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Ethan Parr expected to do well at the National Little Britches Rodeo last weekend in Guthrie, Oklahoma. Even he was surprised at how well it all turned out. Parr, 19, of Mitchell, won the Senior Team Roping and Senior Ribbon Roping titles at the National Finals Rodeo. On top of that, he shared the All-Around Senior Boys Finals title for the rodeo with his partner in both roping events, Aurora's Junior Dees. He was also crowned the World Champion for all-around points for the season, icing on an already sweet trip to the national finals in Guthrie, Oklahoma.
On a night when the Mitchell Post 18 baseball team planned to rotate pitchers and keep them fresh ahead of next week's region tournament, Baley Miller thwarted those plans. Instead, Miller threw seven scoreless innings of relief and helped Mitchell topple Sioux Falls West 2-1 Thursday night in a Legion baseball game at Cadwell Park.
Ben Leber didn't grow up wanting to be a professional football player. No, he was more enthralled with space and wanting to be an astronaut. But when his family moved from a small town in Iowa to Vermillion in 1990, he became diligent about work and that quickly translated to football, eventually launching the 10-year NFL pro's football career.
Some of the best trapshooters in the state and around the nation will be in Mitchell this week for the South Dakota State Trap Shoot. About 250 shooters are expected for the five-day event, which begins at 9 a.m. today and will award dozens of championships for various disciplines. Mike Hettinger, who is helping organize the event, said there's a championship for nearly every shooting style and preference.
Stealing is encouraged on the Mitchell Post 18 baseball team in 2016. The local Legion club has flown up and down the basepaths this season, stealing 134 bases for the season and regularly creating scoring chances by moving runners up 90 feet. With a 20-17 record, Mitchell has averaged more than 3.5 stolen bases per game and has converted 83 percent of its steal attempts in 37 games. In nearly every game this season, Mitchell has stolen a base and has stolen as many as nine bases in a game, which occurred in the June 1 season opener at Yankton.
The mantra has been pretty tough to argue with for the Mitchell Black teener baseball team, so far this year. "Score as many runs as you can." Add in a deep lineup that has pitched well and played good defense and the team of mostly 14-year-olds has put together a solid season to date, with a record of 26-5. Zac Custer, who coaches the team along with Evan Mastel, said the team is full of skilled players that work as a team and that's been a key part of the squad's early success.
Never underestimate the influence of Mike Miller. The Mitchell native, who is regarded as one the NBA's best teammates and "good guys," provided yet another reminder of how much teams and fellow players respect him on Wednesday. On Wednesday, multiple reports out of Denver indicated that Mike Miller was a part of the Nuggets' pitch to Dwyane Wade to join the team.
Given Mitchell is the city of the Corn Palace, it's perhaps fitting that the South Dakota State Cornhole Championships are arriving in town this weekend. The state championship, now in its seventh year, is being held in Mitchell for the first time on Saturday and Sunday at the Mitchell Activities Center ice arena. Play will begin on both days at 10 a.m., and the event is strictly limited to South Dakota residents.
For the second consecutive day, the Mitchell Post 18 Legion baseball team scored runs in bunches. Scoring five runs in the third inning and nine more runs in the fifth inning, Post 18 cruised to a 15-2, shortened seven-inning win over Huron Post 7 on Wednesday at Cadwell Park.
The grass is greener at Mitchell High School's Joe Quintal Field. For the middle of summer, the natural grass surface at the stadium looks pretty good. But it's usually the brutal fall season of repeated use that takes its toll on the playing surface, leading school officials to continue pressing forward on the process of adding artificial turf to the stadium in the near future.