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Watch the Mitchell High School gymnastics team on the balance beam. And then watch them on the vault and the uneven bars, on the floor exercise. Watch the Kernel gymnasts do their routines and regularly rack up the 9-point-plus scores. They win state championships and fill out the individual award stand, like it's no big deal.
The Harrisburg Tigers were the aggressors Tuesday night at the Corn Palace. The No. 2-ranked team in Class AA boys basketball dictated every aspect of its Eastern South Dakota Conference contest with Mitchell in a 70-38 win. The win was the sixth in a row for the visiting Tigers (16-2), while a frustrating season continues for Mitchell, now 0-18.
The Mitchell girls basketball team had already been close a few times this season. But on Monday, the Kernels beat down the door to a big upset and knocked off No. 4-ranked Harrisburg at the Corn Palace, earning a 48-42 Eastern South Dakota Conference victory. It was tough, annoying defense and balanced, aggressive offense that keyed the Kernels to their biggest win of the season, in which the Kernels (7-10, 5-9 ESD) took control before halftime and never gave back the lead.
WATERTOWN—Saturday was the day for individual competitions at the South Dakota state high school gymnastics meet. But it might as well have been team day once again for the Mitchell Kernels. For a second straight day, Mitchell's depth was on display in the Class AA field, as all four Kernel all-around participants finished in the top-10 and made sure MHS was well represented on the individual podium at the Watertown Civic Arena at the South Dakota State Gymnastics Meet.
WATERTOWN -- It went to the wire but the powerful Mitchell High School gymnastics team wasn’t to be denied Friday. The Kernels had to hold off a late Watertown charge but Mitchell claimed the Class AA state team gymnastics championship at the Watertown Civic Arena in the South Dakota State Gymnastics Meet.
WATERTOWN—The Parkston/Ethan/Hanson gymnastics team didn't even qualify for the Class A state gymnastics team competition a season ago. But on Friday, the gymnastics program—in its fourth year of existence—made its presence known. P/E/H took third place at the Class A meet on Friday at the Watertown Civic Arena, a new landmark moment for the still young co-op.
It all comes down to today. The Mitchell High School gymnastics team looks to close out another state championship season today at the Watertown Civic Arena, as the Kernels are among the favorites for the Class AA team title. Their chief competition will be the host Arrows — the defending state champions — as both Mitchell and Watertown have tangled all season. The team competition starts at 11 a.m. today, while the individual competition is at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
At the midway point of the season, Mitchell boys basketball coach Todd Neuendorf noted the team was looking for scorer who could “take the bull by the horns.” Since then, Carter Cavanaugh has been that Kernel player. Cavanaugh has emerged as Mitchell’s go-to scorer, desperately needed as the team tries to kick-start its offense in a difficult season.
The fast start didn't last Tuesday for the Kernels. The Mitchell boys basketball team blistered the nets for a season-best 23 points in the first quarter but shot 27 percent over the final three quarters. That led to a 62-55 loss to Brookings in Eastern South Dakota Conference play at the Corn Palace and kept Mitchell without a win this season with four regular-season games left.
In a program in which the team is the main priority, Mitchell gymnast Bailey Roden is the consummate team player. As the lone senior on this year's Kernel team, Roden has been a part of three state championship teams (2014, 2015 and 2016) and is a key cog in MHS' bid for a fourth state title to wrap up her prep career. "I have looked back at that," she said. "It's crazy how you go from being a seventh grader to being a senior and how fast that time goes. Three state titles are really something to cherish and we've got more to accomplish."