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Todd Neuendorf has been selected as Mitchell High School's boys basketball coach. Neuendorf has spent 11 years as the head boys basketball coach at Aberdeen Roncalli and was called a "top candidate from the beginning," by Activities Director Cory Aadland. Neuendorf compiled a 208-60 record and qualified for the state tournament seven times at Roncalli, where he led his team to a state championship in 2015. Aadland announced the move Monday morning in an email.
MOUNT VERNON — It might have been years in the making, but the Mount Vernon/Plankinton track and field team is happy to have a track of its own. Friday's inaugural Greenway Relays is the first track meet to be held on the Mount Vernon School District's recently built track, which cost $450,000. For the Titans, it's finally home sweet home.
The Sunshine League is line for a shakeup for its 72nd season of amateur baseball this summer. A new team is forming in Wagner, while the Mitchell Mad Dogs and the Parkston Bullheads are not going to play in 2017, South Dakota Amateur Baseball Association District 5B Commissioner Bill Ernster said this week. That will bring the league down from nine teams in 2016 to eight teams, with Wagner joining Alexandria, Corsica-Stickney, Dimock-Emery, Mount Vernon, Parkston Mudcats, Platte and Winner-Colome.
LAKE ANDES—The strong tradition of jumpers at Andes Central/Dakota Christian in track and field is not taking a backseat in 2017. The Thunder have two of the top jumpers in Class B, led by sophomore Daaron Tronvold and junior Beulah Black Cloud, leading the state's list of automatic state meet qualifiers in Class B. ACDC track coach Cliff Johnson said it all starts with the team taking pride in its work and effort.
The automatic intentional walk is still a newborn when it comes to rules in Major League Baseball. It's still a bit odd to see it employed in a game, to have a quick signal forego the years of throwing the four balls wide of home plate to send a person down to first base. Part of the reason the change was made was to increase the pace of the average baseball game, which took more than three hours in 2016. The change was made even though there were 932 intentional walks during the 2016 season according to MLB, which is about one for every three games played.
PIERRE — A postseason change for the largest and smallest classes in South Dakota high school basketball appears to be on the way. The South Dakota High School Activities Association Board of Directors approved proposals to add the Sweet 16 formats to Class AA and Class B basketball Tuesday during its regular meeting at T.F. Riggs High School in Pierre.
Considering the program was mostly built from scratch, Jessica Steidl is pretty proud of where the Mitchell Skating Academy is now. The group has tripled the number of participants in the last two years, now with nearly 50 skaters of all ages in the program. And while the regular skating season usually runs from October to the end of March, the club is offering a six-week session to practice on Friday nights, mainly because there's both demand for the sessions and the ice remains installed at the Mitchell Activities Center.
Mitchell native Abby Sudbeck continued her standout sophomore season for the South Dakota State University track and field team by moving into the school's top-10 list in the hammer throw last weekend. Sudbeck's toss of 182 feet, 5 inches lifted her to a second-place finish in the hammer throw at the Dakota Duals April 8 in Vermillion. Teammate Silvia Zanini won the event at 182 feet, 9 inches.
There are a lot of ifs involved and a lot of hurdles that need to be crossed to get a Northwoods League team to the Corn Palace City. But with that said, I'm firmly in the camp that is eager to see a franchise come to Mitchell. There has been no formal opposition to a team coming to town from city officials, which would appear to make municipal approval likely. But everything is still in a holding pattern until the city officially signs an agreement with the league, which could come soon.
SIOUX FALLS—When Dana (Nielsen) Honner is inducted into the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, it won't be the first hall of fame honor for the former Armour basketball standout. But it will carry a little extra meaning. Honner is being inducted alongside longtime Armour High School coach and teacher Burnell Glanzer in the 10-member class of the SDSHOF, which will be honored at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.