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It took two plays for the No. 2 Mitchell High School football team to take the lead over No. 5 Spearfish. It remained that easy for the Kernels to score on the Spartans the rest of the first half as Mitchell rolled Spearfish 55-20 in front of a large homecoming crowd on Friday at Joe Quintal Field. Executing at a high level, the Kernels would finish the first half with 55 unanswered points and outgained Spearfish 321-86 in the first half.
Two of Mitchell's most well-known girls basketball players will be inducted into the Mitchell High School Hall of Fame on Saturday. The Hoffman twins, now known as Jeana Krome and Jenna Kubesh, along with the 1982 MHS wrestling team, legendary head coach Gary Munsen and Dr. Robert McWhirter will be a part of the 2016 MHS Hall of Fame inductee class. The hall of fame banquet will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday at the new Overtime Banquet Hall.
Riding a three-game winning streak, the Mitchell High School football team is set for another stern test. The Kernels have found a winning formula and head coach Kent VanOverschelde credited the team's daily focus and hard work to the string of wins. "It's been our approach and our approach has been as consistent as possible," VanOverschelde said. "We understand that we need to take a step forward each and every week. That's been our approach."
John Stiegelmeier has the nicest office on the campus of South Dakota State University. His office in the Dykhouse Student-Athlete Center overlooks the newly finished Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium and the 20-year head coach doesn't take it for granted. Stiegelmeier opened his remarks at Wednesday's Mitchell Quarterback Club meeting stating how "blessed" he is and that he's "still living his dream."
It's been a good start to the season for Kiel Nelson. In Nelson's first three games as the starting quarterback for the Mitchell Kernels, he's helped guide the team to three wins. While he hasn't been the focal point of the offense, Nelson has simply done what has been asked of him. For a quarterback, a player that touches the ball on nearly every offensive play, doing the simple motions correctly can be easier said than done.
GREGORY—There's not many quarterbacks in South Dakota—college, pro or otherwise—that pass for six touchdowns in a single game. There's even fewer quarterbacks that have passed for six touchdowns in a nine-man football game. Gregory's Andy McCance joined the six passing touchdown club in the Gorillas' 40-13 victory over Miller on Friday in Miller. "He's throwing the ball pretty good," Gregory head coach Brian Allmendinger said. "He has real good accuracy, he is pretty mobile so he can buy himself time when he needs to."
CHAMBERLAIN—Watch out South Dakota runners, the defending girls cross-country state champion is getting faster. Chamberlain's Ella Byers took the girls cross-country scene by storm as a freshman last year. She won every meet she competed in and won the Class A girls cross country state title by more than 20 seconds. Her state meet time of 18 minutes and 41 seconds was also the fastest time throughout all three girls classes in the state. In 2016, Byers picked up right where she left off.
Heading into its second consecutive road game, the Mitchell High School football team isn't taking any shortcuts. The No. 2 Kernels will a face the winless Sturgis Scoopers at 8 p.m. Central today at Woodle Field in Sturgis, with hopes of earning a third-straight win as well as getting the offense rolling.
Chamberlain's Ella Byers and Burke/South Central's Kray Person won the girls and boys varsity cross-country races, respectively, at the Chamberlain Invite on Thursday at the Chamberlain Country Club in Oacoma. On a hot and humid day for running, Byers clocked in the 5K girls race with a time of 18 minutes and 43.25 seconds, while Person finished the boys race with a time of 16:32.35. Winner's Sidda Schulyer finished third (19:49.17), while Mount Vernon/Plankinton's Lorna Gregerson took eighth (20:42.80).
Three games into the high school season, the Mitchell football team has proven why it was considered one of the top contenders in Class 11AA. Despite suffering a disappointing loss to the Harrisburg Tigers in the first week of the season, the Mitchell Kernels bounced back with two convincing wins—a 35-6 rout of Yankton and a 17-7 win over Class 11AAA Watertown. It's common coach-speak, but the Kernels have proven they are approaching the 2016 season one week at a time. No win is too big and no loss is too big.