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In the drive for postseason home-field advantage, the Mitchell High School football team is currently at the wheel and in control.
There are a number of reasons why the Mitchell High School football team is on a six-game winning streak. But for the Kernels, it starts and ends with taking the ball away from the opposition. For the season, No. 2 Mitchell is plus-10 in turnover margin, which is the difference between takeaways and giveaways for a team. Combine that with an offense that has averaged more than 38 points per game and a defense that's held opponents to less than 15 points per game, the Kernels (6-1) have had the right formula so far this season.
In a matchup of two teams moving in different directions, the Mitchell High School football team isn't going to take anything for granted. The No. 2-ranked Kernels are riding a five-game winning streak heading into their matchup against the Brookings Bobcats, who have lost all six games this season. The two Eastern South Dakota Conference foes will clash at 7 p.m. today and for the first time at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium in Brookings.
In the Mitchell High School football record books, No. 8 is now No. 3. Senior running back Spencer Neugebauer is off to another stellar season for the Kernels and his strong start has bumped him to the No. 3 spot as Mitchell's all-time career rusher. The speedster currently has 2,297 career rushing yards and trails only No. 2 Jason Greenway's 2,874 yards (2009-11) and No. 1 Trevor Hohn's 2,955 yards (2001-02), since the playoff era began in 1981.
Heading into her final three meets as a member of the Mitchell High School girls cross-country team, Mary Krause has already left her mark on the program. As an eighth-grader, Krause placed 28th at the Class AA state meet and finished in the top-40 in both her freshman and sophomore seasons. She set the school's record for fastest 5K time as a junior, but she has saved her best season for last.
ABERDEEN—Winds of more than 40 mph wreaked havoc on the Mitchell High School boys golf team during the first day of Class AA state tournament on Monday at Moccasin Creek Country Club in Aberdeen. At the end of the day, Mitchell found itself in 13th place with a team score of 367. For a team that was averaging scores less than 330, Monday's performance was a disappointment for both the players and coaches.
CORSICA—For the Corsica-Stickney Jaguars, there isn't anything Clayton Menning won't do on the football field. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound senior has scored touchdowns in a variety of ways for Corsica-Stickney, currently ranked No. 1 in Class 9B. In the Jaguars' 51-0 win over Irene-Wakonda, Menning scored two rushing touchdowns and had an interception return for a touchdown.
ABERDEEN—Mitchell boys golf head coach Mark Horan said his team's brain power will be just as important as its skill set heading into the Class AA state golf tournament. The two-day tournament, which begins today and will concluded on Tuesday, is being held at Moccasin Creek Country Club in Aberdeen. "We need to play smart," Horan said. "Off the tee box, you can be in the trees pretty easily. We have to hit it straight and hit the right club."
SIOUX FALLS—In Kent VanOverschelde's 10 years coaching the Mitchell High School football team, he's never won a game in Sioux Falls. That changed on Friday as the No. 2 Kernels (5-1) earned an emphatic victory over Class 11AAA foe—Sioux Falls Lincoln—28-7 at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls. Bolstered by a stout defense that forced three turnovers and another sensational performance by senior Spencer Neugebauer, Mitchell posted a 21-0 lead at halftime and cruised to the win.
In a classic battle of smaller school against bigger school, smaller schools have been holding their own. When the South Dakota High School Activities Association created a new 11-man football class in 2013—known as Class 11AAA—the bigger schools in Sioux Falls had won nine-straight state championships dating back to 2003.