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One of the reasons that the state wrestling tournament is an appealing event in the Midwest is because it involves the best wrestlers all under one roof. That's the case in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Wisconsin and on and on. South Dakota has strayed from that method in the past, but will return to an all-class format next February in Rapid City and will continue with two straight consecutive tournaments in Sioux Falls in 2017 and 2018. If you're a wrestling junkie, you're going to be there.
SIOUX FALLS—For the first time in the short history of the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, it hosted the South Dakota high school volleyball championships, diving in with all three classes at once. But there were no major problems on day one. "I think it was a fantastic venue to have," said Mount Vernon/Plankinton coach Darcy Deinert said. "I don't think there's any doubt that it feels like a big deal when you're out on the court." The 12,000-seat arena has three courts with matches taking place simultaneously.
SIOUX FALLS—For one set, Platte-Geddes gave Sully Buttes all it could handle. But the sixth-seeded Black Panthers could never fully solve Racquel Wientjes and the Chargers. Wientjes hammered 21 kills and in the process, knocked the upstart Black Panthers from the Class B state volleyball tournament championship bracket in three sets Thursday night at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls. Set scores were 25-23, 25-14 and 25-19. "They just picked on our weaknesses and we had a hard time figuring out what defense to play against them," Platte-Geddes head coach Jill Kemnitz sa
SIOUX FALLS—Noon start? No worries for the Mount Vernon/Plankinton volleyball team. The top-seeded Titans had few problems on Thursday afternoon with the early start, breezing to a 3-0 victory over Red Cloud in the Class A quarterfinals at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls. Set scores were 25-7, 25-17 and 25-12. The Titans, who won their 30th match of the season and have two losses on the year, will take on either Spearfish or Sioux Valley at 6 p.m. Friday in the semifinal round.
PLANKINTON — Entering the state tournament, the Mount Vernon/Plankinton volleyball team has an always-coveted trait: they've been there before. According to the players, finishing in fourth place was a valuable and worthwhile experience but the Titans think they can do better.
PLATTE — The Platte-Geddes volleyball team may be one of the final eight teams playing for the Class B state championship this weekend, but the Black Panthers still see room for improvement heading into their biggest matches of the year. With a team built on passing and defense to date this year, the sixth-seeded Black Panthers (25-7) are hoping to get their attack going during the three-day tournament, starting at 6 p.m. Thursday against No.
VERMILLION—This isn't a newsflash, but people care about the rivalry between the University of South Dakota and South Dakota State football teams. Always have and always will for the fans and students of both schools. The game will be circled on the calendars of blue and red diehards for as long as the two schools have teams that trot out onto the field. That is, after all, how a dead coyote ended up hanging off a pro-billboard outside Brookings a few years back and why the DakotaDome was sold out well in advance of Saturday's latest meeting between the Jackrabbits and Coyotes. That'
VERMILLION — Big plays on offense and a ferocious defense. That was the makeup of the Canistota High School football team all season, which was capped with a state championship on Thursday. Canistota left no doubt about being the No. 1 team in Class 9A this year, demolishing Sully Buttes 56-8 in the title game at the DakotaDome in Vermillion. The Hawks (12-0) had more than 400 yards and 42 points in the first half, including three one-play scoring drives of 66, 60 and 90 yards.
VERMILLION — In a state championship week with four days to prepare, the coaches and players from Sully Buttes and Canistota have embraced a football crash course on each other's team. At 10:30 a.m. today, the year's final test will take place and both teams will attempt to show off their mastery in Class 9A. The nine-man powerhouse Hawks and the upstart Chargers step onto the turf at the DakotaDome today for the state championship in Vermillion.
PLANKINTON — Earlier this season — almost exactly one month ago — Mount Vernon/Plankinton was beaten by region rival Wagner for its first loss of the year, ending a streak of 18 victories to open the season.