Even after its lone loss on Sept. 28, the Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan football team is still in a good spot as the postseason looms.
The Seahawks lost to Canton 24-17 in a battle of the top-two teams in Class 11B, but they responded with a convincing 48-6 win over McCook Central/Montrose on Oct. 5.
No. 2 BEE is 6-1 as it gears up for the regular-season finale against Sioux Valley on Friday in Volga. The Seahawks are currently No. 2 in 11B in seed points with 44.143, trailing only Canton (47.000).
"We are doing a lot of nice things," BEE coach Jeff Van Leur said. "We still have got some things we have to work on, but we are doing a lot of nice things. We continue that and improve again next week, that would be a good way to go to the playoffs."
Friday's game against the Cossacks will be a rematch of last year's Class 11B semifinals when BEE won 35-7. The Seahawks also eliminated Sioux Valley from the 2016 playoffs.
"It's going to be a big game for us just because of power points," BEE junior quarterback Brady Hawkins said. "They still have a sour taste in their mouth about last year when we ruined their season. So it's going to be a good game."
Deinert, Tyler join 400 club
Two area volleyball coaches-Wagner's Amy Tyler and Mount Vernon/Plankinton's Darcy Deinert-recently reached milestone wins.
On Oct. 1, Tyler recorded her 400th career victory as her Red Raiders beat Tripp-Delmont-Armour 25-16, 25-9, 25-13.
On Oct. 4, Deinert won her 400th career win after a three-set win over Chamberlain on Thursday, 25-9, 25-18 and 25-14.
Tyler and Deinert are now two of 14 coaches to win 400 matches in state history. Parker's Jill Christensen leads the state with 825 wins.
Here's the rest of the coaches with 400 or more wins: Arlington's Anita Boeck, Gregory's Donna Schmitz, Todd County's Galen Busch, Miller's Linda DeBoer, Webster's Cindy Nelson, Warner's Kari Jung, Sioux Falls O'Gorman and Brandon Valley's Kathy Hunt, Northwestern's Nora Groft, Sioux Falls Christian's Darci Wassenaar, Mitchell's Deb Thill and Parker and Marion's Ron Nelson.
TDA/ACDC finishing strong
Tripp-Delmont/Armour/Andes Central/Dakota Christian football team is quietly piecing together a nice close to the season.
The Nighthawks began the season with losses against Alcester-Hudson (34-12) and Colome (54-6). But they have since gone undefeated and have outscored their opponents 206-68.
TDA/ACDC is No. 2 in Class 9AA Region 3 with 42.143 points, behind only Bon Homme (44.571).
Quarterback Jace Faulkner has powered the Nighthawks with 1,275 passing yards and 15 touchdowns. He's also rushed for 366 yards and nine more scores.
The Nighthawks play at Scotland on Friday.