Daily Republic Sports
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.
Andes Central/Dakota Christian's Ahna Vander Pol recently scored her 1,000th career point for the Thunder. Vander Pol achieved the feat in Andes Central/Dakota Christian's 43-33 win over Scotland on Dec. 20. Vander Pol is a 5-foot-8 guard/forward for the 7-1 Thunder.
MURDO—The pairings for the 49th annual Jones County boys basketball tournament have been set for Jan. 12, 13 and 14 at the Harold Thune Auditorium in Murdo. The eight-team tournament will begin on Thursday with Lyman vs. Stanley County at 1 p.m. and Colome vs. Bennett County at 2:30 p.m. in the afternoon session, followed by Kadoka Area vs. Jones County at 6:30 p.m. and Philip vs. White River at 8 p.m. in the evening session.
Dakota Wesleyan will host a volleyball academy four different Sundays in January and February. The academy is Jan. 29, Feb. 12, Feb. 19 and Feb. 26 at the Christen Family Athletic Center. It is open to students in fourth-through-12th grades. The fourth-through-seventh graders will go from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The eighth-through-12th grade graders will go from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m. The cost is $60 for campers in fourth-through-seventh grade and $80 for campers in eighth-through-12th grade. The camp is limited to the first 30 athletes in each group.
Mount Vernon/Plankinton boys basketball head coach Eric Denning and MVP girls basketball head coach Bill Marquardt will be the special guest speakers at next week's Mitchell Quarterback Club meeting. The meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. on Monday at The Depot in Mitchell.
STURGIS—The Dakota Wesleyan wrestling team dropped a 50-0 decision against Dickinson State in a dual on Tuesday in Sturgis. The Tigers suffered four pins, three forfeits and one technical fall in the shutout defeat.
Avon outscored Ethan 18-10 in the fourth quarter to earn a 55-51 win in a prep boys basketball game on Tuesday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. Jacob Cihak led the Pirates with 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists, while Jimmy Schuurmans added 13 points. Avon went 20-of-50 from the floor for 40 percent shooting, made 4-of-5 3-pointers and went 10-of-18 from the line in the contest.