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PRESHO — The Lyman Raider volleyball team has emerged as a force, and the rise to success runs parallel with the career of Anna Flitner. “She has a passion for volleyball that is special,” first-year Lyman head coach Jill Whalen said of Flitner. “She works very hard and is always pushing our team to the next level.” The senior led Lyman to fifth place at the Class B state tournament. The two wins Lyman picked up at state were the first for the school in 17 years.
The Mitchell Marlins boys’ hockey team is banking on the experience gained from the growing pains of last year. The Marlins finished the 2012-13 season with a record of 3-20 and a seventh-place finish out of eight teams in the South Dakota Amateur Hockey Association after winning the state title the year prior. “We had low numbers and were just a young team last year, and now we have some senior leadership that should benefit us,” Marlins coach John Lord said, adding his team will have additional depth with 20 skaters. Providing senior leader
Mitchell’s Matt Larson and Ethan Jones were selected for Class 11AA all-state honors for their performances for the Kernel football team this year. Larson was named to the Class 11AA first team all-state.
College football players all know there will come a day when they will take the pads off for the last time. Most know it is coming. The last game of a disappointing season or the finale of a national title run all end the same way: tears and hugs by those players never to put on their school’s jersey again. The Dakota Wesleyan University football team experienced something different.
AVON — The end of the 2013 football season was the only thing that could stop Avon’s Brandon Kocmich. The star running back for the Pirates consistently put up gaudy numbers, and despite splitting carries in the backfield and not playing in the second half of many one-sided games, he made defenders look as if they were allergic to tackling on many Friday nights. “It was amazing to watch what he accomplished this year in limited touches,” Avon coach Tom Culver said.
SIOUX FALLS – After trailing by double digits most of the game, the Dakota Wesleyan University men’s basketball team rallied late, but fell short in an 89-84 loss to Nebraska...
SIOUX FALLS – The Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team dominated the paint in an 80-55 victory over Nebraska Wesleyan University Saturday at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls. The win came in the Great Plains Athletic Conference opener for the Tigers (6-1, 1-0 GPAC) and despite being played in Sioux Falls, was a home game for DWU. “Every conference win is imperative because the GPAC has so much parity,” DWU coach Jason Christenson said. “I know this is technically a home game but we were on the road.
HURON — The No. 6 Lyman Raiders topped No. 7 Kimball/White Lake 25-22, 25-21, 25-18 in the semifinals of the Class B state volleyball consolation bracket Friday at the Huron Arena in Huron. The win is the first for the Raiders in the state tournament in at least 17 years, according to first-year Lyman coach Jill Whalen, and puts the team in the fifth-place match. “We had a little game plan coming in and the girls executed great,” Whalen said. “Last year, we went to state and won a couple of sets, but didn’t win a match.
HURON — Samantha Boeck had a match-high 20 kills No. 2 Arlington’s three-set win over No.
HURON — Slow starts hampered No. 6 Lyman in a three-set loss to No.