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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.
The Mitchell Aquatic Club will take 12 girls to the Chamberlain Invitational swim meet Saturday in Chamberlain. MAC coach Kyle Margheim said this is the first time he can remember ever having all girls competing at the invitational in his three years of coaching the team, as no MAC boys will participate. "There are boys' events at Chamberlain, but it is just coincidence that only girls signed up for this meet for us," Margheim said. "I set the schedule and I tell the swimmers and their families what meets I think are good for them.
Golfers of all ages are welcome to Lakeview Golf Course, Mitchell, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The Mitchell Post 18 Legion baseball team flexed its offensive muscles to keep its record perfect this season. Mitchell beat Sioux Falls West 19-9 Tuesday at Cadwell Park. The game was called in the bottom of the eighth due to the 10-run rule. "This is only our third or fourth time we have swung BBCOR bats (this year), and it looked like we have been swinging with them for a while," said Mitchell coach Luke Norden, whose team is 8-0 this year.
VERMILLION -- Cody Snyder is headed to the big stage, but he still is keeping his hometown on his mind. The junior at the University of South Dakota and Lake Andes native is headed to the national track and field meet this week to compete in discus. He became the first male USD track athlete to qualify for the NCAA Division I outdoor track and field championships at the end of May. The national meet starts Wednesday in Eugene, Ore., and runs through Saturday. He is one of five Coyote athletes to qualify this year. The other four USD athletes competing are females.
WINNER -- Excitement oozed from the face of 17-year-old Colome High School student Rylee Jo Rutten as she dismounted her horse Saturday in Winner. Rutten just finished the team roping event with her partner Moriah Glaus, the pair recorded a no time, but Rutten's happiness was not shaken. A few short minutes earlier she took first place in the breakaway roping competition at the Winner High School Rodeo for the first time. "It feels really good," Rutten said.
On May 15 and 16, Drake Field at Cadwell Park was re-sodded for the first time since 2010. Chuck Jones, the city's sports complex division supervisor, said a crew of nine workers, three full-time and six part-time, re-sodded the entire perimeter of the infield, around the plate and the mound, as well as taking out the lips that formed from the wear and tear on the field. "Usually we try to do it every year," Jones said. "But sometimes it gets away from us for a couple of years because of usage or because we don't have the time. ...