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Fourteen-year-olds Tessa Bitterman and Tevyn Wadell and 11-year-olds Ethan Huber and Cailey Scott, all of the Mitchell Aquatic Club, are joining other top swimmers from South Dakota to compete in the Midwest All-Stars Invitational Saturday and Sunday in Lawrence, Kan. "They are all very talented to be going to a meet like this," Mitchell Aquatic Club coach Kyle Margheim said.
MURDO -- In 1969, Richard Nixon was inaugurated, the United States put a man on the moon and the Murdo Invitational was created. Forty-five years later, the invitational is the longest running annual basketball invitational in the state. The tournament, which starts today and runs through Saturday, is now named the Jones County Invitational after Murdo and Draper high schools merged to form Jones County High School. Despite that change, the tournament still takes place in the Murdo City Auditorium. "This tournament is special," Jones County High School Athletic Director Larry Ball said.
Points were hard to come by for the Mitchell Christian boys' basketball team Tuesday night. The Eagles scored 14 points in the first half and just four points in the third quarter en route to losing their sixth game of the season to Corsica/Stickney 73-31 at Mitchell Christian School. "We came out kind of slow, and of course we had a really hard game last night over in Canistota," Mitchell Christian coach Dennis Martin said, referring to Monday's loss to the Hawks. "We knew it was going to be another tough one, and we were a little flat coming out.
The Mitchell boys' basketball team came out fast, but that didn't halt Aberdeen Central. The Kernels took a 10-point lead in the first quarter, but the Aberdeen Eagles slowly, but surely, crept back into the Eastern South Dakota Conference game before winning it 62-52 Saturday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. The Kernels jumped out to a 15-5 lead in the early stages of the first quarter. Aided by the dribble drive, the Kernel offense was firing on all cylinders and held an eight-point lead at the end of the first quarter.
After dropping a 46-27 dual to Yankton, Mitchell head coach Travis Carpenter said his team will go back to work. Mitchell is now 1-5 in head-to-head duals. "We didn't wrestle well, but that was the first match after Christmas and we'll move forward," Carpenter said. The Kernels got off to a rough start, dropping their first three matches to fall behind 15-0. "We lost of three of four matches we could've won, and that cost us the dual," Carpenter said.
PRESHO -- The biggest team at the Mid-Dakota Monster wrestling tournament won't step on a mat this weekend. Twenty-three wrestling teams are entered in this year's meet, which is in its 39th year of existence. But the largest, most important team is the group of volunteers that puts together one of the area's biggest regular-season tournaments of the year. Scattered all across the Lyman gymnasium Friday were volunteers who dedicate their time to help put together the tournament, which is a two-day affair and runs annually in Presho.
The Cornbelt Conference will have a new addition in football next season. Menno and Marion high schools will combine to create a new co-op and enter into a four-year agreement. On Jan. 9, the South Dakota High School Activities Association's board of directors will vote to approve the merger. "We have been actively trying to find someone to co-op with in football for the last two years," Marion Superintendent Adam Shaw said. "We called the schools around us, and it worked out that Menno was looking for a co-op.
WAGNER -- The Parkston wrestling team proved pins are critical to winning any dual. The Trojans won five matches by pin en route to winning the dual 46-22 Thursday in Wagner. "For the most part we wrestled pretty tough, but we have to keep improving," said Parkston head coach Jared Digmann, whose team is ranked No. 1 in the state. "In a dual meet, it's big to be able to get pins.
The time has finally come for all high school basketball games to have a shot clock. Yes, South Dakota Class A and B schools, this means you. At its truest essence, basketball is supposed to be a game of nonstop excitement. Of course over the years, the game created in Springfield, Mass., has evolved and morphed into a matchup of coaches' competitive wits. But for fans, no matter which way you slice it, we still enjoy the adrenaline rush we receive from watching the last two minutes of a close game.
SCOTLAND -- Many believe Scotland wrestler Dan Stibral's potential is unlimited. "If he keeps pushing himself, the sky is the limit," Scotland head coach Joe Walloch said. So far this season, the heavyweight has backed up his supporters' claims. Stibral is ranked fourth in Class B for his weight class, sporting 14 wins and only one loss. The sophomore's most recent wins came Saturday with three pins and a technical fall en route to winning the McCook Central/Montrose Invitational championship at heavyweight.