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A slow start didn't hamper the Mitchell Post 18 Legion baseball team on Tuesday. After allowing four earned runs in the top of the first inning, Post 18 starting pitcher Jared Miller recovered to pitch five straight scoreless innings and watch his team rally back from an early deficit, as Mitchell topped Yankton 12-8 in nine innings on a hot evening at Cadwell Park in Mitchell. Miller allowed three hits in the first inning and then surrendered one more hit over 5 2/3 innings after that.
For busy high school athletes, there's little rest in the summertime. But a new moratorium set by the South Dakota High School Activities Association hopes to give students and coaches more time to spend with their families to start July. Friday marked the official start of a newly mandated moratorium, or break, on school-sanctioned activities by the SDHSAA, which was passed by the Board of Directors in January. From Friday to Thursday, athletes are not to have any contact with coaches for any activity.
Cory Aadland wants students to have as many opportunities as possible. The new Mitchell activities director would also like to see as many students as possible involved in extracurricular activities such as athletics and fine arts.
There's been little rest and relaxation for the Dakota Wesleyan University football team this summer. With the team counting down the days until the season kicks off on Aug. 26, DWU head coach Ross Cimpl said 40 to 50 players have hung around Mitchell for the summer. "We have a really good number of guys in or around Mitchell working out pretty consistently," Cimpl said. "They continue to work out and do things together. That makes a huge difference."
When the baseball season shifted from the club season into the Legion season, Mitchell head coach Luke Norden said he wanted to see more consistency. Twenty-six games in, Post 18 is still working towards finding more stability at the plate and on the mound. After Monday's split with Pierre, Mitchell's record sits at 15-11 heading into the final month of the Legion season.
LETCHER—Bailey Moody's senior season competing in high school rodeo has been extra special. Moody, a Letcher native, didn't get to compete in rodeos last year because of a knee injury she suffered during basketball season. The year off was hard for Moody, who is back in the saddle this summer. "It's amazing," Moody said. "My first ride back, I got a little teary-eyed because it was so amazing to be back riding."
PARKSTON—Sydney Davidson and Sanjo make a pretty good team. Davidson, a Parkston native, and Sanjo, the horse she rides, took second place in the girls cutting event at this year's South Dakota State High School Rodeo in Belle Fourche. Cutting is an event that involves a contestant and a horse to cut cow a herd of cattle. One of the cuts has to be deep inside the herd, while the others can be peeled from the edge. "You and your horse have to cut that cow for about 20 to 25 seconds," Davidson said. "Then go cut another one."
After one of the school's most successful seasons ever, the Mitchell High School football team entered the offseason wanting more. Heading into the 2016 season, Mitchell is hoping to carry over the momentum from the team's first winning season since 2011 and a Class 11AA semifinal appearance. Finishing with a 7-4 record, winning a playoff game at Joe Quintal Field and setting multiple program records has brought added enthusiasm to the long offseason process.
New uniforms are a hot topic in college sports and Dakota Wesleyan University isn't having any issues keeping up. Jerseys provide a first impression of any athletic program and as national trends continue to push the athletic apparel envelope, demand for having appealing looking jerseys is as high as ever at colleges. At DWU, new athletic jerseys and jersey combinations are on the rise. For the men's basketball team, DWU currently has eight different uniform sets, while the football, baseball and women's basketball, teams each have more than three uniform combinations.
WESSINGTON SPRINGS—Tucker Easton understands how long eight seconds is better than many high school students. The Wessington Springs junior has been competing as a bull rider since he was 10 years old. At this year's South Dakota State High School Rodeo in Belle Fourche, Easton took home second place with 56 points and reached his goal of qualifying for the National High School Finals Rodeo, which is held July 17-23 in Gillette, Wyoming.