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The DeLaSalle Islanders proved why they are the three-time defending Minnesota high school boys basketball state champions. The Islanders took control and contained the Mitchell Kernel offense in a 71-57 victory in the second game of the "Coach Gary Munsen Tournament" at the fifth annual Mike Miller Classic on Saturday at the Corn Palace. "Just great athleticism by the Islanders, they got in our grill and made us play outside our comfort zone," Mitchell head coach Erik Skoglund said after the game.
The Patrick Henry Patriots (Minn.) closed the first half on a 27-0 run en route to a 102-53 win over the Mitchell Christian Golden Eagles in the first game of the fifth annual Mike Miller Classic on Saturday at the Corn Palace. After a slow start, the Golden Eagles pulled within one point at the seven minute mark, but MCS was held scoreless the rest of the half as the Patriots took a 48-20 lead into halftime. "They brought exactly what we thought they would bring, and they are very talented team," MCS head coach Dennis Martin said after the game.
The high-scoring and undefeated Mitchell High School boys basketball team enter the Fifth Annual Mike Miller Classic ready to face its toughest test yet. Averaging 90.3 points per game in four wins over South Dakota opponents, the Kernels tipoff against an out-of-state opponent -- the DeLaSalle (Minn.) Islanders at 7:30 p.m. today in the "Coach Gary Munsen Tournament" at the Corn Palace. "The entire team and staff are excited to be a part of the Mike Miller Classic once again as it is like a state tournament held in December," Mitchell head coach Erik Skoglund said Friday.
PARKSTON -- Three undefeated Mitchell area high school boys basketball teams will put early-season unbeaten records on the line at the seven-game, 14-team Parkston Boys Classic on Monday in Parkston. The Parkston Classic boys basketball tournament features six area teams competing throughout the day in Parkston. The games start at 10:30 a.m. with Ethan vs. Chester Area; Sully Buttes vs. Dakota Valley at 12 p.m.; Hitchcock-Tulare vs. Canistota at 1:30 p.m.; Centerville vs. Corsica/Stickney at 3 p.m.; Hanson vs. Alcester-Hudson at 4:30 p.m.; Parkston vs. Miller at 6 p.m.
ETHAN -- The No. 4 Ethan Rustlers girls basketball team is off to a quick start in its 2014-15 campaign. The undefeated Rustlers are averaging 60 points per game and holding opponents to just 29 points per game en route to a 4-0 record and a top-five ranking in the Class B polls. "Our senior leadership provided by (seniors) Morgan Tuttle and Darbi Gustafson has been key to our success early this season," Ethan head coach Tom Young said.
GREGORY -- Burke/Gregory senior Jonah Beck is undefeated this season, despite having wrestled at two weight classes. Beck started the season wrestling at 184 pounds and placed first at the Stanley County Invite on Dec. 6. After winning the tournament, Burke/Gregory head coach John Hansen decided the team and Beck would both benefit if he dropped down to 170. "It wasn't a real tough challenge for him to drop down to 170," Hansen said. "I think 170 is more of an ideal size for his body." Three wrestling meets later, it seems it was a good move.
The Mitchell High School gymnastics team won the Jill McCormick Invitational with a total of 147.425 points. No only did the Kernels win their home meet, but they also put together a complete performance, Mitchell head coach Audra Rew said. "I feel like this was our best performance on the season so far and the scores show that," Rew said.
It was a tale of two halves for the Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team against No.
Six games into its conference season, the Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team is turning some heads. The Tigers were picked to finish eighth in the Great Plains Athletic Conference preseason poll, but are off to a strong start. DWU (9-4, 4-2 GPAC) sits in fourth place in the GPAC. Tiger head coach Jason Christensen said his team has only suffered one bad loss so far this season -- a 63-47 home loss to Briar Cliff on Nov. 25. "In the 13 games, we've had six or more different leading scorers," Christensen said. "It shows that we don't care who is scoring the points.
South Dakota State University head wrestling coach Chris Bono is focused on taking the Jackrabbit wrestling program to the top levels of NCAA wrestling. To do that, the team will need recruits from local communities like Mitchell and the surrounding area. SDSU is relying on brothers Alex and David Kocer, Wagner natives, to make an impact on two spots in the team's starting lineup. The Kocers, who've won a combined seven South Dakota high school wrestling state champions, are competing for the Jackrabbits as underclassmen. Alex, a sophomore, is wrestling at 141 pounds and has earned wins fo