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HOWARD -- Losing in the state title match twice has frustrated Howard 140-pound wrestler Dan Noonan, and it's showed this year. Noonan is currently 17-0 this season and has three big tournament wins, including most recently at the Floyd Farrand Invite, hosted by Sioux Falls Lincoln Dec. 29 and 30. Last year as a sophomore, Noonan fell to Wagner's three-time state champion, Daniel Koupal, in the 140-pound Class B state title match. Two years earlier, as an eighth grader, Noonan knocked out the No.
Mitchell Christian junior Jesse Tolsma is the only remaining starter for the Eagles' basketball team who saw major court time each of the past two seasons. Tolsma was on the court when the Eagles lost in the Class B title game two seasons ago, and was on the court when the team lost a heart-breaker to Scotland in the 5B regional title game last year. With an inexperienced team this year and the lack of high-preseason rankings, Tolsma and the Eagles have flown under the radar with a 2-0 record to start the season, both in convincing fashion. The 6-foot-2 forward helped Mitchell Christian ope
The Dakota Wesleyan women's basketball team dropped 3-pointers from all angles in the second half of Monday's game at the Corn Palace against Dickinson State. The Tigers overcame a four-point halftime deficit by hitting 6-of-8 shots from behind the arc, upsetting the No. 23 ranked Blue Hawks, 76-63. "We made some key threes in the second half," DWU head coach Aaron Kahl said. "That really opened some things up for us, and if we shoot it well we can really be OK." At 15:10 in the second half, DWU and Dickinson started exchanging 3-point shots.
Mitchell Kernels' head coach Travis Carpenter leaped in the air as the referee blew his whistle signaling a pin in favor of Mitchell during the 125-pound match. Nick Kummer avenged a loss from Saturday's Yankton tournament to the Bucks' Logan Smith Thursday night, helping Mitchell to a 35-25 dual win at MHS. The dual was the third time the two teams matched up already this season, with both teams claiming a one-point victory. Almost everyone -- including Kummer -- stepped up for the Kernels in the win.
Though I may get blasted for saying this -- no pun intended -- many pheasant hunters are lazy hunters. South Dakota is the pheasant capital of the world, and I wouldn't dream of offending numerous readers who spend countless hours walking fields for roosters with their well-trained dogs. But compared to many other sorts of hunting, pheasant hunting has to be toward the bottom of the barrel in toughness. What true hunter gets up at 9:30 a.m. to stalk their prey? Many of the pheasant hunters are also the party-hard stay up late and get up late people.
A young Mitchell Christian boys' basketball team opened its season Monday night with a convincing 57-41 victory over the Mount Vernon Mustangs. The Eagles trailed by one after the first quarter, but went on a 19-4 run and never gave up the lead after.
The Mitchell Kernels girls' basketball team opened its season Friday night proving what they already knew: their team lacks height. The Pierre Governors pounded away in the low post all night, taking a 65-42 victory at the Corn Palace. "They've got a lot of people to choose from," Kernels' first-year head coach Wes Morgan said. "It was like David and Goliath.
The Mitchell girls' basketball team will have a different look this season. Instead of working inside to a tall post player, the Kernels will be relying on perimeter shooting from its height-lacking, athletic team. Also hoping for a change, the team will be looking to improve on its 2-20 record from last season. Leading the charge to do so will be new head coach Wes Morgan. Morgan took over for Scott VanDerMillen, who resigned in late April and moved to Harrisburg. Morgan was given the job on July 14, as he was an assistant last season.
WAGNER -- Keaya Weber danced ferociously in the locker room, jamming away her pessimistic thoughts. Wagner's junior setter and her teammates were one victory away from the Class A state title and were enjoying their last moments together with a boom box cranked to max volume, trying to stay relaxed. Usually, Weber isn't tense before games. She helped guide her team to a 32-1 record up to that point of the season, with nearly every victory coming in sweep fashion. She did it as the quarterback of the offense, too.
WAGNER -- Wagner 160-pound wrestler Robert Kokesh is 5-0 so far this season. Four came from pins in the first period. After winning the 152-pound state title last year as a sophomore, Kokesh is on track to notch his second title in as many years. Kokesh was a part of Wagner's team title last season, too. The Red Raiders outscored Elk Point-Jefferson by more than 50 points to take the Class B title last season. The team, along with Kokesh, is on the winning track again this season.