Daily Republic Sports
The Mitchell High School boys tennis team made its long awaited season debut on Tuesday. The Kernels' season had been delayed by the wintry weather, but they finally played at Hitchcock Park against Aberdeen Roncalli and Brookings. "We were pretty eager to get out there," Mitchell coach Pat Moller said. "It's been a long wait. A lot of indoor practices and a lot of early morning practices to get us to this point." It resulted in a pair of wins over the Cavaliers (7-2) and Bobcats (8-1).
A trio of local senior standouts — pitchers Derek Miller and Deric Denning and infielder Hunter Hallock — and have been key in helping the Mount Marty College baseball team pick up wins this season. Miller, a Mitchell graduate, leads the team in wins (five) and innings pitched (38). He's logged 32 strikeouts to 10 walks and has allowed a .248 average for opponents at the plate with a 2.84 earned-run average.
Due to forecasted winter weather, the Corn Palace Relays—scheduled for Saturday at Joe Quintal Field—have been canceled, Mitchell High School Athletic Director Cory Aadland announced on Monday. In addition, the MHS girls golf team's first meet scheduled for Thursday in Harrisburg has been postponed with no makeup date set. The MHS boys tennis quad scheduled for Saturday in Huron has been postponed with no makeup date announced.
Former University of Minnesota national champion and Cornell associate head coach Damion Hahn was announced as the new wrestling coach at South Dakota State University, the school announced Monday.
Mitchell held its inaugural Run As One 5K event on Saturday at the Kiwanis Woodland Park. The event was sponsored by Team Rubicon, which is a veteran service organization that uses disaster response to reintegrate veterans back into civilian life. "The whole point of the Run As One is to forge a stronger community between the veterans and the civilians," said Mitchell resident Brian Fathke, who is South Dakota's state communication coordinator for Team Rubicon. Fathke organized Saturday's run.
SIOUX FALLS—Team Navy swept Team White in the Sanford Pentagon all-star high school basketball games on Sunday at the Sanford Pentagon. The Team Navy boys edged Team White, 96-92. In the girls game, Team Navy defeated Team White, 76-55.
The Mitchell High School baseball team has bumped back its season opener once again. The Kernels were supposed to play Central and Stevens Saturday in Rapid City, before a doubleheader with Douglas on Sunday. Those games have been canceled. Instead, the Kernels will now open the season with a 5 p.m. doubleheader Tuesday against Sioux Falls Washington in Mitchell.
The Mitchell Kernels boys basketball skills camp is June 4-6. The camp is for third-through-12th grades and is at the Mitchell High School. The skills camp emphasizes footwork, ballhandling, shooting, passing and catching. There will be contests and a variety of competitions. Trophies and T-shirts will be awarded. The grades third-through-fifth are from 3-4:30 p.m., grades sixth-through-eighth are from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and grades ninth-through-12th are from 9 a.m. to noon.
Dominique Boerger pitched a two-hit shutout as Dakota Wesleyan University took Game One of a doubleheader against Mount Marty College on Thursday. The Tigers won the opener 6-0, but fell 5-4 in Game Two of the Great Plains Athletic Conference twinbill at Drake Field. In Game One, Boerger struck out two batters, walked one batter and DWU coach John Greicar said he set the tone for the Tigers.
The Kernel Summer League is being organized for youth boys basketball players interested in playing on Tuesdays this summer at the Mitchell Middle School. The league is open to players entering grades 4-8 and players do not need to be from the Mitchell School District. Players will be placed on teams by league officials and two games will be played each night, with a tournament on the final evening of play. Players will receive a league shirt and each player will play an equal amount of time each night of play.