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When I moved to South Dakota in August, one of the top things I was excited about is the state's hunting -- especially how it's almost year-round here. Saturday morning marked the opening of the annual spring light goose hunting season, and from talking with local GF&P Conservation Officer Andy Peterson, a few flocks are starting to make their way through the area.
The Mitchell girls' basketball team picked up a moral victory Tuesday night, as it stuck with No. 4-ranked Watertown until the final minutes of the fourth quarter. But Kernels head coach Wes Morgan said moral victories only go so far. The seven seniors on the Kernels roster played their final game for Mitchell in the Corn Palace on senior night, losing 56-44 to Watertown. "Moral victories are moral victories, but this team really needs a win," Morgan said.
PRESHO -- Lyman heavyweight wrestler Skyler Eriksen started his quest for a state title on Saturday by winning the District 6B heavyweight championship. While doing so, he helped the Raiders win the team title by only nine and a half points over Kimball/White Lake. The No. 2-ranked Class B wrestler pinned both of his opponents in the first period, including Jordan Frost of Mount Vernon/Plankinton/Ethan in the finals, and the final six team points helped Lyman seal the team victory.
This weekend, the Mitchell Kernel wrestling team is entering its first of the final three weeks of the season at the Eastern South Dakota individual tournament in Aberdeen. This is the Kernels' final meet before the 3A regional tournament next weekend and at the State A meet in Watertown on Feb. 27-28. Mitchell is one of eight ESD teams in attendance this weekend, including Aberdeen Central, which took home the ESD team title with a perfect 7-0 conference dual record. Mitchell ended its dual season Feb.
For about a 10-minute stretch in the second half, the hoop was the size of a golf hole for the Mitchell girls' basketball team Friday night against Huron. After the Kernels shut down Huron for only four first-quarter points, the Tigers rallied from the third quarter on -- including an 18-2 run in the second half -- to pull away from the Kernels 56-44 Friday night at the Corn Palace. "Things that happened for us tonight are very uncharacteristic for us, and we just ran into a cold spell," Kernels' head coach Wes Morgan said.
After starting the season on a 15-game undefeated streak, the No. 1-ranked Mitchell Christian boys' basketball team is now on a two-game slide. The No. 4-ranked Hanson Beavers outscored MCHS 16-8 in the third quarter, including three 3-pointers from Jamin Bridge, helping them to a 53-48 upset of the Eagles in the Mitchell Christian High School gymnasium.
FREEMAN -- Freeman guard Josh Korn went on a scoring barrage last week. The 5-foot-10 senior averaged 32 points per game in a four-game set during the week, and in that span, Korn missed only one free throw. The Flyers went 2-2 in their games, including a fourth-place finish in the Cornbelt Conference Tournament on Saturday. And although the team lost in its final game to Canistota, Korn put up his best effort of the week with 38 points -- 18 of which came in the fourth quarter -- to help his team rally from an 18-point deficit and send the game to overtime. Korn, who is leading his team t
The Mitchell girls' basketball team jumped on Spearfish early, held strong defense throughout the game and picked up its fourth win of the season Saturday at the Corn Palace. The Kernels tallied 43 points before halftime and had five players scored at least seven points in the 61-28 game -- Mitchell's largest win margin of the year. "We wanted to jump out early, and it helps to get a couple layups early, too," Mitchell head coach Wes Morgan said.
A trio of Sturgis players outscored the Mitchell Kernels girls' basketball team Friday night. Scoopers' junior guard Carsey Barden, forward Rebekah Larson and 6-foot-4 center Breanna Janovy combined for 50 points and 86 percent of Sturgis' offense, while the team held off Mitchell's fourth-quarter comeback attempt. Sturgis handed Mitchell its 10th loss of the year, 58-48, while moving to 7-6 on the season at the Corn Palace. "We keep saying everyone has to do something offensively," Sturgis head coach Mike Friedel said.
For 37 years, Howard High School wrestling coach Ken Ruml has guided his team into the district tournament, winning 20 district titles. Next Saturday, Howard and other Class B programs across the state will compete in district tournaments for presumably the final time and Ruml isn't happy about it. Citing declining numbers, state athletic directors last spring voted 43-2 to end district tournaments, and a final decision was made when the South Dakota High School Activities Association board voted 8-0 to approve the AD's vote. "I hate to lose the districts," Ruml said.