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The Mitchell High School track and field teams are hitting the home stretch of the season. With seven meets complete, the Kernels have just four meets left before the Class AA state meet. Two of those final four meets will be held today in Sioux Falls, as Mitchell will have competitors at both the 91st Howard Wood Dakota Relays and the Sioux Falls O'Gorman Invite. The O'Gorman Invite begins at 10 a.m., while the Dakota Relays start with high school running events at 2 p.m.
BURKE—In her final season, Allison Sebern has been a step ahead of both competitors and herself. The Burke/South Central senior middle-distance runner is entering the last month of the season with her eyes on improving on her second-place finish in the 400-meter dash at last year's Class B state meet. "At every meet, she's been ahead of where she was in other years," B/SC head coach Erik Person said. "That's a pretty good sign." All signs, and results, have been strong so far this spring for Sebern.
PARKSTON—The Parkston Mudcats flirted with elimination at last year's District 5B tournament before putting together a string of six straight wins to claim their second state title in four years. Parkston defeated Alexandria 4-3 in the Class B state title game last summer at Cadwell Park. The Mudcats quest for a repeat begins on Sunday, as the team will host Plankinton and Canova Gang at The Pond in Parkston. Their Sunshine League schedule opens on May 15 against Winner-Colome in Parkston.
ALEXANDRIA — For many amateur baseball teams, back-to-back second-place finishes wouldn't be considered a let down. That's not the case for the Alexandria Angels, who won the Class B state championship in 2013 and finished as the runner-up in 2014 and 2015. "In our eyes, I guess it is," Alexandria manager Chris Marek said about consecutive second-place finishes. "There's a little burn or fire to be better at the end of the year this year. There's a determination to overcome our second-place finishes."
Preston Broughton was "90 percent sure" he was going to play basketball for the University of Jamestown after he completed high school. A native of Corsica, Broughton's parents told him to wait until Dakota Wesleyan University named a new head coach, as longtime Tiger coach Dave Martin had just stepped down.
SIOUX FALLS -- Former Wagner High School and University of Sioux Falls football standout Solomon St. Pierre will get his shot at the NFL. USF announced on Sunday that St...
Its safe to say Lauren Fitts doesn't like to lose. And during her time at Dakota Wesleyan University, she hasn't done much losing. The decorated senior women's golfer heads into her final Great Plains Athletic Conference qualifier with a chance to claim her fourth GPAC title on Monday at Wild Oak Golf Course in Mitchell. "I'm very competitive," Fitts, the three-time GPAC women's golfer of the year, admitted. "It's a good thing and a bad thing sometimes."
Entering the season, Mitchell High School baseball head coach Luke Norden knew he had to replace 80 innings from last year's starting rotation and he wasn't sure how the Kernels' starting pitching would hold up. Through 15 games, Mitchell's starting pitching has been one of the team's biggest strengths. The Kernels have a team ERA of 2.38 in 15 games this season. "Our losses have not come from guys pitching poorly," Norden said. "Our losses have come from offensive breakdowns and not getting guys scored when we need to get guys scored."
One of South Dakota’s most-prized girls basketball recruits made her big decision on Thursday evening. She’s joining the Jackrabbits. Sanborn Central/Woonsocket girls basketball player Myah Selland announced her verbal commitment to play college basketball for South Dakota State University Thursday via her Twitter account. “It’s always been a dream of mine to play there,” Selland told The Daily Republic. “I’m incredibly grateful to have that opportunity. It’s close to home and a super-competitive program. I’ve gotten to know the coaches really well and it just seemed like the right fit.” Selland, a Letcher native, helped the Blackhawks to a 21-5 record and a third-place finish at the Class B state tournament this season. "So excited to announce my commitment to SDSU to further my education and continue playing the game I love! #gojacks," Selland tweeted with the news. She admitted staying in the Rushmore State for her college career had an impact on her decision to choose SDSU. “There’s such great people here in South Dakota and I love everything about South Dakota,” Selland said. “It’s a neat opportunity for me to go to a program where I can represent South Dakota -- where I came from and where I’ve grown up.” Selland informed her high school coaches and South Dakota State University about her intentions to continue her career with the Jackrabbits on Thursday. Heading into her senior senior season, the 6-foot-2 Letcher native has recorded 1,700 career points, 751 rebounds and 411 assists. Selland, a two-time Class B first team all-state selection, averaged 23.8 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 3.1 steals per game last year. In 2015-16, she broke her own team record from a year ago for points per game. “It takes a lot of weight off her shoulders,” SCW co-head coach Rob Baruth said. “It’s a huge decision decision to make when you are 16-, 17-years old. She'd be able to relax and play some hoops. It will help her a ton not having to worry about that every day.” SCW co-head coach Tim McCain said Selland informed him about her decision at Sanborn Central on Thursday and agreed with Baruth that Selland didn’t want the recruiting process to hinder Selland’s senior season. “She had a big decision and a lot of schools were looking at her. She was happy to get this out of the way and take some stress out of her life,” McCain said. “Now she has one school to look forward to and it’s got to be a great relief off of her shoulder.” Selland, The Daily Republic’s girls basketball player of the year for the past two years, said the recruiting process grew old at times, but also tried to relished the opportunities in front of her. “It’s been long, and at times, it has gotten a little overwhelming,” Selland said. “Overall, I can’t complain. It was an incredible experience. To have this under my belt, the decision made, it’s an incredible feeling and dream come true.” SDSU won the Summit League tournament championship for the seventh time in eight years this season and won an NCAA Tournament game for the second time in school history. The Jackrabbits came one point short of advancing to the Sweet 16, as SDSU fell 66-65 to Stanford. “They have such great support for women’s basketball,” Selland said. “To be on the receiving end of that is going to be super exciting. I’m excited for the whole thing. I feel the entire experience is going to be a good one.” SDSU head coach Aaron Johnston tweeted shortly after Selland’s verbal commitment became public. “It’s a great day to be a Jackrabbit, again!!!” he tweeted. McCain said Selland wanted to stay in the area so Selland’s family and friends could watch her play and SDSU fit the bill. “Coach Johnston has been doing a phenomenal job up there,” McCain said. “He’s had exceptional luck at getting to the NCAA Tournament with the players he recruits. He must think (Selland) will fit in really well there with the style of ball he likes to play and she likes to play. Hopefully, it’ll be the right fit for her.” Baruth added Selland made the decision to join SDSU because it was the best decision for her. “Myah made a decision that was good for Myah,” Baruth said. “I’m very, very happy for her.” Role with Jackrabbits Selland follows the footsteps of area former prep standouts that have chose to play at SDSU. McCook Central’s Kristin Rotert and Mitchell Christian’s Jill Young were key in the Jackrabbits’ early Summit League successes. Current SDSU players and former Mitchell Kernels Kerri Young and Macy Miller were both top girls’ basketball recruits before joining the Jackrabbits. Mount Vernon/Plankinton’s Megan Bultsma, a Class A first-team all-state selection, is a key member of the 2016 Jacks’ recruiting class. Selland said seeing former South Dakota high school standouts translate to success at SDSU was a helpful factor in her decision. “They’ve been successful and they’ve been successful with area talent,” Selland said. “They haven’t had to recruit across the nation and I think that’s a unique part about their program. I’m just super excited to be a part of (SDSU).” Baruth added Selland will have an immediate impact on the Jackrabbits. “She’ll be an impact player,” Baruth said. “Everybody knows her abilities. When she steps on the court there as freshman, she can do some things. She’s always working on her game and we’ll look forward to her playing for the Jackrabbits.” Selland, who doubled as a point guard and a post player — a point forward, of sorts — for the Blackhawks, didn’t have a set position in mind for when she joins SDSU. “That’s something the coaches and I will discuss when the time comes,” Selland said. “I just love playing the game of basketball. I’m super excited I get to do that for four more years, regardless of how I’m used.”
For the first time in more than five years, the Sunshine League won't be losing or gaining any teams as the 2016 amateur baseball season approaches. Sunshine League president and Parkston Mudcats head coach Dave Roth confirmed the league, which featured two teams in last year's Class B state championship, will remain a nine-team league.