Daily Republic Sports
RAPID CITY—The Mitchell junior Legion baseball team split a pair of games on Thursday during the first day of the Firecracker Tournament in Rapid City. Mitchell lost to Rapid City Post 22 8-7 in the first game and defeated Rapid City Post 320 11-1 in five innings in the second game. Against Post 320, Jackson Sadler pitched a complete game and struck out three batters. Austin Kerr went 4-for-4, with four runs scored and three RBIs. Brady Hawkins finished 3-for-3 and drove in four runs.
Dakota Wesleyan University men’s soccer coach Paul Bennett has resigned after one season with the program. Bennett’s resignation was announced by DWU Athletic Director Jon Hart on Thursday. “It was a family deal, his wife got a job in Sioux Falls and it just wasn’t going to work out with the commute for him,” Hart told The Daily Republic. “It was too good of job for her to turn down and he’s got young kids so that was the main reason. It wasn’t a bad terms deal, it was on his own.”
The Mitchell Post 18 Legion baseball team's scheduled doubleheader against Watertown Post 17 for Thursday has been postponed due to a wet field. No makeup date has been set. Post 18 will travel to Pierre for a doubleheader starting at 5 p.m. on Friday.
VALENTINE, Neb. — Winner/Colome crossed the state line Wednesday night and blanked Valentine, Nebraska 10-0 in six innings during a Legion baseball contest. Kelly O'Bryan, Jeremiah Yeaman and Cale Meiners each drove in a pair of runs and O'Bryan and Drew DeMers each had two hits for the Royals, who had eight hits and took advantage of four Valentine errors. O'Bryan earned the win on the mound, throwing four innings and allowing four hits, while striking out four. Ty Bolton threw the final two innings, allowing just one hit and striking out four.
PARKSTON—Matt Malloy went 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs as the Parkston Mudcats picked up a non-league amateur baseball win over the Canova Gang 9-6 on Tuesday at The Pond in Parkston. William Lutjen added two doubles and an RBI, while Sterling Kinneberg and Dylan Mogck each added two RBIs in the win. Parkston finished the game with 14 hits. Brandon Nickolite earned the win for the Mudcats, holding Canova to five runs, one earned, on 10 hits with three strikeouts in seven innings pitched.
PLATTE — Platte/Geddes was able to tie the game late but was never able to fully overtake Parkston's early 4-0 lead as Parkston won a 14-12 decision in a Legion baseball game Tuesday. The game was tied 11-11 after five innings
The Kernel Klassic Team Camp of Champs is July 19-20 at the Mitchell High School. The cost is $30 per player and the camp features pool play format. T-shirts will be given to all players and coaches. Pre-registration is due on June 30 and make checks payable to Kernel Volleyball. Send to Mitchell coach Deb Thill at 1512 E. Fifth Ave., Mitchell, S.D., 57301. For more details, contact Thill at email@example.com or call 605-770-3097.
The Mitchell High School volleyball team will have its summer individual skills camp July 17-18 at the MHS gym. The camp is open to players in grades 7-12 and the cost is $65 and includes a T-shirt. The camp will start at 9 a.m. each day with skill work and drills, until noon, before resuming at 1 p.m. with competitions and games until 4 p.m. MHS head coach Deb Thill will lead the camp, along with assistants Christina Siemsen, Esther Witte, Mitchell Middle School coaches and former players.
HOWARD—Howard's Bailey Rudebusch has signed a national letter of intent with the University of Sioux Falls track and field team. Rudebusch will throw shot put and discus for the Cougars. She won the Class B state title in the discus this past May. She finished seventh in the shot put. Rudebusch's personal best in the discus is 122-feet, 6-inches. Her personal best in the shot put is 37-1. Rudebusch is a member of a signing class that features 22 student-athletes, hailing from six states. She is one of five South Dakotans to sign with USF.
CASPER, Wyo.—Eastern New Mexico University rodeo senior and Winner graduate Tawny Barry won the goat tying event at the College National Finals Rodeo on Saturday night in Casper, Wyo. After a 23rd place finish a year ago, she reined in the top spot with a time of 6.4 seconds in the short go, besting Wyoming's Amelia Anderson by 0.1 seconds to win the event. Barry is the first ENMU rodeo national champion since Hayden Segelke (goat tying) and Logan Medlin (team roping) brought home the title in their respective events in 2014.