Daily Republic Sports
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Bob Nielson era begins today in the Land of Enchantment as the University of South Dakota opens up its 2016 college football campaign at the University of New Mexico. The game will be played at 8 p.m. today at University Stadium in Albuquerque.
ETHAN—Kimball/White Lake swept Ethan 3-0 in a high school volleyball match on Tuesday. Set scores were 25-18, 25-22 and 25-15. Brooklyn Donald powered Kimball/White Lake with 10 kills. Whitney Hinker led the Wildkats with 16 digs. Darby Deffenbaugh recorded five aces and Heather Munsen had 11 assists in the win. Karly Gustafson led the Rustlers with 11 kills. Kailey Finer and Rachel Hawkins both had 12 digs. Kacey Bartscher led Ethan with 11 assists.
SALEM—Chamberlain's Ella Byers picked up another victory in the young cross country season, winning the girls 5K by nearly a minute at the McCook Central/Montrose Invitational Tuesday in Salem. Byers, the defending Class A girls champion, crossed the finish line in 18 minutes and 23 seconds. Madeline Hursey, of Flandreau, finished second in 19:10 and Winner Area's Sidda Schuyler, a seventh-grader, finished in third place in 19:21.
YANKTON—For the second year in a row, the Mitchell High School boys golf team claimed the Rob Marchand Memorial Cup. Mitchell outlasted Yankton 13-11 in a Ryder Cup style golf dual on Tuesday at Fox Run Golf Course in Yankton. "We had a pretty good lead going into the singles (portion of the event) and then we kind of had to hold on for dear life," MHS head coach Mark Horan said. "We got the job done."
The Mitchell Christian volleyball team opened its season with a 3-0 win over Sunshine Bible Academy on Tuesday in Mitchell. Set scores were 25-14, 25-14 and 25-11. Colette Haag and Charlotte Haag each had five kills and four aces in the win, while Grace Garrels added four kills and seven digs. Erica Thompson had 16 assists and four aces. For Sunshine Bible Academy, Dori Brockel had seven kills and seven digs. MCS won the JV game 2-0. The Golden Eagles (1-0) plays Iroquois on Thursday in Iroquois.
Four players from the Class B state champion Alexandria Angels led the all-tournament team which was announced on Tuesday. Class B batting champion Peyton Smith, MVP Tyson Gau, Trever Vermeulen and Platte-Geddes pickup player Richard Sternberg earned honors. Runner-up Garretson had three players named to the team—Mike Stephenson, Patrick Whetham and Dustin Steckler, while Winner/Colome also had four players named—Derek Graesser, Austin Richey, Ryan Richey and Reed Harter.
WATERTOWN — The Mitchell High School competitive cheer and dance team opened its season Tuesday, with the dance team taking ninth place at the Watertown Invitational. MItchell scored 176.33 points in the dance competition in a field of 12 teams, with Sioux Falls Washington winning the team championship with 259.5 points. In the various categories, Mitchell was fourth in hip-hop, eighth in jazz and 11th in pom. Mitchell finished 13th out of 14 teams in the competitive cheer division, scoring 166 points, while Sioux Falls Roosevelt won the team crown with 229 points.
The Mitchell Quarterback Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. today at The Depot Bar and Grille in Mitchell. Mitchell High School and Dakota Wesleyan University coaches will speak at the event, which is open to the public.
Jim Wilson, of Mitchell, shot his age at Lakeview Golf Course on Tuesday. Wilson, who is a member of the course, shot a 61 through 18 holes from the white tees at the course. He shot a 31 on the front nine and a 30 on the back nine. It's the first time Wilson has shot his age.
PARKSTON—Parkston lost the first two sets against Avon, but battled back to win the final three sets and earn a victory on Tuesday in Parkston. Set scores were 19-25, 21-25, 25-19, 25-23 and 15-8. Paige Semmler led the Trojans with 18 kills and Mariah Weber assisted on 47 points. Livi Jurrens had nine kills for the Pirates and Kacie Mudder had 15 digs. Parkston (3-2) is at Alexandria on Thursday to face Hanson. Avon (0-2) travels to New Holland on Thursday to play Andes Central/Dakota Christian. Bon Homme 3, Andes Central/Dakota Christian 0