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Another year for the Mitchell Area Crime Stoppers, another year of stopping drugs in the community. A majority of the crime-fighting group's reported tips were regarding narcotics, according to the Crime Stoppers' annual report released Wednesday. During 2017, Mitchell Area Crime Stoppers received 113 anonymous tips and 85 of them regarded unique cases. Of those 85, 60 percent (51) were related to narcotics.
Democrats in District 20 will be well represented in the upcoming elections for state Senate and House of Representatives seats. Three Mitchell residents joined the race on the Democratic Party ticket for the November elections. Ione Klinger and Jim Schorzmann are among four candidates running for two seats in the state House of Representatives. They face Republicans Lance Koth and Paul Miskimins, both of Mitchell. In the state Senate, Dan Miller will run as a Democrat against Republican incumbent Josh Klumb, of Mount Vernon, for the contested seat.
As the season wore on for the Mitchell High School boys basketball team, the Kernels were solid on defense and took care of the ball. But the true test of improving will come this summer, as the MHS boys program looks forward to a chance to improve the team's offense and improve the team's shooting. The Kernels shot at a 34 percent clip on field goals, while hitting 24 percent of their 3-pointers and 61 percent of free throws. That won't cut it going forward, MHS coach Todd Neuendorf said.
It's probably fair to say South Dakota is not a hockey state. But I've always been impressed with the subset of the population that follows hockey at the youth and professional levels. Mitchell — a basketball city if there's one in this state — has two sheets of ice that get pretty good use. What South Dakota does not have is college hockey. That is until Friday and Saturday, as the NCAA Division I tournament has come to Sioux Falls. The Premier Center is hosting the West Regional, with four teams vying for a trip to the Frozen Four in two weeks.
Morningside College's Hallie Misiaszek was named Great Plains Athletic Conference Softball Pitcher of the Week on Tuesday. Misiaszek was the winning pitcher in both games of a doubleheader when the 22nd-ranked Mustangs swept Kansas Wesleyan University 5-3 and 11-8 in eight innings last Saturday in Salina, Kan.
On the bench? Be ready. That's the credo for the Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team. And it worked especially well in the national tournament, in which a number of reserves stepped into leading roles for the Tigers in a championship run. DWU averaged 79 points per game in its five NAIA Division II tournament victories and the bench provided 14.6 points per game, or just more than 18 percent of the production. Perhaps just as impressive was the nature in which DWU accomplished the bench success, with different players seemingly taking turns.
Bring up Dakota Wesleyan University to anyone who knows a little about the school and they'll probably say the a variation of the same thing. "Good basketball school." And the banners in the Corn Palace would back that up, with so many impressive players in Tiger history. But prior to last week, DWU's trophy case was limited in the national championship competitions.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Not more than 10 feet away from my spot on press row, the shot went up. In this NCAA tournament game, with 39 minutes and 58 seconds elapsed, the percentages said the shot from the hands of South Dakota State University women's basketball player Madison Guebert wasn't going in. Because at that moment Friday, SDSU had been 2-for-11 on 3-pointers and had played from behind for the entire game to that point. It's a game of averages until it isn't.
SOUTH BEND, Ill. -- A buzzer-beating bankshot couldn’t save South Dakota State Friday. Madison Guebert’s 3-pointer from the wing as time expired in regulation forced overtime for the Jackrabbits at 68-all. But Villanova hit three critical 3-pointers in overtime as the ninth-seeded Wildcats took down SDSU 81-74 in the first round of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament Friday at Purcell Pavilion on the campus of the University of Notre Dame.
SOUTH BEND, Ind.—For only the second time in eight appearances at the NCAA Division I women's basketball tournament, South Dakota State will be the higher-seeded team in its first-round matchup. And the Jackrabbits are fired up about that. As the No. 8 seed in the Spokane Region, SDSU (26-6) will take on No. 9-seeded Villanova (22-8) at 6 p.m. today at the Joyce Center on the campus of the University of Notre Dame.