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Today is the fourth time in five years that coach Jeff VanLeur’s football team will play for a state title, as he looks for his sixth championship and third since 2010. No. 4 BEE (10-1) takes on No. 2 Arlington (10-1) in the Class 9AA state title game at 2:30 p.m. today at the DakotaDome in Vermillion. VanLeur led Emery/Ethan to a title in 2007 and a runner-up finish in 2009.
The Mitchell Kernel football team fell on hard times down the stretch in 2013, dropping its last five games en route to a 3-6 finish. While the result was disappointing for players, coaches and fans, the Kernels showed signs of improvement from the one-win team of 2012, and have pieces in place to take another step forward next season. “This is a group of football players that understood that to be successful you have to work hard,” seventh-year Mitchell coach Kent VanOverschelde said. The 2013 season saw the emergence and growth of quarterback Kanin Nelson, who started from week one
The Dakota Wesleyan University men’s basketball team took the finale of a three-game weekend set, knocking off Johnson & Wales University 92-65 Sunday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. The win ends a two-game skid for the Tigers (3-2), which saw DWU get swept in the Fulton State Bank Classic Friday and Saturday at the Corn Palace.
GREGORY — Jordan Grosdidier took the opening kickoff 83-yards for a touchdown to propel No. 4 Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan to a 30-8 win over No. 1 Gregory Saturday night in Gregory. With the win, the Seahawks (10-1) move on to play No. 2 Arlington in the finals of the Class 9AA state playoffs at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the DakotaDome in Vermillion. BEE has made it to the Dome three of the past four years, winning the title in 2010 and 2011.
Bellevue University spread the scoring around in an 86-57 win over Dakota Wesleyan University in the Fulton State Bank Classic Friday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. The No. 19 Bruins (3-1) had five players, including four starters, in double figures as they handed the Tigers (2-1) their first loss of the young season. “They took it right at us, beat us up and I don’t think it helped the way we played defense,” first-year DWU coach Matt Wilber said.
After meeting in the first round the past two seasons, even more will be on the line when Gregory hosts Bridgewater-Emery/ Ethan in a Class 9AA state semifinal at 7 p.m.
By The Sports Xchange MINNEAPOLIS — The battered, bruised, beneficent Minnesota Vikings defense finally made a stand at Mall of America Field on Thursday night, in the most dramatic way possible. After falling into a 13-point hole in the third quarter, the Vikings shut down the Washington Redskins, allowing Christian Ponder, and then Matt Cassel, to lead Minnesota to a 34-27 victory. Down by seven points in the final minutes, the Redskins drove from their 20-yard line to a first-and-goal at the Vikings 8.
The Dakota Wesleyan University men’s basketball team got a couple of weapons back in its 69-36 win over Presentation College Tuesday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. The Tigers (2-0) saw the return of forward Jalen Voss and guard Luke Bamberg to the lineup after the duo missed the season-opening win for DWU on Monday against Trinity Bible College. “Our guys had a lot more confidence knowing those guys would be available,” first-year coach Matt Wilber said about the return of Voss and Bamberg. Voss and Bamberg played limited time, but the Tiger
Trae Bergh stepped up with a record performance, as the short-handed Dakota Wesleyan University men’s basketball team topped Trinity Bible College 92-68 in the regular-season opener Monday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. Bergh tied a school record with 10 3-pointers en route to a game-high 43 points for the Tigers (1-0) in the coaching debut for DWU’s Matt Wilber. “I can’t explain it,” Bergh said.
There's on the sidelines for the Dakota Wesleyan University men’s basketball team in 2013-14, as the Tigers seek improvement over last year. The regular season tips off for the Tigers against Trinity Bible College at 7 p.m. today at the Corn Palace in Mitchell.