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PARKSTON — Press the Corsica-Stickney boys basketball team at your own risk. The Jaguars have made it a habit of beating the full-court pressure and scoring a boatload of points. That was the case on Tuesday evening at the Parkston Armory, where Corsica-Stickney scored 50 points in the first half and rang up 92 points for the game, defeating Alcester-Hudson 92-62 at the Parkston Classic. The Jaguars had four players in double figures in the victory.
PARKSTON — At the start, the contest between No. 1 Sully Buttes and No. 2 Hanson didn't look like a battle of the top two Class B girls basketball teams in the state. Especially not after a 22-4 Charger advantage with one quarter gone in the game. But the Beavers rallied from that 18-point hole and held a lead after three quarters before Sully Buttes took the lead and the game for good in the final frame, holding off Hanson for a 55-51 victory at the Parkston Girls Basketball Classic Monday at a packed Parkston Armory.
Leading into the holiday break, the Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball team's play has been emblematic of the sharing season. They're sharing the ball as well as anyone in the country. The Tigers lead the Great Plains Athletic Conference in assists per game, with 269 assists as a team in 14 games, good for 19.2 per contest and are third-best in the country for total assists. They're also No. 1 in both the GPAC and in the country in assist to turnover ratio, posting 1.98 assists for every one turnover Dakota Wesleyan makes.
One of the main attractions to the Mike Miller Classic each year is the high school talent that is bound to play collegiate basketball. Starting today at the Corn Palace and continuing at both the Palace and the Sanford Pentagon on Tuesday, there should be no shortage of basketball prowess on the floor. Fifteen high schools will take the court over the two days and the Classic is one of the few in South Dakota that primarily features out of state talent.
It was another historic year for local sports stars and teams but it was a trip to Branson, Mo., that brought a basketball-crazy Mitchell region to a new high. The Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball team's run to the NAIA Division II national championship game is The Daily Republic's top local sports story of 2015, as decided upon by the newspaper's sports staff.
It was a big year for Tevyn Waddell in 2015. She set six state records at the indoor state swimming championships, she added two more events to her list of qualifying times for the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials and she committed to swim collegiately at the University of Minnesota. For a girl who dreamed about these achievements for a long time, those dreams are coming true. And she can now add one more laurel to her list of 2015 honors.
It's not very often that The Daily Republic interviews one of its own. But it's also not very often that one of our own ends up working for the National Football League and regularly spends time with some of the greats of the game. Mitchell native Brooke Cersosimo, who worked at The Daily Republic from August 2012 to May 2015, took a job earlier this year with NFL Media, working for NFL.com and with analysts on NFL Network as a digital content producer.
Scott Morgan is happy to join the club. He is one of 18 new members of the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame, set to be inducted in April 2016. "It's a great honor, and to even be thought about is a special thing," he said. The Mitchell High School standout played for the Kernels from 1987 to 1989, making the state tournament in all three seasons. He said one of his favorite parts of playing basketball was doing it with lifelong friends.
The Mitchell Kernels wrestling team picked a bad night for a slow start. Lacking the necessary energy and spark needed to compete, the Kernels paid dearly for collective mistakes as a team, taking pins in the first six matches of the night and dropping a dual meet with Aberdeen Central 69-12 at Mitchell High School on Tuesday night. "I think we're better than the way we wrestled tonight, to be honest with you," said Mitchell coach Travis Carpenter. "I was a little disappointed with our effort in spots. They're a good team and they were certainly better than us tonight."
FREEMAN — It's early in the girls basketball season but to date, less has been more for Erika Sage and the Freeman Flyers. She may be handling the ball less but she's scoring in bunches. Sage, a 5-foot-6 junior guard for the Flyers' girls basketball team, has played on the varsity squad since she was a seventh-grader and had been a point guard for the first four years of her career. But this season, Sage has been moved off of the point guard spot to a shooting guard role. That's freed her up to be the team's main scorer.