading to Sioux City, Iowa. The Tigers (27-6) earned the No. 2 seed in the Naismith Bracket and will take on No. 7 Indiana University East in the opening round of the NAIA Division II women's basketball tournament at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Tyson Events Center. IU East (22-10) finished in second place in the River States Conference standings and reached the RSC semifinals, where they fell to Alice Lloyd College 87-83.
The Tiger men are in again. For the fourth straight season, the Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball team is among the 32 teams selected to the NAIA Division II national tournament. DWU plays Thursday, March 8 at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls. The Tigers (22-10) match up against Governors State, of Illinois, in the opening round in a 5:45 p.m. game. Governors State qualified to the national tournament for the first time in school history after winning the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular-season title.
The Dakota Wesleyan University basketball teams had nine players honored by the Great Plains Athletic Conference on Wednesday. DWU's Jason Spicer, Ty Hoglund, Ashley Bray, Amber Bray and Rylie Osthus were first team all-conference selections. Osthus was also named the co-defensive player of the year. Kynedi Cheeseman and Trae Vandeberg were second-team honorees, while Nygel Drury and Chesney Nagel were honorable mention selections.
The Mitchell High School girls basketball team will play at Brandon Valley Friday, taking on the Lynx in a Class AA Round of 16 state-qualifying game. The pairings for the eight games were finalized Tuesday. The Kernels (7-13), seeded 12th, will take on the fifth-seeded Lynx (13-7) at 7 p.m. in Brandon. The winner of that contest will play either No. 4 Sioux Falls O'Gorman or No. 13 Spearfish in the opening round of the Class AA state girls basketball tournament March 15 in Sioux Falls.
PLANKINTON — Mount Vernon/Plankinton raced to an early lead and picked up a Region 5A quarterfinal victory over McCook Central/Montrose Tuesday night, winning 55-41 in boys basketball play. MVP (13-8): Kyle Glanzer scored 20 points and had five rebounds, while Dane Rihanek posted 14 points and snared five steals. Brady Anderson had eight points in the victory, as MVP shot 43 percent for the game and forced 24 turnovers. Up next: MVP will play at Parker on Friday in the Region 5A semifinal round.
SEWARD, Neb. — A late field goal sunk the Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team in the Great Plains Athletic Conference Tournament championship game.
SIOUX FALLS — With a lifetime involved in wrestling, Mark Stoebner was a natural fit for the South Dakota Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame. But the longtime Bon Homme coach said it's still a great honor for him. "There's great people that have gone in before me and it's an honor to be considered with those guys," Stoebner said. "When I found out in the summer, I was shocked."
Mitchell High School wrestlers Briggs Havlik and Carson Max were each named to the all-Eastern South Dakota Conference wrestling team on Tuesday. Max, a junior, won the Class A 195-pound state championship on Saturday, while Havlik, a senior, took second place at 160 pounds. Twenty-eight wrestlers were picked for the team with Class A state champion Pierre landing six grapplers on the team. The Governors, along with Harrisburg and Watertown, shared the ESD dual title with a 7-1 record. Mitchell finished tied for sixth with a 2-6 dual record.
YANKTON — A solid defensive effort helped Avon advance to the Class B Round of 16 Monday, as the Pirates took down Burke/South Central 50-39 at Cimpl Arena in Yankton. Avon (19-3): The Pirates had 25 points from Lauren Sees and 10 points each from Livi Jurrens and Cheylee Nagel. Sees had six rebounds, while Nagel had five rebounds and four assists. The Pirates were 40 percent shooting but nailed 7-of-11 3-pointers. Up next: Avon will be the No. 9 seed in the Class B Round of 16 and will face Irene-Wakonda at 7 p.m. Thursday in Parkston.
The Round of 16 is set for the South Dakota girls basketball in Class A and Class B. Five area Class B teams will play for a trip to the state tournament on Thursday, while two area Class A squads are one game away from the state tournament.