Daily Republic Sports
Four years into hosting the Pro Hockey Celebrity Hunt, and the event is still going strong. This weekend marks the fifth annual Mitchell event, which kicks off today and benefits Sam Tronnes Memorial Foundation scholarships for South Dakota hockey players. This year's celebrities are headlined by two-time Super Bowl champion Mike Lodish. He played in six super bowls with the Buffalo Bills and the Denver Broncos. Shjon Podein, a Stanley Cup champion in 2000-01 with the Colorado Avalanche, is returning for the second straight year.
The Mitchell Athletic Booster Club will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Mitchell High School library. Members and team representatives are encouraged to attend.
Mitchell High School senior Ellie Rew signed Wednesday to compete in track and field with Augustana College next school year. As a junior, Rew claimed her first track and field state title in May, winning the Class AA girls 100-meter hurdle title.
KYLE -- The Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball team downed Oglala Lakota College 109-72 on Wednesday in Kyle. DWU was led by Kris Menning, who scored 16 points. Trae Bergh and Jade Miller each added 14 points, while freshman Jason Spicer scored 11. DWU (5-0) take on Graceland University on Friday in Des Moines, Iowa.
FORT PIERRE -- Despite winning the first set, the Winner volleyball team fell to Miller in the Region 6A championship on Tuesday. Set scores were 23-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-15. The Warriors end their season 20-11. Miller advances to the Class A state tournament, which is Nov. 20-22 in Watertown. Winner's Sydney Fritz had 18 kills, 21 digs, an ace and a block for a double-double, while Tawny Sherman had 11 kills, 11 digs, an ace and a block for a double-double. Kelsey Bertram added 10 kills, 25 assists and 18 digs for a triple-double.
South Dakota (2-8) will look to put its loss to Western Illinois behind it last week as it takes on Illinois State (8-1) at 1 p.m. Saturday in the DakotaDome. The Coyotes hope to shore up their pass defense, as Leathernecks' quarterback Trenton Norvell threw for a career high five touchdown passes against USD. Meanwhile, USD hopes quarterback Kevin Earl can continue to have success through the air, as he was 20 of 38 passing for 251 yards and two touchdowns.
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The South Dakota Rushmores defeated Livingston (N.J.) Dodgers 13-3 in an eight-inning game Tuesday at the Roy Hobbs World Series of Baseball Legends Division. Jerry Kampshoff, of Canova, pitched a complete game, giving up three runs on nine hits. Kevin Leighton, of Madison, had four hits, including two doubles and a triple in the win. In Monday's games, the Rushmores split a doubleheader. In the loss to Border City, Frank Cutler, of Platte, was one of the offensive leaders. South Dakota rebounded to beat a Washington, D.C., team in the finale.
Due to the cold weather this week, Joe Quintal Stadium will be winterized prior to this weekend's Dakota Wesleyan University football game. There will be no water available in the stadium. The Tigers host Dordt College at 1 p.m. Saturday.
• Area high school volleyball: Region 5A: Mount Vernon/Plankinton vs. Wagner, 7 p.m. in Plankinton. Region 6A: Miller vs. Winner, 7 p.m. in Fort Pierre. District Region 3B: Arlington vs...
ETHAN -- The Ethan volleyball team has received a lot of production from its senior middle hitters. Morgan Tuttle and Darbi Gustafson have led the Rustlers through the regular season and playoffs to today's region tournament. In the District 8B semifinals against Bridgewater-Emery, Tuttle and Gustafson led the way at the net with 18 and 17 kills, respectively. In that match, Tuttle added four digs and a block, while Gustafson tallied five blocks, 10 digs and an ace for a double-double. In the district championship, the pair came up big to lead the Rustlers over the Hanson Beavers.