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The recent release of the NAIA All-American football teams left a number of people involved scratching their heads. Each year, the American Football Coaches Association selects 50 players from NAIA schools for two All-American teams. Starting in 2013, two teams were selected — AFCA-NAIA All-American first team and the NAIA Football Coaches Association second team. The AFCA brings together a committee of coaches from districts across the country to decide the teams.
Eleven rebounds by point guard Torrie Michels sums up the effort from the No. 4 Mitchell girls’ basketball team Friday. The Kernels (3-0) won the hustle plays and pulled away in the second half to top Rapid City Central 66-48 at the Corn Palace. “The shortest kid on the floor?” Mitchell coach Wes Morgan said when asked about Michels’ effort.
HARRISBURG — After winning the Class A state title last year, the Harrisburg girls’ basketball team got a taste of life in the Eastern South Dakota Conference, as No. 4 Mitchell pulled out a tough 55-48 road win Tuesday in Harrisburg. The Kernels (2-0, 2-0 ESD) jumped out to an early lead and held on late despite a Tiger (1-1, 1-1 ESD) comeback. Harrisburg is playing in its first season in Class AA and the ESD. “To get up early in hostile territory is big,” Mitchell coach Wes Morgan said.
After a handful of close losses, Dakota Wesleyan University men’s basketball broke through with an 85-78 win over Doane College for its first Great Plains Athletic Conference victory of the year. “We’ve been hungry for this win,” DWU’s Jalen Voss said. DWU (6-7, 1-4 GPAC) jumped all over Doane (6-7, 1-6 GPAC) in the first half, with Voss leading the charge, scoring 23 of his team-high 27 points before halftime.
Mitchell girls’ basketball coach Wes Morgan said before the season he wanted to see what type of team he had early with all the new faces. One to be reckoned with is the early answer. The No. 5 Kernels (1-0) opened the 2013-14 season with a 55-45 win over Eastern South Dakota Conference foe and fourth-ranked Pierre Friday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. “This is a big win for the team,” senior guard Emma Schmidt said. “I think people underestimated us being a team that lost six seniors.
For the first time since he came to Dakota Wesleyan University, head coach Ross Cimpl will not have quarterback Jon Bane leading the Tiger offense. Replacing his signal caller just got a bit harder for Cimpl after the only backup quarterback on the roster left the team after the season. Freshman Nick Kinder is no longer with the DWU football team, according to Cimpl, who is heading into his third season with the Tigers. “It was strictly an academic thing,” Cimpl said of Kinder’s decision to leave.
The 2012-13 season ended with disappointment for the Mitchell girls’ basketball team, as the talented group came up just short of its second consecutive Class AA state title. With Kerri Young at South Dakota State University and Kristin Sabers at Dakota Wesleyan University this year, the goal of getting back to the championship rests in the capable hands of senior guard Macy Miller. Mitchell head coach Wes Morgan sees Miller, an SDSU signee, as one of the best he has seen come through South Dakota basketball, but knows his star is ultimately a team player. “She works hard to find the
The Kernel girls are ready for another run for the state championship and begin the quest against a ranked Eastern South Dakota Conference team today. The No. 5 Mitchell girls’ basketball team will tip off the 2013-14 season against No. 4 Pierre at 7 tonight at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. “We are really excited for the start of the season,” said senior point guard Macy Miller, who will play at South Dakota State University next season. “We want to show teams that we shouldn’t be rated fifth.
Three Dakota Wesleyan University football players were selected to the Beyond Sports Network All-America Team, it was announced Thursday afternoon. DWU junior running back Francois Barnaud was named to the All-American second team, senior wide receiver Anthony Muilenburg was named to the third team and sophomore linebacker Brady Bonte earned honorable mention honors. “It shows a lot about our team, the success we’ve had and how instrumental those three guys were to that success,” said DWU second-year head coach Ross Cimpl.
The Dakota Wesleyan University men’s basketball team is still looking for their first win in Great Plains Athletic Conference play after a 92-81 loss to No. 12 Dordt College Wednesday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. After an energized performance in the in the opening 20 minutes of their first game at the Corn Palace in nearly a month, the Tigers (5-7, 0-4 GPAC) saw the Defenders pull away in the second half. “My disappointment was with the mistakes I hadn’t seen out of my team until this point,” DWU first-year coach Matt Wilber said.