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The Mitchell High School boys tennis team has been consistently strong in the last five years. Don't expect that to change in 2017. The Kernels, back after an Eastern South Dakota Conference championship and a third-place finish at the state meet, return six letterwinners off their 2016 team to carry into a new season, which begins today at the Pierre Triangular with Rapid City Central.
MARYVILLE, Mo. — In a career that has involved a lot of success for Mel Tjeerdsma at Northwest Missouri State University, this year might take the cake. Tjeerdsma, a native of Springfield, who serves as the Bearcats' athletic director, has been at the helm of a historic season in NCAA Division II athletics, as the Bearcats won the national championship in football last December and then followed that up with a national title in men's basketball last weekend.
The Mitchell Christian track and field teams are back in 2017, bringing mostly youth once more to the spring season. The Golden Eagles opened the season with the DWU High School Open on Tuesday, an indoor meet that allowed the team to get its competitive juices going, Mitchell Christian coach Jodi Asbenson said.
WESSINGTON SPRINGS — High school baseball has found a new home in central South Dakota. A prep baseball co-op involving four schools has formed for the 2017 season with the Central Dakota Area Coyotes. The co-op represents Highmore, Miller, Wessington Springs and Woonsocket, spanning about 90 miles from one end to the other. The team is operating jointly out of Wessington Springs and Miller, separated by 52 miles. Those two towns are the home sites for the Coyotes' home games and where the team has been practicing.
For many area teams, the prep track and field season will begin Tuesday. And for the first time, Mitchell will have a high school indoor meet of its own. Dakota Wesleyan University is sponsoring a high school early bird meet at Corrigan Fieldhouse at the DWU Avera Sports and Wellness Complex. The facility was completed in 2016 but did not host an official high school or college indoor meet last season. Earlier this season, the Tigers hosted their first meet in the facility in February.
FORESTBURG — Myah Selland remembers the beginning, when she was just meeting her new teammates. A seventh-grader at the time, Selland, a Sanborn Central student, was introducing herself to her new Woonsocket teammates, the two bitter rivals joining forces in 2011 for girls basketball as part of an athletic cooperative. "We didn't really even interact and I remember introducing myself, 'Hi, my name is Myah,'" Selland recalled. "Everything was so new."
As the point person in the search for a new Mitchell High School boys basketball coach, Activities Director Cory Aadland has heard plenty of opinions about the job. There’s one sentiment he’s not buying: that the Kernel job isn’t a good one for a coach.
The South Dakota state wrestling tournament is getting closer to serving a "dual" purpose. A year-long effort to study the feasibility of a dual championship has led to a proposal for a three-day state wrestling meet that would include an eight-team dual tournament, which if approved by the South Dakota High School Activities Association, could start as early as the 2018 state tournament.
ABERDEEN — After hurting his knee in Friday's Class B boys basketball state semifinal game, Bridgewater-Emery's Cade Schmitt was going to give it a go for Saturday's championship game. It didn't quite go as planned. Schmitt, a 6-foot-4 senior forward, played less than two minutes in the contest. He started the game for the Huskies and then came out early in the first quarter before finishing the 63-58 victory on the Wachs Arena floor to celebrate the team's first state championship in Bridgewater-Emery history.
The Mitchell High School girls basketball team didn't have the type of season they were expecting or seeking. Off a late-season run and a state tournament appearance in 2016, the Kernels finished at 4-19, with a 45-20 loss to Rapid City Central in the Region 2AA round March 6 to close the season. Head coach Wes Morgan said the season ended up falling short of the expectations the team set in December.