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The McCook/Miner Legion baseball team had a little bit of everything in its Region 5B tournament triumph last weekend. An abundance of pitching, timely hitting and strong defense were all key. And if M/M can bring that type of play to Leahy Bowl in Winner, they'll have a strong chance of making a run deep in the Class B state Legion baseball tournament. M/M (26-6) plays the host Winner/Colome in the opening round of the state tournament today at approximately 8 p.m., the last of four games on the first day of competition.
Like Wednesday’s opening-round playoff game with Pierre, the Mitchell Post 18 Legion baseball team had a slow start Thursday afternoon. But Calvin Hegg kept the home team in it and Post 18 pulled through. Mitchell scored seven runs in the sixth inning and picked up a 9-0 win over Sturgis Post 33 to stave off elimination in the Region 3A tournament at Cadwell Park.
For fans of Mitchell High School, it’s time to consider a new look. Three potential primary logos have been created to represent the Kernels’ mascot and logo, starting as soon as the new school year in August. MHS Activities Director Cory Aadland said it’s an effort to unify the Kernels’ appearance and brand across all school sports and activities. “We want it to be that when you look at the logo, you know it’s the Mitchell Kernels,” Aadland said.
The postseason is near for area amateur baseball teams and the whittling down of the Class B contenders begins Thursday with four district tournaments. For the 30 teams from area leagues pursuing 20 slots in state amateur baseball tournament, winning and getting to Mitchell is the primary goal. But the tournaments are also a potential preview of who might be hot and peaking at the right time entering the 32-team, single-elimination tournament Cadwell Park, starting Aug. 2. Here's a quick rundown of the storylines to watch in the district-qualifying tournaments:
LAS VEGAS — Willard Bruguier had never quite been on that type of stage. Literally. Throwing in front of thousands in the crowd and in front of a nationally televised audience, the Pickstown man had never been in a dart-throwing atmosphere quite like the one he faced last week at the Professional Darts Corporation's North American Championship at the Tropicana Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas. There were nerves, Bruguier said, but he never let them show, claiming the biggest championship in his career with a thrilling victory over Canada's Dave Richardson 6-5.
HUMBOLDT — The McCook/Miner Legion baseball team didn't panic Sunday. They were in a two-run hole in the fifth inning but flipped the game around in an instant, quickly scoring three runs and never relinquishing control again in the Region 5B title contest, clinching their trip to the Class B state Legion baseball tournament on the first try against Hartford/Humboldt in a 4-2 win Sunday in Humboldt.
Tim Mullican is all about setting goals. It started out with losing weight and running just one marathon in 2013, just as the Mitchell resident first did in 1975. But Mullican caught the marathon bug and one led to three in three months and that led to 31 marathons in a year. Mullican eventually set the goal of running a marathon in each of the 50 U.S. states, which the 57-year-old Mullican completed last month, running the Kona Marathon in Hawaii and completing the task of running a race in every state in just more than four years' time.
The pros came to college to teach to the high schoolers this week in Mitchell. Three former Washington Redskins standouts were in town as part of the three-day team football camp put on by the NFL franchise's Original Americans Foundation, putting on an event geared toward teams with Native American players. The camp, held for the first time, was on the Dakota Wesleyan University campus and ran Monday through Wednesday.
CANOVA — For one of the state's best baseball small towns, Canova will be showing their love for America's pastime this weekend. The town — population 105 at the most recent U.S. Census — could have 10 times as many people in town this weekend, when the Miner County community hosts the VFW State 12-and-under Class B baseball tournament Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
From the silver screen to Main Street Mitchell. The Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo parade is unquestionably one of the highlights of the summer and for the 2017 rendition, the theme of the parade is "Cowboys: From Real to Reel," with a goal of invoking the famous cowboys of film and television. The parade will be held Saturday, July 15, starting at 10:30 a.m., running through the downtown district on Main and Lawler streets. Entries need to be lined up by 10 a.m.