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For the fourth time in as many years, the Mitchell Christian track and field team has a new coach. Filling the role this season is MCHS Athletic Director Greg Nelson. Nelson takes over a squad that was coached by Casey Eitemiller last year, Bob Lemon two years ago and Barry Van Zee three years ago. "It was just before the season, a few weeks ago, I decided I was going to coach the kids," Nelson said. "I decided this would be a good opportunity. No one wanted to take it, so I said I would -- happily." This won't be Nelson's first year coaching track.
The Dakota Wesleyan University baseball team won three of four games over the weekend, including splitting a doubleheader with Midland Lutheran College Sunday at Drake Field. Tigers' pitcher Ethan Opsahl pitched six innings -- striking out eight -- to help the team to an 8-4 Game 1 victory Sunday. In Game 2, the Tigers' offense couldn't get going until the fifth inning, but lost 8-4. In the first game Sunday, Opsahl allowed two runs in the first inning on two walks, a hit batter, a fielding error by DWU's Mark Wood and a wild pitch.
The Dakota Wesleyan softball team scored two runs in each of its games, losing to Doane College twice in a doubleheader at Cadwell Park Sunday. In the first game, the Tigers were no-hit and lost the game 11-2. In the second game, DWU gave up four seventh-inning runs while trailing 4-2 to lose 8-2. "Our offense hasn't been producing," Tigers head coach Marie McCarthy-Foster said. "It's something we keep trying to adjust in practice -- looking for new ideas and changing our routines.
Class B athletic directors from around the state voted 27-14 in favor of reinstating the district wrestling tournaments Friday morning at the annual spring athletic director's meeting in Pierre. Now in its final step to be restored, the district tournament is in the hands of the South Dakota High School Association Board of Directors, which will vote on April 21 to finalize the measure. With much reinforcement from the wrestling community, and now from the athletic directors, it seems as if it's a lock that the tournament will be back next year, according to the wrestling committee's athlet
Last weekend, three young men were commended for their duties on and off the basketball court.
Due to recent declining enrollments, the Parkston and Ethan track and field teams will co-op this season to form the Parkston/Ethan track and field team. Last year's Parkston coach Craig Bruening will take over as the co-op's coach, and former Ethan track coach Josh Trandall resigned after last year. "We looked at the numbers and they have a nice facility," Ethan Athletic Director Terry Mathis said.
The coldest sensation of my life streamed through me last week. While kayaking down the James River, I flipped. The water still had ice chucks melting on the surface and couldn't have been much more than 33 degrees. I am new to the kayaking adventures, and I love the outdoors. This is my first spring in South Dakota, and it seems that much of my free time is spent driving on country roads watching ducks and geese swarm fields like beehives.
MENNO -- Menno's Macon Oplinger knew he had one last chance to play with the team that made history. As Menno stepped on the court for the third-place game at the Class B state basketball tournament Saturday in Aberdeen, the junior was the only starter who would be returning the next season. So he wanted to help send the four starting seniors out with a bang. Oplinger scored a game-high 19 points against Elkton-Lake Benton, earning the Wolves their first state-placing finish in 53 years. Offensively, the first game of the tournament was Oplinger's best.
ABERDEEN -- A day after scoring a season-low 30 points in a semifinal loss to White River, the Menno boys' basketball team's offense woke back up. Wolves' point guard Tate Bruckner did a bit of everything to help his team to a 62-46 Class B third-place win over Elkton-Lake Benton Saturday in Aberdeen. Bruckner finished his high school career with eight rebounds, eight assists, seven points, and for the second consecutive game, eight steals. "My job was to penetrate and dish," Bruckner said.
ABERDEEN -- The Avon boys' basketball team -- which finished its season 10-14 overall and started the season off with six straight losses -- came within one shot of taking the Class B consolation championship Saturday in Aberdeen. With 12.7 left on the clock, Matt Dykstra hoped to knock down his final shot as a Pirate. The 6-foot-6 senior forward's pull up 3-point attempt bounced off the front of the rim and ultimately helped Viborg to a 45-43 win. "I was excited to take that last shot. I wanted the ball in my hands," Dykstra said.