Daily Republic Sports
The postseason honors haven't stopped rolling in for Spencer Neugebauer. Mitchell's standout running back, who recently verbally committed to Dakota Wesleyan, has been named the Gatorade South Dakota football player of the year.
The South Dakota Sportswriters Association high school basketball polls for the week of Dec. 12 are below. Teams are listed with first-place votes in parentheses, record and vote points. BOYS CLASS AA 1. RC Stevens (3) 1-0 28 2. SF O'Gorman (2) 0-0 23 3. SF Lincoln (1) 1-0 19 4. SF Washington 1-1 16 5. Brandon Valley (1) 2-0 13 Other receiving votes: Sturgis 3, Sioux Falls Roosevelt 2, Aberdeen Central 1. CLASS A 1. SF Christian (6) 2-0 27 2. St. Thomas More 1-1 25 3. Sioux Valley (1) 2-0 20
WATERTOWN—A goal from Tyler Dailey with 2 minutes, 35 seconds remaining spoiled the Mitchell Marlins' third-period comeback effort, as the Watertown Lakers took down Mitchell 5-4 in a boys varsity hockey game Saturday.
For the second straight season, the girls basketball teams from Hanson and Avon will kick off the Edith Sanford Breast Center Girls Pentagon Classic Saturday. The Beavers and Pirates will play at 10:30 a.m. at the Sanford Pentagon, the first of eight games being played. Hanson won the 2015 meeting, 45-29. South Dakota schools include Hanson, Avon, Parker, Dakota Valley, Aberdeen Roncalli, Sioux Falls O'Gorman, St. Thomas More, Sioux Falls Washington, Sioux Falls Lincoln and Sioux Falls Roosevelt.
ALEXANDRIA — A youth boys basketball tournament will be hosted in Alexandria on Jan. 7. The tournament is for seventh-grade teams and will be limited to eight teams. The entry fee is $75. For more information or to signup, contact Donnie Kayser at 770-2171.
EMERY — A 35-point first half helped Bridgewater-Emery pick up its first win of the boys basketball season 57-18 over Dell Rapids St. Mary Monday night. Jamin Arend had 10 points and Sawyer Schultz added nine points, eight rebounds and nine assists for the Huskies. For the Cardinals, Connor Libis had nine points and Logan Gasper had eight rebounds for Cardinals. B-E had 50 rebounds to DRSM's 26 and forced 23 Cardinals' turnovers. The Huskies had 20 turnovers and made 25-of-57 field goal attempts, along with 4-of-9 free throws.
YANKTON—The Wagner/Bon Homme gymnastics team earned a 107.900 score during a meet with Yankton on Monday in Yankton. Joanna Soukup led Wagner/Bon Homme with a sixth-place finish in all-around with 30.100 points, while Yankton's Payton Steffenson won the competition with a score of 36.100. Yankton finished with a team score of 139.100. Wagner/Bon Homme will compete in the Milbank Invite on Saturday in Milbank.
Dakota Wesleyan University will head to Leavenworth, Kansas during the 2017 football season as part of the annual series between the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference and the Great Plains Athletic Conference. The No. 3 finisher in the GPAC in 2016, the Tigers (8-3) will take on the University of St. Mary, which finished third in the KCAC. The two conferences announced the pairings for the Sept. 2 games on Monday. The Spires won six of its last seven games and set a school record with an 8-3 finish to the 2016 season.
The Mitchell Marlins girls hockey team swept its weekend series with Sioux Center, Iowa, winning a pair of home games at the Mitchell Activities Center. The Marlins won 7-0 Saturday and 8-2 Sunday.
BROOKINGS—Mitchell graduate Kerri Young helped spark a second half rally to give South Dakota State University women's basketball coach Aaron Johnston his 400th win on Sunday in Brookings. The Jackrabbits overcame an 11-0 deficit to record a 60-55 nonconference win over George Washington before 1,111 fans at Frost Arena. In his 17th season, Johnston's record is 400-135.