Daily Republic Sports
SIOUX CENTER, Iowa — For the second time this season, Dordt College proved to be too much for the Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball team. The Defenders forced DWU into 19 turnovers and knocked off the No. 19-ranked Tigers 78-66 in a Great Plains Athletic Conference contest on Wednesday in Sioux Center, Iowa. DWU, which fell to Dordt 73-67 on Nov. 15 at the Corn Palace, fell to 16-7 and 6-5 in the GPAC.
SIOUX CENTER, Iowa — Playing her second game in as many days didn't seem to affect Rylie Osthus on Wednesday. The 5-foot-9 junior point guard scored a season-high 20 points and dished out nine assists as the Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team raced past Dordt College 87-64 in a Great Plains Athletic Conference victory in Sioux Center, Iowa.
MENNO — The Ethan boys basketball team edged Menno on Tuesday, winning 48-45 on the road. Ethan (5-5): Abiah Plastow led the Rustlers with 15 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double. Evan Weeman added 11 points and Derek Storm tallied 10. Brady Hawkins had eight rebounds and six assists, while Storm had five assists. Up next: The Rustlers play Corsica-Stickney on Thursday in Stickney. Menno (5-4): Spencer Schultz put up 20 points, and Trey Bohlmann added 10 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and four steals. Up next: Menno plays at Freeman on Thursday.
AVON—Cheylee Nagel and Lauren Sees combined for 28 points as the Avon girls basketball team coasted to a 62-16 win over Mitchell Christian on Tuesday. Nagel led the Pirates with 15 points, while Sees added 13 points, five assists and two steals. Livi Jurrens and Madisyn Cameron both grabbed six rebounds as Avon out-rebounded Mitchell Christian, 30-12. Anna Cooper and Charlotte Haag led the Golden Eagles with four points apiece. Cooper also had six rebounds and three steals.
AVON—The Mitchell Christian boys basketball team gave Avon too many second-chance opportunities and the Pirates took advantage. The Golden Eagles lost to the Pirates 70-58 on Tuesday. Golden Eagles coach Jesse Tolsma pointed to his team's inability to keep Avon off glass as the main downfall in the defeat. "Tonight the difference in the game was really on the offensive glass," Tolsma said. "We gave up a few too many second-chance opportunities. Overall the boys played with good energy. We just have to clean up those details to find that success that we desire."
The Daily Republic's Ryan Deal has been named South Dakota Sportswriter of the Year for 2017, the National Sports Media Association announced Tuesday. Deal, who joined The Daily Republic in July 2016, covers a wide variety of area sports and is the newspaper's primary beat writer covering Dakota Wesleyan University football and men's basketball. "Ryan's passion for and knowledge of South Dakota sports is spectacular," Daily Republic Managing Editor Luke Hagen said. "He's an extremely hard-working journalist who helps us deliver a great product to our readers every day."
HURON — Wessington Springs picked up a win in the consolation round of the 281 Conference tournament Monday over Iroquois, emerging with a 59-21 triumph at the Huron Arena. Wessington Springs (3-6): Grace Gran scored 19 points, while tallying six rebounds and five steals. Cadee Schelske had 11 points and Chloe Munsen added seven points and six rebounds for the Spartans, who had 16 steals in the win. Up next: Wessington Springs faces Sunshine Bible Academy at noon Thursday for fifth place at the 281 tournament.
ELKHORN, Neb. — The Mitchell Aquatic Club sent four swimmers to the Midwest All-Star Championships Saturday and Sunday to represent Team South Dakota at the Elkhorn Common Ground pool. The South Dakota swimmers competed against teams from Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota and North Dakota and Nebraska, with about 350 athletes participating age 14 and under. Jayda Walton, Sophia Huber, Javin Juracek, and Kenzie Stange were selected from the Mitchell Aquatic Club to represent Team South Dakota.
Three area basketball coaches will speak at Wednesday's Mitchell Quarterback Club. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. and will take place at The Depot Pub and Grille. Wednesday's special guests are boys basketball coaches Josh Oltmans (Hanson), Mike Tuschen (Corsica-Stickney) and Scott Schultz (Bridgewater-Emery). Mitchell High School winter coaches will also speak.
Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball player Jason Spicer has been named to the Clarence "Bevo" Francis Award Watch List. The senior center was one of 100 finalists named to the watch list on Monday.