Daily Republic Sports
AUSTIN, Texas—Mitchell native Tevyn Waddell received honorable mention All-American status on Wednesday. The University of Minnesota junior swimmer was a member of the Gophers' 800 freestyle relay that notched a 16th place finish at the NCAA Division I swimming championships. The Gopher quartet earned honorable mention All-American accolades for the swim. They clocked in at 7:00.34. Waddell will also compete in the 100 butterfly and the 100 backstroke at the meet, which continues through Saturday.
Three Class B all-state players headlined the Great Plains girls basketball all-conference team, released on Wednesday. First-team all-state members Lauren Sees (Avon) and Mattilynn Reiner (Tripp-Delmont/Armour), along with second-team all-state selection Avery Broughton (Corsica-Stickney) were named all-conference performers. Shalayne Nagel and Alexa Sees were also honored for Avon, while TDA's Kianna Payer and Ashlee Gerber and Corsica-Stickney's Courtney Menning and Raven Barse also made the team.
Dakota Wesleyan University released its 2019 football schedule on Wednesday. The Tigers open the season at Dakota State on Aug. 29, while its home opener is against Presentation on Sept. 7. Their Great Plains Athletic Conference season starts on Sept. 14 at Briar Cliff. DWU’s homecoming game is versus Dordt on Oct. 5.
AUSTIN, Tex.—Tuesday marked the end of an era for the South Dakota State University men's basketball program. Mike Daum walked off the floor as a Jackrabbit for the final time as No. 2 Texas edged No. 7 SDSU in the first round of the NIT, 79-73. The Jackrabbits fell behind 19-0 to start the game, but gradually climbed back into the game and eventually took a 67-64 lead with 8 minutes to play in the game. The Longhorns responded by scoring the next six points and never relinquished the lead.
ALEXANDRIA—The Cornbelt Conference and Custer Battlefield Highway Conference split their all-star games on Tuesday in Alexandria. The Cornbelt Conference cracked the century mark on the scoreboard as it earned a 101-74 win over the Custer Battlefield Highways Conference.
Four members of the Mitchell Powerlifting Club brought home medals from the USA Powerlifting South Dakota state meet over the weekend in Rapid City. Rickey Nelsen set a state record by winning the raw 74 kilogram bench press only class with a lift of 325.1 pounds. Meanwhile, Andrew Priebe won the raw 74 kilogram masters 1 class by lifting a total of 1,129.8 pounds. Priebe recorded a 407.8-pound squat, a 264.5-pound bench press and a 457.4-pound deadlift, all of which were M1 state records.
The track and field season kicked off at the Dakota Wesleyan University invite, with Mitchell High School notching five first-place finishes. Carly Haring set a meet record in the high jump at a 5 feet, 6 inches, and Caitlin Ostbye (27.97 seconds) also won the 200 meters. On the boys side, Isaac Kitchens won the 60 hurdles in 10 seconds, while Sutton Carpenter took first in pole vault (12-0) and Parker Phillips won the 60-meter dash in 7.50 seconds.
Both of South Dakota's Division I women's basketball programs found themselves in the NCAA tournament field Monday. It just happened a little earlier than planned. Both teams are in the Portland Region of the 64-team NCAA field, with South Dakota State seeded sixth and South Dakota seeded eighth in the region bracket. It marks the first time in 25 years that two teams from the Summit League have made the NCAA tournament in the same year.
Seven area basketball coaches were honored by the South Dakota Basketball Coaches Association on Monday as awards for coach of the year were released. Winner head coach Larry Aaker was tabbed as the Region 8 girls coach of the year, while Sam Olson received assistant coach of the year honors after the Warriors finished 24-0 and captured the Class A state championship.
BROOKINGS—Forty area wrestlers reached the finals of the South Dakota Wrestling Coaches Association AAU tournament on Sunday at the Swiftel Center in Brookings and 17 left with championships. Fresh off winning a SDHSAA Class B state championship at 220 pounds, Wagner's K.J. St. Pierre captured the elite 220 crown by pinning Sioux Falls Lincoln's Gavin marco in 1 minute, 33 seconds.