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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.
Taylin Alm's upcoming decision is going to impact her entire life. The Mitchell High School volleyball player is being highly recruited by Division I schools. She narrowed her search down to five to 10 schools, all of which have offered full-ride athletic scholarships, she said. Alm, a 6-foot-4 junior middle hitter, would not release the total number of Division I offers or specific schools that have contacted with her during the process. "I'm excited to make a decision and know that I'm going to go where I'm going to be wanted," said Alm, who has been visiting colleges since November.
This fall, Megan Farnham will become the first Mitchell High School volleyball player to play for a Division I college directly out of high school. The Kernels' defensive specialist is joining the South Dakota State University women's volleyball team as a walk-on, the school announced Thursday. "I was really excited," Farnham said of when SDSU volleyball coach Phil McDaniel invited her to play on the team nearly two weeks ago.
The Dakota Wesleyan University baseball team has the highest batting average of any Great Plains Athletic Conference team. The Tigers (19-18, 6-6 GPAC) have a team batting average of .318 on the season and have recorded 337 hits. Behind DWU, which was fourth in the GPAC standings before Tuesday's doubleheader, is Nebraska Wesleyan with a .303 batting average. DWU also has the conference's top batter in shortstop Michael Lukkason. Lukkason remains atop the GPAC in batting average, going .423 behind the plate.
Tuesday in Pierre, the South Dakota High School Activities Association Board of Directors passed the addition of a shot clock in Class A basketball, effective the 2014-15 season. SDHSAA Executive Director Wayne Carney confirmed the board's decision in a phone conversation with The Daily Republic after the meeting. Following next season, Class A will join Class AA and use the 35-second shot clock in both boys' and girls' basketball, leaving Class B as the only class in the state that won't use a shot clock. "I think in the end, the shot clock will be at all levels," Chamberlain boys' basketb
Simulating a golf course in a gymnasium is challenging, but Mitchell High School girls' coach coach Rob Marchand and his team are making the most of it. Marchand, who is in his first year of coaching with the Kernels, said being indoors allows the players to break down their swings. This spring, the Mitchell golf team has been stuck inside like most other sports. The wintry weather and large snowfall totals have forced the Kernels indoors instead of on the course for practice. "It's actually a really good teaching environment," he said.
The Cadwell Sports Complex is a haven for baseball most days, but this week, it's better for building snowmen. On Monday afternoon, the Mitchell High School spring baseball team (2-2) spent one hour clearing off Drake Field, forming giant snow balls near the east fence. Head coach Luke Norden compared the activity to voting. "If you don't come out and try to do something, you can't complain about the field being too wet and snowy," he said.