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PLATTE -- Hanging in the corner of the Platte-Geddes High School gymnasium is the 2008 state basketball championship banner the Black Panthers won last year. After defeating then ranked No. 1 Madison Saturday at the Hanson Classic and then taking down No. 3 Parkston Tuesday night in Platte, the Black Panthers proved they're working for another banner. No.
After losing the first three matches of the night, the Mitchell wrestling team swept the next 11 matches, finishing the night with four straight pins. Fresh off their fourth-place finish at the Jerry Opbroek Invitational last weekend, the Kernels crushed the Brookings Bobcats Friday night in a dual at the Mitchell High School gymnasium, 57-13. The win was the Kernels' first with its brand-new black and yellow mat, which was purchased with mone, donated by Minnesota Vikings' Chad Greenway, a native of Mount Vernon and is a cousin of Mitchell's Jason and Justin Greenway.
Mitchell's Whitney Morgan hit a jumper with 0.8 seconds remaining on the clock, giving the girls' basketball team its most wins in a season since 2004. The Kernels rallied from an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat Brookings Thursday night at the Corn Palace, 43-42. Brookings missed two one-and-one free-throw attempts with less than 50 seconds on the clock while leading 42-41. After Mitchell's timeout, guard Kendra Knight dribbled the ball up court and passed to Taylor Piper, who was heavily guarded.
The Mitchell Christian girls' basketball team knew going into the season it was on a learning curve.
After five long tiring days of hunting, a 200-plus pound mountain lion fell from a tree, possibly putting Mitchell resident Jeff Jarman in the record books. Four years ago, Jarman, an Aberdeen native, went to a convention in Reno, Nev., called Safari Club International and met long-time mountain lion hunting expert, Marc Hubbard. Although there was a four-year wait to hunt with Hubbard in his hometown of Penticton, British Colombia, Jarman wanted to cross a big-cat hunt off of his bucket list.
Mitchell's No. 1-ranked 171-pound Jordan Reiner enjoyed his day Saturday at the Jerry Opbroek Invitational. Though, for a brief moment, it didn't look like Reiner would take home his first win at the highly competitive tournament. Reiner led 3-2 late in the title match against Sturgis' Clint Wilson, and with about 30 seconds remaining in the match, Wilson got deep on a single-leg, fighting for a takedown that would have given him the win.
A handful of third-period penalties killed the Mitchell boys' hockey team's hopes for a comeback, forcing the team to focus on defending instead of working offensively for a much needed game-tying goal. The Marlins trailed 3-2 going into the third period, gave up a late goal and lost 4-2 to the Sioux Falls Flyers at the Mitchell Activities Center Friday night. Mitchell entered the third period with 1:47 left to kill from Cade Hearnen's interference penalty he received late in the second.
Starting Saturday at 11 a.m., the small Mitchell High School gymnasium will play host to eight of the state's top-ranked wrestling teams at the highly-competitive Jerry Opbroek Invitational. With 10 total teams in attendance, and eight being ranked, it shows the top talent brought in for one of the toughest wrestling tournaments in the state. "It's always very competitive," Mitchell coach Travis Carpenter said. "It's one of the best one-day tournaments probably in the state.
The Mitchell Christian boys' basketball team is seven games into the season, still undefeated. The Eagles came into the season without the preseason rankings or the target on their backs like the past two years, but after claiming their latest victim, Corsica, on Tuesday night, No. 7 MCHS clearly is one of the top teams in Class B. Mitchell Christian's Jesse Tolsma, the player with the most experience going into the season, scored 43 points in the team's 70-57 win over the Comets.
CORSICA -- At 5-foot-3, Emily VanRoekel and Class B Corsica had a huge win over Class A Wagner Saturday. The freshman recorded her first triple-double, along with seven steals, in the 47-44 victory, giving Corsica its sixth win of the season. Comets' head coach Lorisa Broughton said in her 10-plus years of coaching, it was the first triple-double she's ever seen. VanRoekel made her presence known in the game despite being a quiet person, according to Broughton.