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Holding onto the ball in practice is a major focus for the Mitchell High School football team every week. But for the second time this season, Mitchell was burned by fumbling the ball away and costly turnovers. Those giveaways hampered the Kernels' chances against Pierre in a 14-7 home loss on Friday, the second time this season MHS has had three lost fumbles. The other came in a 45-7 loss to Sioux Falls Washington Sept. 15 in Mitchell.
CORSICA—The Corsica-Stickney Jaguars know all too well the road to the DakotaDome isn't a smooth one—especially for an undefeated team. After falling short in the semifinals the past two seasons and losing 10 seniors from a team that fell one point short of reaching the Class 9B championship game last year, the Jaguars have reloaded. Corsica-Stickney enters the final week of the regular season at 7-0, the last undefeated team in Class 9A and the team with the most seed points (45.286).
AVON—Riding a six-game winning streak, the Avon Pirates are out to prove they won't be an easy out in Class 9A. Since dropping the season-opener 50-22 to No. 1 Corsica-Stickney, the Pirates have been on a roll. After scoring 22 points against the Jaguars, who have held teams to an average of 4.3 points per game since, Avon has powered past teams by averaging 47 points. With a roster of only 18 high school players, Avon head coach Tom Culver said his team responded well after the loss to Corsica-Stickney.
It came down to the last play, but the Mitchell High School football team couldn't shake a sluggish start. Three first half fumbles doomed the No. 1 Kernels in the first half and Pierre got just enough offense to hang on for a hard-fought 14-7 Eastern South Dakota Conference victory on Friday at Joe Quintal Field. The No. 2 Governors improve to 6-1 and 4-1 in the ESD, while the Kernels fell to 5-2 and 3-1 in the ESD.
Regardless of class, today's nine-man contest between Corsica-Stickney and Colome has all the ingredients for another classic. Two high-powered offenses will collide as unbeaten records, bragging rights and a conference title are all at stake when Class 9A No. 1 Corsica-Stickney (6-0) takes on Class 9B No. 2 Colome (6-0) at 7 p.m today in Colome.
There's a long list of what's at stake in the Class 11AA No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown between the Mitchell High School football team and Pierre. The top seed for the Class 11AA playoffs is on the line, as well as becoming the frontrunner for the Eastern South Dakota Conference title. When the ball is kicked at 7 p.m. today at Joe Quintal Field, MHS head coach Kent VanOverschelde said, most importantly, the Kernels can make a big statement about defending their state championship.
CORSICA -- Taylee Indahl recorded 14 kills, six digs, one block and one ace as Burke/South Central topped Corsica-Stickney 3-0 in a prep volleyball match on Thursday in Corsica. Set scores were 25-15, 25-23 and 25-9.
Heading into the final three games of the regular season, the Mitchell High School football team is in the driver's seat. The top-ranked Kernels (5-1) have the most seed points in Class 11AA (42.667), while Pierre (5-1) is second with 41.667 seed points and Harrisburg (3-3) is third with 40.500 seed points. For Mitchell, there's plenty at stake with upcoming games against the Governors (Friday) and the Tigers (Oct. 13).
One week after claiming the Eastern South Dakota Conference tournament title, the Mitchell High School girls tennis team has its eyes on a bigger prize. The Kernels will be one of 23 teams competing in the state tournament, which begins today in Sioux Falls and Brandon and continues through Saturday. Matches begin at 8 a.m. today and Friday at McKennan Park, Sioux Falls Washington and Brandon Valley, while the final championship matches will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday at McKennan Park.
ALEXANDRIA—When the Hanson volleyball team starts feeling the pressure in any match, the Beavers know where to look. They turn to Heather Kayser. The 5-foot-4 senior setter brings a calming influence when the ball isn't bouncing the Beavers' way. With three years of varsity experience on the court — including two seasons as a full-time starter — Kayser is well-equipped to deal with any scenario. "Setters are looked at as captains on the team," Kayser said. "They are suppose to talk the loudest and keep everyone on their feet."