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The Mitchell High School girls golf team will look to see its youth emerge into leaders during the 2016 season. With a team of mostly sophomores, first-year head coach Keri Munsen said the team will have to make whatever strides they can during the short season. "We're going to look to improve, even if it's just a little bit," said Munsen, who was an assistant coach with the team a year ago. "The girls are really young and it's going to be kind of hit or miss with them, in some ways."
First-year Mitchell Christian track and field coach Jodi Asbenson isn't totally sure how the Golden Eagles' season will turn out. But she's pretty sure the team will be exciting and will grow over the course of the season, laying the foundation for future MCS track teams. There's no question the team will be small — it has just 11 members total with the men's and women's teams. Many of those athletes are in junior high and will compete at that level, if needed.
BURKE—In each of the last two seasons, it's been a case of "close but not quite" for the Burke/South Central girls golf team in their pursuit for a Class B state team title. There's reason to believe the Cougars will be in the hunt again this year. The team brings back four key state qualifiers from last year's team, which didn't have a senior on the roster and coach Billie Jo Indahl said her team is hungry for more success after a pair of state runner-up finishes in 2014 and 2015.
SIOUX FALLS—In case there was any doubt, South Dakota firmly landed on the national college basketball map Friday night. Four of the best women's basketball teams in the country were in Sioux Falls—South Carolina, Syracuse, Ohio State and Tennessee—playing for a trip to the women's Final Four in the Sioux Falls Regional of the NCAA tournament.
Recent weather explains the dilemma surrounding the later start to the spring high school golf season in South Dakota. On Wednesday, some parts of the state saw a foot of snow and any area courses that were entertaining opening for the season had to shelve those plans. But up until then, March was relatively dry and warm.
At season's end, wins and losses didn't tell the whole story of the Mitchell High School girls basketball team in 2015-16. The Kernels finished the year at 6-20 but the team brought home eighth place from the Class AA state tournament and laid the foundation for future success, coach Wes Morgan said. With that, there should be fewer growing pains next season and the focus should move to making use of the team's young talent.
I experienced both the new-fangled and the traditional formats at the South Dakota state high school basketball tournaments this past weekend. And you know what? I liked them both. Maybe there's room for both in the future. With the Mitchell Kernels girls basketball team in the Class AA state tournament in Sioux Falls, I got an up-close and personal look at the combined format used for the first time with the big-school boys and girls in the same arena complex at the same time.
SIOUX FALLS—Turnovers told the story for the Mitchell girls basketball team on Friday at the Class AA state tournament. And the story wasn't a pretty one. The 8-seed Kernels turned the ball over 34 times and saw a chance at victory slip away in the consolation semifinals at the Sioux Falls Arena, losing to fifth-seeded Rapid City Central 54-37.
Three area prep basketball teams landed three players on the Little Missouri Valley Conference's all-conference boys basketball team at year's end. Andes Central/Dakota Christian's Zach DeLange, Michael Maas and J.B. Bruguier made the team, along with Dillan Thuringer, Jake DeLange and Wes Genant, all of Parkston and Wagner's Chase Zephier, Hunter Hewitt and Terrell Twiss. Also representing their schools were Brady Cameron and Jacob Cihak, of Avon; Bon Homme's Chase Kortan and Bryce Scieszinski; and Scotland's Tanner Skorepa and Travis Skorepa.
SIOUX FALLS—Mitchell's chances of pulling an upset at the Class AA state girls basketball tournament never got off the ground Thursday in Sioux Falls. A 18-0 start for top-seeded Sioux Falls Washington made sure of that. But the Kernels battled and didn't wither away in a 67-34 Washington quarterfinal victory at the Premier Center and gave themselves some confidence heading to the consolation round today, where they'll take on Rapid City Central at 10 a.m. today at the Sioux Falls Arena.