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CHAMBERLAIN — Nash Hutmacher isn't satisfied with being the best wrestler in South Dakota. Just five days after the Chamberlain High School sophomore closed out a second straight Class A 285-pound championship with a 46-0 record, Hutmacher was back in the practice room. He's preparing for bigger goals. "I want to be the best heavyweight wrestler in the nation before I graduate," Hutmacher said. "Whether that's this summer, next summer or the summer after that. That is the goal. To be the best in the nation."
Michael Sadler is joining the big leagues. The 2013 Mitchell High School graduate and former Post 18 Legion baseball standout recently accepted a job with the Seattle Mariners as a strength and conditioning coach. Sadler reports to spring training with the team today in Peoria, Arizona. When camp ends on April 1, he'll join the team's Class A affiliate—the Clinton LumberKings located in Clinton, Iowa. Sadler, who graduated from Mount Marty in 2017 with a degree in Exercise Wellness, said taking a job with a Major League Baseball team has always been a dream.
BRANDON—The Mitchell High School girls basketball team needed its offense to produce, if it was going to pull an upset and go to the state tournament. It wasn't until the second half that the Kernels' offense arrived but by then, it was too late and the Kernels never could dig out of an 18-point halftime hole in a 51-40 loss at fifth-seeded Brandon Valley Friday.
It's do-or-die time for the Mitchell High School girls basketball team. The 12th-seeded Kernels (7-13) will take on the fifth-seeded Brandon Valley Lynx (13-7) in a Round of 16 playoff game at 7 p.m. today in Brandon. The winner will advance to the Class AA state tournament, while the loser's season ends. MHS head coach Wes Morgan said he's liked the new playoff format for Class AA thus far compared to the old district qualifying.
Morgan Koepsell got angry. At least that's how Miller head coach Aaron Zeller described the play of McCook Central/Montrose's 6-foot-2 senior in the second half of Thursday's night state-qualifying game. Koepsell led McCook Central/Montrose's second-half charge and finished with a game-high 29 points in a 59-47 win over Miller in a Round of 16 playoff game at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. MCM (20-2) trailed by five points at halftime but exploded for 36 points in the second half to power past a scrappy, 14-seeded Miller Rustler team.
Macy Miller has been the best player in the Summit League all season. Now she has the hardware to prove it. The South Dakota State University redshirt junior and Mitchell native was named the Summit League’s women’s basketball player of the year on Wednesday. She is just the second player in school history to be named the conference’s player of the year, joining Jennifer Warkenthien, who won the award in 2009.
SIOUX FALLS—Roughly three weeks ago, a doctor told Carson Max he shouldn't be wrestling with his shoulder injury. After debating with head coach Travis Carpenter whether to continue his season, Max settled on not letting the pain hold him back. And on Saturday, the junior was rewarded by winning the Class A 195-pound state championship, defeating Sioux Falls' Roosevelt's Joey Otta by a 6-4 decision at the Premier Center in Sioux Falls.
SIOUX FALLS -- It lived up to the hype. In one of the most anticipated high school wrestling matches in South Dakota history, Chamberlain’s Nash Hutmacher handled the challenge from Beresford/Alcester-Hudson standout Nick Casperson, as the two nationally ranked grapplers gave the Premier Center crowd plenty to cheer about in the featured Class A 285-pound title match on Saturday in Sioux Falls.
ORANGE CITY, Iowa -- For the third straight season, the Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team will compete for a Great Plains Athletic Conference tournament championship. No. 8-ranked DWU, seeded third, downed No. 10 and second seeded Northwestern 73-58 in the GPAC semifinals on Saturday in Orange City, Iowa. The Tigers improved to 27-5 on the season and will face either Concordia or Morningside on Tuesday for the GPAC title.
SIOUX FALLS—For juniors Max Donovan and Collin Powell, the state wrestling tournament has become just like any other meet. And like most meets throughout the season, Donovan, wrestling at 113 pounds, and Powell (120) each continued to rack up the wins. Both grapplers advanced to today's semifinals with ease and helped spur a Chamberlain team that sits in 10th place after the first day of competition at the Premier Center in Sioux Falls.