ALEXANDRIA — Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central's John Witte scored four touchdowns and had 179 total yards Friday to lead the Blackhawks to a 42-6 win over the Hanson Beavers. Witte scored on three short-yardage runs and was on the receiving end of a 71-yard touchdown pass. On a big personal night, he gave credit to his Blackhawk teammates. "My teammates blocked for me and made big holes for me to get through," Witte said. "It was a team effort. Everybody chipped in to get the big play."
The Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team broke to a big lead and hung on to defeat Valley City State 79-74 in the Farmers State Blumenberg Classic Saturday at the Corn Palace. On Friday night, the Tigers led Tabor at halftime by six points and used a second half run to win 83-48. Saturday, they led by five against the Vikings heading into halftime. DWU went on a 10-w run in the second half for its big lead of the game at 52-39 and looked to take control of the contest. However, the Vikings had other plans.
MADISON — The Chester Flyers, ranked second in Class B, came from behind to edge the Hanson Beavers 3-2 in the Region 4B championship game Tuesday in Madison. Set scores were 17-25, 27-25, 25-20, 18-25 and 15-11. "I feel very fortunate that we got to 15 first in that last set," Chester coach Jean Benson said. "It's good for the sport of volleyball to see exciting games like this." After taking the first set, the Beavers were in position to win the second set.
The Dakota Wesleyan University football team made a goal-line stand to keep its playoff hopes alive and to beat the Concordia Bulldogs 17-10 Saturday at Joe Quintal Field in Mitchell. With 16 seconds remaining, Concordia marched the football down to the Tigers' 16-yard line.
CORSICA — The Corsica-Stickney Jaguars were looking to start Friday night's football game against Scotland with a punch. The opening punch landed and the Jaguars kept throwing haymakers all night. Out to a 22-0 lead after scoring on its first three possessions, Corsica-Stickney never relinquished the early lead on the way to a 34-21 win over Scotland in a matchup of ranked nine-man teams Friday. The Jaguars — ranked fourth in Class 9B — scored on the opening play of their first drive when Clayton Menning hit a 60-yard touchdown run to open the scoring.
CANISTOTA—Adjustments and who can make them are a big part of football. Canistota needed to make some of its own on Friday, as it spotted Alcester-Hudson a 14-6 lead early in the second quarter. Canistota, led by senior running back Jerad Nielsen, responded by scoring 44 unanswered points to beat Alcester-Hudson 50-14 in Canistota. For Canistota (6-0) coach James Strang, his squad prepared this week for the Cubs' spread offense, but said it's not like seeing it live. "No matter how much you prepare for that, nothing compares to the real deal," Strang said.
ALEXANDRIA — Normally early in a football season, defenses have the edge over the offense. That was far from the case Friday night in Alexandria. Gregory and Hanson combined for 1021 total yards and 118 total points, as the Class 9AA No. 1 ranked Gorillas defeated the No. 2 ranked Class 9A Beavers, 74-44 in the opening game of the 2015 season for both teams. For Gregory coach Brian Allmendinger, it wasn't a total surprise that his offense performed well. "I could see that coming a little bit in practice," Allmendinger said.
HURON -- Defense was the name of the game. No. 2 Ethan held No. 6 Summit scoreless for more than a 12-minute span and held the Eagles to 13 percent shooting from the floor in the first half for 25 percent in the game. The stellar performance led the Rustlers (25-0) to a 41-26 victory on Friday in the Class B state girls basketball tournament at Huron Arena. With the win, Ethan advances to play No. 1 Sully Buttes in the championship game at 8 p.m.
MADISON -- Jordan Marquardt became Hanson's all-time leading scorer Tuesday, as he finished the game with 21 points to make his total 1,517. But the senior was more excited about making the Class B state tournament. "This is amazing," said Marquardt, who passed Craig Cheeseman's career scoring record.
Kimball/White Lake overcame a slow start to defeat top-seeded Avon 45-34 to claim its second straight Region 6B crown on Saturday at the Corn Palace. "I'm speechless right now," senior Kelli Steffen said. "Being a senior it makes it so much better. We showed a lot of heart out there and I love our little team. We're not very tall and all of our wins are played with our heart." K/WL coach Tacey Nielsen had nothing but praise for Steffen. "She does a good job of leading," Nielsen said. "When the shots don't fall for her, she steps it up on defense.