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CANISTOTA — It was another improved season for the Canistota High School volleyball team. And MiKenzie Kirby was a big reason why the Hawks had a strong year. Kirby, a 5-foot-10 junior outside hitter, was one of the key pieces for Canistota, which ascended to the No. 1 seed in Region 5B and posted the best season in coach Rebecca Smith’s five years leading the Canistota squad.
I've never felt that it made sense to argue with people aren't interested in listening in the first place. So this column isn't for the people running the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri. It decided it didn't want to continue hosting the NAIA Division II men's college basketball tournament last week and mostly because the NAIA didn't cave to its demands over the national anthem.
BROOKINGS — Considering she's a true freshman, Myah Selland is ready for college basketball. The former Sanborn Central/Woonsocket standout from Letcher is on the South Dakota State University women's basketball roster and is expected to play a significant role in her first season with the Jacks. Selland said she's enjoyed the chance to test herself early in college career, even before facing a team other than her own.
BROOKINGS — Macy Miller is back. For everyone involved with South Dakota State University women's basketball, including the redshirt junior herself, that's exciting. The Mitchell native has returned to the court for the Jackrabbits, getting prepared to help the SDSU women get back to the top of the Summit League once again. And Miller said having the basketball in her hand again on the court is something she's happy to get back to doing.
Another round of the South Dakota high school football playoffs takes place tonight. And with it comes some fierce weather. High winds and colder temperatures are expected to move through South Dakota, just in time for the state quarterfinal round of the football playoffs. In the Mitchell area, we’re expecting game-time temperatures around 40 degrees and winds around 30 mph, which will make for cold fans in the stands.
Pep rallies. Festive fans. And great football. One of the best sports seasons of the year is late fall, simply because of playoff football. The next four weeks are about as good as it gets for high school football. Starting Thursday, teams will be whittled down, eventually left with seven crowned champions during Nov. 9-11 at the DakotaDome in Vermillion.
Early on, the Mitchell High School volleyball team had the Harrisburg Tigers by the tail Tuesday night. But the defending state champions and the state's No. 1-ranked team evaded a pair of set point chances for No. 2 Mitchell in the opening set and Harrisburg rolled from there, stunning the hometown Kernels with a three-set sweep at MHS.
In Region 6B volleyball, it's crowded at the top. Three area teams — Andes Central/Dakota Christian, Burke/South Central and Kimball/White Lake — all are having outstanding seasons and all look like threats to make the Class B state volleyball tournament next month in Rapid City.
An intriguing slate of games in the final week of the regular season for Class 11B and nine-man schools leaves a fair amount of mystery about how the playoffs will be set up for South Dakota high school football.
FREEMAN — Kimball/White Lake placed runners first and second Wednesday and claimed the Region 3B cross country meet title at Valley View Golf Course in Freeman.