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PARKSTON — Jacob Lee was running through the scouting report on himself recently, breaking down each aspect of his golf game. Irons: "Not too bad." Driver: "Iffy," he said, laughing. But for the Parkston junior golfer, his game starts and ends with the putter. "I would have to say the putter has been something I've been doing pretty well with, especially over the last few months," Lee said. "Just the ability to make a par putt when I need it the most lately."
From time to time, Mitchell coach Deb Thill says, the Kernel volleyball team "rides the rollercoaster," where they play well in one set and struggle in the next. But the rollercoaster was mostly good to the Kernels on Tuesday. Mitchell won the first two sets of their Eastern South Dakota Conference match with Brandon Valley and ran away with a four-set victory over the Lynx at the Mitchell High School gym. Set scores were 25-19, 25-22, 20-25 and 25-13, as Mitchell improved to 7-3 on the year and 6-3 in the ESD.
The Chamberlain Cubs were right where they wanted to be at the end of the Region 3A boys golf tournament Monday: on top. Led by a second-place individual finish with Danny Sazue's round of 74, the Cubs had all four of their scorers within 12 shots of each other and fired a team score of 323 to win the region title at Lakeview Golf Course in Mitchell.
BURKE—Kray Person has put in the time to become one of the state's best cross country runners. That's meant about 40 miles a week of training, something he does year-round for both track and cross country for the Burke/South Central. And from there, his natural ability can take over. In the words of his coach Laurie Kenzy, the confidence in the Cougars' junior comes in the runner's focus.
When his team was going to be inducted into the Mitchell High School Athletic Hall of Fame, Bill Boggess knew he wasn't going to miss it. That meant coming up to Mitchell from his home in Florida, but the Kernels' championship-winning coach in 1982 was going to be there. Boggess and many of the Kernels on the record-setting wrestling team from 34 years ago were on hand Saturday to go into the hall of fame, recognized for their championship season, the first in Kernel wrestling history.
FREEMAN — Freeman has varsity football back again. And through the school's co-op with Canistota, it has made this fall a lot more fun. The schools in both towns are playing football together this year as part of a co-op and it's been so far, so good for the Hawks. After Canistota won the Class 9A championship a year ago, the co-op team moved up to Class 9AA and has gotten off to a strong 3-0 start, the Hawks are ranked No. 2 in the Class 9AA poll. The Hawks will host Hanson at 7 p.m. today in Canistota in a Cornbelt Conference contest.
In a match Tuesday in which the Kernels never trailed in any of their three sets, the Mitchell High School volleyball team took care of business. Playing the winless Brookings Bobcats, the Kernels took the Eastern South Dakota Conference match by a score of 25-18, 25-15 and 25-22. "I don't care what their record is. In the ESD, any given night is going to be a good match," Mitchell coach Deb Thill said. "You have to be mentally and physically ready to go every night and I think that was the case here."
MINNEAPOLIS—In the 50-plus year history of Vikings football, Fran Tarkenton is right at the top of the list of the team's legends. He would put Chad Greenway right up there, as well. Tarkenton would fit the profile of a Vikings' legend. He played in two stints with the Vikings, totaling 13 years. Greenway, now in his 11th year with the Vikings, the only team he's ever played for, is in similar territory.
WATERTOWN—It was another steady round for the Mitchell High School boys golf team Monday. The Kernels shot a round of 327 as a team, finishing fifth in a field of 12 teams at the Watertown Invitational at Cattail Crossing Golf Course in Watertown. "It was a beautiful day and we scored fairly well as a team," said Mitchell coach Mark Horan. " Cade Carpenter led the way for Mitchell with a solid round, shooting a 2-over-74, in a tie for fourth place overall.
MINNEAPOLIS—Incredible. Chad Greenway described Sunday night as being "incredible." And considering he's been looking forward to the Vikings playing in a new home since "about 2007," as he put it, it was a pretty special night indeed. Greenway and the Minnesota Vikings pulled out a 17-14 win over the archrival Green Bay Packers on the backs of a strong performance from the Purple's defense, turning over Aaron Rodgers and the Packers three times, including late on a Trae Waynes interception to salt the game away.