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Sylvia Street fell in love with baseball as a young girl in Michigan. She listened to oodles of Detroit Tigers games on the radio with her grandfathers. Oh, how the times have changed, and Street realized just how much last week. Tuesday, the 67-year-old Mitchell resident will be on national television, holding an American Flag on home plate at the 2014 All-Star Game at the Minnesota Twins' Target Field in Minneapolis. "I keep thinking that my grandfathers would be awe-struck," she said Wednesday. Street, a Twins season ticket holder, got the call last week from the Twins' ticket office,
Gayle Klein started taking tennis lessons at age 10, and since that time, the sport has consumed her. "I have so much passion for the game," Klein, of Mitchell, said Wednesday. "I love it." Klein, who coached tennis at Mitchell High School for 27 years before retiring in 2011, was selected as one of two former coaches to receive the 2014 South Dakota Tennis Achievement Award, given out annually by the South Dakota Tennis Association. The other receiving the award is Tim Mulhair, of Yankton.
For two years, something has been missing from Dana Misiaszek's life. Being a volleyball player is part of the 19-year-old's identity and she'll journey back to the court this fall to play collegiately for the first time in her career. "I just really missed playing volleyball," said Misiaszek, who attended the University of South Dakota as a nursing major for the last two years. She recently signed with Dakota Wesleyan University for the 2014 season under first-year head coach Lindsey Wilber.
KIMBALL -- Paul Konechne left his mark on wrestling mats all over South Dakota. The former Kiote and South Dakota State University standout has taken his experiences and wants to pass them on to the next generation. The 35-year-old now lives in Rock Rapids, Iowa, where he is an electrical engineer for a consulting firm. Konechne began volunteering as a high school wrestling coach in 2010 when he and his family moved to Rock Rapids. "I think I can offer them better insights to all of the things I wished I would've known that I learned in college at the next level," Konechne said Wednesday.
Lana Loken has been around sports her entire life, from competing as an athlete to keeping competitors healthy as an athletic trainer. Loken, who is the clinical education coordinator of the Department of Athletic Training at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, will be honored today for her years of contribution. She was selected as one of the National Athletic Trainers' Association's 2014 Athletic Trainer Service Award recipients and will receive an award during the NATA's 65th Clinical Symposia and AT Expo on today in Indianapolis. "It's amazing recognition for the service and time I'
With a year under his belt, Erik Skoglund is ready to get work done in the gym during the summer. Skoglund, who will begin his second year with the Mitchell High School boys basketball program in the fall, was unable to work alongside the Kernels last summer as his family was making the move from Spearfish to Mitchell.
Ten youth dart throwers from Mitchell placed at the first-ever National Dart Association junior national dart tournament over the weekend in Minneapolis. There were three champions from the group, who is sponsored by D&E Music & Vending of Mitchell. Cody Hagemeyer and Connor Hagemeyer teamed up to win the open doubles 501 level 5 title, while Kolton Stuckey won the open singles 501 level 7 title. The national tournament featured 67 kids from South Dakota and was for youth ages 20 and younger.
Mitchell Legion coach Luke Norden saw his team put up a top performance Tuesday as Post 18 shut out Brandon Valley 5-0 in a nine-inning contest at Cadwell Park in Mitchell. The team put together a complete effort from coming up with big plays in the field to strong at-bats. "This was by far the best home game we've played all year in spring or in Legion ball," said Norden, whose team is 3-4 when playing at Cadwell Park during the Legion season. "I don't remember the last time we threw a nine-inning shutout.
WESSINGTON SPRINGS -- In the midst of a chaotic week, an amateur baseball game brought a calmness through Wessington Springs Sunday. "We were uneasy about whether we should play or not," Owls' pitcher/infielder Mitch McLagan said.
This season was "a once-in-a-lifetime experience" for Megan Solberg and the Morningside College women's tennis team. The Mitchell High School graduate helped the Mustangs win the Great Plains Athletic Conference tournament to advance to the school's first-ever NAIA national tournament appearance. "At the beginning of this season, we never would've guessed we would make it," Solberg, a junior, said. "It was a good accomplishment.