Daily Republic Sports
The annual Xtreme Cheer and Dance Challenge will have a new date and location next season. The event will be hosted on the Dakota Wesleyan University campus at the DWU/Avera Sports Complex, as well as the Christian Family Wellness Center on Feb. 24, 2018. For the first nine years of the event, it was held on the second weekend in December at the Corn Palace.
Andes Central/Dakota Christian's Ahna Vander Pol recently scored her 1,000th career point for the Thunder. Vander Pol achieved the feat in Andes Central/Dakota Christian's 43-33 win over Scotland on Dec. 20. Vander Pol is a 5-foot-8 guard/forward for the 7-1 Thunder.
MURDO—The pairings for the 49th annual Jones County boys basketball tournament have been set for Jan. 12, 13 and 14 at the Harold Thune Auditorium in Murdo. The eight-team tournament will begin on Thursday with Lyman vs. Stanley County at 1 p.m. and Colome vs. Bennett County at 2:30 p.m. in the afternoon session, followed by Kadoka Area vs. Jones County at 6:30 p.m. and Philip vs. White River at 8 p.m. in the evening session.
Dakota Wesleyan will host a volleyball academy four different Sundays in January and February. The academy is Jan. 29, Feb. 12, Feb. 19 and Feb. 26 at the Christen Family Athletic Center. It is open to students in fourth-through-12th grades. The fourth-through-seventh graders will go from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The eighth-through-12th grade graders will go from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m. The cost is $60 for campers in fourth-through-seventh grade and $80 for campers in eighth-through-12th grade. The camp is limited to the first 30 athletes in each group.
Mount Vernon/Plankinton boys basketball head coach Eric Denning and MVP girls basketball head coach Bill Marquardt will be the special guest speakers at next week's Mitchell Quarterback Club meeting. The meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. on Monday at The Depot in Mitchell.
STURGIS—The Dakota Wesleyan wrestling team dropped a 50-0 decision against Dickinson State in a dual on Tuesday in Sturgis. The Tigers suffered four pins, three forfeits and one technical fall in the shutout defeat.
Avon outscored Ethan 18-10 in the fourth quarter to earn a 55-51 win in a prep boys basketball game on Tuesday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. Jacob Cihak led the Pirates with 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists, while Jimmy Schuurmans added 13 points. Avon went 20-of-50 from the floor for 40 percent shooting, made 4-of-5 3-pointers and went 10-of-18 from the line in the contest.
CANISTOTA—Mitchell Christian dropped a 54-47 high school boys' basketball game against Canistota on Tuesday in Canistota. The Golden Eagles played right with the Hawks throughout the game, but execution down the stretch hurt them in the seven-point defeat. The game was knotted 25-25 at halftime and Canistota led 37-35 after three quarters. "It was a competitive game throughout," Mitchell Christian coach Jesse Tolsma said. "The kids did a great job of preparing and competing. We made a few mental mistakes that cost us in the final quarter."
Northwestern College guard Darbi Gustafson is the Great Plains Athletic Conference women's basketball Player of the Week. Gustafson, a sophomore from Ethan, helped the Red Raiders to a perfect 2-0 record last week. Gustafson averaged 20 points and eight rebounds, shooting 71 percent from the floor, in wins over No. 15 Friends and Viterbo. Gustafson recorded her GPAC-leading sixth double-double (21 points, 11 rebounds) in the win over Viterbo and has scored in double figures in eight straight games.
The South Dakota Sportswriters Association high school basketball polls for the week of Jan. 2 are below. Teams are listed with first-place votes in parentheses, record and vote points. Records are listed through Jan. 1 Boys Class AA 1. SF O'Gorman (6) 4-2 34 1 2. SF Washington (1) 5-2 27 3 3. Brandon Valley 4-1 15 5 4. Huron 2-2 12 NR 5. SF Lincoln 2-2 7 4 Others receiving votes: Brookings 6, Sturgis 4. Class A 1. SF Christian (6) 2-1 34 1 2. St. Thom. More (1) 4-1 29 2 3. Sioux Valley 6-1 17 3