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It was an encouraging start to the season for the Mitchell High School wrestling team. Hosting Pierre, the Class A defending state champions, in an Eastern South Dakota Conference dual, the Kernel wrestlers faced a stiff early test. While the Governors ended up earning a 54-21 victory on Friday at the MHS gym, Mitchell head coach Travis Carpenter wasn't disappointed with what he saw out of his team's debut.
A familiar face will be on the Mitchell Christian boys basketball team's bench this season. Jesse Tolsma, a former standout for the Golden Eagles and Northwestern College graduate, has returned to his alma mater as the team's head coach. Tolsma, who worked as an assistant coach with the team last year, will enter his first season as a head coach in 2016-17, replacing Dennis Martin, who stepped down as the team's coach.
It was a banner year for the Mitchell High School football team in 2016 and the achievements continue to roll in after the school's first playoff-era state title. Nine Kernels have been named to the Class 11AA all-state football team, as selected by South Dakota Football Coaches Association. Mitchell led the class with the nine picks, while Pierre had five players and state runner-up Harrisburg had four selections.
It was a win 12 years in the making for the Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team. One day removed from being crowned the No. 1 team in the nation, the Tigers proved they earned the honor with an impressive 91-81 over No. 9 Morningside in front of large hometown crowd on Wednesday at the Corn Palace. It was DWU’s first win over Morningside since 2004, a three-time national champion and Great Plains Athletic Conference powerhouse and ended the Mustangs’ 24-game winning streak over the Tigers.
<p>For the first time since 2004, the Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team is ranked No. 1 in the country.</p><p>After being selected No. 3 in the preseason NAIA Division II coaches top-25 poll, the Tigers (9-0, 3-0 Great Plains Athletic Conference) moved up to No. 1 in the first regular season poll, which was announced on Tuesday. DWU earned seven of 12 first-place votes and had 307 points to lead the voting.</p>
It's been a quick turnaround for many Mitchell High School wrestlers. The transition from football to wrestling season was instant with wrestling practice starting two days after Mitchell won the state football championship game. "There was no break," Mitchell wrestling head coach Travis Carpenter said. "For a lot of the kids, I gave them a couple of days off to refresh. The kids are doing a great job, we're excited about the season and we'll see where we go." With four state qualifiers returning—Briggs Havlik, Cole Gehrke, Carson Max and Kyle Foote --
The Class A state volleyball tournament was a little sweeter this year. It showcased teams that qualified under the Sweet 16 format, which debuted this season. While the Sweet 16 format will continue in Class A for boys and girls basketball this winter, area volleyball coaches are already singing praises about the new process.
The year 2016 will go down in Mitchell High School football history. It was a season to remember for the Kernels and the Class of 2017 will be remembered for helping lead the school to its first playoff-era state championship. In 2016, MHS tied a school record with an 11-1, the team's best since 1986, and from 2014-16 the Class of 2017 earned 21 wins. That's the second-most winningest three-year stretch in school history behind 1984-86 when the Kernels won 23 games.
It's hard to imagine there was a time Spencer Neugebauer wasn't thrilled about football. Even harder to picture, Mitchell's all-time leading rusher wasn't even on the middle school's "A" team. "When we first came out, I really wasn't looking forward to the season," Neugebauer said about his first full varsity season as a sophomore. "Then junior year, I was ready for the season. Especially with the success we had that (junior) season, it carried over into senior year." And what a senior season it was.
HURON—Platte-Geddes gave Sully Buttes all it could handle on Thursday night. In the end, there was little stopping Racquel Wientjes and Chloe Lamb, as the duo combined for 41 kills and led the No. 2 Chargers to a 3-1 victory over Platte-Geddes in the opening round of the Class B state volleyball tournament at the Huron Arena in Huron. Set scores were 25-12, 25-18, 16-25 and 25-21.