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FREEMAN—Brennan Schmidt had a day to remember at the Menno Relays. The Freeman senior swept the 100-meter dash, 200, 400 and 800 races at the event on Thursday. He set meet records in all four events as well. "He had a great day. Four events in one day, and they were all pretty close together. It was pretty amazing," Freeman track and field coach Rory Hermsen said. "It looked pretty effortless too. He was just cruising." Schmidt won the 100 with a time of 10.85 seconds and won the 200 in 22.41, with both marks breaking former Menno sprinter Tyler Handle's records.
Luke Norden has tried to learn how to throw left-handed. The Mitchell baseball coach wanted to be able to give his players more opportunities to see pitches come from the left side in practice. "When I first started, I told myself I was going to try to teach myself how to throw left-handed just for that purpose," said Norden, who's coached Mitchell for 12 years.
For the first time this season, the Mitchell High School baseball team failed to score. The Brookings Bobcats were able to shut out the Kernels 11-0 on Thursday at Cadwell Park in Mitchell. "We have a hard time overcoming offensive struggles, when we don't come through with runs," Mitchell head coach Luke Norden said.
HOWARD—The Howard golf have started this season strong. The Tiger girls have won two events—Cornbelt Conference meet and Dell Rapids St. Mary Invite— this year, while the boys took first at the Cornbelt Conference and third at the Dell Rapids St. Mary Invite. "We have eight seniors back with a lot of experience," Howard golf coach Alan Wiese said. "They're all comfortable playing in meets.
SALEM—McCook Central/Montrose senior Tyler Cleveland is off to a quick start this season. The middle distance speedster for the Fighting Cougars has finished near the top in all four of MCM's track meets this season. "Tyler's a bulldog on the track," MCM track and field head coach Jeff Heisinger said. "He's a gutsy runner that works hard everyday." Cleveland won the 800-meter dash and took third in the 400 at the Fighting Cougar Invitational on Tuesday in Salem.
The Dakota Wesleyan University baseball team earned its first Great Plains Athletic Conference doubleheader sweep of the season against Concordia University on Sunday at Cadwell Park in Mitchell. The Tigers went 3-1 on the weekend and improved to 14-18 overall and 4-8 in the GPAC. "It was a good day for us. The starting pitching was great in both games, and we played our style of baseball," DWU head coach John Greicar said. "We just had a good approach at the plate. We stayed within ourselves, used our scheme and played some small ball.
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Trae Bergh excels athletically and academically. The Dakota Wesleyan University junior helped the Tiger basketball team to a second place finish at the NAIA Division II National Tournament, but also holds a 4.0 grade point average. Bergh was rewarded for his accomplishments both on and off the court by receiving the 2014 Emil S.
Mitchell Christian is fielding a boys golf team at the Class B level this spring. The South Dakota High School Activities Association rules state a minimum of three golfers qualify for a team at the Class B level. Senior Austin Bormann, who competed in golf tournaments for Mitchell Christian by himself last year, is joined by junior Jamie Smith, a transfer from Parkston, and senior Craig Van Zee to form a Golden Eagle team coached by Cody Thomsen. "We had Jamie come in, and then the guys talked Craig into joining the team so it could post team scores," Thomsen said.
Senior Joey Fitzgerald struck out 12 Nebraska Wesleyan University batters and junior Neil Nagel hit a grand slam as the Dakota Wesleyan University baseball team earned a 6-1 win in the first game of a Great Plains Athletic Conference doubleheader on Saturday at Cadwell Park in Mitchell. A 10-run eighth inning by the Prairie Wolves doomed DWU's chances of earning the sweep as NWU won the second game 14-3 in eight innings. In the first game, DWU scored four runs in the bottom of the third by Nagel's grand slam smash to left field.
Sports tie families together. One Mitchell family's bond will join in the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame for athletic achievements at 7 p.m. today in Sioux Falls. Jill (Theeler) Schlekeway, a 1997 Mitchell graduate, is one of 20 that will be inducted into the SDSHOF during a banquet ceremony at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. She will join her father, Jack Theeler—a former University of South Dakota standout basketball player and current Mitchell attorney—in the hall of fame.