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BROOKINGS—In front of a big, boisterous and blue-clad crowd Thursday night, the University of South Dakota women's basketball team never cowered. When the Coyotes needed the important shots to fall late, they got them and USD picked up a crucial road win at Frost Arena, knocking off South Dakota State 67-61. With its 10th straight win, USD moves to 7-0 in the Summit League halfway through the conference schedule.
Sanborn Central/Woonsocket's boys basketball team has a little bit of everything: size, scoring and experience. And it's all starting with defense. Since a three-point loss to Miller at the Huron Holiday Classic Dec. 30 and a 70-49 loss at then-No. 1 Bridgewater-Emery, SCW has rattled off six straight wins. The win streak reached a crescendo Jan. 18, with a 53-45 win over longtime conference rival Wolsey-Wessington for the 281 Conference Tournament title at the Huron Arena. With a record of 10-2, SCW has the top seed-point total in Region 4B.
The Cornbelt Conference dates back more than 30 years and has been a stalwart league in many sports, especially football. But the league added two teams prior to this season for all sports — Irene-Wakonda and Viborg-Hurley — which has turned out to be a significant move in boys basketball this season. The longtime members of the Cornbelt include Bridgewater-Emery, Canistota, Freeman, Hanson, Howard and Menno.
Once Aberdeen Central got going Friday night at the Corn Palace, the Mitchell boys basketball team could not answer. The Golden Eagles shot 61 percent in the first half, while the Kernels were held to 19 percent shooting, as Aberdeen Central had a 20-point halftime lead and cruised to a 62-30 Eastern South Dakota Conference victory. Decided by 32 points, the game was easily Aberdeen Central's most convincing win of the season, while Mitchell (0-12, 0-8 ESD) was held to a season-low 30 points, continuing the Kernels' offensive struggles for another night.
It's the one of the most anticipated sporting events in the country every year. And at least three area residents are helping Super Bowl LII goes off without a hitch, as they're lucky enough to be volunteers for the big game. Mitchell resident Vicky Herrick, along with Donnie Kayser, of Alexandria, and Gene Struck, of Montrose, will be volunteering during the week before the Super Bowl in Minneapolis.
Maria Krall has already shown she's a talented high school gymnast. But during this, her junior season, Krall has shown she has the confidence to lead the way for the Mitchell gymnastics team, as well. "I feel like Maria is just more comfortable in her role as a leader on the team. She's confident, doesn't question her abilities as much," Mitchell coach Audra Rew said. "Every year, she just gets more confident and that makes everything a little smoother for her, as well."
In the Kernels’ biggest rivalry game and on its home floor, the Mitchell boys basketball team didn’t rise to the occasion. Mitchell battled defensively but couldn’t muster enough offense and Huron pulled away for a 47-40 Eastern South Dakota Conference victory in boys basketball action Tuesday at the Corn Palace.
In the Kernels' biggest rivalry game and on its home floor, the Mitchell boys basketball team didn't rise to the occasion. Mitchell battled defensively but couldn't muster enough offense and Huron pulled away for a 47-40 Eastern South Dakota Conference victory in boys basketball action Tuesday at the Corn Palace. Kernel coach Todd Neuendorf did not mince words when describing his team's play after the game, especially in light of the week's worth of practices Mitchell had before the contest.
When the fourth quarter rolled around Tuesday night, the Mitchell girls basketball team needed some big shots and some toughness. The Kernels delivered on both fronts, sealing the game against rival Huron and winning the Eastern South Dakota Conference game 55-45 Tuesday at the Corn Palace. "They made little runs at us but our kids were tough," Mitchell coach Wes Morgan said. "We didn't turn it over a ton but we did enough to get a win. I thought our kids were ready to shoot and they shot it well, especially from the perimeter."
In another Hanson Classic game that went to the wire between the two programs, Sully Buttes had just a bit more. The No. 1-ranked and defending state champion Chargers took a late lead and held off a tying attempt from the host Beavers, pulling out a two-point win over Hanson 42-40 for the second straight year in the Hanson Classic at the Corn Palace Saturday.