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LETCHER -- Madi Moody is following in her sisters' footsteps. In her first year of participating in South Dakota junior high rodeo, the 12-year-old made the state's national team. Like Madi, Logan and Bailey Moody -- Madi's older sisters -- each made the South Dakota junior high national team in their first years, so Madi felt the pressure to perform. "At first it made me really nervous to make it my first year," said Madi, who found out she made the team on May 27.
Baseball jerseys have been a part of it all on the diamond -- strikeouts, stolen bases, missed calls, grand slams, losses, championships, tears and cheers. The Mitchell Baseball Association is conducting a summer-long fundraiser that brings some past memories of Post 18 players. Two sets of Mitchell Legion baseball jerseys are being sold in a silent auction throughout the summer.
In most cases, the accomplishments of female athletes are overlooked compared to the same accomplishments of a male athlete. When watching television, it's a rarity when a female game or match is showcased on a main channel. As a society, we've grown accustomed to watching male-dominated sports.
The shelf life of a portable swimming pool is roughly five years, according to Mitchell Aquatic Club coach Kyle Margheim. And it's nearing the time when decisions about replacing the club's current pool -- which cost roughly $50,000, need to be made. The club's pool, an above ground structure, was placed in its indoor facility at the North Star Plaza on Main Street in August 2010. It is the replacement of a pool that collapsed and spilled water into neighboring businesses in February earlier that year.
Sunshine League teams don't need to travel far to get good competition. Three of the league's top teams were ranked in the top six of the first South Dakota amateur baseball poll earlier this week. "Playing each other increases competition and the higher standard makes us ready for games at the state level," Alexandria manager Chris Marek said. Two of the top teams faced off Thursday as No.
Last week, Scott Schmidt received an email that changed his life. The request to build an athletic program from scratch not only propelled him into a new adventure but will allow him to do what he enjoys most -- making an impact in the lives of our nation's youth. Mitchell native Schmidt, who lived in Memphis, Tenn., at the time, was offered the athletic director and men's basketball head coaching position at Florida National University in Hialeah, Fla., on May 30 and was asked to begin just days after.
Pressure can be good or bad depending on how an athlete handles it. For high school athletes, pressure does not only exist during a sport's season but during the offseason as well. Platte-Geddes/Dakota Christian's Nate Spawn, Canistota's Carson Hofer and Howard's Chris Gold attended the NFL/High School Player Development Camp -- a two-day event that was hosted by Dakota Wesleyan University football coaches at Joe Quintal Field in Mitchell -- and all said there is a lot of pressure to prepare for the upcoming season. "Obviously you're going to feel like you need to go to camps to get playing
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.