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It's been three years, but mention the divide between Class 11AA and Class 11AAA in South Dakota high school football and you still hear the grumbling, if ever so faintly. But for good or bad, the divide has opened things up from the previous class of dynasties, where it was O'Gorman and Washington and the other Sioux Falls powerhouses with a two-fisted stranglehold on the state championship trophies. The change was meant to open up competition in the two highest classes because of the large disparity between the eight (or nine, this year) largest schools in the state and the next grouping o
SIOUX FALLS—The state cross country meet is a different kind of beast. Chamberlain's Ella Byers has a good chance against the beast today in Sioux Falls. The Cubs' freshman is a state title contender today when the starting gun fires at Yankton Trail Park in Sioux Falls. The Class A girls race starts at 1:30 p.m., while the Class A boys run at 3 p.m. "You just want to be prepared as best you can, so that you can run your top race," Byers said. Byers finished 10th during the 2014 state competition, held in Huron.
CORSICA — One of South Dakota's most off-the-beaten path golf courses is making some pretty big changes. Lakeview Golf Club, of rural Corsica, is in the initial stages of raising $250,000 to install natural grass greens on its nine-hole course and to rename the nearly 70-year-old course. As of Jan.
They don't keep track of wins and losses in the offseason but University of South Dakota women's basketball coach Amy Williams marked down a clear victory earlier this year. Nicole Seekamp is back. The two-time Summit League tournament MVP and the preseason conference player of the year for 2015-16 is the pivotal piece for a Coyotes team that has ideas of making a big run in March. Seekamp, who is a native of Australia, played for a club team prior to coming to the United States that voided a year of her eligibility, despite not getting paid.
For the Mitchell Kernels, it's win and stay home. The Kernels stand poised to secure a first-round home game, if they win their regular season finale at Joe Quintal Field on Thursday night when they host rival Huron. Mitchell is currently No. 4 in seed points — the calculation that values wins and losses based on opponents' winning percentage — in Class 11AA, standing behind the three teams that have beaten the Kernels this year with No. 1 Pierre, No. 2 Yankton and No. 3 Harrisburg. A win over Huron (2-6) should keep Mitchell above No.
OACOMA — The three-peat is complete for the Mount Vernon/Plankinton girls cross country team. With an impressive display of team running, the Titans held off Todd County and won the Region 4A cross country title for a third straight year at the Chamberlain Country Club in Oacoma on Thursday. Lorna Gregerson and Lainey Gregerson set the pace for the Titans.
HOWARD — The battle between Canistota and McCrossan has developed into a legitimate boys cross country rivalry. And on Wednesday, it was the Hawks that got the best of the Wranglers. Behind a second place finish from Mason Decker and a career-best third place finish from Mandre Adams, Canistota edged McCrossan for the Region 2B boys team title at Howard Golf Course in Howard. McCrossan had been the three-time Cornbelt Conference champions prior to this year when Canistota won the meet in Freeman.
With the postseason meets for cross country starting today, new — and more — territory is being covered by girls runners in South Dakota. This is the first year that South Dakota region and state meets will be ran at 5,000 meters for girls, now bringing them in line with the high school standard for boys runners that has existed for years.
WAGNER — The Wagner Red Raiders volleyball team was fired up for Monday night's high school volleyball match against No. 2 ranked and Region 5A rival Mount Vernon/Plankinton. That intensity carried over to the play on the court and the Red Raiders had no problem delivering MV/P its first loss of the 2015 season, winning in three sets at the Wagner High School gym. Set scores were 25-14, 25-20, 25-20.
For both the Chamberlain and Parkston boys golf teams, Pine Hills Golf Course in Milbank is familiar territory. Both teams played in the Poet Invite on Aug. 17, one of the first tournaments of the boys golf season. In that tournament, Parkston won the event with a score of 318 and the Cubs finished fifth, shooting a 342.