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WAGNER — Chamberlain’s Ella Byers broke a 33-year-old Southeast South Dakota Conference meet record. The junior won the mile-run in 5-minutes and 18.96 seconds, which broke the meet record set in 1985. Wagner’s Jaden Peters also broke the SESD meet record in the pole vault. The freshman won the event with a mark of 13-feet and 6-inches.
It's a good time to be South Dakota State University men's basketball coach T.J. Otzelberger. The 40-year-old coach recently finished his second season as the Jackrabbits coach, marking the third straight SDSU has made the NCAA tournament, which ended with a loss to Ohio State 81-73 in the opening round. SDSU recently received some good news when NBA Draft prospect Mike Daum opted to return for his senior season. Otzelberger spoke at Wednesday's Mitchell Quarterback Club and took some time to talk with The Daily Republic about his program.
Allan Bertram's vision has exceeded expectations. Bertram recently left his position as the Sanford Power Basketball Academy Coordinator to start his own venture. He envisioned a basketball academy that provides opportunities for players across the entire state and that brings the training to them. "We were just looking at ways we could help reach more athletes in South Dakota and preferably at all areas of the state," Bertram said. "Not just necessarily the focus of a certain geographical area."
The Dakota Wesleyan University softball team used a 10-win month of April to turn its season around. The Tigers hope the winning continues in May. DWU plays Dordt College in Fremont, Nebraska, in the opening round of the Great Plains Athletic Conference tournament on Friday. The Tigers salvaged their season with a 10-8 record in April and enter the tournament as the No. 5 seed. DWU won four of its last six games to close the regular season.
On Saturday, Dakota Wesleyan University's four newest members of its athletic hall of fame relived their sports stories one last time. The four inductees—Gerald Neumann, Chris Determan, Danielle (Bellet) Evenson and Brady Wiebe—told stories of their trials and tribulations as Tigers, while also thanking coaches, teammates and family during their journeys. They were honored at the DWU's Athletic Hall of Fame and Student-Athlete Recognition Banquet at the Sherman Center.
CORSICA—Corsica-Stickney senior Josh Gerlach is doing his part to raise money for Tennyson Erickson, who is a 7-year-old from Platte with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Gerlach has organized the Team Tennyson Skills and Drills Football Camp. The camp is today at the Corsica football field from noon to 3 p.m. The fundraising football camp is for Gerlach's English class senior project. "The kid absolutely loves football," Gerlach said. "So I figured why not try and put on a football camp and help raise some money for him."
Sierra Haage didn't set out to break any records, but that's exactly what she did. The Dakota Wesleyan University junior softball player began the season closing in on school records for career strikeouts and wins. However, those weren't high on her list of priorities this season. "I knew it was possible, but that wasn't my whole goal," she said. "I was just pitching."
The Mike Miller Classic has a new name, but its vision remains the same. Miller, a Mitchell native and former NBA player, was recently named assistant coach for the University of Memphis men's basketball team. And that means Miller is moving out of the picture of the event that has carried his name for eight years. As a result, the annual December basketball event in South Dakota has changed its name to Hoop City Classic, due to NCAA compliance rules. Also, Miller's traveling AAU team—M33M—is now called the Hoop City Basketball Club.
The Dakota Wesleyan University softball team has turned a negative into a positive. Due to the wintry weather conditions, the Tigers have yet to play a home game this season. But instead of making excuses, they have adapted and played through it. "They've done a very good job of staying positive through it all and we've played some really good ball at this time," DWU softball coach Ed Kieff said. "We are doing all the little things right. It really hasn't seemed to affect them that much."
The Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball team recently added more size and athleticism. University of Sioux Falls forward Tristan Teichmeier will transfer to DWU and play his final two seasons of eligibility with the Matt Wilber-coached Tigers.