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The field for the 31st Annual Hanson Girls’ Corn Palace Classic is loaded. The classic, which begins 10 a.m. Saturday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, features six teams ranked in the South Dakota Sportswriters Association basketball poll and two that received votes. Hosting deep fields and top-tier matchups is becoming a normal occurrence for the Hanson Classic.
TABOR — Thirteen-year old Tabor native Bailey Kortan will represent the Minnesota Vikings in the National Football League’s Punt, Pass & Kick National Finals Saturday in Denver. Kortan, an eighth-grader at Bon Homme, is one of 40 athletes from across the country to compete in the event.
Mitchell Marlins hockey player Cole Koons has lifted weights for several years, but the junior defenseman said it is nice to have a team workout in the Mitchell High School weight room. “It is very helpful to be able to use the weight room,” Koons said. “It helps the team bond a little more.” Mitchell High School renovated its weight room over the summer, but questions loomed early in the school year about nonsanctioned sports teams — hockey, baseball, softball, etc.
FORESTBURG — Dominant is a word that can be used to describe the Sanborn Central/Woonsocket girls’ basketball team’s performance in its first four games, but the only word that matters to the Blackhawks is champion. “I definitely think state is our goal,” SCW senior center Shelby Selland said. “We were disappointed with how things ended last year, but I think we have our sights set on something higher this season.” The high expectations come from the success the team has had the last two seasons.
BRANDON — Heading into the fourth quarter, the Mitchell Kernels were right where they wanted to be, according to junior guard Beau Brown. The Mitchell boys’ basketball team trailed 43-38 with six minutes to go in the game, but the Kernels were unable to halt an 8-0 run by the Brandon Valley Lynx. Brandon Valley’s Jacob Adams took control of the game and led the Lynx over the Kernels 57-44 Tuesday in Eastern South Dakota Conference action. Adams, a 6-foot-2 forward, began to assert himself in the post, leading the Lynx on an 8-0 run, which d
According to head coach Chris Haynes the Yankton Bucks played perhaps their best defensive game of the season Saturday at the Corn Palace. The Bucks held the Mitchell Kernels to a 30 percent shooting night en route to earning a 62-42 Eastern South Dakota Conference victory. “We thought our defense was great,” Haynes said. “We were able to force a couple of turnovers and get into transition.” The Bucks (2-2, 2-1 ESD) forced 17 turnovers with pres-sure man-to-man defense in the half court.
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The Mitchell Marlin girls’ hockey team is looking for better defense in the new year. The Marlin girls (1-6) have scored 40 goals this season but have had a hard time stopping opponents, giving up 52 goals in seven games. “The girls are improving and we are hoping that going into this new year, we can get a few wins under our belt,” Marlin girls’ varsity hockey coach Amanda Young said. “Defense has probably been our biggest weakness.
Midway through the second half of the final game at the Fourth Annual Mike Miller Classic fans began to buzz at the sight of a man who was sitting court side watching the Findlay Prep vs. DeLaSalle game. That man was Kansas head boys’ basketball coach Bill Self, who made the trip from Lawrence, Kan., to take in a game, which featured some of the nation’s top basketball talent. “I heard there was a good tournament up here with some quality prospects so I wanted to come up here and check it out,” said Self, whose Jayhawks are currently 8-3.
The Findlay Prep Pilots were firing on all cylinders in the final game of the Fourth Annual Mike Miller Classic Saturday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. The result was a 58-44 victory over DeLaSalle (Minn.). Findlay Prep (Nev.) was 22-of-31 from the field and 1-of-4 from behind the arc. “I want to tip my hat to DeLaSalle, they are a very well coached team, well respected team and a tough team,” Findlay Prep basketball coach Jerome Williams said.