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With lightning, thunder and continuous rain, the Winner boys' and girls' track and field teams battled to sweep the Region 7A meet Thursday in Winner. "I felt like we did what we expected to do, and I'm very happy with the way our kids competed," Winner coach Dan Aaker said. "At times we were off a little, but I think that's expected with the conditions we were running in." The Warriors won the boys' team title with 199.5 points and the girls won with 232 points. On the boys' side, Todd County was second with 142 points and Gregory was third with 102.5 points.
With hopes of reaching the top five as a team, the Mitchell boys' tennis team must have a good start to the state tournament today. The Kernels begin play at 9 a.m. and will play at three different locations -- McKennan Park and Sioux Falls Washington High School in Sioux Falls and Brandon Valley Middle School in Brandon.
Kristin Sabers' confidence on the golf course is up. The senior recorded a personal best by three strokes at the Eastern South Dakota Conference tournament May 4. Not only did she best herself, but she beat the rest of the field with a 69 to claim the individual title. "I was shocked," said Sabers, whose low before the tournament was a 72.
There's talk in Sioux Falls that Mitchell has a good tennis team, according to Mitchell native Andy Young. Young, who is now a priest at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Sioux Falls, said he was shocked when he saw the Kernels were edged by Sioux Falls O'Gorman 5-4 earlier this season.
The Mitchell spring baseball team swept Sturgis in a doubleheader Sunday to secure a No. 1 seed in the region tournament. The Kernels gave up two runs combined and defeated Sturgis 7-2 and 11-0 to finish 8-0 in region play this season. "It was difficult to get in the groove offensively because we weren't thrown a lot of strikes, but we had lots of RBI groundouts and drew walks," Mitchell coach Luke Norden said.
PARKSTON -- Carley Skorepa is making her appearance in the record books at Scotland High School. In the last two weeks, the sophomore has broken the girls' shot put and discus records. Skorepa broke the school discus record Friday at the Parkston Invitational where she threw a distance of 125 feet, 2 inches on her last throw during the finals. "She's been focused on the records all year," Scotland coach Gary Pepper said. "During the bad weather in April, she was doing a lot of work on form and it's gotten so much better." Skorepa went on to win the girls' discus and shot put events Friday.
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