Daily Republic Sports
The Dakota Wesleyan University softball team dropped a Great Plains Athletic Conference doubleheader to Concordia University 4-1 and 12-7 on Saturday at Dr. McWhirter Field in Mitchell. Andriana Sprakel finished 2-for-3 with a run while Alize Martinez went 2-for-4 in the first game. Sierra Haage pitched all seven innings as she took the loss, allowing an earned run off eight hits, while striking out one and walking three.
CRETE, Neb.—The Dakota Wesleyan University men's golf team finished second at the Doane Spring Invitational Saturday in Crete, Neb. DWU freshman Connor Preston finished fourth with a total score of 147, while Tom Hogg tied for fifth after shooting 148. Michael Whitney took 25th with a 158. Russell Pick and Cal Wiese tied for 27th, Elliot Banks finished tied for 47th and Jayden Engels placed 50th. The Tigers will play in the Briar Cliff Spring Invitational on Tuesday at the Green Valley Golf Course in Sioux City, Iowa.
CHAMBERLAIN -- The Winner/Colome Royals blanked Chamberlain/Kimball/Lyman 14-0 in a high school baseball game on Sunday in Chamberlain.
The Mitchell High School baseball team had a case of déjà vu on Saturday. After dropping the first game 2-1 of a doubleheader against Watertown, the Kernels answered back with a 14-4 game two win of the twinbill on Saturday at Drake Field. Mitchell did the same thing on Friday as it lost the first game against Harrisburg 13-6, but won the second game 11-1. “We had the same performance in the second game of both doubleheaders where we kind of didn’t play our best the first game and then came out and 10 runned them in the second game both nights,” Mitchell coach Luke Norden said.
AVON—The Corsica-Stickney boys track and field team won the Avon Invite on Friday in Avon. Corsica-Stickney tallied 175 points to win the 10-team event, while Bon Homme took third with 84 points and Scotland placed fourth with 60 points. On the girls side, Viborg-Hurley claimed the team title with 116 points. Wagner took second with 106 points, Corsica-Stickney placed third with 77, Avon took fourth with 68, Menno and Tripp-Delmont/Armour each placed fifth with 64.
The Mitchell High School boys tennis team remained perfect on the season with a 6-3 win over St. Thomas More on Friday at Hitchcock Park. The Kernels (3-0) won five individual matches and one doubles match to secure the win. Mitchell's Jacob Dahme and Carter Cavanaugh won the No. 1 and No. 2 flight singles, respectively.
After dropping the first game of a doubleheader against Harrisburg 13-6, the Mitchell High School baseball team responded with an 11-1 win in five innings to split with the Tigers on Friday at Cadwell Park. It was nearly two different games for the Kernels, who settled down at the plate and on the mound in the second game against the Tigers to improve to 5-2 on the season. "We wasted some at-bats in the first game," Mitchell head coach Luke Norden said. "Guys weren't swinging at good hitter's pitches. We were swinging at pitcher's pitches. That changed in the second game."
HURON — The Mitchell High School track and field team was competing outside for the first time this season Friday. Thusly, they had a little extra energy that came through on the track at the Huron Invitational. "We had a great day," Mitchell head coach Joe Shepardson said. "It was the first meet outside for us this year and you could tell there was a little extra adrenaline. We fought the wind all afternoon but it ended up not being as much of a factor for some of our kids."
The Burke/South Central girls golf team's season got off to a strong season on Friday. At the Class B Classic, the Cougars carded a team score of 278 to win the six-team event at Lakeview Golf Course in Mitchell. Howard took second with a score of 318, while Platte-Geddes finished third (330) and Wessington Springs placed fourth (337). BSC's Taylee Indahl posted the top girls score of 85, while her teammate, Tressa Bull, finished second with a 91. Hayle Benter rounded out the Cougars' team score with a 10-place finish and a score of 102.
The Dakota Wesleyan University softball team split with in-state rival Mount Marty College, winning the opener 7-5 before the Lancers took the second game 9-7 Thursday at McWhirter Field in Mitchell. DWU had 11 hits in the first game, rallying with three runs in the sixth inning to take the lead. Paige Kinley had three hits, including two doubles, and Amber Budmark knocked in three runs for the Tigers. Sierra Haage earned the win, pitching all seven innings, allowing seven hits and five runs, while punching out six.