Daily Republic Sports
PARKSTON—Northwestern went 4-0 and won the Parkston volleyball tournament on Saturday in Parkston. Northwestern defeated Wagner 2-0 (25-18 and 25-13), Parkston (25-7 and 25-10), McCook Central/Montrose (25-14 and 25-10) and Arlington (25-17 and 25-17). In the tournament, Caitlyn Fischbach led the Wildcats with 21 kills. Wagner went 2-2 in the tournament, beating MCM 2-1 (19-25, 25-21 and 25-22), Parkston 2-0 (25-22 and 25-16) and losing to Arlington and Northwestern. Faith Tyler recorded 22 kills in the four games.
Alec Nelson led the way in the boys cross country race at the Mitchell Invite on Saturday at Mitchell Middle School. The Mitchell Christian Golden Eagle placed first with a time of 14 minutes, 53.72 seconds to edge Platte-Geddes' Caden Tegethoff, who finished second with a time of 14:57.66 in the shortened 4K race. Mitchell's strongest finish was Lucas Moller, who placed third with a time of 14:59.31, while Jared Mauer, who was the only other Kernel competing in the varsity race, finished 19th (16:52.43).
HURON—Saturday was a banner day for the Mitchell High School volleyball team. The No. 2 Kernels swept four matches 2-0—topping No. 2 Sioux Falls Roosevelt (25-16 and 25-17), Sioux Falls O'Gorman (25-14 and 25-18), Rapid City Stevens (25-14 and 25-18) and No. 5 Sioux Falls Washington (25-13 and 26-24) at the Huron Invitational. "It was very important for us to start out strong against Sioux Falls Roosevelt and we did," MHS head coach Deb Thill said. "That match set the tone for the whole day."
FREEMAN — Michael Hofer’s 20-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter and Isaac Feldhaus’ extra-point kick provided the game-winning advantage for No. 5 Howard to knock off No. 1-ranked Canistota/Freeman 27-26 Saturday in a Class 9A prep football battle.
Despite falling behind Sturgis early in the match, the Mitchell High School boys soccer team rallied and earned its first victory of the season. The Kernels erased a 2-1 deficit, by scoring three unanswered goals and holding on for a 4-3 win over the Scoopers on Friday at the Pepsi-Cola Soccer Complex. "It was a hard-earned win because we had to come from behind," MHS head coach Ken Novak said. "We really started to connect the ball in the midfield. We started to win the midfield and that set us up to send the ball forward."
WATERTOWN—Mitchell's 2017 football campaign will start a day later than expected. The Kernels were among several teams in South Dakota to have their Friday night game delayed due to weather. Mitchell was scheduled to play at Watertown, but severe weather in the area delayed the start. After heavy rain delayed warmups and repeated lightning strikes continued to lengthen the delay, the game was called off around 8 p.m. It will now be played at 7 p.m. today in Watertown.
ELK POINT—McCook Central/Montrose improved to 2-0 on the young season with a 21-14 win at Elk Point-Jefferson Friday night in prep football action. MCM's Bryce Smart had two touchdown passes and threw for 91 yards in the victory, with Tate Reiner and Jared Ries each hauling in a touchdown grap. Smart added a game-high eight tackles and Tanner Grocott had six stops. The Fighting Cougars pounded the ball 43 times for 119 rushing yards and held off EPJ despite a deficit in total yards 302-210. Paul Lauck and Austin Thu each had interceptions on defense for MCM.
BERESFORD — The South Dakota high school cross country season got underway Friday at the Beresford Invitational, with Ethan/Parkston's girls team finishing sixth in the team competition. Sioux Falls Christian was the girls team champions, scoring 44 points, holding off the host Watchdogs' 56-point effort. For Ethan/Parkston, Lindsey Roth finished sixth in 21 minutes and 28.36 seconds and Adaya Plastow was seventh, finishing in 21:32.40, as E/P finished with 79 points. Beresford's Cait Savey won the race in 19:14.59.
Severe weather that wiped a majority of Eastern South Dakota on Friday night forced many postponements. Here's a list of football games that were scheduled for Friday and postponed. • Wagner at Mount Vernon/Plankinton postponed to noon Saturday in Mount Vernon. • Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan at Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central postponed to 5 p.m. Saturday in Woonsocket. • Mitchell at Watertown postponed to 7 p.m. Saturday in Watertown. The following games were started but postponed and will be continued later:
HURON—The Mitchell boys golf team continued to trend upward on Friday. The Kernels tied for sixth at the 16-team Huron Invitational at the Broadland Creek Golf Course in Huron. Mitchell carded a team score of 329 and tied with Eastern South Dakota Conference foes Yankton and Watertown. Coach Mark Horan said it was another positive step for the young Kernels, who have one senior on the roster. Horan added the team has taken a better mental approach, while also improving on the short game.