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In its final dual of the season, the Mitchell High School wrestling team was able to pull out a comeback victory. The Kernels found themselves in a 31-0 hole only to see Barry Browning (145 pounds), Briggs Havlik (152), Max Schoenfelder (195) and Zeb Parsons (285) earn victories along with four Lynx forfeits to claim a 41-31 Eastern South Dakota Conference win. It was the final dual of a ESD triangular that featured both Watertown and Brandon Valley. The Arrows defeated the Kernels 49-21 in the first dual of the day and topped the Lynx 51-19.
In the media business, a flashy headline will always stick out. On Tuesday, one high school boys basketball headline made national waves — "high school sophomore scores 92 points." Ninety-two points. In a single game. That's a headline that writes itself. But does the headline tell the whole story? In this case, absolutely not. First, here's the specifics. LaMelo Ball, younger brother of UCLA star freshman Lonzo Ball, scored 92 points for Chino Hills High School in a 146-123 win over Los Osos. Both schools are suburbs located east of Los Angeles.
Tuesday night's game between the Brookings Bobcats and the Mitchell Kernels played out like it was one of top teams in the Eastern South Dakota Conference facing a team still looking for its first win. The No. 3 Bobcats, second in the ESD, showcased a balanced offensive attack, frustrated the Kernel offense throughout the contest and cruised to a 69-46 win. With the loss, Mitchell dropped to 0-15 and 0-12 in the ESD, while Brookings improved to 13-2 and 11-2 in the conference.
It was a memorable three-day stretch for Erika Sage last week. The Freeman High School senior and Class B first team all-state girls basketball player signed to play basketball at Northwestern College on Thursday, celebrated her 18th birthday on Friday and then broke the school record for points scored in a game on Saturday. Sage scored 43 points in the 70-61 win over Tripp-Delmont/Armour Saturday. She also added 15 points in Freeman's 48-26 win over Alcester-Hudson on Thursday.
It's February and that means crunch time for the No. 8 Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team. But for the Tigers, this month might as well be deja vu. After suffering back-to-back losses for the first time this season to ranked Great Plains Athletic Conference foes Morningside and Hastings last week, a clean slate of a new month is a welcoming sign for DWU in the 2016-17 campaign.
It was all about setting the tone for the Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team. Coming off back-to-back losses for the first time this season, the No. 8 Tigers wanted to take control early against Mount Marty College. And that's what they did. DWU raced out to an early 19-6 lead midway through the first quarter and never trailed Mount Marty on the way to a 73-51 Great Plains Athletic Conference win Thursday at the Corn Palace.
There's been plenty of years where the Mitchell High School football team wouldn't have any players go on to play college football. Recently, that trend is starting to turn, as more Kernels have been making the jump from high school football to the college game. This year, six members of the 2016 MHS football team will be playing football at the college level, which is the most in head coach Kent VanOverschelde's 10 seasons.
PRESHO—In Brittany Reuman's five years coaching at Lyman, she hasn't seen a player improve more than Ashton Smith. The Raiders' girls basketball head coach has coached Smith for five years—three years as a head coach and two years as an assistant. In that time, Reuman said Smith has become one of the team's best athletes and biggest leaders.
For the Mitchell High School boys basketball team, Tuesday's final score against Huron wasn't indicative of the team's performance. The Kernels led their rivals for the first three quarters, but the fourth quarter was all Tigers. Huron outscored Mitchell 23-8 in the final frame to rally for a 52-43 Eastern South Dakota Conference victory at the Corn Palace.
There are only two unbeaten girls basketball teams left in Class B and the No. 1 Ethan Rustlers will face them both this week. Ethan (13-1) has already been tested by No. 3 Sully Buttes, the Class B defending state champions, and Class A No. 1 St. Thomas More this season. The Rustlers are getting set for two more tough tests against No. 2 Sanborn Central/Woonsocket and Tripp-Delmont/Armour. It starts tonight with a rare midseason No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown as the Blackhawks host the Rustlers at 6:30 p.m. in Forestburg.