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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.
MOUNT VERNON—For the first time in school history, Mount Vernon will host a track and field meet. And it seemed only appropriate for the school to name the meet after it's most well-known athlete—Chad Greenway. On Friday, the inaugural Greenway Relays will kick off with field events at 2 p.m. and running events at 2:30 p.m. in Mount Vernon and the now-retired Minnesota Viking will be in attendance.
Spencer Neugebauer knows he'll be finished competing in athletics some day, but he's not ready to call it quits yet. The multi-sport athlete is currently pulling double duty, playing baseball for the Mitchell High School club team and running sprints for the Kernel track and field team. It's a situation emblematic of Neugebauer's prep career in Mitchell, where each season is filled with a different sport.
After completing a successful first season, the Dakota Magic and the National Basketball League of America are on pace for a second season. Created last year, the NBLA had five teams—Magic, Omaha Chargers, Sioux City Hornets, Kansas City Spartans and Omaha Nation—compete in at least seven regular season games. The Chargers went 11-1 and defeated the Magic (6-5) in the championship game 108-98 in Omaha, Nebraska.
CORSICA—It's been a fun start of the track and field season for Corsica-Stickney head coach Scott Muckey. Muckey, who is in his 35th year coaching track and field, has watched his Jaguar boys team of 23 members put together three meet wins in a row. "It's been a lot of fun so far just to watch those student-athletes compete," Muckey said. "I enjoy that."