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For the third straight year, Mitchell's Cadwell Park will take center stage for the Class B state amateur baseball tournament. The 12-day tournament, in its 84th year, will feature 32 Class B teams competing for the state championship and tournament director Jim Johnston emphasized how important the annual tournament is for the City of Mitchell.
CANOVA—It's been 40 years since the Canova Gang has won the District 4B title—on its home field. For the second year in a row Canova won the district title, but this year was a little extra special for manager Dave Gassman and the Gang. "It's your dream," an emotional Gassman said after the game. "To host it and to win it, it's special to me."
Summer isn't synonymous with basketball, but that hasn't stopped the Mitchell High School boys basketball team from using the warmer months to find ways to improve. According to MHS head coach Erik Skoglund, June and July provide the Kernels plenty of opportunities to grow as athletes.
The Mitchell Aquatic Club will send 35 swimmers to compete in the South Dakota outdoor swimming state championships, which begins today and runs through Sunday in Rapid City. Boys and girls will compete in various age divisions ranging from 8- to 18-years old. "The team is looking really good," MAC head coach Kyle Margheim said. "The kids are starting to get excited and we're resting a little bit more." The outdoor state swimming meet marks the end of the outdoor season for many MAC swimmers and Margheim said his team is looking forward to competing out west.
WHITE LAKE—At least one team will enter the Class B state amateur baseball tournament unbeaten. Four Corners kept its undefeated record intact and won the District 3B amateur baseball tournament in the process, beating Plankinton 7-3 in the title game on Thursday. Fueled by a six-run fifth inning, top seeded Four Corners dispatched No. 3 seeded Plankinton in front a crowd that lined both baselines to the foul poles in White Lake. "We had a couple of timely hits," Four Corners manager Mike Hand said. "Timely hitting and guys persevering."
Jacob Thill isn't finished playing hockey. The 2016 Mitchell High School graduate finished his career as a Mitchell Marlin at the 2016 South Dakota Amateur Hockey Association state tournament in March, but he has more games left to play in his career. Thill officially signed to join the Utah Outliers, a Tier II hockey team based out of Salt Lake City, Utah on Friday. The Outliers compete in Tier II of the Western States Hockey League and are made of players ages 16 to 20.
CANOVA—After losing to the Dell Rapids Mudcats twice in the regular season, the third time was the charm for the Canova Gang. The hosts hit their way past the Mudcats for a 14-4 win in seven innings in a District 4B semifinal on Tuesday night in front of large crowd in Canova. "Let's put it this way, it was probably our turn," Canova Gang manager Dave Gassman said after the game. "Our guys were up for this game and we were ready to play."
RAPID CITY — The Mitchell Post 18 Legion baseball team knows there isn't an easy road to the state tournament. To assure its spot in the state tournament, Mitchell will have to finish first or second at the Region 3A tournament, which begins today in Rapid City. Post 18 will face either Pierre Post 8 or Rapid City Post 22 at 8 p.m. Central time, while the winner will face the winner between Sturgis and Rapid City Post 320 at 5 p.m. Thursday. In the double-elimination tournament, Post 18 head coach Luke Norden said the first game looms large.
In its final home game of the regular season, the Mitchell Post 18 Legion baseball team scored early and often. Post 18 poured in four runs in the first inning and scored at least one run in every inning except one in a 12-3 win over Harrisburg on Friday at Cadwell Park in Mitchell. Eight different players had at least one hit and seven different players had at least one RBI for Post 18.
Youth baseball has entered a new era in South Dakota's largest cities. This weekend marks the end of the inaugural season for the younger teams involved with the South Dakota Class A Baseball Program, as the under-9, under-10, under-11 and under-12 divisions are competing in their respective state tournaments at Cadwell Sports Complex in Mitchell. In the past, many youth baseball tournaments below the Legion level have been put together and operated by the Veterans of Foreign Wars.