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Mitchell Christian junior Austin Bormann spends hours on his front lawn practicing his golf swing. The Stickney native strikes golf balls at his house because it’s tough to get to a course in Mitchell. While other kids around the area have the chance to have a set practice, Bormann doesn’t because he is the lone representative of the Mitchell Christian Golf team. “I actually live 30 miles away, so it is pretty hard to get on the golf course,” Bormann said, adding he practices at Lakeview Golf Course in Mitchell when he gets the chance.
RICHMOND, Va. — Former Dakota Wesleyan University quarterback Jon Bane’s dream of playing professional football has come true. Bane has signed to play with the Richmond Raiders, indoor professional football team in Richmond, Va. “I am really excited. It seems like a great opportunity to continue to play football,” Bane said Tuesday. “I want to use this as a stepping stone to try to move up and get to where I want to be.
SIOUX FALLS — Mitchell High School track coach Geoff Gross was proud of his team’s effort Saturday at Howard Wood Dakota Relays and with good reason. The Kernels recorded three top-eight finishes at the meet, including a seventh-place performance by Emma Schmidt and two third-places efforts from Ellie Rew and Abby Sudbeck. “It was good to see the girls compete today,” Gross said. “Abby is starting to strike her groove. Ellie nailed a hurdle hard in the 100 hurdles, she did that last year and wiped out, but this year she kept pushing through and finished third.
SIOUX FALLS — Wessington Springs athlete Jase Kraft gives it everything he has every time he steps on the track. Saturday was no different as the senior fell as he crossed the finish line for second place during the boys 1,600-meter run at the Howard Wood Dakota Relays. “Sometimes you have to lay it all on the line and see what happens,” Kraft said. “There is no atmosphere like Howard Wood.
SIOUX FALLS — Cody Snyder has made his mark at the Howard Wood Dakota Relays. The University of South Dakota senior and Andes Central graduate won the men’s discus for the third time Friday. Though a senior, Snyder is redshirting this year and competing unattached. This means he can still win events and qualify for the NCAA outdoor national championships, but his results do not count toward team points in competitions. Snyder reached the outdoor national championships last year in the discus and has plans on making it there again this season.
Brooke Steckelberg juggles school, work and motherhood, all for rodeoing for Mitchell Technical Institute. The Chamberlain native spent one year rodeoing for Black Hills State University and has spent the last two with MTI. “The most difficult thing is trying to manage all my time,” Steckelberg said. “It takes a lot of time to go to school, work, then train my horses and make sure they are in shape.
Mitchell High School senior Dylanger Pierson admits it was intimidating when his name was called to be in Mitchell Post 18 Legion team’s lineup for the first time last summer. Then a junior coming off his first spring season on varsity, Pierson knew he wanted to plant himself in the lineup for good. Pierson played in 44 games during the Legion season, hitting .305 with 10 doubles and 27 RBIs to firmly entrench himself in the middle of the Post 18 lineup.
As he stood in front of the crowd at the Mitchell quarterback club meeting, Wednesday at the Depot in Mitchell, University of South Dakota Athletic Director David Herbster was asked if he was in favor of paying student athletes. His answer was a quick and firm no. “The NCAA, in its essence, is an amateur organization and I guess I came up with the belief that the participation is voluntary,” Herbster said. “You have the right to choose where you want to go. To me the scholarship is your payment, it is your salary, it is no different than a student on a physics scholarship.
This is the best softball team Dakota Wesleyan University’s Ed Kieff has coached in his tenure. His team speaks for itself after its record-setting regular season. The Tigers are 20-16 overall and 11-9 in Great Plains Athletic Conference at the end of the regular season. DWU takes its best season in school history into the conference tournament, which starts Thursday in Hastings, Neb. Twenty wins in a season is a school record for the Tigers, with the previous record being 17 wins, which was set by the 2007 and 2011 softball teams.
FREEMAN — Due to low attendance and declining revenue, the Cornbelt Conference has decided to discontinue the girls and boys basketball Cornbelt Classic and the Cornbelt volleyball tournament. It was voted on by the conference’s athletic directors at their April meeting. The vote was 5-2 in favor of abolishing the tournaments.