Daily Republic Sports
PARKSTON—Parkston/Ethan scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to earn a 7-1 win over Redfield/Doland in high school baseball action on Saturday at The Pond in Parkston. Alex Scott picked up the win, striking out three with no runs or hits in two innings pitched as four P/E pitchers completed at least one inning in the contest. Scott also had two hits, while Jesse Grossdidier had a double and an RBI and Kellan Culbert added two RBIs. P/E (1-0) plays Wagner/Avon/Lake Andes on Thursday in Parkston. Hot Springs 5, Chamberlain/Kimball/Lyman 0
HESSTON, Kan.—Topping 15 other schools, the Dakota Wesleyan University men's golf team won the Bethel Spring Invitational on Sunday in Hesston, Kansas. In DWU's first meet of 2017, the Tigers recorded a two-day score of 594 (301 and 293) to edge second place Hastings College (598) by four strokes. Thomas Hogg led DWU with a sixth-place finish, carding a two-day score of 145 (74 and 71). Elliott Banks tied for 11th (149), Russell Pick placed 15th (150) and Michael Whitney tied for 19th (152). Connor Preston finished tied for 46th with a 157.
It was a good weekend for the Dakota Wesleyan University baseball team. The Tigers picked up four Great Plains Athletic Conference wins on Saturday and Sunday against Briar Cliff and Midland, respectively, at Cadwell Park in Mitchell. On Sunday, DWU topped Midland in dramatic fashion 10-8 in nine innings and held off the Warriors in the second game, 5-4. DWU trailed Midland 8-2 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, where the Tigers exploded for six runs to tie the game. In extra innings, Jared Neilan smacked a walkoff home run.
WINNER—The Winner boys track and field team won eight events at the Bill Pistulka meet on Saturday in Winner. Winner's Brady Fritz won the 100-meter dash (11.60 seconds) and triple jump (39 feet, 10 inches), while Cameron Kuil won the 200 (21.73) and 400 (51.87) and Kayleb Brozik won the 800 (2:09.88). The Warriors took home 4x100 (44.02), 4x400 (3:45.60) and 4x800 (9:10.00). Colome won the 4x200 (1:38.26).
BROOKINGS—The Mitchell High School boys 4x100-meter relay team claimed the top spot in the Steve Berseth Eastern South Dakota Conference indoor track and field meet on Saturday at the Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex in Brookings.
RAPID CITY—For the second year in a row, the Mitchell High School baseball team started its season with a four-game sweep over the Rapid City schools. Mitchell blanked Rapid City Central in two games (13-0 and 13-0) on Saturday and rallied for a 9-7 win over Rapid City Stevens after winning the first game 14-3 on Sunday in Rapid City. In the four games, Mitchell collected 40 hits, scored 49 runs, allowed 10 runs and committed only five errors.
WESSINGTON SPRINGS — Colman-Egan never trailed Friday night and took advantage of six Central Dakota errors, as the visitors won 8-5 in a prep baseball game in Wessington Springs. Colman-Egan was paced by three hits from Devin Sopko, who had a triple and an RBI. Kasen Grengs pitched 5 2/3 innings for the win, striking out nine and scattering five hits.
Harrisburg led the way with a pair of standouts on the Class AA girls basketball all-state team, selected by the South Dakota Basketball Coaches Association. Senior Samantha Slaughter and sophomore Jeniah Ugofsky helped the Tigers to a state runner-up finish this season and helped to make up one-third of the six-player all-state first team. Slaughter, who will hang up the basketball jersey in favor of a volleyball career at Nebraska next year, averaged 11.3 points and 5.2 rebounds per game for the Tigers and was arguably the face of the Tiger squad.
Four area basketball teams landed three players each on the Little Missouri Valley Conference's all-conference boys basketball team. Scotland's Tanner Skorepa, Travis Skorepa and Chandler Diede made the team, along with Bon Homme's Bryce Scieszinski, Chase Kortan and Cole Uecker. Parkston's Kellan Culbert, Brady Albrecht and Brayden Leischner were on the team, along with Andes Central/Dakota Christian's J.B. Burguier, Michael Maas and Chase Pheifer. Tripp-Delmont/Armour's Noah Schafers, Avon's Dylan Raysby and Wagner's Alex Sully also made the squad.
NEW YORK—Texas Christian University defeated Georgia Tech 88-56 in the NIT title game on Thursday at Madison Square Garden in New York. Mitchell native Ryan Miller is an assistant coach for the Horned Frogs. This marks the first time TCU has won the NIT. The Horned Frogs have qualified for the NIT seven times in program history. Miller is in his first year as an assistant coach for TCU.