Daily Republic Sports
Dakota Wesleyan University golf coach Chris Gomez has resigned, Athletic Director Jon Hart announced Wednesday. Gomez, who leaves after two years, was in his second stint as the Tigers coach, after coaching at the university from 2001-04. In 2016-17, the Tiger men finished in third place at the GPAC Championships in the team scoring, and the DWU women—who had won the last eight conference team championships—finished seventh. Gomez coached the Tigers to the women's team title in 2015-16, clinching the crown at Wild Oak Golf Course.
After falling to top-ranked Sioux Falls Lincoln 7-2 on Monday, the Mitchell High School boys tennis team bounced back with two convincing wins over Brandon Valley and Yankton on Tuesday at Hitchcock Park in Mitchell. The Kernels topped Brandon Valley 8-1 and Yankton 9-0. All six doubles matches went the Kernels' way on Tuesday. "We knew Brandon Valley would be a test, but I was really happy with how we handled that pressure," Mitchell head coach Pat Moller said. "We took control of the match early and played really solid."
SALEM — The defending Class B state champion Alexandria Angels opened the 2017 campaign with a victory Tuesday, topping Salem 13-6 in an amateur baseball contest. Pierce Smith and Chris Marek each had three-hit games and Armando Rodriguez, John Greicar and Marek each had two RBIs. Trever Vermeulen, Tyler Payer and Jordan Gau split the nine-inning game evenly, allowing seven hits, three earned runs and striking out nine as a team. Alexandria scored six runs in the eighth inning to stretch its lead out.
MOUNT VERNON—It was another banner day for area athletes at the Southeast South Dakota Conference track and field meet on Tuesday in Mount Vernon. The Winner Warriors won both team titles at the meet. The Warrior boys racked up 144 points and the girls team finished with 116 points. The Mount Vernon/Plankinton teams finished second at its home meet. The Titan boys had 104 points and the girls recorded 112 points.
Jim Wilson recorded his third-ever hole-in-one on Tuesday at Lakeview Golf Course in Mitchell. Wilson recorded the ace on Hole No. 3, using an 8-iron to sink the 160-yard shot.
SIOUX FALLS—Sioux Falls Lincoln was the latest Mitchell Kernel shutout victim on Tuesday night. The Kernels blanked the Patriots 2-0 as Jared Miller and Koby Larson combined for a four-hit shutout. It was Mitchell's third-straight shutout and sixth overall this prep baseball season. "Our pitching did a phenomenal job again and just pounded the strike zone," Mitchell coach Luke Norden said. "The same thing that's been winning us baseball games, just enough offense to win, but really good pitching and defense."
SIOUX FALLS—The Mitchell High School boys tennis team dropped a matchup against top-ranked Sioux Falls Lincoln on Monday in Sioux Falls. The Patriots topped the Kernels 7-2. Jared Suelflow won his match in Flight No. 3 singles and Adam Loes won his match in Flight No. 4 singles for the Kernels. Suelflow dropped the first set 0-6 to Lincoln's Aidan DeBoer, but rallied in sets two (7-5) and three (6-4) to earn the win. Loes won the first set against Lincoln's Arjun Choudhry 6-3, lost a close second set 6-7 (3) and won the final set 6-3.
PLATTE—Blake Moke struck out 11 Winner/Colome hitters and didn't allow a hit in five innings pitched as the Platte-Geddes/Dakota Christian/White Lake/Corsica-Stickney Honkers defeated the Royals 4-2 in a prep baseball game on Monday in Platte. Moke had three walks and allowed two earned runs, while going 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Riley Hoffman added a double and two RBIs and tossed the final two innings in relief of Moke. Trevor Sprik had two hits, including a double in the win.
HOWARD—The Freeman boys and the Howard girls each placed first at the Howard Invitational golf meet on Monday in Howard. Freeman carded a score of 123 to win the seven-team boys tournament, while Bridgewater-Emery took third with a 125 and Howard finished four with a 129. On the girls side, Howard finished with a 132 to win the four-team girls tournament. Sanborn Central/Woonsocket placed second with 158 and Wessington Springs finished third with a 163.
Masy Mock carded an 87 to win the Brookings Quadrangular, while the Mitchell High School girl's golf team claimed the team title at the rescheduled event on Monday at Wild Oak Golf Course in Mitchell. The Kernels finished with a team score of 379, while Brookings took second with a 404, Madison finished third with 419 and Watertown placed fourth with a 427. A scheduling conflict moved the meet from Brookings to Mitchell. Mock shot a 42 on the front nine and a 45 on the back. Mock had struggled in recent meets, but turned it around on Monday.