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There will be a rematch of the 2011 and 2012 Class AA state boys' basketball championship games tonight. The Mitchell Kernels face the Sioux Falls O'Gorman Knights, who are the reigning three-time state champion, at 4 p.m. today during the Mike Miller Classic at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. For some, the anticipation of the game is high with the teams' rivalry within the past two years. But for head coach Tom Young, it's nothing unusual. "For us this is just another game," said Young, whose team is 2-5.
The Kernels had four players score in double figures, but it wasn't enough to beat Coronado. "Those guys just kept making shots," said Coronado head coach Jeff Kaufman, whose team beat Mitchell 80-63 Thursday in a high school boys' basketball game during the Mike Miller Classic at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. "We were a little more athletic and it played in our favor, but (Mitchell) never stopped shooting and making shots on us." Mitchell was led by senior guard Cole Morgan, who had 16 points including three 3-pointers.
SPRINGFIELD -- Jonathan Talsma had his sights set high for the World Series of Team Roping. The Springfield native, who now lives in Grandview, Texas, teamed up with Gary Lyn, of San Antonio in the WSTR and competed against 300 teams Dec. 15 in Las Vegas. The duo were able to rope their first two steer and record a time. But they missed the third, leaving them out of the final round and without prize money. Winners of the average time in four rounds can earn up to $137,000 per roper and the payout lessens as the places descend. This was Talsma's second WSTR.
Before the holiday break, Tom Young said his team must improve its rebounding. The Kernels will have their work cut out for them during the third Mike Miller Classic, an annual boys' basketball event that begins today at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. The classic is named for Mike Miller, a Mitchell alumnus who now plays for the NBA's Miami Heat. Mitchell takes on Coronado High School, of Henderson, Nev., at 8:30 p.m. today. Coronado has height on its side, unlike the Kernels, and has five players at 6-foot-4 or taller on its roster.
Mike Miller is known for his three-point shooting. It is only fitting that Miller surpassed 10,000 career points with a 3-pointer in the second quarter of Tuesday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Miller scored six points in the game to give him 10,005 career points.
CORSICA -- Hope Menning is described by her coach in one word -- perfectionist. And it has paid off for the sophomore so far this season. Menning has led the Corsica/Stickney girls' basketball team in scoring in all six games this season. "She's a perfectionist when it comes to how she wants to play the game," Corsica/Stickney head coach Lorisa Broughton said. "She really pushes herself to do well." Last week, the 5-foot-9 guard scored no lower than 15 points in all three of the Jaguars' games.
Is Cornelius getting shortchanged? For years, universities and colleges all over the country have earned revenue for trademarked team names and mascots. But the Mitchell School District does not. The Collegiate Licensing Corp. reported total revenue of $4.6 billion from July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2012. That revenue came from the sale of trademarked goods by its customers, primarily college athletic departments. Several athletic programs at Mitchell's Dakota Wesleyan University earn revenue for sports apparel.
Tom Young said his team is improving, no doubt. But one area the Kernels must improve in is rebounding. In six games, the Mitchell boys' basketball team (2-4) has only outrebounded one of its opponents. The Kernels outrebounded Rapid City Stevens in their second win of the year. "That's going to be the focus for us probably the rest of the year," said first-year head coach Tom Young, whose team outrebounded Stevens 31-28.
When it rains, it pours. The young Marlin boys' varsity team may be without up to four players for this weekend's games. The team could be down to 9 eligible players. With 14 players on the Marlins' roster and goalie Tate Sutherland out due to a foot injury, the team could be in trouble. The Marlins play Brookings at 8:15 p.m. Saturday in Brookings. Mitchell also rescheduled its game with Sioux Falls, which was originally set on Dec. 9, for 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Mitchell Activities Center.
A few weeks into basketball season, Eastern South Dakota Conference coaches have sighted the teams to beat. In the poll given by The Daily Republic to conference coaches last week, 13 of 16 head coaches submitted votes.