Mitzel scores as Team South Dakota wins

Rapid City’s Brooks Mitzel scored for Team South Dakota at the U16 National Hockey Tournament in Troy, Mich., on Wednesday as they defeated the Greensboro (N.C.) Stars 4-2.

Mitzel scored in the second period on an assist from Sioux Falls’ Lucas Mutschelknaus. Spencer Riddle, Skyler Sutton and Jacob Cersosimo also scored for Team South Dakota, which outshot the North Carolina team 31-25.

“The boys started off shaky but once we shook the nerves and the rust they came together to pull off the win,” South Dakota coach Mac Blais said. “We had strong goaltending from Spencer Mannes (Sioux Falls), who put us on his back a few times to earn the win.”

Custer hosting free 3-on-3 tourney

The Custer County Hornets and Wildcats are hosting their first annual 3-on-3 basketball tourney Friday at 6 p.m. at the Junior-Senior High School Gymnasium in Custer.

Players have to be at least 18 years of age and teams can be co-ed. The tournament is free.

Players can’t play for more than one team and the first team to 21 points wins. All baskets are worth one point. It is a double elimination tournament and there are awards for the top three teams.

Call Seth Ornelas at 605-484-9815, Brian Lintz at 605-545-0502 or Alan Webster 605-673-2545 for more information.

DMA Open coming to civic center

Dynamic Martial Arts will host the DMA Open on April 27 at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. Competitiors can choose from Kata, sparring and/or grappling competition. Whether you're a beginner or an advanced martial artist, young or old, you don't want to miss this event.

For more information, contact Josh Usera at 605-431-0389.

Rotert slated to wrestle for Team USA

Spearfish’s Nate Rotert was selected by USA Wrestling Magazine to represent Team USA at the 16th Annual Dream Team Classic on April 20th.

The format pits a select dual team of the best high school wrestlers from around the country against the best from a different state each year. The dual this year will be against Team Illinois at Elmhurst College outside Chicago.

Rotert, a South Dakota State commit, will wrestle at 220 pounds for Team USA.

BH athletes earn academic honors

The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference released the 2012-13 Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track & Field All-Academic teams and 18 Black Hills State athletes were honored.

There were nine women and nine men who made the list that requires student-athletes to have a grade point average of 3.30 or better and completed two consecutive semesters or three quarters at their current intuitions prior to track and field season beginning.

Senior distance runner, Erin Curran, who earned a 3.99 GPA in Exercise Science, and junior distance runner Mitch Kraft, who has a 3.86 GPA in Environmental Science/Business Management, both were selected with RMAC First Team All-Academic honors.

The other eight Yellow Jacket women who made the RMAC all-academic honor roll, with their GPA and majors included are Erica Gajda (3.90 History), Trisha Koch (3.79 Chemistry/Pre-Med), Rebecca Ellis (3.74 Business), Courtney Gross (3.74 English), Anna Yanchek (3.73 Physics/Pre-Med), Shelby Tollefson (3.73 Business), Kristin Rath (3.70 Organic Chemistry), and Rachel Hellekson (3.49 Chemistry/Pre-Med).

The other BHSU men who made the honor roll include: Justin Bergeson (3.84 History), Chase Vogel (3.82 Business Finance), Mark Wilcox (3.78 Physics/Pre-Med), Baker Diede (3.54 Business), Evan Strand (3.47 Education), Laine Parish (3.41 Creative Writing), Eric Chilson (3.36 Sociology), and John Erdahl (3.32 Physics).

Cavaliers drop Stevens for second win

St. Thomas More rapped out 10 hits in support of winning pitcher Lincoln Feist to drop Rapid City Stevens 8-3 on Tuesday night in high school baseball action at McKeague Field.

Landon Kudrna led the attack for More (2-1 overall) with two hits and three RBI, while Dominic Bradford and David Rinehart each chipped in with two hits as well.

The Cavaliers will head to Platte on Sunday to take on Platte and South Central in a doubleheader.

Stevens (0-2 overall) will host Brandon Valley on Saturday in a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m.                 

                                                                   -- Journal staff

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