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It was an avalanche of 3-pointers on Saturday at the Corn Palace. The No. 18 Dakota Wesleyan University men’s basketball team buried 18 3-pointers and rolled past Concordia University 105-56 in Great Plains Athletic Conference action. The Tigers, who rank No. 7 in the nation in 3-pointers made per game (12), surpassed their season average against the Bulldogs.
Last season, the Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball team had a pair of dynamic scout-team guards. Former DWU All-American point guard Tate Martin was a graduate assistant that went up against the Tigers in practice. DWU also added transfer Nick Harden after the first semester and they formed a duo that only the Tigers were able to see behind closed doors. "He made us a lot better," DWU coach Matt Wilber said about Harden. "We had Nick and Tate at times as the guards and they really pushed us and they made us a lot better."
The best of the best in South Dakota gymnastics will be in Mitchell today and Saturday. The Kernels are hosting the Jill McCormick Invitational at the MHS gym, with action starting at 5:30 p.m. today and 10:45 a.m. on Saturday. The invite will feature some of the best athletes and teams in the state. The Kernels have won four of the last five Class AA state championships, while rival Watertown is also competing Saturday.
Scott Swier is a believer in good sportsmanship and this basketball season he's proving it. The Swier Law Firm is sponsoring the inaugural "Varsity Basketball Sportsmanship Challenge," during the 2018-19 basketball season. Swier is the founder and managing member of Swier Law Firm. The law firm selected 10 schools in South Dakota and each will receive $400 ($200 per team) if they go the entire season without receiving a technical foul.
South Dakota youth football players will test their skills against some of the best in the nation this weekend. The South Dakota Miners Youth Club Football Team will play in the Hall of Fame Academy Classic Championships in Dallas, Texas. The event starts today and continues through Sunday. The Miners will have a team competing in each of the sixth, seventh and eighth grade divisions.
It's that time of year again. You know what I am talking about, it's time for us to bundle up and pack tiny gyms across our great state for one reason: basketball. From now until mid-March, basketball will be on the minds of coaches, fans and players to help us get through the harsh winter months. In my mind, it's the best time of the year and I know a lot of South Dakotans agree. So to get everybody geared up for the next few months, here are some random notes and nuggets bouncing around in my basketball-crazed noggin: Back for Mors
Expectations are high once again for the Mitchell High School gymnastics team. Last season, the Kernels captured their sixth Class AA state championship since 2007 and return a wealth of experience to the lineup this winter. Mitchell graduated one senior—Bailey Roden—from last season's state-title team. They return three seniors—Maria Krall, Mackenzie Gauger and Kailee Henglefelt—to go along with a host of underclassmen ready to keep it rolling.
Chelsea Brewster is committed to her sport and her studies. The Mitchell High School volleyball senior capped her prep career by helping the Kernels take the consolation championship and fifth place at the Class AA state tournament in Sioux Falls. The outside hitter shined in her final season, finishing with team-highs in kills (338), digs (340) and aces (44). Brewster—along with senior setter Mandy Schmidt—never left the court for the Kernels and she produced all season.
Cornbelt Conference foes Canistota/Freeman and Howard took center stage in the Class 9A state title game, which the Pride won 46-14 at the DakotaDome in Vermillion. The Cornbelt Conference flavor continues in the Class 9A all-state football team, which is selected by the South Dakota Football Coaches Association.
The Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball team got back on track on Tuesday. The No. 17 Tigers outlasted the University of Jamestown 86-80 in a Great Plains Athletic Conference men's basketball game at the Corn Palace. DWU was coming off back-to-back two-point losses at home and the Jimmies made things interesting the whole night. However, the Tigers got back in the win column after holding off the Jimmies late and prevented a three-game home losing streak.