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Big second and third offensive innings led the Mitchell Legion baseball team over Coon Rapids 8-3 Thursday at Cadwell Park in Mitchell. Post 18 scored three runs in the second and added four more in the third to get out to a 7-0 lead over Coon Rapids, a team that has won the Gopher Classic -- a 64-team tournament that Mitchell competes in during the second weekend of July -- for the past two years. "There's situations where you need to get a hit and situations where you need to get on base," Mitchell coach Luke Norden said.
Former Mitchell High School boys' basketball coach Gary Munsen has been named the National High School Athletic Coaches Association's Boys' Basketball Coach of the Year. The announcement was made Wednesday evening at a banquet in Des Moines, Iowa, and it was confirmed by NHSACA Executive Director Donald Prokes. "For me, it's all the years I put into coaching," Munsen said.
Junior Erin Kenzy defended her girls' cutting title Sunday at the South Dakota High School Rodeo State Finals in Belle Fourche. "I knew I had a pretty good shot and was hoping to get through with the win again," said Kenzy, who attends high school in Gregory. "Being a two-time state champion is pretty cool." Kenzy took first place with 87 points in girls' cutting -- which is an event where the rider must separate a single animal away from a cattle herd and keep it away for a short period of time.
During pole bending, there are a lot of opportunities to mess up, so feeling the joy of a successful run "is fun" for Bailey Moody. Over the weekend, the Letcher native enjoyed success as she tied for third in the event at the South Dakota High School Rodeo State Finals in Belle Fourche. The state finals began Wednesday and concluded Sunday. Moody, who is in her first year of high school rodeo, said her name was announced as a national qualifier shortly after Sunday's short go. "I was really excited," said Moody, who qualified to nationals as a junior high competitor three times.
Before a go, Cameron Fanning visualizes himself wrestling the steer perfectly. The visualization paid off for the sophomore as he won the steer wrestling event at the South Dakota High School Rodeo State Finals Sunday in Belle Fourche. Heading into state, Fanning earned 26 points at regional rodeos. He added to that total by placing in the first two rounds -- which put him in the top spot heading into the Sunday's short go. In the first two rounds, a competitor receives points if he or she is in the top 15.
PARKSTON -- Tyler Hockett was named the girls' golf coach of the year by the South Dakota High School Coaches Association. Award winners were voted on by fellow coaches of their respective sports. "It's a big honor," the fifth-year Parkston coach said. "I had the rare opportunity to coach a once in a lifetime group of girls this season. Working with both the girls' and boys' teams is a perfect fit for me. I love what I do." The Trojan girls defended their Class A state title this season after posting a 350 on the first day.
Brett and Jenny Coluccio won their second straight title at the South Dakota Golf Association's annual Husband and Wife Championships Sunday at Lakeview Golf Course in Mitchell. The couple, of Sioux Falls, won by two strokes over Adam and Heather Anderson, of Mitchell. The Coluccios recorded a 70 in the first round and a 74 Sunday for a total of 144. "It's always nice to defend a title," said Jenny, who was previously an assistant coach under Anderson at Dakota Wesleyan University.
The Mitchell Legion baseball team scored seven runs in the bottom of the seventh to beat Parkston in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday at Cadwell Park in Mitchell. Post 18 won the first game 10-9 and the second 8-4. In the first game, Parkston scored four runs in the third and five in the fifth. "(Parkston) did a good job of hitting the ball in and we had some costly errors," Mitchell head coach Luke Norden said. "We didn't really give ourselves a chance to score in the fifth and sixth innings. In the seventh, guys weren't trying to do much.
It was not what you would call a perfect golf swing. The ball rolled down the rough at Mitchell's Wild Oak Golf Club not much farther than 10 feet. A little embarrassed, I looked over at Dakota Wesleyan University golf coach Adam Anderson, my playing partner for the day. He had some nice words of encouragement. It was also a bit of a joke, explaining what he believes to be the three keys to a good golf stroke. "The first is your ball is closer to the hole," he said. He was right.
WINNER -- Frank Leahy's name and accomplishments on the football field have lived long after his death. Today is the 40th anniversary of Leahy's death. The successful Notre Dame football coach and Winner High School graduate died on June 21, 1973. Leahy, born in O'Neill, Neb., grew up in Winner and was a Warrior through his junior year of high school. He played football, baseball and basketball in Winner then spent his senior year in Omaha, Neb. After graduating from high school, Leahy headed to the University of Notre Dame.