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Seven Mitchell wrestlers place at national tourney

By The Daily Republic

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Seven Mitchell wrestlers placed at the Brute National Wrestling tournament over the weekend in Independence, Mo.

Joe VanOverschelde took first place in the 100-pound fourth-grade division. Also placing in the fourth-grade division were Noah Hill, Brandon Sparks and Brock Sparks taking third fourth and fifth, respectively at 75 pounds, while Tucker Vilhauer placed sixth at 80 pounds.

In the seventh-grade division, Cole Gehrke placed fifth at 104 pounds and Logan Sparks finished third at 111 pounds.

Minot State looks for new coach after Hoffner exit

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Minot State says the school is disappointed that football coach Todd Hoffner is returning to his old job in Minnesota.

Hoffner said Tuesday he will return to his coaching job at Minnesota State, Mankato after an arbitrator ruled he was wrongfully terminated.

SDSU’s Johnston to speak at Quarterback Club

By The Daily Republic

South Dakota State University women’s basketball coach Aaron Johnston is one of three special guests who will speak at the Quarterback Club meeting at 7:30 p.m. today at The Depot in Mitchell.

Also speaking from SDSU is senior associate athletic director Leon Costello. Dakota Wesleyan University football coach Ross Cimpl will also speak at the meeting.

Mitchell JV team wins 2 over SFW

By The Daily Republic

The Mitchell junior varsity baseball team won a pair of weather-shortened five inning games over Sioux Falls Washington, taking both games 5-4 Tuesday in Sioux Falls.

The Kernels won the second game on a walk off single in the bottom of the fifth by Logan Kurtenbach, who was 2-for-2 with a triple in the win. Elijah Pommer got the win on the mound, pitching the final two innings. He struck out five and did not allow a hit.

In the first game, Bryce Erickson got the win, pitching five innings, allowing three hits and striking out six.

The JV team 2-2 and plays a doubleheader against Sioux Falls O’Gorman at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Drake Field in Mitchell.

Tigers hand Mustangs first conference loss

By The Daily Republic

After dropping the first game of its doubleheader with Morningside 14-0, the Tigers exploded for 10 runs on 10 hits to earn a 10-1 victory and hand the Mustangs their first Great Plains Athletic Conference loss of the season.

“It felt really good to come out and play as well as we did in the second game,” DWU softball coach Ed Kieff said.

Catcher Hailey Unger, center fielder Danielle Klassen and shortstop Lindy Snook led DWU offensively. Unger was 3-for-3 in game two with a RBI. Klassen and Snook both finished the game 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Jill Dickson got the win in game two. She threw five innings, allowing one run and two hits.

DWU (16-12, 7-7) hosts Dordt in a conference doubleheader at 4 p.m. Tuesday at McWhirter Field.

Kernels finish in 11th at Yankton Invitational

By The Daily Republic

YANKTON — The Mitchell High School girls golf team finished 11th at the Yankton Invitational Tuesday at Fox Run.

Macy Miller shot a 90 to tie for 16th place. She was the highest Kernel finisher. Pierre’s Karissa Guthrie won the event after shooting a 79, while Sioux Falls O’Gorman’s Myla Brown shot an 81 to finish second. O’Gorman took the team title with a score of 336.

Allison Miller and Madison VanWalleghen each shot a 103, while Kylie Barington shot a 109 and Blair Overweg shot a 110.