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One final defensive stand propelled the Mitchell Christian boys basketball team to a 61-60 win over James Valley Christian on Tuesday in Mitchell. MCS head coach Dennis Martin said the game "could have went either way" but his team made the final play when it mattered the most. "I was pretty proud of how our kids hung in there in there in a pressure packed game," Martin said. "They kept their composure and I'm really happy how they got after it defensively to seal the win."
The Mitchell Christian girls basketball team outlasted James Valley Christian 36-31 on Tuesday in Mitchell. After trailing 18-15 at halftime, the Golden Eagles outscored the Vikings 12-2 in the third quarter and held on for the win. "We fought hard as a team," MCS head coach Jackie Van Laecken said. "The girls shared the ball well and found the open teammate. Defensively, the girls did a great job communicating. It was a good win for the girls."
BROOKINGS—The Brookings Bobcats shot lights out and held Mitchell to single-digit scoring in the first and fourth quarter to post a 62-42 Eastern South Dakota Conference victory over the Kernels on Tuesday at Bob Jostad Gymnasium in Brookings. Brookings finished 23-of-44 (52 percent) from the floor, which included a 6-of-13 (46 percent) performance from beyond the arc, and then went 10-of-11 (91 percent) from the foul line.
After winning a pair of contests last week, the Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team remains ranked at No. 16 in the NAIA Division II coaches poll released Tuesday. The Tigers defeated Dordt College 80-57 Feb. 3 and Nebraska Wesleyan 79-56. Meanwhile, after splitting a pair of contests, the Dakota Wesleyan men dropped to No. 16 in the coaches poll after being ranked No. 13 last week. The Tigers defeated Dordt College 82-67 on Feb. 3, but fell to NWU 107-97 on Saturday.
Sixteen teams have been selected to participate in the 2017 Hanson Girls Classic at the Corn Palace on Jan. 14, 2017. Eight games will be played featuring six Class A teams and 10 Class B teams. Class A teams include: Crofton (Neb.), Dell Rapids, Flandreau, McCook Central/Montrose, St. Thomas More and Webster Area. The Class B teams included are: Andes Central/Dakota Christian, Avon, De Smet, Ethan, Freeman, Hanson, Howard, Sanborn Central/Woonsocket, Sully Buttes and Warner.
Dakota Wesleyan University football coach Ross Cimpl and professional sports agent Dave Martin will be the special guests at today's Mitchell Quarterback Club. The meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. at The Depot Pub and Grill in Mitchell. Martin, a Mitchell native, represents area pro athletes Mike Miller and Chad Greenway and has built a reputation for representing some of the best athletes currently in professional mixed martial arts.
Here are this week's South Dakota Sportswriters Association high school boys and girls basketball polls. Teams are listed with first place votes in parentheses, record and total points. Records do not include Monday's games. Boys Class AA School (1st) Record Pts Pvs 1. Sioux Falls O'Gorman (7) 11-4 35 1 2. Sioux Falls Washington 11-4 27 3 3. Huron 12-3 21 5 4. Aberdeen Central 11-4 11 4 5. Sioux Falls Roosevelt 9-7 6 NR Other receiving votes: Watertown 4, Pierre 1. Class A School (1st) Record Pts Pvs
• Mitchell High School wrestling triangular with Harrisburg and Yankton (Mitchell-Harrisburg at 5 p.m., Harrisburg-Yankton at 6:30 p.m., Mitchell-Yankton at 8 p.m.) at Mitchell High School. • Mitchell High School...
AVON — Lauren Sees paced Avon to victory in girls high school basketball action as Avon defeated Freeman 55-45 Monday night in Avon. Sees tallied 25 points, seven rebounds and four assists, while Heidi Cap added 11 points and three steals. Avon shot 20-of-46 from the field and 11-of-23 from the line. For Freeman, Erika Sage recorded 20 points, two assists and two steals. Josie Fuhrman added nine points in the loss. The Flyers shot 11-of-53 from the field and 18-of-35 from the free throw line.
MILLER—Alec Nelson scored a game-high 26 points on 13-of-15 shooting from the field as the Mitchell Christian boys basketball team surged past Sunshine Bible Academy 78-25 on Monday in Miller. "Alec really stepped up big and he's a kid that really sees the court well," MCS head coach Dennis Martin said. "He was able to get to rim a lot and had a really big game for us."