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Mitchell is GPAC pitcher of week

SIOUX CITY | Morningside College’s Richard Mitchell, a senior from Bakersfield, Calif., has been named the Great Plains Athletic Conference’s baseball pitcher of the week.

Mitchell was the winning pitcher when Morningside defeated 14th-ranked The Masters 4-1 on March 5 in Santa Clarita, Calif. He allowed only one run on three hits in 5 2/3 innings, walking two while striking out one.

Mitchell has a 2-1 record with a 2.55 ERA over his first three starts of the season.

Northwestern’s Martin cited by GPAC

ORANGE CITY, Iowa | Northwestern College’s Matt Martin has been named the Great Plains Athletic Conference baseball player of the week.

A senior from Farmington, New Mexico, Martin hit .545 to lead the Red Raiders in Tucson, Arizona, last week. Among Martin’s 12 hits were six extra-base hits, including two home runs. He scored seven runs and also recorded 11 RBIs.

USD’s Mooney named to district team

VERMILLION, S.D. | University of South Dakota junior Matt Mooney won first-team All-District 12 honors for the second straight season from the National Association of Basketball Coaches, which made its announcement Tuesday.

Mooney, a native of Wauconda, Illinois, led South Dakota and ranked fourth in the Summit League with an 18.6 scoring average. A 45.4 percent shooter, he made 74 3-point field goals and also ranked second in the Summit League with 67 steals.

Heading into tonight’s College Basketball Invitational game at USD’s Sanford Coyote Sports Center against North Texas, Mooney has tallied 615 points this season. He has scored 30 or more points on five different occasions, including a career-best 33 points against South Dakota State on Feb. 22.

Allen wins state archery title

DES MOINES | Ridge View High School’s Cassie Allen won the individual 3D championship in the female division during last Saturday’s state archery tournament.

Allen’s road to the championship was as intense as it gets in competitive archery. After shooting a personal-best 286 earlier on Saturday, she shot a tournament-best 293 in 3D in the afternoon. Her name remained at the top of the leaderboard until mid-afternoon when Makenna Hewitt of Prairie Point High School in Cedar Rapids also scored a 293.

Allen and Hewitt were tied for the state championship with four flights (192 shooters) to go and would shoot off in a one-on-one match of five arrows each. Allen won the state title with 48 of a possible 50 points while Hewitt scored a 44 as her grouping drifted a bit too far to the right.

Lawton-Bronson’s Adam Larson won the individual 3D championship in the male division while Sergeant Bluff-Luton’s high school team was the state runner-up in Bullseye.

Sioux City represented at Mid-Winter Special Olympics

IOWA CITY, Iowa | Sioux City Knights delegation of Special Olympics Iowa was represented by 130 athletes participating in 14 sports at the state level who competed at the Mid-Winter Special Olympic Games in Iowa City March 9-10.

Senior 5 on 5 Basketball and Junior 5 on 5 Unified Basketball each received gold medals. Members of the Senior group were Amanda Bride, Billy Habermann, Anthony Hinners, Miguel McNaughton, Cody Privett, Preston Stevens and Mark Van Tyl. The Junior team consisted of Tabitha Blatchford, Toria Megill, Matthew Merritt, Anoli Quezada-Smith, Christina Rasmussen, Eric Rasmussen and Natalie Rasmussen.

Jessica Copple was among the members of the gold-medal winning unified cheer team along with Latasha Greene, Teresa Reynolds, Kim Woodbury, Brianna Norris, Selena Pena, Cherish Reynolds and Sara Crimms. Britany Belden was one of the silver-medal winning dance team members along with Jennifer Jacobsma, Chelsea Paxson, Shelly Weigand, Kiley Carlson, Tasha Conklin and Desiree Peterson.

Braeden Loghry received a gold medal in Basketball Skills while Mitchell Betsworth received two gold medals in Powerlifting. Coming through with a gold and a silver in Powerlifting were Cari Davis and Austin Padgett while Josh Davis won a gold and a bronze.


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