Dakota Wesleyan ended the regular-season with an 81-67 win over Nebraska Wesleyan in a Sunday afternoon game at the Corn Palace that wasn't nearly as close as the final score indicated. The Tigers led 62-29 with 11:34 to play, pulled their starters and generally eased to the win, which closes the women's basketball regular season. "As a whole, I thought it was one of our better team efforts," said DWU junior Sarah Viedt. "We moved the ball well and took good shots.
Dakota Wesleyan led the nation's top team by eight points with 12:30 minutes to play Wednesday in a Great Plains Athletic Conference men's basketball game at the Corn Palace. But although the Tigers had NAIA Division II top-ranked Northwestern on the line, Wesleyan failed to set the hook and Northwestern escaped with a 79-66 win, adding another tough loss to DWU's long resume this season. Northwestern now is 26-1 and leads the Great Plains Athletic Conference standings.
Grieve finished first in the beam with a score of 8.875, first in the floor competition with an 8.825, third on vault with an 8.65 and tied for first on bars with a score of 8.5. She competed with a sore back that she's been nursing for more than a week. "I thought I performed pretty well," the MHS junior said. "The beam was shaky, but I thought I held my ground. My back started to bother me about the second rotation (of events)." Grieve said it wasn't a major problem, but the soreness caused her to change the dismount on her beam routine.
No matter who the Tigers are playing as the season wanes, Lein said it's important they earn at least three wins in the final four games of the season to keep alive their hopes of returning to the national tournament, next month in Sioux City, Iowa. "I think we have a really good shot (at qualifying)," Lein said Tuesday. "If you can stay close to the Top 10 rankings, you will have a shot.
In the long run, it may pay off for Kuyper, who also is the team's general manager, and Dakota coach Ryan Miller, who hope to bring the MBA to Mitchell on at least a part-time basis next season. Dakota (9-5) pulled away from a close game in the second quarter, used a strong overall effort from Dakota Wesleyan alum Austin Ledeboer and cruised to a 144-119 win in front of approximately 950 fans that came to the Palace for the combined MBA game and an appearance by Mitchell native and Orlando Magic forward Mike Miller. "This is a great sign," Kuyper said of the crowd in the first ha
"Sitting on the bench is tough," said Kielty, who generally platooned with Mohr in right field for the Twins. "I got some starts here and there and I got some pinch hits. But it's tough to sit back on the bench for 2 1/2 hours and then come in and have to face a closer or a strong reliever. "I would much rather start." Professional baseball is a tough gig. Stretched out from February's spring training to October's postseason, itl lasts nearly eight months.