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Racing out to a 25-6 lead after the first quarter, Ethan cruised past Bridgewater-Emery 77-26 in prep girls basketball action on Monday at the Corn Palace. Ethan (7-2) held the Huskies to just one point in the second quarter. Karly Gustafson had 18 points, Jessica Bartscher added 13 points and Maddie Miiller tossed in 11 points. Up next: The Rustlers return to the Corn Palace Saturday for the Hanson Classic, playing Madison at noon. Bridgewater-Emery (4-3): Julia Weber scored 10 points, while Abigal Arend added nine points. Up next: The Huskies host Menno on Thursday.
Springfield native and three-time NCAA Division II national championship winning coach Mel Tjeerdsma is part of the 2018 National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame Class, it was announced Monday. Tjeerdsma, 71, coached Northwest Missouri State to three national championships in 1998, 1999 and 2009 is now the school's athletic director. He started his career at Austin College in Texas and won 242 career games before retiring in 2010.
The South Dakota Prep Media basketball poll for the week of Jan. 8 is listed below, ranking the top-five teams, the team’s record, points received and ranking in the previous poll. First-place votes are indicated in parentheses. Boys Class AA
OMAHA, Neb.—The No. 9 Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team had the College of Saint Mary seeing double on Saturday. Twin sisters—Amber and Ashley Bray—combined for 37 points and DWU defeated the Flames 68-29 in a Great Plains Athletic Conference game in Omaha, Nebraska. DWU improves to 15-3 overall and 7-2 in league play. Amber Bray recorded 22 points and five rebounds, while Ashley Bray added 15 points and six boards. Amber Bray also went 4-for-5 at the 3-point line.
BROOKINGS—The Mitchell Marlins girls hockey team's winning streak ended at seven over the weekend, as the Brookings Rangers swept a series at the Larson Ice Center. Brookings won 4-2 on Saturday and 5-2 on Sunday. In the opener, Mitchell fell behind 2-0 before Jenna Grosdidier and Ashley Jones each scored to even the game at 2-2. The Rangers added a goal late in the second period and an insurance goal in the third for the win. Kelsey Amick assisted on both goals for Mitchell and Katelyn Uithoven made 31 saves, while the Marlins were outshot 35-29.
FREEMAN—The Mitchell Christian girls basketball team outscored Freeman Academy/Marion by seven in the fourth quarter and defeated the Bearcats 46-42 on Saturday in Freeman. Trailing 36-33 entering the final frame, the Golden Eagles outscored the Bearcats 13-6 in the final eight minutes to secure the win. MCS also trailed 27-22 at halftime. Anna Cooper led MCS with 16 points and eight rebounds. Erica Thompson and Charlotte Haag both had 10 points apiece. Haag hauled in seven rebounds and Thompson had four steals.
FREEMAN—The Mitchell Christian boys basketball team built a lead and hung onto it against Freeman Academy/Marion on Saturday in Freeman. The Golden Eagles jumped ahead 11-7 after the first quarter and led 30-20 at halftime. Mitchell Christian made the lead stick as it improved to 3-4 on the season. Alec Nelson, Christian Cooper and Colton Wolbrink combined for 41 of Mitchell Christian's 49 points. Nelson finished with 16 points and Cooper scored 12. Wolbrink added 11 points.
BROOKINGS—Competing in its first meet since Christmas break, the Mitchell gymnastics team won the Patty Jorgenson Invitational on Saturday in Brookings. The Kernels amassed 144.425 points, just edging second-place Watertown (141.175). "It's always nice to come off our Christmas break and feel like the hard work we've put in over the break pays off," Mitchell coach Audra Rew said. "I feel like the kids are really starting to understand how to hit their skills and compete the way we want them to."
PRESHO—Behind four individual winners, the Winner Area wrestling team won the Mid-Dakota Monster on Saturday in Presho. The Warriors racked up 255 points and defeated Mobridge-Pollock (244) for the team title. Kaden Keiser (106 pounds), Atlas Willuweit (120), Wyatt Turnquist (126) and Sam Kruger (145) all picked up individual titles. Jack Kruger (113) placed second for the Warriors. Sam Kruger was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler. McCook Central/Montrose's Jacob Cheeseman received the Most Pins Award.
GREGORY—Jayd VanDerWerff recorded a double-double as Gregory defeated Winner 59-44 in a boys basketball game on Saturday in Gregory. Gregory (2-4): VanDerWerff finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Aaron Voigt added 12 points, seven assists and five rebounds. Dylan Borszich had 11 points and seven boards. Up next: Gregory plays Burke/South Central on Friday in Burke. Winner (2-6): Brandon Volmer led the Warriors with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Brady Fritz had 10 points and five rebounds. Up next: Winner hosts Valentine, Nebraska on Tuesday. W 15 25 35 44