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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.
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.
Even though the Aberdeen Central wrestling team already had its first Eastern South Dakota title since 1973 wrapped up, the No. 7-ranked Eagles proved in a 44-25 win over No. 11 Mitchell that they weren't taking their final ESD opponent lightly. Aberdeen Central won nine of 14 weight classes, including No. 2-ranked Baker Haar's one-point win over No. 3 Kyle Larson in the final match of the night. "We did what we had to, and I'm pretty proud of our boys," Aberdeen Central's head coach Toby Bryant said.
Former Mitchell Marlin and current Tulsa (Okla.) Rampage captain Dustin Meyer is wrapping up his first and most likely his only year of tier III Junior A hockey. Meyer and the Rampage are currently sitting in third place in the Western States Hockey League Midwestern Division, and the former Mitchell star said he hopes to be playing in a more competitive league next season. Currently second on the team with 46 points, Meyer has helped guide his team to a 27-12-0 record with nine games remaining on the schedule.
As the season has progressed, so has the Mitchell Christian boys' basketball team, and this was one of head coach Tom Young's main goals for the year. With Young in Brookings watching his daughter Jill play for the South Dakota State University Jackrabbits Monday night, the No. 1-ranked Eagles continued learning and progressing without their head coach. Mitchell Christian defeated White Lake 54-41 in the Mitchell Christian High School gymnasium in a game where the Eagles learned a lot about being tough.
WAGNER -- An omen was born Friday when Wagner's head wrestling coach Ernie Valentine and his wife gave birth their fifth child -- a girl -- the day before the Class B state dual tournament. The next day, the hosting Red Raiders dominated their way to their third straight Class B state dual tournament title, defeating all four of its opponents without their head coach. So, without Valentine next to the mat, assistant coaches John Tyler and Todd Dvoracek took to the helm. "We tried to make it as seamless as possible today," Tyler said.