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Heading into the Region 3A wrestling meet, Mitchell head coach Travis Carpenter said he thought his team could send anywhere from six to 12 wrestlers to the state the state tournament. As it turned out, he was right. The Mitchell High School wrestling team qualified 12 out of 14 possible wrestlers for the Class A state tournament on Saturday at the Region 3A tournament at the MHS gym. It's the most wrestlers Mitchell has qualified for the state tournament since 2008, when MHS had 12 wrestlers qualify for state.
It has been more than one year since the Mitchell High School boys basketball team has won a regular season game. In the midst of an 0-18 season, it could be easy for the Kernels to give up on their season. But fourth-year head coach Erik Skoglund said his team continues to work hard, while learning some hard lessons that come with losing.
Fourteen Mitchell High School wrestlers are looking to book a trip to the state tournament at the Region 3A wrestling tournament, which begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday in Mitchell. It's the first time in more than five years that Mitchell will have a wrestler compete in every weight class in the region tournament. To qualify for state, wrestlers needed to finish in the top four of their respective weight class. After sending five wrestlers to the state tournament last year, Mitchell head coach Travis Carpenter likes his team's chances to qualify as many wrestlers as possible.
Erica Herrold and Kristin Sabers have seen a lot in their four years as members of the Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team. As sophomores, they experienced a losing season after the team had put together three-straight winning seasons, but the duo played a crucial role in the team’s breakthrough season a year ago when DWU reached the national tournament for the first time in 12 years.
Three days removed from its biggest win of the season, the Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team was determined not to take a step back. And despite a slow first half, the No. 12 Tigers clicked into another gear, scoring 51 points in the second half to fend off a pesky Northwestern College team 81-72 in a Great Plains Athletic Conference matchup in front of 3,194 fans on Wednesday at the Corn Palace. The win, paired with Hastings' loss to Concordia, clinched the No. 2 seed for DWU in the GPAC tournament.
BRIDGEWATER—As a sophomore, Jamin Arend hasn't shied away from taking the big shots. The 6-foot guard for the No. 1 Bridgewater-Emery boys basketball team has knocked down timely 3-pointers in some of the Huskies' biggest games this season. On Saturday against No. 2 Corsica-Stickney, Arend led Bridgewater-Emery with 26 points, including six 3-pointers. One of Arend's 3-pointers came after the Jaguars cut the Huskies' lead down to three points early the fourth quarter and Arend's shot doubled the Huskies' lead.
Scoring was at premium for the Mitchell High School boys basketball team on Tuesday. The Mitchell offense struggled mightily against the length and size of Harrisburg, as the Kernels failed to score more than nine points in each of the first three quarters. Mitchell's offensive woes allowed for the Tigers to run away with a 57-40 Eastern South Dakota Conference victory at the Corn Palace. With the loss, Mitchell fell to 0-17 overall and 0-14 in the ESD, while Harrisburg improved to 7-10 overall and 4-9 in the conference.
ETHAN—As far as high school basketball milestones go, reaching 1,000 points in a career is a memorable one, showing consistency and a prolific ability to put the ball in the hoop. The feat is not as rare for the Ethan girls basketball team. This season, the No. 1 Rustlers have had three seniors—Kacey Bartscher, Rachel Hawkins and Ellie Hohn—surpass 1,000 career points within a one-month stretch.
In a matchup of two teams familiar with postseason basketball, it was a tale of two halves for both Chamberlain and Langford Area on Saturday at the Corn Palace. The Lions, ranked No. 3 in Class B and runner-up in 2015, won the first half, while the Cubs, Class A fourth-place finishers last year, used a big second half performance to rally past the Lions for a 52-47 win in the fifth game of the DWU/Culver's Classic.
In the rich history of Dakota Wesleyan University basketball, times have never been this good. DWU has long had a strong reputation across South Dakota of being known as a basketball school, but as March approaches, both basketball programs continue to reach for new heights. Last season, was the first year in school history both basketball teams qualified for the national tournament. This season, both the Tiger men's and women's teams are on the verge of booking return trips to Branson, Missouri and Sioux City, Iowa, respectively.