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YANKTON — Yankton gave the Mitchell High School volleyball team plenty to handle on Tuesday. But the No. 2-ranked Kernels played their best at the right time to outlast the Gazelles 3-2 for an Eastern South Dakota Conference road victory at Yankton. Set scores were 25-21, 23-25, 25-18, 22-25 and 15-6. "In set five, we put everything together. We passed well, we communicated well and we celebrated," MHS head coach Deb Thill said. "It just took us a little while to get going defensively."
The Dakota Wesleyan University basketball teams are both ranked top 10 in the NAIA Division II preseason polls. The Tiger women are ranked No. 8, while the DWU men are No. 10. The DWU women received 241 points and the men garnered 206 points. Both teams are coming off national tournament appearances. The DWU women finished last season 27-7 and lost to Eastern Oregon in the second round of the national tourney. The DWU men went 23-10 and lost to the College of Idaho in the first round.
FREEMAN—After falling behind 2-0, the Canistota volleyball team rallied to win the final three sets and beat Freeman 3-2 in prep volleyball action on Monday in Freeman. Set scores were 19-25, 22-25, 25-18, 25-21 and 17-15. MiKenzie Kirby led the Hawks with 21 kills, 19 digs and one block, while Noelle Hofer added 16 kills, 15 digs, six blocks and two aces. Cassidy Keller recorded 33 digs and one ace, Hannah Parry tallied 34 assists and 13 digs and Jordan Engbrecht added 13 digs, six kills, four aces and one block in the win.
Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball coach Matt Wilber and DWU women's basketball coach Jason Christensen will speak at the Mitchell Quarterback Club meeting Wednesday. The Tiger men open their season against Sisseton Wahpeton College on Friday at the Corn Palace, while the DWU women host Jamestown on Oct. 31 at the Corn Palace. The meeting, which includes Mitchell High School football and volleyball coaches, as well, begins at 7:30 p.m. at The Depot Pub and Grille in Mitchell. The event is open to the public.
For the third time this season, Dakota Wesleyan University quarterback Dillon Turner was named the Great Plains Athletic Conference offensive player of the week. In DWU's 63-24 win over Briar Cliff on Saturday, Turner had 288 passing yards and five touchdowns and added 161 rushing yards and two more scores. DWU (5-4, 3-3 GPAC) plays Concordia University on Saturday in Seward, Nebraska.
POLLS 6 The South Dakota Prep Media football polls for the week of Oct. 23 are listed below, ranking the top-five teams and listing the team's record, points received and ranking in the previous poll. First-place votes received are indicated in parentheses. (This week's poll is the final edition of the season for the 11AAA, 11AA and 11A classes.) FOOTBALL Class 11AAA 1. SF Washington (24) 9-0 120 1 2. SF Roosevelt 8-1 96 2 3. Brandon Valley 7-2 72 4 4. SF O'Gorman 6-3 48 3
WINNER—Wagner swept Burke/South Central 25-20 and 25-15 in the title match of the Southeast South Dakota Conference Tournament on Saturday in Winner. Carolyn Blaha led the Red Raiders with nine kills and two blocks. Faith Tyler and Maesa Dvorak both had six kills. Tyler added 18 digs and one ace, while Dvorak finished with 14 digs. Sierra Juffer had three aces, eight digs and 22 assists. Schylar Juffer finished with 23 digs.
RAPID CITY—Burke/South Central's Kray Person capped off his cross country career with a second-place finish at the state cross country meet on Saturday at Rapid City's Hart Ranch Camping Resort. Person covered the 5,000-meter run in 16-minutes and 50.14 seconds. The senior propelled the Cougars to a third-place finish with 39 points. Bison's Daniel Burkhalter won the race in 15:41.27. Gregory's Aaron Voigt (16:57.65) finished in third place and Freeman Academy/Marion's Thaniel Schroeder (17:17.32) placed fourth.
RAPID CITY—The Mitchell cheer team finished 12th and the dance team placed 14th at the South Dakota High School Activities Association cheer and dance competition on Saturday at Rapid City Stevens. The Kernel cheer squad finished with 195.50 points and improved on their 13th place finish last year. "We just want to keep improving each year," Mitchell cheer coach Alisha Lockhart said. "Our goals for competition were just to bring a lot of spirit and a lot of energy."
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Taryn Christion went 14 of 19 for 323 yards with two touchdowns and South Dakota State ran away from Missouri State 62-30 on Saturday. The Jackrabbits (5-2, 2-2 Missouri Valley Conference) outscored the Bears (1-6, 0-4) 28-3 in the second half. SDSU's Brady Mengarelli rushed 11 times for 115 yards with two touchdowns — including a 57-yard rush, and Christion added 59 yards with a TD on eight carries. Dallas Goedert grabbed eight passes for 170 yards with a touchdown, and Cade Johnson hauled in a 7-yard TD reception.