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The Mitchell United boys' soccer team is no longer united. Instead, this season Mitchell Christian will field its own boys' team, and the remaining players who attend Mitchell High School will play on a Mitchell JV team. Former MHS girls' coach Bob Lemon will take over as the head coach at Mitchell Christian, and Scott Duff will coach the Mitchell JV team. At the end of the 2007 soccer season, some of the players from Mitchell Christian who played on the United team felt it was time to compete in their own division.
After 37 games, two crowned champions and countless bingo cards, the 2008 State Amateur Baseball tournament has come to an end. Get ready for next year. Monday, the 14-member state amateur commission voted unanimously to hold the 2009 state tournament in Mitchell for a second-straight year. The Class B tournament will be held Aug. 5-16, with the first round of the Class A tournament in another undecided location. Association member Jim Johnston said.
As the lightning flashed in the distance Thursday night, the thunder came from the Dell Rapids Mudcats, who scored 25 runs at Cadwell Park. The Mudcats proved they could hit in the first two rounds of the state amateur tournament, scoring a combined 40 runs. The team showed its offensive fire power again Thursday night when it shut out Clearfield, 25-0 in 4 1/2 innings. "They're the best hitting team I've seen," Clearfield left fielder Kyle Beck said. "They're simply amazing." The Mudcats move on to play Larchwood, Iowa, at 1 p.m.
Geddes pitcher Willy Meis learned one major detail about the Wynot Expos amateur baseball team on Tuesday night: don't pitch to centerfielder Lee Heimes with runners on base and the game on the line. Unfortunately for Meis, he learned that too late, and Wynot defeated Geddes 9-5. With Geddes leading by one run in the seventh inning, Heimes stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and delivered a double over the center fielder's head into right center field.
Dimock-Emery pitcher Chris Baker stood on the mound, stared at each Canova hitter and started his jerky, jolty, rapid release. Baker finished with a complete game four-hitter, recorded 20 strikeouts, and allowed only two hits. All smiles after the game, the 2008 NAIA honorable mention All-American at Dakota Wesleyan walked off the field pleased with his team's 3-2 win over the Canova Gang. "I hate it when people make contact against me," Baker said. "I really like striking people out." Luckily for Baker, it was rare that Canova made contact.
Although games and practices are still more than two months away, the Mitchell Marlins boys' hockey team has something to talk about. Former JV head coach and assistant varsity coach John Lord was hired as the head coach of the varsity team after former coach Ben Tronnes stepped down at the end of last season. The 33-year-old Lord will take over a team that finished third in the state tournament and that lost the state's all-time leading scorer in Dustin Meyer. "I still have very high expectations this year," Lord said.
Hunter Bork, an inspirational amputee athlete from Mount Vernon, has died, Dakota Wesleyan University confirmed Wednesday. Bork, 23, competed for the Tigers track and field team and was battling osteosarcoma bone cancer since the day before his 18th birthday. He died Tuesday night. "He was an inspiration to all of our kids," DWU Athletic Director Curt Hart said. "It's just too bad that bad things happen to good people." Bork lost his left leg to the disease and had multiple surgeries to remove tumors, which spread to his neck and spine.