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Wayne Stone remembers his days in a Kernel uniform vividly, but is surprised others do. The 1941 Mitchell High School graduate will be inducted into the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame during a banquet, along with 15 others, March 23 in Madison. "It's a great honor, especially when your name is associated with great, great ballplayers from all over South Dakota," Stone said. He will be inducted alongside Mitchell native and Miami Heat veteran Mike Miller.
The No. 2-seeded Kernels scored 27 first-quarter points en route to beating No. 3-seeded Pierre 59-40 in the first round of the District 3AA girls' basketball tournament Monday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. "Earlier in the year we worked on that, and now getting out to a nice start like that gets us going," Mitchell head coach Wes Morgan said. "The kids played well (tonight)." The Kernels travel to play No. 1-seeded Aberdeen Central Thursday in Aberdeen. With a win, Mitchell can secure itself a spot in the Class AA state tournament, which is March 7-9 in Rapid City.
The Mitchell Marlin boys' varsity hockey team was shut out by Brookings 9-0 Friday at the Mitchell Activities Center. The Rangers scored two goals in the opening period, four in the second and three in the final period. Two of the Rangers' goals were on power plays. Three Brookings players scored two goals apiece and two players had playmakers, three assists in one game. Mitchell goalie Tate Sutherland made 34 saves in the game. The Rangers outshot the Marlins 43-16 in the game. The Marlins host Aberdeen at 4 p.m. today in Mitchell.
Doyle Everson has experienced all angles of the wrestling mat. Now as an official, the Mitchell native will be working at the Class A state wrestling tournament this weekend in Watertown. Everson's wrestling resume also includes coaching for nearly 20 years, and he was a very successful competitor on the mat. In the early 1980s, Everson won three Class A wrestling titles for the Kernels, the first to accomplish the feat at Mitchell High School. At a ceremony during a break this weekend, Everson will be among 14 inducted into the South Dakota High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
WAGNER -- In a repeat of last year's District 10A girls' basketball championship game, the outcome remained the same. Last year, it was Parkston's Logan Wagner who made a 3-pointer at the end of the game to knock off top-seeded Wagner, undefeated at the time and ranked No. 1 in the state.
The Mitchell Kernels have been nominated as a contender for the best high school mascot in the nation, a search conducted by USA Today. Mitchell was one of five schools chosen from South Dakota in the first round of the contest. The other four mascots include: Sturgis Scoopers, Rapid City Central Cobblers, Sioux Valley Cossacks and Newell Irrigators. "A couple of weeks ago, I got an email from a gentleman at USA Today looking for some tidbits about our mascot," Mitchell Activities Director Geoff Gross said.
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.