Daily Republic Sports
Dakota Wesleyan University's athletic department was named an NAIA Five-Star Champions of Character award-winning institution Monday, receiving Gold-level honors. The annual award is an honor scorecard based on character, academics, conduct, awards and community service. Each of those elements consists of 20 points toward a 100-point total. DWU earned a perfect 100 score for the Gold honors.
It will be Parkston Night at the Mitchell Quarterback Club meeting Wednesday at The Depot Pub and Grille. Parkston volleyball coach Leslie Rylance and football coach Eric Norden will be the special guests at the meeting, which begins at 7:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.
The Mitchell High School girls tennis team continued its winning ways on Monday. Mitchell blanked Sioux Falls Roosevelt 9-0 in a dual at Hitchcock Park. Pat Moller said his team was favored in every match, but added he was happy with how his team performed against the Rough Riders. "We had some scares, but good teams find a way to win and we did," Moller said. "We are still looking for that consistency and for everyone one through six to have their best day."
BROOKINGS—The Mitchell High School boys golf team placed ninth at the Brookings Invite on Monday at Brookings Country Club in Brookings. Mitchell carded a team score of 337, while Sioux Falls O'Gorman won the 12-team event with a 288, shooting even-par overall as a team. "We talked about how play certain holes and I think they executed the gameplan," MHS head coach Mark Horan said. "They took some conservative routes that paid off."
FOOTBALL Class 11AAA 1. SF Washington (35) 3-0 175 1 2. SF O'Gorman 2-1 132 3 3. SF Roosevelt 2-1 108 2
SIOUX FALLS—The Mitchell girls cross-country team held its own at the Nike Heartland Meet on Saturday at Yankton Trail Park in Sioux Falls. Competing in the junior varsity division, the Kernels finished third out of 13 teams. Mitchell seventh-grader Kennedy Olsen won the 5,000-meter run in 21-minutes and :01.60 seconds. "She had a really good race," Mitchell coach Keith Christensen said. "She is really young. We had a couple other girls up in there in Avia Haley and TyAnn Hart. So I was really happy with our girls."
HARRISBURG—The Mitchell boys soccer team played to a 0-0 tie with Harrisburg, while the Kernel girls team fell 2-1 against the Tigers on Saturday. The Kernel boys drop to 1-5-2 and the girls are 3-5-1. The teams had to battle with strong wind gusts and that played a factor, said Kernel girls assistant coach Courtney Dickson.
PLANKINTON—Ethan won the Custer Battlefield Highway Conference Tournament on Saturday in Plankinton. The Rustlers topped Mount Vernon/Plankinton in the title match 23-25, 25-17 and 25-21. In the title match, Jada Plastow had 12 kills, three blocks and one ace. Cameryn Logan added nine kills and Jessica Bartscher had 31 assists. Lexi Lingemann recorded two blocks. Maddie Miiller and Kailey Feiner had 19 and 12 digs, respectively.
OMAHA, Neb. — The Dakota Wesleyan University volleyball team split a pair of matches during the final day of the Flames Tournament on Saturday in Omaha, Nebraska. The Tigers defeated Grace University 24-26, 25-16, 27-25 and 25-23. DWU then lost in five sets to Presentation College 17-25, 26-24, 25-22, 24-26 and 15-11.
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Taryn Christion ran for two touchdowns and South Dakota needed a trick play to hold off Montana State, 31-27 on Saturday night. The Jackrabbits built a 17-0 lead, but Chris Murray, who fired four touchdown passes, brought the Bobcats back to trail by just three, 24-21 after three quarters. With 4:26 left South Dakota State opted for a fake field goal and kicker Chase Vinatieri ran 31 yards for a touchdown to make it a 31-21 lead.