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RAPID CITY -- After what the team considered being a successful showing at the Eastern South Dakota tournament, the Mitchell tennis team has practiced, prepared and packed their rackets, headed to the state tournament in Rapid City. The Kernels finished in fourth place at the ESD tournament in Watertown Oct. 3, and according to head coach Gayle Klein, the team accomplished its goal by placing higher than the seventh place finish from 2007. "The girls bounced back after a rough ESD tournament last year, and we had a really good state tournament," Klein said.
Although the Mitchell volleyball team lost on Tuesday night to No. 1-ranked Aberdeen Central, the Kernels accomplished something only two other teams in the state have.
Gregory's Mat Braun set three school records in one half of a football game Friday night. Braun totaled six touchdowns -- including four rushing and two punts returns -- accumulated 283 all-purpose yards, and tallied 36 of the teams 58 points in just 24 minutes. "It's an incredible thing," Gregory head coach Brian Allmendinger said.
Dennis and Linda Kronaizl took a deep breath while thousands of horrific thoughts raced through their minds. They had fallen into a real-life nightmare. Terrified for their 17-year-old son's life, the Kronaizls received a phone call alerting them of Michael's health. "I was in a meeting when I got the call," Dennis said. "I left immediately and went to pick him up." Throughout the summer, Michael was experiencing double vision and pounding headaches. When Dennis received the call, Michael was at Boys' State, a government-study program for high school juniors, in Aberdeen.
Holding the game's momentum and leading by two points, Mitchell's Ashley Dorale went up to the net for a kill. She came down in pain. Dorale's shot landed in bounds, but there was no celebration by the Kernels after going up by three late in the fourth game Tuesday against Brookings. Instead, Dorale's teammates watched as she lay under the net clutching her right knee. She was then helped off the court by trainers, and Mitchell led 19-16 without one of its key starters. The Kernels needed a win to force a fifth game after dropping games one and three. Brookings took the momentum back.
SCOTLAND -- Their defense shined, their offense clicked and the Avon Pirates rolled over Scotland in one half of football Friday night. Avon improved its record to 3-0 after the 59-0 victory over the Scotland Highlanders in Scotland.
With Mitchell needing only one point to force a fifth game, Pierre called a quick timeout. Then, the Governors scored two quick points to take the lead. Kernels' head coach Deb Thill called a timeout and huddled her team together. "I told (our team) where (Pierre) was going to go and where we where going to play defense," she said. "Then they did exactly what I said they were going to do." Pierre sent Mitchell into a two-game losing streak with a kill by the Governors' Jenna Lancaster. Mitchell lost 3-1 Thursday night in the Mitchell High School gymnasium.
Scotland All-State kicker Michael Kronaizl fought brain cancer over the summer. Tonight's game against Avon will be his first action back on the field since last football season. In the two games that Kronaizl was out, Scotland attempted one extra-point kick -- it failed. Highlanders head coach Joe Walloch said he knew after the attempt his team would be going for two-point conversions until Kronaizl was available.
BRANDON -- On Tuesday night, the Mitchell High School volleyball team came within two points of keeping its record perfect at 6-0. Tied in the fifth game at 13 points each, Brandon Valley scored two quick points and won in its homecoming match, 3-2. "We put ourselves in a position to win," head coach Deb Thill said. "We did everything we could do." Scores of the match were 21-25, 25-10, 25-16, 16-25 and 15-13. Mitchell opened the final game aggressive at the net with kills and a block by Kate Lippert.
Already one-fourth of the way through their volleyball season, the Mitchell Kernels are now 5-0, matching the season total of wins from last season. Fresh off a strong win against 2007's Class AA state-runner up Pierre on Friday, Mitchell hosted Yankton Tuesday night in hopes to keep a four-game winning-streak alive. Mitchell won the match, 3-1. Scores were 25-13, 25-14, 17-25 and 25-22. "We're 5-0; we're obviously off to a great start," MHS head coach Deb Thill said.