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Mitchell's 125-pound Nick Kummer showed his third-period endurance Thursday night in Kernels' opening match of the season. Trailing 2-1, the freshman rolled Sioux Falls Roosevelt's Brendon Swartz to his back with about a minute left, taking three back points, and held him looking at the roof until the end of the match.
The Mitchell wrestling team hopes to rebound from a frustrating 14th place state tournament appearance last season and return to the top eight teams in the state. The team has nine varsity wrestlers coming back this year, and head coach Travis Carpenter said those nine have what it takes to get the Kernels back into the top fourth of the state, their main goal. "We were a little disappointed with last year's state tournament," Carpenter said. "We thought top five... top eight at least.
The Mitchell Marlins boys' hockey team has the state title on their minds this season. New head coach John Lord asked each player to send him an e-mail with team expectations and individual goals earlier this year. Almost every player said they believe the team can and should win the South Dakota Amateur Hockey Association championship this season. Lord was named head coach in June after a search committee was informed former head coach Ben Tronnes would be stepping down.
RAPID CITY -- It was a tie breaker match to end the season. The Mount Vernon Fillies wanted revenge from the Kiotes for ruining their perfect season. Kimball wanted revenge because three days after the Kiotes handed the Fillies their first loss, the Fillies turned around and handed Kimball its first loss, too. In the end, the Kimball Kiotes claimed bragging rights when the two teams collided for the Class B consolation championship match Saturday at the state high school volleyball tournament.
RAPID CITY -- The Wagner volleyball team shook off its first game loss in more than three months and refocused. The Red Raiders had one thing on their minds: turning the game around to win the Class A state title. The team dominated its way through the first two rounds of the tournament, winning both games in 3-0 sweeps. But all of a sudden the Red Raiders had their backs to the wall at the most crucial time. "They don't like to lose. Not even a game to 25," Tyler said. "We started out a little sluggish on defense and we weren't talking. Then I just told them, 'No regrets.
RAPID CITY -- The Winner volleyball team put together a crucial 10-1 run in the fourth game of its match against St. Thomas More Friday morning in Rapid City at the state high school volleyball tournament. Trailing 21-15, Winner took a time out and then started its scoring frenzy. Sharee Galbraith had kills and blocks at the net, helping push the team to a decisive Game 5. The eighth-seeded Warriors ended up upsetting the No. 5 Cavaliers 25-18, 23-25, 17-25, 25-22 and 15-9. "We've had to make a few comebacks this year," Warrior head coach Jaimie Keiser said.
RAPID CITY -- The Kimball volleyball team survived a scare after taking the opening two games against seventh-seeded Harding County Friday. The two teams were fighting for the right to go to the Class B consolation championship match at the state high school volleyball tournament, and the Kiotes came out on top in a dramatic five games. Game scores were 25-12, 28-26, 22-25, 14-25 and 15-13. The two teams matched each other almost point for point in the fifth game, until Kimball pulled away at 13-9. Heather Spier had four of her 19 kills in the decisive game.
RAPID CITY -- The Mount Vernon offense decided to take charge Friday in the consolation semifinals of the Class B state volleyball tournament. After head coach Darcy Deinert said her team played "not to lose" on Thursday against Philip, the team turned around and showed its offensive firepower against the eighth-seeded Faulkton Trojans Friday. No. 5 Mount Vernon swept Faulkton 25-12, 25-20 and 25-13 to advance to the consolation championship match. The Fillies now get to avenge their only regular-season loss in the consolation championship match against Kimball today at 9 a.m.
RAPID CITY -- The Wagner volleyball team crushed defending state champion Sioux Falls Christian Friday night, sending the Red Raiders to the Class A state championship game. The Red Raiders' setter, Keaya Weber, tossed passes to numerous hitters in the match, helping No. 1 seeded Wagner sweep the fourth seeded Chargers 25-19, 25-13 and 25-19. Wagner plays No. 2 Harrisburg for the Class A state title today at 5 p.m.
RAPID CITY - Three of the local area teams in the state volleyball won their consolation matches Friday morning, sending all three to the consolation championship match Saturday morning. Mount Vernon swept Faulkton, and Kimball and Winner each took their opponents to five games. After losing to Philip in the opening round, No. 5 seed Mount Vernon handily defeated No. 8 Faulkton in a three-game sweep. Set scores of the match were 25-12, 25-20 and 25-13. Sarah Vermeulen led the team with 10 digs, and she also added eight kills.