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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.
The Kernel boys' tennis team earned its second straight sweep Tuesday after beating Sioux Falls Roosevelt 9-0. Mitchell has played matches in five of the last six days and beat Brookings 9-0 Monday. Coach Pat Moller said his team is feeling the wrath of a busy schedule. "I thought we looked a little tired," said Moller, whose team improved to 10-2 overall. "We didn't have our best tennis (today) but a sign of a true winning team is battling through that and coming out with the win." He said he was impressed with how senior Tate Crago -- Mitchell's No.
The Mitchell High School boys' tennis team earned another Eastern South Dakota Conference win Monday. The Kernels beat the Brookings Bobcats 9-0 and improved to 9-2 overall and 5-1 in conference matches. Mitchell's only conference loss of the season came Saturday against Watertown -- a team the Kernels play again on Friday. "We had a day off (Sunday) after a vigorous schedule last week, and the kids needed it to get refreshed," Mitchell coach Pat Moller said. "We looked very business-like (Monday) and came out with the victory." Moller said he was happy with the No.
Erik Skoglund has been hired as the Mitchell High School boys' basketball head coach pending school board approval, Activities Director Geoff Gross announced Monday night. Skoglund was offered the Mitchell High School boys' basketball head coaching position Sunday evening and accepted the job soon after. The recommendation for hire will be taken to the Mitchell School District Board of Education meeting May 13. Pending approval, Skoglund will take over as head coach.
Mitchell spring baseball coach Luke Norden was pleased with his team's pitching this weekend. Over four games, the Kernels used eight total pitchers and gave up four runs as Mitchell swept both Rapid City Stevens and Rapid City Central. "Pitching was outstanding from everybody," said Norden, whose team is 6-0 in region play. The Kernels (6-2) have two more region games to play and Norden said his team has played four more region games than any other team in its region. "As we get down to the end of the season, those teams are obviously going to go through pitching and beat up on each other