Daily Republic Sports
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.
The Mitchell Christian School girls basketball team trailed by 10 to Howard heading into the fourth quarter on Thursday, but the Tigers surrendered one point in the final frame to pick up a 50-32 win at MCS gym. The Golden Eagles finished the first quarter down six—despite the Tigers knocking down four 3-pointers—and remained within striking distance for leading into the fourth, before going cold to end the game.
GREGORY—JJ Beck, a four-year starter at Gregory High School, committed to play football at Dakota State University on Thursday. He was named a Class 9AA all-state fullback for the second straight year this season, as well as being honorable mention in 2016. He racked up 862 rushing yards, 216 receiving yards and 15 total touchdowns as a senior. Defensively, he led the team in tackles (84), tackles for loss (12) and sacks (3), as well as intercepting a pass. Beck also helped lead the Gorillas to back-to-back state titles in 2016 and 2017.
TYNDALL—Bon Homme High School senior Joey Slama announced his commitment to play football at South Dakota State University on Thursday. Slama was named to the Class 9AA all-state team this season at defensive back, along with earning MVP honors in the Class 9AA state championship game after totaling 369 all-purpose yards and five touchdowns to lead the Cavaliers to their first state title since 1995.
Dakota Wesleyan University senior Kamber Lamer was named the Great Plains Athletic Conference and NAIA field athlete of the week after a school-record performance in the pentathlon at the Concordia Classic on Thursday and Friday in Seward, Nebraska. Lamer set a new DWU mark with 3,699 points, a total that leads the NAIA and ranks 13th in all collegiate divisions this season.