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WEDNESDAY'S BRIEFS: Six DWU baseball players honored by GPAC

Six Tigers earn all-GPAC honors By The Daily Republic Six Dakota Wesleyan University baseball players earned all-Great Plains Athletic Conference accolades, it was announced Wednesday afternoon. Junior left-handed pitcher Ethan Opsahl earned his ...

Six Tigers earn all-GPAC honors

By The Daily Republic

Six Dakota Wesleyan University baseball players earned all-Great Plains Athletic Conference accolades, it was announced Wednesday afternoon.

Junior left-handed pitcher Ethan Opsahl earned his third straight all-conference honor by making the second team. Seniors John Greicar, Patrick Dennis and Thomas Pickett, sophomore Nick Tadlock and freshman Stephen Gunnell all earned honorable-mention recognition.

Opsahl led the GPAC with 79 strikeouts and finished the year with a 5-4 record and a 4.55 ERA. Opsahl, who was a first-team honoree last season and was honorable mention as a freshman, threw a team-high 61.1 innings.

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Pickett also earned his third career all-league honor. He was honorable mention as a freshman and a first-team pick as a relief pitcher last season. He led the team with a 3.71 ERA this year and went 3-5 with one save in 11 appearances.

Greicar hit .351 and had a team-high 52 hits with 26 RBIs.

Dennis finished his senior season with a 4.47 ERA. He went 1-7 in 10 appearances.

Tadlock hit .307 in his first season with the Tigers after transferring from East Mississippi Community College.

Gunnell hit .294 and had a team-high .478 slugging percentage.

Wesleyan baseball announces recruits

By The Daily Republic

The Dakota Wesleyan University baseball team announced its first six recruits for the 2012 season earlier this week.

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Cody Dozark, Chance Boyd, Luke Bamberg, Cole Wenande, Kneight Johnson and Nick Pecha all signed with DWU.

Dozark is a Delmont native. Bamberg comes to DWU from Corsica and plays with Boyd, of Plankinton, on Corsica/Stickney/Armour/Plankinton's high school baseball team. Bamberg also plans to play basketball for the Tigers.

Wenande is an Alexandria native.

Pecha played two seasons at Mesabi Range Community and Technical College in Virginia, Minn. He is a right-handed pitcher.

Johnson is from Spokane, Wash., and is an infielder.

The Tigers went 12-36 overall and 6-15 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference this past season.

DWU women's basketball signs 7

By The Daily Republic

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The Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team added seven recruits to next season's roster earlier this week.

Cecile Burke, Steph DeWaard, Skyler Heyden, Taylor Kuhn, Mackenzie Van Laecken, Lindsey Saftner and Katelyn Woodrum all have committed to play for DWU starting next season.

Van Laecken is a Mitchell native who played six seasons at Mitchell Christian and helped the Eagles to the Class B state tournament this past season.

Burke is a guard from Corsica who played with DeWaard on Corsica/Stickney's high school team this past season. DeWaard, a forward, spent five years with Stickney/Mount Vernon before her senior year.

Heyden is from Burke and is a five-time letterwinner for South Central.

Kuhn is a guard from Custer and Saftner is a guard from Sturgis. Woodrum is a guard from Sioux County High School is Harrison, Neb.

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