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HASTINGS, Neb.—The Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team cleaned up the glass on Friday to down Southwestern College (Kan.) 75-65 in the Hastings College Thanksgiving Classic in Hastings, Neb. The Tigers outrebounded Southwestern 45-28 and the 17-rebound advantage helped the Tigers hold off the Moundbuilders. "This team averages 41 rebounds a game and ended up with 28. So I was pretty pleased with that," DWU head coach Jason Christensen said. "The first half I wasn't happy with our defense, but I was happy in the second half.
PLANKINTON—Jason Christensen and the Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team announced the verbal commitment of Plankinton native Makaela Karst on Wednesday. Karst recently led the Mount Vernon/Plankinton Titans to a second-place finish at the state volleyball tournament, and was a part of a Titans girls basketball team that finished third at state in 2014-15. "She's going to be a nice player for us," Christensen said. "She's a good all-around athlete and a good all-around kid. She handles the ball well and can shoot it efficiently.
For the second year in a row, Wagner native and University of Sioux Falls cornerback Solomon St. Pierre has been named as a Cliff Harris Award nominee. The award—which will be announced Dec. 24, is presented to the nation's top small college defensive player. More than 5,000 defensive players from almost 500 NCAA Division II, Division III and NAIA colleges and universities are eligible. St. Pierre was part of a program that has recorded four straight winning seasons at the NSIC level with a combined mark of 34-11 and nine-win seasons in three of the past four years. St.
Vikings linebacker and Mount Vernon native Chad Greenway was selected as a nominee for the Art Rooney Sportsmanship award, the NFL announced earlier this week. One player from each team is nominated from the award, which was created last season. The winner of the NFL Sportsmanship Award is determined by a vote of current NFL players. The recipient will be announced on Feb. 6.
The South Dakota State University Jackrabbits prevailed against the University of Pittsburgh 55-54 on Thursday in the Virgin Islands. Mitchell native Kerri Young led the Jackrabbits with 15 points, while former Kernel point guard Macy Miller chipped in 13 in the win. The Jackrabbits are back in action against the University of Maryland at 4:45 p.m. today in the Virgin Islands.
Former Mitchell High School athletes playing collegiate sports will be this week's special guests at the Mitchell quarterback club meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at The Depot in Mitchell. Dakota Wesleyan University and Mitchell High School coaches will also speak at the meeting.
After a dominating senior year for the Hanson volleyball team, Kynedi Cheeseman was selected as the Cornbelt Conference most valuable player and given first-team all-conference honors. Her teammate, Hannah Marquardt, joined her on the first team.
The Bon Homme volleyball team led the Little Missouri Valley Conference's all-league honorees this season, as four Cavaliers earned an all-conference status, the conference announced Tuesday. For the Cavaliers, Alie Adams, Morgan Rothschadl, Jeni Schmidt and Sierra Mesman were selected as all-conference players.
Nobody this season could slow down the potent ground attack of the Langford Area Lions and the cornerstones of that unit are being honored today as the Class 9B all-state football team, as selected by the South Dakota Football Coaches Association is announced. Quarterback Chance Olson, running back Lincoln Gibbs and linemen Jordan Carson and Brady Wieker all made the offense of the honor unit after leading the Lions to a 12-0 season culminating in the 9B state championship.
For a third time, Mitchell's Tevyn Waddell has qualified for an event at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials. Waddell, 17, finished with a time of 2 minutes, 15.87 seconds and won the B-final in the 200-meter backstroke at the Arena Pro Series event in Minneapolis last week.