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ABERDEEN -- Kimball and White Lake were known as fierce rivals on the volleyball court in 2012. "White Lake was always better," Senior Kelli Steffen said with a smile on her face in front of her three fellow senior teammates, two of which are from Kimball. Steffen and senior WiLdKat setter Paige Munsen played for White Lake in 2012, while seniors Haley Pazour and Emily Sinclair played for Kimball. "It was a big deal back then," Sinclair said about the volleyball rivalry. At the start of the 2013 season, the former rivals put differences aside and came together to form a team that has made
ABERDEEN -- Two different Kimball/White Lake volleyball teams have played at the state tournament this week. Responding after a disappointing 3-0 first-round loss to Sully Buttes, the No. 6 WiLdKats...
ABERDEEN -- When Sandy Neugebauer left teaching and coaching, she knew she had to find a way to stay connected with the sport she loved. Fast forward 25 years and Neugebauer is still active in volleyball as an official. "To me, volleyball is the greatest sport," Neugebauer said. "It's a lifetime sport for women, and I love the fast-paced action and exciting quickness." Neugebauer is being honored by the South Dakota High School Sports Officials Council for having dedicated 25 years to the officiating profession.
ABERDEEN -- Five minutes into the opening round match against No. 3 Sully Buttes, No. 6 Kimball/White Lake head coach Sarah Deffenbaugh knew something was wrong. "That's not our team that was out there on the court," Deffenbaugh said.
A rough start to the 2014 season was followed by a strong finish for the Mitchell High School football team. After losing five of their first six games, the Kernels could have thrown the towel in heading into their final two games of the year, but they didn't. "I think the biggest accomplishment for this team was being able to come together and win football games at the end of the year," Mitchell head coach Kent VanOverschelde said. "One thing I always evaluate is whether we got better during the season and that question was obviously answered in the way we were able to come back in games.
While 30 college wrestling teams of all levels packed the Christen Family Athletic Center on Saturday, the Dakota Wesleyan University wrestling team was hard to spot. The Tigers had just four wrestlers compete Saturday as the team is battling early injuries and figuring out where everyone fits in the lineup. One of the Tigers' top wrestlers, Trever DeVestern, who is ranked No.
GREGORY -- A couple of big moments stand out after a game is over. Those few moments or plays are often looked back on as the difference maker in the turnout of a game. Gregory sophomore defensive back and running back Robert Vomacka's 46-yard interception return for a touchdown was one of those big moments for Gregory coach Brian Allmendinger. "That was a game changer right there," Allmendinger said after Gregory's 31-8 win over Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central on Thursday in the Class 9AA state championship in Vermillion.
Mitchell High School middle hitter Ally Goldammer was named an honorable mention to the All-Eastern South Dakota Conference volleyball team. Goldhammer, a junior, led the Kernels with 182 kills and 30 blocks on the season. She also added 14 aces, 39 digs and 3 assists for Mitchell. "Ally was one of our go-to hitters," Kernel head coach Deb Thill said.
VERMILLION -- Wide left. It’s how the Parkston Trojans will remember winning their first ever state high school football championship as St. Thomas More’s game-tying field goal attempt with less...
VERMILLION -- Parkston senior Wes Dvorak can do it all. The Trojan quarterback, defensive back and kicker's skill set was on display for the whole state to see during the Class 11 B state championship game on Friday at the DakotaDome in Vermillion. Dvorak's leg proved to be the difference in the game, allowing Parkston to hold on to a 24-21 victory over St. Thomas More to give the Trojans their first-ever state football title. Dvorak's 50-yard field goal was recorded as time expired in the first half, setting a Class 11B championship game record.