Daily Republic Sports
MENNO—The Freeman track and field teams took home titles at the Cornbelt Conference meet on Thursday in Menno. The Freeman boys finished with 166 points, while the girls racked up 182 points. Canistota's Kalli Ortman was a triple-winner at the meet. She won the 100 (12.82), 200 (27.03) and the long jump (16-4). Freeman's Braxton Schmidt claimed a pair of first-place finishes for the Flyers. He won the 200 (23.30), the 400 (52.08) and finished second in the 100 (11.56).
A pair of area golfers have been named to the all-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference teams in men's and women's golf. Augustana women's golfer Jordan Bormann and University of Sioux Falls men's golfer J.J. Cooney were both named to the teams. Bormann, a senior from Parkston, is making her second straight appearance on the all-NSIC second team. Bormann ranked seventh in the NSIC with an 80.3 stroke average on the season. She placed 10th at the NSIC Championship to pick up her third straight top-10 finish of her career at the NSIC Championship.
PARKSTON—The Parkston Mudcats rolled to an 11-1 amateur baseball win over the Harrisburg Woodies on Wednesday. Dillon Stadlman pitched five strong innings, allowed zero runs, gave up two hits and struck out five batters in the win. The Mudcats out-hit the Woodies 17-4, with Ty Kinneberg going 3-for-3. Jeff Harris, Derrik Nelson, Zach Scott, Dan Bonte and Dylan Mogck all had two hits. Matt Malloy, James Boehmer, Brady Nolz and Tyler Nolz each had hits. Parkston (5-1) will play the Plankinton Bankers on Friday in Plankinton.
WAGNER—One of the best wrestlers in Wagner High School history is the team's new leader. Former Red Raider and University of Nebraska wrestling standout Robert Kokesh has been named the school's new head wrestling coach. His hire was approved Monday at the Wagner School Board meeting and he replaces Brad Lhotak.
MOUNT VERNON — The Corsica-Stickney boys and the Mount Vernon/Plankinton girls won the Custer Battlefield Highway Conference track and field team competitions Wednesday in Mount Vernon. The Jaguars ran away with the team title on the boys side, scoring 232 points. MVP was second with 157 points at the five-team meet. The Titans' girls team scored 167 points, edging second place Kimball/White Lake with 157 points. Corsica-Stickney was third with 119 points.
The Daily Republic announced Spencer Neugebauer and Mackenzie Miller and as its most valuable athletes at the Mitchell High School athletic awards banquet on Wednesday night at the Corn Palace. Neugebauer, a senior, competed in football, baseball, powerlifting and track and field for the Kernels. Neugebauer led Mitchell to the Class 11AA state football title in the fall, rewriting the school's football record books in the process. Miller, a sophomore, played volleyball — where she was an all-state player — and she was the girls basketball team's leading scorer.
Dakota Wesleyan University golf coach Chris Gomez has resigned, Athletic Director Jon Hart announced Wednesday. Gomez, who leaves after two years, was in his second stint as the Tigers coach, after coaching at the university from 2001-04. In 2016-17, the Tiger men finished in third place at the GPAC Championships in the team scoring, and the DWU women—who had won the last eight conference team championships—finished seventh. Gomez coached the Tigers to the women's team title in 2015-16, clinching the crown at Wild Oak Golf Course.
After falling to top-ranked Sioux Falls Lincoln 7-2 on Monday, the Mitchell High School boys tennis team bounced back with two convincing wins over Brandon Valley and Yankton on Tuesday at Hitchcock Park in Mitchell. The Kernels topped Brandon Valley 8-1 and Yankton 9-0. All six doubles matches went the Kernels' way on Tuesday. "We knew Brandon Valley would be a test, but I was really happy with how we handled that pressure," Mitchell head coach Pat Moller said. "We took control of the match early and played really solid."
SALEM — The defending Class B state champion Alexandria Angels opened the 2017 campaign with a victory Tuesday, topping Salem 13-6 in an amateur baseball contest. Pierce Smith and Chris Marek each had three-hit games and Armando Rodriguez, John Greicar and Marek each had two RBIs. Trever Vermeulen, Tyler Payer and Jordan Gau split the nine-inning game evenly, allowing seven hits, three earned runs and striking out nine as a team. Alexandria scored six runs in the eighth inning to stretch its lead out.
MOUNT VERNON—It was another banner day for area athletes at the Southeast South Dakota Conference track and field meet on Tuesday in Mount Vernon. The Winner Warriors won both team titles at the meet. The Warrior boys racked up 144 points and the girls team finished with 116 points. The Mount Vernon/Plankinton teams finished second at its home meet. The Titan boys had 104 points and the girls recorded 112 points.