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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.
MINNEAPOLIS—Sunday was a day that Robert Johnson has been dreaming of for a long time. And with the opening of U.S. Bank Stadium, that dream finally came true. "This is all you could ask for," he said, waving a hand toward the high, arching point of the stadium's roof prior to the game. "It's going to be awesome in there." A lot of people agreed with him, as more than 66,000 fans gathered for the inaugural game at the new $1.1 billion home to the Minnesota Vikings, who hosted the Green Bay Packers in a primetime, nationally televised contest.
HARTFORD—On West Central's homecoming night, there were fireworks, both on the field and in the air right from the start of the game. But once the Trojans gained control of the line of scrimmage, it was tough going for No. 4-ranked Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan on Friday night. With a five-point lead, the Trojans defense buckled down, holding the Seahawks to just one yard of offense in the second half and locking down a 20-7 win in Hartford on Friday.
HURON—On Tuesday night, the Mitchell Kernels volleyball team learned how quickly a match can make a 180-degree turn. Holding a 20-10 lead in the third set, the Kernels seemed poised to finish off the set and take a 2-1 lead over their District 3AA rivals Huron and even moreso when Mitchell led 24-17 in the set. But the No. 4-ranked Tigers scored 10 of the next 11 points, including seven straight to come back and win the game 27-25 and ended up taking the fourth set as well for a 3-1 win in Eastern South Dakota Conference volleyball action at the Huron Arena.
TYNDALL — Coach Lindsey Fathke had a sense that her Bon Homme High School volleyball team could be pretty good this season. So far, they've proved her intuitions to be correct. The Cavaliers have started the young season 10-0, a good place to be in the difficult Region 5A as Bon Homme seeks a trip to the state tournament for the first time since 1999. Following Tuesday's match in Tyndall against Tripp-Delmont/Armour, eight of Bon Homme's 10 victories to start the season had been completed in the minimum number of sets.
On the quickly emerging Mitchell High School volleyball tournament, Mackenzie Miller is among those who are playing beyond her years. For a team with a handful of big hitters, Miller, a 5-foot-11 sophomore, has been the biggest of all for Kernels so far this season, helping Mitchell to a 4-2 start to the season. She already has 80 kills in just six games, including a career-high 19 kills in the season-opening match against Harrisburg. Fellow sophomore Chelsea Brewster is the next closest in kills, with 51.
BROOKINGS—It was a long time in the making and on Saturday, South Dakota State University finally had a new and complete football stadium. You would have to go back a long ways in the history books to find that. After all, the previous home, Coughlin-Alumni Stadium was built in 1962 but was never really finished. The plan was for two permanent grandstands, one on each side of the field. SDSU only ever built one and that, along with temporary bleachers, got the job done for more than 50 years.