Daily Republic Sports
CHAMBERLAIN—Postseason basketball and volleyball formats will be up for debate this week in Chamberlain. The spring conference for the South Dakota Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association is today through Friday at Cedar Shore in Chamberlain. Advisory committee recommendations will be voted upon by athletic directors at the conference. The proposals are not official until adopted by the South Dakota High School Activities Association Board of Directors at their regular meeting on April 18-19.
GREGORY—On its home track, the Gregory High School boys track and field team opened the season with a victory Monday at the Gregory Invite. The Gorillas held off Winner in the boys team title race, scoring 102 points to the Warriors' 93. Bon Homme was third with 65 points. On the girls side, Todd County edged Kimball/White Lake 101 to 98.
CRETE, Neb.—The Dakota Wesleyan University baseball team dropped a pair of games against Doane University on Sunday in Crete, Nebraska. The Tigers lost the first game 5-0 and 12-11 in the nightcap of the Great Plains Athletic Conference doubleheader. DWU (6-11, 1-3 GPAC) managed four hits in the first game, with Jared Neilan accounting for two of them. Tramane Moore and Peyton Price both had hits as well. Doane's Caleb Goedeken pitched a complete game, allowed four hits and struck out nine batters.
RAPID CITY—Mitchell had a pair of wrestlers finish second during the South Dakota Wrestling Coaches Association youth state meet in Rapid City on Saturday and Sunday. Mitchell's Beau Foote (schoolboy heavyweight) and Kyler Bauder (cadets 113) placed second in their respective age divisions during the two-day events. Foote pinned Dell Rapids' Lincoln Richeal and Belle Fourche's Tristan Dosche in the quarterfinals and semifinals respectively. Foote lost to Canton's Marshall Baldwin by a 5-0 decision in the title match.
TEA—The Hanson/Bridgewater/Emery Ducks won their high school baseball season-opener with a 6-2 win over Tea on Sunday in Tea. Cole Gassman earned the win for the Ducks. He went three innings, allowed zero runs, zero hits and struck out seven batters. Trent Kingsbury and Jonah Hofer each had a hit in the win. Kingsbury scored two runs and struck out five batters in four innings of relief. Kingsbury drove in a run, as did Hofer, Thomas Arend and Colton Plagman. HBE defeated Tea 8-7 in the junior varsity game. The Ducks will play host Baltic on April 2.
SALEM—The Class A All-Stars swept Class B and Class AA during the boys portion of the 3-Class Shootout on Saturday in Salem. The A squad topped Class AA 141-102 in game three of the event and defeated Class B 111-99 in the finale. The Class AA girls defeated Class 88-62 in the first game, while the Class B topped Class AA 88-65 in game two of the event.
Ethan’s Kacey Bartscher will play basketball for Dakota Wesleyan University. The 5-foot-9 guard led the Rustlers to a third-place finish in the 2017 State A girls basketball tournament and a 24-2 record. Bartscher tallied 14 points, four rebounds and four assists per game, while reaching the 1,000-point mark in her career. She was also an all-conference and all-tournament team selection.
Alyson VanderPol, of Mitchell, is one of nine incoming recruits for the Dakota Wesleyan University softball team's 2017 recruiting class, it was announced recently. VanderPol, who attends Mitchell Christian, has been a two-year starter for the Mitchell High School softball team, including earning Class AA all-state honors in 2016 as a pitcher and first baseman. She has played for the South Dakota Select and South Dakota Stomp club softball teams. A 5-foot-6 left-handed pitcher, VanderPol will be a natural fit for the Tiger softball team, DWU coach Ed Kieff said.
VERMILLION—University of South Dakota men's basketball head coach Craig Smith received a contract extension, multiple media outlets reported on Thursday. Smith, who guided USD to its first Summit League regular season championship, verbally agreed to a new deal of three years at $275,000, reports indicated. The confirmation of the new contract came one day after Smith was rumored to leave USD to become the head coach at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
The 17th season of organized high school baseball in South Dakota begins with new leadership, as Winner resident Brad Schramm has retired as president and executive director of the South Dakota High School Baseball Association. In December, Vermillion's Jason Gault took over as the SDHSBA president, while Sioux Falls' Dane Yde is the association's executive director.