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GREGORY -- The No. 2 seeded Gregory Gorillas didn't waste any time en route to advancing to the Class 9AA semi-finals. The Gorillas used a massive 42-point second quarter to beat the Lyman Raiders 56-0 in a physical quarterfinal football game on Monday in Gregory. The game ended at halftime due to the mercy rule. "We played very physical tonight like we wanted to be," Gregory head coach Brian Allmendinger said.
It's not every day that someone witnesses a hole-in-one. For Dave Soulek, of Mitchell, the hole-in-one was a special occasion as he watched his 10-year-old son make the shot. Dylan Soulek sank his first hole-in-one Wednesday on the 15-inch cups at Wild Oak Golf Course in Mitchell. "As a dad, that was awesome to see," Dave said, adding the shot almost went in the regular four-inch cup. "I've been golfing for a long time and haven't even come close to making a hole-in-one yet." Dylan made the hole-in-one on hole No.
CHAMBERLAIN — Four years of first-round playoff wins have been pretty sweet for the Chamberlain High School football team. The second round has gotten to be a bit sour, though. From 2011 through this year, the Cubs have won all of their first-round playoff games, but have been unable to win in the second round. "The norm five years ago for Chamberlain was winning one game (in the regular season) and losing in playoffs," said Cubs head coach Jerry Rhodes, whose team is 5-4.
TYNDALL -- In six of Bon Homme's nine regular-season games, the team played an opponent ranked in the top five of Class 11B. Obviously, playing such stiff competition every week helped prepare Bon Homme for the high school football playoffs. "It was sink or swim, and fortunately we started swimming fast," Bon Homme head coach Byron Pudwill said about his team's strength of schedule. "A lot of the teams we faced run the same style of offense, so we knew it well and could practice against it.
Fresh off two come-from-behind victories over Eastern South Dakota Conference opponents, the Mitchell High School football team understands the magnitude of its next test. The Kernels (3-5, 2-5 ESD) take on the No. 3 Harrisburg Tigers (4-4, 3-3 ESD) in a first-round playoff matchup at 7 p.m. today in Harrisburg. Mitchell is looking to avenge a 52-7 loss to Harrisburg from Sept. 6 in Harrisburg. "A lot of growth has taken place from then to now," Kernel head coach Kent VanOverschelde said. "I think we are a better football team. Back in September, we let them off the hook on a few plays.
Dakota State University's Cole Potter continues to frighten opposing quarterbacks. Potter, a 6-foot, 2-inch defensive end, is tied for the most sacks in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics with 12. He is also second in the nation in sacks per game at 1.3, 27.5 total tackles-for-loss and tackles-for-loss per game with 3.1. Potter, a Howard graduate, was named this week's North Star Athletic Association defensive player of the week for his performance in DSU's 69-13 win over Trinity Bible on Saturday.
KIMBALL -- Coming out of the halftime break, the Kimball/White Lake football team knew it needed to stop making mistakes to pull away from Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan. After a tie game at halftime, the WiLdKats (7-2) scored 24 unanswered points en route to ending the Class 9AA defending champion Seahawks' (4-5) season. "We took care of the ball better," Kimball/White Lake coach Dale Taylor said about his team's strong second half. "We just took care of business better in the second half.
PARKSTON -- Whitney Weber is just one of the reasons why the Parkston Trojans volleyball team has seen success this season. The Trojans finished the season at 21-10 after losing to Madison 3-1 on Monday in Parkston. Parkston earned a second-place finish at the Southeast South Dakota Conference tournament on Saturday in Chamberlain. The 5-foot-4 setter was named to the SESD all-tournament team. "She has a huge role on our team, and she's a great leader," Parkston head coach Alisha Spurrell said.
PRESHO -- Running the football effectively has been a key for the Lyman Raiders this season. "It has to be our bread and butter," Lyman head coach Mike Kieffer said. "We throw the football all right, but the passing game works good off our run game." Heading into today's first-round 9AA playoff game against Stanley County (5-3), the Raiders (6-2) look to use their strong ground game to advance into the second round. The game begins at 7 p.m. today in Presho. Today's contest is a rematch of the first game of the season on Aug. 29.
HURON -- The Mitchell High School boys and girls cross country teams took home 16th and 15th place, respectively, at the Class AA state cross country meet on Saturday in Huron. On a warm late October afternoon heat was going to play a factor into the race, but with clear skies and no wind, Mitchell head Scott Munsen said it was a great race for his teams. "I thought we did a good job of competing hard," Munsen said.