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In almost any way to break it down, the 2016 Mitchell High School volleyball season will go down as a success.
Many of the top players in Class 9B football in South Dakota in 2016 were on the top teams, as the South Dakota Football Coaches Association has selected its all-state team. Of the 23 all-state selections, 14 players were from the teams of the four semifinalists in Class 9B this season: Colome, Corsica-Stickney, Harding County and Langford Area.
It's a new season for the Mitchell High School gymnastics. And that brings about new challenges for the three-time defending Class AA state champions. The Kernels bring back seven members of the 2016 championship team—including three of them that finished in the top 10 of their respective individual event at the state meet. But Mitchell's two seniors a season ago, Quinci Herll and Emily Prill, won four of the five individual championships at the state meet, which is individual production that will be difficult to replicate or replace.
HURON—For a second straight year, both Platte-Geddes and Sanborn Central/Woonsocket met in the fifth-place match at the Class B state volleyball tournament. For a second straight year, it went five sets, with neither team going away easily. And like a year ago, the Black Panthers of Platte-Geddes emerged as the winners of the consolation bracket in a 3-2 match at the Huron Arena. Set scores were 25-14, 17-25, 25-13, 24-26 and 15-5.
HURON—In a grueling match between Lyman and Platte-Geddes Friday at the Class B state volleyball tournament, it was who was missing late that made the difference. With the Raiders' standout middle hitter Shelby Schindler out late in the match, the Black Panthers made their move, rallying from down 2-1 to win the fourth and fifth sets for a 3-2 consolation round win at the Huron Arena. Schindler, who had a match-high 24 kills, left in the middle of the fourth set due to an ankle injury, which occurred when she collided with a teammate.
HURON—As a co-op, Sanborn Central/Woonsocket frequently shortens its team name down to three letters: SCW. According to coach Rick Olsen, the running joke among the Blackhawks' team members is that the "C" doesn't stand for Central. Instead, it's for comeback. The Comeback 'Hawks were in full force on Friday, rallying from a rough opening set to win three of the next four sets for a 3-2 victory over Harding County in a Class B state volleyball tournament consolation round match at the Huron Arena. Set scores were 11-25, 26-24, 20-25, 25-21 and 15-11.
HURON—Sanborn Central/Woonsocket's volleyball team did not play its best match on Thursday. And top-seeded Northwestern was ready to take advantage. The Wildcats moved to 34-1 on the season with a three-set victory over the Blackhawks during the first round of the Class B state volleyball tournament Thursday at the Huron Arena. Set scores were 25-9, 25-11 and 25-19. Northwestern controlled each of the first two sets before SCW fought the Wildcats tough for the third and final set.
PRESHO — If the Lyman Raiders are to be successful at the Class B state volleyball tournament, their balanced lineup will likely rule the day. The Raiders boast a lineup that includes eight seniors and spread around most of the duties on the court, which has helped Lyman back to the state tournament for the first time since 2013 with a 24-8 record.
TYNDALL — The excitement continues to build for Bon Homme High School and its volleyball team. The communities of Tabor, Tyndall and Springfield are pumped up to see what their Cavaliers can do this week in the Class A state tournament, which begins Thursday in Watertown. Bon Homme, the No. 3 seed in the Class A field, will take on sixth-seeded Milbank Area (19-6) in a 6 p.m. match at the Watertown Civic Arena.
Decision day came and went Sunday for the Dakota Wesleyan University football team. And it's becoming an all-too-familiar feeling for the Tigers. For a second straight year, the Tigers had a case to make the 16-team national playoffs and were left on the outside looking in.