Nick Robinson scored three touchdowns including the go-ahead score with 15 seconds to play to give Mitchell a 35 to 28 win at Sturgis in the quarterfinal round of the high school football playoffs Thursday night. Robinson set up his own heroics by recovering a Sturgis fumble with the game tied 28-28 and with a little more than a minute to play. Sturgis led 20-7 midway through the second quarter. Robinson had 69 yards and three touchdowns on 10 attempts, while Phillips ran for 107 yards on 16 carries. Austin Kerr finished 6 of 10 passing for 153 yards, one touchdown and an interception, while also rushing for 77 yards on 13 carries. Mitchell (5-5) will travel to No. 1 Pierre on Friday for the Class 11AA semifinals after the Governors beat Spearfish 103-0. Second seed Brookings will host Huron in the other semifinal game in 11AA next Friday night. Brookings shut down Douglas 52-13 and Huron beat Yankton 21-6.
Chase Mason had three rushing touchdowns and threw for two more, while Angel Johnson added four scores to help top-seeded Viborg-Hurley advance past Platte-Geddes 66-20 in the Class 9AA semifinals. Viborg-Hurley (10-0) hosts Lemmon/McIntosh on Nov. 8. The Black Panthers finishes the season 4-6.
Brady Hawkins scored four touchdowns in three different ways and intercepted two passes as top-seeded Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan blanked Sioux Valley 33-0 in the Class 11B quarterfinals. The Seahawks (10-0) host McCook Central/Montrose on Nov. 8 in the Class 11B semifinals. McCook Central/Montrose racked up 523 yards and scored 29 unanswered points in a 37 to 8 win over Mobridge-Pollock.
Webster Area’s Coby Reetz ran for a game-winning 38-yard touchdown with 1 minute, 59 seconds remaining, as the Bearcats topped Mount Vernon/Plankinton 29 to 22 in a Class 11B quarterfinal game on Thursday. Jesse Hastings racked up 147 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries for the Titans. Webster will play Winner. The Warriors beat St. Thomas More 36-13.
A 30-point second quarter powered Canistota/Freeman past Wall 44 to 13 in a Class 9A quarterfinal game on Thursday in Freeman. Trey Ortman threw for 136 yards and three touchdowns, Tyce Ortman scored three total touchdowns and rushed for a team-high 86 yards. Canistota/Freeman (9-1) plays Sully Buttes in the semifinals on Nov. 8.
The Dakota Wesleyan University basketball teams play at NAIA Sanford Pentagon Classic this weekend in Sioux Falls. The Tigers face Dakota State Saturday night at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. DWU will play Presentation College Sunday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
The DWU Tiger volleyball team, 20-9 overall and 4-9 in the GPAC, hits the road for a pair of games this weekend against No. 24 Midland University at 3:00pm on Saturday in Fremont Nebraska and at No. 17 Concordia University at 3:00pm Sunday in Seward Nebraska. The Tigers will close the season at home against Morningside next week. The Tigers will need to win two out of three to have any hopes of earning a Top 8 finish and advancing to the GPAC Playoffs.
South Dakota State kicks off the second half of the Missouri Valley Football Conference schedule Saturday afternoon with a road trip to Missouri State. The Jackrabbits, ranked fourth in this week’s STATS FCS media poll and fifth by the Football Championship Subdivision coaches, are coming off their first league loss of the season — a 23-16 setback at the hands of top-ranked North Dakota State. SDSU is 6-2 overall and 3-1 in the MVFC. Missouri State enters Saturday’s game with a 1-6 overall record, including a 1-3 mark in the MVFC. The Bears will be playing their third highly ranked opponent in a row after dropping games at North Dakota State (22-0) and at home to Northern Iowa (29-6) the last two weeks. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. at Plaster Stadium in Springfield, Missouri. The Jackrabbit Pregame Show begins at 1 p.m. Saturday on KORN News Radio.
The USD football team, 3-5 overall and 2-2 the Missouri Valley, will be in Macomb, Illinois to pay winless Western Illinois. Kickoff will be at 1 p.m.
The Mitchell Kernel volleyball team, 4-20 overall, will be off until next week when they host Pierre on Tuesday and then close their regular season at Harrisburg next week Thursday. The Kernels should make the top 16 and play in the SoDak 16 on November 14th.
The South Dakota State women’s basketball team opens the 2019-20 regular season at Drake on November 8th. Tipoff is set of 6:00pm in Des Moines, Iowa.
The South Dakota State men’s basketball team opens the regular season Tuesday against UT Rio Grande Valley. Tipoff is set for 7:00pm inside Frost Arena in Brookings.
The USD Coyote men will tip-off on Saturday against Concordia/St. Paul at the Sanford Coyote Sports Center in Vermillion with tip-off slated for 6:00pm. The Coyote men will then head to Hawaii for three games November 8th-11th. The USD women will open on the road at Northeastern in Boston on Tuesday at 11:00am and then play at Green Bay on November 9th at 1:00pm. The home opener for the Coyote women will be November 13th against Drake at the SCSC with tip-off set for 7:00pm.
The Dakota Wesleyan University Tiger football team, 1-8 overall and 0-7 in the GPAC, has a bye this week and will end the season against Jamestown and Hastings on November 9th and 16th with both games at home at Joe Quintal.
The John Stiegelmeier Radio Show airs every Monday night from Cubby’s Sports Bar and Grill in downtown Brookings from 6:00pm to 7:00pm on KORN News Radio. The hour-long show, hosted by Tyler Merriam, can be heard on FM 101.3, AM 1490 and on-line at kornradio.com. The program airs LIVE throughout the season every Monday night. In addition to Coach Stig, guests will include other Jackrabbit football coaches and student-athletes all season.
Below are the pairings for the semifinal rounds of the prep football playoffs. All games will be played Friday, Nov. 8. Times and locations are to be determined.
No. 4 Sioux Falls O’Gorman (8-2) at No. 1 Sioux Falls Roosevelt (9-1)
No. 7 Sioux Falls Washington (4-6) at No. 3 Brandon Valley (8-2)
No. 5 Mitchell (5-5) at No. 1 Pierre (10-0)
No. 3 Huron (6-4) at No. 2 Brookings (9-1)
No. 8 West Central (4-6) at No. 4 Lennox (6-4)
No. 3 Canton (8-2) at No. 2 Tea Area (8-2)
No. 5 McCook Central/Montrose (9-1) at No. 1 Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan (10-0)
No. 3 Webster Area (10-0) at No. 2 Winner (10-0)
No. 4 Lemmon/McIntosh (9-1) at No. 1 Viborg-Hurley (10-0)
No. 3 Deuel (9-1) at No. 2 Bon Homme (9-1)
No. 4 Gregory (9-1) at No. 1 Britton-Hecla (9-0)
No. 3 Canistota/Freeman (9-1) at No. 2 Sully Buttes (10-0)
No. 4 Wolsey-Wessington (8-2) at No. 1 Colman-Egan (10-0)
No. 6 Herreid/Selby Area (8-2) at No. 2 Harding County (9-1)