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ALEXANDRIA -- Losing a player to a year-ending injury is something a coach never wants to see, but when it happens to a returning all-state honoree, it's even harder to swallow. At least that's how Hanson girls basketball coach Jim Bridge looked at losing junior Kynedi Cheeseman, who was named to the 2013 Class B girls basketball all-state first team, for the entire season due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament. "When it happens to you, you feel like you are the only one it has happened to in the state," Bridge said about Cheeseman's injury.
Kent VanOverschelde and the Mitchell Kernels want to close their regular season with two Eastern South Dakota Conference wins. With two non-ranked Class AA opponents ahead, Mitchell (1-5) wants to control its fate with the postseason nearing. The Kernels take on the Watertown Arrows (1-5) for its senior night at 7 p.m. today at Joe Quintal Field in Mitchell.
HOWARD -- Three Howard girls cross country runners finished in the top-10 to help the Tigers claim a first place finish at the Region 2B cross country meet on Wednesday at Howard Golf Course in Howard. Howard's Josie Erickson took home fourth place with a time of 16:57 while her teammate Hannah Noonan finished right behind in fifth place with a time of 16:59. Macey Claussen finished in eighth place with a time of 17:18 to round out Howard's top-10 runners. "We did awesome today," Howard's Presley Claussen said after the race.
Dakota State University's Cole Potter and Trevor Kenobbie each had six tackles, two tackles for a loss and one sack in the Trojan football team's 37-29 loss to University of Jamestown on Saturday in Madison. Potter, a Howard graduate, leads DSU with eight sacks on the year and has 52 total tackles, 22.5 tackles for a loss. Kenobbie, a Wessington Springs native, has 29 total tackles and 2.5 sacks on the year for the Trojans. The Trojans (3-4) play Briar Cliff University in a nonconference football game at 7 p.m.
For the first time, the Mitchell High School cheer and dance teams will host a regular-season meet. The Mitchell Invitational cheer and dance competition begins at 10:30 a.m. today at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. "I'm hoping our team will have a lot of fun with a lot of energy," Mitchell dance coach Cassey Verhey said. "We will show the crowd what our sport is all about." Mitchell has previously hosted the Eastern South Dakota Conference cheer and dance meet, but this is the first time non-ESD schools can compete in Mitchell.
WOONSOCKET -- A strong offensive attack has propelled the Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central football team to an undefeated record six weeks into the season. The Class 9AA No. 3 Blackhawks (5-0) have outscored its opponents 258-73 this season. "I think the guys just love playing football," Blackhawk head coach Jason Kolousek said. "We came together as a group, and they worked hard throughout the offseason. They have high goals and expectations for themselves." Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central is one of six Mitchell area teams to have undefeated starts this season.
Facing its fifth ranked opponent in six games, the Mitchell High School football team looks for its first upset. The Kernels face Class 11AA No. 2 Brookings (4-2) in an Eastern South Dakota Conference battle at 7 p.m. today in Brookings. "We have to go toe-to-toe with their intensity," Kernel head coach Kent VanOverschelde said.
With only three meets left of the 2014 season, the Mitchell High School cross country teams are preparing for the two biggest events of the season. The Eastern South Dakota Conference meet is at 11 a.m. Saturday in Huron and the state championship meet will take place on Oct. 25 in Huron. "We're getting ready for championship meet season," Kernel head coach Scott Munsen said.
A slow start plagued the Mitchell High School volleyball team as it fell to the Harrisburg Tigers 3-0 in a Eastern South Dakota Conference matchup on Tuesday in Mitchell. Set scores were 25-7, 25-17, 25-8. The Tigers (7-7) jumped out to a quick lead in the first set and never looked back as they cruised to a 25-7 win. "At this point in the season, we need to get quick leads because we have been playing behind in too many matches," Harrisburg head coach Ronette Costain said.
Through five games, the Mitchell Kernel offense has gone through plenty of ups and downs, with a majority of season stuck on the latter. "As the offensive coordinator, I'm obviously accountable to that," Kernel head coach Kent VanOverschelde said. "There are many things that hamper an offense, and one logical thing to point to is the defensives we've faced have been real solid." Mitchell (1-4) has gone up against some tough defenses in four of its first five games, including Class AA No. 1 Yankton on Aug. 30, No. 3 Harrisburg on Sept. 6, No. 4 Pierre on Sept. 13 and Class AAA No.