Daily Republic Sports
Alec Nelson netted 39 points to power Mitchell Christian to a 67-43 boys basketball win over Wessington Springs on Saturday at MCS gym. Nelson finished 15 for 18 from the field and 7 for 9 from the free-throw line. He nailed two 3-pointers and collected five rebounds. The Golden Eagles led at each quarter break and scored 17 or more points in the first three quarters. Ty Vander Pol added 12 points, while Joey Feiner finished with 10 points and four boards. Wessington Springs' Jacob Messmer scored 12 points. Mitchell Christian 67, Wessington Springs 43
RAPID CITY—The Mitchell High School girls basketball team almost completed a 20-point comeback, but fell to Rapid City Stevens 49-47 on Saturday. The Kernels trailed 46-26 halfway through the third quarter and had three chances to tie or win the game, but came up empty on each possession. The Kernels trailed 19-6 after the first quarter and 34-19 at halftime. The Raiders extended their lead to 20 points with two minutes left in the third quarter. The Kernels closed the frame with eight straight points and nine consecutive to start the fourth quarter.
MADISON—Chamberlain High School heavyweight Nash Hutmacher went 3-0 and improved his winning streak to 98 matches in a row during the Madison Invitational on Saturday. Hutmacher, the two-time Class A state champion heavyweight, pinned Omaha Central, Nebraska's Jacob Frezell-McClinton in the title match. He won all three of his matches via pin. Chamberlain's Collin Powell won the 126-pound division over Sioux Falls O'Gorman's Bea Beavers by an 8-0 major decision.
SIOUX FALLS—The Mitchell High School wrestling team claimed second place at the Warrior Invitational on Saturday. The Kernels racked up 184.5 points, while Watertown won the invitational with 237 points. Brandon Valley took third with 158.5. Bryce Palmer (120 pounds) and Ryan McGinnis (132) took second in their respective weight classes. Palmer was pinned by Watertown's Ty Althoff (2:39) in the title match. McGinnis lost to Brandon Valley's Kobi Terpstra by a 11-3 major decision, but edged Watertown's Jaxon Waugh by a 10-9 sudden victory in the semifinals.
PARKSTON — The pairings for the Parkston Basketball Classics were announced Sunday, with six games each scheduled for Dec. 28 and 29.
Friday’s scores Boys basketball Aberdeen Central 69, Spearfish 45 Aberdeen Roncalli 61, Milbank 44 Arlington 66, Elkton-Lake Benton 44 Bennett County 60, Gordon Rushville (Neb.) 58 Bon Homme 59, Scotland 8 Chamberlain 53, Parkson 48
RAPID CITY—The Mitchell High School girls basketball team was able to hold off a late Rapid City Central run, defeating the Cobblers 64-56. "We're starting to learn who we are," Mitchell coach Wes Morgan said. "We got a great group of seniors leading the way. Tonight was a great night (with) balanced scoring." Using a stout full-court press and good shot selection, the Kernels (2-0) jumped out to a 17-5 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Cobblers (2-2) were unable to dig into that lead before half, trailing 30-18 at the break.
Macy Miller wasted no time etching her name into the record books Friday during South Dakota State University's 97-49 win over Savannah State. The Mitchell native nailed back-to-back 3-pointers to open the game, breaking the career scoring record previously held by Shannon Schlagel, who played from 2002-05. Miller finished with 21 points on 8 of 11 shooting and 4 of 5 3-point shooting, giving her the 31st 20-plus point game of her career and 1,904 points as a Jackrabbit.
CORSICA—Corsica-Stickney head coach Mike Tuschen picked up his 500th career win in a 72-45 victory over Mount Vernon/Plankinton on Friday.
The first day of the Jill McCormick Gymnastics Invite is in the books at Mitchell High School, and the Kernel junior varsity squad was up first in a field with eight other varsity teams. Mitchell head coach Audra Rew enjoys this particular invitational because it allows her younger gymnasts to feel the pressure and the spotlight of a competitive meet. The Kernels responded by securing third place with a total score of 136.550, less than three points off the top spot held by Deuel.