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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.
SIOUX FALLS -- In her final high jump attempts, Jackie Dethlefsen recollected being an eighth-grader and watching the older, experienced girls handle the pressure of their final jumps. "I remember being in awe," the Corsica/Stickney junior said. At the first day of the state meet Friday, Dethlefsen was the veteran with her name announced over the loudspeaker at Howard Wood Field. She was the lone jumper with the smile of a state champion.
Three head and four assistant area basketball coaches were named the South Dakota Basketball Coaches Association's coaches of the year for their regions. A head coach and assistant coach were given the award from each of the state's eight regions. Four awards were given to lower level coaches as well.
The competitiveness of the eighth-grade boys' track team helped seven runners to six record-breaking performances this season. The eighth-grade boys' records that fell this spring were the 100-meter dash, 200-meter hurdles, 200-meter dash, 4x200-meter relay, medley relay and 4x400-meter relay. Spencer Neugebauer, Parker Wenzel, William Campbell, Sam Michels, Matt Muth, Jed Schmidt and Reed Overweg now have their names in the Mitchell Middle School record books for their efforts this season. "They just have some great all-around athletes," Mitchell Middle School head track coach Larry Larson
BROOKINGS -- Led by individual champion Kellie Winckler, Andes Central won its school's first team state title in any sport at the Class B girls' state golf tournament Tuesday, coach Tom Cooney said. "I keep waiting for somebody to wake me up from this dream," said Cooney, whose team beat second-place Deubrook by eight strokes. "We were happy to get here as a team, and all of a sudden the girls just turned it on and this is the best we've ever played." Winckler, a senior who will join the Mount Marty Lancers golf team next year, trailed by three strokes heading into Tuesday's second round.
BROOKINGS -- As sophomores and juniors, Howard's Cal Wiese and Freeman's Arron Licktieg finished in the top two spots at the Class B boys' state golf tournament, with each winning the individual title once. This year as seniors, the pair tied for second with a total two-round score of 153 after a drenched final round Tuesday at Brookings Country Club. Rain peppered the course all day, and when the regulation 18 holes were completed and Wiese and Lickteig were tied, officials called the course unplayable.