Daily Republic Sports
After dropping the first game of a doubleheader against Harrisburg 13-6, the Mitchell High School baseball team responded with an 11-1 win in five innings to split with the Tigers on Friday at Cadwell Park. It was nearly two different games for the Kernels, who settled down at the plate and on the mound in the second game against the Tigers to improve to 5-2 on the season. "We wasted some at-bats in the first game," Mitchell head coach Luke Norden said. "Guys weren't swinging at good hitter's pitches. We were swinging at pitcher's pitches. That changed in the second game."
HURON — The Mitchell High School track and field team was competing outside for the first time this season Friday. Thusly, they had a little extra energy that came through on the track at the Huron Invitational. "We had a great day," Mitchell head coach Joe Shepardson said. "It was the first meet outside for us this year and you could tell there was a little extra adrenaline. We fought the wind all afternoon but it ended up not being as much of a factor for some of our kids."
The Burke/South Central girls golf team's season got off to a strong season on Friday. At the Class B Classic, the Cougars carded a team score of 278 to win the six-team event at Lakeview Golf Course in Mitchell. Howard took second with a score of 318, while Platte-Geddes finished third (330) and Wessington Springs placed fourth (337). BSC's Taylee Indahl posted the top girls score of 85, while her teammate, Tressa Bull, finished second with a 91. Hayle Benter rounded out the Cougars' team score with a 10-place finish and a score of 102.
The Dakota Wesleyan University softball team split with in-state rival Mount Marty College, winning the opener 7-5 before the Lancers took the second game 9-7 Thursday at McWhirter Field in Mitchell. DWU had 11 hits in the first game, rallying with three runs in the sixth inning to take the lead. Paige Kinley had three hits, including two doubles, and Amber Budmark knocked in three runs for the Tigers. Sierra Haage earned the win, pitching all seven innings, allowing seven hits and five runs, while punching out six.
ORANGE CITY, Iowa — The Dakota Wesleyan University baseball team won a pair of low-scoring contests Thursday over Northwestern 2-1 and 3-2 to move into first place in the Great Plains Athletic Conference standings. In the opener, DWU was held to just four hits, but Zach Uttecht scored twice in the game. He came home in the second inning on a passed ball and scored from third on a balk in the fourth inning. Dominique Boerger earned the win, scattering six hits over 5 1/3 innings and William Lutjen earned a five-out save working out of a jam in the sixth inning.
PARKSTON—Down five runs heading to the bottom of the sixth inning, Parkston/Ethan broke through for seven runs to knock off Wagner/Avon in an 8-7 prep baseball win Thursday in Parkston. Alex Scott knocked in three runs and had a double, while Dawson Semmler and Alec Hohn each had two RBI for the home team. Kyler Holzbauer threw the first 2 2/3 innings, allowing two hits and two earned runs for Parkston/Ethan. Jesse Grosdidier earned the win in relief, tossing 4 1/3 innings, allowing four hits and one earned run, striking out eight. P/E also won the JV game 6-0.
COLTON—Both Mount Vernon/Plankinton boys and girls track and field teams placed third at the Tri-Valley Invite on Thursday in Colton. The Titan girls recorded 94 points, while West Central won the meet with 129 points and McCook Central/Montrose placed sixth with 24 points. In the boys competition, MVP had 76 points, while Sioux Falls Christian won with 168 points and MCM took seventh with 16 points.
Three area head basketball coaches have been named region coaches of the year by the South Dakota Basketball Coaches Association. Tripp-Delmont/Armour girls basketball coach Kristi Allen was named Region 7 coach of the year, while Bridgewater-Emery's Scott Schultz was the Region 5 boys winner and Chamberlain's Adam Nelson represented Region 7 as the top boys coach.
SIOUX FALLS — Six athletes competed for the Mitchell Powerlifting Club at the South Dakota USA Powerlifting State Meet on March 25. Andrew Priebe won the 74-kg (163-pound) weight class in the Open and Masters (age 40 and over) divisions with a total of 1372.3-pounds, with a 507-pound squat, a 358.2-pound bench press, and a 507-pound deadlift. The squat, bench and Total are new Open class records and all four are new 74-kg Masters state records.
Mitchell High School sophomore Mackenzie Miller received highest honorable mention honors from prepvolleyball.com's "Soph 79" list recently for her efforts during the 2016 season. Miller, who was a Class AA first-team all-state selection and picked to the all-Eastern South Dakota Conference team. She tallied 341 total kills with a 3.9 kills-per-set average and an efficiency of .270. She also recorded 26 aces, 45 blocks and 360 digs on the season.