Daily Republic Sports
The postponed basketball doubleheader between Dakota Wesleyan and Concordia (Neb.) will be made up Feb. 12 at the Corn Palace. The contests—scheduled for Sunday—were postponed late Saturday due to weather concerns. DWU will host the games at 2 p.m. for the women and 4 p.m. for the men. In other Tiger postponement news, DWU was set to wrestle Midland on Monday night in Fremont, Nebraska but the Great Plains Athletic Conference dual was postponed. A makeup date has not been scheduled.
HURON — The Mitchell gymnastics team put together its best performance of the season Saturday at the Huron Invitational. But unfortunately for the Kernels, it wasn't enough, as Mitchell was just barely edged by Watertown for the team title. The Arrows walked away winners with 144.950 points, a tenth-and-a-half ahead of Mitchell, which finished the day with 144.800.
Morgan Koepsell scored 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to help McCook Central/Montrose defeat Webster Area in a battle of strong Class A squads 62-51 at the Hanson Classic Saturday at the Corn Palace. Danielle Hansen had 15 points and Rachael Laetsch had 12 assists and six rebounds for the Fighting Cougars, who shot 43 percent in the win. MCM ended the game with a 39-24 advantage in rebounding and it outscored Webster Area 27-8 in the final quarter.
MADISON — Thirty-two turnovers did in the Mitchell Christian girls basketball team Saturday, as the Golden Eagles dropped a 63-23 decision to Viborg-Hurley at the Hefty Seed Shootout at Dakota State University in Madison. Kirsten Paetow was too tough to stop, as she scored 26 points and tallied 10 points and six steals for the Cougars. Sydney Voss scored 11 points and had seven assists and Emily Bjerkass added 10 points and six assists in the win for Viborg-Hurley.
Due to impending weather, the Dakota Wesleyan vs. Concordia University basketball doubleheader on Sunday at the Corn Palace have been postponed. The games will be made up a later date.
Avon controlled the offensive boards to upset the fourth-ranked Freeman Flyers 59-52 at the Hanson Classic Saturday afternoon at the Corn Palace. The Pirates had 19 offensive rebounds and Coach Brad Poppe said it was something his team has been working on. "We've really been trying to emphasize the rebounding," said Poppe. "Early in the year, we'd shoot and get caught standing around and watching. But the girls did a great job tonight."
A packed day of boys basketball action is set for Jan. 21 at the Corn Palace, as the 35th annual Hanson Classic brings in 16 of the best Class A and Class B basketball teams in South Dakota. The premier matchups include the top four ranked teams in Class B boys basketball and a battle between two of the top three teams in Class A, according to the most recent South Dakota Sportswriters Poll. Eleven of the 16 teams in the classic have two losses or less, as of Jan. 14.
RAPID CITY — Katelyn Uithoven made 29 saves and the Mitchell Marlins girls hockey team picked up a 3-0 shutout victory over Rushmore Friday night in Rapid City. The Marlins took the lead on a pair of second period goals. Grace Halvorson put home a goal and was assisted by Ashley Zimmer to give Mitchell a 1-0 lead and Rebecca Weber scored with less than three minutes left for a 2-0 advantage, assisted by Halvorson. Jenna Grosdidier bagged a power play goal with less than a minute left to set the final margin for Mitchell and was assisted by Weber.
GREGORY—Gregory nipped Burke/South Central 39-38 in boys basketball action on Friday in Gregory. Robert Vomacka led the Gorillas with 20 points and five rebounds and Aaron Voigt chipped in with 12 points. Gregory shot 18-for-41 from the field, was 1-for-4 at the free throw line and had 19 rebounds and 18 turnovers. Donald Irvin paced the Cougars with 15 points and Jaden Frank tossed in 11 points. Kray Person grabbed 12 boards in the loss. Burke/South Central went 11-for-17 at the free throw line, had 23 rebounds and committed nine turnovers.
YANKTON — The Tri-Valley Conference boys basketball classic, which features a number of area schools, has moved up the start time for Saturday's games in Yankton. The change was made to accommodate Mount Marty College's home basketball games against Midland. Those contests were scheduled for Sunday afternoon but were moved up to Saturday night at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., due to poor weather conditions expected for Sunday.