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SIOUX FALLS—Platte-Geddes and Sanborn Central/Woonsocket didn't want the volleyball season to end. The two teams battled for two hours in the Class B consolation championship match on Saturday at the Denny Sanford Premier Center, with the Black Panthers outlasting the Blackhawks 3-2. Set scores were 26-24, 25-8, 21-25, 23-25 and 22-20. After seeing her team blow a two set lead, Platte-Geddes head coach Jill Kemnitz said the Black Panthers had just enough "desire to win" to earn a fifth-place finish at the state tournament. "The bounce of the ball just went our way at the very end," K
SIOUX FALLS—Mount Vernon/Plankinton's pursuit of its first-ever state volleyball championship came up short on Saturday night. The top-seeded Titans didn't have an answer for the Shelby Zomermaand and the second-seeded Sioux Falls Christian Chargers, who won their second Class A state championship in a row and their fifth in the last six years in three sets at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls. "They took us out of our game and we couldn't get anything going," MV/P head coach Darcy Deinert said. "It seemed like we were scrambling to get everything up.
SIOUX FALLS—Myah Selland was ready to play on Friday. Selland's 27 kills and four blocks carried Sanborn Central/Woonsocket past Philip 3-0 in the Class B state volleyball tournament consolation semifinals at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls. Set scores were 25-15, 25-16 and 25-14. The 6-foot-2 junior was a force at the net throughout the entire match and proved to be too much to handle for the fifth-seeded Scotties. "When she gets on like that, it's a lot of fun to watch her," said SC/W head coach Rick Olsen, whose team will take on Platte-Geddes in the consolation fi
SIOUX FALLS—The Mount Vernon/Plankinton volleyball team didn't shy away from the spotlight on Friday. Last year, the Titans were just happy to be in the semifinals. This year, MV/P was determined to play for the state championship match. The determination showed on the court as MV/P swept Spearfish 3-0 in the semifinals of the Class A state volleyball tournament at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls. "We knew what was at stake and I thought the girls really put together a team effort," Titans head coach Darcy Deinert said.
SIOUX FALLS—One play may have turned the tide for the Platte-Geddes volleyball team on Friday. Trailing Harding County 1-0 and down 20-18 in the second set, the Black Panthers chased a ball down off the court and with three long passes were able to get the ball over the net. The extra effort surprised the Ranchers, who thought they'd won the point but ended up hitting the ball into the net after the miracle return by Platte-Geddes. "You could see that was a moment where the momentum picked up for us," Platte-Geddes head coach Jill Kemnitz said.
SIOUX FALLS—The Mount Vernon/Plankinton volleyball team won't celebrate its semifinal win over Spearfish for long. Titans head coach Darcy Deinert said her team was going to start prepping for either Dakota Valley or Sioux Falls Christian right after Friday's 3-0 win over the Spartans. "Our goal was to fight as hard as we could to get where we wanted," Deinert said.
Kanin Nelson is most thankful for the lessons he's learned playing football for the yellow and black. For the former Mitchell High School football team quarterback, football is life. "It's like a life lesson playing football. Everything life carries, football carries," Nelson said. "It prepares you and it's a special sport to play." The Division I-bound Nelson has made a significant mark on the MHS football program. Nelson will graduate high school early to be a part of spring football with South Dakota State University in Brookings, where he has verbally committed to play next season.
After going through three different head coaches in as many years, the Dakota Wesleyan University wrestling team is looking to build a foundation for the future during the 2015 season. DWU head coach Nick Hutcheson, a former DWU wrestler and graduate assistant, said the team is looking develop throughout the season. "We have a good foundation of young wrestlers, so in the next four years we should continue to get better and deeper as a program," Hutcheson said.
VERMILLION—Winner's legacy as "a football town" held strong Friday. The Warriors captured the school's sixth high school football state title Friday in Vermillion, capping off a 12-0 season with a rout of Tri-Valley. "Once you have generations that come through and experience this, they're going to pass that on to the kids and we're fortunate to have a lot of them come back," said Winner football coach Dan Aaker. Winner defeated Tri-Valley 45-6.
VERMILLION — There's no question what team is No. 1 in Class 11B. Winner (12-0) proved any doubters wrong in a dominating 45-6 performance over Tri-Valley to claim its sixth state championship on Friday at the DakotaDome in Vermillion. The win capped off a stellar season for the Warriors — a season that saw the team outscore its opponents 594-26. But even Winner head coach Dan Aaker said he was surprised how easily his team dispatched the Mustangs. "Defensively, I thought we'd be fine but offensively, we just did what we've done all year.