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The Mitchell Kernels kept the match close with Aberdeen Central in the first set, but the Golden Eagles proved why they're the No. 2-ranked program in the state the rest of the way. "They're one of the best teams in the state and I was really proud of the way our kids responded to them," said Mitchell head coach Deb Thill, whose team fell 25-22, 25-13, 25-11. "I think our crowd had a lot to do with that as well." In the first set, the Kernels were aggressive offensively and blocking when the dominant Golden Eagle offense was on the attack.
Emily Reynen is one of many leaders on Mitchell Christian's volleyball team, according to first-year coach Shelby Thomas. In the Golden Eagles' first week of the season, Reynen helped the team to a 2-0 start. Reynen, a junior outside hitter, recorded a double-double with 10 kills and 11 digs in Mitchell Christian's 3-1 win over Sunshine Bible Academy in the season opener.
After a challenging start to the season, the Mitchell Kernel football team looks to get in the win column this week. In Mitchell's loss to Yankton in its season opener, the Kernels (0-1) were held to just 101 offensive yards. Senior lineman Chandler Nelson said the urgency to get better was the main focus in preparation for today's game against No. 3 Harrisburg. The Eastern South Dakota Conference matchup begins at 7 p.m. today in Harrisburg. "We're working on getting off the ball as fast as we can," he said.
The Dakota Wesleyan University football team is excited about its home-friendly schedule. The Tigers host seven of their 11 regular-season contests, beginning with a nonconference game against the University of Wisconsin-Stout at 1 p.m. today at Joe Quintal Field in Mitchell. "It's fun that we can be at home this much this year," said third-year DWU head coach Ross Cimpl, whose team was ranked 21st in the NAIA Coaches Preseason Poll. "I think we do have a home field advantage when we play here.
At the start of the fifth set, the Mitchell Kernels looked to have the momentum. Mitchell won the first three points in the final frame, but errors and a 12-point run by Pierre ended the Kernel volleyball team's hopes of winning its home opener Thursday. "We had a tough time getting the ball to Brenna (Morgan) where we wanted it," said Mitchell head coach Deb Thill, whose team fell 13-25, 25-20, 21-25, 25-19, 15-5. In the final set, Pierre's Tobie Welch kept the Mitchell defense off balance, prompting the Kernels to make plays from tough positions. Pierre coach Chris Swiden said Welch got
To some people, blue is just a color. But to everyone in the Mitchell High School gymnasium on Thursday, the color blue had a different meaning. The color was worn by nearly every person at Mitchell's volleyball match against Pierre to honor former Kernel golf coach Rob Marchand, who died Aug. 26 from cancer.
Luke Stephens has won the quarterback battle for Dakota Wesleyan University. The 6-foot-2 sophomore transfer was named the starter at the position for the Tigers' season opener. Stephens was redshirted at Butte College before playing at Yuba Community College last season. "He is controlling the offense and he's made guys comfortable," third-year DWU head coach Ross Cimpl said Wednesday. The Tigers open the 2014 campaign against the University of Wisconsin-Stout at 1 p.m.
AVON -- Devin Tolsma worked hard during the offseason, building muscle and increasing his speed. "Bigger, faster, stronger is the thing to be in football," Tolsma said, adding he lifted three to four times per week in the summer. "The little stuff is going to help the team out drastically." The 5-foot-9, 185-pound senior running back felt the difference the offseason workouts made in the Pirates' season opener Friday.
Former Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball coach Doug Martin is in hospice care, the school's athletic department confirmed Tuesday. "I've heard he's not doing well," Randy Sprung, an associate professor of psychology at DWU, said Tuesday afternoon. Martin, who is in his 80s, suffered a stroke in 1992, but continued coaching basketball for the next 13 years.