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After earning a 10th-place finish at the Class A state tournament last season, the Mitchell High School wrestling team is looking to build a strong team despite some challenges. "We've got a young crew, and we are low on numbers," Mitchell head coach Travis Carpenter said.
The No. 1-ranked Morningside Mustangs needed a strong second half to escape with a physical Great Plains Athletic Conference win over the Dakota Wesleyan University Tigers on Wednesday in the Corn Palace. The Mustangs scored 43 points in the second half en route to a 76-71 win over the Tigers. DWU head coach Jason Christensen said his team made too many mistakes to pull off the upset. "It was a back-and-forth game until they jumped up to an eight-point lead with around three minutes left," Christensen said. "We had a couple of crucial turnovers, and when you're playing the No.
BROOKINGS -- Six games into South Dakota State University's 2014-15 women's basketball season, Macy Miller and Kerri Young have proven to be key pieces for head coach Aaron Johnston. The Jackrabbits (4-2) have seven games left before they open Summit League play against Denver on Jan. 2 in Brookings. So far this year, both Miller and Young, former Mitchell Kernels, have started in all six games for SDSU. Young leads the team in assists with 28 and is third on the team in total points (63) and points per game (10.5).
PARKSTON -- Entering the season as the clear cut favorite to win the Class B state wrestling championship, the Parkston Trojans understand it's still going to take plenty of hard work to earn its third consecutive state championship. Trojan head coach James Boehmer, who replaced Jared Digmann as Parkston's head coach last August, understands with so much success, expectation levels rise. "There's always pressure and expectations, but after winning two state titles in a row the expectation is to keep winning," Boehmer said.
After earning big early season wins over ranked opponents, the Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team suffered a humbling 63-47 defeat to the hands of Great Plains Athletic Conference foe Briar Cliff on Tuesday at the Corn Palace. "We beat a couple of ranked teams early in the season and became satisfied," Tigers head coach Jason Christensen said.
Entering the 2014-15 season, Wes Morgan knew it would be tough to rebuild a team that has made consecutive trips to the Class AA state championship game. As the Kernels took the floor for the first day of practice on Monday, the Kernel girls basketball coach said there is a lot of unknowns for a team that went 23-2 a year ago. "We've got to learn who we are as a team still," Morgan said.
KIMBALL -- Kimball/White Lake's Brooklyn Donald made herself stand out in the final two games of the season at the weekend's state tournament. The sophomore middle hitter played a big role in her team's second-round 3-0 win over Harding County on Friday and in the WiLdKats' five-set loss to Arlington on Saturday. Donald recorded a team-high 15 kills with three digs against Harding County and was second on the team with 10 kills and three blocks against Arlington. "Brooklyn had a great tournament.
ABERDEEN -- Kimball and White Lake were known as fierce rivals on the volleyball court in 2012. "White Lake was always better," Senior Kelli Steffen said with a smile on her face in front of her three fellow senior teammates, two of which are from Kimball. Steffen and senior WiLdKat setter Paige Munsen played for White Lake in 2012, while seniors Haley Pazour and Emily Sinclair played for Kimball. "It was a big deal back then," Sinclair said about the volleyball rivalry. At the start of the 2013 season, the former rivals put differences aside and came together to form a team that has made
ABERDEEN -- Two different Kimball/White Lake volleyball teams have played at the state tournament this week. Responding after a disappointing 3-0 first-round loss to Sully Buttes, the No. 6 WiLdKats...
ABERDEEN -- When Sandy Neugebauer left teaching and coaching, she knew she had to find a way to stay connected with the sport she loved. Fast forward 25 years and Neugebauer is still active in volleyball as an official. "To me, volleyball is the greatest sport," Neugebauer said. "It's a lifetime sport for women, and I love the fast-paced action and exciting quickness." Neugebauer is being honored by the South Dakota High School Sports Officials Council for having dedicated 25 years to the officiating profession.