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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.
SIOUX FALLS — The best season in program history at the NCAA Division II level ended for No. 4 Sioux Falls in heartbreaking fashion as No. 5 Harding University (Arkansas) converted two late field goals to escape with a 27-24 overtime victory at Bob Young Field on Saturday in Sioux Falls. The Cougars finished the season 12-1. USF won the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference title and was the 12th team in school history to complete the regular season unbeaten.
LAS VEGAS, Nev.—The Texas Christian University men's basketball team topped Washington 93-80 on Saturday to claim the championship of the Global Sports Classic at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Mitchell native Ryan Miller is an assistant coach for the Horned Frogs. TCU is now 6-0 on the season. The Horned Frogs defeated UNLV 63-59 on Friday in their first game of the Global Sports Classic. TCU will play Washington again on Wednesday in Fort Worth, Texas.
JAMESTOWN, N.D.—No. 25 Dakota Wesleyan University four-game winning streak was snapped on Saturday. The Tigers dropped a 98-92 decision against the University of Jamestown in a men's college basketball game in Jamestown, North Dakota. The Tigers (7-2) entered as one of the highest scoring teams in the nation, but their defense had a tough time slowing down the hot-shooting Jimmies. Jamestown (3-5) nailed 14-for-24 3-pointers, with Logan Brown hitting five and Vlad Stoicoviciu drilling four off the bench.
RIVERSIDE, Calif. — A big advantage on the glass and surges before and after halftime helped the University of South Dakota to a 61-55 non-conference women's basketball victory Friday against UC-Riverside. The Coyotes outscored Riverside 19-11 in the second quarter and 18-12 in the third quarter to build a 53-44 lead after three quarters and then held on for the road win. USD was paced by 27 points and nine rebounds from Allison Arens, who was 10-of-13 shooting. Bridget Arens and Ciara Duffy each had 10 rebounds and Jaycee Bradley had 13 points in the win.
DETROIT—Matt Prater's 40-yard field goal on the final play gave the Detroit Lions a 16-13 victory over the Minnesota Vikings and sole possession of first place in the NFC North on Thanksgiving Day at Ford Field. Prater's game-winning kick completed another late comeback for the Lions (7-4), who have trailed in the fourth quarter in all of their victories. Darius Slay's interception of a Sam Bradford pass set up the game-winner.
Commemorative shirts for the 2016 Mitchell Kernels football championship are now on sale through Mitchell High School. The shirts are black and have a state champion graphic on the front, followed by the season opponents and results on the back. Orders will be taken through Dec. 9 and must be turned in to the MHS office. Youth and adult sizes are available.
ST. LOUIS - Missouri Valley Football Conference champion South Dakota State has claimed three of the league's top individual awards, conference officials announced Wednesday morning. Quarterback Taryn Christion was named MVFC Offensive Player of the Year, linebacker Christian Rozeboom was selected MVFC Freshman of the Year and John Stiegelmeier was honored as Bruce Craddock MVFC Coach of the Year. Award selections are determined through a vote of the league's coaches, sports information directors and select media.