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Chamberlain's Ella Byers and Burke/South Central's Kray Person won the girls and boys varsity cross-country races, respectively, at the Chamberlain Invite on Thursday at the Chamberlain Country Club in Oacoma. On a hot and humid day for running, Byers clocked in the 5K girls race with a time of 18 minutes and 43.25 seconds, while Person finished the boys race with a time of 16:32.35. Winner's Sidda Schulyer finished third (19:49.17), while Mount Vernon/Plankinton's Lorna Gregerson took eighth (20:42.80).
Three games into the high school season, the Mitchell football team has proven why it was considered one of the top contenders in Class 11AA. Despite suffering a disappointing loss to the Harrisburg Tigers in the first week of the season, the Mitchell Kernels bounced back with two convincing wins—a 35-6 rout of Yankton and a 17-7 win over Class 11AAA Watertown. It's common coach-speak, but the Kernels have proven they are approaching the 2016 season one week at a time. No win is too big and no loss is too big.
Watching Mitchell safety Jed Schmidt roam the defensive backfield early in the season, it's hard to imagine that the 5-foot-11 senior hasn't played football in the past five years. Schmidt joined the Mitchell High School football team for his senior season after not competing in the sport since he was in the seventh grade. And in his return to the sport, he's has made an instant impact on the improved Kernel defense.
In his second year with the Iowa Hawkeyes football team, Brady Reiff has got his first taste of Division I FBS football. Reiff, a Parkston native, is listed as a defensive lineman for the No. 13 ranked Hawkeyes, who face North Dakota State University at 11 a.m. on Saturday in Iowa City, Iowa. He redshirted for the Hawkeyes a year ago. In both of Iowa's blowout wins over Miami (Ohio) and Iowa State, Reiff has participated but hasn't recorded any defensive stats.
WATERTOWN—It's been 25 years since the Mitchell High School football won a game in Watertown. The drought ended on Friday night. Backed by a stout defense and another stellar performance by Spencer Neugebauer, the No. 2-ranked Mitchell Kernels outlasted the Watertown Arrows 17-7 at Watertown Stadium. According the MHS head coach Kent VanOverschelde, it was Mitchell's first win over the Arrows in Watertown since 1991.
Seth Paulson can kick the ball. And depending on the sport, he can put it between the uprights or in the back of the net. The Mitchell High School senior is competing for the both the Kernel football team and the boys soccer team this season. He's a kicking Kernel and when he's on the football field, the objective is kick the ball over the goal post and in soccer, he needs to kick the ball under the goal post. So far this season, Paulson has been excelling at both.
Finding a defensive identity was a high priority for the Mitchell High School football team this season. Two games into the 2016 season, the Kernel defense has made its mark. In three out of four halves, Mitchell has only allowed six points. The Kernels also recorded a shutout in the first half against Harrisburg and the second half against Yankton. Playing fast, aggressive and together, Mitchell's defense has proven it can give opposing offenses headaches.
Normally, seeing a red card on the soccer field is a bad thing. In the Mitchell High School girls soccer team's game against Huron today at the Pepsi-Cola Soccer Complex in Mitchell—red is encouraged.
If the cross-country season is a race, the Mitchell Christian boys and girls cross-country teams are off to a fast start. After the team's first four meets of the season, the Golden Eagles have had winners at each event they have competed in. The success continued again on Wednesday as Alec Nelson won the boys varsity race and Adaya Plastow won the girls varsity race at the Freeman Academy Invite in Freeman.
All gas, no brake. That's the motto the Mitchell High School football team wanted to establish for the 2016 season, and on Friday night, against the two-time defending Class 11AA state champions, the Kernels lived up to their motto. No. 3 Mitchell throttled No. 1 Yankton 35-6 in an Eastern South Dakota Conference clash at Joe Quintal Field. "It was a good a team effort all around and we're a better football team than we were a week ago," MHS head coach Kent VanOverschelde said. "We want to get better each week and we want to play our style of football."