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The Dimock-Emery amateur baseball team has started the season on a tear. Starting pitching and a timely offense have helped the Raptors jump out to 16-0 record a month into the season. Despite back-to-back losses this week, Dimock-Emery manager Brad Bartscher said the starting pitching has been a huge part of the Raptors' early success. "First and foremost our pitching has been consistent every night out," said Bartscher, whose team earned the top-rank in the Class B amateur baseball poll on Tuesday.
Britt Bruner has seen soft-tip—or electronic—darts thrive in the last 25 years. Bruner, the vice president of D&E Music and Vending in Mitchell and Manford Music and Vending in Huron, has been involved with the National Dart Association for 25 years. He served two terms on the NDA Board of Directors and was the president in 2008. On May 7, Bruner was honored for his time and effort by being inducted into the NDA Hall of Fame for exemplifying excellent service and dedication to the association. "It was a big deal for me," said Bruner, who still helps advise the organization.
FREEMAN—The Freeman Flyers boys basketball team will have four Marion players on the team for the upcoming season. Both the Freeman and Marion school boards approved the boys basketball cooperative for the next two years. Under the agreement, the team will remain as the Freeman Flyers and no other changes will be made. "They called us and wanted to know if they join our team," Freeman Superintendent and Athletic Director Don Hotchkiss said.
CLEVELAND—When Mike Miller decided to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers last summer, the Mitchell native told The Daily Republic, "It's just about winning." More precisely, the chance of winning his third NBA title prompted Miller to ink a two-year deal with the Cavaliers. In Cleveland's 95-93 overtime victory over Golden State on Sunday, the 14-year NBA veteran officially competed in his fourth NBA Finals.
SIOUX FALLS—Missed opportunities hurt the McCook High School baseball team on Saturday. McCook fell to Vermillion 6-4 to finish fourth at the Class B state high school baseball tournament in Sioux Falls. "That wasn't our team," McCook head coach Randy Sabers said. "We play better defense and pitch it better than we showed in the second game." McCook fell to St.
SALEM—Upperclassmen experience has led the McCook High School baseball team all season. When the Region 3B champions take the field at the Class B high school baseball state tournament today in Sioux Falls, head coach Randy Sabers said his team will lean on its leadership and experience. "Our experience is vital," said Sabers, whose team is 14-1. "Our seniors are used to playing in big games. It's been a fun group to coach, that's for sure." The team is known as McCook, but is made up from high schools McCook Central, Montrose, Canistota and Howard. McCook will face St.
The Mitchell Kernels will have revenge on their minds when they take the field for the first time this season. Mitchell opens the season against the Harrisburg Tigers on Aug. 29 in Harrisburg. The Tigers ended the Kernels season last year with a 33-6 win in the first-round of the playoffs. "Absolutely there will be a little extra there," Mitchell head coach Kent VanOverschelde said.
It's been a season to remember for Mitchell's Carly Haring. The Kernel eighth-grader went from competing in her first varsity meet on May 1 to winning the Class AA girls high jump at the state track and field meet Saturday in Rapid City. Haring was also the gold-medal winner—which means she had the top jump in all three classes—with her leap of 5 feet, 3.25 inches. "It's still kind of mesmerizing," Haring said about being the top girls high jumper in the state. Haring's season had a storybook ending, but Mitchell head coach Geoff Gross said Haring's rise from middle school comp
RAPID CITY—Bon Homme junior Morgan Rothschadl needed every step she could to win the Class A 300 hurdles. The Cavalier junior claimed a state title with a time of 45.73 seconds, which edged Custer's Julianne Thomsen's time of 45.82 at the state track and field meet on Saturday in Rapid City. "It's a surreal feeling," Rothschadl said. "I never thought this would've happened." Rothschadl and the Bon Homme girls track and field team finished in fifth place with 40.7 points. St.
RAPID CITY—Two Mount Vernon/Plankinton girls relay teams earned second-place finishes while another took third at the state track and field meet on Saturday in Rapid City. The Titans' 4x400-meter team of juniors Payleen O'Day and Mikayla Weiss, freshman Camie Walz and eighth-grader Savannah Risseeuw finished second with a time of 4:07.61. St. Thomas More won the event with a time of 50.13. "We climbed by leaps and bounds in the mile relay," Mount Vernon/Plankinton head coach Lawron Bohr said.