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Dakota Wesleyan University freshman Madison Kuehl had a breakout performance in the Tiger's 85-70 Great Plains Athletic Conference win over Nebraska Wesleyan on Sunday at the Corn Palace. "She was fun to watch today," DWU head coach Jason Christensen said about his freshman guard. "I enjoy watching her play and Madison is the future of our program.
VERMILLION -- A strong second half carried the University of South Dakota past in-state rival South Dakota State University 82-78 in a Summit League girls basketball game on Saturday in Vermillion. Former Mitchell Kernel standout and freshman guard Macy Miller scored a career-high 25 points for the Jackrabbits in the loss. USD started the second half strong as the Coyotes took a 43-39 lead early after trailing for most of the first half. "We came a lot a little flat and we gave up some offensive rebounds," Miller said about SDSU's start of the second half.
A Mitchell comeback came up just short on Friday. Mitchell came within one point of tying the game in the fourth quarter, but ultimately, the Kernels couldn't overcome an early deficit to the Watertown Arrows. Mitchell (5-6, 3-4 ESD) fell to Watertown 75-69 in an Eastern South Dakota Conference boys basketball game on Friday at the Corn Palace. "We were just one play away, one step away or one silly foul away from winning this game," MHS head coach Erik Skoglund said.
Jake Jarman is making hockey history in South Dakota. Jarman, a 14-year-old Mitchell student, is competing with South Dakota's first-ever Tier I AAA hockey team -- the Jr. Stampede. "It's amazing that I got to be one of the first kids on the Tier I team from South Dakota," Jarman said. "It means a lot." The 14-and-under Tier I AAA program formed in the fall and is a part of the highest level of youth hockey in the United States. The Jr. Stampede are affiliated with the Sioux Falls Stampede, a United States Hockey League team. "This whole thing is historic in South Dakota.
HURON -- The Mitchell High School girls basketball team struggled to score on Thursday in Huron. The Kernels (4-5, 4-3 ESD) shot 27 percent from the field and scored only two points in the second quarter en route to suffering a 56-32 Eastern South Dakota Conference defeat to the Huron Tigers. "They left some kids open and we aren't afraid to shoot it, but we need to knock down open shots," Mitchell head coach Wes Morgan said. "We came out a little shocked about how they were guarding Taylor (Volesky).
Coming off the bench and making an impact in a basketball game isn't an easy thing to do. In a limited amount of time, a strong bench player must impact the game in order to stand out. Making an impact as bench player is something Dakota Wesleyan University freshman guard Chesney Nagel has started to do for the Tiger women's basketball team lately. "When she goes into the game, she might not always help us, but she doesn't hurt us," DWU women's basketball head coach Jason Christensen said.
Taylor Volesky's four free throws with less than a minute remaining proved to be the difference Tuesday. The Kernel girls basketball team was able to outlast the Watertown Arrows 48-44 in an Eastern South Dakota Conference game at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. Free throws played a vital role for the Kernels, as Mitchell went 21-of-29 from the stripe and Watertown finished 3-of-10 from the free throw line. "They shot 29 free throws, and we can't expect to win when we give up that many free throws," Watertown head coach Todd Jutting said.
CHAMBERLAIN -- Imagine camping and hiking during the brutal cold weather last week. Fourteen people, which were in seven teams of two, did just that in the Second Annual Missouri Winter Survival Trek. The event took place Friday through Sunday. The trek, a 50-mile journey on the east bank of the Missouri River, started at Dock 44 at the Platte/Winner Bridge and ended at the Interstate 90 bridge in Chamberlain. Each day, the teams had a certain distance they had to travel.
PRESHO -- Forty years ago Cordie Schlomer, Lyman's wrestling coach at the time, decided the school should host a wrestling tournament. On Saturday, at the annual Mid Dakota Monster wrestling tournament in Presho, Schlomer received a standing ovation as he was honored for being selected into the Lyman Athletic Hall of Fame. "I'm proud of it," Schlomer said.
PRESHO -- Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes wrestlers Turner Blasius and Austin Moore each earned second-place finishes at the Mid Dakota Monster wrestling tournament on Saturday in Presho. The Mid Dakota Monster wrestling tournament had 27 teams competing on Friday and Saturday at the Lyman High School gym in Presho. Blasius, wrestling at 195 pounds, lost to David Jensen of Mobridge-Pollock, while Moore (285) fell to Spearfish's Jerimiah Harmon. Winner placed seventh with 135 points, Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes finished in 10th place with 113 points and the Lyman wrestling team took 14