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Dakota Wesleyan University has a rare gem and her name is Nicole Court-Menendez. Court-Menendez just finished a freshman season, which saw her earn NAIA track All-American honors in both the indoor and outdoor seasons, qualify for Penn Relays and finish seventh at the U.S.
The Mitchell Post 18 Legion baseball team didn't have an offensive explosion Tuesday night against Brandon Valley, but it didn't need to because pitcher Kirby Fuerst was on fire. Fuerst pitched a complete game shutout to help Post 18 defeat Brandon Valley 2-0 in the final game of a tripleheader at Cadwell Park in Mitchell. Post 18 played the first and last game, while Aberdeen and Brandon Valley faced off in the second. "Defensively, they had some hard hit balls in the first couple innings and our outfield played well," Mitchell baseball coach Luke Norden said.
The Mitchell Venom 18-and-under fastpitch softball team has only practiced one time this summer. That hasn't stopped the squad from winning. The 18U team currently has a record of 16-2-2 and has won each of the tournaments it has played in this summer. The Venom's only losses have come from the Sioux Falls Dirt Devils and the Sioux Falls Blades, while the two ties came from the Yankton Spitfire and the Sioux Falls Flash. "The older these girls get, it becomes more difficult to find time for them to practice," Mitchell Venom head coach Jeff McEntee said.
For four innings Monday, Mitchell starter Matt Larson was unhittable. Literally, the Post 18 pitcher did not give up any hits and walked two batters. Despite the blazing start, Larson did not come away with a win, but the Mitchell Post 18 Legion team did as it beat Gillette, Wyo., 4-3 at Cadwell Park in Mitchell. "We pitched the ball really well, it was unfortunate that we had a couple of miscues," Mitchell baseball coach Luke Norden said.
Joe Schlimgen has been playing and watching baseball in South Dakota since the 1960s. Schlimgen played for the Mitchell Legion team more than 50 years ago and has been an umpire of American Legion baseball games in the state for the last 26 years. He's seen baseball change in many aspects with one in particular. Schlimgen said the amount of kids and teams that play Legion has declined a bit in all the years he has been involved with Legion. He said the reason things have changed has a lot to do with money.
When the search for the new Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball coach started there were 122 official applicants, today only four remain. DWU athletic Director Curt Hart did not release the names of the final four candidates.
WAGNER -- It's been a long time coming, but Miles Kreeger has finally qualified for the South Dakota High School Rodeo State Finals. The recent graduate of Wagner High School has come close to qualifying for the state rodeo finals three times but has come up short. But that all changed on June 2 when Kreeger, 18, took first place in the saddle bronc riding competition with a score of 63 at the Huron High School Regional Rodeo, which is apart of the east region. "It felt pretty good to get qualified," Kreeger said.
WINNER -- Kelly Duffy and Broc Stout are not family. They don't race on the same team. They don't ride to races together. But one commonality is a super stock race car, which the two Winner natives have been sharing this year. The two share the car on a week-to-week basis as they race at the Dakota State Fair Speedway in Huron. "We decided we were going to buy a super stock at the end of the year last season," Stout said.
In comparing this year to last year, Mitchell's golf course officials prefer a drought to a wet season. Saturday, Mitchell received 1.12 inches of rain, giving Lakeview and Wild Oak -- the city's two courses -- another tough day for players hitting the tees. While this year the area has received several days of precipitation and anything but good golfing weather, last year's summer was abnormally dry, providing mostly nice days on the course. Wild Oak Director of Operations Dave Backlund Jr.
Mitchell native Jeff Culhane almost missed his opportunity to work for the largest university in the state of Nebraska. The long hours of the journalism industry began to take a toll on him, but just before he could bow out of the field he loves, he received a call that would take him away from South Dakota. In 2007, the call came from Lane Grindle, a friend Culhane met while working at an ESPN radio affiliate in Yankton, which was owned by his uncle Kevin Culhane.