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With the Miami Heat and Mike Miller vying to defend their title, Tom Miller doesn't want to miss a thing. Tom, Mike's father, will watch all of Miami's home games during the NBA Finals at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami. "It's a great opportunity and it's beyond the imagination," he said of the Heat's chance to defend their title. The Heat and Mitchell native Mike Miller begin their quest to win back-to-back titles Thursday as they host the San Antonio Spurs at 8 p.m.
The Mitchell teener round-robin event is continuing to to grow. Cadwell Park and Drake Field played host to 10 teams last year but the number has increased to 12 teams for this weekend's event, running today through Sunday. "This is a big event with both fields being filled for three days," Mitchell Baseball Association board member Kevin DeVries said. "This tournament is continuing to grow but it can only get so big." The first games are at 11 a.m. today and play continues until the final scheduled game at 6:15 p.m. is complete.
During the final three weeks of the regular season, Mike Miller made huge contributions to the Miami Heat's 10-1 run. The Mitchell native totaled 127 points, averaged 11.5 points and five rebounds per game and started in every game during that stretch. He reached the 20-point mark twice and recorded his season-best 26 points in the Heat's 89-79 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats April 5. But since the playoffs began April 21, Miller's minutes and scoring have lessened.
Within the past month, men's softball league teams have hit the diamond once. The league plays Wednesday evenings at Cadwell Park Sports Complex in Mitchell and has been able to play one of the past four Wednesdays in May. This week was canceled from rain, and it's been frustrating for the teams, according to men's league president Aaron Klinger. "It's been extremely frustrating," he said. "The players have been really good about it.
Mitchell Activities Director Geoff Gross said Tuesday that Erik Skoglund will be paid $6,743 to coach the school's varsity boys' basketball team for the 2013-2014 school year. Skoglund was officially hired at a May 13 school board meeting and is the third Mitchell boys' basketball coach in the past three years. The amount a coach for the school district is paid is based by a bargaining group from the Mitchell Education Association.
Erik Skoglund believes there is only one secret to success and that's getting into the gym. The newly hired Mitchell High School boys' basketball head coach was able to get into the gym with his varsity squad for the first time Tuesday during a Kernel Basketball Camp. Prior to this week, Skoglund was finishing the school year in Spearfish. "There's only so much you can do, talking, texting and emailing," said Skoglund, who hasn't yet completed his move to Mitchell.
SIOUX FALLS -- Mitchell High School placed in six events on the second day of the South Dakota state track and field meet Saturday at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls. Abby Sudbeck was the highest finisher for the Kernels in fifth in the girls' discus throw. Sudbeck recorded a throw of 119 feet, 2 inches.
SIOUX FALLS -- Wagner's Spencer Peters made his first and last state pole vault appearance a memorable one. The senior was crowned champion of the Class A boys' pole vault by clearing a mark of 13 feet, 3 inches Saturday at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls. In the past three years, Peters has had a long road to the top. In 2010, he just missed qualifying for state and injury kept him from competing in state the last two seasons.
SIOUX FALLS -- After two second-place finishes Friday, Jase Kraft ran to a state title on the second day of the South Dakota state track and field meet Saturday at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls. "I couldn't ask for a better finish," the Wessington Springs junior said. "The first day didn't go as well as I wanted it to, but I had to let it pass and go get this one." Kraft defeated longtime rival Duane Jongeling, of Parker, in the Class B boys' 1,600-meter run Saturday. Kraft ran a time of 4 minutes, 23.6 seconds.
SIOUX FALLS -- Wessington Springs' Jase Kraft left it all out on the track during the boys' 800-meter race at the Class B state track and field meet Friday. The junior battled Sunshine Bible Academy's Brady Brockel for the coveted title. Kraft stayed back during the first lap and gradually made his way toward the front of the pack. With 100 meters left in the race, Kraft made a strong push for the final stretch. But so did Brockel.