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Rapid City Central junior Maddi Avery, left, has signed to play soccer for the 2019 season at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa.

Hannah Hunsinger, Journal staff

Northwestern College (Orange City, Iowa) head women’s soccer coach Ben Karnish has announced that Maddi Avery of Rapid City Central has signed to compete for the school in the fall of 2019.

Avery is a 5-foot-6 forward who just completed her junior season this fall at Rapid City Central. Avery earned all-state honors after totaling 27 points, 11 goals and five assists, in leading her team to the state quarterfinals in the fall.

As a sophomore, Avery set a championship game record by scoring three goals and was named the championship game most valuable player on offense in winning the AA state title. She played a key role, registering five goals and three assists, for a state runner-up team as a freshman.

Heading into her final season next fall, Avery has scored 27 goals to go with 14 assists. Also a member of the Black Hills Rapids Club team, Avery plans to study elementary education at Northwestern.

“Maddi is a player that we have been recruiting for a long time and it will be hard to wait until 2019 for her time at NWC to actually happen,” said Karnish. “She is a very talented player who has a knack for scoring goals in big moments. Madeline will be a fun player to watch during her senior year at Central High School and even more fun while at Northwestern College.”

Men's College Basketball

Dalton scores 36, Wyoming beats San Diego St. in MW opener

LARAMIE, Wyo. — Hayden Dalton scored 19 of his career-high 36 points in the second half to help Wyoming beat San Diego State 82-69 on Wednesday night in the Mountain West Conference opener for both teams.

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Dalton made a career-best 11 free throws, grabbed 15 rebounds and had five assists. Cody Kelley hit four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points, both career highs, for Wyoming (10-4).

The game featured eight lead changes and three ties before Wyoming used a 10-0 run to take the lead, 56-50, for good with nearly 14 minutes to play. Jalen McDaniels hit a jumper to pull San Diego State within four points about a minute later, but Dalton scored 12 points during a 21-6 spurt that made it 80-61 with four minutes left.

Malik Pope had 21 points and nine rebounds for San Diego State (8-4). Devin Watson added 13 points and Matt Mitchell 11.

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