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COLOME — On both ends of the court, the Colome boys basketball team has had an impressive start to the season. Undefeated through six games, the Cowboys are winning games by an average margin of 16 points, despite losing three starters to graduation from last year's District 12B runner-up team. Colome is holding opponents to an average of 42 points and scoring an average of 58 points per game.
Let the drama unfold. If history has taught us anything, when the Minnesota Vikings reach the NFL Playoffs, it’s bound to be entertaining. And when the Vikings are favored in the playoffs, like they are for this week’s divisional round game against New Orleans, there’s often dramatic disappointment. Usually, it’s the heartbreaking kind of devastating drama that Hollywood script writers couldn’t even make up.
Five games into the season, there have already been plenty of highs and lows for the Mitchell High School girls basketball team. The Kernels opened their season with back-to-back victories over Huron and Rapid City Central, but have dropped three games in a row. After falling to No. 3 Rapid City Stevens, Mitchell held halftime leads against Brookings and Watertown before seeing the Bobcats and Arrows rally back. MHS head coach Wes Morgan called Rapid City Stevens one of the top two teams in the state, but also added the Kernel offense has struggled.
The month of January will define the Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team. After finishing the 2017 portion of the schedule with a 13-3 record, DWU faces a daunting 10-game stretch to open up 2018. The slate includes four rated teams, six road games, an NCAA Division I opponent and a stretch of four games in seven days. And that's how DWU head coach Jason Christensen wanted it.
Averaging 12.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game, Shelby Selland has been doing her part for the No. 14-ranked Augustana University women's basketball team. The Vikings are off to their best start in program history with a 12-0 record and 8-0 mark in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. In Augustana's 76-65 win over rival University of Sioux Falls on Sunday, Selland, a 6-foot-2 junior center and Letcher native, recorded 11 points, five rebounds, three blocks and one assist. Selland and the Vikings take on Minnesota State University-Mankato on Friday in Sioux Falls.
The New Year started with a bang for the Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team. Against sixth-ranked Morningside College, No. 9 DWU held the Mustangs to 28 percent shooting, won the rebounding battle 50-26 and coasted to an 82-58 Great Plains Athletic Conference victory on Wednesday at the Corn Palace. The Tigers improved to 14-3 on the season and entered a four-way tie for second place in the GPAC with a 6-2 mark.
In the span a few minutes, the Mitchell Christian boys basketball team saw an 12-point lead flipped to a five-point deficit. Prairie Seeds Academy's Emmanuel Jones threw down a fastbreak dunk to put an exclamation mark on a 19-2 run by the Lycans, who outscored the Golden Eagles 42-27 in the second half for a 64-55 win in the first game of the second day of the eighth annual Mike Miller Classic on Friday at the Corn Palace.
PARKSTON — It took one half, but once the Sully Buttes Chargers got going, they were tough to slow down. Powered by the one-two punch of Lauren Wittler and Rachel Guthmiller, who combined to score 44 points, top-ranked Sully Buttes shrugged off a slow start and cruised past Tripp-Delmont/Armour 57-44 at the Parkston Girls Classic on Thursday in Parkston.
In case you haven't noticed, the sports staff here at The Daily Republic goes crazy for all athletic events — big or small. And 2017 was chock full of sports action for all three of us, both on and off the clock. My colleague Ryan Deal, as many already know, utilized some vacation time to catch a Duke men's college basketball game at Cameron Indoor in November. Back in June, our sports editor, Marcus Traxler, enjoyed a week away from daily deadlines with four days of watching the world's top golfers at the U.S. Open at Erin Hills in Wisconsin.
EMERY — This year's Mike Miller Classic will be awfully similar to a state tournament for Bridgewater-Emery. And the top-ranked Huskies (2-0), the defending Class B state champions, are looking forward to the challenge of playing three games in three days. "It'll be a tough test for us with three really good teams," Bridgewater-Emery head coach Scott Schultz said. "The biggest key for us is to use our depth. We'll need some guys to step up and give us some quality minutes."