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YANKTON -- Last year's Class B girls golf champion Maggie Fiscel is on her way to defending her title after a cold and windy first day at the state tournament in Yankton. Scotland's Fiscel carded the only score under 90 with an 88 at Hillcrest Golf & Country Club to lead by two strokes. Deubrook Area's Kayla Ovall is in second place with a 90, while Burke/South Central's Taylee Indahl is tied for third with a 94. Deubrook Area, last year's team champion, leads the event with a team score of 301.
YANKTON—It's been a special season for the Bridgewater-Emery girls golf team. Three sisters, from eighth- to 12th-grade, make up the core of the Huskie team that sits in fourth place at the Class B state tournament with a score of 335. "It's pretty unique. I don't think it happens very often to have three out of four players as sisters," Bridgewater-Emery head coach Scott Schultz said. "They support each other really well. They compete with each other really well, and they want to beat each other.
The Mitchell High School baseball team is headed to the state tournament. Mitchell outlasted Sioux Falls O'Gorman 3-1 in seven innings to claim the Region A2 crown on Saturday at Cadwell Park in Mitchell. "Our guys did a really good job all game trying to find ways to get on base," Mitchell head coach Luke Norden said after the game.
PARKSTON—Class A high school girls golf has been dominated by two names this year—Sydney Bormann and Sydney Weber. The Parkston Trojan teammates have claimed individual titles in every event Parkston has competed in this season. "They're standouts," Parkston head coach Tyler Hockett said.
It's do or die time for the Mitchell High School baseball team. Mitchell earned the No. 1 seed and the right to host the Region A2 tournament starting today in Mitchell. The Kernels (14-6) take on Sioux Falls Roosevelt (12-11) in the first game of the tournament at 11 a.m. at Cadwell Park in Mitchell. Yankton (11-8) plays Sioux Falls O'Gorman (12-10) at 1:30 p.m. and both winners face off in the championship game at 4 p.m. "It's a really even tournament," Norden said.
The Mitchell High School girls golf team has been steadily improving throughout the spring season. Heading into the Class AA state meet on Monday and Tuesday in Rapid City, the Kernels are looking to put together their best team score yet. "We are trending with improving scores lately," Mitchell head coach Mark Horan said.
Black Hills State University senior Mitch Kraft was named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference men's outdoor track and field academic athlete of the year on Wednesday. Kraft, a Wessington Springs native, qualified for the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a school-record time of 8 minutes, 56.25 seconds. Kraft earned the RMAC indoor track and field academic athlete of the year in March and was was also placed on the All-Academic first team.
It was a windy opening day for Mitchell city league softball teams. Despite the wind, teams were able to enjoy the first week of league play at Cadwell Park's east complex that is equipped with new backstops, nets and seating. Chuck Jones, field operations supervisor at the Mitchell sports complex, and he and his staff were able to complete the installation of the new concrete seating and backstops at the four-field complex in time for the season to start on time. "It's playable. We still have the sunshades left to put up," Jones said.
FARGO, N.D.—Ellie Peterson can trace her success at long distance running back to Dakota Wesleyan University. Peterson, a former women's basketball, soccer and track athlete at DWU, won the women's division at the Scheels Fargo Marathon on Saturday in Fargo, N.D. The 25-year-old Watertown native completed the race in 2 hours, 49 minutes and 13 seconds to place first in the women's division out of 1,800 total marathoners. "When I saw my time at the end of the race, I was really surprised," Peterson said in a phone interview with The Daily Republic.
Pitching and defense often go hand-in-hand in high school baseball. For the Mitchell Kernels, success on the mound this season can be attributed to the team's strong defense. "Guys understand that our defense has been playing well all year," Mitchell head coach Luke Norden said. "That's the biggest key. Guys aren't trying to do too much on the mound. They're trying to get the ball in play." The Kernels' pitching success has helped the team lock up the No. 1 seed in Region A2. The No.