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The Mitchell High School boys' tennis team remained undefeated against Eastern South Dakota Conference teams by beating Huron and Aberdeen Central Friday at Hitchcock Park in Mitchell. The Kernels beat the Tigers 9-0 and Golden Eagles 7-2 to improve to 4-0 in the conference. Mitchell is 6-1 overall with its only loss coming to Sioux Falls O'Gorman Thursday. "It was a great day," Mitchell coach Pat Moller said. "We proved we were the better team, and that's what we're looking to do every time we play, especially against two ESD schools." Moller said his No.
The Parkston girls' golf team had four individuals place in the top 10 en route to winning the team title at the Mitchell Invitational Friday at Lakeview Golf Course in Mitchell. "I'm very pleased with how they conducted themselves," Trojan coach Tyler Hockett said. "In the morning, there were some nerves from the stage of this event, but they took one shot at a time and did great." The event had 106 participants with 15 Class AA teams, two Class A teams and one junior varsity squad. The Trojans, who scored a 317, topped the field by 18 strokes.
The Mitchell High School boys' tennis team made a statement Thursday. The Kernels (4-1) came within one match of taking down Sioux Falls O'Gorman, which was second in last year's state tournament. The overall match was even at 4 with only the No. 2 doubles match still on court. O'Gorman won the first set 7-6(7-5) and the Kernels' team -- No. 2 singles player Beau Brown and No.
The Mitchell High School boys' tennis team is coming up on an intense schedule as virtually its entire season will be played in the next two and a half weeks before the Eastern South Dakota Conference tournament. The Kernels are set to play five of the next six days, totaling eight matches, and start the busy run hosting Sioux Falls O'Gorman at 1 p.m. today at Hitchcock Park in Mitchell. "Our schedule worked out as long as there are no more rain outs," Mitchell coach Pat Moller said. "We're playing just about every team we had on our original schedule at least once.
State tournaments were a hot topic at The Depot Wednesday night. And there are three things that must fall into place to have a successful state tournament, according to South Dakota High School Activities Association Executive Director Wayne Carney, who was the featured speaker who talked in front of a crowd of about 50 people at the weekly Mitchell Quarterback Club meeting, held at The Depot. First, the best teams with the best records must be in the tournament. Secondly, those teams have to win to set up the highlighted matchups.
College coaches look for competitors, and that's what Dakota Wesleyan University men's and women's golf coach Adam Anderson found in Lauren Fitts. "She doesn't want to lose at anything," said Anderson, who's in his eighth year with the Tigers. "All great athletes that want to get better, improve and do their best have an eagerness about them to compete, and she definitely has that.
More Class AA and A gymnasts are likely to pre-qualify individually for the state gymnastics meet next year. Last week in Pierre, the South Dakota High School Activities Association board of directors passed an item, which lowered the in-season qualifying standard on uneven bars and balance beam in both classes. Last year in Class AA, less than five competitors pre-qualified on bars and beam.
Since August, making adjustments has become normal for Jill (Young) Sargent. The former Mitchell Christian basketball standout has been playing professionally in Germany where the lifestyle and basketball are much different than in South Dakota. Mitchell native Sargent, who married former South Dakota State University men's standout Clint Sargent, has played for the USC Heidelberg Bascats for the last six months. Clint has spent the past two seasons playing for the USC Heidelberg men's team. The couple are still living in Germany, but will return to Mitchell later this week.
On-court coaching for high school tennis coaches will be allowed on a trial basis next year. The proposal was passed by the South Dakota High School Activities Association Board of Directors last week in Pierre. The passing of the item means that coaches can walk onto the tennis court during the 90-second changeover between games or sets, except following the first game of each set. "Some of the coaches thought it would speed up the game," Mitchell head boys' and girls' coach Pat Moller said. The rule that is now in place states that coaches cannot go out onto the court.
SCOTLAND -- Not many high school or college athletes get the chance to play overseas, yet one Scotland senior will be able to share the experience. Sam Geiman, a 5-foot-6 forward for the Highlander girls' basketball team, was chosen by Down Under Sports to represent South Dakota and the nation as a member of the North Central Girls' Basketball Team. "I just got a letter that said I was invited to play (Australia)," she said. "I actually knew I wanted to do this right away." The team will play against other girls' teams from Australia and New Zealand in an 11-day trip, extending July 15-23.