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Local Sports for Monday January 14th

A balanced scoring attack pushed the No.1 Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team to a 98-78 victory over Midland University in a Great Plains Athletic Conference matchup Sunday at the Corn Palace.  Midland was receiving votes in last week’s NAIA poll.  The Tiger women improved to 19-1 overall and 12-1 in the GPAC while Midland fell to 11-8 and 6-7 in the conference with the loss.  The Tigers led 30-15 at the end of the first quarter and 52-29 at halftime and rolled from there.  The Tigers had five players reach double-figures as Sarah Carr collected 23 points and six rebounds, Kynedi Cheeseman netted 21 points and tallied eight rebounds, Makaela Karst added 15 points, Maddie Mathews finished with 12 points and Sydney Halling poured in 12 points off the bench.  Rylie Osthus, the floor general, chipped in seven points and 10 assists. DWU only committed four turnovers in the victory.  The Tiger women return to the court for a showdown with #3 ranked Northwestern College at 6:00pm Wednesday in Orange City Iowa.


Nick Harden and Ty Hoglund combined for 46 points as they pushed the No. 15 Dakota Wesleyan University men’s basketball team to a victory over Midland University in a Great Plains Athletic Conference game, 82-67 Sunday at the Corn Palace.  DWU improved to 14-5 overall and 8-4 in the conference while Midland fell to 9-12 overall and 4-8 in the GPAC with the loss.  It was a back and forth affair in the first half with the Tigers leading 42-35 at halftime.  The second half the Tigers took it to the Warriors and won going away.  Nick Harden finished with 23 points and eight rebounds, Ty Hoglund added 23 points on 5-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc, Aaron Ahmadu added 15 points and Tristan Teichmeier chipped in 12 points and six rebounds off the bench.  The Tigers shot 50 percent from the field and 44 percent from 3-point range.  The Tigers hit the road to take on Northwestern College in a GPAC clash at 8:00pm Wednesday in Orange City, Iowa.


The Mitchell Kernel wrestlers placed 5th at the Jerry Opbroek/Mitchell Invite on Saturday without their full line-up on the mat.  Carson Max and Sutton Carpenter were out again, and Kyler Bauder was hurt during the invite and was lost for the remainder of the day.  Mitchell still managed to place seven wrestlers, but  advanced two to the finals and did not come away with a champion. The result was a fifth-place finish with 86.5 points, well behind champion Rapid City Stevens’ 133 points.  Ryan McGinnis at 132 and Carter Max at 220 placed 2nd for the Kernels.  Max Schoenfelder at 182 and Beau Foote at heavyweight both placed third.  Bryce Palmer at 120, Cole Gehrke 152 and Joe VanOverschelde a 160 all took fourth for Mitchell, which hosts Harrisburg and Yankton in a triangular on Thursday.


Scoring balance has been a key this season for the South Dakota State University women’s basketball team. The Jackrabbits had three players score 10-or-more points for the 16th time this season as they recorded a 68-55 win over Oral Roberts Saturday afternoon in Summit League action.  Letcher native Myah Selland led the Jackrabbits, now 12-6 overall and 4-1 in The Summit League, with 19 points. Maddie Guebert added 14 points while Tagyn Larson recorded 11 points and eight rebounds.  Mitchell native Macy Miller needs 254 points to become The Summit League’s all-time leading scorer.  South Dakota State women returns to the road when it travels to Grand Forks North Dakota to play the University of North Dakota Friday at 7:00pm.


South Dakota State’s Mike Daum led the way with 37 points to help the Jackrabbit men’s basketball program roll past Oral Roberts Saturday afternoon, 84-65.  Playing in front of 3,680 fans at Frost Arena in Brookings for the 27th Annual Lamb Bonanza, SDSU improved to 14-6 and 3-1 in the Summit League with the victory.  David Jenkins Jr. and Skyler Flatten each finished with 15 points for the Jacks.  The South Dakota State men head for Grand Forks North Dakota on Wednesday for its lone game of the week. The Jackrabbits and North Dakota Fighting Hawks will tip at 7:00pm.


The Mitchell Kernel girls’ basketball team will travel to Lincoln on Tuesday for a non-conference game against the Patriots.  Mitchell is 5-3 overall while Lincoln is 4-4 overall and have won three of their last four games.  KORN News Radio will have play-by-play Tuesday night starting with the pre-game show at 6:30pm and tip-off slated for 7:00pm.  The Kernel boys, 0-8 overall, will host top ranked Sioux Falls Lincoln, 7-0 overall, Tuesday at the Palace with tip-off set for 7:00pm.  Lincoln has been off since January 5th when they beat then top ranked Yankton by 16 points in Yankton.  KORN News Radio will have Live updates on the boy’s game during coverage of the girl’s game Tuesday night.


An impressive field of high school boys’ basketball teams will gather this weekend for the 37th Annual Hanson Classic at the Corn Palace.  The field includes all five ranked teams in Class B, and eight teams with zero or one loss on the season in the class.  In all, 14 of the 18 participating teams have two losses or less this season, through games this weekend.  The ranked showdowns begin with Class B No. 5 Aberdeen Christian meeting Viborg-Hurley at 4:30pm followed by second-ranked Clark/Willow Lake taking on No. 4 Timber Lake at 6:00pm, No. 1 Bridgewater-Emery and No. 3 White River will battle at 7:30pm on Q107-3 followed by the nightcap between two of the top teams in Class A basketball, with top-ranked Tea Area taking on No. 3 St. Thomas More at 9:00pm.


Castlewood and Irene-Wakonda will kick off the day with a 9:00am game followed by Leola/Frederick Area battling Flandreau at 10:30am.  A pair of Class A teams with Parker and Rapid City Christian will play at noon, followed by the hosts from Hanson taking on Colome at 1:30pm on Q107-3.  Sioux Valley and Aberdeen Roncalli will gather at 3:00pm in a meeting of perennial Class A powers at the Palace.  There will be about 10 minutes between games and all start times are approximate. General admission tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are good for all day.


Tune in for the 5th Quarter Scoreboard Show with Travis Kriens every Tuesday and Friday night at 10:20pm on KORN News Radio or Q107-3.  It is more than a Scoreboard Show it is filled with scores, highlights, game wraps, coaches’ interviews, special guests and more.  10:20pm Tuesday and Friday nights for the 5th Quarter Scoreboard Show.



Steve Morgan

Sports Director