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Making its third straight trip to the NAIA Division II women's basketball national tournament, experience counts for Dakota Wesleyan University. And DWU head coach Jason Christensen wants to see the No. 7-ranked and second-seeded Tigers make the most of their experienced roster and make a run at the national championship game. "It's a huge factor," Christensen said. "We've been here, we've done this before so there's no nerves or jitters. We can go out and be ready to play."
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — David Jenkins Jr. had 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting and South Dakota State beat North Dakota State 78-57 in the Summit League Tournament semifinals on Monday night. Mike Daum added 19 points and 11 rebounds for the top-seeded Jackrabbits (27-6), who won their 10th straight and matched the program record for wins in a season (2003-04 and 2011-12). South Dakota State will face South Dakota in the championship at 8 p.m. Tuesday.
With much of the state battling blizzard conditions, a majority of the state-qualifying Round of 16 boys basketball games scheduled for Tuesday have been postponed. Both games scheduled for the Corn Palace Tuesday—Madison-Aberdeen Roncalli and Crow Creek-Parker—have been postponed to Wednesday. Game times are yet to be determined, Mitchell High School Activities Director Cory Aadland said.
PITTSBURG, Kan. — Dakota Wesleyan University junior thrower Tyson Jenkins finished in fifth place in the shot put with a throw of 57-feet and 5.5 inches at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships on Saturday in Pittsburg, Kansas. Jenkins' toss broke the DWU school record of 57-3.25, set by Steve Schmidt in 1998. Jenkins also qualified as an All-American, DWU's first male All-American since 2005.
The Rushmore Thunder claimed the junior varsity boys hockey state championship with a 6-2 win over Yankton on Sunday at the Mitchell Activities Center. Rushmore led 1-0 after the first period, but fell behind 2-1 early the second period before scoring five unanswered goals. Derrick Brown, Kaden Klapperich and Camden Nayman each scored two goals for Rushmore, which outshot Yankton 36-22. Rushmore goalie Damion White finished the game with 20 saves. For Yankton, Luke Schulz and Treyton Bakke each scored one goal and goalie Ryan Eichacker recorded 30 saves.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Mike Daum scored 33 points and grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds and top-seeded South Dakota State beat No. 8 seed Western Illinois 66-60 on Saturday night in the Summit League Tournament quarterfinals. The Jackrabbits advance to play Sunday's winner between No. 4 seed Fort Wayne and fifth-seeded North Dakota State.
Sanborn Central/Woonsocket pulled away from Chester Area 55-42 in the Region 4B boys basketball semifinals on Friday at the Corn Palace. The Blackhawks advanced to the Round of 16, which will be played Tuesday. Sanborn Central/Woonsocket (17-5): Noah Dickson powered the Blackhawks with 29 points and 13 rebounds. Trey Weber added 10 points. Trent Kingsbury dished out eight assists for SCW, which outscored Chester Area 19-7 in the fourth quarter. Chester Area (9-13): Devin Eppard led Chester with 28 points, five rebounds and five assists. CA 5 21 35 42
HURON — Ashley Jones scored five goals, including two critical goals in the third period, to lift the Mitchell Marlins to a 6-4 win over the Watertown Lakers in Friday's quarterfinals at the South Dakota girls varsity hockey state tournament at Bergman Arena.
CHAMBERLAIN—It came down to the final play of the game, but second-seeded Hanson held off an upset bid from 15th seed Timber Lake in a Round of 16 game on Thursday in Chamberlain. Timber Lake had Hanson on the ropes for the entire game, building a 15-9 lead and carrying a 27-17 advantage into halftime. But Hanson had a 15-3 run to get back into the game and had to hold on at the end. The Panthers had two free throws with no time remaining in the game, but only converted one, allowing Hanson to escape with victory.
The Mitchell Baseball Association is now accepting applications for coaches for the 2018 summer baseball teams. Applications can be found on the association's website, mitchellbaseball.net. Questions can be directed to Mitchell Director of Baseball Operations Luke Norden at firstname.lastname@example.org . The deadline for completed applications is March 31.