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Poor shooting doomed the Bridgewater-Emery boys basketball team in its Mike Miller Classic debut. Memphis University School (Tenn.) built a 35-15 halftime lead and cruised past the Huskies—who shot 17 percent in the first half—for a 65-44 win on Monday at the Corn Palace. "We were a little tight and little nervous early, we needed a couple more shots that went around the rim early to fall," said Bridgewater-Emery head coach Scott Schultz. "We got some good looks but they were a very disciplined team and well-coached. They took advantage of our mistakes."
Tony Miller and the Woodinville (Wash.) Falcons lit up the Corn Palace scoreboard and stole the spotlight on Monday. Miller dropped 42 points and had two highlight reel dunks as Woodinville downed the Mitchell Kernels 81-54 in the second game of the Coach Gary Munsen Tournament at the Mike Miller Classic. Woodinville advances to play DeLaSalle in the tournament championship at 7:30 p.m. today, while Mitchell will face Sioux Falls Washington in the third-place game at 1:15 p.m. Both games will be at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls.
The spotlight is set for several high school boys basketball teams including the Mitchell Kernels. The Sixth Annual Mike Miller Classic will once again pin South Dakota teams against teams from across the nation starting today at the Corn Palace in Mitchell and continuing Tuesday at the Palace and at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls.
There are a lot of reasons why the Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team is off to a 12-1 start and tied atop the Great Plains Athletic Conference standings. One of those reasons has been contributions from freshmen players. Boosting a team without a senior has been true freshmen Rylie Osthus, Hope Menning and Kelsey Bertram. Osthus has started all 13 games, while Menning and Bertram have played in 13 and 10 games, respectively.
WOONSOCKET—In a showdown of top-area talent, the Mount Vernon/Plankinton girls basketball team stole the spotlight on Monday night. The Class A No. 2 Titans downed Class B No. 3 Sanborn Central/Woonsocket 53-35 in front of a standing-room only crowd in the Woonsocket High School gym. Bolstered by Megan Bultsma's 26 points and a stout defensive effort, MV/P improved to 4-0 on the season. "We got off to a great start," MV/P head coach Bill Marquardt said. "We came out with so much intensity defensively. We were really happy with how we defended."
Fueled by junior Erica Herrold's career-high 28 points, the Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team will enjoy Christmas sitting tied atop of the Great Plains Athletic Conference with No. 2 Morningside. The No. 12 DWU Tigers fended off a possible upset bid by the Doane College Tigers 81-67 on Saturday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. DWU improved to 12-1 (6-1 GPAC), which is the team's best start since the 2003-04 season when the team finished second in NAIA national tournament. "She took the game over," DWU head coach Jason Christensen said about Herrold's performance.
The Mitchell High School girls basketball team's offensive struggles continued on Saturday. Mitchell never scored more than seven points in a quarter as the Kernels fell to Rapid City Stevens 51-23 at the Corn Palace. "We need to make free throws and we need to make layups and we didn't," Mitchell head coach Wes Morgan said after the game.
LAKE ANDES—Tre'Zen Doren wrestles hard for both his town and himself. Doren, a 285-pound wrestler for Andes Central, uses the sport as a release. "It's a good way for me to burn off built up feelings," Doren said. "I think of it as an individual sport and it burns the feelings inside." He is only one of two wrestlers on the Eagle wrestling team—a program that was reestablished in 2013 after the school's co-op with Platte-Geddes and Corsica ended. Doren said he's proud to represent Andes Central on the mat.
It was a tale of two halves and the Yankton Bucks took it upon themselves to tell the story in the second half. Yankton used a 20-point third quarter to cruise past the Mitchell Kernels 56-31 in an Eastern South Dakota Conference boys basketball battle on Friday night at the Corn Palace. Poor shooting by the Kernels and strong performances by Yankton seniors Bradey Sorenson and Tanner Frick left Mitchell third-year coach Erik Skoglund disappointed in his team's intensity. "We are going to credit Yankton getting after us in the second half," Skoglund said.
There will be plenty of new faces on the court for the Mitchell High School boys basketball team this season. After finishing with a 9-13 record and missing the state tournament for the third consecutive year, the 2015-16 Kernels "will be working from scratch". Mitchell lost six seniors, including Beau Brown—who averaged 21.2 points per game and is now on the South Dakota State University men's basketball team. While MHS head coach Erik Skoglund said his team will go through a "steep learning curve," the third-year coach is confident his team is up for the challenge. "We have about 1