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PARKSTON—After splitting the regular season series, Sunshine League champion Alexandria and second-place finisher Winner/Colome played another thriller in the District 5B championship game on Friday. The Angels' Tyson Gau scored the go-ahead run on a double steal in the bottom of the seventh inning and pitched a complete game to propel the Angels past the Pheasants 4-3 at The Pond in Parkston.
LAKE ANDES—With just 12 days until South Dakota high school football practice begins for Class 11B and all 9-man classes, a new team might be formed. On Monday, the South Dakota High School Activities Association Board of Directors will hold a special meeting to consider an emergency football cooperative between Andes Central, Dakota Christian, Tripp-Delmont and Armour for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years. The team would play in Region 3 in Class 9AA.
The Mitchell Post 18 junior Legion baseball team found a winning formula at the Region 1A tournament last week. It was a simple formula—play strong defense, have good pitching and be aggressive—but it worked. Mitchell won three-straight games to book a spot in the Class A state tournament. While the team dropped a pair of games to Watertown in the region championship, Mitchell head coach Michael Sadler said his team learned a lot from the tournament.
PLATTE—During its winning streak in the Region 4B tournament, the Platte/Geddes Legion baseball team rode a wave of timely hitting. The team scored 50 runs in four games to book a spot in the Class B Legion state tournament. P/G (13-5) is hoping to continue to get that type of run production as it faces Dell Rapids in the first round of at 5 p.m. today at Leahy Bowl in Winner. "We have to get timely hitting and strong pitching," P/G head coach Jeff Kuiper said. "That's just the key. It's an old line, but that's the bottom line."
In its opening round Region 3A game, the Mitchell Post 18 Legion baseball team was on its heels from the start. Despite playing from behind the entire game, Mitchell nearly erased a 9-2 deficit with a five-run eighth inning. But Pierre, which raced out to an early 6-0 lead after four innings, did enough to fend off Post 18's late rally and held on for a 10-8 victory in front of a large crowd on Wednesday at Cadwell Park.
In the youth soccer world, the Mitchell Ravens could easily be described underdogs. The Mitchell Soccer Association under-12 girls soccer team is made up of both 11- and 12-year olds and the 16-player team never turned down a player or hosted tryouts. Throughout the 2016-17 season, the Ravens competed in 20 tournaments, reaching the championship game 15 times, winning 10 tournaments. The all-Mitchell team often had to beat teams that were older and coming from club programs in bigger cities with far more resources.
WAGNER—After a seventh-place finish at last year's Class A state tournament, the Wagner VFW Post 7319 junior teeners are heading back to state. Wagner won four games at the six-team southwest region tournament last week, beating the host Tea in the championship game. In the first round of the state tournament, Wagner will face Elk Point-Jefferson at 5:30 p.m. on Friday in Milbank.
Two wins. That's what the Mitchell Post 18 Legion baseball team is after in the Region 3A baseball tournament, which begins today and ends on Friday at Cadwell Park in Mitchell. Post 18 plays Pierre Post 8 at 7 p.m. today, while Rapid City Post 320 takes on Sturgis Titans Post 33 in the first game at 4 p.m. Mitchell enters the double-elimination tournament with a 24-16 record, while Pierre is 28-15, Rapid City 320 is 32-13 and Sturgis is 17-10. The final two teams will advance to the Class A state tournament July 26-30 in Rapid City.
Logan Storley's climb up the mixed-martial arts ranks continued its upward trajectory on Friday. In his first Bellator fight, Storley defeated Kemmyelle Haley (7-4) at Bellator 181 at the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma. In the 170-pound match, Storley showed off his wrestling skills by taking Haley down to the mat early, before earning the win by technical knockout—utilizing a flurry of elbow shots—1 minute and 40 seconds in the first round.
When Bryce Geraets gets a pitch middle-in, he knows what he wants to do with it. The Mitchell Post 18 Legion baseball team's home run leader wants to put the ball over the fence, knowing his power bat can help spark the team. And hitting in the No. 8 spot in Mitchell's lineup this season, Geraets has excelled in his role of the team's second cleanup hitter, pouring in 26 RBIs. But it's his ability to drive the ball over the fence—six times in 34 games played—that gives opposing pitchers trouble when facing the bottom of Mitchell's batting order.