Daily Republic Sports
VERMILLION — Briar Cliff didn't have an answer for Dillon Turner on Saturday. And because of that, the Dakota Wesleyan University football team had few issues in earning its seventh win of the season Saturday, picking up a 54-24 Great Plains Athletic Conference win over the Chargers at the DakotaDome in Vermillion.
WOLSEY—In a close match for four sets, the Sanborn Central/Woonsocket volleyball team put the pedal down in the fifth set and won the District 6B title 3-2 over James Valley Christian in an exciting match in Wolsey. Set scores were 25-15, 25-11, 22-25, 25-27 and 15-4. Myah Selland had a triple-double—21 kills, 10 blocks and 13 digs—for SCW in the win and Kayla Olson had 36 set assists without an error. Kyla Morgan had 10 kills and 14 digs for the Blackhawks. SCW had 13 aces, led by seven from Maddie Vermeulen. Tristan Ziebart had 13 digs and four aces.
For the first time since 1993, the Mitchell High School football team will play for a state football championship. In front of a crowd of 2,300 at Joe Quintal Field Friday, the Kernels scored the first 17 points and put away Pierre 52-14 in the Class 11AA semifinals, securing their first trip to the state championship game in 23 years.
SALEM — Running backs Trevor Wilkinson and Collin Cleveland and offensive guard Caleb Krouse were named to the I-29 football all-conference team, it was announced Friday. In addition to the three all-conference selections, quarterback Kendall Gassman, offensive tackle Ryan DeBoer and wide receiver Joey Eickman. All six MCM honorees are seniors. The Fighting Cougars finished third in the five-team league with a 2-2 record and finished 4-5 for the season with a loss to Tri-Valley in the first round of the Class 11B playoffs.
WHITE LAKE—Kimball/White Lake swept Tripp-Delmont/Armour in straight sets in District 11B action on Thursday in White Lake. Set scores were 25-17, 25-19 and 25-11. Brooklyn Donald and Sage Pulse knocked down 15 and nine kills respectively in the win. Darby Deffenbaugh dished out 15 assists and racked up 17 digs. Heather Munsen added 19 assists and Whitney Hinker notched 15 digs for the WiLdKats. Brianna Stoebner led the Nighthawks with 12 digs, four kills and three aces. Erica Koster had five assists and Alexis Gregerson recorded nine digs.
BROOKINGS — The Dakota Wesleyan University women's team got off to a fast start by leading most of the first quarter before South Dakota State's defense cooled them off in the second quarter. The Tigers offense went 1-for-6 on field goals during a 15-2 SDSU run that lasted more than three minutes and 20 seconds in the second quarter. During that stretch the Jackrabbits went 4-for-4 from the floor. Turnovers were a big part as SDSU cashed in 25 points from 24 DWU turnovers. While DWU only had five points off seven SDSU turnovers.
Chamberlain's Taylor Sharping and Winner's Alexis Richey were among 12 players to make the All-Big Dakota Conference volleyball first team. Sharping is a senior Libero for the Cubs, while Richey is a sophomore Libero for the Warriors. Chamberlain junior middle hitter Paige Reuer and Winner sophomore outside hitter Abby Marts were honorable mention selections. HONORS All-Big Dakota Conference
BROOKINGS — South Dakota State will have a chance to bounce back from its first Missouri Valley Football Conference loss of the season Saturday hosting Missouri State in the school's annual Hall of Fame game. The Jacks (5-3) lost last week 38-21 at Illinois State, pushing SDSU back into a tie for first place in the league at 4-1 with North Dakota State and Youngstown State, teams SDSU has already defeated.
For the second time this year, Ted Safranski has shot his age during an 18-hole round of golf. Safranski, of Mitchell, shot a round of 77 from the gold tees at Lakeview Golf Course in Mitchell on Tuesday.
SIOUX FALLS — Alexandria native Jake Bartscher found a good way to celebrate his final home game at Augustana's Kirkeby-Over Stadium Saturday. He hauled in a season-high five catches, including a first quarter touchdown grab to help the Vikings topple Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference rival Winona State (Minn.) 21-20.