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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."
Schedules—every high school football team in South Dakota has one. But what goes into creating some of the most important Friday nights in the fall? In short, more than one would think. Unlike many surrounding states, all of South Dakota's prep football schedules are created and released by the South Dakota High School Activities Association. The SDHSAA took over scheduling process more than 20 years ago because too many schools across the state weren't able to put together a full schedule on their own.
After suffering what players and coaches called a "disappointing" loss to Harrisburg in the Kernel Bowl, the Mitchell High School football team has its eyes set on bouncing back. Searching for its first win of the 2016 season, Mitchell will look to jump start its campaign with win against Yankton—the two-time defending Class 11AA state champions. In hopes of providing that spark, Mitchell will make a change at quarterback.
TYNDALL—Practice makes perfect for Bon Homme's Chase Kortan. In his four seasons playing football for Bon Homme head coach Byron Pudwill, Kortan has never missed a practice. "He's a practice guy, he loves practice," Pudwill said. "He's a leader when it comes to sprints and he just loves sports. He's yelling, screaming and having a good time." For Kortan, attending practice is just one of perks of competing in the sport of football.
More than five months of planning paid off as the inaugural Kernel Bowl concluded after a full day of successful events on Saturday. While the football game against Harrisburg didn't turn out in Mitchell's favor, it didn't stop the organizers of the event from hearing plenty of compliments about the successful day. "It went relatively smooth," said Lisa Neugebauer. "We found some things we want to work on and make better, but for the most part, we found it was a good way to add team-building things. Hopefully, we can get more sports involved next year."
There's plenty of energy and excitement surrounding the Mitchell High School competitive cheer and dance teams heading into the 2016 season. Both teams open the season at the Watertown Invite today in Watertown. "We're excited about this year, we've really grown as a team," said MHS dance coach Cassey Ver Hey said. "Our hip-hop routine is looking great."
It was a true tale of two halves in a Class 11AA No. 2 vs. No. 3 showdown on Saturday night at Joe Quintal Field. Despite a solid first-half performance, the inaugural Kernel Bowl didn't go No. 2 Mitchell's way as No. 3 Harrisburg rallied for a 27-10 Eastern South Dakota conference win. The Kernels took a 10-0 lead into halftime, but once the third quarter began, the game changed in favor of the visitors.
CORSICA—Billed as a top-five showdown in Class 9B, Corsica-Stickney and Colome didn't disappoint. On the opening night of South Dakota high school football, the No. 3 Jaguars overcame a slow start to rally past the No. 4 Cowboys 16-14 on Friday in Corsica.
The wait is over for the Mitchell High School football team. After falling in last year's Class 11AA semifinals to eventual runner-up Pierre, the Kernels have been anxious to get back on the gridiron and today Mitchell will open the 2016 season in style. No. 2-ranked Mitchell hosts No. 3 Harrisburg in an Eastern South Dakota conference battle, a game that will highlight the inaugural Kernel Bowl, a day-long event, with kickoff at 7 p.m. at Joe Quintal Field.