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SIOUX FALLS -- In the span of 3 minutes, the Dakota Wesleyan University men’s basketball saw its season slip away. Leading 58-51 with 3:09 remaining, the fifth-seeded Tigers had top-seeded and No. 3-ranked College of Idaho on the ropes in the second round of the NAIA Division II tournament on Friday at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls. But then the Coyotes took over -- mounting a furious comeback and finishing the game on 11-2 spurt to claim a hard-earned 62-60 victory.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa -- For Jason Christensen, Friday’s second round NAIA Division II national tournament game manifested into more of a boxing match than basketball game. And Dakota Wesleyan University was the last one standing. In a physical, top-10 showdown, the No. 7-ranked and second-seeded Tigers overcame 36 turnovers and dispatched No. 10 and third-seeded Southern Oregon 76-61 on Friday at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa—There were plenty of mistakes, but the Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team found a way to stay alive at the NAIA Division II national tournament. In a physical, top-10 showdown, the No. 7-ranked and second-seeded Tigers overcame 36 turnovers and dispatched No. 10 and third-seeded Southern Oregon 76-61 on Friday at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa. DWU (29-6) advances to face top-seeded Southeastern (Fla.) in the quarterfinals at 1 p.m. on Saturday, while Southern Oregon ended its season at 28-5.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Ahead of its second round game at the national tournament, the Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team continued to stress the importance of one aspect: keeping opponents off the scoreboard. "Defense is always key for us. We have to stop the scoring," DWU junior Madison Mathews said after providing 13 points off the bench in the Tigers' 78-62 opening round win over Indiana University East on Wednesday. "From there, I feel like everything falls into place."
HURON—One year competing in Class B boys basketball, one state tournament berth for Clark/Willow Lake. The fifth-seeded Cyclones surged past 12th-seeded Sanborn Central/Woonsocket—outscoring the Blackhawks 35-21 in the second half—to earn a 54-37 Round of 16 playoff game on Thursday at the Huron Arena in Huron. CWL dropped down from Class A to Class B for the first time this season and will enter the state tournament with a 18-5 record.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa — It was Madison Mathews' turn on Wednesday. The 5-foot-8 guard helped provide a spark for the No. 7-ranked Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team, scoring 13 points off the bench. Along with Mathews, Amber Bray, Rylie Osthus and Kynedi Cheeseman finished in double figures as the second-seeded Tigers rolled into the second round of the NAIA Division II national tournament for the third straight season. DWU earned a 78-62 opening round victory over seventh-seeded Indiana East University at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa.
SALEM — There's no pressure for the McCook Central/Montrose girls basketball team. After coming up one game short of the state tournament twice in the past three seasons, the Fighting Cougars got over the hump with a 59-47 Round of 16 win over Miller last week. Now, MCM head coach Doug Durfee said his team can play in the Class A state tournament like it has nothing to lose. Third-seeded MCM will take on sixth-seeded Aberdeen Roncalli in the final opening round game at 7:45 p.m. on Thursday in Watertown.
SIOUX FALLS—It was close for one quarter. But from the start of the second period until the end of the game, the second-seeded South Dakota State University women's basketball dominated seventh-seeded North Dakota State University and earned a 87-62 victory in the opening round of the Summit League tournament on Saturday at the Premier Center in Sioux Falls. The Jackrabbits (24-6) advance to the semifinals and will take on the winner of Western Illinois vs. Omaha on Monday.
CHAMBERLAIN — Nash Hutmacher isn't satisfied with being the best wrestler in South Dakota. Just five days after the Chamberlain High School sophomore closed out a second straight Class A 285-pound championship with a 46-0 record, Hutmacher was back in the practice room. He's preparing for bigger goals. "I want to be the best heavyweight wrestler in the nation before I graduate," Hutmacher said. "Whether that's this summer, next summer or the summer after that. That is the goal. To be the best in the nation."
Michael Sadler is joining the big leagues. The 2013 Mitchell High School graduate and former Post 18 Legion baseball standout recently accepted a job with the Seattle Mariners as a strength and conditioning coach. Sadler reports to spring training with the team today in Peoria, Arizona. When camp ends on April 1, he'll join the team's Class A affiliate—the Clinton LumberKings located in Clinton, Iowa. Sadler, who graduated from Mount Marty in 2017 with a degree in Exercise Wellness, said taking a job with a Major League Baseball team has always been a dream.