Daily Republic Sports
Brianna Benjamin's hat trick led the Yankton girls soccer team over the Mitchell Kernels 4-1 on Friday at the Pepsi-Cola Soccer Complex in Mitchell. Benjamin scored three goals in the win. Kayla Stangeland scored the Kernels' lone goal in the 41st minute on an unassisted goal. "We had a great 60-minute game, but lack of bench players and a good rotation for rest ultimately allowed the Gazelles to take control over the final 20 minutes," Mitchell head coach Jason Wear said. "We have a great group of seniors whom this team respects.
LANDOVER, Md.—Former South Dakota State University standout running back Zach Zenner scored his first-ever NFL touchdown for the Detroit Lions in a preseason game against the Washington Redskins on Thursday in Landover, Md. Zenner, the Jackrabbits' all-time career rushing leader and first player in Division I football to rush for 2,000 yards in three consecutive seasons, scored on a five-yard pass from Dan Orlovsky in the third quarter. The Eagan, Minn., native finished Thursday's game with four carries for 22 yards, including a run of 14-yards.
Taryl Smith, of Litchville, N.D., took first place in the bull riding competition at the Miller Lite Bull Bash on Wednesday at the Horseman's Sports Arena in Mitchell. Smith took home $1,770, while Avon native Jeff Bertus finished second and won $1,475. Casey Henninger, of Fort Pierre, finished third and earned $1,180, Allen Auer took fourth and won $885 and Joe Bertus finished fifth and won $590. There were no qualified rides in the bonus round. The estimated attendance was 1,252. The Big Friend Little Friend of the Mitchell Area raffle winners were: Shelley Knutson, $10,000; Scott Cibli
Both Dakota Wesleyan University men and women soccer teams were picked to finish 10th in the Great Plains Athletic Conference by a coaches poll announced on Wednesday. The Tiger men finished 2014 with a record of 8-10-1 (3-6-1 GPAC) and earned the program's first-ever win over a ranked school. Defending conference champion Hastings College was picked to win the league with nine first-place votes. DWU continues preseason play against South Dakota School of Mines on Saturday in Rapid City. On the women's side, DWU finished 2014 with a record of 9-10-1 and made the GPAC tournament semifinals.
Senior University of Sioux Falls cornerback Solomon St. Pierre was named HERO Sports' Division II Preseason National Defensive Player of the Year on Tuesday. St. Pierre has now been selected to four 2015 preseason All-American Teams (USA College Football, Instant Scouting and Lindy's Magazine). His 10 interceptions in the 2014 season led all of Division II. He returned two of those for touchdowns.
Due to inclement weather, the Mitchell High School boys and girls soccer matches against Huron originally scheduled for 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. today at the Pepsi-Cola Soccer Complex have been postponed. The girls contest is re-scheduled for 12 p.m. on Saturday, and the boys contest is re-scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday.
• Mitchell High School boys soccer: vs. Huron, 6 p.m. at the Pepsi-Cola Soccer Complex. • Mitchell High School girls soccer: vs. Huron, 4 p.m. at the Pepsi-Cola Soccer Complex...
The Mitchell High School football team will host a scrimmage sponsored by the SD National Guard and the Mitchell High School football boosters on Saturday at Joe Quintal Field in Mitchell. The Kernel varsity team will scrimmage at 9 a.m. with the junior varsity to play at 9:40 a.m. and the freshman game at 10 a.m. The scrimmage is open to the public and fans can bring Gatorade for admission into the scrimmage. Kernel cards will be on sale for $20 and players will be traveling the community to sell the cards from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
SD Class B State Amateur Tournament At Cadwell Park in Mitchell First round Wednesday, Aug. 5 G1--Lennox Only One 12, Milbank 6 G2--Canova/Howard 12, Kimball/White Lake 5 Thursday, Aug. 6 G3--Akron 16, Hartford/Humboldt 4 (8 innings) G4--Garretson 2, Crofton, Neb., 1 G5--Alexandria 8, Freeman 2 G6--Dell Rapids Mudcats 9, Clark 5 Friday, Aug. 7 G7--Platte 9, Webster 1 G8--Wessington Springs 9, Lake Norden 5 G9--Harrisburg 10, Northville 4 G10--Plankinton 4, Dimock-Emery 1 Saturday, Aug.
The Class A and Class B state amateur baseball championships at Cadwell Park in Mitchell have been delayed due to inclement weather. According to tournament director Jim Johnston, he hopes to start the Class A state championship game at 1 p.m. The Class B state championship between Alexandria and Parkston is scheduled to start 20-30 minutes after the completion of the Class A state championship between Renner and the Sioux Falls Brewers. If the rain continues throughout the day, he added the goal is to attempt to get both games in today.