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Mud car racing isn't a sport for those interested in money or fame. At least, that's the way mud car racer Steve Marquardt sees it. The Canistota resident competes in one of the five different mud car race classes offered by South Dakota Mud Racers Incorporated and was the 2015 points champion in the pro-mod division. Champion or not, he said the expenses will always outweigh the reward. But he insists the driver's passion is what drives the truck, not the desire for cash.
SIOUX FALLS—Winner sprinter Cameron Kuil has always dreamed of achieving track and field success. On Saturday, Kuil's vision became a reality, as he can now call himself a state champion after winning the Class A boys 400-meter dash at the South Dakota State Track Meet on Saturday at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls. "It felt pretty good. It's always been my dream to be pretty good at track," Kuil said. "Competing in track runs in my family, and I've always wanted to live up to their expectations. I think I did today."
SIOUX FALLS—When Tevyn Waddell left the South Dakota Class AA track meet last season, there was an unsatisfied feeling that lingered into the start of this year. Waddell finished second in the girls pole vault in 2015 and made it her goal to stand on top of the podium in 2016. The senior accomplished the feat on Friday, winning the pole vault with a score of 11 feet, 3 inches.
SIOUX FALLS—It was a bittersweet day for Mitchell pole vaulter Mason Carpenter. The senior wanted to cap his final season with a state title in the pole vault, but instead had to settle for a third-place finish, reaching a mark of 14 feet. "It's not first, but it feels better than nothing," Carpenter said. "Not being first or second isn't always fun, but the performance I had this year was still better, so that's all that matters. I did better than I assumed I was going to do."
WINNER—Winner sprinter Cameron Kuil hasn't had an easy road to success in track and field. The junior has been decimated by injuries the last two seasons, seemingly spending more time in the trainers room than on the track. In his freshman year, Kuil pulled his hamstring. His sophomore campaign ended prematurely when Kuil tore his meniscus at the first meet of the season in his first event of the year. He missed the entire 2015 campaign.
NORTH SIOUX CITY—Neither Dakota Valley or Bon Homme/Scotland's baseball coaches had ever seen anything like what transpired on Monday. Both have seen plenty of go-ahead RBI singles and doubles in their tenures of coaching high school baseball. But for Dakota Valley to capture the Region 1B contest 2-1 from a go-ahead balk, well, that one was new to them. "I don't think I've seen that," Dakota Valley manager Rob Augustine said with a laugh.
YANKTON—The Mitchell High School baseball team's season ended in a blink of an eye. In a contest that lasted roughly an hour and 10 minutes, the Kernels couldn't muster much offense against Sioux Falls O'Gorman pitcher Connor Hurley. Hurley threw a complete game and only allowed one run in a 2-1 victory over the Kernels in the first round of the Region 2A tournament on Saturday in Yankton. Mitchell ends its season at 17-10.
n South Dakota. "We used to have 325 to 350 umpires about two years ago, but we have 216 umpires today," said Brad Schramm, who runs the South Dakota Umpires Association, the association which certifies and organizes the state's baseball umpire population. That's nearly a 40 percent decrease from two years ago to the present. It finally struck Schramm that something was off last year, when he ordered about 350 rule books to distribute to umpires. At the end of the 2015 season, there were 100 books left untouched.
GREGORY—The Corsica-Stickney boys and the Platte-Geddes girls track teams each accomplished their goals on Thursday. The Jaguars won the Region 6B boys team title with 166 team points, while the Black Panthers finished first with a 140. For Corsica-Stickney, the boys 4x100 relay team finished first with a time of 45.73 seconds, while the 4x200 relay team also placed first with a 1:36.77. The Jaguars also won the 1,600 sprint medley with a 3:56.43. Clayton Menning earned an individual victory for the Jaguars, winning the high jump with a jump of 6 feet, 3 inches.
Mitchell's road to the state baseball tournament will go through Yankton. The Bucks earned the right to host the Region 2A tournament next week by besting Mitchell 12-8 on Saturday at Cadwell Park in Mitchell. Yankton will be the No. 1 seed in the tournament, while the Kernels will be the No. 2 seed. "It's a huge advantage to host that tournament," Yankton head coach Derrick Nelson said. "Especially for us. We have a turf field and that's what we're used to playing on." With the loss, Mitchell (14-9) has now lost four straight games.