High school notebook: Chamberlain girls XC finishes third at state
Chamberlain's Ella Byers made sure she didn't start too fast because "she has a horrible habit of doing that," and wanted to make sure she didn't surge too soon. She executed her game plan to a tee on Saturday at Yankton Trail Park as her time of 18:22.78 was five seconds faster than Lennox's Ali Bainbridge, giving her another Class A state championship.
"Considering this (course) is where I won freshman year, it's just really special that I could come back and do it again for my last year," Byers said.
However, it was more than just Byers. Allison Hough (19:00.37) barely missed cracking 19 minutes on her way to a fifth-place finish, while Kinsey Evans (19:51.09) took 17th for the Cubs.
As a result, Chamberlain finished third in the Class A team standings with 68 points, behind only Hill City (63) and winner Custer (50).
While Byers is a senior, Chamberlain's future is still bright as Evans is a seventh-grader and Hough is in eighth.
"A few of our girls, this is their first state meet," Byers said. "I'm proud of how they came in calm and knew what they need to do. They've been great all season. (They're) hard workers and great girls. They've really pushed me."
Freeman Academy/Marion races to top-five finish
From start to finish, Freeman Academy/Marion's Thaniel Schroeder was among the leaders of the Class B boys state race, culminating in a second-place finish. The senior finished in 16:35.05.
"I'm happy with my race, but I'm a little disappointed because I had higher expectations," Schroeder said. "But I ran my best and that's all I can do."
His high finish helped vault the Bearcats into fourth as a team as its score of 54 barely edged Lyman's 55. The Bearcats only finished behind James Valley Christian (44), Warner (44) and Newell (45).
Titus Roesler (18:01.44) and Luke Allison (18:11.18) took 36th and 41st, respectively, to also help Freeman Academy/Marion. Connor Epp (18:44.77) in 62nd and Thalen Schroeder (19:06.02) in 73rd rounded out the Bearcats' runners.
"I love my team," Thaniel Schroeder said. "I believe they ran their best today, too. They're young and they'll have another shot next year."
In the Class B girls, Andes Central/Dakota Christian's Isabella Brouwer used a strong final kick to pass Maddy Fairley, of Gayville-Volin, and take second in the Class B girls state cross-country meet on Saturday at Yankton Trail Park. The eighth-grader finished in 19:30.30, which was less than a second faster than Fairley. Brouwer finished in 29th last season.
Winner's Sidda Schuyler, a freshman, took fourth in the Class A girls state cross-country meet as she finished in 18:46.96. She was one of four runners to break the 19-minute mark. Schuyler also shaved off 48 seconds from her 2017 state time. Winner finished 12th in the team standings.
Kimball/White Lake's Sidney McCord and Christine Gaulke finished 11th and 12th, respectively, in the Class B girls state cross-country meet. McCord finished in 20:13.77, while Gaulke crossed the line in 20:15.58. They helped the WiLdKats finish fifth in the Class B team standings.
Mitchell eighth-grader Kennedy Olsen placed 20th in the Class AA girls state meet on Saturday, finishing with a time of 19:33.89. Not only did Olsen run nearly 90 seconds faster than she did at state a year ago, but she improved her finish by 52 spots.
Mitchell finished 12th as a team, with Adelyn Prunty finishing in 20:54.01, followed by Madeline Vogel, Tyann Hart and Tayler Factor.
Lucas Moller was the top finisher for the Kernel boys, placing 50th with a time of 17:53.56.
Wagner wins SESD crown
The Wagner Red Raiders faced a tall task in the championship round-robin of the Southeast South Dakota Conference tournament on Saturday in Tyndall as it faced Class A No. 3 Winner and Burke.
Wagner cruised to its 11th straight SESD Conference tournament title with straight-set wins over Burke (25-19, 25-22) and Winner (25-17, 27-25). The Red Raiders had consistent production from Faith Tyler (25 digs, 22 kills), Emilea Cimpl (24 assists) and Lizzie Tyler (23 assists) on Saturday.
Wagner is ending the regular season with momentum as it had won 14 of its last 15 matches heading into Monday's match with Burke, including an impressive 9-1 October record. The Red Raiders are also only behind McCook Central/Montrose in Region 5 seed point average.