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Cade Carpenter will be playing golf at the next level. The Mitchell High School senior made his decision official on Thursday, signing his national letter of intent to join the Dakota Wesleyan University men's golf team. "DWU has been at the top of the list for a long time," Carpenter said. "After talking with my parents, I decided it was the right place to go." Carpenter, a two-time all-Eastern South Dakota Conference golfer, finished 33rd at this year's Class AA state tournament and finished 21st in 2015.
It was a rough start to the season for the Mitchell High School boys basketball team on Tuesday. Positives were few and far between for the Kernels as Aberdeen Central built a big early lead and maintained a 20-point lead for a majority of the contest, cruising to a 80-44 Eastern South Dakota Conference win at the Corn Palace. "This looked like the first game of the year for us," Mitchell head coach Erik Skoglund said after the game. "We're not going to make excuses. They made us play bad on offense and we're only going to get better."
Another Kernel football player will be continuing his career in Mitchell. Senior offensive lineman Bryce Geraets verbally committed to Dakota Wesleyan University on Tuesday. "Coach (Ross) Cimpl and his staff are very determined and they're great guys," said Geraets, who confirmed his intentions with The Daily Republic. "As soon as I got my offer and as soon I as I got one, I told myself I was going there."
CHAMBERLAIN—There's not many young wrestlers that can make an immediate impact in the any heavyweight division. Chamberlain's Nash Hutmacher is not just any young wrestler. The freshman's 2016-17 season is off to blazing start with an 11-0 record, including a 5-1 win over Brookings' Eddie Miller, the Class A defending state champion, on Dec. 5.
For the second year in a row, Dakota Wesleyan University volleyball head coach Lindsay Wilber is adding a lot of local talent. The Tiger volleyball team announced its 2017 recruiting class on Monday. The class has 11 players from South Dakota, including six players from the Mitchell-area—highlighted by Bon Homme standout and reigning Daily Republic player of the year Sierra Mesman.
Near the end of the Dakota Wesleyan women's basketball team's 91-81 win over Morningside last week, Mustangs head coach Jamie Sale asked one of his assistants which Tiger his team should foul to put on the free-throw line. It's a strategy many coaches turn to when their team is trailing in the final minutes. Make the opposing team beat you at the charity stripe, while the clock is stopped.
After allowing 21 points in the first quarter, Dakota Wesleyan University's defense buckled down. The top-ranked DWU women's basketball team held Doane to just 24 points the rest of game and it resulted in an easy 66-45 Great Plains Athletic Conference victory on Wednesday at the Corn Palace. "Once we locked down on defense, that's when we took off on offense," said DWU's Ashley Bray, who had 10 points in the win. "In the beginning we weren't doing to so well on defense and then our offense wasn't there."
There won't be any shortage of leadership for the Mitchell High School boys basketball team this season. That's encouraging news for Erik Skoglund, who will enter his fourth year as the head coach of the Kernels. "These guys have had 10 outstanding practices and it's a tribute to our senior leaders, who haven't let the underclassmen get down on themselves or let exhaustion creep into their game," said Skoglund, mentioning many of his players were a part of the state champion football team. "Their leadership has shown in our first 10 practices and our first week."
It was an encouraging start to the season for the Mitchell High School wrestling team. Hosting Pierre, the Class A defending state champions, in an Eastern South Dakota Conference dual, the Kernel wrestlers faced a stiff early test. While the Governors ended up earning a 54-21 victory on Friday at the MHS gym, Mitchell head coach Travis Carpenter wasn't disappointed with what he saw out of his team's debut.
A familiar face will be on the Mitchell Christian boys basketball team's bench this season. Jesse Tolsma, a former standout for the Golden Eagles and Northwestern College graduate, has returned to his alma mater as the team's head coach. Tolsma, who worked as an assistant coach with the team last year, will enter his first season as a head coach in 2016-17, replacing Dennis Martin, who stepped down as the team's coach.