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BURKE — Burke High School senior Sydney Benter is a golf course rat. The term is no different from a gym rat, which means someone who prefers to spend their time in the gym.
In two years of competition at the Parkston Girls Golf Classic, two different teams have claimed the title.
Growing up, Jill, Tyson and Brett Theeler heard stories of their father’s athletic exploits, but it wasn’t from him. Jack Theeler, of Mitchell, didn’t talk about his accomplishments on the hardwood, but preferred to work hard and focus on helping his kids reach their goals. But today, Jack gets his turn to take center stage at the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame banquet at 5:30 p.m.
Sixteen Mitchell area middle school wrestlers and five coaches will get the chance to flex their muscles against the nation’s best at the Lee Pamulak Middle School National Duals Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa. The duals are an AAU wrestling competition, which features teams from across the country, including Ohio, Iowa and Pennsylvania. The South Dakota Wrestling Coaches Association AAU Middle School Duals team has two squads going to the tournament.
Dakota Wesleyan University baseball coach Steve Gust wasn’t quite sure how his team was going to fill the void left at shortstop by Great Plains Athletic Conference player of the year Michael Lukkason. But Gust and the Tigers seem to have found an answer with freshman shortstop Ben Spitznagel. The Cincinatti, Ohio native has been a stalwart in the DWU lineup, batting .404, while stealing 18 bases through 30 games in 2014. “I thought he could be great, but I thought it would take a longer than it has,” Gust said. “I thought there would be a longer learning curve.
Lake Andes native and University of South Dakota thrower Cody Snyder won the discus at the USD Snowbird Saturday at Williams Field. The senior, who was competing unattached, won with a mark of 193 feet, 4 inches. Snyder is looking to finish his senior season strong after claiming the Summit League Indoor Championship in the men’s shot put in March.
SALEM — The sound a wood bat makes when it connects with a ball was abundant Saturday morning at the Canova Care Center. Both were welcome sights and sounds for Jordan Genzlinger and the 13 other McCook players, who took batting practice in the cage, fielded ground balls in the gym and threw outside Saturday. “I am pretty excited to be playing baseball,” Genzlinger said.
PARKSTON — The town of Parkston and the Sunshine League will have one fewer team than last year for the amateur baseball season because the Parkston Rock Bass will not...
They are big, they are small and they are deep — they are the 2014-15 Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball recruiting class. The class features 16 players, which is the largest recruiting class since coach Jason Christensen took over the program four years ago. The group includes 11 South Dakotans, seven of which are Mitchell area kids. “I know coach Christensen fairly well,” said Avon’s Chesney Nagel who chose Wesleyan over Northern State and Mount Marty. “He has done a couple of basketball camps at my school the last few years.
Four returning players will be counted on to lead the young Kernel baseball team from the mound. Derek Miller, Tyler Houwman, Aaron Sudbeck and Matt Larson all pitched in the lineup during last summer’s Legion baseball season. The Mitchell baseball team will look to that experience as the Kernels maneuver through the 2014 high school baseball season. “It is real helpful to have that depth in the pitching rotation this season,” Mitchell baseball coach Luke Norden said. “In the spring season, you don’t need as many arms as you do in the summer time.