Daily Republic Sports
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.
MANKATO, Minn.--A powerful rushing attack, led by Max Mickey and Luke Papilion, and hard-nosed defense lifted No. 4 Sioux Falls to a 24-14 win over Minnesota State, Mankato on Saturday in Mankato, Minnesota. The victory is arguably USF's biggest in the NCAA Division II era as the Cougars improved to 9-0 overall and clinched a share of the program's first-ever NSIC South title with a 5-0 mark and two games to play. USF also maintains a one-game lead over Minnesota-Duluth with two to play in the race for the NSIC overall title.
SEWARD, Neb.--Dakota Wesleyan University showed its strong offensive firepower at the Concordia Triangular, defeating Central Christian College in three sets, while dropping a five-set thriller to Concordia University in a Great Plains Athletic Conference matches on Friday and Saturday in Seward, Neb. In the victory over Central Christian set scores were 25-15, 25-6 and 25-19. In GPAC action, the Bulldogs came out on top, 19-25, 25-21, 31-33, 25-16 and 16-14.
WESSINGTON SPRINGS — Wessington Springs ended its regular season with a four-set prep volleyball victory over Gregory on Friday night. Set scores were 25-14, 20-25, 25-16 and 25-22. Talli Heim and Jaycee Hohn combined for 14 aces, with Heim tallying 10 kills and eight aces and Hohn adding 16 digs and six aces. Whitney Reider had 28 set assists and Maddie Neely had nine kills, four blocks and 12 digs. For the Gorillas, Alexa Hannahs had 25 set assists, Kaelee Haney had 12 kills and Amber Swan had a game-high 20 digs, while Lauren Svatos had 19 digs.
Listed are the high school volleyball district and region playoff pairings released by the South Dakota High School Activities Association. (All times Central.) Class AA District 3AA Semifinals - Nov. 1 No. 4 Pierre (11-12) at No. 1 Mitchell (17-6), 7 p.m. No. 3 Aberdeen Central (12-8) at No. 2 Huron (16-7), 7 p.m. Championship - Nov. 5 Semifinal winners, 7 p.m. (winner to state) Third place match - Nov. 5 Semifinal losers, TBD (loser eliminated) Region 2AA - Nov. 10