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With the 2014 season fast approaching, the Mitchell High School football program will have several new coaches throughout all grade levels. When former defensive coordinator Arend Kuyper, who had previously...
MOUNT VERNON -- If Jesse Hastings learned anything from competing in the Hershey's Track and Field Games North American Final, it was to have confidence in his abilities. The 12-year-old went into the practice day with a stomach full of butterflies but was able to overcome those emotions when it counted. "If I doubt myself, the worst is going to happen," he said. "If I don't doubt myself, the best could happen for me." Hastings, who will be a seventh-grader this fall at Mount Vernon, was named champion of the 11-12 boys long jump event Saturday in Hershey, Pa.
The Dakota Wesleyan University football team was picked to finish third in the Great Plains Athletic Conference preseason coaches and media polls Thursday. The Tigers were selected to finish behind Morningside College and Northwestern College, two teams that beat DWU last season. "It's a standard ranking when looking at last season," third-year head coach Ross Cimpl said Thursday. The Tigers received 58 points in the coaches poll, one point higher than Concordia University with 57 points. DWU received 62 points in the media poll, which was voted on by the media members in attendance.
CANOVA -- Baseball is a way of life in Canova. For a community of around 100 people, the crowds sure come out to support the Canova Gang. "Our games are packed all the way up and down the lines when we play on Sunday afternoons," Canova catcher Garrett Gassman said. "A lot of them are relatives and family, but there are also people who have played in the past.
The Bluebirds use the saying "get on the gas pedal" heading into their games. Tabor put the saying into reality early in its first-round game of the Class B state amateur baseball tournament on Wednesday evening at Cadwell Park in Mitchell. Tabor scored four runs in the first inning and got out to a 7-1 lead in the third en route to defeating Clear Lake 10-3. "Everybody wants a good start," pitcher Jon Vavruska said. "(Clear Lake pitcher Trevor Cassels) had control issues and there were a couple key hits that gave us runs." The Bluebirds (11-8) move into the second round at 5:30 p.m.
PARKSTON -- James Boehmer recalled being a part of the 2004 state champion Parkston wrestling team, saying it is one of his best memories of growing up as a Trojan. Flash forward 10 years, and the 2006 Parkston High School graduate is on the other side of the mat.
After winning 36 games heading into the state tournament, the Mitchell Black teener baseball team took the third seed. Black (36-11) opens the 2014 VFW 13-14 Majors state tournament against No. 6 Pierre at 8:30 a.m. today at Riverside Park in Yankton.
The Alexandria and Dimock/Emery baseball teams aren't new to the championship scene as both have won District 5 and state amateur titles within the last five years. The two meet in Friday's district championship game in Parkston and have each earned berths to the Class B state amateur tournament, which begins Aug. 6 at Cadwell Park in Mitchell.
PARKSTON -- Parkston has four Legion pitchers with at least four wins this season. All four -- Jake Weber, Dillon Stadlman, Cole Donahue and Spencer Lucas -- have an earned run average under two. "They've been throwing really well for us this year," Parkston Legion baseball coach Sterling Kinneberg said. "Our biggest strength for those guys is getting strike one and going from there. They can mix and match so well." Parkston (18-1) opens play in the Class B state Legion tournament against Madison at 5 p.m. Friday in Tabor.
A year ago, Scott Schmidt set out to build a collegiate athletic program from the ground up. Now one year into running Florida National University's athletic program, the Mitchell native and athletic director feels good about what he's done thus far.