Daily Republic Sports
FREEMAN -- Erika Sage erupted for a school-record 43 points in Freeman’s 70-61 girls basketball victory over Tripp-Delmont/Armour on Saturday. Sage also recorded seven rebounds and three steals in the victory. Karli Maske chipped in with 15 points and four rebounds. The Flyers shot 10-for-23 from the field and 11-for-29 at the 3-point line. Freeman committed just eight turnovers, compared to 18 by the Nighthawks. Freeman trailed 54-50 going into the fourth quarter. Mattilynn Reiner led TDA with 20 points, six rebounds and four steals.
FREMONT, Neb. -- No. 9 Dakota Wesleyan’s six-game winning streak was snapped and its first-place conference lead was cut to one game on Saturday. The DWU men’s basketball team dropped a 90-84 Great Plains Athletic Conference contest on Saturday against No. 11 Midland. With the loss, DWU holds a one-game lead atop the GPAC standings with only three games remaining.
FREMONT, Neb. -- No. 8 Dakota Wesleyan took care of business on the road to keep pace in the conference race. The DWU women’s basketball team used a strong second quarter and pulled away from Midland University for a 67-59 Great Plains Athletic Conference win on Saturday. “In the GPAC, if you can go on the road and get a win, it is huge,” DWU coach Jason Christensen said. “Especially late in the year. Road wins in February are huge.”
PLANKINTON — Katlyn Briggs had a big night as Mount Vernon/Plankinton bested Wagner 46-38 on Friday night in prep girls basketball. Briggs posted 18 points and 11 rebounds in the win for the Titans. Destiney Haak contributed eight points, 10 rebounds, and five assists on the night. The Titans were 19-of-43 from the field, were 0-of-3 on 3-pointers, and made 8-of-17 free-throw attempts. For Wagner, Kristan Soukup had nine points in the losing effort. The Red Raiders were 17-of-55 from the field, 3-of-18 on 3-pointers, and made 1-of-4 free-throw attempts.
Pairings for the 8th Annual DWU/Culver’s Classic were released Saturday morning. For the second year, the classic will open with four girls' high school basketball games on Friday, Feb. 10 at 4 p.m. Canistota will take on Burke/South Central, followed by Bridgewater-Emery and Parkston at 5:30 p.m. The final two games of the night will feature Ethan and Mount Vernon/Plankinton at 7 p.m. and Hanson and Pine Ridge at 8:30 p.m.
PLANKINTON — Katlyn Briggs had a big night as Mount Vernon/Plankinton bested Wagner 46-38 on Friday night in prep girls basketball. Briggs posted 18 points and 11 rebounds in the win for the Titans. Destiney Haak contributed eight points, 10 rebounds, and five assists on the night. The Titans were 19-of-43 from the field, were 0-of-3 on 3-pointers, and made 8-of-17 free-throw attempts. For Wagner, Kristan Soukup had nine points in the losing effort.
PIERRE—It was another tough night offensively for the Mitchell boys basketball team on Friday. The Kernels shot just 29 percent from the field and dropped a 61-45 decision at Pierre in an Eastern South Dakota Conference contest. Mitchell (0-14) managed to put up more shots than the Governors. However, the Kernels couldn't handle the defensive pressure put on by Pierre (6-6). "The Governor defense put a tremendous amount of pressure all over the floor against us, extending out to about 30 feet and really took us out of our game," Mitchell coach Erik Skoglund said.
CORSICA — Myah Selland scored her 2,000th career point in No. 2 Sanborn Central/Woonsocket's 61-34 girls basketball victory over Corsica-Stickney on Thursday. Selland filled up the stat sheet with 12 points, six rebounds, six assists, three steals, and four blocks to lead the Blackhawks. Megan Poyer added 12 points and Abby Doering scored 11 points along with six rebounds. Kayla Olson chipped in 10 as well for the Hawks. SCW shot 51 percent from the floor and outrebounded Corsica-Stickney, 31-18 in the win.
PARKSTON—Burke/Gregory pinned its way past Parkston 39-31 during a dual on Thursday in Parkston. The Storm won seven of the contested matches, including six by fall. Jordan Vosika (113 pounds), Jackson Eklund (120), Frank Even (126), Finn Hanson (138), Vladik Johnson (152) and Colton Nelson (285) each pick up pins for Burke/Gregory. Nelson's pin in the heavyweight match secured the team victory. Burke/Gregory held a slim 33-31 lead entering the final bout. Jeremiah Beck (160) won the Storm's other match, an 8-6 decision over Dawson Semmler.
YANKTON — Mitchell's quest for a fourth-straight Eastern South Dakota Conference gymnastics championship came up a bit short on Thursday night.