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High school notebook: Winner wrestling rounding into form

PRESHO--The Winner Area High School wrestling team is preparing for the stretch run of the season. On Friday and Saturday, the Warriors finished in second place of a 23-team field at the Mid-Dakota Monster tournament, held at Lyman High School in...

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PRESHO-The Winner Area High School wrestling team is preparing for the stretch run of the season.

On Friday and Saturday, the Warriors finished in second place of a 23-team field at the Mid-Dakota Monster tournament, held at Lyman High School in Presho. They finished with 283.5 points-just behind Pierre's 322.5-and crowned three champions in Kaden Keiser, Wyatt Turnquist and Sam Kruger.

On top of the championship medals, the Warriors also put eight of their 14 wrestlers on the podium (eighth place or better).

With three wins at 120 pounds, Keiser improved to a perfect 19-0 in a season in which he has dominated his competition.

Keiser pinned his second round opponent, Kingsbury County's Lane Holland, in 1:03, and then followed it up with a 20-5 technical fall win over McCook Central/Montrose's Carter Randall at the 4:13 mark. Keiser then earned a pin in the semifinals and then beat Spearfish's Oakley Blakeman in the finals just 1:02 into the match.

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"He's one of those kids, that in even in a tournament like this where he's able to get the victory, he's always hungry and worrying about what he can do better," Novotny said. "He's put in a lot of extra time. He's worked hard to get where he's at."

Wyatt Turnquist won all five of his matches by pin en route to the 138-pound championship, improving to 19-2 on the season and Sam Kruger won two matches by pin and two by major decision to get to 18-2 on the year and capture the 160-pound title.

Winner now gets set for a schedule that is chalked with triangulars and invitationals, leading all the way into the Region 3B meet on Feb. 16.

"A lot of wrestling is going to take place and those younger kids are going to have to step up and understand that every time you get done wrestling a match, you have to start worrying about the next one, no matter what the outcome was," Novotny said. "Looking at the long run, I like where we are right now. We still have some kids that are getting better every week and we have some younger kids that are going to start turning some heads."

Winner competes in the Tri-Valley Tournament on Saturday, in Colton.

TDA girls win fifth straight

WHITE LAKE-After reaching the state tournament a season ago, the Tripp-Delmont/Armour girls basketball team received a new coach after former assistant Marc Reiner stepped into the top job.

The Nighthawks made some slight strategical tweaks and had to replace two double-digit scorers. On the opening night of the season, they dropped a 55-44 game to Menno, but since then it has been a different story.

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With a 58-36 win on the road on Saturday against a previously 5-1 Kimball/White Lake squad, TDA has now won five games in a row and appears to have found its stride.

"I think our girls have just been working hard," Reiner said. "... They're just all there, ready to learn, ready to keep improving and that's kind of helped us put a few wins together in the last few weeks."

Mattilynn Reiner and Kianna Payer had 18 points apiece for an offense that has averaged 54.6 points per game during the winning streak, but the Nighthawks (5-1) are getting the job done on the defensive end.

TDA has held its opponents to just 42.4 points per game in the last five outings, while limiting a lengthy KWL team that had outscored opponents by an average of nearly 12 points per game, to just 36.

"Our girls just played really aggressive on the defensive end," Coach Reiner said. "Stopping the dribble, getting into the passing lanes and contesting what (KWL) wanted to do on offense. We also did a good job on the boards. Ashlee Gerber, Baylee Gerber and Bailey Spaans did a really good job underneath."

TDA plays Andes Central/Dakota Christian today in Lake Andes.

Young earns 100th win at Ethan

Ethan girls basketball coach Tom Young has had quite the ride since taking over the program ahead of the 2014-2015 season. The Rustlers have made four trips to the state tournament and after a 53-31 win over Avon on Thursday at the Corn Palace, Young has reached the 100-win barrier at Ethan.

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With 327 wins as the boys coach at Mitchell Christian and five in one season with Mitchell, Young is now up to 432 for his head coaching career, which spans 23 seasons.

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