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SIOUX FALLS -- Matt Larson remembers when Mitchell head coach Travis Carpenter placed all of the Kernels' state wrestling trophies in the wrestling practice room. "I still remember to this day when coach put all the trophies in that room and showed us," Larson said.
SIOUX FALLS -- Entering the second day of the Class A state wrestling tournament, Robert McCardle had already accomplished something he has never done in his wrestling career -- place at the state tournament. But the 285-pound senior wasn't satisfied with just placing at the state tournament, he wanted to win the state championship. In the end, McCardle couldn't oust Aberdeen Central's Sam Schaunaman, who finished in second in last year's state tournament and ended his season 39-1.
SIOUX FALLS -- Wrestlers, coaches and fans received a new experience at this year's Class A state wrestling tournament. For the first time, the event was held in the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, which provided plenty of space but kept fans close to the action. "The venue is awesome," Mitchell head coach Travis Carpenter said. "It's a good atmosphere and the fans are looking down on top of you. That's a good thing." Four mats were used on the first day of competition, but it will be cut down to three mats today in the early rounds.
SIOUX FALLS -- Landon Neugebauer knew exactly what he had to do. Entering his 138-pound quarterfinal match against top-ranked Logan Wood of Rapid City Stevens, Neugebauer was set to wrestle his hardest. "I knew it was going to be a tough match with him, and I've been thinking about this match since the draw came out," Neugebauer said. "I went out there and gave it everything I had." It proved to be enough as Neugebauer (40-2) was able to hold on for 9-6 win by decision over Wood at the Class A state wrestling tournament on Friday at the Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls.
Being mentally prepared for state is what Mitchell High School wrestling coach Travis Carpenter wants his wrestlers to be. "At this point in the game, it's 90 percent mental," he said. The Class A state wrestling tournament, which starts today at 10 a.m.
University of South Dakota senior Cody Snyder was named the Summit League men's indoor track and field athlete of the week on Tuesday. Snyder, a Lake Andes native, tossed a personal best in the men's shot put with a throw of 61 feet, 2.25 inches on Friday at the USD Twilight Open.
Both Mitchell High School boys and girls basketball teams will start the postseason on the road. The Kernel boys (9-11) finished third in District 3AA and travel to take on the Governors at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in Pierre. The Kernel girls (6-14) also finished third in District 3AA and will play Aberdeen Central at 7 p.m. on Monday in Aberdeen. To qualify for the state tournament, Mitchell has to win the District 3AA tournament or win a District 3AA game plus the Region 2AA playoff game. The Kernel boys went 4-2 in district play over the regular season, including a two-game sweep over Pierre.
MOUNT VERNON -- Tate Deinert can score in numerous ways. Scoring diversity is what Mount Vernon/Plankinton head coach Eric Denning said makes Deinert such an offensive threat. "He can score going to the hoop, and he can catch and shoot, so he makes people come up and guard him tight," Denning said. Deinert's offensive input has played a big role in helping the Titans (14-6) win games down the stretch. Against Parkston on Thursday, Deinert poured in 29 points and dished out five assists as Mount Vernon/Plankinton earned a 65-62 win. On Feb. 7 against then-No.
Heading into the Great Plains Athletic Conference tournament, the Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team has nothing to lose. The Tigers (14-16, 7-13 GPAC) take on undefeated and No. 1-ranked Morningside (30-0, 20-0 GPAC), at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in Sioux City, Iowa. DWU head coach Jason Christensen said his team has embraced the underdog role and is ready to give the Mustangs all they can handle. "They are good and they haven't lost all year," Christensen said.
As the postseason nears for South Dakota high school girls basketball teams, it seems that the top teams keep getting better and better. Class B district tournaments begin Monday, and Class A region tournaments go into full swing on Tuesday. Here is a breakdown of some of the top teams in the Mitchell-area that look to make deep runs in the postseason. Momentum builds for unbeaten Ethan ETHAN -- The Ethan Rustlers have been perfect so far. Ethan (20-0) has outscored its opponents 1,285-607 en route to earning the top seed in District 8B. "Our strength this season has b