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MHS inducting 3 individuals, 2 teams into Hall Saturday

The Mitchell High School Hall of Fame banquet will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at the County Fair Banquet Hall.

There are three individuals and two teams being inducted in the 2013 class.

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Marilyn (Wiblemo) Berry helped lead the Kernels to their first-ever state girls’ basketball tournament in 1975. She was recognized as the Eastern South Dakota Conference free-throw percentage champion and Mitchell took third at the state tournament. She was most known for her speed on the track and went on to compete in track and field at the University of South Dakota.

Paul Conrad accumulated a school-record 1,404 yards and 23 touchdowns during the 1971 football season. He led the Mitchell football team to a 7-1-1 record that year, and the Kernels claimed the mythical state title — as there was no playoff system set for football in South Dakota until 1981 — and finished second in the conference in losing to Yankton and tying to Pierre. Conrad also was a state champion in the shot put with a personal best of 60 feet, 1 inch. He played football at both Iowa State University and South Dakota State University.

Dean Jacobsen helped lead the Kernel boys’ football, basketball and track teams to ESD and state titles, including the 1984 ESD football, 1985 ESD and state basketball, 1985 ESD track and 1986 ESD and state basketball titles. In track, Jacobsen earned 11 state medals, winning two state titles — 1984 sprint medley relay and 1986 100-meter dash with a time of 10.92 seconds. Jacobsen went on to play college basketball at South Dakota State and has coached in the Viborg-Hurley area for more than 20 years.

The 1990 girls’ cross country team was the first Kernel girls’ athletic team to win a state championship. Coach Marcy Jones led the team to winning eight of its nine events that season, including the conference and state meets. Mitchell edged Rapid City Central 92 to 95 to claim the state title that season.

The 1990 girls’ basketball team followed the cross country team by claiming its own title a few weeks later under head coach Gary Munsen and assistant coach Paul Sterling. The Kernels went 22-2, losing to Huron twice that season. Mitchell defeated Yankton in the state championship 57-49.

Tickets are still available for the banquet, at $15 per person and can be purchased at the high school. For more information about reserving a seat, call 605-995-3034.