BROOKINGS—Maintaining a lead has been the bugaboo for Mitchell High School throughout the football season. Entering Thursday's Class 11AA quarterfinal matchup at Brookings, the Kernels had surrendered three second-half leads. Dykhouse Stadium was the one place Mitchell hadn't given up a lead, though. In fact, the Kernels buckled down and made the necessary plays to beat the Bobcats on the last day of August.
RAPID CITY—Mitchell High School girls tennis remained unbeaten with a 9-0 sweep of Rapid City Christian in its first dual meet of the Rapid City Invitational. Amber Moller got the nod at No. 1 singles and won her first individual match of the season, beating Mia Shankle in three sets, 3-6, 6-2 and 10-6. Kelsey Dahme was victorious at No. 2 singles thanks to a pair of 6-1, 6-1 wins, while Madison Bohlen won at No. 3 singles, 6-1, 6-4, over RC Christian's Paige Wagner. Kiersten Bathke and Atlanta Stahle each picked up two-set wins in singles competition.
ALEXANDRIA—Sanborn Central/Woonsocket went 2-0 during the first day of the Hanson Early Bird Volleyball Tournament on Tuesday. The Blackhawks will play Class B powerhouse Warner on Thursday in the championship match. In their first match, the Blackhawks won the final two sets to take down Gayville-Volin. Set scores were 18-25, 25-21, 26-24.
MENNO — The Parkston Mudcats edged the Menno Mad Frogs 5-4 in 10 innings in an amatuer baseball contest on Sunday in Menno. Jeff Harris had a home run and a triple to lead the Mudcats, while Spencer Lucas had a double. Dillon Stadlman earned the win in relief, pitching six innings, allowing two earned runs off eight hits with nine strikeouts and six walks. For Menno, Cody Ulmer went 3-fot-5 with an RBI, while Dylan Lehr had two hits and an RBI. Ryan Liebl had a double and two RBIs.
Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for an 18-year-old man wanted for second-degree robbery at a Mitchell convenience store April 12.
The Jaguar Invitational track meet scheduled for Tuesday in Corsica has been canceled. The Mitchell High School track and field team's scheduled meet on Tuesday in Harrisburg has been canceled. Mitchell, which has yet to compete in an outdoor meet, is scheduled to compete at the Pierre Legion Relays on Friday in Pierre. The Mitchell Trap Club will not be open on Thursday and the Free Bird Night event has been postponed until April 26.
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Woonsocket STEICHEN HONORED FOR WWII SERVICE: Wayne Steichen, of Woonsocket, was recently presented a commemorative World War II medal by the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs. Steichen served in the Navy in the mid-1940s. His convoy of ships landed on the island of Okinawa and traversed the coastline of Japan. — Sanborn Weekly Journal Scotland
WINNER — A 19-year-old man was arrested for ingesting THC after police found him lying in the middle of a Winner road. Shortly before midnight on Jan. 23, Winner police officers were on patrol and witnessed a male fall down in the middle of the road and not get up, according to court documents. Officers approached the man, 19-year-old Dixon resident Talon Eagle Hawk, and as he stood up he allegedly smelled of alcohol and was swaying.
A Mitchell woman was arrested after allegedly breaking into her ex-boyfriend's apartment and breaking his television. Holly Fechner, 42, was charged with first-degree burglary and intentional property damage recently after entering a Mitchell residence without permission in the middle of the night, court documents state. At about midnight on May 27, Fechner entered her ex-boyfriend's Fourth Avenue apartment in Mitchell, where she knew he wasn't home, according to court documents.
A Mitchell man was indicted by a federal grand jury in October for assaulting, resisting and impeding a federal officer. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 30-year-old Corey Johnson pled not guilty on Nov. 4 to forcibly assaulting, resisting, impeding, intimidating and interfering with a Bureau of Indian Affairs Officer Shane Spargur on Sept. 13 in Lower Brule by the use of physical contact. Johnson faces a maximum penalty of eight years in custody, a $250,000 fine, three years of supervised release and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund if convicted.