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HONOLULU -- Dakota Wesleyan University’s Jason Christensen is now the winningest coach in program history. The No. 8 Tigers defeated Grace College 83-58 on Wednesday to give Christensen win No. 114. The Mitchell native and DWU graduate now has an overall record of 114-92, which surpasses Kevin Lein for most coaching wins in DWU women’s basketball history.
WOLSEY—Mitchell Christian surrendered the first 16 points and never recovered against Wolsey-Wessington on Tuesday. The Golden Eagles lost 60-30 in a high school boys basketball contest in Wolsey. "We weren't ready right off the get-go," Mitchell Christian coach Jesse Tolsma said. "We were trying to climb an uphill battle the rest of the way, but the kids fought back. I am really proud of their effort. We just have to get a little more better at being prepared right off the tip and ready to go."
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — South Dakota senior center Abigail Fogg was one rebound shy of a double-double as the Coyotes defeated Southern Illinois 68-57 inside the Swinney Recreation Center as a part of the Roo Holiday Classic Tuesday afternoon. Coyote sophomore guard Allison Arens was named the Roo Holiday Classic MVP and Fogg joined her on the all-tournament team. The Coyotes were the only team to capture both wins in the tournament.
LAS VEGAS — An 18-0 run for the Dakota Wesleyan University men’s basketball game helped the Tigers pull away from Dubuque University for a 84-67 win late Tuesday night at the Trip Sports Las Vegas Hoopla in Las Vegas, Nevada. DWU finished the game shooting 62 percent for the game and drained 9-of-17 3-point shots to win the game.
PLANKINTON — A strong shooting night helped the Sanborn Central/Woonsocket girls basketball team pick up a Custer Battlefield Highway Conference victory at Mount Vernon/Plankinton 53-29 on Tuesday in Plankinton. Myah Selland had 14 points and five rebounds, while Abby Doering scored 12 points. Tristan Ziebart scored nine points and Kayla Olson had seven assists for the No. 3-ranked Blackhawks. SCW shot 23-of-46 from the field and made 4-of-10 free throws, pulling down 17 rebounds and committing nine turnovers.
HONOLULU — It went to the wire but the Dakota Wesleyan University’s women’s basketball team pulled out a close victory Tuesday at the Hoop N Surf Classic in Hawaii. The No. 8-ranked Tigers took the lead with just more than three minutes to go on a Kristin Sabers 3-pointer and defeated No. 17 Indiana Tech 58-57 at St. Francis High School in Honolulu.
For the first time this season, Dakota Wesleyan University junior Jason Spicer has been honored as the Great Plains Athletic Conference's men's basketball player of the week. The 6-foot-6 Spicer, a Sioux Falls native, just missed a triple double as he tallied a career-high 30 points, along with 10 assists and eight rebounds in a win over Jamestown Dec. 14 at the Corn Palace.
Prep basketball This week's South Dakota Sportswriters Association high school basketball polls are below. Polls are updated every Tuesday. Teams are listed with record through Monday's action, followed by points received and previous ranking. First place votes in parentheses. Boys Class AA 1. SF O'Gorman (3) 3-0 27 2 2. RC Stevens (3) 1-0 26 1 3. SF Washington 2-1 16 4 T4. SF Lincoln 1-1 9 3 T4. Brandon Valley 2-1 9 5 Others receiving votes: SF Roosevelt 2, Sturgis 1. Class A 1. SF Christian(5) 2-0 27 1
Hanson earned a 58-49 win over No. 4 Avon in prep girls basketball action on Monday at the Corn Palace. Megan Guericke and Brooke Weber each scored a game-high 14 points, while Heather Kayser added 12 points. The Beavers went 20-of-47 for 43 percent shooting in the win and made 14 of 24 free throws. Lauren Sees led Avon with nine points, while Livi Jurrens, Kacie Mudder and Courtney Buchholz each contributed eight points. The Pirates made 18 of 39 field goals for 46 percent shooting and went 11-of-16 from the line in the loss.
Today, at the Corn Palace, Menno hosts Iroquois in a boys and girls doubleheader followed by Hanson vs. Avon in girls basketball. Times: Menno girls (1-2) vs. Iroquois girls (0-1) 5 p.m.; Menno boys (1-1) vs. Iroquois boys (0-2) 6:30 p.m.; Hanson girls (2-1) vs. Avon girls (3-0), 8 p.m. Next: Both Mitchell High School basketball teams will host Yankton in an Eastern South Dakota Conference doubleheader starting with the girls at 6 p.m. and the boys at 8 p.m.