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April 2021 | A special supplement to the Mitchell Republic


2021 Spring Sports Preview

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Kernels gear up for spring baseball season Matt Gade / Republic

Joe VanOverschelde takes part in batting practice during the Kernels baseball practice at the Cadwell Sports Complex. Matt Gade / Republic

Mitchell’s Jace Larson fields a fly ball during a game against Yankton at Cadwell Park.

By Ryan Deal Mitchell Republic

Spring baseball is finally in the air again. After its 2020 season was canceled due to COVD19, the Mitchell High School baseball team is back on the diamond for the spring season. The 2020 American Legion season was salvaged, but players were still left without its other season. “I think the best part about the spring season is the amount of practice time we get,” Mitchell coach Luke Norden said. “You get to the summer season and you’ve got some practice time here or there,

but the weeks and the weekends all kind of blend together just because you’ve got so many games and you have your off days and whatnot. The one thing we really missed out a lot of last year was just that practice time in that spring season.” The Kernels have been making up for the lost time. Mitchell has had a handful of players throwing and lifting during the winter, while others have gradually gotten into the swing of things the past few weeks and months. “Some guys have been at it for a month now and some guys just got done with basketball and have been at it for a couple of weeks,” Norden said. “We’ve got guys at different spots, but for the most part, the majority of the guys have been out for three weeks or so, which is great.” The Kernels’ pitching staff will be highlighted by Jake Helleloid, Ethan Price, Jonah Schmidt, Landon Wadell, Jace Larson, Dylan Soulek and Jackson Ebert. During the American Legion season, Helleloid, Price and Schmidt logged 23 or more innings on the mound for Post 18. “We are going to have a lot of innings on the

mound that we are going to have to replace from last year, both at starting roles and relieving roles,” Norden said. “So we are just trying to get as many guys on the mound as possible to get looks and get guys comfortable on the mound is obviously the biggest thing you go through early in the spring.” Offensively, Schmidt batted .414 and racked up 20 RBIs for Post 18. Joe VanOverschelde (.295/14 RBIs) and Helleloid (.278/8 RBIs) are both expected to add pop to the lineup. “We are going to rely on the returning guys to kind of carry the load as far as having productive at-bats and teaching the younger guys what it is about to have productive at-bats and not required to get a hit every time,” Norden said. “There’s other ways to get on base and be productive in the batter’s box.” But Norden isn’t sure right now what kind of offensive team the Kernels will be and it could depend on the game. “Some games might be a small ball team,” Norden said. “Some games we might rely on a little bit of power and some games we might rely on a little bit of speed and stealing bases.”

New Mitchell track boss Foreman looks to create an enjoyably tough environment

“We want to have fun at practice, we want to have fun at meets, but when it’s time to do the workout, when it’s time for the race, we’re serious,” said Nick Sabato / Foreman, who spent a decade as an assistant for Republic Dakota State University. “So far they’ve done a good Mitchell senior job of having fun with each other before practice. Wyatt Winter During the warmup there’s a lot of joking, a lot of heaves a shot having fun, but once they step on the track and put put during a their spikes on, it’s serious. It’s been great.” preseason Team numbers are still in flux as is normal practice at for the early portion of the season, but Mitchell Joe Quintal currently has nearly 90 boys and girls out for Field. the squad and Foreman has been leaning on a plethora of veteran assistants and early indoor meets to decipher his lineup moving forward. The Kernels had two placewinners at the state meet two seasons ago, but they have high expectations for multiple athletes this year. Senior Ryley Johansen posted a personal-best 6-feet-2 in the high jump during his first season in 2019, while Wyatt Winter also qualified for the Class AA state By Nick Sabato meet in the shot put. Parker Phillips should also be a Mitchell Republic standout for Mitchell in the sprints. On the girls side, Aliyah Howard returns after Cody Foreman had big plans for his first season at the helm of the Mitchell High School track and field qualifying for the state meet in the 100-meter dash as a freshman two years ago. Meanwhile, Lizzie Tyler program. placed fourth in the 800-meter run (2 minutes, 25.71 COVID-19 made sure they never came to fruition. Two weeks after practices officially began last spring, seconds) and fourth in the 1,600 (5 minutes, 23.11 the South Dakota High School Activities Association seconds) in the Class A state meet as an eighth-grader postponed the season and it was eventually canceled. at Wagner. Foreman is also high on the future of freshman Mia So, his first year had to wait. Foreman would have gone into the season cold, Mullenmeister, who took second in the 55-meter dash with little time to get to know his team. But during (7.71 seconds) at the first meet of the season on March the last year, he has been able to build a report with 23 at Northern State University. “With so many kids, we’ll put them in a practice kids and he is intent on not only ensuring those that compete for the Kernels are seeking success, but that and watch them run certain things,” Foreman said. the season is enjoyable for everyone. “You can pick out who’s faster at the beginning,

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who’s faster at the end, so you know your short sprinter — you can kind of tell during the workout.” While Foreman is still acclimating to his new charges and wants them to have fun, he is also looking to build Mitchell into one of the top programs in Class AA. Two seasons ago, the Kernels did not have anyone competing on championship Saturday at the state meet and Foreman wants to make sure that does not happen again. “I want to have as many kids competing on that last day at state as possible,” Foreman said. “I want that to be the expectation. If you come out for Mitchell track, we’re going to compete, we’re going to have fun and we’re going to win. I hope it happens.”

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Kernels aim to make most of golf season

Mitchell motivated after COVID-19 wiped out 2020 Entering the 2020 season, the Kernels were coming off their best finish at state since 2003. However, they couldn’t continue the momentum as COVID-19 wiped away the spring season. “We just talked to the girls about the fact they were deprived of a season last year and they really want to make the most of this year,” Mitchell coach Mark Horan said. Mitchell didn’t have a senior on the roster last season and it will be a solid mix of young and old to the roster. “I think we’re pretty good,” Horan said. “We’ve got the solid core of the four girls from last time we had a season. We are not long on experience. We have those girls and we probably have nine girls that have been with the program. We have a bunch more girls out, but there’s a lot of the young sixth, Ryan Deal / Republic seventh graders.” Mitchell’s Masy Mock watches her tee The top-four returners — Masy Mock, shot on No. 3 at Lakeview Golf Course Allison Meyerink, Quinn Dannenbring during a practice round and Ella Flippin — all competed in the 2019 state tournament. Mock and Flippin are the lone seniors, while By Ryan Deal Dannenbring and Meyerink are both Mitchell Republic freshmen. The Mitchell High School girls golf The roster also includes one junior, team finally gets to capitalize on its two sophomores, five eighth-graders sixth-place finish at the 2019 state and one seventh-grader. tournament. “We have some good young players

and we have some senior experience,” Horan said. “The first couple of practices they have a good work ethic. They have been working hard at things.” Mock, who will play college golf next season at Augustana University, captured third at the 2019 Class AA state tournament. “She’s our leader and she’s been one of the top players in the state for years now,” Horan said. “She’s a solid player and we expect nothing to change. We expect big things out of Masy.” Mock, along with Dannenbring, Meyerink and Madelyn Childs, were also regulars on the SDGA junior summer tour. Horan said the tour is invaluable for their development. “You have to play all summer long and play on that South Dakota junior tour,” Horan said. “Spring season for girls is kind of short and the weather is bad at the start. So you have to take advantage of that good summer weather to improve.” The Kernels will have plenty of time to improve before their first meet, which is April 22 at both the Parkston Invitational at Lakeview Golf Course and a quad at Willow Run Golf Course in Sioux Falls.

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Mitchell’s Quinn Dannenbring putts on the green during a 2019 meet.

“We can take the time to kind of their game going, get their fundamentals back and so on without having to kind of throw them in and compete right away,” Horan said. “I think that’s better for them in the long run.”

Back on the court

Kernels relishing their time playing tennis that really prepares us well for the end of the year tournaments.” Mitchell started practice on March The Mitchell High School boys tennis 15 and the competition has been at a team is making up for lost time. The Kernels, like every other tennis high level, since Moller. The Kernels team, had their 2020 season taken away have had limited varsity experience due to COVID. The court time was also and there’s been a host of competitive limited in the summer during the United challenge matches early on. “We’ve been trying to figure out States Tennis Association season. The Kernels are now relishing their where we are at and trying to give our kids that experience of thinking time on the court. “We are not taking things for granted through matches and thinking through like maybe we were in the past,” points and hopefully we can make up Mitchell coach Pat Moller said. “We some ground on that,” Moller said. Moller has whittled the varsity down are going to enjoy the experience as it comes. It’s certainly a different feeling to eight players: Macon Larson, Tyler Loecker, Aidan Patrick, Connoer Thelen, starting the season this year.” With the uncertainty of COVID last Jack Vermeulen, Cameron Miller, Drake summer, Moller didn’t put the pressure Jerke and Luke Jerke. “They’ve done everything I’ve asked on his players to get on the court like recent years. To make up for the lost them to do and we’ve been spending a time, Mitchell’s schedule is jam packed lot of time on the tennis court and our with 17 regular season varsity matches depth is going to be our strength like it before the state meet on May 17-18 in has been in the past,” Moller said. “We are going to have a lot of guys that have Sioux Falls. “The schedule is packed and our kids very similar ability levels and you can stay busy,” Moller said. “But I think see that if you were to watch some of By Ryan Deal Mitchell Republic

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Mitchell’s Macon Larson returns a shot during doubles action during a dual against Madison at Hitchcock Park. these challenge matches. They’ve been very, very competitive.” Moller hasn’t finalized his lineup yet, but Larson will be the team’s No. 1 singles player and will make up half of the No. 1 doubles team. Larson, a junior, has the most varsity experience and was the No. 4 singles player in 2019. “He’s looked really strong this year,” Moller said. “He hasn’t lost a challenge match so far this year. He’s the only one that hasn’t.” But Moller feels confident the players behind Larson can challenge him in

practices. “That’s an advantage we have,” Moller said. “I can put six different guys against my No. 1 in Macon and have a competitive match. That’s a huge advantage.” The Kernels will open the season at a triangular in Yankton against the Bucks and Brandon Valley. Mitchell’s home opener is April 9 in a dual against St. Thomas More. The Eastern South Dakota Conference tournament is May 11 in Harrisburg.

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AREA BASEBALL PREVIEW CAPSULES

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BON HOMME Coach: Gary Kortan Region: 1B 2019 record: 14-2, state qualifier Key players: Riley Rothschadl, so., P/SS; Trent Herrboldt, sr., P/3B; Carter Uecker, jr., P/IF; Landon Bares, fr., OF/IF; Trey Kaul, so., P/OF; Landon Smith, so., IF; Tristan Simek, fr., 1B/OF; Jace Toupal, fr., 3B; Jackson Caba, fr., IF; Rhett Connors, fr., OF; Landon Schmidt, 8th, P/OF; Easton Mudder, 9th, P/IF; Brady Bierema, so., OF; Kaleb Kubal, sr., P/1B; Jacob Denton, jr., OF; Nick Souhrada, fr., 1B/OF; Memphis Kaul, so., P/OF; Logan Winckler, so., P/C; Cayden Himes, so., IF; Wesley Kaul, so., C/IF.

Laufman, so.; Drew Gerlach, so.; Ryan Chapman, jr.; Mason Hetland, so.; Cain Tobin, fr.; Zach Baker, fr.; Griffin Tobin, jr.; Blaine Bohr, fr.; Lincoln Klooz, jr.; Jackson Jarding, so.; Trevor Sweet, fr.; Kolby Kayser, sr.

MCCOOK Coach: Randy Sabers Region: 3B 2019 record: 4-8-1 Key players: Bobby Koepsell, sr., P/IF; Kane Muth, sr., P/IF; Avery Feterl, sr., P/OF/IF; Braeden Kerkhove, jr., P/IF; Griffen Stoffel, sr., OF; Gavin Gordon, jr., P/C; Jacob Wagner, sr., P/1B; Micah VanRuler, jr., OF/IF; Trey Claussen, jr., IF; Kyle Schoon, jr., P/IF; Joe Loudenburg, jr., OF; Jackson Grady, so., C; Jackson Remmers, fr., P/C; Carter Randall, fr., P/IF; Trevor Hansen, jr., P/IF; Garrett Kludt, jr., P/IF; Chase Merrill, sr., P/IF; Cole Papendick, sr., C/IF

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CHAMBERLAIN/KIMBALL/LYMAN Coach: Brock Sundall Region: 4B 2019 record: 5-4 Key players: Cooper Leiferman, 8th; Carter Lenz, so., Blake Leiferman, fr.; Hudson Heath, fr.; Dakota Munger, fr.; Noah Bury, fr.; Thaddeus Wisenbaugh, so.; Cody Steen, jr.; Rayden Haak, fr.; Chase Hopkins, fr.; Levi Miller, fr.; Sandler Wiekamp, fr.; Ian Anderson, jr.,

GREGORY COUNTY Coach: Neil Hylla Region: 4B 2019 record: 4-7 Key players: Jaden Graber, so.; Rhoss Oliver, sr.; Bryce Frank, jr.; Gannon Thomas, fr.; Kade Braun, fr.; Rylan Peck, fr.; Nathan Fortuna, fr.; Alex Songer, fr.; Reed Benter, fr.; Trey Murray, fr.; Jordan Vosika, sr.; Coy Determan, jr.; Daniel Mitchell, fr.; Gunner Stephens, so.; Ben Witt, jr.; Brogan Glover, jr.; Sawyer Tietgen, so.; Noah Bearshield, 8th,

HANSON/AURORA Coach: Zach Harter Region: 1B 2019 record: 4-9 Key players: Hadley Tobin, jr.; Isaiah Olson, 8th; Rylee Deinert, sr.; Thomas Stange, sr.; Brady Fox, 8th; Evan Bultsma, fr.; Daniel

Coach: Mike Scott Region: 1B 2019 record: 9-4 Key players: Landon Sudbeck, sr.; Logan Heidinger, sr.; Max Scott, jr.; T.J. Schmidt, sr.; Brayden Jervik, fr.; Kaleb Weber, so.; Logan VanPelt, sr.; Ty Neugebauer, jr.; Jay Storm, jr.; Kade Bialas, sr.; Isaak Bialas, sr.; Jon Akre, sr.; Carter Kalda, jr.

PLATTE-GEDDES/DAK. CHRISTIAN/WHITE LAKE/CORSICA-STICKNEY Coach: Jeff Kuiper Region: 4B 2019 record: 6-4 Key players: Dawson Hoffman, so., P/C/OF/IF; Grayson Hanson, jr., P/OF/IF; Nolan Kirsch, sr., C/OF/IF; Myles Kott, sr., P/C/OF/ IF; Joey Foxley, fr., P/OF/IF; Jackson Olsen, jr., P/OF/IF; Brady Sprik, sr., P/C/IF; Kyler Konstanz, sr., OF/IFAiden Bultje, so., P/ OF/IF; Oakley Kott, so., P/IF; Kelby VanDerWerff, sr., P/OF/ IF; Nate Whalen, sr., P/OF/IF; Kade Boltjes, sr., OF/IF; Caden Foxley, jr., P/IF; Beau Kirsch, so., OF/IF; Adam Joachim, sr., P/OF; Jackson Neuman, jr., P/OF/IF; Jaxon Christensen, so., C/IF; Chase Varilek, jr., OF; Trevor Rolland, so., OF; Tanner Dyk, fr., C/OF/IF; Hayes Rabenberg, jr., P/OF/IF; Royce Finney, jr., C/OF; Caden Overbroekling, fr., P/OF/IF; Jadon Petersen, so., OF/IF; Parker Bailey, fr., OF; Corbin Nachtigal, fr., OF/IF; Jaylen Kemp, sr., P/C/IF; Kane Knudson, jr., C/IF; Camden DuFrain, so., OF/IF

SCOTLAND/MENNO Coach: Kory Foss Region: 1B Inaugural season in 2021 Key players: Austin Pillsbury, jr., P/IF; Kadeyn Ulmer, so., P/IF; Treyton Sayler, jr., P/OF; Levi Bender, sr., OF; Cody Munkvold, so., OF; Ajay Herrboldt, so., OF; Parker Hochstein, fr., P/IF; Dawson Bietz, fr., P/IF; Kalob Maruska, jr., OF; Kalen Maruska, jr., OF; Dawson Hlavac, fr., IF; Turner Nicholson, jr., P/IF; Tyrus Bietz, so., P/IF; Josh Heckenlaible, sr., P/C/IF; Karson Bierle, jr., P/IF; Jayce Walloch, fr., OF; Brandon Souhroda, fr., IF

WINNER/COLOME Coach: Austin Calhoon Region: 4B 2019 record: 10-4, state qualifier Key players: Evan Farner, sr., P/IF; Pierce Nelson, so., P/OF/IF; Cody Wheadon, so., OF; Aaron Gilchrist, sr., P/OF/IF; Ethan Bartels, so., P/IF; Adam Bohnet, jr., OF; Owen Duffy, sr., C/OF; Charley Pravecek, jr., C/1B; Ashton Klein, jr., 1B/OF; Zach Bohnet, sr., 1B/ OF; Jesse Colson, sr., P/OF/IF; Justin Hausmann, so., P/OF

WAGNER Coach: Brady Albrecht Region: 1B 2019 record: 1-6 Key players: Joey Cournoyer, fr.; Jayden Aungie, sr.; Corbin Carda, so.; Nolan Carda, sr.; Simon Freier, sr.; Dustin Honomichl, jr.; Matt Link, so.; Jaden Peters, sr.; Teddy Slaba, so.; Nolan Dvorak, jr.; Daniel Soukup, fr.; Sam Blaha, 8th; Carter Cournoyer, fr.; Preston McFayden, 8th; Frank Soukup, 8th;

WOONSOCKET/WESS. SPRINGS/SANBORN CENTRAL Coach: Nathan Hainy Region: 2B 2019 record: 4-10 Key players: Mason Schelske, jr., P/1B; Quinten Christensen, jr., P/1B/RF; Cade Mohling, jr., OF; Draven Thompson, jr., C/OF; Cale Mohling, jr., OF; Dylan Schimke, sr., 2B; Gerritt Brandenburg, sr., P/2B; Tyler Kole, sr., P/IF; Maverick Jones, fr., IF; Cooper Hainy, sr., P/SS; Carson Hainy, so., C/IF; Coen Harvey, so., P/OF.

AREA BOYS TRACK AND FIELD PREVIEW CAPSULES

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ANDES CENTRAL/DAKOTA CHRISTIAN Coach: Cliff Johnson Region: 6B Key athletes: Jayce Baker, jr.; Rizon Clark, jr.; Damian Medicine Horn, jr.; Fabian Antelope, so.; Jonathan Leader Charge, so.; Seth Stluka, so.; Grant Zephier, so.; Peter Backes, fr.; Carlin Hopkins, fr.

AVON Coach: Brad Poppe Region: 6B Key athletes: Ashton Frank, sr., middle distance; David Koupal, sr., throws; Haden Cahoy, jr., middle distance; Lincoln Thury, jr., middle distance; Eli Watchorn, jr., sprints; Brady Bierema, so., sprints; Klay Heumiller, so., throws; Payton Bierema, fr., sprints; Trace Pelton, fr., middle distance; Landon Thury, fr., throws; Tyler Tjeerdsma, fr., distance; Caleb Wallinga, fr., throws; Noah Watchorn, fr. sprints.

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Coach: Erik Person Region: 6B Key athletes: Dachel Bauld, jr.; Jackson Bauld, jr.; Bryce Frank, jr.; Brogan Glover, jr.; Baptiste, Reimel, jr.; Daniel Rodriguez, jr.; Taron Serr, jr.; Ben Witt, jr.; Ira Burroughs, so.; Cade Burrus, so.; Nick Nelson, so.; Gunnar Stephens, so.; Sawyer Tietgen, so.; Jay Wright, so.; Bryce Bartling, fr.; Reed Benter, fr.; Cory Habben, fr.; Izaak Koenig, fr.; Fin Adams, 8th; Breven Bolander, 8th.

Coach: Joe Shepardson Region: 5A Key athletes: Eric Gustafson, sr., jumps; Ethan Poore, jr., distance; Riley Endres, so., distance; Parker Hanselman, sr., sprints; Cole Prunty, jr., sprints; Jaxon Koch, jr., sprints; Troy Norden, jr., hurdles; Clay Hohn, jr., sprints/throws; Gordon Seppala, jr., sprints; Jesse Newton, so., sprints; Evan Bartelt, fr., distance; Noah Mahoney, jr., distance; Ty Neugebauer, jr., sprints; Cael Ryther, jr., sprints; Ty Fink, so., pole vault; Sam Benson, so., sprints; Max Scott, jr., jumps; Jay Storm, jr., jumps; Brayden Jervik, fr., sprints.

CANISTOTA Coach: Pat Jolley Region: 5B Key athletes: Tyce Ortman, sr.; Cole Papendick, sr.; Connor Hutcheson, jr.; Dawon Munkvold, jr.; Noah Kleinsasser, so.; Austin Matthaei, so.; Trace Ortman, so.; William Ortman, so.; Josiah Schroeder, so.; Deshon Thompson, so.; Joseph Bond, fr.; Tage Ortman, fr.; Cayden Scott, fr.

CHAMBERLAIN Coach: 6A Region: Renee Long Key athletes: Hayden Evans, sr.; Drayton Priebe, sr.; Jackson Soulek, sr.; Sellyck McManus, jr.; Dominic Santiago, jr.; Brooks Swanson, jr.; Zach Toering, jr.; Keanu Herman, so.; Noah Hutmacher, so.; Declan Tveit, so.; C.J. Yost, so.; Canyon Burkard, fr.; Kannon Jones, fr.; Blaine Krenke, fr.

COLOME Coach: Cheyenne Heath Region: 6B Key athletes: Rhet Bertram, sr.; Michael Supik, sr.; Riley Shippy, jr.; Hayden Thieman, jr.; Kash Heath, so.; Taitin Ringing Shield, so.; Alec Thieman, so.; Klayton Heath, fr.; Joseph Laprath, fr.; Andrew Yellow Hawk, fr.; Jonah Musser, 8th; Trey Thieman, 8th; Eli Vobr, 8th.

CORSICA-STICKNEY Republic file photo Bon Homme’s Noah Heesch competes in the boys 110-meter hurdles at the Howard Wood Dakota Relays in 2019 in Sioux Falls.

BON HOMME Coach: Kellie Heiter Region: 6B Key athletes: Noah Heesch, sr.; Nate Hall, jr.; Karsten Kozak, jr.; Carter Uecker, jr.; Marcus Carson, so.; Isaac Crownover, so.; Cayden Himes, so.; Noah Ray, so.; Coen Scheuerman, so.; Logan Winckler, so.; Keegan Ashes, fr.; Chapin Cooper, fr.; Jacob Cuka, fr.; Brock Kotalik, fr.; Easton Mudder, fr.; Evan Ulmer, fr.

BRIDGEWATER-EMERY Coach: Jeff VanLeur Region: 5B Key athletes: Bodie Burnham, sr.; Camden Dye, sr.; Brandon Jensen, sr.; Connor Kerkhove, sr.; Koby Kayser, jr.; Joe Kirby, jr.; Lucas Mentele, jr.; Aaron Wollmann, jr.; Sutton Arend, so.; Jaden Eddy, so.; Sam Hofer, so.; Aaron Horvath, so.; Jerin Schulz, so.; Aguer VanSickle, so.; Nathan Weber, so.; Jace Kayser, fr.; Korbyn Kayser, fr.; Camdyn Stoterou, fr.

Coach: Scott Muckey Region: 6B Key athletes: Adam Jachim, sr., relays; Matthew Buckley, jr.; Cole Feenstra, jr., hurdles/relays; Taylor Feenstra, jr., relays; Caden Van Drongelen, jr., sprints; Jacob Woerner, middle distance; Chris Ross, jr., middle distance; Shad Bosma, so., hurdles; Lucas Krogstad, so., throws; Kayden Muck, so., throws; Carter Wright, fr., hurdles. Coach comments: “Our team is small in numbers, but we will find events to be competitive.”

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FREEMAN Coach: Chris Maske Region: 5B Key athletes: Collin Helma, sr.; Brady Kaufman, jr.; Justin Wollman, jr.; Ethan Balvin, so.; Rocky Ammann, fr.; Jorgen Baer, fr.; Blake Rumelhart, fr.; Evan Scharberg, fr.

FREEMAN ACADEMY/MARION Coach: Jerry Kippes and Suzanne Koerner Region: 5B Key athletes: Payton Arbach, sr.; Gavin Haggerty, sr.; Chris Johansen, sr.; Lawton Langerock, sr.; Logan Langerock, sr.; Jayden Lemons, sr.; Titus Roesler, sr.; Quincy Blue, jr.; Donte Butler, jr.; Tim Epp, jr.; Dylan Johansen, jr.; Malachi Myers, jr.; Seth Balzer, so.; Jess Bashige, so.; Connor Epp, so.; Skylar Hopkins, so.; Trayden Lemons, so.; Liam Ortman, fr.; Dillon Podzimek, fr.; Lester RichardHanson, fr.; Ashton Kesteloot, 8th; Finley McConniel, 8th; Noah Mukunde, 8th; Keaton Preheim, 8th; Corben Reutter, 8th; Domani Butler, 7th; Taylor Goodwin, 7th; Armando Miller, 7th. Coach comments: “Middle and long distances will continue to be our strengths as we are in our fifth year as a co-op. Titus Roesler will lead the group coming off of a fourth-place finish at the state cross country meet. He has been training through last year’s lost season and through the winter, putting up to 60 miles per week. He should be one of the top class B boys in the 3200 and 1600-meter runs, and has a goal of breaking a 40-year-old school record in the 3200-meter run.”

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GREGORY Coach: 6B Region: Kurt Stukel Key athletes: Zane McMillen, sr.; Reece Odenbach, sr.; Rhoss Oliver, sr.; Carson Kludt, jr.; Luke Sinclair, so.; Kade Stukel, so.; Nathan Fortuna, fr.; Trey Murray, fr.; Gannon Thomas, fr.; Jamison VanderPol, fr.

HANSON Coach: Tyler Payer Region: 4B Key athletes: Hayden Bahmuller, sr., throws; Thailan Halliman, sr., middle distance; Isaac Tuschen, sr., distance; Luke Haiar, jr., sprints; Noah Price, jr., jumps/sprints; Kade Waldera, jr., sprints; Ethan Cheeseman, so., hurdles/sprints; Jackson Jarding, so., hurdles/ middle distance; Hadley Wallace, so., sprints. Coach comments: “We have some depth on the men’s and women’s side. We’d like to be competitive in the conference, region and at state.”

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Coach: Shawn Flanagan Region: 5A Key athletes: Jordan Schock, sr.; Trey Claussen, jr.; Gavin Gordon, jr.; Trevor Hansen, jr.; Braeden Kerkhove, jr.; Joe Loudenburg, jr.; Kyle Schoon, jr.; Will Cleveland, so.; Brode Dennis, so.; Austin Hoiten, so.; Matthew Krempges, so.; Brock Nordlund, so.; Joren Peterson, so.; Isaak Pulse, so.; Mason Pulse, so.; Landon Roling, so.; Aiden Schaefer, so.; Paul Watkins, so.; Tony Watkins, so.; Owen Alley, fr.; Ty Doblar, fr.; Jackson Grady, fr.; Kade Grocott, fr.; Cody Heinz, fr.; Jase Heumiller, fr.; Carter Jandl, fr.; Paul Kaffar, fr.; Kellen Keuter, fr.; Carter Randall, fr.; Will Rotert, fr.; Noah Schnee, fr.; Memphis Vandenburg, fr.

Coach: Gary Pepper Region: 5B Key athletes: Jordan Gall, sr.; Jayden Kass, sr.; Dawson Bietz, jr.; Nicholas Harrington, jr.; Kalen Maruska, jr.; Tyrus Bietz, so.; Cole Friederich, so.; Parker Humphrey, so.; Stephen Johnson, so.; Trenten Skorepa, so.; Kade Odens, fr.; Logan Sayler, fr.

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Coach: Keith Moe Region: 4B Key athletes: Sam Aslesen, sr.; Samuel Callies, sr.; Riley Genzlinger, sr.; Andrew Mentele, sr.; Gabe Petrik, sr.; Tisyn Spader, sr.; Ryder Erickson, so.; B.J. Pierre, so.; Kade Shumaker, so.; Colby Claussen fr.; Cody Eich, fr.; Taiden Hoyer, fr.; Will Maier, fr.; Logan Mentele, fr.

Coach: Chris Nemec Region: 4B Key athletes: Nathanael Anderberg, sr.; Max Reynen, sr.; Anders Enga, jr.; Reegan Nydam, jr.; Liam Pospisil, jr.; Nahum Anderberg, so.; Silas Holdeman, fr.; Carson Johnson, fr.; Paul Kleinsasser, fr.; Aiden Lieber, fr.; Luke Mentele, fr.; Joseph Tegethoff, fr.; Jason Bass, 8th; Syver Enga, 8th; Braedon Nebelsick, 8th; Elisha Schultz, 8th; Aydon Twiggs, 8th; Hunter Patton, 7th; Auston Twiggs, 7th.

Coach: Will Gottlob Region: 6B Key athletes: Ky Becker, sr.; Warren Soulek, sr.; Drew Ekstrum, jr.; Julian Hepp, jr.; David McClatchey, jr.; Levi Nightingale, jr.; Kameron Styles, jr.; Jayden Kahler, so.; Colton Michalik, so.; Dawson Miller, so.; Porter Miller, so.; Lantz Bass, fr.; Ethan Metcalfe, fr.; Rodney Powers, fr.; Braxton Pulse, fr.; Rhys Truman, fr.; Ryden Becker, 8th; Holden Havlik, 8th; Ashton Krumvieda, 8th; Daniel Leiferman, 8th; Ryder Michalik, 8th; Aiden Novak, 8th; Park Sinclair, 8th; Zane Vaverka, 8th; Zian Vaverka, 8th; Dalton Deffenbaugh, 7th; Hayes Havlik, 8th; Lincoln Kranig, 7th; David Leiferman, 7th; Ian Metcalfe, 7th; Adley Reindl, 7th.

LYMAN Coach: Joel Milton Region: 7B Key athletes: Blake Brodrecht, jr.; Colton Collins, jr.; Stockton McClanahan, jr.; T.J. Moran, jr.; Zach Oldenkamp, jr.; Isaac Thomas, jr.; Teagan Gourneau, so.; Demary Hood, so.; Keyser Chaloupka, fr.; Aaron Erikson, fr.; Ash Grassrope, fr.; Kellen Griffith, fr.; Isaac McManigal, fr.; Rory McManus, fr.; Reese Ziegler, fr.; Mason Ryan, 8th.

TRIPP-DELMONT/ARMOUR Coach: Ron Weber Region: 6B Key athletes: Corbin Fuoss, sr.; Jaden Groeneweg, so.; Preston Koster, so.; Micah Leonard, so.; Skyler Wood, so.; Braden Fink, fr.; Koby Werkmeister, fr.

Coach: Ken Bruckner Region: 5B Key athletes: Brandon Ahalt, sr.; Brady Fergen, sr.; Weston Freier, sr.; Jake O’Brien, sr.; Tyler Massey, jr.; Ethan Ahalt, so.; Owen Eitemiller, so.; Alex Fischer, so.; Chris Kessler, so.; Cody Munkvold, so.; Kadeyn Ulmer, so.; Seth Ahalt, fr.; Julius Carr, fr.; Isaac Fergen, fr.; Hunter Masterson, fr.; Odin Pearson, fr.; Trent Guthmiller, 8th; Michael Nusz, 8th; Nathan Sayler, 8th; Tate Spencer, 8th; Erick Buechler, 7th; Keyon Fischer, 7th; Izaya Ulmer, 7th.

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MOUNT VERNON/PLANKINTON Coach: Jason Helling Region: 5A Key athletes: Rylee Deinert, sr., sprints; Nate Hohn, sr., jumps/ throws; Kolby Kayser, sr., sprints/throws;Logan Tlam, sr., distance; Ryan Chapman, jr., throws; Lincoln Klooz, jr., middle distance; Reece Risseeuw, jr., sprints/hurdles; Carter Davis, so., sprints/ jumps; Daniel Laufman, so., throws; Chris Mayer, so., middle distance; Reed Rus, so., jumps/hurdles; Charlie Prien, so., throws; Jordan Stoltz, so., jumps/hurdles; Blaine Bohr, fr., hurdles; Evan Bultsma, fr., throws/middle distance. Coach comments: “I am really excited to see how things shake out over the course of this season. Like every other school out there, we have a lot of questions coming in due to the year off. The main thing I plan on watching is how our kids develop toughness as the year goes on. We don’t have a lot in terms of numbers, so the boys may have to participate in events they haven’t in the past. That being said, I feel that we have the right pieces to be competitive in every meet we attend this year. We have a nice balance to help keep meets interesting and it will be fun to watch them improve as the season progresses.”

PLATTE-GEDDES Coach: Matt Maxon Region: 6B Key athletes: Nathan Berens, sr., triple jump/sprints; Kade Boltjes, sr., sprints/middle distance; Kyler Konstanz, sr., pole vault/long jump; Will Miller, sr., hurdles; Jalen Severson, sr., sprints; Nate Whalen, sr., middle distance. Coach comments: “We are seeing strong competition in practice that is helping this team gain speed early in the season so far. Every practice is a competition, and we are seeing a lot of smiles on these boys faces and they are looking forward to competing. You will see us change the relays often due to the part that we have a lot of sprinters to choose from which will help us at regions and state.”

SANBORN CENTRAL/WOONSOCKET Coach: Corey Flatten Region: 4B Key athletes: Andrew Lindgren, sr.; Braxton Gentles, jr.; Philip Hines, jr.; Clay Olinger, jr.; Tryce Slykhuis, jr,; Noah Wormstadt, jr.; Hayden Beigh, so.; Camden Jost, so.; Brady Larson, so.; Jeff Boschee, jr. Coach comments: “The boys have really good numbers with some athletic guys. We can fill out most, if not all, events. Not sure how we are in individual events this early in the year, but the relays should be competitive.”

Republic file photo Wagner’s Malcolm Janis competes in the boys 100-meter sprint at the Howard Wood Dakota Relays in 2019 in Sioux Falls.

WAGNER Coach: Patrick Belling Region: 5A Key athletes: Jayden Aungie, sr.; Michael Barnett, sr.; Nolan Carda, sr.; Derek Drews, sr.; Simon Freier, sr.; Malcolm Janis, sr.; Jaden Peters, sr.; Eddy Hayward, jr.; Ohitika Johnson, jr.; Camden Roth, jr.; Toby Zephier, jr.; Corbin Carda, so.; Colby Krcil, so.; Tanner Krcil, so.; Matt Link, so.; Chris Nelson, so.; Donald Schroeder, so.; Teddy Slaba, so.; Lael Young, so.; Vincent Bechen, fr.; Owen Bekanich, fr.; Timothy Bouza, fr.; Henry Hayward, fr.; Braxton Knudsen, fr.; Bain Kuhlman, fr.; Karstyn Lhotak, fr.; Riley Roberts, fr.; Caleb Zephier, fr.; Parker Petry, 8th; Jackson Rolston 8th.

WESSINGTON SPRINGS Coach: Becky Bell-Krueger Region: 3B Key athletes: Rydell Krueger, sr.; Dylan Schimke, sr.; Quinten Christensen, jr.; Carter Grohs, jr.; A.J. Neely, jr.; Mason Schelske, jr.; Kaden Wolter, jr.; Jack Neely, so.; Maverick Jones, fr.; Brock Krueger, fr.; Blake Larson, fr.; William Bruckner, 8th; Branden Flowers, 8th; Robbie Hine, 8th; Karter Mebius, 8th; Sam Poncelow, 8th; Damien Knippling, 7th; Luke Larson, 7th; Tregen Jensen 7th. Coach comments: “We have strong numbers out this year. We have some boys who are versatile and can compete in a variety of events. We are looking to put together some competitive relays and have numbers to fill in other areas. We have the throwing spots filled, but we lack numbers in other field events. It is good to see several underclassmen and some new upperclassmen come out, to add to the boys who are returning, we are looking forward to an exciting season.”

WINNER Coach: Larry Aaker Region: 7A Key athletes: Brady Fritz, sr.; Adam Bohnet, jr.; Joey Cole, jr.; Aaron Monk, jr.; Michael Olson, jr.; Kade Watson, jr.; Chaz Blotsky, so.; Aiden Barfuss, fr.

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COLOME Coach: Cheyenne Heath Region: 6B Key athletes: Kasie Leighton, jr.; Morgan Gill, so.; Torre Ringing Shield, so.; Tila Harter, fr.; Chloe Jarrett, fr.; Shaleena Kingsley, fr.; Tianna Larson, fr.; Madison Dufek, 7th; Aleah Musser, 7th; Emma Nelsen, 7th; Gracie Rohde, 7th; Brianna Thieman, 7th.

CORSICA-STICKNEY Coach: Lorisa Broughton Region: 6B Key athletes: Raven Barse, sr., field events; Morgan Clites, jr.. middle distance; Rachel Gerlach, jr., sprints/relays; Lauren Bruinsma, sprints/relays; Sutton Eide, so., sprints/relays; Kayla Fischer, sr., field events/relays; Erynn Gerlach, fr.; Kendall Olawsky, so.; Payton DeLange, so.; Casey Tolsma, jr.; Ashlyn Lefers, fr.; Cassidy Woerner, fr.; Elese Gerlach, fr.; Coach’s comments: “We have girls that have state relay experience. That experience should help put together some competitive relays.” Matt Gade / Republic

Scotland’s Jenna Vitek goes over the high jump bar during the Region 6B meet on May 16, 2019 in Armour.

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ANDES CENTRAL/DAKOTA CHRISTIAN Coach: Cliff Johnson Region: 6B Key athletes: Jocelyn Abdo, jr.; Sonya Hansum, jr.; Gabby SmithAbdo, jr.; Olivia Tiger, jr.; Isabella Brouwer, so.; LaDean DeHaai, so.; Imerra Gunhammer, so.; Allison Muckey, so.; Riata Bultje, fr.; Claire Johnson, fr.; Hannah Tronvold, fr.; Josie Brouwer, 8th; Leah Brown, 8th; Kaylee Dykshorn, 8th; Nadia Vanzuidam, 8th; Lexie Schoenfelder, 7th.

AVON Coach: Brad Poppe Region: 6B Key athletes: Kristen Namminga, sr., middle distance; Ali Sees, sr., middle distance; Katie Gretschmann, jr., sprints; MaKayla Kopp, jr., sprints; Tiffany Pelton, jr., middle distance; Kim Tolsma, so., middle distance; Sarah Swier, so., sprints; Jasmin Frank, fr., sprints; Kindra Mixon, fr., sprints; Courtney Sees, fr., middle distance; Brielle Voigt, fr., throws; Mylie Bares, 8th, distance; Kinley Doom, 8th, throws; Allison Frank, 8th, sprints; Maesa Kuhlman, 8th, middle distance; Ella Small, 8th, middle distance; Ashley Tolsma, 8th, throws; Lila Vanderlei, 8th, sprints; Macy Voigt, 8th, throws; Kaeli Wallinga, 8th, throws/sprints.

BON HOMME Coach: Kellie Heiter Region: 6B Key athletes: McKenzie Carson, sr.; Hannah Cuka, sr.; Hannah Lindula, sr.; Drew Hejna, jr.; Elizabeth Soukup, jr.; Savannah Trevino, jr.; Jenna Duffek, so.; Olivia Bares, fr.; Erin Heusinkveld, fr.; Jurni Vavruska, fr.; Peyton Hellmann, 8th; Raelee Lanphear, 8th.

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BURKE Coach: Ron Determan Region: 6B Key athletes: Elenna Koenig, jr., jumps/relays; Brecken Bolander, so., hurdles/distance; Bridget Bartling, so., relays/sprints; Piper Hanson, fr., hurdles/relays; Hallie Person, 8th; Kailee Frank, 8th. Coach’s comments: “We should progress well in the distance events and look to pick up points in the field events. Springs and sprint relays will be a work in progress.”

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CANISTOTA Coach: Pat Jolley Region: 5B Key athletes: McKenzy Krinke, sr.; Sydnee Engbrecht, jr.; Hannah Remacle, jr.; Kara Roshone, jr.; Ashley Heiman, so.; Ashley Pierson, so.; Natalie Becker, fr.; Addeline Ericksen, fr.; Natalee Hofer, fr.; Kayla Papendick, fr.

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Coach: Joel Milton Region: 7B Key athletes: Alyssa Jones, sr.; Allison McManus, sr.; Ellie Erikson, jr.; Aaliyah Jones, jr.; Madison Ryan, so.; Skyler Volmer, fr.; Adlynn Moran, 8th; Hannah Ziegler, 8th; Nyannah Jones, 7th; Makaylee Scott, 7th; Taleyna Wingert, 7th.

Coach: Matt Maxon Region: 6B Key athletes: Kally Millar, sr., sprints/middle distance; Carly Reiser, sr., sprints; Kelly Sondgeroth, sr., middle distance. Coach comments: “This group of girls bring a high energy level to every practice. We have a young team who just want to make themselves better and their team better. There are several girls on the team who have been to the state meet before and just want to return and perform at a high level there. We may have a low number of athletes competing on the girls side but the girls who are out are extremely dedicated and want to make some noise.”

MCCOOK CENTRAL/MONTROSE Coach: Doug Durfee Region: 5A Key athletes: Sophia Kaffar, sr.; Andrea Weber, sr.; Emma Heinz, jr.; Zoey Bartmann, so.; Brianna Even, so.; Tayah McGregor, so.; Brandy Pulse, so.; Aubyn Schmidt, so.; Nicole Waldner, so.; Avery Weber, so.; Kaizha Blase, fr.; Brooklyn Flannery, fr.; Isabella Jimenez, fr.; Vivian Koepsell, fr.; Olivia Krutsinger, fr.; Lexie Lunders, fr.; Kailey Thompson, fr.; Abby Wagner, fr.

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Matt Gade / Republic Corsica-Stickney’s Raven Barse carries the baton in a relay race during the Region 6B meet on in Armour.

GREGORY Coach: 6B Region: Kurt Stukel Key athletes: Brooklyn Kenzy, jr.; Sierra Rencountre, jr.; Emma Thomas, jr.; Kodi Timanus, jr.; Sapphire Kenzy, so.; Jessy Jo VanDerWerff, so.; Raesha Beck, fr.; Allena Ortiz, fr.

HANSON Coach: Tyler Payer Region: 4B Key athletes: Sadie Oltmanns, sr., distance; Andrea Thelen, sr., throws; Erin Dewald, so., sprints/middle distance; Skylar Holm, so., sprints; Annalyse Weber, so., jumps/sprints; Paige Endorf, fr., throws/sprints; Reese Marek, fr., distance; Alyssa Moschell, fr., distance; Eliza Oltmanns, fr., distance. Coach’s comments: “We have some depth on the men’s and women’s side. We’d like to be competitive in the conference, region and at state.”

HOWARD Coach: Keith Moe Region: 4B Key athletes: Emma Neises, sr.; Saddie Palmquist, sr.; Landree Callies, so.; Trinity Palmquist, so.; Rylee Rudebusch, so.; Abby Aselesen, fr.; Jayden Jaynes, fr.; Hailey Kizer, fr.; Taryn Mentele, fr.; Kacy Sherman, fr.; Melanie Calmus, 8th.

Coach: Ryan Liebl Region: 5B Key athletes: Morgan Edelman, sr.; Carly Herrboldt, sr.; Jesse Munkvold, sr.; Kaylie Schemp, sr.; Raygen Diede, jr.; Anna Kludt, jr.; Bridget Vaith, jr.; Julia Buechler, so.; Alana Fergen, so.; Layne Schmidt, so.; Josephine Stokes, so.; Sasha Decker, fr.; Kaelie Derby, fr.; Bianca FIscher, fr.; Ashton Massey, fr.; Maggie Miller, fr.; Paige Swanson, fr.; Josilyn Fischer, 8th; Taylor Freier, 8th; Ellyana Ulmer, 8th.

MITCHELL CHRISTIAN Coach: Michaela Jones Region: 4B Key athletes: Jonie Hofer, sr.; Ahnna Cousins, jr.; Audrey Hofer, jr.; Keely O’Neill, jr.; Cora Bryan, fr.; Lindy Hofer, fr.; Madelyn Nebelsick, fr.; Sophia Patton, fr.; Elizabeth Thomas, fr.; Amelia Bryan, 7th.

MOUNT VERNON/PLANKINTON Coach: Lawron Bohr Region: 5A Key athletes: Hallie Schmidt, sr., middle/long distance; Kirbie Payon, sr., hurdles/field events; Maria Baker, jr., middle distance; Brianna Gerlach, jr., hurdles/jumps; Nyomi Mahrt, jr., hurdles/jumps; Payton Gortmaker, jr., throws; Tessa Pickart, jr., sprints.jumps; Cally Faulhaber, so., throws;Berekely Engelland, fr., middle/long distance; Clara Fink, fr., throws; Emilee Fox, fr., middle distance; Jenalee Huff, fr., hurdles/sprints; Katie Stange, fr., throws; Kyia Schmidt, fr., sprints; Alexis Hauge, 8th, hurdles/sprints; Alyssa Johnson, 8th, sprints; Avarie Prient, 8th, sprints; Reagan Rus, 8th, hurdles/sprints; Suri Schmidt, 7th/ middle/long distance. Coach comments: “Although our numbers are low we are going to field a quality team with our strengths being in the field events and mid-long distance. We are hoping we can be competitive in all meets throughout the year and get some high placings at the state meet.”

SANBORN CENTRAL/WOONSOCKET Coach: Corey Flatten Region: 4B Key athletes: Trinity Boschee, jr.; Shania Cornelius, jr.; Trista White, jr.; Hannah Terkildsen, so.; Aubrey Senska, fr. Coach comments: “We don’t have a lot of experience on this crew, but we have quite a few freshmen out. We hope they develop as the season goes and can help add depth to our relays.”

SCOTLAND Coach: Gary Pepper Region: 5B Key athletes: Kennedy Bietz, sr.; Makayla Friederich, sr.; Grace Fryda, sr.; Chloe Richmond, sr.; Tatum Andretta, jr.; Addison Binde, jr.; Delanie VanDriel, jr.; Hailey Davis, so.; Martina DeBoer, so.; Ciara Henry, so.; Claire Janish, so.; Madeline Richmond, so.; Bailey Vitek, so.; Jenna Vitek, so.; Olivia Binde, fr.; Katelyn Rempfer, fr.; Natalie Richmond, fr.; Grace Robb, fr.; Kailey Vitek, fr.; Trinity Bietz, 8th.

TRIPP-DELMONT/ARMOUR Coach: Ron Weber Region: 6B Key athletes: Hannah Whitney, sr.; Raevin Castle, jr.; Emma Faller, jr.; Faith Goehring, so.; MaKayla Fuoss, fr.; Megan Reiner, fr.

WAGNER Coach: Patrick Belling Region: 5A Key athletes: Abby Brunsing, sr.; Adora Bekanich, jr.; Olivia Breen, jr.; Alcista Dion, jr.; Arianne Gabato, jr.; Jessica Kocer, jr.; Mya Kuhlman, jr.; Tawiyaka Star Comes Out, jr.; Elizabeth Woods, jr.; Zoey Zephier, jr.; Kaylie Brown Bear, so.; Avari Bruguier, so.; Kathryn Doom, so.; Lilly Huapapi, so.; Brooke Knoll, so.; Shalayne Nagel, so.; Emily Robertson, so.; Angelita Zephier, so.; Eve Zephier, so.; Jennifer Barnett, fr.; Adrianna Fobb, fr.; Kya Kjeldgaard, fr.; Madisyn Knebel, fr.; Shona Kocer, fr.; Macy Koupal, fr.; Sabrina Kreber, fr.; Aubrey Medricky, fr.; Faith Woodruff, fr.; Presley Slaba, 8th.

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KIMBALL/WHITE LAKE Coach: Tia DeGeest Region: 6B Key athletes: Kennedy Leiferman, sr., sprints; Sidney McCord, sr., middle distance; Brook Nolz, jr., throws; Fayleen Overweg, jr., distance; Dani Deffenbaugh, so.; sprints; Ryann Grussing, so., sprints; Chrstine Gaulke, so., middle distance; Kate Havlik, so., sprints; Cami Comfert, so.; Madison Meier, fr.. jumps; Summer Skluzak, 8th; Autumn Baker, 7th. Coach’s comments: “We have another good mix of experience and newcomers. We return our state championship medley relay as well as a competitive 2-mile and mile relay with potentially more. Individual wise, we should be very competitive at every meet in individual events as well as an overall team.”

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GIRLS TRACK & FIELD

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The following information was compiled by the Mitchell Republic’s staff or provided by area coaches.

WESSINGTON SPRINGS

Coach: Alan Wiese Region: 2B Key golfers: Elijah Ekanger, senior; Jevyn Sifore, junior; Lane Hodges, sophomore; Zach Jacobson, sophomore; Luke Koepsell, 8th. Coach’s comments: Lane Hodges placed 18th as an 8th grader at the state tournament two years ago. Zach Jacobson played in the Region 2B meet that same year and was only a stroke or two away from making it to state. Returning letter winners Luke Koepsell, Elijah Ekanger, and Jevyn Sifore will definitely be playing some varsity golf and will have numerous opportunities to prove themselves, as well as possibly another 8th grader or two in the boys mix. We will just have to see how everyone plays as the season moves along.

ANDES CENTRAL/DAKOTA CHRISTIAN Coach: Tom Cooney Region: 4B Key golfers: Walker Hubers, senior; Aaron Hummel, senior; Jacob Mudder, junior; Hayden Hubers, sophomore; Sean Sybesma, sophomore; Tony Hanson, freshman

BRIDGEWATER-EMERY Coach: Scott Schultz Region: 3B Key golfers: Jackson Stahl, senior; Hunter Bailey, junior; Jackson Harberts, junior. Coach’s comments: We return an experienced group. These guys enjoy the game and have put in a lot of time working on their game.

Coach: Becky Bell-Krueger Region: 3B Key athletes: Angie Paulson, sr.; Madison Privett, sr.; Faith Easter, jr.; Raylee Fagerhaug, fr.; Alyssa Grohs, fr.; Abby Kolousek, fr.; Haeleigh Mulder, fr.; Avery Orth, fr.; Caroline Witte, fr.; Mariah Messmer, 8th; Ashlyn Weber, 8th; Alicia Collins, 7th; Ella Fagerhaug, 7th; Kerstynn Heim, 7th; Jada Kolousek, 7th; Masynn Mebius, 7th; Logan Mohling, 7th; Addy Orth, 7th. Coach comments: “We are a very young team. With only two of the eight returning girls being seniors, the other six are freshmen. I am looking to those eight girls for leadership. It is exciting to see our numbers up. We are able to put together the relays and have girls in the throwing field events. I think we will be able to build some great things this season and into the future.”

MCCOOK CENTRAL/MONTROSE Coach: Jeff Heisinger Region: 3B Key golfers: Bobby Koepsell, senior; Griffin Stoffel, senior; Caleb Kinzley, junior; Cody Miles, junior; Micah Van Ruler, junior; Jackson Remmers, freshman; Kolt Koepsell, freshman. Coach’s comments: We are looking forward to a competitive golf season and hope to be playing our best come tournament time at the end of May.

BON HOMME Coach: Kevin Connors Region: 4B Key golfers: Gavin Morton, senior; Landon Bares, freshman; Jace Toupal, freshman; Kashius Tucker, seventh. Coach’s comments: We are young and inexperienced.

WINNER Coach: Larry Aaker Region: 7A Key athletes: Kalla Bertram, sr.; Meagan Blare, sr.; Aryn Meiners, sr.; Ellie Brozik, jr.; Jenna Hammerbeck, jr.; Skyler Hansen, jr.; Kelsey Sachtjen, jr.; Sidda Schuyler, jr.; Bella Swedlund, jr.; Kendyl Bachmann, so.; Amanda Blare, so.; Melanie Brozik, so.; Shayne Day, so.; Maggie DeMers, so.; Joselin Kludt, so.; Karlee Brozik, fr.; Jenaya Schrader, fr.

MOUNT VERNON/PLANKINTON Coach: Todd Karst Region: 4B Key golfers: Brandon Bosworth, senior; Cole Larsch, junior; Coach’s comments: Excited for our student-athletes to be able to participate after the long layoff. We have 36 kids out for golf and I look forward to region and state.

BURKE Coach: Billie Jo Indahl Region: 4B Key golfers: Bryce Frank, junior; Quinten Bull, 8th. Coach’s comments: We return a couple solid players from the last team we had in 2019. Things are a little different coming into this season as we didn’t have a season last spring due to COVID. We aren’t sure what to quite expect. We did graduate some very key players and we look to do some rebuilding with some younger players coming up to fill some roles on the team. The teams will be young. Our two top returners look to be the top in their fields coming back.

SCOTLAND/MENNO Coach: Greg Gemar Region: 4B Key golfers: Conner Odens, junior; Jayce Walloch, freshman; Treyton Bult, eighth; Jaxon Mettler, sophomore; Hayden McNinch, sophomore; Maverick Smith, sophomore; Spencer Kjellerson, freshman; Landon Sayler, freshman, Tate Plooster, eighth. Coach’s comments: We haven’t been able to compete in either boys or girls golf as a team for several years but with our numbers this year, that will be one of our goals.

CORSICA-STICKNEY Coach: Scott Muckey Region: 4B Key golfers: Shad Bosma, sophomore; Jaylen Kemp, senior; Lucas Krogstad, sophomore; Brendan Wentland, senior; Tyson Wentland, 8th.

TRIPP-DELMONT/ARMOUR Coach: Mark Gemar Region: 4B Key golfers: Mason Schoenfelder, senior; Kolson Verzoni, junior.

ETHAN Coach: Bryce Roth Region: 4B Key golfers: Rylan Gerlach, freshman; Kaden Klumb, junior; Kody Klumb, sophomore; Carter Moke, sophomore; Jay Storm, junior.

Republic file photo Winner’s Ellie Brozik competes in the girls triple jump at the 2019 Howard Wood Dakota Relays in Sioux Falls.

GREGORY Coach: Kaitlyn Steffen Region: 4B Key golfers: Eli Barreto, freshman; Kade Braun, freshman; Dylan Fiebelkorn, 7th; Eli Fogel, sophomore; Trey Murray, freshman; Jace Robertson, senior; Kade Stukel, sophomore; Wyatt Weller, sophomore.

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HOWARD Coach: Alan Wiese Region: 2B Key golfers: Kenedy Koepsell, senior; Mia Glanzer, junior; Piper Thompson, sophomore; Trinity Palmquist, sophomore; Abby Johnson, sophomore; Autumn Glanzer, sophomore; Araya Klockman, junior; Brooke Marshall, junior. Coach’s comments: Kenedy Koepsell and Piper Thompson both played in the state tournament two years ago, and were just a few strokes from the top 25. Mia Glanzer and Trinity Palmquist both played pretty well at the Region 2B meet that year, but were just a stroke or two away from qualifying for the state meet. Abby Johnson and Autumn Glanzer have shown steady improvement and will have some good opportunities to play plenty of varsity golf also as the season moves along. Brooke Marshall and Araya Klockman will work on their skills providing some good depth.

MCCOOK CENTRAL/MONTROSE Coach: Jeff Heisinger Region: 3B Key golfers: Kaylie Lauck, senior; Maggie Miles, senior; Gabby Feterl, junior; Aubree Kranz, sophomore; Maddy Lauck, freshman; Lauren Roling, freshman. Coach’s comments: We are looking forward to a competitive golf season and hope to be playing our best come tournament time at the end of May.

MOUNT VERNON/PLANKINTON

ETHAN

Coach: Todd Karst Region: 4B Key golfers: Gabby Fink, junior; Christa Glanzer, junior; Kennedy Mayclin, senior. Coach’s comments: Excited for our student-athletes to be able to participate after the long layoff. We have 36 kids out for golf and I look forward to region and state.

The following information was compiled by the Mitchell Republic’s staff or provided by area coaches.

Coach: Bryce Roth

PARKSTON

ANDES CENTRAL/DAKOTA CHRISTIAN

Key golfers: Ryanna Clauson, junior.

Coach: Tom Cooney Region: 4B Key golfers: Abby Svatos, freshman; Mackenzie Muckey, senior; Danica Middendorp, freshman.

GREGORY

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Bridgewater-Emery’s Shaylee Longe putts the ball during a meet at Lakeview Golf Course in Mitchell in 2019.

Region: 4B

Coach: Eric Norden Region: 3A Key golfers: Kayla Neugebauer, sophomore; Gracie Oakley, freshman.

Coach: Kaitlyn Steffen

SCOTLAND/MENNO

Region: 4B

Coach: Greg Gemar Region: 4B Key golfers: Nora Winckler, senior; Rylee Conrad, junior; Ayla Rokusek, freshman; Keegan Baker, sophomore; Sadie Clark, freshman; Tea Atkinson, freshman. Coach’s comments: This will be the first year for the Scotland/ Menno co-op and we are excited for that partnership.

Key golfers: Piper Bartlett, seventh; Riki Bruns, seventh; Madison

BRIDGEWATER-EMERY Coach: Scott Schultz Region: 3B Key golfers: Shaylee Longe, senior; Cortney Kayser, junior; Shania Longe, sophomore; Claire Kayser, freshman; Candice Stahl, 8th. Coach’s comments: We are excited to get the season started and looking forward to competing this spring. We return a couple state meet participants and will be looking at trying to solidify our third and fourth golfers.

Graber, seventh; Lilly Jacobsen, eighth; Gabby Jung, eighth; Kaydence Klein, freshman; Samantha Parkis, seventh; Shyanna Steffen, seventh; Jordan Svatos, freshman Dani Timanus, seventh; Jessy Vanderwerff, sophomore; Haleigh Vanoverschelde, seventh.

BON HOMME

BURKE Coach: Billie Jo Indahl Region: 4B Key golfers: Adisyn Indahl, sophomore; Olivia Bull, 8th. Coach’s comments: We return a couple solid players from the last team we had in 2019. Things are a little different coming into this season as we didn’t have a season last spring due to COVID. We aren’t sure what to quite expect. We did graduate some very key players and we look to do some rebuilding with some younger players coming up to fill some roles on the team. The teams will be young. Our two top returners look to be the top in their fields coming back.

CHAMBERLAIN Coach: Nicki Konechne Region: 3A Key golfers: Sequoia Altamirano, junior; Alexis Cronk, freshman; Natalie Kelsey, eighth; Delaney Petersen, senior; Chynna Story, senior.

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APRIL 10

APRIL 15

Bill Pistulka Relays

Menno Relays

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APRIL 8

Participating teams: Bennett County, Burke, Little Wound, Lyman, Philip, Valentine (Neb.), Wall, Winner

Dan Clarke Relays

APRIL 13

Participating teams: Beresford, Canistota, Centerville, Colman-Egan, Freeman, Freeman Academy/Marion, Hanson, Irene-Wakonda, McCook Central/Montrose, McCrossan, Menno, Scotland, Viborg-Hurley.

11 a.m. (field) / 1 p.m. (track) at Bridgewater

Wagner Relays

Participating teams: Bridgewater-Emery, Canistota, Chamberlain, Chester Area, Freeman, Freeman Academy/ Marion, Howard, McCook Central/Montrose, Menno, Mitchell Christian, Sanborn Central/Woonsocket.

2 p.m. (field) / 4 p.m. (running) at Wagner

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Burnell Glanzer Relays

Participating teams: Andes Central/Dakota Christian, Avon, Bon Homme, Corsica-Stickney, Ethan/Parkston, Gregory, Mount Vernon/Plankinton, Platte-Geddes, TrippDelmont/Armour, Wagner, Winner.

1 p.m. (field) / 3 p.m. (running) at Armour

Rasmussen Relays

Participating teams: Andes Central/Dakota Christian, Avon, Corsica-Stickney, Hanson, Tripp-Delmont/Armour, Wagner.

3 p.m. (field) / 4 p.m. (running) at Salem Participating teams: Canistota, Freeman, Garretson, Hanson, Howard, McCook Central/Montrose, Mitchell Christian.

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APRIL 16 Avon Invitational 4:30 p.m. (field) / 5 p.m. (running) at Avon Participating teams: Andes Central/Dakota Christian, Avon, Bon Homme, Colome, Corsica-Stickney, Kimball/ White Lake, Menno, Tripp-Delmont/Armour, Viborg-Hurley, Wagner.

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APRIL 23

Participating teams: Aberdeen Central, Chamberlain, Ethan/Parkston, Huron, Mitchell, Mitchell Christian, Mount Vernon/Plankinton, Platte-Geddes, Sioux Falls Lincoln, Winner, Yankton.

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Don Diede Relays

APRIL 27

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11 a.m. (field) / 1 p.m. (track) at Corsica. Participating teams: Alcester-Hudson, Andes Central/ Dakota Christian, Avon, Burke, Centerville, Colome, Corsica-Stickney, Freeman Academy/Marion, GayvilleVolin, Scotland, Tripp-Delmont/Armour.

Little Missouri Valley Conference Meet 2 p.m. (field) / 4 p.m. (running) at Tyndall

Gene Danielsen Relays

Participating teams: Andes Central/Dakota Christian, Avon, Bon Homme, Parkston, Scotland, Tripp-Delmont/ Armour, Wagner.

3 p.m. (field) / 4:15 p.m. (running) at Salem Participating teams: Baltic, Canistota, Ethan/Parkston, Garretson, Hanson, Howard, McCook Central/Montrose, Mitchell Christian, Mount Vernon/Plankinton

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Howard Wood Dakota Relays 3 p.m. at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls. (Continues at 9 a.m. May 1)

Participating teams: Andes Central/Dakota Christian, Bon Homme, Burke, Corsica-Stickney, Kimball/White Lake, Mitchell Christian, Platte-Geddes, Tripp-Delmont/Armour, Wagner.

3 p.m. (field) / 4 p.m. (running) at Kimball Participating teams: Avon, Burke, Chamberlain, Colome, Corsica-Stickney, Crow Creek, Hitchcock-Tulare, Iroquois/ Doland, James Valley Christian, Kimball/White Lake, Stanley County, Wessington Springs.

MAY 15 11 a.m. at Aberdeen. Participating teams: Aberdeen Central, Brandon Valley, Brookings, Harrisburg, Huron, Mitchell, Pierre, Watertown, Yankton,

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MAY 28-29

Participating teams: Bon Homme, Chamberlain, Ethan/ Parkston, Gregory, Mount Vernon/Plankinton, PlatteGeddes, Wagner, Winner.

State track meet locations Class AA: At Woodle Field, Sturgis Class A: At Lyle Hare Stadium, Spearfish Class AA: At O’Harra Stadium, Rapid City. (Same site both days due to COVID-19)

Participating teams: Canistota, Freeman, Hanson, Howard, Irene-Wakonda, McCrossan, Menno, ViborgHurley. Western Great Plains Conference Meet

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Participating teams: Andes Central/Dakota Christian, Bon Homme, Ethan/Parkston, Mitchell Christian, PlatteGeddes, Tripp-Delmont/Armour, Wagner.

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2 p.m. (field) / 3 p.m. (running) at Parkston

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Twins’ biggest threat to three-peat in AL Central resides in Chicago the division, largely on the strength of their lineup — even with the recent injury to left fielder Eloy Jimenez — and the front of their pitching rotation led by Lucas Giolito, Dallas Keuchel and Lance Lynn. But he believes the Twins will be right there with them, earning a wild-card playoff berth. To repeat, the Twins will need to have success against the rest of their division, of course. They were 23-17 against their division last season, a division that likely is stronger this year. Chicago’s additions include former Twins Lynn and Liam Hendriks. The Royals grabbed Carlos Santana in free agency and Andrew Benintendi in a trade, among other moves. The Tigers’ promising young pitchers, like 2018 first-overall draft pick Casey Mize, have a year more experience. Cleveland may have taken a step back, dealing Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco after trading Mike Clevinger last season, but still should have a strong staff led by Cy Young Award winner Shane Bieber. “No matter who we’re playing in the American League Central, every single team in the Central has played us tough. You have to show up and you have to play well no matter who you’re playing,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “… Truthfully, all five teams might be ready to go out there and win a lot of games this year. That’s really the way we’re going to prepare for this.”

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AL Central preview capsules

CHICAGO WHITE SOX 2020 record: 35-25 (tied for second in AL Central) 2021 Opening Day starter: Lucas Giolito (4-3, 3.48 ERA last season) Key additions: RHP Liam Hendriks, RHP Lance Lynn, OF Adam Eaton Noteworthy losses: DH Edwin Encarnacion, LHP Gio Gonzalez, OF Nomar Mazara What’s new: Adding veteran Lynn helps bolster the rotation, which was already dominant, and the lineup is even more dangerous than it was last year with the addition of Eaton’s contact bat. Worth watching: The White Sox young stars are looking to grab some headlines from the Cubs to become Chicago’s team of 2021. Who’s next: 1B Andrew Vaughn has natural power and has the potential (when he gets the chance) to hit .300 and 30 HR at the next level.

CLEVELAND INDIANS 2020 record: 35-25 (tied for second in AL Central) 2021 Opening Day starter: Shane Bieber (8-1, 1.63 ERA last season) Key additions: SS Amed Rosario, OF Eddie Rosario Noteworthy losses: SS Francisco Lindor, RHP Carlos Carrasco, LHP Brad Hand, 1B Carlos Santana, OF Domingo Santana What’s new: After trading away the face of the franchise, Francisco Lindor, the organization appears to be rebuilding around ace Shane Bieber. Worth watching: Bieber could become one of few pitchers to ever win back-to-back CY Young awards. Who’s next: 3B Nolan Jones has great vision and above-average bat speed and power from the left side of the plate.

DETROIT TIGERS

2021 Opening Day starter: Matthew Boyd (3-7, 6.71 ERA last season) Key additions: OF Robbie Grossman, C Wilson Ramos, RHP Jose Urena, OF Nomar Mazara Noteworthy losses: INF Brandon Dixon What’s new: The team will have top prospects all over the field and it looks like a bright future ahead. Worth watching: Top prospects coming up throughout the season learning from veteran Miguel Cabrera (who needs 13 HRs to reach 500) could make a huge impact on the club’s future. Who’s next: 3B Spencer Torkelson is a right-handed pure power hitter who looks like he eventually could hit 40+ HR a season in the bigs.

KANSAS CITY ROYALS 2020 record: 26-34 (fourth in AL Central) 2021 Opening Day starter: Brad Keller (5-3, 2.47 ERA last season) Key additions: 1B Carlos Santana, OF Andrew Benintendi Noteworthy losses: OF Alex Gordon, RHP Ian Kennedy, 3B Maikel Franco What’s new: Long-time Royal Alex Gordon retired, and to fill the void they signed Carlos Santana to help teach the young players.

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MINNESOTA TWINS 2020 record: 36-24 (First in AL Central) 2021 Opening Day starter: Kenta Maeda (6-1, 2.70 ERA last season) Key additions: SS Andrelton Simmons, LHP J.A. Happ, RHP Matt Shoemaker Noteworthy losses: OF Eddie Rosario, RHP Jake Odorizzi, LHP Rich Hill, INF Marwin Gonzalez What’s new: The focus was to bring in Simmons (moving Jorge Polanco to 2B) and bring back veteran power hitter Nelson Cruz, and that was exactly what they did. Worth watching: The Twins have been at the top of the league in homeruns over the past two seasons and that will likely continue. Who’s next: SS Royce Lewis is a former No. 1 overall pick (2017) and can show off all five tools on the field, despite his setback requiring ACL surgery in early March. Field Level Media

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2021 Spring Sports Preview

Saturday, April 10, 2021

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DWU spring sports report By Mitchell Republic

The Dakota Wesleyan University spring sports teams are already in action for the spring. Here’s a rundown of where things stand at the midway points of their seasons:

BASEBALL After a tough month of March, DWU’s baseball team is looking to get back on track during the conference schedule. As of April 7, the Tigers stand at 10-13 and 4-8 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. Charlie Dubanoski, a former Augustana University player and University of Sioux Falls assistant coach, is leading the Tigers in his first year as coach. “The vision here is to bring in quality student-athletes that out-work everybody. That’s what I’d like to see,” Dubanoski said when he was hired. “We’re playing the game the right way, and we’re going to work hard from first pitch to last pitch.” As a team, DWU is allowing an earned-run average of 6.45 — which ranks ninth out of 11 GPAC teams — and opponents are hitting .335 against DWU pitching. Ethan Davis ranks in the top-20 nationally in fewest walks allowed per nine innings, allowing just four walks and striking out 24 in his first five starts. He leads the team in innings pitched, followed by Jared Jones, who has 23 strikeouts in 30 innings and Patrick Starr has thrown 24 innings. All three pitchers are seniors. The Tigers rank No. 1 in the conference in fielding percentage at .963, with just 24 errors in the team’s first 23 games. On offense, senior Drew DeMers, a native of Winner, leads the team in hitting among qualified batters, at .351, while Cameron Quigley is hitting .343 with a team-best 23 runs scored and an on-base percentage of .500. Luke LeMay has a team-best 17 RBIs and Daulton Wilcoxen leads the team with three home runs. Starting April 24, eight of the final 10 regular-season games are scheduled to be played at home for DWU, capped with doubleheaders against Mount Marty on May 1 and Concordia (Neb.) on May 2. The GPAC championship will be held May 6-8 with eight teams playing a double-elimination tournament in two, four-team pods at the high seeds. The pod winners will advance to a nine-inning, winner-take-all GPAC championship game on May 11.

SOFTBALL The start to the Dakota Wesleyan University softball season in 2021 — the first for new head coach Derek Lien — has been defined by difficult times in the pitching circle. As of April 7, the Tigers, who had an 8-14 record but lost their first six GPAC games, had an earned-run average of 7.20, which ranked 171st out of 189 programs in NAIA softball. Opponents were hitting .390 against DWU pitching, which ranked 180th in the country. The other aspects of DWU’s game are pulling their weight. The Tigers are hitting .301 as a team and ranks in the top-50 nationally in runs scored per game at nearly 6 runs. Defensively, DWU ranks in the top-third nationally in fielding percentage and fewest errors allowed per game. The team is also among the nation’s most aggressive on the basepaths, ranking 21st in the country in steal attempts per game at more than 2.5 per contest and leading the GPAC in stolen bases per game (2.23). Alyssa Burke, a two-way player from Rapid City, leads the team in hitting at .370 with a team-best 22 stolen bases and 23 runs scored. Senior Alyssa Garcia is the team leader in runs batted in with 24, hitting .347. Garcia and Stephanie Gabel, a Harrisburg grad who has herself hit .351, each lead the

(Matt Gade / Republic) Dakota Wesleyan University’s Carter Gullickson goes for the double play throwing to first after recording the out at second on Dakota State University’s Alec Gannon as teammate Seth Christiansen looks on during a game at Cadwell Park.

team with three home runs each. Burke is also the team leader in earned-run average at 5.21 runs per game but the pitching staff as a whole is allowing a 7.20 ERA. Devaney Ferris, Kyllie Ramirez and Meghan Daffern have each pitched at least 24 innings as well. Lien is in his first year as the Tigers coach after being an assistant coach and pitching coach in 2020 prior to the season being cut short by COVID-19. Former coach Ed Kieff retired in June 2020, with Lien getting the appointment a month later. The Tigers play their first home games of the season in the month of April, including a planned eight-game homestand from April 8-17. The home season is scheduled to conclude with a May 1 doubleheader vs. the College of St. Mary. The top-eight teams in the regular-season standings advance to the double-elimination GPAC tournament, which is played in two, fourteam pods starting May 5. The pod winners play in a best-of-three championship series on May 8.

GOLF The spring golf seasons are ramping up for the DWU men’s and women’s teams. For the DWU women, the Tigers are in third place after the two rounds of fall GPAC qualifier play with a team score of 720. Morningside is first with a score of 629, followed by Jamestown with 715. Individually, junior Megan Hinker, of Lennox,

stands in fourth place with a score of 164, 10 shots off the individual lead. Winner native and junior Ronae Klein is 17th (183), Mitchell native Ashley Zimmer is 22nd (187) and Kaitlyn Greenhoff, of Dell Rapids, is 27th (190). On the men’s side, sophomore Devan Weelborg, of Bryant, posted a third-place finish in the Prairie Dunes Collegiate Invite in an eight-team competition on April 5 at the legendary Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kansas, including an opening day round of 73. Jackson, Minnesota native and freshman Jack Brinkman finished ninth in the field and Mitchell native Cade Carpenter finished 16th at Prairie Dunes. DWU’s men’s team finished the GPAC fall qualifier tied for seventh with a score of 635 at Indian Creek Golf Course in suburban Omaha in September. Morningside was first with a two-day team score of 586, with Doane (607), Northwestern (610) and Midland (613) within six shots of each other for second-through-fourth positions. Weelborg was tied for ninth on the fall GPAC individual leaderboard (151), including an even-par round of 72 on the second day. Carpenter is 16th (155), with Brinkman in 33rd (164) and Payton Phares in 35th place (165). The GPAC golf championships will conclude on April 23-24 for the women at Bent Tree Golf Club in Council Bluffs, Iowa, while the men’s championship will be held at Dakota Dunes Country Club in Dakota Dunes, S.D. on April 26-27.

TRACK AND FIELD Paced by its top field event performers, Dakota Wesleyan University’s athletes are in the stretch run of the spring outdoor track and field season. Lydia Gerber is the conference leader in the women’s triple jump following a leap of 36 feet, 9 inches at the USD Early Bird meet on April 3. As of April 8, she ranks 23rd in the country in the event. Gerber was an All-American during the NAIA indoor meet this year with a personal-best 38-foot triple jump that was good for seventh place. Morgan Taft, who continues to rewrite DWU’s women’s hammer throw record books, ranks No. 6 in the conference. Her personal best is 152 feet, 10 inches from the USD Early Bird meet on April 3, which is 22nd nationally. On the men’s side, senior Caden Milmine has the GPAC’s second-best shot put toss of the season, measuring at 53 feet, 3 3/4 inches at the Dordt Invite on April 1. The throw ranks No. 9 nationally and met the NAIA A-qualifying standard. Milmine is coming off earning All-American honors during the indoor indoor season, where he was fifth in the shot put. Led by DWU coach Jamen Helton, the Tigers are scheduled to be in action every weekend in April and May. The GPAC championship meet will be held April 30-May 1 at Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska. The NAIA championship meet is May 26-28 in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

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