Daily Republic Sports
ORANGE CITY, Iowa -- The Dakota Wesleyan University football team had the lead at halftime Saturday over No. 17-ranked Northwestern College. But the Tigers weren’t able to maintain the advantage, as the Red Raiders wrestled the lead back with a 22 unanswered second-half points and Northwestern claimed the Great Plains Athletic Conference victory 29-10 at DeValois Stadium in Orange City, Iowa.
The first round for the South Dakota High School Activities Association football playoffs in Class 11B and nine-man football is set. The playoff pairings for the first round of games were announced late Friday after the regular season ended for the state’s smallest schools. Sixteen teams in each class qualify for the playoffs, with the top three teams from each of the four geographical regions qualifying, followed by the teams with the next four highest point totals qualifying as “wild card” teams.
BRIDGEWATER — In a battle of top Class 11B teams, No. 1-ranked Sioux Valley edged No. 2-ranked Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan 27-15 Friday night in Bridgewater. Sioux Valley jumped to an early 21-0 first half lead and never gave it up. Daymein Lucas led Sioux Valley with 92 yards rushing and a touchdown five yards and two 1-yard touchdown runs. The Cossack defense was led by Tyler Schwartz and Jake Schneider with 12 tackles each.
Paige Heckenlaible recorded 11 kills, three blocks, five digs and three aces as the Menno Wolves downed Mitchell Christian 3-0 in prep volleyball action on Thursday in Mitchell. Set scores were 25-9, 25-21 and 25-16. Ashton Vaith added 21 digs, six kills and one ace, while Eisley Sayler had six aces, six digs, three kills and one block and Hailey Fergen added 16 assists and nine digs for Menno. For MCS, Anna Cooper led with five kills and one ace, Grace Garrels had 16 digs, Katelyn Karhoff added 15 digs and Maggie Reynen recorded two kills and two blocks.
SUNDSVALL, Sweden—Andrew Priebe made his debut at the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) Masters World meet Saturday in Sundsvall, Sweden and placed fourth overall in the M1 66 kilogram (145.5 pounds) weight class for ages 40-49.
HURON — The Mitchell High School competitive cheer and dance teams both finished seventh at the Eastern South Dakota Conference meet Thursday at the Huron Arena. The Kernels scored 199.5 points in the cheer competition, while scoring 210.17 points in the dance competition. The cheer score is a new season-high for MHS. In the dance competition, Mitchell's 209.5 pom score, 217.5 jazz score and 203.5 hip-hop score were averaged together. Brandon Valley was the overall winner in both categories, scoring 256.50 points in cheer and 274.17 points in dance.
OACOMA -- Behind Sidda Schuyler’s first-place finish, the Winner Area girls cross country team placed first at the Region 4A meet on Thursday at the Chamberlain Country Club in Oacoma. Winner tallied 26 points, while Chamberlain took second with 38 points and Todd County placed third with 44 points. Mount Vernon/Plankinton took fourth with 46 points.
Four Mitchell High School softball players have been named to the All-Eastern South Dakota Conference softball team. Senior third baseman/pitcher Kayla Picht, junior pitcher/first baseman Tori Misiaszek, junior shortstop/catcher Hannah Sibson and junior centerfielder/pitcher Jordyn Cranny were named to the team for the Kernels.
LAKE ANDES—Taylee Indahl recorded 21 kills, 13 digs, four blocks and two aces to push Burke/South Central over Andes Central/Dakota Christian 3-1 in a volleyball match that featured the top two teams in Region 6B on Tuesday in Lake Andes. Set scores were 23-25, 25-13, 25-16 and 25-14. Lahna Matucha added 19 kills, 12 digs, two assists and one block, while Bobbi Jo Wischmann recorded 31 assists, eight digs, two aces and one block and Teah Serr chipped in 10 digs.
Presentation College continued to have Dakota Wesleyan University's number this season. The Tigers dropped the nonconference match 20-25, 24-26, 25-15, 26-24 and 15-9 against the Saints on Tuesday at the Christen Family Athletic Center. It's the third time this season that DWU has lost a five-set match against PC. Becky Frick paced DWU with 19 kills and 18 digs. Chelsey Heeg added 16 kills. Sara Herman had a team-high 35 digs and Bridgett Knobbe had 29 digs and 45 assists. Mallory Cooper had 18 digs and Darby Duncan had 11 digs. Emily Brunsing added three blocks.