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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.
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.