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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.
HURON -- The Mitchell Aquatic Club took seventh place as a team in the B Championship Swim Meet over the weekend in Huron. The championship was for swimmers who was not qualify for events for the state meet, which is Friday through Sunday at the Mitchell Aquatic Center. Of the 27 swimmers MAC took to Huron, 10 qualified for this weekend's event. MAC now has 31 swimmers competing at state. State begins at 11 a.m. Friday in Mitchell.
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.