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WINNER—Making the Class A state tournament was the Winner High School volleyball team's goal. But now that the Warriors are in, they're not satisfied. Using last year's defeat in the Round of 16 as fuel, the Warriors finished the regular season atop Region 7 with a 24-3 record, then advanced to state with three-set wins over Red Cloud in the region tournament and Pine Ridge in the SoDak 16. Fourth-seeded Winner will make its first appearance at state since 2013, facing No. 5 Elk Point-Jefferson at 1:45 p.m. today at the Premier Center in Sioux Falls.
SALEM—The winning volleyball culture continues to grow at McCook Central/Montrose, as the Fighting Cougars prepare for their second straight Class A state tournament appearance. Coach Tami Bies thinks last year's fifth-place finish will help relieve some nerves when No. 2 MCM takes the floor against No. 7 Aberdeen Roncalli at 7:45 p.m. today at the Premier Center in Sioux Falls. Although, she knows upsets still happen.
Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball coach Jason Christensen said the third quarter was his team's only "halfway decent" quarter during its 72-68 win over Great Plains Athletic Conference foe Dordt College on Wednesday at the Corn Palace. "We were not ready to play today," Christensen said. "You could see that when the ball went up and we were scrambling. I'm proud that we came back and won, but the only thing we won tonight was the score."
For a school all about blue and white, the addition of red never has looked better for the Dakota Wesleyan University faithful. The DWU women's basketball team celebrated its 2018 NAIA Division II national championship one more time, unveiling its large red banner in the rafters of the Corn Palace prior to a game against Dordt College.
Things did not go as planned in 2018 for Dakota Wesleyan University football. DWU's 21-13 season-finale loss to Hastings College on Saturday at Joe Quintal Field dropped its overall record to 2-9 and 1-8 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference, marking its first losing season under head coach Ross Cimpl and lowest winning percentage since 2005. Canova native Luke Loudenburg called the season a battle, and while DWU finished last in the conference standings, most of its battles were close, with five losses by single-digits.
VERMILLION -- Brandon Valley’s 28-22 win over Sioux Falls Washington on Saturday at the DakotaDome made it the first non-Sioux Falls school to win South Dakota’s top-division state football championship since Spearfish in 2003. This is the first 11AAA championship and sixth state title overall for the Lynx.
Emotions were high as players gravitated toward the seniors on the Dakota Wesleyan University football team following a 21-13 loss in Great Plains Athletic Conference play to Hastings College on Saturday at Joe Quintal Field. “I’m just going to miss everybody in this program and what it’s meant to me and my family,” said senior linebacker Dillon Rork, who finished with seven tackles.
VERMILLION—South Dakota's state football championship games have included an overtime, a first-time champion and exciting play after exciting play. However, it still lacked one thing—instant replay. The "should we add instant replay?" conversation isn't special to high school football, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't join the conversation. South Dakota wouldn't be the first one in the room, as New Jersey and Alabama use it during the regular season, Minnesota during the state semifinals and finals, and Texas during its championship games.
VERMILLION—Beau Bertram said Colome's 48-42 Class 9B state football championship overtime victory over Sully Buttes was the most fun he's had playing football. It's easy to see why. Colome and Sully Buttes went back-and-forth for more than 48 minutes, with each team coming back from what looked like would be the final blow. However, the Cowboys hit Sully Buttes with a combination in overtime for the knockout punch to finish the season as the only undefeated high school football team in South Dakota.
VERMILLION—Colome and Sully Buttes have both made a Class 9B state championship game appearance in the past two seasons, but this year, they'll go head-to-head. At 1 p.m. today in the DakotaDome, the No. 1 Chargers (11-0) and No. 2 Cowboys (11-0), who won it all in 2016, will have a rematch of last year's semifinal, which Sully Buttes won 36-20. "(We have) a chip on our shoulder," Colome coach Ben Connot said. "That's something we've had all year. We didn't like how last year ended. We felt like we were a couple of plays from winning that game."