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Skoglund seeing improvement

Mitchell High School’s Jaron Weich, who will be a senior this fall, goes up for a shot during a boys basketball game last season. (Sean Ryan/Republic)

With a year under his belt, Erik Skoglund is ready to get work done in the gym during the summer.

Skoglund, who will begin his second year with the Mitchell High School boys basketball program in the fall, was unable to work alongside the Kernels last summer as his family was making the move from Spearfish to Mitchell. This season, however, the head coach wants to make strides before the season begins.

In June, he is hosting Skoglund Basketball Academy, which has allowed his varsity- and subvarsity-level players improve their skills.

"We are so much better right now in the middle of June than we were at the end of February due to the maturity of the kids," Skoglund said.

He added the academy has helped the incoming freshman adjust to the high school level of play.

"It's eye-opening for those who are coming in and working out with upperclassmen," Skoglund said. "It's really good for them."

Mitchell graduated four players from last year's 1-21 team. Skoglund said many of the returning players are playing this summer, including starter Beau Brown, who is playing AAU basketball with the Dakota Schoolers.

Skoglund added his players are involved in other activities but are working hard to improve their play.

"Our group of kids are multi-sport athletes," he said. "A lot of the players are lifting every morning to make themselves better in every sport they compete in. We're trying to squeeze our basketball in when we can to help MHS athletics."

The Kernels competed in the Cornbelt varsity team camp last week in Mitchell. Skoglund added the Kernels have had to cancel other team camps because his athletes are competing in baseball and other athletic camps this summer.

"That's what summer is about," he said. "You want to be upset not taking a team, but it's good that they're involved in other things. We support all of our multi-sport athletes."

Brooke Cersosimo
Brooke Cersosimo is The Daily Republic's sports editor.