Daily Republic Sports
WATERTOWN—The Mitchell High School wrestling team went 1-3 during the Watertown Dual Tournament on Saturday in Watertown. Mitchell earned a 48-30 win over Yankton, but dropped duals to Aberdeen (56-8), Huron (57-9) and Harrisburg (45-24). "We got a lot to work on," Mitchell head coach Travis Carpenter said. "There's some little things we need to iron out and work on our conditioning. Our kids battled and they fought but we just ran into tougher individuals."
BROOKINGS—In front of a record crowd of 4,087, the No. 3 Iowa Hawkeyes topped No. 20 South Dakota State University 29-8 in a wrestling dual at Frost Arena on Friday in Brookings. Iowa won the first five matches of the contest and remained unbeaten in duals this season. Wagner native Alex Kocer opened the dual for the Jackrabbits, dropping a 9-5 contest to Iowa's Brandon Sorensen, the No. 2 ranked wrestler at 149-pounds. No. 15-ranked David Kocer, Alex's brother, dropped a 4-1 decision to Iowa's Alex Meyer 4-1 in the 174-pound match.
SIOUX FALLS—Three of South Dakota's finest high school coaches, including Burnell Glanzer (Armour basketball), Harvey Naasz (Winner football) and Forry Flaagan (Rapid City Stevens cross country), lead a group of 10 individuals selected for induction into the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame.
MINNEAPOLIS—Minnesota quarterback Sam Bradford's pass sailed high out of the back of the end zone on a two-point attempt with 30 seconds left, and the Dallas Cowboys held on to beat the Vikings 17-15 Thursday night. Bradford led an eight-play, 65-yard drive that began with just over two minutes remaining, pulling Minnesota within two points. However, he was pressured on the conversion attempt, and his desperation attempt to Adam Thielen in the back of the end zone was too high. Dallas secured the ensuing onside kick.
Yankton's Madason Tessier signed her national letter of intent to play for the Dakota Wesleyan University women's soccer team. Tessier is the first member of the 2017 class to sign with DWU. Tessier played six seasons for Yankton was a four-year starter for the Gazelles. The 5-foot-10 forward tallied 23 goals and seven assists in her career. She received second team all-state and Eastern South Dakota All-Conference First-Team. Tessier competed on the Yankton Rebels club team where she went to regionals in Ohio.
Led by Joe Robbie MVP and Most Outstanding Back Mason Leighton, two-time Class 11A champion Madison dominated the All-State team. The Bulldogs, who defeated Tea 39-0 in the 11A championship game, accounted for eight of the 28 roster spots. Their selections were distributed evenly between offense and defense.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Mitchell resident Chad Larson received the United States Tennis Association Northern Section's Jack Dow Adult Development Award earlier this month. The award was presented at the USTA Northern Annual Awards Banquet Nov. 18 in Bloomington, Minnesota and honors the individual whose efforts have had the greatest impact on promoting and improving recreational and adult competition for that year.
DENVER—Mitchell native Mike Miller rejoined the Denver Nuggets at Tuesday's practice, Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post reports. Miller was away from the team for roughly two weeks while attending to a personal matter, but he was back at practice Tuesday and is expected to be available tonight against Miami. He's played in three games this season, averaging three points per game.
Winner High School ran the table without a loss, culminating with its second-straight 11B state championship. It seems only fitting that the Warriors lead the 2016 South Dakota 11B All-State football selections. The Warriors placed nine members of their undefeated squad on this year's all-state team — by far the most of any program. Winner's opponent in the 11B title game, Groton Area placed three players on the team. Bridgewater-Ethan/Emery and Sioux Valley each had four members make the all-state squad.
As far as season-opening meets go, it was a smooth debut for the Mitchell Kernels gymnastics team Monday night. Mitchell hosted a full team from Yankton and gymnasts from Montrose and Parkston/Ethan/Hanson at the MEGA Center for the first meet of the season. The three-time defending Class AA state champions, Kernels won the meet with a score of 140.650, followed by Yankton with 135.350. It's the first of many building blocks for the Kernels and coach Audra Rew.