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Three Mitchell High School football players were named to the all-Eastern South Dakota Conference team, which was released today. Seniors Tyler Larson, Mitch Johnson and Jacob Cersosimo were picked as defensive selections for the Kernels, who finished the season 3-6. All honorees were selected by conference coaches and coaches could not vote for their own players. Larson was chosen as a defensive lineman, Johnson a linebacker and Cersosimo a defensive back.
Ken Novak was surprised Monday evening with an award no Mitchell soccer coach has ever received, according to Mitchell Soccer Association President Jodie Cain-Lambert. Novak was awarded State Girls Recreational Coach of the Year and Regional 2 Girls Recreational Coach of the Year by South Dakota State Soccer Association President Rich Jensen in Mitchell. "I had no idea I was even under consideration for it," Novak said.
PARKSTON -- After last year's postseason meeting with Canton in the DakotaDome, Parkston had a bad taste in its mouth. Fast forward a year, and that bitter taste turned into sweet revenge in Monday's Class 11B quarterfinal playoff victory. "We all knew how it felt losing and that game last year fired us up," said Parkston's Wes Dvorak, who scored six of Parkston's seven touchdowns Monday. "We knew we had to play well against a solid team. We weren't looking past them, and played Trojan football." The Trojans wasted no time Monday, racing out to a 27-7 lead in the first quarter. The No.
Matt Wilber is is satisfied with how his team performed on opening weekend. The Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball squad burst to a 2-0 start in the 2014-15 season, with one road win Saturday and one victory at the Corn Palace on Sunday. "I was happy with the fact that we got contributions from everybody," Wilber said after Sunday's 110-73 win over Oglala Lakota College in Mitchell. "Everybody who played for us this weekend, it was a positive contribution." The Tigers (2-0) began the season Saturday, beating instate-rival Dakota State University in Madison.
Dakota Wesleyan University's secondary must be ready for today's Great Plains Athletic Conference matchup as it faces the league's second-best passer. Nebraska Wesleyan University quarterback Tyler Francis has thrown for more than 2,000 yards this season. His favorite receiver Connor Zumpfe leads the league in total receptions with 50 for 852 yards and eight touchdowns. "They do have quite a connection," NWU 19-year head coach Brian Keller said, adding Zumpfe played basketball for the Prairie Wolves (2-5, 2-4 GPAC) before joining the football program last season.
For two years, Francois Barnaud watched Josh Endres dominate on the gridiron for Dakota Wesleyan University. The knowledge Barnaud learned from the school's all-time rushing record holder was endless. "Josh was the kind of guy you wanted to break records because he never was a guy to go out and talk about how good he was," Barnaud, a senior running back, said Thursday. "It was a humbling thing to see a guy with that talent not make anything of it.
Sophomore Kerri Young and freshman Macy Miller will start for the South Dakota State University women’s basketball team in the Jackrabbits’ first exhibition game of the year Thursday. SDSU hosts...
ALEXANDRIA -- Jim Williams has reigned over the state's nine-man rushers for nearly a decade. He was one of the players who put the Hanson Beavers on the map in the mid-2000s. The running back helped lead Hanson to its first-ever state football championship on the way to becoming South Dakota's all-time nine-man record holder for career rushing yards. Williams, a 2006 graduate, finished his high school career with 6,010 yards. "Nobody told me I was getting close," Williams said Sunday about becoming the state record holder.
When the ice and snow take over the Midwest in the winter, most people head inside. But not Heather Carr. Carr, a 1992 Mitchell High School graduate, puts her running gear on and braves the daunting cold. "If it's negative 30, I will go out for a run," she said. "My eyelashes are freezing when others are on the treadmill." Her love for cold weather and running have led her to signing up for one of the world's unique marathons -- the Antarctic Ice Marathon. This year, Carr is one of 53 entrants at the event, which is Nov. 18 in Union Glacier, Antarctica.
For the first time in nine years, both the boys and girls cross country teams from Parkston qualified for the state meet. Both Parkston programs made the state cross country meet in 2005 but hasn't advanced both teams to state since co-oping with Ethan. "We're trying to build that culture of trying to get everybody to work together and push each other," Ethan/Parkston third-year cross country coach Jared Digmann said.