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For the younger members of the Mitchell High School gymnastics team, it’s been a bit of baptism by fire. While the team has its share of upperclassmen leaders, the team has six seventh-graders, which makes up nearly half of the team’s 13-person roster. And those younger gymnasts have been asked to contribute a fair amount in the early part of the season, while managing to step up to the challenge.
In a game between winless boys basketball teams, Watertown was the one to assert itself Friday night at the Corn Palace. The Arrows drilled six first-half 3-pointers and made eight in the game, building a 16-point halftime lead that was never threatened by the hometown Kernels as Watertown won the contest 56-39 in an Eastern South Dakota Conference game. The Kernels, playing their second of three consecutive contests Friday, drops to 0-6 on the season and will host Rapid City Stevens at 1:30 p.m. today.
HURON -- For one half, the Mitchell girls basketball team played better than it had all season, building a seven-point lead against the rivals from Huron in the first half. Unfortunately for Mitchell, the advantage did not hold up, as the Tigers scored 39 points in the second half and took a 55-42 win over the Kernels Thursday at the Huron Arena in an Eastern South Dakota Conference game. The Kernels are now 0-4 on the season.
HURON -- The struggles continued for the Mitchell Kernels on Thursday night in Huron. Mitchell went more than 13 minutes without a made field goal, including all of the second quarter, and ended up falling to rival Huron 50-28 in an Eastern South Dakota Conference boys basketball battle at the Huron Arena. The loss dropped the Kernels’ record to 0-5 on the season.
In the words of Shaun Davis, there's "an itch" in the Mitchell area for an adult tackle-football league. And the Dakota Bulldogs will attempt to scratch it. Davis is in the process of putting together the Bulldogs, a Mitchell-based team for amateur players that hopes to begin play later this year. Currently, 26 players on the team's roster and the team will hold tryouts from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Mitchell Recreation Center.
MINNEAPOLIS — If Sunday's game at U.S. Bank Stadium was the final contest of Chad Greenway's Vikings' career, the Mount Vernon native will be leaving a large hole in the Vikings' locker room, according to his teammates. "I am going to miss him so much," fellow linebacker Anthony Barr said. "Just being in the locker room, he definitely lightened the mood. He is just a smart guy, a great teammate and a great friend." After the game Sunday, Greenway said it was the relationships with his teammates and team personnel off the field that he would miss but not forget.
MINNEAPOLIS—When Chad Greenway got up to go to U.S. Bank Stadium Sunday morning, he made it a point to cherish every moment, to soak it all in. In his 156th and possibly final game in the National Football League as a linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings, the Mount Vernon native did just that.
SIOUX FALLS -- Unfortunately for the Mitchell boys basketball team, it was more of the same Friday at the Mike Miller Classic. Against an athletic, long and talented opponent for a second consecutive day, the Kernels were outmatched and overwhelmed, and took a 71-25 loss to DeLaSalle (Minn.) at the Sanford Pentagon in the Gary Munsen Tournament third-place game. The Kernels had no answer for the Minnesota prep powerhouse, as the Islanders grabbed 15 steals and forced Mitchell into 28 turnovers.
PARKSTON — It wasn't perfect but the Corsica-Stickney boys basketball team won't complain about its win Thursday at the Parkston Classic. The Jaguars never trailed and knocked off defending Class B champion and No. 1-ranked Warner with a 60-51 win at the Parkston Armory, ending the Monarchs' 28-game win streak dating back to last season. Corsica-Stickney did the job with balanced scoring—four players were in double figures at game's end—and a dominant performance on the glass, closing out Warner with 21 points in the final quarter of the game.
The Mitchell Christian boys basketball team has faced pressure and size before Thursday and they'll see more of it this season. But Thursday's challenge against Minneapolis Patrick Henry is not likely to be matched again, as the Patriots caused 29 turnovers and picked up a 78-40 win over the Golden Eagles in the opening game of the Mike Miller Classic at the Corn Palace.