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RAPID CITY -- Kerri Young has accomplished nearly everything a high school basketball player can. The senior has won a state championship with the Mitchell Kernels girls' basketball team in 2012, earned all-tournament, state and conference accolades and is the school's all-time girls' basketball leading scorer. In her senior season, she crept up on another record and passed it Friday night.
RAPID CITY -- A big defensive effort secured the Mitchell High School girls' basketball team a spot in the Class AA state championship game, beating second-seeded Sioux Falls Washington 46-37 Friday night in Rapid City. With the Warriors trailing 41-37 with just more than two minutes to play, Mitchell pressured Washington's offense and forced two late turnovers. "Those two turnovers at the end were huge and if they get a good look at the basket, it's a different game," said Mitchell coach Wes Morgan, whose team gets a chance to defend its title at 9 p.m.
RAPID CITY -- Mitchell's Kerri Young is closing in on another Mitchell High School basketball record. The senior is three points away from breaking the school's all-time career points record, which is held by Mike Miller, who plays for the NBA's Miami Heat.
RAPID CITY -- The Mitchell High School girls' basketball team is one step closer to defending its state title. The third-seeded Kernels defeated sixth-seeded Rapid City Central 54-43 Thursday night at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. "People think you're going to come blow out teams, but this is the state tournament," Mitchell coach Wes Morgan said. "Teams want to win and (Rapid City Central) is a senior-oriented team and they are pretty darn good." The Kernels defeated the Cobblers 77-38 in the first meeting of the season on Dec.
It's state tournament time for the Mitchell Marlin boys' varsity hockey team and coach John Lord says anything can happen. In the past three seasons, the Marlins have come out with a higher place than they've been seeded. Last season, Mitchell was the third seed and won its second state boys' varsity title in team history. This time around, the Marlins go into the tournament as the seventh seed, ahead of only Aberdeen. Mitchell is set to play second-seeded Sioux Falls in its opening game of the boys' varsity state hockey tournament at 3:30 p.m.
The Sanborn Central/Woonsocket girls' basketball team is heading into the Class B state tournament with something new this year. The Blackhawks, who were in their first year as a cooperative a year ago, played their way to fourth place in last year's state tournament. Every girl on this year's squad contributed to that fourth-place finish last season, giving the team a wealth of postseason familiarity. "It's not the first time being there for any of our players," co-head coach Rob Baruth said.
Cornelius grinned from ear to ear when he was announced the state's best mascot Tuesday in online voting conducted by USA Today High School Sports. The Mitchell High School mascot beat out four other South Dakota mascots to claim the crown, including the Rapid City Central Cobbler, Sturgis Scooper, Newell Irrigator and Sioux Valley Cossack. Cornelius faced his stiffest competition from the Irrigator at the end of the race, which began Feb. 25 and lasted eight days, but he shucked and popped his way through. Cornelius received 78,256 votes, surpassing the Irrigator's 75,580 votes.
HARTFORD -- After getting outplayed by McCook Central/Montrose earlier this season at the Hanson Classic, the Platte-Geddes boys' basketball team wanted its revenge. The Black Panthers fended off a Fighting Cougar fourth-quarter comeback to claim the Region 5A championship 51-47 Tuesday. With the win, Platte-Geddes earned a berth to the Class A state tournament, which is March 14-16 at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. "That's just great satisfaction to take a group that's worked hard and give ourselves an opportunity like this," Platte-Geddes coach Frank Cutler said.
SALEM -- After 33 years of coaching, McCook Central/Montrose boys' basketball head coach Bill Marquardt has decided to call it quits. Marquardt has spent seven years as McCook Central's head coach and five of those years has been under the co-op with Montrose. "I resigned earlier in the year and it's just time," he said. "I've been at it for 33 years and that's enough." The Fighting Cougars went 17-6 this season and won the District 9A title before losing to Platte-Geddes in the Region 5A championship Tuesday.
First-year Mitchell High School boys' basketball coach Tom Young said Monday he's undecided about returning for a second season. Young, in a question-and-answer session with The Daily Republic, said he needs to visit with several people before making a decision. "I always take one year at a time. It was what I did at Mitchell Christian almost every year," he said of his previous coaching job. "I will try to make the right decision for MHS and my family." The Kernels concluded their season with a 59-37 loss Friday against Aberdeen Central.