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Entering 2007, the Mitchell High School tennis team had a completely new team with a roster of young, inexperienced players. This year, the Kernels return all of their starters, including eight letter winners, and have high hopes for a team that finished 14th in the state tournament in 2007. "We started at ground zero last year," head coach Gayle Klein said. "I had no idea what to expect going into the season." The Kernels open the 2008 season when they host a triangular meet at 12:30 p.m.
Pending Mitchell school board approval, Athletic Director Geoff Gross will take on a double-duty role and become the head varsity girls' and boys' track and field coach. The school board meeting is tonight, and Gross said he doesn't see any reason why he won't be named the head coach. "I heard earlier in the spring that Eric Palmer would be switching careers," Gross said. "Then, when I was hired as the AD I asked Dr.
The Mitchell High School girls' soccer team is coming off a one-victory campaign in 2007, but with a new head coach and several returning players, the Kernels are looking for a better season this year. New head coach Scott Duff -- who replaces Bob Lemon, who coached the Kernels for two seasons -- said he's excited to coach the girls' team this season and he hopes to turn the team around. Duff makes his coaching debut with the Kernel girls today against Watertown.
This fall, for the first time in eight years, Mitchell Christian High School will field its own boys' soccer team instead of co-oping with Mitchell High School. Former Mitchell United head coach Bob Lemon will coach the MCHS team, which starts its season tonight against Groton. The game will be played at 5 p.m. in Groton. Lemon previously coached the Mitchell Christian soccer team from 1993-2000. He then coached United for its first five years of existence. There are 22 kids out for the team this season and 12 are brand new to the game of soccer.
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.