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BROOKINGS — A late push drew the Mitchell Kernels wrestling team close at the end but it wasn't enough to catch the Brookings Bobcats, who took an Eastern South Dakota Conference dual meet in Brookings, 39-30 on Friday night. The Kernels fell in an early hole, down 18-0 after the first four matches. Kyler Bauder fought hard for Mitchell out of the gate at 106 pounds but lost 8-6 to Jason Nixon in a sudden victory period. Brookings' Ronna Heaton (113) and Jacob Puppe (126) each picked up pins, sandwiching a victory by Carson Klinkhammer over Logan Sparks 8-6 at 120.
The South Dakota Amateur Baseball Association will hold its annual meeting on Feb. 14 at the Highland Conference Center in Mitchell. The meeting is at noon and all league officers, team managers, umpires, fans and media members are invited. A meal is included. The annual meeting will include a review of the past year's activities, financial reports, promotions, election of officers and new business.
The Mitchell High School gymnastics team closed the regular season on a high note. Mitchell scored a season-high 147.7 points and won its final meet of the season—a triangular with Madison and Brookings—on Thursday at the MEGA Gymnastics Center in Mitchell.
Today, at the Corn Palace, the Mitchell boys basketball team will host Brandon Valley in an Eastern South Dakota Conference matchup. Time: 7 p.m. Records: Mitchell (3-9, 2-6 ESD), Brandon Valley (4-8, 4-5 ESD)
ALEXANDRIA — No. 2 Hanson blew past Kimball/White Lake 73-36 in high school girls basketball action on Thursday in Alexandria. Kynedi Cheeseman scored 20 points and pulled down seven rebounds, while Hannah Marquardt added 14 points and Megan Guericke chipped in 11 points. The Beavers went 30-of-48 from the field for 62 percent shooting and 4-of-6 from the foul line. Whitney Hinker led Kimball/White Lake with 14 points. The WiLdKats went 15-of-40 from the field for 37 percent shooting and 4-of-10 from the foul line. K/WL had 22 turnovers in the loss.
The No. 3 Ethan girls basketball team cruised past Mitchell Christian 58-22 in high school girls basketball action on Thursday in Mitchell. Ethan was led by Kacey Bartscher with 21 points, all coming from three-point land. Ellie Hohn recorded 16 points and Karly Gustafson chipped in 10 points in the contest. The Rustlers shot 17-of-30 from the field and 7-of-15 from beyond the arc. "We knew it was going to be a tough game tonight," MCS head coach Jackie Van Laecken said. "Ethan has some good shooters and did a great job taking us out of our offense."
• Mitchell High School wrestling at Brookings dual, 5 p.m., at Brookings High School. • Mitchell Marlins boys hockey vs. Yankton, 8 p.m. at Mitchell Activites Center. • Area boys...
SIOUX FALLS—The Parkston wrestling team picked up a pair of wins at triangular wrestling meet on Thursday in Sioux Falls. The Trojans defeated Garretson 63-18, then Sioux Falls Lincoln 54-30.
LAKE ANDES — The defending champion in Class B boys golf, Andes Central senior J.J. Cooney will play collegiate golf at the University of Sioux Falls. Cooney shared the news via Twitter on Thursday. He won the state championship by 10 shots last spring, including a final round 73. As a sophomore, Cooney finished fourth at the Class B state tournament. In July 2015, Cooney and his father, Tom, won their second consecutive South Dakota Golf Association Adult-Junior Championship in the age 16-18 division in Rapid City.
Abiah Plastow's 21 points led Ethan past the Mitchell Christian boys 59-49 on Thursday in Mitchell. MCS assistant head coach Alan Miller coached the Golden Eagles in place of Dennis Martin, who was out of town. "We got off to a slow start and didn't shoot the ball well in the first quarter," Miller said. "Ethan is a solid basketball team. We played better in the second half, but just couldn't get over the hump." Majok Kur led the Golden Eagles with 23 points, while Alec Nelson scored 10.