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PARKSTON -- Parkston wrestler Myles Bialas has been told time and time again that he's a natural leader, but in the wake of the state tournament, it has its pros and cons. For the Trojans' lone senior, it's "kind of nerve-wracking" being in the leadership role on the championship-favored team heading into the Class B state wrestling tournament, which begins at 10 a.m. Friday at the Barnett Center in Aberdeen. "If you don't win the state tournament, some people look at you as if it could be your fault and blame it on you if it doesn't go right," Bialas said.
YANKTON -- A conditioning-heavy Monday practice may have played a part in the Mitchell vs. Yankton boys' basketball game Tuesday. The game was originally scheduled for Thursday, but due to an impending snow storm in the forecast for later in the week, the game was moved to Tuesday. "Part of it may have been my fault a little bit because I conditioned them really hard (Monday), thinking we were going to play Thursday," said Mitchell coach Tom Young, whose team lost to the Bucks 50-42 in its final game of the regular season.
YANKTON -- The Mitchell Kernel girls' basketball team proved why it is back at the top of the polls in its final game of the regular season Tuesday. The No. 1 Kernels' defensive effort dominated the floor in a 61-33 Eastern South Dakota Conference win over the Yankton Gazelles. "That was really our focus coming out," said Mitchell head coach Wes Morgan, whose team forced 15 turnovers and made 10 steals in the win. "Our defense really allowed us to be good offensively and got our transition game going.
YANKTON -- Although the Kernel boys suffered a 50-42 loss to Yankton in their final game of the regular season, Mitchell maintained the third seed in District 3AA. Mitchell will play No. 2-seeded Huron in the first round of district play Tuesday in Huron, while No. 1-seeded Pierre (15-5) hosts No.
With one regular-season game left, the Mitchell High School boys' basketball team can still move to become the third seed for the District 3AA tournament. The Kernels and Aberdeen Central are tied in terms of seed points. For seed point averages, each team earns 50 points for a victory over a Class AA varsity opponent and does not receive points for a loss to a Class AA opponent.
RAPID CITY -- One year ago, the Mitchell High School gymnastics team took home four individual medals at the Class AA state individual gymnastics meet. On Saturday, the Kernels earned 19 individual medals from six of Mitchell's seven athletes who competed in the individual competition, which was Saturday at Rapid City Stevens High School. The team was led by its all-around competitors and was highlighted by freshman Quinci Herll and sophomore Ellie Rew as both gymnasts earned top 10 all-around finishes and all-tournament team honors.
RAPID CITY -- The Deuel gymnastics team defended its Class A state championship with back-to-back 9.9 vaults by standouts Sam Wiekamp and Meaghan Sievers. Deuel, which set a Class A team record for points, finished ahead of the rest of the field by more than nine points with a team score of 145.9.
RAPID CITY -- The Mitchell High School gymnastics team finished the marathon state meet in the exact spot coach Audra Rew predicted. The Kernels finished in third place in Class AA with a score of 141.975 at the state gymnastics meet Friday at Rapid City Stevens High School. "All of the girls worked together and had each other's back throughout the meet," Rew said. "I'm really excited for them." Mitchell finished behind champion Rapid City Central (151.7) and runner-up Watertown (145.85).
After battling weeks of illness, the Chamberlain gymnastics team is ready to give everything it has in its final meet of the season. "We've had several different girls who've been fighting sickness," Chamberlain head coach Sherri Knippling said. "We've worked hard this week and gave it all we had, and we're going into state with no regrets. We have to trust the hard work that we've done and hope for the best." The Cubs are set to compete in the state gymnastics meet, which begins at 11 a.m. mountain time today at Rapid City Stevens High School.
With the biggest meet of the season ahead, Audra Rew couldn't be happier with her team's rotation. The Mitchell High School gymnastics team drew Olympic order or the home rotation -- vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor -- for the state gymnastics meet, which begins at 11 a.m. mountain time today at Rapid City Stevens High School. The state meet will run differently this year as both Class AA and Class A teams compete simultaneously.