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Mitchell High School senior Taylor Volesky was chosen as an all-Eastern South Dakota Conference first-team selection. She was one of 10 conference picks, which are chosen by the league's coaches. Volesky was the only Kernel voted. "She's a good kid that carried us offensively," Mitchell head girls basketball coach Wes Morgan said. "She was always keyed on by other teams, being face guarded or double-teamed.
HURON -- The Gustafson sisters are competitive. It's no wonder that the trio helped lead the Ethan girls basketball team to an undefeated season and Class B state championship over the weekend. The Gustafson girls -- senior Darbi, sophomore Janae and eighth-grader Karly -- couldn't have imagined a better storybook ending to the season. "We won't remember the points, but the memories and the state championship we won together," Janae said after the Rustlers beat Sully Buttes 31-28 to win the Class B state championship.
HURON -- In 2003, Tom Young told his players to run “lob,” and it helped his Mitchell Christian boys basketball team win a state title. Flash forward 12 seasons, and...
HURON -- No. 1 Sully Buttes pressured Kimball/White Lake into tough situations right off the bat. The Chargers kept the WiLdKats off the scoreboard for the first several minutes of the game, which helped lead them to a 69-44 first-round victory Friday at the Class B state girls basketball tournament at Huron Arena. "We were forcing our own turnovers," Kimball/White Lake head coach Tacey Nielsen said.
ETHAN -- Despite having an undefeated record, the Ethan girls basketball team doesn't feel any pressure heading into the Class B state tournament. The Rustlers have the underdog feeling because they haven't been to state since 1981, whereas top-seeded Sully Buttes has made the tournament for the last three years. "This is our first trip, and that's why we don't feel like we're the favorite," said Ethan first-year head coach Tom Young, whose team beat Sully Buttes 48-42 on Dec. 27 in Parkston. "We feel really privileged to play three more games.
Will the fourth time be the charm for the Mitchell boys varsity hockey team? In three contests against Sioux Falls 1 this season, the Marlins have fallen, but head coach John Lord said the team has improved in each game against the Flyers. "We can play with these guys and beat them," Lord said Wednesday. "The last time we played them, halfway through the third period, we trailed 2-1. We've stuck with them the last two times." The Marlins (9-8) enter the state tournament as the seventh seed after beating Yankton 11-3 on Tuesday in a play-in game. Mitchell looks to knock off No.
MOUNT VERNON -- Mount Vernon/Plankinton wants a shot at St. Thomas More. But to do that, Bill Marquardt knows his team must play well early on in the Class A state girls basketball tournament. "We do have a tough load," Marquardt, MVP's second-year coach, said. "Our goal is to make it into the Saturday night game. It'd be fun to see how we could play with them in the state title game." The second-seeded Titans open the year-end tournament against seventh-seeded Dell Rapids at 6 p.m.
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. Mason, who was inducted into the United States Bowling Congress South Dakota Bowling Hall of Fame when he was 38, has bowled 40 games with a 300 score in his career. "The more you get, the less exciting they are," he said.
CORSICA -- Mike Tuschen wanted Eli Van Roekel to become a leader. Van Roekel, a junior point guard for Corsica/Stickney, has exceeded Tuschen’s expectations. “He was missing that element,” said...
For the first time in 34 years, Mitchell will not have a team playing in the Class AA state basketball tournaments. The Kernels have had representation at one or both state tournaments since 1981, when Mitchell's boys and girls basketball teams missed the year-end tournament. This season, the Mitchell girls were knocked out of the District 3AA on Thursday after getting edged by Huron 43-42, ending their season with a 6-16 record.