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BROOKINGS—Three Mitchell-area gymnastics teams are ready to close out the season under the bright lights at the Class A state gymnastics meet on Friday and Saturday at the Swiftel Center in Brookings. Chamberlain, Wagner/Bon Homme and Parkston/Ethan/Hanson each will compete in the team competition on Friday and have gymnasts compete in the individual competition on Saturday.
The Mitchell High school wrestling team is heading in the right direction at the right time. Mitchell picked up its first Eastern South Dakota Conference dual win of the season in a triangular on Tuesday in Mitchell. The Kernels defeated Yankton 55-24 after falling to Harrisburg 35-31 in the first dual of the triangular.
HURON—The Mitchell boys basketball team had plenty of questions after losing to Pierre at the Corn Palace on Friday. On Monday at Huron, they didn't find any answers. In a rescheduled contest against the No. 3 Tigers, the Kernels saw a slow start snowball into a 65-33 Eastern South Dakota Conference loss at the Huron Arena in Huron.
PARKSTON—As postseason basketball rolls near, the battle for top seeds is on. The Parkston Trojans boys basketball team isn't immune to race, finding themselves right in the thick of three-way fight for the top spot in Region 5A. Parkston is 10-5 this season and sits in third place in Region 5A with 41.93 seed points, trailing first place Mount Vernon/Plankinton (9-4) with 42.69 seed points and second place Tri-Valley (10-7) with 42.47 seed points
WOONSOCKET — At 6-foot-5, Brady Tiede regularly stands above the competition. But for good measure, he's outplaying them too. The Sanborn Central/Woonsocket boys basketball team's starting center is providing a crucial post presence for the Blackhawks. "Every team has shooters, but when the shots aren't falling, you need someone to get those hard baskets inside and rebounds. Brady gets that for us," Sanborn Central/Woonsocket co-head coach Troy Olson said. "Brady definitely gives us an inside force."
There was no sugarcoating the Mitchell High School boys basketball team's performance against Pierre for head coach Erik Skoglund. The Kernels trailed the Governors all throughout the Eastern South Dakota Conference contest and suffered a humbling 64-51 loss in the team's final home game of the season on Friday at the Corn Palace. "This is a different type of frustration," Skoglund said. "We got rolled in the first half. This is going to be the most important game film we watch all year, on how Pierre walked into our house and destroyed us in the first half."
The Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team wants to accomplish something the Tigers haven't done in 12 years—host a playoff game at the Corn Palace. DWU last hosted a Great Plains Athletic Conference tournament game during the 2003-04 season, which was also the last time the Tigers made the national tournament. The past four seasons, DWU has qualified for the GPAC tournament only to lose in the first round. Last year, the Tigers fell to eventual national champion Morningside by 11 points.
<p>SIOUX FALLS—When David Maxwell graduated from Parkston High School seven years ago, the basketball standout knew the sport he loved would help guide his path.</p><p>Maxwell, who was a two-time Class A all-state basketball selection and helped guide the Trojans to their last state tournament appearance, is in the middle of his first season as a head coach for the Sioux Falls Roosevelt girls basketball team.</p>
SALEM—It's better late than never for McCook Central/Montrose wrestler Jerry Kappenman. After coming up just short of a state championship the past two seasons, Kappenman has been determined to finish his senior season on top. Unfortunately for the Fighting Cougars' senior, Kappenman's chase for a title was put on halt after side effects from a concussion he suffered in football season were still bothering him at the start of the wrestling season.
PARKSTON—Antonio "Tony" Thompson still has the picture from the first day he met Wes Genant. The 14-year-old version of the Parkston Trojan and future South Dakota State University Jackrabbit was a mere 160-pound kid who said he wanted to play college football at the Division I level.