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The new combined membership packages offered by Lakeview Golf Course, the Mitchell Recreation Center and Village Bowl are 12-month contracts. The executive membership is available at $100.30 per month for access to the Recreation Center, Lakeview Golf Course with cart rental and the bowling center for a single adult. The cost rises to $125.31 monthly for a couple and $145.36 monthly for a family membership.
Dakota Wesleyan University track and field head coach Derik Fossum announced the signing of 18 new recruits in a press release on Wednesday. Headlining the class are area standouts Rex Schlicht, of Woonsocket, Caleb Larson, of Mitchell, Emily Hanson, of Alexandria, Taya Heisinger, of Parkston, and Aubrey Rabenberg, of Platte.
Tickets are now available for the Mitchell High School/Mitchell Athletic Booster Club athletic banquet are now available. Members of the public wishing to attend the banquet can purchase tickets through the Mitchell High School office for $10 apiece. Tickets must be purchased or reserved by 4 p.m. on May 6. The banquet is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. May 11 at the Corn Palace. Each student-athlete is entitled to a free ticket, which can be reserved online via the student's school email account.
After a strong showing at the Dordt College Invite Saturday, Dakota Wesleyan University's Ben Hammer has received Great Plains Athletic Conference men's field athlete of the week honors. A freshman from Dell Rapids, the 6-foot-8 Hammer set a new school record in the discus after a toss of 51.75 meters, finishing second for the meet. It was just his second time competing in the event collegiately and he passed the DWU school record by 11 feet. Hammer is now qualified for the NAIA national meet.
CHESTER — Mitchell Christian's Alec Nelson led the way for the Golden Eagles Tuesday at the Chester Booster Club Invitational track meet. Nelson won both the 800- and 1,600 meter races on the boys side. Nelson ran the 800 in 2 minutes, 22.61 seconds and edged out Samuel Jensen of Alcester-Hudson by nine-hundredths of a second in the 1,600 meter race, with a time of 4:55.55.
South Dakota State University will announce its new basketball coach Thursday, with reports indicating it will be Iowa State assistant coach T.J. Otzelberger. The school has called a 3 p.m. press conference Thursday to introduce the new coach, who will replace Scott Nagy, the 21-year Jackrabbit coach who left for Wright State earlier this month. Numerous national outlets reported the news about Otzelberger Wednesday, first by ESPN's Jeff Goodman.
SALEM—The Bridgewater-Emery boys track and field team and the Freeman girls team each finished in second place at the Fighting Cougar Invite on Tuesday in Salem. The Huskies finished with 114.5 points, while Freeman finished with 122 points. West Central won the boys (261) and girls (199.5) events in the seven-team meet. Bridgewater-Emery's Jacob Eddy won the 110 hurdles (18.05) and 300 hurdles (43.6), while the Huskie 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams won with times of 46.27 and 1:37.69, respectively.
Mitchell native and University of Nevada-Las Vegas associate men's basketball coach Ryan Miller won't be returning to his job with the Runnin' Rebels after two seasons, Miller said Tuesday. Miller could be trading the job in for one closer to home, after it was reported Tuesday that Miller is a serious candidate for the open head coaching job at South Dakota State.
GREGORY — Winner/Colome knocked around 13 hits and scored 11 runs Tuesday, defeating Gregory County 11-1 in six innings of prep baseball action. Winner/Colome's Kelly O'Bryan had five innings of solid pitching, striking out 10 and allowing three hits and an earned run. The Royals led 2-1 heading to the fifth inning, when Winner/Colome scored four runs and added five more in the sixth inning.
YANKTON—Mason Carpenter was overcome with relief after he finished competing in the pole vault on Tuesday. The senior had finally broken Mitchell's school record in the pole vault at a quad meet in Yankton. Carpenter won the event with a vault of 14 feet, 6 inches. "It was pretty cool," Carpenter said. "I've been waiting to do it for three years now. It's nice to get it out of the way." No team scores were kept in the meet, but Mitchell head coach Joe Shepardson said he was pleased with how the Kernels performed overall.