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Mitchell native Mike Miller, an NBA player for the Miami Heat, seems to have found the fountain of youth recently. Miller recorded his second-highest point total of the season in the Heat's regular-season finale Wednesday. The 6-foot-8, 210-pound shooting guard recorded 21 points on 7-of-10 shooting, with six of those seven baskets coming from behind the three-point line. Miller's season-high this year was 26 points, which came 15 days ago against the Charlotte Bobcats.
For distance runners, there are differing opinions when discussing training in warm or cold weather. Mitchell Christian's Becca Glanzer prefers warmth, while Chamberlain's Anna Byers, Freeman's Rebecca Eberts and Hanson's Trey Persson prefer it to be a little chilly. No matter what the runners favor, recent weather hasn't given them much of a choice. "It's not really difficult to prepare in cold weather for me," said Byers, a sophomore from Chamberlain who ran in the 3,200- and 1,600-meter runs at state last year.
CHAMBERLAIN -- Chamberlain assistant track coach Becky Jensen said it's a beautiful sight to see Hudson Priebe glide over hurdles when he competes in his signature 110-meter event. Last year, as a sophomore, Priebe claimed his first individual track and field state championship when he won the 110-meter hurdles at the Class A meet in Rapid City. Priebe enters his junior season as the favorite in the 110 hurdles after claiming the title last year.
The backcourt of the Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team got a boost Tuesday. The Tigers, who finished 20-11 last season and missed out on the NAIA national basketball tournament, signed former Northern State basketball player Kelsey Little. "Kelsey is just an all-around good kid and we are excited to have her," DWU basketball coach Jason Christensen said. "We were actively recruiting her before she went to Northern.
SIOUX FALLS -- Basketball was very much a part of the Thune family household. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., his brothers, Rich, Bob and Tim and sister Karen all played basketball at Murdo High School. That love and passion for the game of basketball came from family patriarch Harold Thune. "I have four boys and a daughter who played the sport," Harold Thune said. "As a family it has been fun to enjoy the sport we love." The elder Thune, who is now 93 years old, starred at Murdo High School in the late 1930s before heading to the University of Minnesota to continue his basketball career.
SIOUX FALLS -- Retired Mitchell High School coach Gary Munsen wasn't nervous when he stepped to the podium to give his induction speech Saturday at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. After years of giving halftime speeches and talking to the media, the Kernels' former coach had no problem getting on stage in front of a room full of fellow inductees, along with their families and friends including his own, to discuss his time coaching at Mitchell High School. "I am kind of used to talking in front of crowds and people, although I haven't done it in about a year," Munsen said.
PLANKINTON -- Newly hired Nebraska Wesleyan University women's basketball coach Britni Fett already has one game highlighted on her schedule. On March 20, Fett, a Plankinton native, was announced as the new women's basketball coach at NWU. Growing up so close to Mitchell, the game Fett has marked on her schedule is her team's first matchup against Dakota Wesleyan University on Nov. 23. Fett takes over for Eric Jensen, who resigned at the end of the 2012-2013 season after the Prairie Wolves finished 3-22 overall and 1-19 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference.
PARKSTON -- Pressure is not a factor for Parkston High School golfer Sydney Bormann. Last spring as an eighth grader, Bormann hit a 13-foot putt in a sudden-death playoff to win the Class A state championship over Cassidy Vollmer and Schuyler Wetzel, both of Hot Springs. Bormann, now a freshman, said she doesn't feel any pressure to repeat her state championship performance from a year ago. "I just have to remember that it is a new year and that I have to continue to work hard," Bormann said.
Plankinton native Ryan Antaya says people are drawn to the hammer throw at track events. The hammer throw, which has been a part of the Summer Olympic Games since 1900, is a throwing event. "Hammer gets more attention than any of the other field events at the meets," said Antaya, who competes in the event for the Dakota Wesleyan University track and field team.
A committee looking to update the Mitchell High School weight room has collected about $28,000 on its way toward an overall fundraising goal of $140,000. That money, in addition to a $70,000 pledge from Avera Queen of Peace Hospital, has the overall total at about $98,000, committee chairman Mike Mohr said Tuesday. About two months ago, a group of Mitchell High School coaches and community members came together and decided the facility needed an update because most of the equipment in the room is 20 to 30 years old.