Daily Republic Sports
SIOUX FALLS—Mitchell native Macy Miller was named first team All-Summit League by league officials on Thursday in Sioux Falls. It's the first time Miller has been named to the first team after earning second-team accolades last year as a true freshman. The sophomore point guard led SDSU in scoring with an average of 13.7 points per game, while collecting 4.6 rebounds and a team-leading 2.9 assists per game. Miller scored in double figures in 14 of 16 league games, including scoring 20-or-more points twice.
For the first time in school history, both the women's and men's basketball teams at Dakota Wesleyan University are in the NAIA national basketball tournaments in the same year. While the women knew they would be in the 32-team field after gaining an automatic bid, the men were selected as an at-large team into the tournament.
Behind four players in double-figures and 25 points from Shay Jolley, the Canistota Hawks advanced to the District 8B championship game on Tuesday night, defeating Ethan 63-54 at the Corn Palace. Jerad Nielsen had 13 points, Drew Seubert had 12 points and five rebounds and Mason Decker added 11 points. Camden Myers had 14 points and 13 rebounds in a double-double effort for the Rustlers. Abiah Plastow and Brady Hawkins each had 10 points. The Rustlers shot 24-of-51 from the field and 4-of-7 from the line.
PINE RIDGE — For the third time in the Region 7A playoffs, the Winner Warriors girls basketball team were in a hole. And for the third time, they dug themselves out. Down 11 points at halftime, the Warriors rallied back into the game and took a 46-all game into overtime, where they defeated Little Wound, 58-52 Tuesday night in Pine Ridge for the Region 7A championship. With the victory, the Warriors (19-4) will go to their first state tournament since 2014 and qualify for the Class A tournament for the third time in six years.
The Mitchell High School gymnastics team will celebrate its third straight state title at Wednesday's Mitchell Quarterback Club meeting. The meeting is at 7:30 p.m., at The Depot Pub and Grill. Other guests scheduled to speak include both Mitchell High School basketball coaches Wes Morgan and Erik Skoglund, MHS wrestling coach Travis Carpenter and Dakota Wesleyan University basketball coaches Jason Christensen and Matt Wilber.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa—No. 1 Morningside backed up its Great Plains Athletic Conference regular-season title with the conference tournament championship by defeating No. 3-seeded Dakota Wesleyan University 80-59 on Tuesday in Sioux City, Iowa. The reigning national champions were led by Madison Braun's 24 points. Erica Herrold scored a 21 points to lead the Tigers in the loss. Morningside led 39-30 at half and closed the first quarter on a 10-0 run to take a 20-16 lead after a strong opening five minutes from the Tigers.
• Mitchell High School boys basketball at Huron in District 3AA first round game, 7:15 p.m., at Huron Arena. • Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball at Morningside in GPAC championship game, 7 p.m., in Sioux City, Iowa. • Area high school girls basketball playoffs: District 7A: Winner vs. Red Cloud, 7:30 p.m., in Pine Ridge.
PIERRE — This time, they remained calm. As a result, Mitchell's girls are going to play for Thursday's District 3AA championship. The Kernels closed Monday's 3AA semifinal on a 5-1 run to claim a 54-50 victory over the Pierre Governors. "Pierre gave us everything they had going through the fourth quarter," Mitchell head coach Wes Morgan said. "Our kids didn't get rattled." Pierre freshman guard Emily Mikkelsen broke a 47-all deadlock with 2 minutes, 14 seconds remaining when she split a pair of free throws.
Mitchell Christian had 31 points from standout center from Majok Kur but couldn't stop a second half surge from Ethan, who defeated the Golden Eagles 59-47 in a District 8B first round boys basketball playoff game Monday night at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. Ethan's Camden Myers had 20 points and nine rebounds for the Rustlers, leading four Ethan players in double figures. Rylee Riggs had 14 points, Abiah Plastow added 12 points and Brady Hawkins tossed in 10 points for the fourth-seeded Rustlers. Derek Storm had five assists.
Three players for the Hanson boys basketball team scored in double digits, pacing Hanson past Howard 70-31 on Monday night in a District 8B playoff game at the Corn Palace. Aaron Wenande recorded 17 points, Nathan Stewart added 15 and Andrew Arend had 13 points. The Beavers shot 29-of-58 from the field and 5-of-11 from the line. For Howard, Logan Hattervig and Tate Schwader had 10 points apiece in the loss. The Tigers shot 7-of-16 from the free-throw line. Hanson (14-7) plays Bridgewater-Emery at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Corn Palace. Howard ends its season at 0-21.