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With the new seeding format at this year's state girls tennis tournament, Mitchell coach Pat Moller said every player in the state will have a winnable match. In previous years, the top eight players in each of the nine flights were seeded. This year, all 20 players in each flight will be seeded, with the bottom eight seeds facing off in the first round. "Before if you weren't seeded, you could draw one of the top players in the state, and it's pretty hard to get excited about that," said Moller, whose in his fourth year with the Kernels.
MOUNT VERNON -- In his first season fielding a middle school fastpitch softball team, Mount Vernon coach Travis Walz didn't have very high expectations starting out. With six girls who had never played fastpitch softball combined with several experienced players, Mount Vernon 1 progressed as the season went on, eventually winning the state tournament Sunday in Sioux Falls. "It was amazing to see them come together as a team and see their skill sets progress," Walz said.
Mitchell High School boys golf coach Mark Horan knows it's essential for his players to stay even-keeled throughout the two-day state tournament. "We can't get ahead of ourselves on the first day," he said. "We've got to keep our heads in it for two, long days. It's not a sprint, it's a marathon. Every stroke counts." The Kernels join an 18-team field at the Class AA state boys golf tournament today in Watertown. Tee times begin at 9 a.m., and team and individual champions will be crowned Tuesday. Last season, Mitchell finished in 12th place with a total of 666.
After a disappointing 1985 football season, Jamie Grosdidier and the Kernels had something to prove. The motivated Mitchell team battled and fought its way to an 11-1 season and runner-up finish in 1986. "We thought we had something to prove," said Grosdidier, who was an all-Eastern South Dakota Conference selection and named to the Bally's All-American team as the nation's top scholar-athlete in his senior year. "Our junior year we had some frustrating losses and weren't as successful as we wanted to be.
The goal for the Dakota Wesleyan University football team this week is to put together a complete game. So far this season, both coaches and players said the No. 22 Tigers have shown signs of urgency but haven't shown intensity for four quarters. "We're doing some good things and we have some guys who are making plays and starting to mature, but when our backs are against the wall, we play with urgency," DWU third-year head coach Ross Cimpl said.
The seniors won 18-0 Thursday at Joe Quintal Field at the annual Mitchell High School powderpuff game during homecoming week. With the win, the seniors became one of the few...
SALEM -- Shayne Gottlob gets after it on the football field. Because of his physical play, the Salem native got the nickname "Cement Head" during his first year at South Dakota State University. "He is such a physical guy," SDSU defensive tackles coach Jesse Currier said. "He got the name because he will truck the guy he's going against." Through his hard work, Gottlob has continued to progress for the Jackrabbits (3-1) and still has yet to reach his potential, according to Currier.
University of Sioux Falls freshman Jase Kraft finished 14th for the men's cross country team at the St. Olaf Invitational on Sept.
Seniors Allison Buckley and Kendra Hanks earned singles wins Tuesday in the Mitchell High School girls tennis team's final regular-season dual at Hitchcock Park in Mitchell. The Kernels (10-14, 4-8 ESD) fell to Brandon Valley 7-2. Buckley defeated Logan Hawkins 10-8 at No. 5, while No. 6 Hanks topped Chandler Harstad 10-8. "Kendra lost to this girl earlier this season and avenged that loss," Mitchell coach Pat Moller said.
Ross Cimpl has great pride in his team's ability to rebound after a loss. Last season, the Dakota Wesleyan University football team was 3-0 in contests after a loss. "Going through adversity and then winning some games last year is something we can reference," Cimpl said at Thursday's practice. "We did a good job of letting things go and that's positive for us. Hopefully, this group of guys can understand that and look forward." After suffering their first loss of the season last week, the Tigers slipped to No. 22 in the national polls after falling to then-No.