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It's home sweet home again for the Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team. After a rough second half led to the team's third loss of the year Thursday at Morningside, the No. 8-ranked Tigers have a chance to right the ship once more with a home contest against No. 9-ranked Hastings. It's a big one as the women's basketball season nears February and the final push for positioning ahead of the conference and national tournaments, where it appears both teams are nearly locks.
The outcome was never in doubt, but the Mitchell High School girls basketball hung around with the No. 2 team in Class AA Thursday night. The one-win Kernels had the Brandon Valley lead down to nine points in the third quarter but the Lynx were too much in a 61-40 victory Thursday at the Corn Palace in an Eastern South Dakota Conference game. Mitchell handled the ball better against the Lynx's full-court pressure, committing 18 turnovers, but Brandon Valley knocked down nine 3-pointers in the game, allowing for the Lynx to pull away.
There’s been a lot of talk recently regarding the idea of six-man football potentially making its way to high schools in South Dakota. The issue came up with the state’s football advisory committee and the South Dakota Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association is issuing a survey at its annual spring conference to figure out how much interest the six-man variety of football might have.
TRIPP — As the second half of the Class B girls basketball season continues, just two undefeated teams remain. There’s No. 2-ranked Sanborn Central/Woonsocket, which -- following a third-place finish at the state tournament a year ago -- was considered one of the stronger teams entering the season and the Blackhawks are 11-0. And the other team has to be considered a surprise, as Tripp-Delmont/Armour also stands undefeated and has done it without a senior on the roster.
Brooklyn Brouwer scored a game-high 22 points as Tripp-Delmont/Armour picked up a 67-29 win over Mitchell Christian in a high school girls basketball game on Thursday in Mitchell. The Nighthawks (10-0) raced out to a 20-5 lead after the first quarter and cruised to the win. Mattilynn Reiner finished the game with 15 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for a double-double, while Erica Koster added 14 points.
The Dakota Wesleyan women’s basketball team isn’t the team to have a poor shooting night against. Dordt College learned that lesson Wednesday night. The Defenders went 12 minutes and 45 seconds without a made field goal in the first half, and the No. 9-ranked Tigers bullied Dordt in a 76-42 Great Plains Athletic Conference win at the Corn Palace. The win is the seventh in a row for the Tigers and it’s the sixth time this season DWU (18-2, 9-2 GPAC) has held a team to 50 points or less.
WINNER — Wyatt Ewing was on South Dakota State University’s football recruiting radar without even knowing it. The Winner High School senior was weighing his options to play college football between a slew of Division II and NAIA programs when Jackrabbits’ offensive line coach Jason Eck called Ewing with a scholarship offer.
The first quarter told the story Tuesday night in the girls basketball game between No. 1-ranked Harrisburg and Mitchell. The Tigers scored the first 15 points of the Eastern South Dakota girls basketball contest and finished the opening quarter up 20-2, on the way to a 59-30 win at the Corn Palace over the Kernels, dropping them to 1-7 on the season.
If you were at the Hanson Classic on Saturday, it felt like it was one of the best single days of girls basketball in the event's 34-year history. And from a historical and statistical standpoint, the numbers agree.
For a second straight year, the Pierre Governors were the kings of the Jerry Opbroek Invitational. But it was a strong showing for the Mitchell Kernels, as well. Briggs Havlik was the Kernels' first individual winner in the team's home tournament in five years, taking home the 152-pound crown in impression fashion. He defeated Howard's Mitch Kramer with a third-period pin for the championship Saturday at the Mitchell High School gymnasium.