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In football terms, Dakota Wesleyan University is "moving the chains" toward its goal of an on-campus football future. Celebrating Blue and White Days this week and the university's homecoming today, a new home for the Tigers is in the long-term plans of the university, even if it's firmly in the distance.
It was my prevailing thought after a weekend of football at Joe Quintal Field. "The artificial turf can't get here fast enough." Mitchell High School played through the rain late in its game Friday against Douglas and the downpour continued throughout warmups Saturday for Dakota Wesleyan University before officials decided the ball would never be kicked off against Hastings and the game needed to be moved indoors on Sunday in Vermillion.
Back at home, back to business for Mitchell volleyball. The Kernels got back to winning ways with a three-set win over Brandon Valley Thursday night in Eastern South Dakota Conference match, winning by set scores of 25-18, 25-17 and 25-14 in the hot Mitchell High School gymnasium.
With severe weather threatening the region Friday night, Mitchell High School has moved up the start time of the annual homecoming football game. The Kernels will now face Douglas at 5 p.m. Friday at Joe Quintal Field, Mitchell Activities Director Cory Aadland said Thursday. The game was previously scheduled for 7 p.m. The National Weather Service in Sioux Falls says there's a chance for afternoon and evening storms Friday and possible heavy rain beginning Friday night.
BURKE — Ask Burke/South Central runner Kray Person about his goals for this, his senior cross country season and his priority for team success will show through. The Cougar boys have raised their profile throughout the season and their standout Person is at the forefront, allowing Burke/South Central to become one of the area's top teams. "Leadership like that is just crucial," said Burke/South Central cross country coach Laurie Kenzy said. "(Kray's) confidence just wears off on everyone else. We've been building and building with our top-five kids."
The first sellout in Dykhouse Stadium history for South Dakota State University football has a date and an opponent, with an assist to a new ticket policy. When the Jackrabbits host North Dakota State Nov. 4 in a highly anticipated Missouri Valley Football Conference showdown, all 19,340 seats will be occupied. On Sunday, SDSU officials announced the game was sold out, thanks in part to a policy that allowed ticket-buyers during the 2016 season to have an early priority at single-game tickets for this year's Dakota Marker game at $47 apiece.
HARRISBURG—In a battle of top-ranked teams in Class AA, the defending state champions were just a bit better Tuesday night. No. 1-ranked Harrisburg rallied from a 2-1 deficit to claim the fourth and fifth sets and knock off No. 2 Mitchell for the Kernels' first loss of the season in an Eastern South Dakota Conference showdown. Set scores were 20-25, 25-18, 23-25, 25-12, 15-11 in favor of the Tigers.
For the small schools in South Dakota, half of the prep football regular season is already in the books. On Sept. 19, that is hard to believe. But we're 51 days away from the first football being kicked off in the state championship games in Vermillion. Even four weeks out, I'm already starting to get that itch to start looking at potential playoff scenarios and getting an idea of how the brackets could break down the stretch.
After today, there will be one undefeated team left in Class AA volleyball. That’s because today’s meeting between No. 1 and defending state champion Harrisburg (8-0) and No. 2 Mitchell (11-0) will be a battle of undefeateds in one of the most anticipated matches of the South Dakota volleyball season. The match is scheduled for 7 p.m. today in Harrisburg.
The Mitchell High School volleyball team has found another gear in 2017. The Kernels were good last season — winning 17 matches — but this year's edition of the MHS volleyball team has shown early improvement and that has led to wins, claiming its first nine matches of the season and winning 22 straight sets in a row.