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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.
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.