Harrisburg is expanding the Eastern South Dakota Conference.
On Monday night, the Harrisburg school board unanimously accepted and approved the invitation to join the ESD Conference, beginning in the 2013-14 school year. The school will be a member of the conference in all sports.
While it remains for an official vote to be taken on the issue, Mitchell Activities Director Geoff Gross told the Mitchell Board of Education on Monday that an expansion of the Eastern South Dakota Athletic Conference is unlikely, with or without Mitchell’s vote.
BRANDON — Brandon Valley High School Activities Director, Randy Marso, confirmed during a phone interview Monday afternoon that the formation of the new Metro Conference would not affect the Eastern South Dakota Conference.
A new Metro Conference beginning in 2013-14 would have no affect on Mitchell High School’s athletic schedules, the school’s activities director, Geoff Gross, said Friday.
The creation of the Metro Conference, which in principle would include current Eastern South Dakota Conference member Brandon Valley and the four Sioux Falls high schools, will eliminate the Greater Dakota Conference.
“The only thing I know is that Brandon has been approached by all four Sioux Falls schools,” Gross said. “Other than that, Brandon has told us as ESD members that if they join this new conference, it wouldn’t affect scheduling at all.”
PIERRE — Mitchell sophomores Justin and Jason Greenway shined bright at the Eastern South Dakota Conference track and field meet Saturday in Pierre.
The twin brothers combined for three individual conference championships to lead the Kernels’ boys to a seventh-place team finish out of eight teams. Mitchell finished with 53 team points, just four points behind fifth-place finishers Brookings and Aberdeen Central.
Watertown won the team competition with 154 points, Pierre took second with 108, Brandon Valley was third with 81 and Yankton was fourth with 77. Huron took eighth with 2 points.
YANKTON — Mitchell seventh-grader Jacob Cersosimo took second Friday to lead the Kernels at the Eastern South Dakota Conference meet in Yankton.
Cersosimo, Mitchell’s No. 6 singles player, picked up a 10-7 win over Watertown senior Greg Jensen in the semifinals before falling 10-4 to Yankton’s Lucas Rockne in the championship match.
Mitchell coach Geoff Gross has high hopes for today’s Eastern South Dakota Conference track and field meet.
The Kernels will travel to Pierre for the ESD meet today with competition beginning at 11:30 a.m., and Gross believes his team has a number of individuals — and relays — with a chance to post solid finishes.
Mitchell boys’ tennis coach Gayle Klein usually puts forth a goal for her team to finish at the Eastern South Dakota Conference and state meets better than the previous year.
For a young group like the Kernels are this season, last year’s third-place finish at ESD — which was their best showing since 1999 — will be tough to match and almost impossible to better.
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