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Freeman falls to Alcester-Hudson By The Daily Republic ALCESTER -- The Freeman boys' basketball team had 15 points from Trey Waltner in a 53-43 loss to Alcester-Hudson Tuesday. Caleb Lang had nine points and eight rebounds for Freeman, while Chet...

Freeman falls to Alcester-Hudson

By The Daily Republic

ALCESTER -- The Freeman boys' basketball team had 15 points from Trey Waltner in a 53-43 loss to Alcester-Hudson Tuesday.

Caleb Lang had nine points and eight rebounds for Freeman, while Chet Hermsen had nine rebounds.

The game was tied at 23 at halftime and Alcester-Hudson was led by Nathan Johnson, who had 13 points and 14 rebounds.

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Freeman won the JV game and hosts Bridgewater-Emery Friday.

Menno 37, Freeman Academy 18

FREEMAN -- The Menno boys' basketball team defeated Freeman Academy 37-18 Tuesday night in Freeman.

Menno was led by David Schelkse, who had 13 rebounds.

Freeman Academy's Ben Carlson and Clint Basselman each had six points.

No other stats were reported.

Menno (1-2) hosts Alcester-Hudson today, while Freeman Academy (0-3) hosts Andes Central today.

Big East tourney pairings released

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By The Daily Republic

The Big East Conference boys' basketball tournament pairings have been released recently.

The tournament is being held today through Saturday in Volga, Baltic and Salem.

Chester Area plays McCook Central/Montrose at 6:30 p.m. today in Volga and Sioux Valley plays Parker after the conclusion of the first game.

In other first-round games, Flandreau plays Garretson at 6:30 p.m. in Baltic and Howard plays Baltic after the conclusion of the first game.

Second-round games will be played at the same site each team played its first-round game, while placing rounds will be played at McCook Central High School.

Admission per session for adults is $5 and $3 for students. All eight places will be played out.

Legendary S.D. sports journalist Roger Toland dies

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RAPID CITY (AP) -- Longtime sportswriter and editor Roger Toland, who many considered to be a legend in South Dakota sports journalism, has died. He was 73.

Toland, who worked at the Rapid City Journal for 43 years before retiring in 2007, died Sunday at a hospital in Rapid City after years of declining health, according to an obituary and a story in the newspaper Tuesday.

Toland was named sportswriter of the year in South Dakota four times and won numerous other awards for his work. He has been inducted into several state sports halls of fame. Toland also is credited with setting standards in record-keeping in the days before the Internet.

Titans release QB Vince Young

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Titans owner Bud Adams says it's time to let Vince Young go and find his franchise's next new quarterback.

The Titans released a statement Wednesday night in which Adams said Young won't be on the team's roster next season, but he's still evaluating the coaching staff. Adams says he wishes things had worked out better, but he thinks it's best for the franchise to move on without Young.

General manager Mike Reinfeldt informed agent Tom Condon that Young isn't in the team's plans for the future. But league rules keep Young from being released until Feb. 7, and he cannot be traded until the first day of the league year. Reinfeldt says Young is welcome to rehab his season-ending thumb injury at the team facility.

Sioux Falls defeats Mount Marty 88-75

By The Daily Republic

SIOUX FALLS -- A hot shooting night led the University of Sioux Falls over Mount Marty 88-75 Wednesday in Sioux Falls.

Sioux Falls shot 55 percent from the field and hit 21 of 24 free throws.

Parkston natives Matt Malloy scored 16 points and had five assists and David Maxwell scored nine points. Scotland native Skyler Bloch came off the bench to score two points.

Michigan fires Rodriguez after three seasons

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan fired coach Rich Rodriguez on Wednesday, ending a disappointing three-year tenure marred by embarrassing losses and NCAA violations at college football's winningest program.

Athletic director Dave Brandon announced the decision after meeting with Rodriguez on Tuesday and again Wednesday morning. He said the two had an "open, honest and direct exchange."

"I believe this is the best decision for the future of Michigan football," Brandon said.

"We have not achieved at the level that I expect."

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