Daily Republic Sports
The South Dakota State University football team enters the season ranked 10th in the preseason Football Championship Subdivision Coaches Poll, which was released Monday. The Jackrabbits were 9-5 last season and made their second consecutive appearance in the FCS playoffs. SDSU tallied 332 points in the poll and was one of four Missouri Valley Football Conference teams to appear in the preseason poll. Three-time defending champion North Dakota State University topped the poll with 636 points and 18 of 26 first-place votes. Northern Iowa was polled at No. 15 and Youngstown State at No. 21.
The Dakota Plains Running Club and Mitchell Parks and Recreation Department are putting on a three-person relay race around Lake Mitchell on Aug. 23. Registration begins at 7 a.m. at Camp Arroya and it's $30 per team. There are men's, women's and coed divisions. For more information, call Scott Loecker at 996-0951.
The Mitchell Gold team ended its season over the weekend at the 13-14 VFW Minors state baseball tournament. Game statistics for Mitchell Gold weren't available when Monday's edition went to press. The team fell to Watertown White Sox 14-13 Friday, Yankton Reds 8-0 and Brookings Bombers 13-3. Against Watertown, Calvin Hegg went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and two stolen bases. Riley Szabo went 1-for-2 in the team's loss against Yankton Saturday, while Jared Miller suffered the loss after giving up three earned runs and striking out eight. In Mitchell's game against Brookings, Jackson Sa
Dakota Wesleyan University Athletic Director Curt Hart announced Monday that Nick McCutcheon will be the new sports information director. McCutcheon, a native of Southgate, Mich., most recently worked for The Daily Republic sports department. He succeeds Leah Rado.
TYNDALL -- The Tyndall teener team is scheduled to begin its quest for a state championship Friday at the 15-16 VFW state A baseball tournament. The tournament, which has eight teams competing, kicks off at noon Friday and concludes with a championship game at 5 p.m. Sunday. Tyndall plays Chancellor to open the tournament at 5 p.m. Friday. The tournament is a double-elimination format.
PIERRE -- The Mitchell White Minors baseball team won one of three games over the weekend at the VFW state teener tournament in Pierre. After falling to Brandon Valley on Friday, Mitchell picked up a 10-8 win over Sioux Falls East in the team's first game Saturday. Reese Sievert pitched all seven innings for Mitchell, allowing five hits and striking out four. Drew Bollinger finished with three hits and two runs scored, while Max Schoenfelder added two hits and two runs. Mitchell was eliminated from the tournament with a 17-0 loss in three innings to Watertown in the final game of pool play.
PIERRE -- The Mitchell Gold Minors teener baseball team dropped three straight games, as its season ended at the VFW Minors State Tournament over the weekend in Pierre. Mitchell was edged 14-13 by the Watertown White Sox Friday. In the first game Saturday, Mitchell lost 8-0 to the Yankton Reds before falling to the Brookings Bombers 12-3 in the team's final game of the season. No stats were reported despite attempts to reach coaches.
The Mitchell High School and Middle School softball teams will hold their annual Pop Drive Fundraiser today in Mitchell. Players will go door to door around town selling pop with proceeds going to Mitchell softball. The event starts at the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. in Mitchell at 5:30 to 8 p.m., with the team's final registration also taking place at the same time. For more information go to www.freeteams/kernels.com .
The Dakota Wesleyan University football team will conduct Tiger Football Cleanup Day Aug. 17 across Mitchell. One week after reporting to campus the Tiger football team will, for no charge, perform any cleaning projects that residents of Mitchell have available. Necessary tools and cleaning supplies must be provided by residents and the football players will haul trash to the the curbside for pickup. Trash will not be moved to a collection site by the football team. Interested residents should contact DWU Athletic Business Manager Marlene Warnke at 995-2112 or at email@example.com by Aug.
The season came to a close for the Mitchell Mad Dogs in an elimination game against Pierre at the State A Regional Tournament Sunday at Drake Field in Mitchell. The Mad Dogs lost to the Rattlers 7-0, with Joey Fitzgerald taking the loss on the mound for Mitchell. He threw a complete game and was picked up by Vermillion to play in the Class A state tournament starting Friday in Renner.