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VERMILLION -- After two of Avon's seniors went down, running back Earv Archambeau knew he had to step up his game. He had a hand in three of Avon's first four touchdowns, including two rushing scores and a half back pass to Marshall Cihak in the back of the end zone.
VERMILLION -- Already having one game at the DakotaDome under their belts this year, the Avon Pirates have their second game in Vermillion in six days. The 9A championship game between Avon and Gettysburg is scheduled to start today at 2:30 p.m., and the two high-powered offenses should benefit from the turf at the Dome. Avon defeated Sully Buttes in the semifinal round Saturday, 49-14, and Avon head coach Tom Culver said he knew his team's speed would play a factor in the game.
The Mitchell Kernel volleyball team dominated the Huron Tigers in the teams' first matchup of the season. A three-game sweep. In the second meeting, the Kernels took a closer, five-set victory just 20 days ago. On Tuesday night -- the most important matchup between the two teams -- the Tigers finally beat the Kernels. Huron used aggressiveness at the net and a solid defense to take a three-game sweep over the Kernels in the Mitchell High School gymnasium and advance in the playoffs.
PLATTE -- Tears of frustration ran down the faces of many Black Panthers on Saturday night. PGDC's three-month undefeated reign ended when Tri-Valley defeated the Black Panthers 18-0 in the 11B semifinal game. As Tri-Valley knelt the ball down for the final time, the aura of PGDC's home field felt different. Parents seemed to be in shock and awe that someone defeated their Black Panthers. Although a 10-1 season is nothing to be ashamed of, PGDC threw away its hopes of going to the Dome -- Tri-Valley was not the better team.
PLATTE -- A low fluttering spiral skipped off the frozen field and into Platte-Geddes/Dakota Christian's tailback Thad Campbell's arms. The incomplete fourth down pass from quarterback Jordan Johnson late in the fourth quarter finished the Black Panthers' season and crushed any hopes of a miracle come back. PGDC suffered its first and only loss of the season Saturday night to Tri-Valley, 18-0, on a cold 11B semifinal game. "We don't like the feeling to lose," a tearful Johnson said after the loss.
PLATTE -- A low fluttering spiral skipped off the frozen field and into Platte-Geddes/Dakota Christian's tailback Thad Campbell's arms. The incomplete pass from quarterback Jordan Johnson late in the fourth quarter finished the Black Panthers' season and crushed any hopes of a mira-cle come back. PGDC suffered its first and only loss of the season Satur-day night to Tri-Valley, 18-0, on a cold 11B semifinal game. Tri-Valley used a strong running game on the game's first possession, and scored on a 15-play, 81-yard drive.
Rain, snow, go away. Semi-final playoff high school football is on Saturday. A winter-like storm moved into South Dakota early this week, causing possible conflicts with semifinal football matchups across the state. Two of the matchups most affected by the weather are the 11A Winner versus St. Thomas More game, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Saturday in Winner, and the 9AA game scheduled for 3 p.m.
A fresh start to the Kernels' volleyball season is served today, as Mitchell travels to Pierre for a first-round District 3AA matchup against the Governors. Mitchell split the regular season meetings with Pierre, defeating the Governors in Pierre on Sept. 5, then losing in four games 13 days later in the Mitchell High School gymnasium. The third matchup will be different for Mitchell, because one of the Kernels' senior players went down with a season-ending injury in the middle of the year. Middle-hitter Ashley Dorale tore her left ACL in a game against Brookings on Sept.
PLATTE -- Black Panthers' quarterback Jordan Johnson took the snap on third down, guarded the ball with his life and used every muscle in his body to push just a little further. With the clock ticking under a minute in the fourth quarter, Platte-Geddes/Dakota Christian needed one last first down to seal a 15-13 victory over Dakota Valley. Johnson pushed and drove with his head down gaining a few more yards on a second effort. It was simple 5-yard gain. The referees called for a measurement. The field was silent.
The Kernels volleyball team was faced with a daunting task in its final regular season game. Head coach Deb Thill said throughout the season she hoped her team would be playing its best volleyball at the end of the year. The daunting task: Mitchell being on top of its game against the state's No. 1-ranked team in Sioux Falls Roosevelt. The Kernels have certainly had stronger matches against other top-tier teams, but during the third game of the match, the team showed flashes of its best play. "We've seen some flashes of our best volleyball," Thill said.