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HURON—The Class B defending state champions looked the part on Thursday. No. 3 Chester Area cruised past No. 6 Lyman 3-0 in the first round of the Class B state volleyball tournament at the Huron Arena in Huron. Set scores were 25-12, 25-13 and 25-15. "They hit the ball almost every single time," Lyman head coach Keith Herman said. "A lot of times we tried to control the net and we didn't. They did a great job owning the net."
Watching the Mitchell High School football team play in the Class 11AA state championship game at the DakotaDome, one would've thought the team played its home games there. On Friday in Vermillion, the Kernels looked like they were where they belonged. They were more than ready for the big stage. And on the football field, it showed. Under the bright lights and a statewide audience, Mitchell capped off its sensational season with its most impressive performance of the season—a 41-6 dismantling of the Harrisburg Tigers.
The buzz from Mitchell's first playoff-era football state championship shifted from the DakotaDome to the Corn Palace on Sunday. Two days after Mitchell's 41-6 Class 11AA title game win over Harrisburg, a large crowd of parents and fans filled the Corn Palace seats during a welcome home celebration for the Mitchell High School football team. "We finally got one," said an emotional Kent VanOverschelde, who guided the Kernels to a program-tying best 11-1 record in his 10th season as the head coach. "This team earned this state championship."
BROOKINGS -- In the Division I era, South Dakota State has yet to take a back seat to South Dakota in football. That didn’t change on Saturday. For the fifth year in a row and eighth straight overall, No. 12 SDSU handed its neighbors to the south a loss in the two state schools’ annual rivalry game. The Jackrabbits (7-3, 6-1 Missouri Valley Football Conference) gashed the Coyotes (4-6, 3-4 MVFC) for 415 rushing yards and fended off USD for a 28-21 win in front of 15,345 fans at Dykhouse Stadium in Brookings.
VERMILLION—The members of the Mitchell High School football team reached a height Friday that no other Kernel team has accomplished. They're Class 11AA champions. With an impressive 41-6 drubbing over the Harrisburg Tigers on Friday in Vermillion, the Kernels brought home a state football championship for the first time in 45 years. It's the school's first-ever playoff-era state championship and first football title since 1971, when the Kernels were voted as the No. 1 team by the South Dakota Sportswriters Association at season's end.
VERMILLION—Mitchell history, decades in the making. It was a victorious ending for the Mitchell High School football team, as it won the school's first-ever playoff-era state championship by exploding for 28 points in the second half and earning a 41-6 win over the Harrisburg Tigers in the Class 11AA title game Friday at the DakotaDome in Vermillion. Mitchell (11-1) scored 21 unanswered points in the third quarter to bust the game open and the defense forced four Tiger turnovers in the contest.
VERMILLION—Call it a Cowboy crusade. After losing the first game of the season, Colome capped off an 11-game winning streak by claiming the Class 9B state championship with a 42-23 win over Langford Area on Thursday night at the DakotaDome in Vermillion. It's Colome's first state title since 2007 and the third in school history.
VERMILLION—The road back to the DakotaDome hasn't been the easiest for the Winner Warriors. Nevertheless, the Warriors have embraced the challenge and the pressure that has surrounded the Class 11B powerhouse since they claimed the 2015 state championship and only lost six players from that team.
Fast. Aggressive. Never quitting. Those words describe the Mitchell High School football team's defensive style this season, but one motto has fueled the unit all season: "All gas, no brakes." It's a phrase the entire team has embraced and has kept the team motivated throughout the season. "It's something that has been a real kickstarter for our defense," MHS head coach Kent VanOverschelde said. "It's something they've bought into and it's been fun to see that momentum grow as a theme of our defensive play."
The second time's the charm. At least that's how the Mitchell High School football felt about facing the Harrisburg Tigers in the Class 11AA state championship game moments after Friday's 52-14 semifinal win over Pierre. While the players and coaches celebrated after earning Mitchell's first state title game appearance in 23 years, they were also aware of the final hurdle in front of them.