EDITOR'S NOTE: Brooke Cersosimo is a Mitchell native who worked for The Daily Republic as a sports reporter and sports editor from 2012 to 2015. She was named the state's Outstanding Young Journalist in 2015 and now works in California for the National Football League. Super Bowl Week. Two years ago, those three words didn't mean much to me. But last year, it became a celebration of five months of nonstop coverage.
For most people, getting a strike while bowling prompts a celebration. But for Sean Mason, not just one strike, but 12 in a row, is an expectation. Mason, 45, of Mitchell, recorded three 300 games over a five-day span at the Village Bowl in Mitchell. He bowled the perfect scores on Thursday, Sunday and Monday afternoon.
MITCHELL (AP) — Heather Carr finished the race. And that's all she cared about. The Eden Prairie, Minn., resident and Mitchell native was one of 53 people to complete the 2014 Antarctic Ice Marathon at Union Glacier Camp in Antarctica. It was Carr's fifth marathon, and she was one of 10 women to run the race. She finished with a time of 8 hours, 6 minutes, 10 seconds. "Overall, I was pleased with how I ran," Carr said following her trip. "My only real goal was to simply finish the race, and I did.
On almost any night a basketball game is played at the Corn Palace, there are shirts that read, “Nice gym. Have you seen our Palace?” And every team who’s played the Kernel girls’ basketball squad in the last several years is aware of how well Mitchell plays at the Corn Palace. After Tuesday night’s 70-50 Eastern South Dakota Conference victory over Watertown, the No. 2 Kernels are riding a 36-game winning streak at home.
A defensive third-quarter helped the Kernel girls’ basketball team keep its undefeated season going. No. 2 Mitchell held the Watertown Arrows to just six third-quarter points after giving up 30 in the first half. The Kernels went on to take the Eastern South Dakota Conference contest 70-50 Tuesday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. “Watertown came out ready to go and had a good scheme going early,” said Mitchell head coach Wes Morgan, whose team led 40-30 at the half.
Athletes from Bridgewater-Emery and Ethan were working together for victory on the gridiron in November. Two months later, they are competing against each other on the basketball court. “It’s a lot of fun, but also you want it to be really competitive because we played together on a state championship team,” Bridgewater-Emery junior guard Jonah Bailey said. During football season, the athletes worked together to win a Class 9AA state championship for Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan, a four-year cooperative.
SCOTLAND — Mary Ellen Luikens makes a point to take personal interest in her athletes, helping them to improve and put their best efforts forth. For making her mark on young athletes in Scotland, Luikens has been named a 2014 National High School Athletic Coaches Association Coach of the Year finalist from South Dakota, it was released Monday. Luikens, who had surgery Monday and was not available for an interview, has been named the finalist for assistant in girls’ sports. Luikens retired from teaching and coaching last year and was the throwers’ coach in track and field.
WHITE LAKE — Having Jazmyn Hinker on the court has helped the Kimball/White Lake girls’ basketball team to an 8-1 record. “She’s a huge leader for us,” WiLdKat first-year coach Tacey Nielsen said. “She’s one of the things that holds us together offensively and defensively.” Hinker, of White Lake, scored 35 points in the WiLdKats’ two wins last week. The 5-foot-7 senior guard scored a team-high 20 points to lead Kimball/White Lake over Dakota Christian 54-38 Jan.
In competitive sports, anything an athlete can do to get an edge on the opponent is necessary. Many times, athletes look to get faster and stronger rather than surveying their overall fitness. And perhaps the most important thing, before diving into enhancement workouts, is injury prevention. Athletes in Mitchell and the surrounding area are benefiting from working with a movement analysis system known as Dartfish, combined with the Functional Movement System, which was put together through the help of Avera Queen of Peace Hospital.