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After earning its first Eastern South Dakota Conference victory against Watertown Friday, the Mitchell football team has no plans of letting up today. The Kernels (2-5, 1-4 ESD) will look to close out their regular season with its second consecutive win against Huron at 7 p.m. today in Huron. Huron (0-7, 0-5 ESD) has yet to win a game in 2014, but Mitchell head coach Kent VanOverschelde said his team cannot underestimate the Tigers. "We have to match their toughness because they are a very physical team," VanOverschelde said.
ETHAN -- Duane Duba's passion for the Bridgewater-Ethan/Emery high school football team dates back to his playing days at Ethan High School in 1954. Back then, Duba was the starting quarterback for the school that competed in six-man football. Fast forward 60 years and that same quarterback from Ethan follows the game he loves, cheering on the Seahawks from his custom built bench on the back of his pickup truck. "I like to be able to walk up and down the sidelines and talk with people," said Duba, who is in his 70s.
The Mitchell High School volleyball team couldn't find the winning point. Leading 24-22 and one point away from taking the first set, the Kernels couldn't put the ball away, and Brandon Valley rallied back to win the set 28-26. "We had the opportunity to win the first set, and sometimes it's a game of inches and lucky breaks," Mitchell head coach Deb Thill said after Monday's match.
Heading to its final game of the regular season, the Mitchell High School football team knows one thing -- the Kernels will play in the Class 11AA playoffs. Mitchell's first-round opponent and the location of the game still rides on a combination of factors going into the final game of the year against the Huron Tigers at 7 p.m. on Thursday in Huron. "A lot of times your playoff situation is determined on how you start the season," Kernel head coach Kent VanOverschelde said Monday.
The Mitchell High School marching band performs at halftime during most, if not all, Mitchell Kernel football games at Joe Quintal Field. Most marching band members playing an instrument wear a black uniform with gold trim, except one. Ethan Steidl performs in his football jersey, which displays his uniqueness on the field. The sophomore is involved in both marching band and football, which makes his regular school day almost a 12-hour day.
A quick start by the Mitchell High School volleyball team wasn’t enough Satruday as the Kernels fell 25-17, 25-18, 25-13, to No. 3 Rapid City Stevens Mitchell. Mitchell (2-14) came...
Trailing 19-7 halfway through the fourth quarter, the Mitchell High School football team needed a boost. And it was senior Mitch Johnson who sparked the Kernels with a 95-yard kickoff return with just under seven minutes to play. "They had a lot of momentum going into that play and that kick return brought it all back for us," Johnson said about the kick return.
ALEXANDRIA -- Losing a player to a year-ending injury is something a coach never wants to see, but when it happens to a returning all-state honoree, it's even harder to swallow. At least that's how Hanson girls basketball coach Jim Bridge looked at losing junior Kynedi Cheeseman, who was named to the 2013 Class B girls basketball all-state first team, for the entire season due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament. "When it happens to you, you feel like you are the only one it has happened to in the state," Bridge said about Cheeseman's injury.
Kent VanOverschelde and the Mitchell Kernels want to close their regular season with two Eastern South Dakota Conference wins. With two non-ranked Class AA opponents ahead, Mitchell (1-5) wants to control its fate with the postseason nearing. The Kernels take on the Watertown Arrows (1-5) for its senior night at 7 p.m. today at Joe Quintal Field in Mitchell.
HOWARD -- Three Howard girls cross country runners finished in the top-10 to help the Tigers claim a first place finish at the Region 2B cross country meet on Wednesday at Howard Golf Course in Howard. Howard's Josie Erickson took home fourth place with a time of 16:57 while her teammate Hannah Noonan finished right behind in fifth place with a time of 16:59. Macey Claussen finished in eighth place with a time of 17:18 to round out Howard's top-10 runners. "We did awesome today," Howard's Presley Claussen said after the race.