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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.
The Crofton Warriors played quite well Saturday night, well enough to lead by six points with 96 seconds remaining in their game. But playing against Sanborn Central/Woonsocket, they couldn't have accounted for a trait only the Blackhawks have: "Myah Magic." Myah Selland scored 40 points, including a game-tying 3-pointer just before the final buzzer sounded and the Class B No. 3 Blackhawks pulled out a 72-66 overtime victory over the Warriors Saturday in the Hanson Classic.
WINNER — Top to bottom, the Winner Area wrestling team has built quite the roster of, well, winners. The team's lineup is filled with wrestlers who are putting solid seasons, as the Class B No. 3-ranked Warriors already have nine wrestlers with at least 10 wins. The Warriors enter today's Jerry Opbroek Invitational at Mitchell High School as the top-ranked Class B team on-hand and won last week at the Mid-Dakota Monster in Presho with 254 points in a 25-team field.
PIERRE -- The Mount Vernon/Plankinton co-op will play 11-man football during the 2017 and 2018 seasons after the South Dakota High School Activities Association Board of Directors denied an appeal Wednesday for the Titans to remain in nine-man football. A motion to approve MVP’s waiver failed by a 6-3 margin during the SDHSAA board meeting in Pierre. The Mount Vernon and Plankinton school districts jointly appealed seeking a waiver to use a two-year grace period to remain in nine-man football but the dispute centered on what enrollment figures should be used.
WINNER — The wins just keep on coming for Winner Area's Tre'zen Doren. The Winner Area wrestler had a dominant weekend at the Mid-Dakota Monster and kept his perfect season intact. His monster weekend helped him to the 285-pound weight class championship with four wins by pinfall. That included a win over Class B No. 3 Austin Moore, of Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes, in the championship round. Even as the new guy on the Warriors' team, coach Spencer Novotny said Doren has fit right in.
Off a tough win at Watertown four days before, the Mitchell girls basketball team was hoping to take another step forward Tuesday night against Brookings. Instead, in the words of the Kernels’ coach Wes Morgan, they “took two steps back.” The Kernels were slowly left behind by a pair of runs in the second and third quarters that allowed Brookings to leave the Corn Palace with a 50-29 win over Mitchell Tuesday night in Eastern South Dakota Conference play. Mitchell had 20 turnovers and made just four field goals after halftime against Brookings.