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The Mitchell Kernels girls basketball team thought they were past games like Thursday night. But nothing seemingly went right and the Kernels were on the wrong end of another blowout. A 33 percent shooting night and sluggish defense from Mitchell set the table for Watertown to cruise to a 51-30 win Thursday in an Eastern South Dakota Conference game Thursday at the Corn Palace. It looked nothing like the 40-37 Mitchell win from Jan. 6 in Watertown and Mitchell coach Wes Morgan felt the Kernels took steps backward again Thursday.
The Mitchell High School gymnastics team isn't necessarily the favorite to bring home the state championship this weekend. But that doesn't change the approach the Kernels are planning to take into Friday's state meet. The three-time defending state team champions in Class AA will have to compete with a talented Watertown squad, among others, for the hardware this weekend at Golden Eagles Arena in Aberdeen. The team competition starts Friday at 11 a.m., with the individual competitions on Saturday.
The Mitchell High School gymnastics team is relaxed heading into this week's state meet. They can point to the team's lone senior as the guiding compass to that approach. Leading by example, Josie Dierks is among the quieter leaders Mitchell coach Audra Rew has had, but that suits the Kernels just fine heading into the biggest meet of the year on Friday in Aberdeen.
The Mitchell girls basketball team has found its speciality this season. They’re good at winning the close ones. The Kernels squeaked out a home victory for the second time this week, this time a 50-49 victory over Spearfish in a non-conference contest Friday at the Corn Palace.
The Mitchell Kernels girls basketball team didn't bring enough offense to the Corn Palace on Thursday night. While they played solid defense for much of the first half, the Kernels' offense remained mostly dormant against Pierre, the Governors left Mitchell with a 57-34 victory in Eastern South Dakota Conference action. The Kernels made two field goals in the first half, shot 12 percent and finished shooting 30 percent for the game, as Pierre scored 37 points in the second half to make it a rout.
WINNER — The success of the Winner High School football team was reiterated once more on Wednesday. The Warriors had three players sign on to play college football next fall on National Signing Day, as linemen Krockett Krolikowski and Wyatt Ewing made their commitments to South Dakota State University official and John Kludt signed on to play at Presentation College.
WINNER — Tristan Watzel earned his first career win Tuesday night for the Winner Area wrestling team, a victory that carried some additional meaning for Watzel and the fans in attendance. A senior, Watzel earned the victory with a pin in 44 seconds during the final match of the night at 152 pounds in the Warriors' 44-22 Senior Night victory over Chamberlain. He has limited functionality in his right arm and leg due to an accident when he was young. Watzel's brother, Taylor, died as the result of a farm accident on Oct. 19, 2016 near Winner.
The cliche is that a team can't win if they can't score. Holding a team to just one made field goal in the second half — like Mitchell did to Huron on Tuesday night in girls basketball play — usually does the trick as well. The Kernels kept the Tigers to 1-of-20 shooting in the second half and picked up the team's second win of the season in a 37-35 Eastern South Dakota Conference contest at the Corn Palace.
BROOKINGS — The South Dakota State University women's basketball team managed to get back on track in the month of January. After a difficult month of December, the Jackrabbits were 6-1 in the month, with only a buzzer beating 3-pointer thwarting the perfect January. Omaha's Marissa Preston's shot Saturday allowed the Mavericks an 83-82 home win over SDSU Saturday. That leaves both South Dakota State and the University of South Dakota tied in league play at 7-2 with seven league contests remaining. The Jacks and the Coyotes play in Brookings at 2 p.m. Saturday.
BROOKINGS — Macy Miller has been down this road before. And at the same time, she's treating her second major knee injury like it's her first. Because while she injured her left knee before her sophomore season with the Mitchell girls basketball team, the South Dakota State University women's basketball player is in a completely different world, comparatively speaking. She's now a Division I athlete who, in her words, is expected to be back to 100 percent.