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HUMBOLDT — The McCook/Miner Legion baseball team didn't panic Sunday. They were in a two-run hole in the fifth inning but flipped the game around in an instant, quickly scoring three runs and never relinquishing control again in the Region 5B title contest, clinching their trip to the Class B state Legion baseball tournament on the first try against Hartford/Humboldt in a 4-2 win Sunday in Humboldt.
Tim Mullican is all about setting goals. It started out with losing weight and running just one marathon in 2013, just as the Mitchell resident first did in 1975. But Mullican caught the marathon bug and one led to three in three months and that led to 31 marathons in a year. Mullican eventually set the goal of running a marathon in each of the 50 U.S. states, which the 57-year-old Mullican completed last month, running the Kona Marathon in Hawaii and completing the task of running a race in every state in just more than four years' time.
The pros came to college to teach to the high schoolers this week in Mitchell. Three former Washington Redskins standouts were in town as part of the three-day team football camp put on by the NFL franchise's Original Americans Foundation, putting on an event geared toward teams with Native American players. The camp, held for the first time, was on the Dakota Wesleyan University campus and ran Monday through Wednesday.
CANOVA — For one of the state's best baseball small towns, Canova will be showing their love for America's pastime this weekend. The town — population 105 at the most recent U.S. Census — could have 10 times as many people in town this weekend, when the Miner County community hosts the VFW State 12-and-under Class B baseball tournament Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
From the silver screen to Main Street Mitchell. The Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo parade is unquestionably one of the highlights of the summer and for the 2017 rendition, the theme of the parade is "Cowboys: From Real to Reel," with a goal of invoking the famous cowboys of film and television. The parade will be held Saturday, July 15, starting at 10:30 a.m., running through the downtown district on Main and Lawler streets. Entries need to be lined up by 10 a.m.
It's not a stretch to say Tom Richter has been to thousands of rodeos. With that said, he's earnest with his thoughts about the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo. "It really is one of our region's best rodeo events. Period," he said. "If that's the only one you go to, you might not know any better but it's one of the best that's out there, year in and year out. ... I always tell people personally that are talking about going to a rodeo, that's one to see."
The 47th annual Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo returns to Mitchell with a litany of events both inside and outside the Horseman's Sports Arena this week. First, the rodeo performances will take place Thursday through Sunday, starting at 8 p.m. each night at the Horseman's Sports Arena. Due to construction on Burr Street, event organizers are recommending rodeo visitors take Exit 330 off Interstate 90 and the State Highway 37 bypass through Mitchell to reach the grounds on the north edge of the city.
Jacob Lee was having a great day before he got to the 16th hole at Lakeview Golf Course Monday in Mitchell. But along with his playing partner George Mickelson, of Sioux Falls, Lee played a hole he'll never forget. Both Lee and Mickelson holed their second shots on the 370-yard dogleg par-4, each making eagle and holing out in the same foursome. Lee, who will be a senior at Parkston High School this fall, kept the hot round going and shot a 5-under-67 for the round of the day at the South Dakota Golf Association's Junior Tour stop in Mitchell.
It wasn't a perfect night for the Mitchell Post 18 Legion baseball team Wednesday, but in the end, it was both thrilling and victorious. Down 7-3 heading to the bottom of the seventh inning in the nightcap game at Cadwell Park, Post 18 rallied with five runs, with Sam Michels scoring the game-winning run from third base on a wild pitch to lift Mitchell to an 8-7 win and a doubleheader sweep over Aberdeen Post 24. Mitchell (21-12) opened the evening doubleheader with the Smittys with a 12-5 win.
For the South Dakota Cornhole State Championship, it's back to the great outdoors. The eighth annual championships return to Mitchell for a second consecutive year but will move outdoors to Wild Oak Golf Course for the two-day event this Saturday and Sunday. A year ago, the event was held at the Mitchell Activities Center ice arena but Wild Oak manager and event organizer Dave Backlund Jr. said the outdoor site is probably better suited for the event. "A lot of the players just enjoy playing outside. That was probably our biggest reason to make the change," Backlund said.