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BROOKINGS — The Dakota Wesleyan University women's team got off to a fast start by leading most of the first quarter before South Dakota State's defense cooled them off in the second quarter. The Tigers offense went 1-for-6 on field goals during a 15-2 SDSU run that lasted more than three minutes and 20 seconds in the second quarter. During that stretch the Jackrabbits went 4-for-4 from the floor. Turnovers were a big part as SDSU cashed in 25 points from 24 DWU turnovers. While DWU only had five points off seven SDSU turnovers.
Chamberlain's Taylor Sharping and Winner's Alexis Richey were among 12 players to make the All-Big Dakota Conference volleyball first team. Sharping is a senior Libero for the Cubs, while Richey is a sophomore Libero for the Warriors. Chamberlain junior middle hitter Paige Reuer and Winner sophomore outside hitter Abby Marts were honorable mention selections. HONORS All-Big Dakota Conference
BROOKINGS — South Dakota State will have a chance to bounce back from its first Missouri Valley Football Conference loss of the season Saturday hosting Missouri State in the school's annual Hall of Fame game. The Jacks (5-3) lost last week 38-21 at Illinois State, pushing SDSU back into a tie for first place in the league at 4-1 with North Dakota State and Youngstown State, teams SDSU has already defeated.
For the second time this year, Ted Safranski has shot his age during an 18-hole round of golf. Safranski, of Mitchell, shot a round of 77 from the gold tees at Lakeview Golf Course in Mitchell on Tuesday.
SIOUX FALLS — Alexandria native Jake Bartscher found a good way to celebrate his final home game at Augustana's Kirkeby-Over Stadium Saturday. He hauled in a season-high five catches, including a first quarter touchdown grab to help the Vikings topple Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference rival Winona State (Minn.) 21-20.
The final home match of the regular season did not go the way of the Dakota Wesleyan University volleyball team Wednesday, falling in three sets on Senior Night to Briar Cliff at the Christen Family Athletic Center. Set scores were 25-21, 25-20 and 27-25. Senior Lauren Tadlock tallied 13 kills and 10 digs for a double-double, while Dana Misiaszek added 10 kills and Rebecca Frick had eight. Libero Taylor Spence recorded 17 digs and Michelle Van Epps pitched in 27 assists and nine digs.
ALEXANDRIA — Bridgewater-Emery advanced in District 8B action by outlasting Howard in five sets on Tuesday in Alexandria. Set scores were 25-16, 25-16, 13-25, 14-25 and 15-12. Kadra Kayser paced the Huskies with 27 digs, seven kills and two blocks. Autumn Hilton contributed 16 kills in the victory, while Hannah Habberts chipped in 20 assists and 10 digs. For Howard, Cayla Koepsell posted 12 kills and five blocks in the loss. Citori Rentz put up 11 assists and nine digs, while Katelyn Kampshoff logged 18 assists and three kills for Howard.
LAS VEGAS — The Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball team played with the Division I Runnin' Rebels of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas into the second half in a 96-80 exhibition loss Tuesday night at the Thomas and Mack Center. The Tigers pulled to within six midway through the second half in a strong early-season showing against one of the historically strong programs in big-time college basketball.
VALLEY CITY, N.D.—After a slow start, the No. 3-ranked Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team pulled out a 69-62 win over Valley City State in a non-conference game on Tuesday in Valley City, North Dakota. Trailing 15-6 after the first quarter, the Tigers rallied for 22 points in the second quarter and took a 28-24 lead at halftime.
GREGORY — Gregory continued its impressive season with a 52-0 shutout over Clark/Willow Lake in the second round of the 9AA playoffs on Monday night. Gregory outgained the Cyclones 314 yards to 58 yards on the night, led by Jayd VanDerWerff's 173 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries. Andy McCance added 90 yards on seven carries for the Gorillas. McCance sparked the aerial attack for the Gorillas, throwing for 112 yards and two touchdowns on 3-of-6 attempts. VanDerWerff hauled in two of those completions for 47 yards and one touchdown.