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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.
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.
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.
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.