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SIOUX FALLS -- Macy Miller became the first Jackrabbit freshman to receive all-Summit League team honors. The former Mitchell Kernel and South Dakota State University point guard was named to the all-Summit League second-team and the all-newcomer team on Thursday. The league's head coaches, sports information directors and select media members voted to determine the conference awards, which were announced at the Summit League Tournament tip-off press conference at the Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls. In SDSU's 16 Summit League games this season, Miller is averaging a team-leading 14.7
SIOUX FALLS -- The Summit League women's basketball tournament has been dominated by two teams in the past six years -- the University of South Dakota and South Dakota State University. The past six Summit League Tournament champions have been either SDSU -- which won the tournament five times from 2008 to 2013 -- or last year's champion, USD. This year, the two rivals enter the tournament in different roles. USD will be the No. 1 seed after clinching its first-ever Summit League regular season crown. SDSU, which has won the previous three regular season conference titles and been the No.
The Mount Marty baseball team split a doubleheader with Waldorf College on Sunday in Yankton. The Lancers (3-1) lost the first game 15-9, but won the second game 9-3 for the split. Lancer second baseman Ryan Buck, a Mitchell native, went 2-for-4 with a double and a triple. Buck scored two runs scored and had three RBIs in the first game for Mount Marty.
After the most successful season in program history, the Dakota Wesleyan University softball enters this season wanting more. DWU finished with an overall record of 22-18 in 2014, which was the most wins in the school history. Heading into this season, the Tigers were picked to finish seventh in the Great Plains Athletic Conference, but head coach Ed Kieff said his team is capable of a higher finish. "We feel like we have the players to compete for a conference championship," said Kieff, who is entering his fourth year with DWU.
BROOKINGS -- Experience is starting to show for Macy Miller and Kerri Young. The pair of Mitchell natives have started all 29 of South Dakota State University women's basketball games this season. SDSU head coach Aaron Johnston said both players have always had strong offensive abilities, but have gained a stronger understanding of SDSU's offense. "Early in the year, they both were talented enough to get any shot they wanted," Johnston said.
Celeste Beck and Katie Johnson had a major impact on the Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball program. The seniors were instrumental for head coach Jason Christensen, who just completed his fifth year with the Tigers. "Both were great kids and are truly going to be missed," Christensen said. "They were both the first two kids that I found when I started recruiting. I signed Celeste first and then Katie.
SIOUX FALLS -- Matt Larson remembers when Mitchell head coach Travis Carpenter placed all of the Kernels' state wrestling trophies in the wrestling practice room. "I still remember to this day when coach put all the trophies in that room and showed us," Larson said.
SIOUX FALLS -- Entering the second day of the Class A state wrestling tournament, Robert McCardle had already accomplished something he has never done in his wrestling career -- place at the state tournament. But the 285-pound senior wasn't satisfied with just placing at the state tournament, he wanted to win the state championship. In the end, McCardle couldn't oust Aberdeen Central's Sam Schaunaman, who finished in second in last year's state tournament and ended his season 39-1.
SIOUX FALLS -- Wrestlers, coaches and fans received a new experience at this year's Class A state wrestling tournament. For the first time, the event was held in the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, which provided plenty of space but kept fans close to the action. "The venue is awesome," Mitchell head coach Travis Carpenter said. "It's a good atmosphere and the fans are looking down on top of you. That's a good thing." Four mats were used on the first day of competition, but it will be cut down to three mats today in the early rounds.
SIOUX FALLS -- Landon Neugebauer knew exactly what he had to do. Entering his 138-pound quarterfinal match against top-ranked Logan Wood of Rapid City Stevens, Neugebauer was set to wrestle his hardest. "I knew it was going to be a tough match with him, and I've been thinking about this match since the draw came out," Neugebauer said. "I went out there and gave it everything I had." It proved to be enough as Neugebauer (40-2) was able to hold on for 9-6 win by decision over Wood at the Class A state wrestling tournament on Friday at the Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls.