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From the neighbor in the great-white north to the sun-scorched desert of the Middle East, international athletes are finding a home at Dakota Wesleyan University. There are nine international student athletes enrolled at DWU and playing for the Tigers this year. Most of these athletes have come through pipelines the coaching staffs have at camps in the United States and with club teams abroad, while others are from exchange programs. “Once a coach gets one player from an area, there seems to be a tendency to go back to that area for talent,” DWU athletic director Curt Hart said.
Six Kernel boys’ golfers are in Brandon today for the start of the end-of-the-season Class AA state tournament at Brandon Golf Course. The Kernels are led by juniors Jacob Rice and Jaron Weich, who have a scoring average of 78 and 79, respectively, heading into the tournament. “Jaron and Jacob are our two best golfers and the other boys are gaining valuable experience this week.” Mitchell coach Mark Horan said.
MADISON – In a matchup marred by penalties and filled with the passion that is expected when two rivals meet, Dakota Wesleyan snuck out of Madison with a 23-14 win over Dakota State Saturday. Running back Francois Barnaud continued his stellar play in the Tigers’ second and final non-conference game, carrying the ball 32 times for 272 yards and scoring all three touchdowns for DWU (3-2). “The o-line blocked great all night long,” Barnaud said standing in the rain on the muddy turf at Trojan Field following the game.
The Tigers’ offense has been hard to stop this season. Perhaps Mother Nature has what it takes to slow down DWU (2-2, 1-1 GPAC), as the temperature is expected to drop into the 30s with rain and wind for tonight’s nonconference game against Dakota State University (1-4). Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Madison. “It’s exciting anytime you can play a night game for whatever reason,” Cimpl said. “It’s October.
With the bulk of the Great Plains Athletic Conference schedule still to go, the Dakota Wesleyan University women’s soccer team expects to compete for a home playoff game. Seventh-year coach Dale Roden knows his team has played even with the competition so far, but if the Tigers (4-5-1, 1-1 GPAC) want to make a run in the GPAC, they cannot be content being a .500 team. “With conference play, we have made some adjustments and really improved our play a lot,” Roden said.
These days, the Great Plains Athletic Conference leaderboards look like a who’s-who of Dakota Wesleyan offensive stars, and coaches around the league are losing sleep trying to figure out how to stop them. Senior quarterback Jon Bane, junior running back Francois Barnaud and senior wide receiver Anthony Muilenburg are sitting at or near the top of several GPAC statistical categories. “I’m glad I don’t have to plan against them,” DWU second-year coach Ross Cimpl said, adding he knows going into each game the opposing team will try to take away on
The high school soccer season has come to an end for Mitchell High School and Mitchell Christian/Mount Vernon, with all three area teams falling short of the state playoffs. For the boys, MHS finished the season at 2-9-2 under first year coach Jason Wear. The Kernels concluded having lost their final six games. Coach Bob Lemon led the MC/MV boys to a 2-9-1 record.
PARKSTON – The Warriors had to make the trip twice, but Winner eventually put away Parkston 14-7 in an elongated homecoming Saturday in Parkston. After battling through 20 minutes of scoreless football Friday, the teams were forced to pick up the game Saturday evening when lightning caused a delay. “It wasn’t a big deal to come back strong today and we said we weren’t going to let last night affect us,” Winner coach Dan Aaker said about his team’s extra travel. When play resumed the Warriors (4-0) struck quickly and relied on 204 rushing yard
PARKSTON — Anticipation was high and the crowd was ready for the matchup of undefeated Class 11B teams for homecoming Friday night in Parkston, but Mother Nature had a different plan. After a nearly two-hour lightning delay, officials called the game between the Trojans (4-0) and the Winner Warriors (3-0) with the score tied at 0-0. The game will restart at 5 p.m.
As the calendar gets ready to turn to October, the Dakota Wesleyan University football team finally gets to play in front of its home fans. The Tigers (1-2, 1-1 GPAC) are excited to show off their explosive offense against Hastings College (1-2, 0-2 GPAC) in front of the Blue and White Days crowd at 1 p.m. today at Joe Quintal Field in Mitchell. “Our players are excited and have been talking about all of the people they have coming to the game,” DWU head coach Ross Cimpl said.