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HARRISBURG—The Mitchell Elite boys basketball team claimed the eighth-grade division championship in the 2016 Fall Battle On The Boards tournament on Saturday in Harrisburg. Mitchell went 2-0 in Pool B, beating Bartlett Basketball Academy-Hennen 43-28 and Sioux Falls Christian 49-46. In the championship game, Mitchell defeated Bartlett Basketball Academy-Stoebner 36-32.
FREMONT, Neb.—On Saturday, the No. 18 Dakota Wesleyan University took care of business and earned a 42-31 Great Plains Athletic Conference win over Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska. The win improved DWU's record to 8-3 on the season and the team kept its slim playoff hopes alive. On Sunday, the NAIA football playoff selection show officially ended the Tiger's season, as DWU was left out of the playoffs for the second season in a row.
VERMILLION -- A storybook season for the Mitchell High School football team concluded in historic fashion. It was a victorious ending for the Kernels, as they achieved their first-ever playoff-era...
VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — Madison quarterback Josh Giles threw for 194 yards and four touchdowns as the Bulldogs defended their state 11A championship with a 39-0 win on Saturday. Jadon Janke returned a fumble 80 yards for a score and Jaxon Janke returned an interception 44 yards for a score. Giles completed 10 of 16 passes. He threw three TD passes to Mason Leighton, who had six catches for 154 yards and another to Jaxon Janke. Riley Janke led Madison in rushing with 57 yards. Payton Conrad was 16-for-33 for 216 yards for the Titans.
LA CROSSE, Wis. — The Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team passed another test Friday afternoon at the Viterbo University Classic. Facing No. 21-ranked Indiana University Northwest, the No. 3 Tigers pulled away in the second half with a strong defensive effort for a 73-58 win over the Redhawks in a neutral site game in Wisconsin.
Mitchell High School has made plans to both send off and welcome home the Kernel football team for the Class 11AA football championship. Those wanting to send off the Kernel football team can line up along Capital Street in front of MHS at 2:15 p.m. Friday. After the championship, a welcome home celebration is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at the Corn Palace.
A pair of Mitchell High School sophomores were named to the all-Eastern South Dakota Conference volleyball team. Outside hitter Mackenzie Miller and setter Mandy Schmidt were named to the team, which was released Thursday. They are the only two sophomores on the team. Miller has a team-high 341 kills, good for nearly four per set for the 17-8 Kernels, who finished third in the conference with a 12-4 league record. She hit .266 for the season, served 26 aces, made 45 blocks and had 365 digs.
Three area teams will be headed to Huron next week for the Class B state volleyball tournament. The three-day, eight-team tournament begins Nov. 17 at the Huron Arena, with Lyman, Platte-Geddes and Sanborn Central/Woonsocket all clinching spots during Tuesday's regional championship games. The matchups for the Class B tournament were made official Wednesday by the South Dakota High School Activities Association. Both the Black Panthers and the Blackhawks are returning to the tournament for a second straight year, while Lyman is back for the first time since 2013.
WALL — A year after falling in the Region 7B championship, the Lyman Raiders had their revenge Tuesday. Lyman topped Philip in three sets in the region title game Tuesday, clinching its first trip to the Class B volleyball tournament since 2013. Set scores were 25-23, 25-21 and 25-23. Raiders coach Keith Herman said the team hit the ball well and played at the net. "We, for the most part, took care of business hitting the ball. We had the ups and downs that tend to happen but it was kind of back and forth and we came up on top each time.
Seven Mitchell High School football players have been honored as all-Eastern South Dakota Conference players for the 2016 season. Running back Spencer Neugebauer and linemen Chris Corbett and Alex Klingaman were honored on offense, while defensive selections included linebacker Cody Reichelt and defensive backs Sam Michels and Jed Schmidt. Seth Paulson was honored as a specialist on the all-league team. All seven of Mitchell's honorees are seniors.