Daily Republic Sports
BROOKINGS—Briggs Havlik placed third as the Mitchell High School wrestling team had five wrestlers place at the Les Tlustos-Brookings Invitational on Saturday in Brookings. Mitchell placed 10th at the event with 93 points, while Pierre won the 16-team competition with 257 points. "It wasn't a bad day and we had some good wins along the way," Mitchell head coach Travis Carpenter said. "I'd like to see a couple more guys sneak in there for places but overall I thought we wrestled relatively well."
MADISON—Trailing 26-21 at halftime, Gayville-Volin outscored Mitchell Christian 32-25 in the second half to rally past the Golden Eagles 53-51 at the Hefty Seeds Boys Basketball Shootout at the Dakota State University Fieldhouse on Saturday in Madison. The narrow loss ended a three-game winning streak for the Golden Eagles. "We could've done a little better job defensively down the stretch," MCS head coach Jesse Tolsma said. "We started out strong for a morning game and had a nice little lead at halftime."
CANISTOTA—Kalli Ortman poured in a game-high 21 points and scored her 1,000th career point in Canistota's 61-28 girls basketball win over Iroquois on Saturday. Ortman added five rebounds and three steals in the victory. Jordan Engbrecht netted 12 points and MiKenzie Kirby scored 10 for the Hawks. Canistota shot 22-for-38 from the field, 3-for-3 from the 3-point line and 14-for-26 at the foul line. The Hawks outrebounded Iroquois 19-13 and they forced 24 turnovers.
HOWARD—McCook Central/Montrose held off Howard late to pick up a 55-52 girls basketball win at the Big East Conference Tournament on Friday in Howard. The Fighting Cougars were outscored 23-10 in the fourth quarter, but were still able to fend off the Tigers for the victory. Morgan Koepsell led McCook Central/Montrose with 25 points and 13 rebounds, while Rachael Laetsch added 10 points and seven assists. McCook Central/Montrose shot 20-for-48 from the field and 11-for-18 at the free throw line.
The South Dakota Amateur Baseball Association will hold its annual meeting on Feb. 12 at the Highland Conference Center in Mitchell. The event is scheduled for 12 p.m. at the conference center just off Interstate 90. The event is open to all league officers, team managers, umpires, fans and media members. The annual meeting will include a review of the league's 84th year in 2016, financial reports, a report on the SDABA's annual promotions, an election of officers and new business.
Poor weather conditions caused some area sporting events to be called off and postponed for Friday and Saturday. Among the notable changes, the annual Wagner Invitational wrestling tournament has been relocated. The tournament will instead take place at 11 a.m. today in Plankinton with however many teams can make the trip. Andes Central, Bon Homme/Scotland, Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes, Marion/Freeman, Mount Vernon/Plankinton/Corsica-Stickney, Parkston and Wagner were among the teams scheduled to be in action before the relocation change.
GARRETSON—The Parkston wrestling team picked up two dual wins at the Garretson Triangular on Thursday in Garretson. Parkston defeated Sioux Falls Lincoln 53-25 and Garretson 52-24. Earning two wins for the Trojans was Tucker Murtha (126 pounds), Logan Mahoney (132), Kyler Holzbauer (152), Dawson Semmler (160), Slayton Neugebauer (182), Brady Schoenfelder (195) and Tucker Bigge (285). Parkston competes at the Wagner Invite today in Wagner.
For the second time this season, weather conditions will keep the Mitchell High School girls basketball team from making the trip to play in Rapid City. The Kernels' games with Rapid City Stevens Friday and Rapid City Central Saturday have been postponed due to poor road conditions, Mitchell Activities Director Cory Aadland said. Mitchell was supposed to play Central on Dec. 16 and Stevens on Dec. 17 but a winter storm prevented that trip, as well.
<p>MONTROSE—In overtime, McCook Central/Montrose outscored Freeman 8-6 to earn a 53-51 win in prep boys basketball action on Thursday in Montrose.</p><p>MCM's Koltan Lindstrom made a basket with 7 seconds left to force the overtime and he finished the game with 11 points and 13 rebounds for a double-double. Tucker Seamer scored 15 points for the Fighting Cougars, who went 18-of-61 from the field for 29 percent.</p>
VERMILLION — South Dakota used a 16-3 run to close the second half as the Coyote women's basketball team came away with a 80-48 win over North Dakota State Thursday night. The win avenged South Dakota's (18-3, 7-1 Summit) only nonconference loss, which came at the hands of the Bison (5-16, 3-5) on Jan. 4 in Fargo, N.D.