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In the final homestand of the season, Jared Neilan is looking to make the most of his at-bats with the Dakota Wesleyan University baseball team. The senior first baseman, who leads the Tigers in multiple offensive categories, will be depended on as DWU chases a postseason spot. Entering Friday's first showdown with Great Plains Athletic Conference leading Concordia, Neilan led the Tigers in at-bats (135), RBIs (31) and home runs (seven). The former Pierre Governor is also second on the team in runs scored (24) and has a fielding percentage of .968 in 40 games played.
For the fourth straight weekend, the lanes at Village Bowl were packed all day long with youth bowlers from across the state. Saturday and Sunday were the final dates of the 2017 South Dakota State United Bowling Congress (SDSUSBC) youth bowling tournament, which started on April 1 and 2 and had competition in every weekend in April.
SALEM—McCook Central/Montrose standout Morgan Koepsell will be playing basketball after her senior season next year. The two-time Class A first team all-state player verbally committed to Black Hills State University on Thursday.
Seemingly meet after meet this season, Kyla Crago has found a way to post a faster time. The junior sprinter for the Mitchell High School girls track and field team has already automatic qualified for the state meet in the 400-meter dash and provisionally in the 200. But she hasn't settled on just reaching state-qualifying times, Crago has had back-to-back weeks posting personal bests in the 400.
The 10-win Mitchell baseball team is on a five-game win streak, and much of the success is because of the team's pitching. As a team, Mitchell has an earned-run average of 2.78, allowed 46 runs (33 earned), and recorded 56 strikeouts compared to 48 walks. In the last six games, Mitchell's ERA is 1.67 with 15 runs (10 earned) and strikeout/walk ratio of 34 to 18.
WINNER—Off to a blazing start to the track and field season, Cameron Kuil has put a strong claim on the title of South Dakota's fastest athlete. The Winner senior, who currently holds the top times in the state in the 100-meter dash (10.50 seconds), 200 (21.80) and 400 (49.90), continues to solidify his claim. On Friday, he continued his winning ways at the American Legion Relays by sweeping the 100- (10.99), 200- (22.44) and 400-meter races at the 13-team event, which included eight Class AA schools.
After 30 years of operating Mitchell's longest running fishing tournament, brothers Dave and Tim Allen are sidelining the event for the immediate future. For the second year in the row, the Poorman's Fishing Tournament will not take place on Lake Mitchell and both brothers cited age and time as reasons for not restarting the tournament after the duo took its first year off in 2016.
BURKE—The Burke/South Central girls golf team is hoping the fourth time's the charm. For the past three seasons, the Cougars have finished in second place at the Class B state tournament. Last year, only one stroke separated state champion Deubrook Area (531) and runner-up B/SC (532).
BROOKINGS—In his nearly two years at South Dakota State University, Beau Brown has already experienced more than most college athletes. The former Mitchell Kernel standout has experienced two conference tournament championships, two trips to the NCAA Tournament and one head coaching change with the Jackrabbits.
TYNDALL—There aren't many more experienced prep golfers than Bon Homme's Alec Johnson. The Bon Homme senior golfer is playing in his sixth varsity season and after back-to-back top-10 finishes at the Class B state tournament, Johnson will be in the mix for state championship. Johnson picked up his first win of the season at the Southeastern South Dakota Small Schools Invite on Thursday at Fox Run Golf Course in Yankton. He carded a 74 to win the 58-person tournament on the Par-72 course.