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The Yankton Gazelles took advantage of a low-energy opponent, beating No. 5-ranked Mitchell in four sets Tuesday night at Mitchell High School. "You expect your senior leaders to step up and make sure that effort's happening all the time, and obviously I didn't see that," said Mitchell head coach Deb Thill, whose team lost 25-22, 25-13, 22-25, 25-21.
Jaron Weich led the Mitchell High School golf team with a 78, putting him in a tie for 17th, in the first round of the Class AA state boys' golf tournament Monday at Lakeview Golf Course. The Kernels sit in 15th place with 351 strokes after the first day of the tournament behind Huron, which totaled a 346. "Obviously we're disappointed in our team standing after the first day," head coach Sean Moen said. "We can play better than that in our home course.
Recruiting to field an entire team began early this summer for the Mitchell Christian boys' golf team. Coach Mike Rieck said Adam Bleeker and Jackson Feiner wanted the chance to go to the state tournament with a team and they fought to get that chance. Their wish was granted when Wes Vander Pol and Adam Rasmussen went out for golf this fall, giving the team four players, eventually qualifying for a state tournament berth at regions. "Bleeker and Feiner were the ones who talked to these guys," Rieck said.
The top three team finishers return to battle for the title at the Class A state boys' golf tournament today at Spearfish Canyon Country Club. Defending champions Harrisburg, runner-up Dell Rapids and Aberdeen Roncolli all finished within six strokes of one another last year and will join the rest of the field when play begins at 10 a.m. Central time. Other team qualifiers include, Aberdeen Roncolli, Chamberlain, Dakota Valley, Dell Rapids, Harrisburg, Lead-Deadwood, Madison, Mitchell Christian, Parkston, Sioux Falls Christian, Sisseton, Spearfish, St.
The long-standing tradition stands. The seniors squeaked by the juniors in a 16-14 decision in Mitchell High School's annual homecoming powderpuff football game Thursday night at Joe Quintal Field. "This game is pretty serious," senior Lauren Farris said. "We didn't want to be the first senior team to lose in a long time." The seniors had 20 more players than the juniors and each team had three practices before the highly anticipated game.
The Aberdeen Central Golden Eagles came into a noisy, spirit-filled Mitchell High School gymnasium and spoiled the Kernels' homecoming volleyball game by sweeping them 25-23, 25-22, 25-7 Tuesday night. "Their crowd was phenomenal," Aberdeen head coach Dennis Northrup said. "I would love to have our crowd act like that. Coming into this place has always been a struggle for us because it's always loud, but this time we came down here and got it done." The first two sets were back-and-forth between the Eastern South Dakota Conference teams.
The Parkston boys' golf team qualified for its third consecutive state tournament appearance and claimed the Region 3A title Monday at Lakeview Golf Course in Mitchell. The Trojans shot a team score of 321, winning by 25 strokes over Chamberlain, which qualified for state for a second straight season, with a 346. "This is the lowest a Parkston team has shot in Class A," said Parkston coach Tyler Hockett, whose team was runner-up in Region 3A to Winner last season. "We're a young team, but we have 19 kids on the team so it keeps practice very competitive.
The Dakota Wesleyan women's golf team took advantage of playing at home during the eighth annual Palace City Classic Friday and Saturday. The Tigers claimed the team title with a 675, setting themselves above the rest of the field by 16 strokes. Northwestern came in second with a 691 and Iowa Central carded 722 strokes for third. "We played more like we're capable of playing (Saturday)," head coach Adam Anderson said. "Anytime we can win by 16 strokes, we can feel good about our performance." Tournament play was split between Mitchell's two golf courses, Lakeview and Wild Oak.
Clayton Gropper has taped more than 21,600 ankles in his career at Mitchell High School. And after putting in countless hours on the field, court and classroom, he's finally being recognized for all that wrapping and work. The Mitchell High School employee was named Athletic Trainer of the Year by the South Dakota Athletic Trainers' Association for the 2011-2012 school year. "It's nice to get recognition for the hours and work you put in," Gropper said. "I didn't expect anyone to nominate me for something like this because it's just my job.
Because of what they deemed abuse of the system, Mitchell school officials have tightened controls on who can use school facilities during non-school hours. A committee of administrators revised the policy earlier this summer with the approval of the Mitchell Board of Education. The old policy was established about seven years ago. Mitchell High School Activities Director Geoff Gross said school district employees had been using facilities too liberally.