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By BROOKE CERSOSIMO The Daily Republic RAPID CITY -- Five-set matches have been the Kernels' specialty this season, but it was their undoing in the first round of the Class AA state tournament. No. 5 seed Mitchell came back from two sets down in the first round of the Class AA high school volleyball tournament against No. 4 seed Sioux Falls Washington to force a deciding set. In the fifth set, the Warriors won the first five points until Mitchell's Sidney Neugebauer broke the run with a kill.
LAKE ANDES -- No. 4-seeded Andes Central begins its quest for a state title against No. 5-seeded Arlington at the Class B state volleyball tournament at 1:45 p.m. today at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. The Eagles (29-3) qualified after beating Hanson in four sets in the Region 6B tournament.
PRESHO -- The Lyman volleyball team kicks off the Class B state volleyball tournament against the No. 1 seed Parker at noon today at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. The Raiders (16-12) defeated Wall in four sets to earn a state tournament berth, for the first time in 17 years, in the Region 7B tournament. Lyman co-head coach Jill Whalen said the team, which has no seniors on the roster, is excited to take in the state tournament experience. "We are extremely excited to be here and be a part of this experience as a team," she said.
It will be a fresh opponent for Mitchell Thursday. In the first round of the Class AA state high school volleyball tournament, Mitchell opens its quest for a state title against Sioux Falls Washington in a matchup that hasn't been played this year. "We're pretty excited about the opportunity that we have," Mitchell coach Deb Thill said. "We think that we're ready for the state tournament and everybody is going to have to bring their best game for us to be successful in three matches in three days." The Kernels (15-8) are the No.
Five Mitchell High School volleyball players were given Eastern South Dakota Conference honors, which were voted on by conference head coaches. Middle hitter Taylin Alm and defensive specialist Megan Farnham, along with 12 other players, were named to the all-ESD Conference first team. Alm, a junior, leads the conference in kills with 374 on the season. Alm also has the highest hitting percentage in the ESD conference with 33.
The Mitchell High School volleyball team booked its ticket to the Class AA state tournament with a straight-set victory over Sturgis in a Region 2AA state play-in game Friday in Mitchell. This is the third consecutive state appearance for Mitchell, which was denied a state tournament appearance each year from 2005 to 2009. The Class AA tournament is set to start Thursday and run through Nov. 17 at Rapid City Central High School in Rapid City. Mitchell's Megan Farnham said the Kernels put a lot of time into preparing for this match because they haven't played Sturgis since Aug.
The Kernel volleyball team booked its ticket to the Class AA state tournament today with a straight-set victory over Sturgis. This is the third consecutive state appearance for Mitchell. The Class AA tournament is set for Nov. 15-17 at Rapid City Central High School in Rapid City. Set scores were 25-16, 25-11, 25-17. Kendra Morgan led the Kernels with 33 set assists, five digs and three aces. Taylin Alm recorded 14 kills, Kerri Young tallied nine aces and two blocks and Sidney Neugebauer added eight kills, five digs and two blocks in the win.
VERMILLION -- Lorin Larsen, of Madison, was honored with the 25-year officiating award at halftime of the 9B football championship game Thursday in Vermillion. Larsen officiated high school football and basketball for 27 years, from 1985 until he died in a hunting accident on Oct. 13.
VERMILLION -- Fourteen points. That's the combined number of points Hitchcock-Tulare, Wall and Warner put on the board against Cansitota's dominant defense within the Hawks' three championship title games in the past three seasons. In this year's 9A championship game, Canistota gave up more than half of that total -- eight points -- to the Warner Monarchs in its 52-8 victory. The Hawks gave up 161 total offensive yards to Wall in last year's championship game and 210 yards to Hitchcock-Tulare in the 2010 9B title game.
VERMILLION -- The Howard Tigers outscored Deubrook Area 16-0 in the second half of the Class 9AA football championship game, but were unable to complete a comeback, losing 25-22 Thursday at the DakotaDome. Howard climbed out of a 19-point deficit from the first half to pull within one score of the Dolphins. With Deubrook leading 25-6, the Tigers got a 10-yard touchdown run from Evan Donahue with 2:56 left before halftime.