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After years of coming close, Tyler Manning finally did it. The 25-year-old Mitchell native had come close to shooting the smallmouth buffalo carp that would break the South Dakota state record. He estimates he might have weighed possible record breakers six times, sometimes coming within a single ounce. Last month, he finally broke through.
In its second year of existence, the Mitchell Area Community Triathlon features a change in the course and more local participants. A total of 31 people — 19 individuals and 12 team participants — will swim, bike and run during the sprint triathlon being held at Lake Mitchell, starting at 8 a.m. Saturday. The event will start and finish at the public beach on the north side of the lake located along North Harmon Drive.
RAPID CITY — For a second-straight day, Andes Central/Dakota Christian's J.J. Cooney got off to a blistering start at the Class B boys state golf tournament in Rapid City. And for a second-straight year, Cooney is a state champion by a large margin. "Winning the championships is special enough but I never would have thought I would win by more than 10," Cooney said. "It's hard to do it in the fashion that I was able to do it."
It was smooth sailing for Katie Bartlett Tuesday at the Class AA girls golf tournament. Or if nothing else, she made it look that way. The Pierre senior put together her second solid round of the tournament — on Tuesday it was an even-par-72 — to win her first state championship Tuesday at Lakeview Golf Course in Mitchell.
RAPID CITY — Andes Central/Dakota Christian's J.J. Cooney got it going early on Monday at the Class B boys golf tournament in Rapid City. That was bad news for the rest of the tournament field.
It's all been building to these two days for the Burke/South Central girls golf team: the state tournament has arrived. The Cougars have been the team to beat to this point this season, winning every tournament they've entered as a team. Heading into today's opening round at the Class B tournament in Rapid City, they can almost taste the championship. The tournament will be held at Elks Golf Course, where the par-72 course will play at 4,935 yards.
Jon Hart would like to keep the momentum at Dakota Wesleyan University. The new athletic director for the Tigers' athletic department doesn't have plans to change much in his first few months on the job. Instead, he said he'd like to continue to foster the relationships with coaches and athletes that have helped create success. The 2015-16 athletic season included team appearances in the national tournaments for men's and women's basketball and women's golf and saw improvement from the football, volleyball and softball programs.
Before Thursday afternoon, the Chicago Cubs and the Corn Palace didn't have much in common. Thanks to a wayward conversation in the television broadcast booth and a Kris Bryant home run, that's no longer the case.
The Mitchell School District has hired a familiar name to be the new activities director. Cory Aadland, who has served as a school board member for the last two years, has accepted the job, according to Superintendent Joe Graves. Aadland, 34, is set to start the job July 1, pending Mitchell Board of Education approval. The school board next meets on June 13. Aadland will have to resign from his school board seat, meaning the Mitchell Board of Education will need to appoint a replacement to fill Aadland's one-year term.
The Dakota Magic basketball team is starting to come into shape. About a dozen players trying to make Mitchell's new professional basketball team participated in a recent exhibition game against the Sioux City Hornets, as the National Basketball League of America prepares for the league draft and the start of the season in September. For now, NBLA league president Darryl Greene — who runs the Dakota Wesleyan University sports management program — continues to run both the league and the team.