Dakota Wesleyan University had eight players score in double figures as the Tigers topped Oglala Lakota 128-84 at the Beau Keeter Memorial Classic on Saturday at the Corn Palace. The Tigers (4-1) bounced back from a tough loss Friday against Bellevue and DWU coach Matt Wilber was pleased with his team's performance and credited the Bravehearts.
The Dakota Wesleyan Tigers came back from a horrendous first half only to come up just short Friday, as the No. 24-ranked Bellevue University Bruins held on for an 86-81 win at the Beau Keeter Memorial Classic at the Corn Palace. The No. 25 Tigers trailed by as many as 22 points in the first half and only shot 39 percent from the floor, while the Bruins controlled the inside and shot a warm 53 percent from the field, delivering DWU its first loss of the season.
MADISON — The third time was not the charm for the Hanson Beavers volleyball team on Tuesday night. Chester Area built an early 2-0 lead and walked away with a 3-1 victory over Hanson to win the Region 4B championship for a third straight time. The Flyers (24-6) will play in the state tournament next week with an eye on defending their Class B title. Set scores were 25-19, 25-21, 19-25 and 25-18. The teams traded lead to open the match, but with the match tied at 11, Chester reeled off five straight points for a 16-11 advantage for a commanding early lead.
Lucky or not, the Aberdeen Central High School volleyball team picked the right night to play its best match of the year. The Golden Eagles defeated the Mitchell Kernels in four sets Saturday at the MHS gym, giving the top-seeded hosts their second straight loss and knocking them out of the playoffs. Set scores were 26-24, 21-25, 25-13 and 25-16 in favor of Aberdeen Central. "That was probably the best match we've played all year," Central coach Dennis Northrup said. "We had a lot of luck. When you're playing well, you get lucky. I'm impressed with how we played."
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.