Daily Republic Sports
LINCOLN, Neb.—The Dakota Wesleyan University baseball team split a Great Plains Athletic Conference doubleheader against Nebraska Wesleyan on Sunday in Lincoln, Nebraska. DWU dropped a 6-3 contest in the first game and won the second game 16-11. In Game 1, Tyler Waddle hit a three-run double to lead the Tiger offense, while Patrick Whetham took the loss. In Game 2, DWU recorded 16 runs on 15 hits. Chris Combs went 4-for-5 with a triple and three RBIs in the win. On Saturday, DWU split a doubleheader with Concordia University in Crete, Nebraska.
SIOUX FALLS—Dakota Wesleyan University freshman thrower Ben Hammer took second place in the shot put at the Vance Butler Invite on Sunday in Sioux Falls. Hammer had a throw of 15.42 meters, which provisionally qualifys him for the 2016 NAIA outdoor national championships. Abigail Collingham set a school record in the women's pole vault with a mark of 3.07 meters. She finished eighth in the event, while Kristen Longville placed second in the women's triple jump with a leap of 11.37—setting a DWU record.
• Mitchell High School track and field at Steve Beresth ESD Invite, 1 p.m. in Brookings. • Mitchell High School baseball at Rapid City Central (doubleheader), 4 p.m. in Rapid...
The nominees for the Mr. and Miss Basketball awards in South Dakota have been announced, with four area players under consideration. Canistota's Shay Jolley is up for the boys award, while Hanson's Kynedi Cheeseman, Mount Vernon/Plankinton's Megan Bultsma and Winner's Allison Cox have been nominated for the girls honor. The award for the top senior basketball player in the state is voted upon by the state's basketball coaches and will be announced May 1 at the Ramkota Hotel in Sioux Falls. A complete list of nominees is listed below:
Six area prep basketball seniors will participate in the South Dakota Basketball Coaches Association/Sanford Pentagon all-star games. In the girls games, Hanson's Kynedi Cheeseman will play for the Blue team, while Wagner's Ali Kuca, Winner's Allison Cox and Mount Vernon/Plankinton will play for the White team. Winner coach Larry Aaker will coach the White squad. On the boys side, Mitchell Christian's Majok Kur will play for the Blue team and Devon Leiferman, of Winner, will play for the White team.
ABERDEEN — The Dakota Wesleyan University softball team never trailed in its two games Thursday against Presentation College, winning the games 6-1 and 1-0 and improving to 19-11 on the season. Game one was scoreless into the sixth inning when DWU scored six runs off the Saints, highlighted by a seventh-inning two-run home run from Vanessa Mendez. Mitchell native Hallie Misiaszek was in control in the pitcher's circle, allowing one run on two hits in the complete game victory.
Mount Vernon native and Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway is indeed "going out a Viking." After reports on Thursday indicated a deal between the veteran linebacker and the only team he's played with in 10-year career were "imminent," he tweeted his intent to resign with the team on Thursday afternoon and to make the 2016 season his last.
Three area Class A girls basketball standouts were selected as first-team all-state players by the South Dakota Basketball Coaches Association for their efforts during the 2015-16 season. Megan Bultsma of Mount Vernon/Plankinton, Morgan Koepsell of McCook Central/Montrose and Allison Cox of Winner led the first team. The group also includes Ciara Duffy of St. Thomas More, McKenzie Mennenga of Elk Point-Jefferson and Haley Rithmiller of Webster Area. Bultsma, Duffy and Mennenga were repeat first-team selections.
TEA —The 10th annual Southeast Area All-Star Basketball Games will be played Sunday at Tea Area High School in Tea. The event, sponsored by the Tea Area Sports Boosters, will feature a dunk contest at 11:30 a.m., and a 3-point shooting contest at noon. The girls game will follow at 12:30 p.m., and the boys contest will be played at 2 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. The teams for the games are listed below Girls teams
VERMILLION—The University of South Dakota women's basketball team walloped Oregon 88-54 on Wednesday in the WNIT semifinals at the DakotaDome in Vermillion to advance to the final round on Saturday. The Coyotes will play Michigan or Florida Gulf Coast at 2 p.m. on Saturday in Vermillion for the WNIT crown. USD shot 15-of-21 from 3-point range, and was led by Kelly Stewart and Abigail Fogg with 14 points each. A crowd of 5,080 fans was on hand in the Coyotes' win.