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The Kernel girls are ready for another run for the state championship and begin the quest against a ranked Eastern South Dakota Conference team today. The No. 5 Mitchell girls’ basketball team will tip off the 2013-14 season against No. 4 Pierre at 7 tonight at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. “We are really excited for the start of the season,” said senior point guard Macy Miller, who will play at South Dakota State University next season. “We want to show teams that we shouldn’t be rated fifth.
Three Dakota Wesleyan University football players were selected to the Beyond Sports Network All-America Team, it was announced Thursday afternoon. DWU junior running back Francois Barnaud was named to the All-American second team, senior wide receiver Anthony Muilenburg was named to the third team and sophomore linebacker Brady Bonte earned honorable mention honors. “It shows a lot about our team, the success we’ve had and how instrumental those three guys were to that success,” said DWU second-year head coach Ross Cimpl.
The Dakota Wesleyan University men’s basketball team is still looking for their first win in Great Plains Athletic Conference play after a 92-81 loss to No. 12 Dordt College Wednesday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. After an energized performance in the in the opening 20 minutes of their first game at the Corn Palace in nearly a month, the Tigers (5-7, 0-4 GPAC) saw the Defenders pull away in the second half. “My disappointment was with the mistakes I hadn’t seen out of my team until this point,” DWU first-year coach Matt Wilber said.
Fans that traveled to Sioux Falls to see the Dakota Wesleyan University men’s basketball team play on Nov.
KIMBALL — For many high school wrestling teams, Saturday marked the beginning of the 2013-14 season. Thirteen schools made their way to Kimball High School for the Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes invite. “This tournamnet is a great way to start the year,” Winer coach Matt Chambers said. Several state qualifiers were on the mats in Kimball. The 170-pound weight class saw a rematch of the state final from last year with Wagner’s David Kocer taking a narrow 5-4 decision over Chandler Sudbeck of Philip Area.
PRESHO — The Lyman Raider volleyball team has emerged as a force, and the rise to success runs parallel with the career of Anna Flitner. “She has a passion for volleyball that is special,” first-year Lyman head coach Jill Whalen said of Flitner. “She works very hard and is always pushing our team to the next level.” The senior led Lyman to fifth place at the Class B state tournament. The two wins Lyman picked up at state were the first for the school in 17 years.
The Mitchell Marlins boys’ hockey team is banking on the experience gained from the growing pains of last year. The Marlins finished the 2012-13 season with a record of 3-20 and a seventh-place finish out of eight teams in the South Dakota Amateur Hockey Association after winning the state title the year prior. “We had low numbers and were just a young team last year, and now we have some senior leadership that should benefit us,” Marlins coach John Lord said, adding his team will have additional depth with 20 skaters. Providing senior leader
Mitchell’s Matt Larson and Ethan Jones were selected for Class 11AA all-state honors for their performances for the Kernel football team this year. Larson was named to the Class 11AA first team all-state.
College football players all know there will come a day when they will take the pads off for the last time. Most know it is coming. The last game of a disappointing season or the finale of a national title run all end the same way: tears and hugs by those players never to put on their school’s jersey again. The Dakota Wesleyan University football team experienced something different.
AVON — The end of the 2013 football season was the only thing that could stop Avon’s Brandon Kocmich. The star running back for the Pirates consistently put up gaudy numbers, and despite splitting carries in the backfield and not playing in the second half of many one-sided games, he made defenders look as if they were allergic to tackling on many Friday nights. “It was amazing to watch what he accomplished this year in limited touches,” Avon coach Tom Culver said.