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Morgan Matthaei competed in the women's 600-meter run at the Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni Open on Saturday. The Salem native and runner for the Mavericks had a time of 1 minute, 49.94 seconds, finishing 11th out of 18 runners. The Minnesota State track and field program heads to the University of Minnesota to participate in the Northwest Open on Saturday. USF athletes compete at Alumni Open Two Mitchell-area natives competed in the Alumni Open in Mankato, Minn. University of Sioux Falls senior and Mount Vernon native Robbie Kazi placed 20th in the men's 60
Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball coach Matt Wilber is hopeful Jalen Voss will be back in his lineup this season. Voss, the Tigers' leading scorer with 20.6 points per game, suffered an ankle injury on Friday during practice and was forced to the sideline in Saturday's win over Dakota State University. "I'm more encouraged than the day of the injury," Wilber said Monday night. "I don't know the extent of the injury.
CORSICA -- Hope Menning is the best shooter Lorisa Broughton has coached. That's due to the time Menning has put in during the offseason. "She's a gym rat," Broughton, Corsica/Stickney's girls basketball coach, said. "She doesn't just show up during the season." Menning, a 5-foot-10 senior guard, scored her 1,000th point on Saturday against Wagner. She needed four points to hit the mark. Menning scored a bucket and on her next 3-pointer, surpassed 1,000 career points.
Erik Skoglund leaned on Doc Rivers' coaching methods for ways to improve his best player. Rivers, coach for the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers, had rules for ways to improve star player Chris Paul. They were to cut his dribbles in half, take better shots to score more points, receive more assists and dish out more assists. Skoglund has watched Beau Brown take these rules to heart in Brown's final year with the Mitchell boys basketball team. Through nine games this season, Brown is averaging 26.4 points per game and has recorded 30 or more points in four games.
For the second straight game, the fourth quarter doomed the Mitchell boys basketball team. Tuesday, the Kernels were outscored 20-11 in the final frame and fell 71-63 to Brandon Valley in an Eastern South Dakota Conference game. The loss was Mitchell's fifth in a row. "They had an 11-1 run in the fourth, and we talk about stopping those runs at four and six," Mitchell head coach Erik Skoglund said.
Just because the Kernel gymnastics team leads the rest of the Class AA field, doesn't mean it isn't pushing for higher scores. Mitchell has an average team score that is 10 points higher than every other school in the state. "It's a substantial margin," Mitchell head coach Audra Rew said. "We don't want to get complacent because we are beating everyone." The Kernels are on a winning streak that dates back to 2013. At the 2013 state meet, Mitchell placed third.
PARKSTON -- Miles Semmler is fearless. That's how Parkston first-year head coach James Boehmer describes the senior wrestler. "He's wrestling with determination that we look for in all of our wrestlers," Boehmer said. Semmler used those attributes to find success at The Clash, a major wrestling tournament that featured more than 20 teams over the weekend in Rochester, Minn. Semmler led the Trojans at The Clash, going 5-1 in the 195-pound weight class. For his efforts, Semmler has been named The Daily Republic's athlete of the week, an award voted on by the newspaper's sports staff. Semml
The Mitchell boys basketball team had no answer for Yankton's size. The Bucks (3-1, 3-0 ESD) boasted three starters who were 6-foot-3 or taller and were led by Brady Hale, whose 23-point performance lifted Yankton past Mitchell on Saturday evening. "Because we don't have outstanding post presence, we can't see that in practice every day," said Mitchell second-year head coach Erik Skoglund, whose team fell 67-52 at the Corn Palace on Saturday.
Macy Miller still can't put words on the year she's had. "It all went so fast and it's hard to believe," Miller said.
As coaches, players and referees waited anxiously for the Kernels' home opener, Steve Stanforth sat at the head table with a smile on his face. The 66-year-old surveyed the Corn Palace from the seat he's obtained since 1988 and readied himself for another basketball season as the official scorer. "Basketball season rolls around, and it's just natural to go back to the Corn Palace and sit at the scorer's table," Stanforth said during halftime of the Mitchell High School boys basketball game against Pierre on Dec. 12.