Daily Republic Sports
HARRISBURG—The Mitchell girls golf team finished ninth in its season debut on Thursday at Spring Creek Golf Course in Harrisburg. The Kernels shot a 380, which is already an improvement from last season when the young squad routinely shot in the 400's. "I am very happy with the outcome of the first tournament as far as how the girls played and how they can recognize their own mistakes," Mitchell coach Keri Munsen said. Aberdeen Central shot a 326 to win the team title. Natalie Young, of Rapid City Stevens, claimed individual medalist honors with a 74.
The Dakota Wesleyan University football team added 10 more players to its 2017 recruiting class. Three recruits are from Minnesota and one from Nebraska, South Dakota, Alaska, Nevada, California, Florida and Iowa.
Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball graduate assistant coach Bailey Morris has been hired as a full-time assistant at Briar Cliff University. Morris was on the Tiger staff for the 2016-17 season and she previously coached for a year at Oklahoma Wesleyan University. The Chargers will be Morris' third GPAC stop in her career. Morris was a standout player at Concordia (Neb.) and was named 2015 NAIA women's basketball player of the year and a two-time All-American.
Another NBA season is in the books for Mitchell native Mike Miller. Miller, 37, closed out his season with the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night, as Denver traveled to Oklahoma City and defeated the Thunder 111-105. Miller played 28 minutes but did not score, pulling down eight rebounds and dishing four assists in the victory.
Mitchell High School senior Sam Michels signed to play baseball at the University of Sioux Falls during an event with friends and family Wednesday at MHS. Michels, who is the primary catcher for the Kernels' high school team and Mitchell Legion Post 18, will join the Cougars as a catcher next season. "I started going to a bunch of prospect camps as a junior and got my feet wet with a bunch of schools and I went to one in the fall and I really connected with the coaches," Michels said. "It's someone familiar and a place I felt comfortable and at home."
The 69th annual Corn Palace Relays will take place Thursday at Joe Quintal Field, starting at 4 p.m. The meet is taking place on a Thursday because the usual Saturday date was unavailable due to the Easter holiday. As a result, all races on the track will be run as finals. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. In addition, the meet is a Mitchell Athletic Booster Club event, with free admission for membership cardholders.
BROOKINGS—The Mitchell High School boys tennis team won two matches on Tuesday in Brookings, topping Aberdeen Roncalli 7-2 and the hosts 9-0. "Aberdeen Roncalli is a good team. We didn't know what to expect, we had some tight matches and came out on top," MHS head coach Pat Moller said. "Brookings is a young team. We had some more experience and that experience benefitted us against them."
YANKTON—The Mitchell High School boys 4x100-meter relay team set a school record, while sophomore Carly Haring tied a school record in the girls high jump on Tuesday at the Yankton Invite in Yankton. Mitchell's 400 relay team of Spencer Neugebauer, Courtney Miller, Barry Browning and Reed Overweg recorded a time of 43.7 seconds, which broke the previous school record of 43.8, set in 2012.
MADISON — Dakota State University finished a season sweep in softball over its rivals Dakota Wesleyan University with a pair of victories 7-4 and 5-3 on Tuesday. In the opener, DWU outhit the Trojans 10-8 but couldn't rally from a three-run fifth inning for DSU to take the lead. Karly Severance had a 3-for-3 day in the loss for the Tigers. The Tigers again outhit DSU in Game Two 10-5 but left nine runners on base. Katelyn Dougherty knocked in two runs for DWU. DWU (12-27) will head to Briar Cliff on Thursday for a doubleheader.
WAGNER—Corsica-Stickney's boys and the host Wagner girls track and field teams picked up victories at the Wagner Relays Tuesday. The Jaguars had 172 boys points, outpacing the rest of the field at the meet. Ethan/Parkston was second with 86 points and Bon Homme was third with 80 points. Wagner was tops in the girls competition with 129 points, with Ethan/Parkston second at 114 and Corsica-Stickney third at 85 points.