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ALEXANDRIA—With the new Sweet 16 format in play this season, the importance of boosting seed points and postseason positioning is at an all-time high. So far this season, the Hanson volleyball team is doing just that. The Beavers (11-0) are currently one of five undefeated teams in state and are coming off a couple of strong wins last week. Hanson, which is ranked No. 3 in the latest South Dakota media volleyball poll, won the Bridgewater-Emery Volleyball Tournament on Saturday in Emery. The Beavers defeated rival Ethan 2-0 in the semifinals.
On paper, today's Dakota Wesleyan University at Doane University college football game in Crete, Nebraska, holds major conference and playoff implications. With that in mind, both coaches are keeping things in perspective. "Our guys understand that we need to play well," DWU coach Ross Cimpl said. "But it's something where for our guys, it's more about competing and we need them to compete and play well and let's just see what happens."
SCOTLAND—Scotland couldn't weather a Corsica-Stickney storm on Friday. After a 35-minute weather delay, the Jaguars scored 20 quick points and rolled to a 44-6 nine-man prep football win over the Scotland Highlanders in Scotland. The Highlanders (2-2) got on the board with a Ty Mogck 21-yard pass from Dallas Fuerst to make it 16-6 in the second quarter. Due to lightning in the area, the game was delayed for more than a half-hour. That was bad news for Scotland, as C-S coach Jason Broughton used the delay to his advantage.
BRIDGEWATER—The newness surrounding the Bridgewater-Emery School District continues tonight. The Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan football team will host Elk Point-Jefferson at 7 p.m. tonight in Bridgewater. It will not only be the Seahawks' first home game of the season, but the first at their remodeled football field. "I think they are really excited about it," BEE football coach Jeff VanLeur said about the player's anticipation. "They are excited about getting a chance to get out there and see what they can do on it."
When/Where: 7 p.m. tonight in Scotland. Last meeting: Corsica-Stickney won last year 41-0. Coaches: Scotland's Ryan Robb; Corsica-Stickney's Jason Broughton. Forecast: 81 degrees at kickoff with partly cloudy skies with scattered thunderstorms mainly before midnight. Southwest winds expected, shifting to northwest at 10-to-20 mph. Chance of rain is 50 percent. Records: Corsica-Stickney is 3-0 and No. 3 in Class 9A. Scotland is 2-1 and unranked in Class 9B.
Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan all-state running back Cole Gassman has torn his anterior cruciate ligament, Seahawks coach Jeff VanLeur confirmed to The Daily Republic on Thursday. The senior sustained the season-ending injury in the third quarter of BEE's 33-6 loss against Madison on Sept. 8 in Madison. "You can't lose that caliber of a kid and not be a blow," VanLeur said. "But we lose any kid it's a big blow for us this year. We don't have a lot of depth." "But you can't lose a kid like Cole Gassman and not make it hurt," he added.
Charlie LaRoche's two-interception game last week boils down to his experience at the safety position. The senior safety intercepted two passes in the first half last week against the University of Jamestown. The picks helped preserve a scoreless first half for the Jimmies as the Tigers went onto win 49-12. "Both those drives, they moved it on us and they took it like 60 yards on both of them," LaRoche said. "We needed some energy and at that time, it gave us a spark."
South Dakota State University senior wrestler and Wagner graduate David Kocer is ranked No. 11 in the 174-pound weight class in preseason rankings conducted by FloWrestling.org. Kocer made his second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Division I Championships this past spring, finishing the 2016-17 season with a 24-10 record. Through his first three seasons with the Jackrabbits, Kocer has compiled an 80-43 career mark. SDSU is scheduled to open the 2017-18 season by hosting the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open Nov. 5 at Frost Arena.
Not many people expected Dakota Wesleyan University's Becky Frick to be leading the nation in kills. Not even Frick. "When I heard that, I was honestly pretty shocked," Frick said. "But it all comes back to teammates and coaches again. They all pushed me to be the best I can be in practice and in games. That's why I am where I am right now." Including Tuesday night's 3-1 victory at Dakota State, the sophomore outside hitter has put down an NAIA-leading 249 kills through 15 matches. She's also surpassed her kill total from last season of 244.
It was a near-perfect afternoon for the Dakota Wesleyan University football team. The 17th ranked Tigers fired on all cylinders and in all phases in a 49-12 win over Jamestown University on Saturday at Joe Quintal Field. "It's just what we work for in practice every day, is to have a good practice on offense, have a good practice on defense and good special teams," DWU quarterback Dillon Turner said. "That related over to the field this week and everybody played well."