Daily Republic Sports
ORANGE CITY, Iowa -- Colton Kooima scored a game-high 33 points to lead No. 4 Northwestern University past No. 12 Dakota Wesleyan University 103-88 in a Great Plains Athletic Conference men’s basketball game on Saturday in Orange City, Iowa. “You have to give a ton of credit to Northwestern. They were unguardable at times and they played at such a high level,” DWU head coach Matt Wilber said. “We played at high level on offense, but it seemed every possession we were taking the ball out of the net.”
Riley O’Neill scored a game-high 15 points as the Mitchell Christian boys basketball team picked up its second win of the season 52-25 over Freeman Academy/Marion on Saturday in Mitchell. The Golden Eagles jumped out to a 21-4 lead after the first quarter and MCHS head coach Jesse Tolsma said his team’s defense set the tone for the game. “The key was we wanted to get out to a good start,” Tolsma said. “We were able to do that on the defensive end and that carried over.
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">A number of area teams will play in intriguing matchups at the 34th annual Hanson Girls Basketball Classic Jan. 14 at the Corn Palace. </span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">The pairings for the set of eight games were announced Saturday morning. At that time, the field included five undefeated teams and 12 teams with no more than one loss on the season. </span></p>
PRESHO — Winner Area leads a 25-team field after the opening day of competition at the Mid-Dakota Monster wrestling tournament in Presho. The Warriors have 137 points and have seven wrestlers in the semifinals, with Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes right behind with 120 points. The Wildkats have six semifinal wrestlers going today, with action scheduled to continue at 11 a.m.
TRIPP -- Scotland remained perfect on the season with a 53-40 boys basketball win over Tripp-Delmont/Armour on Friday in Tripp. Travis Skorepa led the Highlanders with 18 points and Chandler Diede added 13 points. Tanner Skorepa grabbed nine rebounds in the win. Logan Fechner led the Nighthawks with 10 points and Noah Schafers netted eight points. Michael Lau collected a team-high six rebounds. Scotland went 20-for-44 from the field, 7-for-14 from long range and 6-for-8 at the foul line.
<p dir="ltr"><span>WHITE LAKE -- Whitney Hinker scored a game-high 26 points, going 7-of-8 on 3-pointers, as Kimball/White Lake raced past Colome 57-27 in a girls basketball game on Thursday in White Lake. </span></p><p dir="ltr"><span>Hinker added four assists and three rebounds, while Brooklyn Donald chipped in eight points and Nikki Reuland had seven points for KWL. The WiLdKats went 22-of-48 from the field, 8-of-16 from behind the arc and 5-of-6 from the foul line in the win. </span></p>
WAGNER — Wagner edged Parkston 31-30 in a Class B wrestling dual on Thursday in Wagner. The Red Raiders earned wins by Lance Soukup (106 pounds), Bradyn Lhotak (113), Preston Nedved (126), Tony Bruguier (145), K.J. St. Pierre (182) and Jace Johnson (285). Parkston had wins by Rocky Berg (138), Kyler Holzbauer (152) and Noah Riechert (220). Wagner had three open weight classes, while Parkston had one open weight class. Wagner competes in a tournament in Miller on Saturday, while Parkston will compete in the Mid-Dakota Monster today and Saturday in Presho.
Mitchell Christian couldn’t overcome a slow start on Thursday as it lost to Menno 47-41 at MCS Gym in a high school boys’ basketball contest. The Golden Eagles fell behind 25-11 at halftime, but cut the deficit to five-points late in the contest. Mitchell Christian could never make it a one possession game as the Wolves pulled out the victory.
The Mitchell Christian girls' basketball team dropped a 46-16 defeat against Menno on Thursday at the Mitchell Christian School Gym. The Golden Eagles trailed 17-4 after the first quarter and went scoreless in the second and third quarters, as the Wolves stretched the margin. Mitchell Christian scored 12 points in the fourth quarter. "It was a tough first game back after break for us and Menno did a good job defensively to create the turnovers," Mitchell Christian coach Jackie Van Laecken said.
The annual Xtreme Cheer and Dance Challenge will have a new date and location next season. The event will be hosted on the Dakota Wesleyan University campus at the DWU/Avera Sports Complex, as well as the Christian Family Wellness Center on Feb. 24, 2018. For the first nine years of the event, it was held on the second weekend in December at the Corn Palace.