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Mitchell Christian girls basketball head coach Jackie Van Laecken knows her team will learn through adversity. What she didn't expect was that she would lose one of her returning starters to a season-ending injury before the season.
WATERTOWN -- The Mitchell High School wrestling team earned a sixth place finish at the Watertown eight-team dual tournament on Saturday in Watertown. Mitchell defeated Yankton 51-28 and fell just short to Milbank 34-33 by criteria. The Kernels also fell to Watertown 59-14, which placed Mitchell in the fifth place match against Huron. "The kids did a good job," said Mitchell head coach Travis Carpenter, who added his team had eight open weights in the matches against Huron and Watertown.
On paper the No. 15 Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball team 90-74 win over Great Plains Athletic Conference foe and No. 2 Midland was considered an upset. But for anyone watching the Tigers play at the Corn Palace on Saturday, DWU's performance against the nation's No. 2 team was dominant. The Tigers never trailed and didn't allow the Warriors to even come close to tying the game in a statement win by undefeated Dakota Wesleyan (11-0). "I don't think we can play a better game offensively," DWU head coach Matt Wilber said.
The Mitchell youth wrestling program has had plenty of success in recent years. Brandon Vilhauer, a 1994 Mitchell High School graduate and a former Kernel wrestler, has been the head coach of the program for the past four years and said his program helps build wrestlers for the high school level. "We want to set the foundation," Vilhauer said. "Long-term wrestlers is what we want to accomplish." The youth program is put on through the Mitchell Parks and Rec Department and is still collecting registration for the upcoming season. The deadline for registration is Dec.
The Mitchell Kernel wrestlers gave a strong Pierre team a good fight. The Kernels only had eight weight classes filled in the Eastern South Dakota Conference dual, leaving six weight classes open. In both team's first varsity meet of the season, Pierre defeated Mitchell 60-13 in Mitchell. Earning wins for Mitchell were seniors Landon Neugebauer at 138 pounds, Ethan Parr at 152 and Robert McCardle at 285.
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.