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The state high school wrestling tournaments are a little less than two months away. Many coaches will be pushing their wrestlers harder in the next few weeks than ever, preparing them for the end of the season. Many area schools have wrestlers ranked at the top of the state in their respective weight classes, and many area teams are ranked as well. In the Class A team rankings, Winner is No. 3 and, despite defeating No. 5-ranked Huron in its last dual, Mitchell is at No. 10. "I really don't put a lot of weight into rankings," Winner head coach Bill Kaiser said.
After taking a brief lead in the second quarter, the Mitchell girls' basketball team let up enough for Brandon Valley to take full advantage. Between the end of the second quarter and the beginning of the third, the Lynx went on a combined 26-5 run that virtually paralyzed Mitchell for the rest of the game. The Kernels lost to Brandon Valley, 59-37, Friday night at the Corn Palace due to "a lot of little things," according to head coach Wes Morgan. Mitchell scored a combined 14 points in the second and third quarters, while Brandon Valley's offensive dominated.
Starting this afternoon, a state conference for the National Wild Turkey Federation chapters will be held in Mitchell at the Highland Conference Center. Mitchell is hosting the two-day event for the first time, and more than 30 chapters from around the state will be in attendance. The NWTF is a nationwide organization dedicated to conserving wild turkeys and persevering hunting traditions. It is headquartered in South Carolina. The state chapter meeting begins at 2 p.m.
The Mitchell girls' basketball team played its most complete game of the season Thursday night against Yankton, according to head coach Wes Morgan. The Kernels defeated the Gazelles, 52-41, at the Corn Palace, grabbing their second win of the season and keeping the Gazelles winless at 0-5.
HOWARD -- Losing in the state title match twice has frustrated Howard 140-pound wrestler Dan Noonan, and it's showed this year. Noonan is currently 17-0 this season and has three big tournament wins, including most recently at the Floyd Farrand Invite, hosted by Sioux Falls Lincoln Dec. 29 and 30. Last year as a sophomore, Noonan fell to Wagner's three-time state champion, Daniel Koupal, in the 140-pound Class B state title match. Two years earlier, as an eighth grader, Noonan knocked out the No.
The Dakota Wesleyan women's basketball team dropped 3-pointers from all angles in the second half of Monday's game at the Corn Palace against Dickinson State. The Tigers overcame a four-point halftime deficit by hitting 6-of-8 shots from behind the arc, upsetting the No. 23 ranked Blue Hawks, 76-63. "We made some key threes in the second half," DWU head coach Aaron Kahl said. "That really opened some things up for us, and if we shoot it well we can really be OK." At 15:10 in the second half, DWU and Dickinson started exchanging 3-point shots.
Mitchell Christian junior Jesse Tolsma is the only remaining starter for the Eagles' basketball team who saw major court time each of the past two seasons. Tolsma was on the court when the Eagles lost in the Class B title game two seasons ago, and was on the court when the team lost a heart-breaker to Scotland in the 5B regional title game last year. With an inexperienced team this year and the lack of high-preseason rankings, Tolsma and the Eagles have flown under the radar with a 2-0 record to start the season, both in convincing fashion. The 6-foot-2 forward helped Mitchell Christian ope
Mitchell Kernels' head coach Travis Carpenter leaped in the air as the referee blew his whistle signaling a pin in favor of Mitchell during the 125-pound match. Nick Kummer avenged a loss from Saturday's Yankton tournament to the Bucks' Logan Smith Thursday night, helping Mitchell to a 35-25 dual win at MHS. The dual was the third time the two teams matched up already this season, with both teams claiming a one-point victory. Almost everyone -- including Kummer -- stepped up for the Kernels in the win.
Though I may get blasted for saying this -- no pun intended -- many pheasant hunters are lazy hunters. South Dakota is the pheasant capital of the world, and I wouldn't dream of offending numerous readers who spend countless hours walking fields for roosters with their well-trained dogs. But compared to many other sorts of hunting, pheasant hunting has to be toward the bottom of the barrel in toughness. What true hunter gets up at 9:30 a.m. to stalk their prey? Many of the pheasant hunters are also the party-hard stay up late and get up late people.
A young Mitchell Christian boys' basketball team opened its season Monday night with a convincing 57-41 victory over the Mount Vernon Mustangs. The Eagles trailed by one after the first quarter, but went on a 19-4 run and never gave up the lead after.