Daily Republic Sports
CHAMBERLAIN -- Burke/Gregory topped Chamberlain 45-35 in a high school wrestling dual on Tuesday in Chamberlain. The Storm picked up wins by Jackson Eklund (120 pounds), Frank Even (126), Tyler Murray (145), Vladik Johnson (152), Gavin York (195) and Cade Fortuna (220). Chamberlain was open in three weight classes, while Burke/Gregory had one open weight class. The Cubs had wins by Gabe Skugstad (106), Max Donovan (113), Jasiah thompson (160) and Nash Hutmacher (285).
BROOKINGS -- It’s tough to knock off a good team when that team has four players that score in double digits. That was the final scenario on Tuesday night at Bob Jostad Gymnasium in Brookings as the Bobcats beat Mitchell 70-44 in Eastern South Dakota Conference boys’ basketball action. The 26-point final margin was somewhat misleading as the Kernels trailed by just five points after the first eight minutes, but then fell behind by 14 at 38-24 heading into halftime. “To tell you the truth, we took steps forward today and our defense let us down tonight,” said Mitchell head coach Erik Skoglun
Dakota Wesleyan University junior Ashley Bray was named the Great Plains Athletic Conference’s women’s basketball player of the week, the league announced Tuesday. Bray played a large part in the Tigers’ two wins a week ago over Dakota State University and Northwestern College. Against DSU on Jan. 4, she had 19 points and four rebounds in a 76-59 win and she followed that up with 27 points and eight rebounds, both career highs. She made 10 field goals and five 3-pointers, as well.
HASTINGS, Neb. -- Dakota Wesleyan had three wrestlers record two wins at the Hastings Open on Saturday in Hastings, Nebraska. Bailey Norton (133 pounds) defeated Jorge Hernandez of Nebraska Wesleyan University, 6-4 for his first win as a Tiger. Later in the afternoon, Norton went on to defeat Tyrrell Turner of Nebraska Wesleyan University by fall at the 3:54 mark. Tanner Wernsman (174) won by fall over Lane White of Labette Community College, while defeating teammate Zechariah Westergaard by fall.
SIOUX FALLS — The Mitchell High School gymnastics team cruised to another victory Monday at the Sioux Falls Roosevelt Quadrangular. Mitchell scored 140.750 points Monday as a team, with Josie Dierks winning the all-around title with a score of 35.650 points. Teammate Maria Krall was close behind with 35.600 points in the all-around.
HOWARD -- Mitchell Christian was held in single digits in each quarter as Howard rolled to a 59-22 girls’ basketball win on Monday in Howard. The Tigers jumped out to a 26-5 first quarter lead and never looked back. They stretched their lead to 41-12 at halftime. “Howard is a good team and executed well,” Mitchell Christian coach Jackie VanLaecken said. “I was proud of the girls for fighting hard the entire game.”
POLLS The South Dakota Sportswriters Association high school basketball polls for the week of Jan. 9 are below. Teams are listed with first-place votes in parentheses, record, vote points and last week’s ranking. Boys Class AA 1. SF Washington (5) 5-2 33 2 2. SF O’Gorman (1) 5-3 25 1 3. Brandon Valley 6-1 24 3 4. RC Stevens (1) 5-1 17 RV 5. Sturgis (1) 5-0 11 RV Others receiving votes: Huron 5, Aberdeen Central 2, Sioux Falls Lincoln 1, Brookings 1, Yankton 1. Class A 1. St. Thomas More (2) 6-1 30 2 2. SF Christian (5) 3-2 29 1 3.
No. 1 Ethan remained perfect with a 68-24 girls basketball victory over Bridgewater-Emery on Monday at the Corn Palace. Karly Gustafson tossed in a game-high 17 points and Ellie Hohn contributed 16 points. Kacey Bartscher added 15 points for the Rustlers. Rachel Hawkins was honored prior to the game for scoring her 1,000th career point on Friday at Wessington Springs. Abbi Arend led the Huskies with 12 points and Kadra Kayser netted 11 points. Ethan shot 24-for-35 from the floor, 6-for-9 at the free throw line and 3-for-10 shooting 3-pointers.
PIERRE — A pair of area school administrators are among the three finalists to be selected as the South Dakota High School Activities Association’s new executive director. Avon School District Superintendent Tom Culver and McCook Central School District Superintendent Daniel Swartos are both set to interview for the position today, along with Aberdeen Central High School Principal and current SDHSAA board member Jason Uttermark. The SDHSAA board is scheduled to meet with the candidates today in executive session in Pierre.
BROOKINGS -- Senior guard Kerri Young, a Mitchell native, and sophomore guard Sydney Palmer both set career highs in points as the South Dakota State University women's basketball team recorded a 76-64 The Summit League win over Omaha Saturday afternoon in front of 1,782 fans at Frost Arena. Young scored 27 points and Palmer added 20 points as the Jackrabbits improved to 12-4 overall and 3-1 in The Summit League. Two Jackrabbits have scored 20-or-more points four times in the last five games.