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Tuesday was a banner day for track and field in Mitchell. The Dakota Wesleyan University track and field team hosted its inaugural indoor high school meet at the Corrigan Fieldhouse and the Mitchell High School boys team finished second, while the Kernel girls took fourth.
The Mitchell High School track and field team has had plenty of practice leading into its first competitive meet. MHS head coach Joe Shepardson said the team completed its fourth week of practice on Friday, and despite inconsistent weather, he added the team is in good shape for the start of the season. "The kids have been working their tails off and I think they are ready for a track meet," said Shepardson, who is in his second year as the team's head coach. "Kids know what we expect from them. I think we are ahead of where we were at this time last year."
In Mitchell, March Madness will increase a few notches this weekend. Mitchell will host the 2017 South Dakota Special Olympics state basketball tournament Saturday and Sunday, with nearly 800 athletes competing in both individual and team events. There is no cost to attend any of the games, which will be held at the DWU Avera Sports and Wellness Complex, Christen Family Athletic Center, L.B. Williams Elementary and Mitchell Middle School.
For the past 10 seasons, Craig Mock has been on sidelines for every Mitchell High School boys basketball game. The MHS assistant principal has been a part of plenty of highs and lows with Kernel basketball, since starting as an assistant coach in 2007-08 and he took some time to look back at his time with Kernel hoops in a Q&A with The Daily Republic this week. Q: What were some highlights during your 10 years with the MHS boys basketball team?
With one season's worth of Class A Sweet 16 games in the books, large-scale changes are not expected in the format, according to South Dakota High School Activities Association officials. While each of the tournaments in boys and girls basketball and volleyball were slightly different, the format mostly worked as planned, SDHSAA Assistant Executive Director John Krogstrand said.
EMERY—"Relentless," "fearless" and "hard-working" were a few of the adjectives used to describe the Bridgewater-Emery boys basketball team during the team's welcome home celebration. Community members of both Bridgewater and Emery, young and old, filled the Emery gymnasium Sunday afternoon to celebrate the Huskies' first boys basketball state championship. Bridgewater-Emery claimed the Class B state title with a 63-58 victory over Wolsey-Wessington on Saturday night in Aberdeen.
SIOUX FALLS—In the seventh-place game at the Class A state boys basketball tournament, Chamberlain's backcourt combination shined. Senior guards Seth Friesz and Tiegen Priebe combined for 50 points to power the Cubs past Mount Vernon/Plankinton 65-52 on Saturday at the Premier Center in Sioux Falls. Friesz led all scorers with 31 points, while Priebe added 19 points.
SIOUX FALLS—Moments after a crushing three-point loss to St. Thomas More in the consolation semifinals of the Class A state basketball tournament on Friday, Chamberlain head coach Adam Nelson expressed how proud he was of his team for playing its hardest. The pride didn't stop there, as Chamberlain assistant coach Steve Nelson, Adam's father, expressed how proud he is of his son and the team he's helped form.
SIOUX FALLS—Trailing 51-48 with 6.9 seconds left, the Chamberlain boys basketball team got the game-tying shot it was looking for with the ball in senior Seth Friesz hands. Friesz, who had scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half, including 10 in the fourth quarter, caught the ball a couple of feet behind the arc, faked once, faked again and then rose up for a game-tying 3-point.
SIOUX FALLS—The search for a win at the state tournament continues for the Mount Vernon/Plankinton boys basketball team. MVP, seeded fifth and playing in its third straight Class A state tournament, dropped its eighth consecutive state tournament game as No. 8 Dakota Valley's defense held the Titans to a season-low 37 points. The Panthers used a 3-2 zone defense to frustrate MVP, who struggled to knock down shots from outside, in a 56-37 loss in the consolation bracket on Friday at the Premier Center in Sioux Falls.