OUR VIEW: Week in review: the best, the worstHisses and cheers for basketball stars, cheerleaders, grass fires, show choir performers and historic plaques.
CHEERS to the Mitchell High School girls’ basketball team, which won the state Class AA title earlier this month with a 56-54 win over Sioux Falls Washington. The squad finished the season 24-1 and gave a jolt to a program that had been the best in the state a decade ago but had fallen on some hard times in the years since. Anyone who didn’t get a chance to see this year’s team truly missed out, but the good news is that the program will only see one player graduate this spring. And we also offer hearty congratulations to coach Wes Morgan, a hometown basketball star in his own right who guided the team to this year’s high place of honor.
CHEERS to the Mitchell Friend de Coup show choir, which performed throughout last week at its annual dinner theater. The choir had another outstanding season crisscrossing the Midwest this year. These kids put in a tremendous amount of work and their efforts are commendable indeed.
HISSES to springtime grass fires that have been a plague throughout South Dakota this year. This region received a bit of rain last week, but we worry that it wasn’t enough to thoroughly quench the dry earth and ease concerns about wildfires. It’s a rather depressing way to start spring, and we suppose we’re left with only two options: 1) Hope for rain in the coming days and weeks, and 2) urge everyone to use common sense and caution when they’re out on this region’s prairies and highways.
CHEERS to the new plaques that have been erected on Main Street. The markers give information about past Corn Palace sites and will be useful for tourists who stroll along Main Street. In fact, they’re interesting even to those of us who have lived here for years.
CHEERS to the Mitchell High School boys’ basketball cheerleaders, who received the coveted Spirit of Six award at the recent Class AA boys’ tournament. With all eight cheer squads circling the court during halftime of the state championship game, the public-address man traditionally pauses to let the drama build during a brief moment of silence. When he broke that tense silence by announcing that MHS won this year’s award, the huge Mitchell contingent erupted with a violent cheer that really was worth the trip to Rapid City.