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PARKSTON -- Three undefeated Mitchell area high school boys basketball teams will put early-season unbeaten records on the line at the seven-game, 14-team Parkston Boys Classic on Monday in Parkston. The Parkston Classic boys basketball tournament features six area teams competing throughout the day in Parkston. The games start at 10:30 a.m. with Ethan vs. Chester Area; Sully Buttes vs. Dakota Valley at 12 p.m.; Hitchcock-Tulare vs. Canistota at 1:30 p.m.; Centerville vs. Corsica/Stickney at 3 p.m.; Hanson vs. Alcester-Hudson at 4:30 p.m.; Parkston vs. Miller at 6 p.m.
ETHAN -- The No. 4 Ethan Rustlers girls basketball team is off to a quick start in its 2014-15 campaign. The undefeated Rustlers are averaging 60 points per game and holding opponents to just 29 points per game en route to a 4-0 record and a top-five ranking in the Class B polls. "Our senior leadership provided by (seniors) Morgan Tuttle and Darbi Gustafson has been key to our success early this season," Ethan head coach Tom Young said.
GREGORY -- Burke/Gregory senior Jonah Beck is undefeated this season, despite having wrestled at two weight classes. Beck started the season wrestling at 184 pounds and placed first at the Stanley County Invite on Dec. 6. After winning the tournament, Burke/Gregory head coach John Hansen decided the team and Beck would both benefit if he dropped down to 170. "It wasn't a real tough challenge for him to drop down to 170," Hansen said. "I think 170 is more of an ideal size for his body." Three wrestling meets later, it seems it was a good move.
The Mitchell High School gymnastics team won the Jill McCormick Invitational with a total of 147.425 points. No only did the Kernels win their home meet, but they also put together a complete performance, Mitchell head coach Audra Rew said. "I feel like this was our best performance on the season so far and the scores show that," Rew said.
It was a tale of two halves for the Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team against No.
Six games into its conference season, the Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team is turning some heads. The Tigers were picked to finish eighth in the Great Plains Athletic Conference preseason poll, but are off to a strong start. DWU (9-4, 4-2 GPAC) sits in fourth place in the GPAC. Tiger head coach Jason Christensen said his team has only suffered one bad loss so far this season -- a 63-47 home loss to Briar Cliff on Nov. 25. "In the 13 games, we've had six or more different leading scorers," Christensen said. "It shows that we don't care who is scoring the points.
South Dakota State University head wrestling coach Chris Bono is focused on taking the Jackrabbit wrestling program to the top levels of NCAA wrestling. To do that, the team will need recruits from local communities like Mitchell and the surrounding area. SDSU is relying on brothers Alex and David Kocer, Wagner natives, to make an impact on two spots in the team's starting lineup. The Kocers, who've won a combined seven South Dakota high school wrestling state champions, are competing for the Jackrabbits as underclassmen. Alex, a sophomore, is wrestling at 141 pounds and has earned wins fo
In his second year as the Mitchell High School boys basketball coach, Erik Skoglund has already accomplished something longtime coach Gary Munsen never did. That's score 90 points in a game. Then, Skoglund's team scored 100 points in its next game. While Skoglund is happy his team is scoring a plentiful amount of points, the statistic he cares more about is the two victories. "The records we are chasing are the ones hanging up at the Corn Palace," Skoglund said. "We are chasing state titles, and we don't go into any game trying to score 100 points.
After his team earned its first win of the 2014-15 season, Mitchell High School girls basketball coach Wes Morgan said the rebounding was the difference. The Kernels beat Harrisburg 56-48 in an Eastern South Dakota Conference game on Tuesday at the Corn Palace. "Rebounding at the end was key," Morgan said. "They got a little hot at the end of the game, but we rebounded well enough to not give them second chances.
At least we're getting a pool. That's how many people reacted after the Mitchell City Council's decision Monday to build a new indoor pool at the city's existing Recreation Center rather than next to Dakota Wesleyan University's as-yet unbuilt wellness center on the south side of the school's campus in Mitchell. "From the standpoint that a decision has been rendered and we can now move forward on formulating the plan to fund and finance the pool, it is good," Mayor Ken Tracy told The Daily Republic in a phone interview on Tuesday.