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Parkston native and former South Dakota State University volleyball standout Kelli Fiegen has signed to play professional volleyball in Switzerland, it was announced Friday by SDSU. "Being born and raised in South Dakota and never living out of the state, I'm kind of throwing myself and indulging in a completely new culture," Fiegen said. The middle blocker will play with Hotel Cristal VFM in Saignelégier, Switzerland.
With the Sunshine League opening up league play Sunday, the Parkston Mudcats are the amateur baseball team with the target on its back. The Mudcats won the Class B state tournament last year and return as one of the favorites. "We had a lot of good times talking about the state tournament last year," Parkston Mudcats manager Dave Roth said. "You have to be proud when you win it.
Being a role model for younger athletes is important to Evan Mastel. The Mitchell High School senior did just that during his final year as a Kernel in football, basketball and baseball. Mastel was an all-Eastern South Dakota Conference first-team selection in football, played in all 22 games of the basketball season and leads the Kernels in batting average in baseball this spring. For his efforts during the fall, winter and spring seasons, Mastel was given The Daily Republic's boys player of the year award Wednesday at the Mitchell High School athletic banquet at the Corn Palace. Mastel w
Megan Farnham has played a major role in Kernel athletics during her career at Mitchell High School, but as a senior, she has outperformed many opponents. This season, Farnham has set several records on the volleyball court, helped the Kernel girls' basketball team to a second-place finish and now runs as a part of four relay teams for the track and field team. For Farnham's standout year, she was named The Daily Republic's girls player of the year Wednesday at the Mitchell High School athletic banquet at the Corn Palace. On the volleyball court, Farnham led the Kernels from the back row as
KIMBALL -- Jackie Dethlefsen is hard on herself. She's also not satisfied with mediocrity. The Corsica/Stickney junior displayed her focus and determination en route to claiming the girls' high jump title at the Custer Battlefield Highway Conference track and field meet Wednesday in Kimball. Dethlefsen nearly hit her personal best mark of 5-foot-3 but grazed the bar Wednesday and knocked it off its stand. That mark is the highest at the Class B level this season.
Dakota Wesleyan University baseball team's shortstop Michael Lukkason was named the Great Plains Athletic Conference player of the year, it was announced Wednesday. The last GPAC player of the year for DWU was Thomas Gulledge in 2005, but DWU's Ethan Opsahl was named pitcher of the year last season. This season Lukkason, an East Grand Forks, N.D., native, led the conference in batting average (.401) and hits (67), was second in home runs (5), third in on-base percentage (.458) and RBIs (43) and fifth in doubles (13). "He's just a good all-around athlete," DWU baseball head coach Steve Gust
Try to picture the drive from Mitchell to Forestburg. Now, imagine running that distance instead. The two towns are 25.4 miles apart, which is still about one mile less than the length of an official marathon, which is 26.2 miles. On Sunday, I was pushed to my limits, running farther than the distance between Mitchell and Forestburg. I enjoyed, suffered and accomplished the feat of running at the 36th Annual Lincoln Marathon in Lincoln, Neb. There were 1,458 marathon runners, 607 were female, and the marathon's registration closed at 10,000 applicants.
The Mitchell Skating and Hockey Association pays more annual facility fees than any other sports organization in Mitchell, and the amount is about to increase with a new sheet of ice. MSHA paid $45,000 to lease the Mitchell Activities Center from the city of Mitchell in 2012. Over the last 15 years, it has paid an average of about $54,000 per year.
WOONSOCKET -- The Woonsocket School will be filled with excitement Friday morning. Minnesota Vikings running back Toby Gerhart will visit, talk and participate in activities with the students and Woonsocket community from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday. Woonsocket was first in the schools champion contest in South Dakota through a program called Fuel Up to Play 60 -- an in-school nutrition and physical activity program founded by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League. Fuel Up to Play 60 helps students become more involved in making small changes in fitness and nutrition.
Kelly Meeker has been training youth football players for eight years with Air Attack Academy and is beginning to hold camps. On Saturday, Air Attack Academy is hosting a three-hour skill advancement camp for football players at Dakota Wesleyan University's practice field in Mitchell. The camp starts at 10 a.m. with the cost at $60 per player. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Saturday morning.