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Decision day came and went Sunday for the Dakota Wesleyan University football team. And it's becoming an all-too-familiar feeling for the Tigers. For a second straight year, the Tigers had a case to make the 16-team national playoffs and were left on the outside looking in.
VERMILLION — Andy McCance only plays offense for the Gregory Gorillas. On Thursday, he showed he's pretty good at it. McCance had the standout performance for the Gorillas in the Class 9AA championship game win over Webster Area, a 48-20 victory. McCance was 13-for-16 passing for 258 yards and six touchdowns and ran for another 95 yards. He won the game's most outstanding back award and the Joe Robbie most valuable player award.
VERMILLION—Score, score and score some more. It might have been a "slow start" for the Gregory Gorillas Thursday but once the offense got rolling there was no stopping the high-flying attack, just as no team stopped the Gorillas during the 2016 season. Gregory completed a 12-0 season with a 48-20 win over Webster Area in the Class 9AA championship at the DakotaDome in Vermillion. The victory is the second title in three seasons for the Gorillas and the third in school history.
VERMILLION — The smallest schools have the biggest stage today at the South Dakota prep football championships. And the Class 9B game has the look of a contest deserving of the prime-time platform, as Colome and Langford Area converge on the DakotaDome. The No. 3-seed Cowboys and No. 4 Lions—both 10-1—will play today, with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.
FORESTBURG — It was quite the 24-hour span for Myah Selland as Tuesday gave way into Wednesday. Selland had 30 kills in a four-set win for the Sanborn Central/Woonsocket volleyball team Tuesday in the Region 3B championship match in Arlington, helping the Blackhawks to the state tournament for a second straight year. Then on Wednesday, she woke up, headed to school and put pen to paper on her decision to play college basketball at South Dakota State University.
BROOKINGS — For a freshman, Megan Bultsma might represent the best of both worlds for the South Dakota State women's basketball team. The 6-foot-3 center already has a skilled inside game, with an ability to block shots, rebound and score inside and SDSU coach Aaron Johnston intends to make use of those skills. On the flip side, the Plankinton native is athletic, smart and is capable of playing the perimeter, a trait of so many of the Jacks' successful teams in recent years.
For twin brothers Michael and Myles Horton, Friday is part of a long-held dream. Since they've been young, the two have been side-by-side playing together. And this week, they'll play together on the defensive line in the Class 11AA championship game for the Mitchell Kernels against the Harrisburg Tigers. "I mean, this is going to be pretty cool. That's for sure." Myles said.
The World's Only Corn Palace has been and will be home to Dakota Wesleyan University basketball teams for a long time. But over the weekend, the Sanford Pentagon was a welcoming venue for the Tiger basketball teams. The Tigers were the unofficial champions of the South Dakota NAIA Basketball Classic, which was held for the first time Saturday and Sunday in Sioux Falls. The Tigers won all four they were involved in, sweeping Dakota State and Presentation in the men's and women's contests.
CORSICA—The football sequel between Colome and Corsica-Stickney was much like the first meeting between the two teams: a physical battle that was decided by a few plays. In Saturday's Class 9B semifinal game, one play and one point was the difference, with the Cowboys on the winning side. A 3-yard touchdown run by Kelly O'Bryan with 40 seconds left pulled No. 3-seed Colome within one point and a two-point conversion run by Jackson Kinzer capped a 16-point fourth quarter for the Cowboys, shocking No. 2 seed and previously undefeated Corsica-Stickney 28-27 in Corsica.
CORSICA—If the rematch is anything like the first matchup this season between Colome and Corsica-Stickney on the football field, fans are in for a Class 9B semifinal treat. The No. 2 seeded Jaguars (10-0) and No. 3 Cowboys (9-1) met in the first game of the season—a 16-14 Jaguars win—setting the table for the contest Saturday to decide who advances to the DakotaDome in Vermillion. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. today in Corsica.