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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.
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.
Former Mitchell Christian girls' basketball assistant coach Jackie VanLaecken has been hired as the head coach of the team. VanLaecken steps in for former coach George Erdahl, who resigned after six years to pursue a master's degree at Dakota Wesleyan University. "She knew the program and was a part of it," Mitchell Christian Athletic Director Greg Nelson said.
Get your T-shot out and load up the BBB's. Goose season opens a half hour before sunrise Saturday morning. Lucky for me, a native Minnesotan, the nonresident license is affordable. As a new South Dakota resident, I am currently patiently waiting 90 days to become eligible to hunt as a resident in the state. Growing up in Alexandria, Minn., and moving to Moorhead, Minn., for college, I've spent countless hours and put on thousands of miles hunting in my home state. I've also hunted extensively in South Dakota.
The Mitchell volleyball team has now defeated the Spearfish Spartans three straight years on opening night. The Kernels swept three games against the Spartans (25-12, 25-11 and 25-21) Friday in the Mitchell High School gym. In game one, the Kernels fed off the crowd's loud energy immediately. The Kernels went on a 12-2 run to open the first game. Three times in the first game, Mitchell went on runs of at least five points. "I was happy with how the team responded off the vocal crowd," Kernel head coach Deb Thill said.
The Mitchell Christian golf team opens it season today and new head coach Kirby Oaks said he is excited about his first year coaching the team. The team heads to Sioux Falls today to play Sioux Falls Christian at Bakker Crossing.
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.