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Three Mitchell High School students placed in the top 10 at the National Health Occupation Students of America Conference on June 25-28 in Orlando, Fla. Mason Wenzel, Emma Schmidt and Luke Bartl, who are part of the MCTEA Chapter, took sixth in biomedical debate at nationals, which hosted around 7,500 students from the United States and several countries. The biomedical debate was the only South Dakota team in any event to finish in the top 10 this year. South Dakota had 47 students travel to Florida for nationals in its second year of having HOSA.
This summer, Mitchell Post 18 has had solid results when playing in tournaments. Mitchell won the Fargo/Moorhead tournament and compiled a 12-4 record in tournaments this season. With the Region 2A tournament beginning today, Mitchell, which is 24-15 overall and 4-4 in Region 2A play, will try to string together yet another winning string of games. The difference between the region tournament and the previous tournaments is Mitchell is familiar with this week's opponents. "At the other tournaments, we don't play anyone from South Dakota," Mitchell coach Luke Norden said.
Josh Hartman set a new record Sunday at the Mitchell City Golf Tournament. Hartman, 34, of Mitchell, shot a 132 to win the tournament for the first time. "Everything was going the best way it could," he said. "I didn't want to change anything. I just kept swinging and everything was going right where I wanted. It was a good feeling for once to free swing and the ball went where I wanted." Hartman topped the field by seven strokes, followed by Brandon Sigmund (139), Jeff Meyerink (144), Terry Kirby (147) and Doug Backlund (148). The event was played at both of Mitchell's golf courses.
Not two hours after Mike Miller was announced a Cleveland Cavalier on Tuesday, Justin Brown was looking for merchandise. "I actually called the Cleveland fan store and said, 'I need a Mike Miller jersey ASAP,' " said Brown, a 2007 Mitchell High School graduate. "The lady on the other end goes, 'Who's Mike Miller?' " Brown said Miller and LeBron James jerseys were not yet available, but he's going to stay on top of the situation until he has them hanging in his closet. Brown was elated Miller, a Mitchell native, is reunited with James after being on separate teams in the 2013-14 season.
Parents must find a balance of how to mentor their kids in sports. Nearly 20 years after her playing career ended, Beth (Ommen) Irish is learning how to guide her children through athletics. "You don't want to push your kids in one thing or another," said Irish, who was a standout basketball player for Mitchell High School and South Dakota State University. "But if they choose to play, they need to understand what they have to do to get better and work hard.
John Greicar has climbed the ladder to the top of Dakota Wesleyan University's baseball program. Greicar finished his college playing career with the Tigers, moved to a graduate assistant position with the team and was an assistant coach under former coach Steve Gust. Then Thursday, Greicar was announced as DWU's new head baseball coach by DWU Athletic Director Curt Hart. "I've learned a lot being involved in the program so far," Greicar said Thursday. "It was a thorough search to get someone in and I feel fortunate and honored to be named the next head coach.
Jim Misiaszek wanted his team to be competitive this week at the Triple Crown World Series in San Diego, Calif. So far, he hasn't been disappointed. There are 120 teams in the 16U division at the tournament. The Select went 3-1 against teams from Southern California and Phoenix over the first two days of pool play. The Select, which won its pool, advanced to the Gold Championship double elimination tournament, which begins today. Forty-eight of the 120 teams advanced to the top-tier bracket play. Select opens against Southern California Dream at 8 a.m.
For Steve Sutton, breeding hundreds of horses for the chance of getting an all-star is worth it. Sutton, who is part owner of his family's livestock business, Sutton Rodeo Inc., has recently found a gem within his stock -- Chuckulator. "It's easy to have 700 head of horses on the ranch, and sometimes that's way too many," Sutton said.
DIMOCK -- Jim Sudbeck cherishes the years on the baseball diamond with his brothers, Tom and Bill. "When we were young, we wanted to play because it was tradition in our family to play," Jim said Tuesday. "We all tried our hardest. The brothers, who are Dimock natives, are joined by three other Mitchell area amateur baseball players as inductees into the South Dakota Amateur Baseball Association's Hall of Fame.
At the end of last season, Jason and Justin Greenway were voted the Most Valuable Players on special teams for the Augustana Vikings. The Mitchell natives, who will be juniors this season, will look to continue to help on special teams this season and look to break into the offensive lineup. "It was nice to get recognized within our team," Jason said about the MVP award. "Even though we can't play offense as of yet, we can contribute and make a difference for our team." Augustana returns its top two running backs from the 2013 squad, including senior Dajon Newell and junior C.J. Ham.