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Heading into its second month, the search for a new Mitchell boys basketball head coach is starting to move forward. Mitchell High School Activities Director Cory Aadland said he is still accepting applications for the position, but added the search process will begin interviews as soon as next week.
WINNER — As a high school football standout for Mobridge, Harvey Naasz remembers his answer when teachers would ask him what he wanted to be when he grew up. "I wanted to be a football coach, like my brother," said Naasz, who went on to compile a record of 169-58-3 in 24 seasons as a head coach, including 17 seasons as the head coach in Winner.
As a summer worker for the Mitchell Parks and Recreation department, Jordan Lorenz didn't plan on preparing baseball fields for a living. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Lorenz worked on Cadwell Park and Mitchell's other baseball, softball and soccer fields for the city during summers while in high school and college. "It was a fun summer job," Lorenz recalled. "I didn't have any expectations that I'd continue to do that."
South Dakota State University freshman runners Allison Sebern and Kristin Pistulka were members of the Jackrabbit women's 4x400-meter relay team at the Southwestern Minnesota State University Mustang Open on March 31 in Marshall, Minnesota. Sebern, a Burke graduate, and Pistulka, a former Mitchell Kernel, helped team win the event with a time of 4 minutes, 04.66 seconds. Individual, Sebern finished ninth in the 200 with a time of 27.02, while Pistulka took seventh in the 100 (13.16) and 12th in the 200 (27.29).
Mitchell High School students are taking aim at a new club sport this spring. A trapshooting team has formed and will compete in the South Dakota High School Clay Target League, which is entering its second year. Last year, six schools competed in the inaugural season. This year, the number of schools in the league has jumped to 24. Much like the trapshooting league itself, Mitchell coach Jerry Opbroek said he believes the program in Mitchell will flourish in the future.
Change may be coming to the state's largest class. Momentum has continued to build for all of South Dakota's classes to adopt the Sweet 16 state-qualifying format for boys and girls basketball, as well as volleyball. Class A successfully used the format this past season in the three sports and backlash against the new format has been mostly limited in public debate.
To maintain one of the state's premier baseball diamonds, Dan Dobesh is like a babysitter. The Mitchell Parks and Recreation Sports Complex Supervisor is in charge of all of the city's baseball, softball and soccer fields, including Cadwell Park. And with nearly 90 games scheduled over the spring and summer months, that includes caring for each blade of grass and speck of dirt. "It's constant babysitting," Dobesh said about keeping the field in its the best shape possible.
With plenty of experience on the roster, the Mitchell High School baseball team has it eyes on playing at a high level. After missing out on a state tournament berth last year, the Kernels are hoping to put together a similar season to 2015, when the team reached the state championship game. The MHS club baseball season starts this weekend, with Mitchell taking on Rapid City Central on Saturday and Rapid City Stevens on Sunday. Heading into the pair of doubleheaders, MHS head coach Luke Norden said all the returning experience has benefitted the team early this spring.
Carly Haring was back in a familiar place on Tuesday. She stood atop the podium after winning the girls high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 2 inches at the Dakota Wesleyan University High School Open at the Corrigan Fieldhouse in Mitchell. The Mitchell High School sophomore was competing in her first meet of the season, but more importantly, it was the first meet Haring was fully healthy since 2015.
South Dakota high school club baseball started its 17th season this spring and the official organization of the sport—South Dakota High School Baseball Association—is under new leadership. Brad Schramm officially retired as the SDHSBA President and Executive Director after leading the organization for 12 of its first 17 years. High school baseball started in 2001, but Schramm didn't take over as president until SDHSBA formed in 2004.