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It was a happy Halloween for the Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team. Shaking off a slow start, the No. 8-ranked Tigers rolled No. 9 Jamestown 87-69 in DWU’s season opener on Tuesday at the Corn Palace. The Tigers (1-0) dug an early 11-3 hole, but finished the first quarter on a 16-6 run — setting a tone they would ride the rest of the contest.
There's no easing into the season for the Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team. Right off the bat, the No. 8-ranked Tigers will be tested by future Great Plains Athletic Conference foe and No. 9 Jamestown in DWU's season opener at 6 p.m. today at the Corn Palace. "I'm glad we are playing at the Corn Palace," DWU head coach Jason Christensen said about the matchup. "Jamestown is a very good team and they are picked to win their conference. This will be their fourth game and it'll be our first. That's a concern of mine, but I'm glad it's here."
WAGNER — Riding a nine-game winning streak, the Wagner volleyball team is ready for the postseason. The Red Raiders (23-7) will be the No. 3 seed in the Region 5A tournament, which gets underway on Tuesday. Wagner will host Platte-Geddes in an elimination game at 7 p.m. and head coach Amy Tyler said her team is entering the postseason with plenty of confidence. "The girls have been working really hard. They've been good teammates and I think that's been the key to our success," Tyler said. "The girls are putting forward positive energy and plenty of effort."
SEWARD, Neb. -- Holding the high-powered Dakota Wesleyan University offense to just one touchdown, Concordia University claimed a 38-16 Great Plains Athletic Conference victory on Saturday in Seward, Nebraska. DWU entered the contest averaging 577 yards of total offense per game, which was No. 3 in the nation. But the Bulldog defense kept the Tigers in check, stifling DWU to 360 yards of offense (120 rushing and 240 passing).
Keeping opponents off the scoreboard, the Mitchell High School football team is currently riding a championship-caliber defense. Mitchell's defensive unit has played a huge role in the Kernels' first 10 games and has the team is standing one win away from a return trip the DakotaDome. At the start of the season, the Kernels knew their defense would be strong and the unit has been mostly stout, only giving up big plays against Sioux Falls Washington and Yankton. But since the calendar flipped to October, the defense has found another gear
The Class 11AA playoffs got off to a familiar start for the Mitchell High School football team. Last year, Mitchell defeated Sturgis 79-22 in the first round and went on to claim the school's first playoff-era state championship. On a blustery, cold Thursday evening at Joe Quintal Field, the No. 2-seed Kernels made a similar statement towards their state title hopes with a 41-12 victory over No. 7-seed Sturgis.
Two wins are all that stand in the way for the Mitchell High School football team to make a return trip to the DakotaDome. Up first for the No. 2-seed Kernels is No. 7-seed Sturgis, who the Kernels beat 79-22 in last year's opening round of the Class 11AA playoffs. Mitchell will be hoping for a similar result when the playoffs officially get underway for the defending state champions at 6 p.m. today at Joe Quintal Field. "We'll be ready," Mitchell defensive back Logan Sparks said. "Last year was fun for everyone and we're trying to repeat what we did last year."
On the football field, few players work as hard as D.J. Krogman. The senior defensive end, tight end and captain for the Mitchell High School football team plays with a constant motor. "The guys from last year, like Bryce Geraets and Spencer Mohr, they taught me to go hard every play," Krogman said. "I go hard every play. I try to tell the younger guys to go hard every play." It shows on the field as Krogman has helped lead the Kernels to a 6-3 record and the No. 2 seed in the Class 11AA playoffs.
Coming off back-to-back national tournament appearances, the Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team is getting accustomed to preseason accolades. But the Tigers, who went 27-7 last year, finished second in the Great Plains Athletic Conference tournament and reached the second round of the national tournament, are intent on entering the 2017-18 season with a blue-collar approach.
KIMBALL—Entering the postseason, few Class 9AA teams had been tested as much as Kimball/White Lake. The WiLdKats had a rough start to their season, losing their first four games. But those losses came against opponents — Gregory, Miller/Highmore-Harrold, Parkston and Bon Homme — with a combined record of 22-9. In total, Kimball/White Lake (5-4) played six teams in the regular season that reached the playoffs and five of those teams reached the quarterfinals.