Daily Republic Sports
LA CROSSE, Wis. — The Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team passed another test Friday afternoon at the Viterbo University Classic. Facing No. 21-ranked Indiana University Northwest, the No. 3 Tigers pulled away in the second half with a strong defensive effort for a 73-58 win over the Redhawks in a neutral site game in Wisconsin.
Mitchell High School has made plans to both send off and welcome home the Kernel football team for the Class 11AA football championship. Those wanting to send off the Kernel football team can line up along Capital Street in front of MHS at 2:15 p.m. Friday. After the championship, a welcome home celebration is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at the Corn Palace.
A pair of Mitchell High School sophomores were named to the all-Eastern South Dakota Conference volleyball team. Outside hitter Mackenzie Miller and setter Mandy Schmidt were named to the team, which was released Thursday. They are the only two sophomores on the team. Miller has a team-high 341 kills, good for nearly four per set for the 17-8 Kernels, who finished third in the conference with a 12-4 league record. She hit .266 for the season, served 26 aces, made 45 blocks and had 365 digs.
Three area teams will be headed to Huron next week for the Class B state volleyball tournament. The three-day, eight-team tournament begins Nov. 17 at the Huron Arena, with Lyman, Platte-Geddes and Sanborn Central/Woonsocket all clinching spots during Tuesday's regional championship games. The matchups for the Class B tournament were made official Wednesday by the South Dakota High School Activities Association. Both the Black Panthers and the Blackhawks are returning to the tournament for a second straight year, while Lyman is back for the first time since 2013.
WALL — A year after falling in the Region 7B championship, the Lyman Raiders had their revenge Tuesday. Lyman topped Philip in three sets in the region title game Tuesday, clinching its first trip to the Class B volleyball tournament since 2013. Set scores were 25-23, 25-21 and 25-23. Raiders coach Keith Herman said the team hit the ball well and played at the net. "We, for the most part, took care of business hitting the ball. We had the ups and downs that tend to happen but it was kind of back and forth and we came up on top each time.
Seven Mitchell High School football players have been honored as all-Eastern South Dakota Conference players for the 2016 season. Running back Spencer Neugebauer and linemen Chris Corbett and Alex Klingaman were honored on offense, while defensive selections included linebacker Cody Reichelt and defensive backs Sam Michels and Jed Schmidt. Seth Paulson was honored as a specialist on the all-league team. All seven of Mitchell's honorees are seniors.
The Mitchell Athletic Booster Club has updated information on the fan buses traveling to the Class 11AA state football championship game on Friday. The Kernels (10-1) will play Harrisburg (9-2) at 7 p.m. Friday at the DakotaDome in Vermillion. Fan bus tickets will be sold at Mitchell High School today (Monday, Nov. 7) from 3:30 p.m., to 5:30 p.m. and Tuesday from 7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. and during the advance game ticket sales event on Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
SIOUX FALLS — The inaugural South Dakota NAIA Basketball Classic couldn't have gone any better for Dakota Wesleyan University over the weekend. Both the Tiger men and Tiger women picked up a pair of wins on Saturday and Sunday and remained undefeated in the process. The DWU women—ranked No. 3 in the country—defeated Dakota State on Saturday 83-64 and followed that up with an 80-62 win over Presentation on Sunday, improving to 4-0 on the young season.
SIOUX FALLS — Behind its sixth game of the season with at least 500 yards of total offense, the No. 4 University of Sioux Falls Cougars cruised to a 51-7 milestone win over Upper Iowa Saturday at Bob Young Field. With the victory, the Cougars clinched the NSIC South with a 6-0 mark and earned a share of the NSIC championship with a game to play to win it outright. It is USF's first-ever regular season NSIC conference title in school history. This season, the Cougars recorded its 16th 10-win season and recorded its 50th win at the NCAA DII level.
OMAHA, Neb. — The Dakota Wesleyan University volleyball team ended its season with a Great Plains Athletic Conference win, defeating the College of St. Mary in four sets on Saturday in Omaha. Set scores were 25-21, 27-25, 17-25 and 25-20.