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There will be plenty on the line when the Mitchell High School football team and Huron meet on the gridiron today. In the regular season finale, the No. 2 Kernels and No. 3 Tigers are looking to lock-up high playoff seeds, as well as enter the postseason on a high note. The two Eastern South Dakota Conference rivals face off at 7 p.m. today at Tiger Stadium in Huron. "It's going to be a rivalry game," MHS head coach Kent VanOverschelde said. "It seems we bring out the best in our opponents in those games and with that, we'll have to be playing our best."
On the football field, Cody Reichelt does a little bit of everything. The senior captain runs well, blocks, tackles, catches and seems to be near the football constantly of both offense and defense. Reichelt is one of the few players that sees plenty of action on both offense as a tight end, and on defense as a middle linebacker. He currently leads the Mitchell High School football team in tackles (72) and receptions (nine). For head coach Kent VanOverschelde, Reichelt's abilities reflect his passion for the game.
WINNER—It's been a breakout season for the Winner Area girls cross-country team. And the team isn't done yet. Heading into the state cross-country meet, the Warriors have their eyes on making noise in the Class A field. Coming off a win in the competitive Region 4A meet on Thursday, Winner head coach Jayd Schuyler said the team is focused on running its best.
ALEXANDRIA—Ashley Moe isn't short on energy. On the volleyball court, the Hanson Beavers depend on Moe's energy and excitement and so far this season, the formula has been working. Moe has helped Hanson achieve a 19-4 record, currently good for the top spot in District 8B. "The girls really rally around her when she's on," Hanson head coach Yolanda Price said. "When she's racking up the kills, they really feed off her energy. They really try to get good passes and good sets for her."
The Mitchell High School football team kept the pedal to the floor on Friday night. Constantly winning the battle at the line of scrimmage, the No. 2 Kernels throttled the Pierre Governors 42-13 in an Eastern South Dakota Conference matchup at Joe Quintal Field in Mitchell. The win extended Mitchell's winning streak to seven games and helped the Kernels avenge last year's two losses to Governors, including the season-ending loss in the Class 11AA semifinals.
Overlooked and underappreciated. That's usually the life of being an offensive lineman. And it's not the case with the Mitchell High School football team. Seven games into the 2016 season, the Kernels are 6-1 and a big reason why is the experience and play by five offensive linemen on the team—Spencer Mohr, Zeb Parson, Alex Klingaman, Bryce Geraets and Chris Corbett.
OACOMA—The Winner Area girls cross-country team continued its strong season by winning the Region 4A meet on Thursday at the Chamberlain Country Club in Oacoma. Winner claimed the team title with 26 points, while Todd County took second with 33 points and Mount Vernon/Plankinton earned another trip to the state meet with a third-place finish with 43 points. Chamberlain finished fourth with 47 points. The top-3 teams and top-20 individuals at the region meet qualify for the state meet.
There's been extra motivation for the Mitchell High School football team this week. Riding a six-game winning streak, the No. 2 Kernels are looking for some revenge against the Pierre Governors, who ended Mitchell's season last year with a 41-26 win in the Class 11AA semifinals. Pierre also won the regular season meeting last season. Mitchell (6-1) and Pierre (3-4) will clash in an Eastern South Dakota Conference battle at 7 p.m. today at Joe Quintal Field in Mitchell.
In the drive for postseason home-field advantage, the Mitchell High School football team is currently at the wheel and in control.
There are a number of reasons why the Mitchell High School football team is on a six-game winning streak. But for the Kernels, it starts and ends with taking the ball away from the opposition. For the season, No. 2 Mitchell is plus-10 in turnover margin, which is the difference between takeaways and giveaways for a team. Combine that with an offense that has averaged more than 38 points per game and a defense that's held opponents to less than 15 points per game, the Kernels (6-1) have had the right formula so far this season.