Daily Republic Sports
SPEARFISH -- The Mitchell High School boys basketball team put together a complete performance against Spearfish on Saturday, earning its first win of the season, 72-36. “I’m happy for the kids to get a lead, stretch that lead and finish it off,” Mitchell coach Todd Neuendorf said. “I thought we played 32 minutes of really solid basketball.”
Friday’s scores Boys basketball Aberdeen Roncalli 62, Sisseton 49 Bon Homme 69, Avon 46 Brandon Valley 60, Brookings 47 Bridgewater-Emery 59, Gayville-Volin 35 Britton-Hecla 56, Waverly-South Shore 35 Chamberlain 54, Mount Vernon/Plankinton 42
SIOUX FALLS—The Mitchell Marlins boys hockey team couldn't dig itself out of an early hole as it fell 3-0 to Sioux Falls on Friday. Mason Karpen and Sam Siegel both scored in the first period for the Flyers. The Marlins held Sioux Falls scoreless in the second period, though the Flyers netted their third goal thanks to Trey Ponto. Sioux Falls outshot the Marlins 48-23, while both teams went 0-for-3 on power plays. The Marlins (3-7) play Oahe at 4 p.m. Sunday in Pierre.
CANISTOTA—Hilary Albrecht had a monster double-double to power Howard to a 59-47 girls basketball victory over Canistota on Friday. Howard (8-9): Albrecht erupted for 33 points, 17 rebounds, four assists and four steals. Josie Erickson added 14 points and six boards. Abby Connor contributed 12 points and seven rebounds. Kate Connor grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. The Tigers play Oldham-Ramona/Rutland on Tuesday in Rutland.
STURGIS—Six years to the day since their last meeting, Mitchell High School traveled to Sturgis on Friday in search of its first win of the season. After surviving a first-quarter shooting barrage from the Scoopers, the Kernels battled back and engaged in a back-and-forth second half, trading leads throughout the fourth quarter. Mitchell found itself down one in the final minute after leading by three moments earlier. The Kernels had two opportunities to take the lead and another to tie it, but they could not find a way to get one last basket in a 63-60 loss.
GREGORY—The Burke/Gregory wrestling team squeaked out a win over Bon Homme/Scotland/Avon, 42-38, in dual meet action on Thursday. Jordan Vosika (138 pounds), Caleb Stukel (145), Frank Even (152), Taron Serr (182) and J.J. Beck (195) earned first-round pins for Burke/Gregory, while Owen Hansen (106) and Finn Hanson (160) scored a pins in 3:52 and 3:43, respectively. BHSA received pins from Josh Crownover (170), Jordan Rueb (126) and Jordan Gall (182). Isaac Crownover (120) and Micah Deboer (285) also had wins via technical fall.
Thursday’s scores Boys basketball Andes Central/Dakota Christian 73, Wagner 56 Arlington 70, Lake Preston 49 Canistota 60, Parker 50 Clark/Willow Lake 65, Deuel 35 Colman-Egan 57, Deubrook Area 49 Corsica-Stickney 58, Sanborn Central/Woonsocket 42
ALEXANDRIA—Hanson sneaked past Mount Vernon/Plankinton 39-34 in a girls basketball game on Thursday. Hanson (8-6): Morgan Huber notched 13 points in the win, while Ellie Tuschen scored nine. Mekiah Campbell grabbed eight rebounds and five blocks. The Beavers travel to Tea Area today. Mount Vernon/Plankinton (8-4): Mikaela Cassidy finished with nine points and six rebounds for MVP, while Hailey Walz scored eight. Katlyn Briggs totaled six rebounds and five steals in the loss. The Titans travel to Chamberlain today. MVP 10 16 26 34 H 13 19 28 39
WAGNER—The first class elected to the Wagner Community School Athletic Hall of Fame was announced on Thursday, with 11 athletes, a coach and one team making the cut. The inductees played in numerous decades, dating back to the 1940s. The 1979-80 state champion gymnastics team, which was Wagner's first state championship team, was elected, along with coach Walt Nedved, who coached from 1960-1999. The inducted athletes include: Doug Eggers, Jay Hennies, Don Slaba, Randy Pirner, Jylann Soulek, Denise Kennedy, Jay Swatek, Mandy Koupal, Robert Kokesh and Alex Kocer.
The Mitchell Christian boys basketball team came out sluggish on Thursday, but it was Howard's big third quarter which doomed the Golden Eagles. The Tigers came away with a 71-58 road win at MCS gym. "Tonight was a struggle from the tip," Mitchell Christian coach Jesse Tolsma said. "It looked like we were still in the polar vortex. Missing school, we started really sluggish." Despite a slow start, the Golden Eagles (6-7) still managed to hold a 34-32 lead at halftime.