Daily Republic Sports
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa—The South Dakota State University football team will play for at least a share of the Missouri Valley Football Conference title Saturday as it travels to Northern Iowa for the regular season finale. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The game will be available for viewing on ESPN3.com.
SIOUX CENTER, Iowa—For the first time since 2007, the Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball team earned a win over Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. The No. 25 Tigers scored 21 points in overtime and got a career-high 29 points from Jason Spicer to pull out a 118-111 Great Plains Athletic Conference victory on Wednesday. Spicer hit a game-tying 3-pointer with 4 seconds left in regulation and a game-winning 3-pointer by Dordt missed as the game went into overtime tied at 97.
VERMILLION—South Dakota jumped out to a 20-3 and earned a 99-60 win over Presentation College, an NAIA Division II school, on Wednesday at the Sanford Coyote Sports Center in Vermillion. Dan Jech, Trey Dickerson and Brandon Armstrong each scored 12 points, while Matt Mooney added 11 and Joshua Doss and Austin Sparks each chipped in 10 points. USD shot 53 percent from the field (40-of-75) and outrebounded the Saints 48-31. The Coyotes (3-0) host Doane at 7 p.m. today at the SCSC in Vermillion.
BROOKINGS—The South Dakota State University men's basketball team picked up its first win under first-year head coach T.J. Otzelberger on Wednesday at Frost Arena in Brookings. The Jackrabbits defeated Division II Wayne State 80-72. Mike Daum scored a game-high 24 points and added 12 rebounds for a double-double, while Skyler Flatten added 15 points and Tevin King and Cole Gentry each chipped in nine points. SDSU went 23-of-54 from the field for 42.6 percent shooting and won the rebounding battle 41-24.
Winner football and track and field standout Cameron Kuil will continue his track career at South Dakota State University. SDSU track and field associate head coach Eric Hanenberger tweeted out "New Jackrabbit: Cameron Kuil (Winner HS - Carter, SD) Class B State Champion in 400m and All-State in the 100m & 200m #GoJacks #RunRabbits," on Wednesday night. Kuil, who helped the Warriors claim back-to-back Class 11B state football titles, won last year's Class A 400-meter dash state title with a time of 49.89 seconds. He took second in the 200 and third in the 100.
SALEM — McCook Central's Rachael Laetsch has signed a national letter of intent to play softball at the University of Mary. Laetsch, a 5-foot-2 catcher and outfielder from Salem, played on three state championship teams during her youth career. During her high school season last fall, she hit .441 and 11 doubles, and hit .426 with 11 home runs, 50 doubles and 15 triples for her career.
The Dakota Wesleyan University wrestling dual with Southwest Minnesota State University scheduled for today has been postponed. The TIgers were set to travel to face the Mustangs but an impending winter storm called off the dual. The meet will be made up at 7 p.m., Jan. 11 in Marshall, Minn. DWU's next action is scheduled for Saturday at the Concordia-Moorhead Open in Moorhead, Minnesota.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Tom Rethman has resigned as head football coach at Briar Cliff University. Rethman will be replaced by assistant Frank Rosegrant as interim head coach, while a search for Rethman's replacement gets underway. Hired as Briar Cliff's coach in 2008, Rethman posted a record of 21-78 in his nine years at the helm of the Charger football program, which went 1-10 in 2016. Rethman's most successful seasons were in 2009 and 2013 when his teams went 4-7.
The Mitchell Parks and Recreation Department is forming a men's basketball league. For those interested in participating in the league, a captain's meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Mitchell Recreation Center. Teams must have a representative present at the meeting to have a team in the league. For more information, contact Kevin DeVries at 995-8450 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
FREEMAN — Hanson's Ashley Moe was named the Cornbelt Conference's volleyball most valuable player for her performance during the 2016 season, as the league announced its all-conference selections Wednesday. Led by the 5-foot-9 senior middle hitter, the Beavers were the conference champions in the Cornbelt and finished with a 23-5 record. Hannah Marquardt also joined the conference's first-team all-league selections.