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Some of the best trapshooters in the state and around the nation will be in Mitchell this week for the South Dakota State Trap Shoot. About 250 shooters are expected for the five-day event, which begins at 9 a.m. today and will award dozens of championships for various disciplines. Mike Hettinger, who is helping organize the event, said there's a championship for nearly every shooting style and preference.
Stealing is encouraged on the Mitchell Post 18 baseball team in 2016. The local Legion club has flown up and down the basepaths this season, stealing 134 bases for the season and regularly creating scoring chances by moving runners up 90 feet. With a 20-17 record, Mitchell has averaged more than 3.5 stolen bases per game and has converted 83 percent of its steal attempts in 37 games. In nearly every game this season, Mitchell has stolen a base and has stolen as many as nine bases in a game, which occurred in the June 1 season opener at Yankton.
The mantra has been pretty tough to argue with for the Mitchell Black teener baseball team, so far this year. "Score as many runs as you can." Add in a deep lineup that has pitched well and played good defense and the team of mostly 14-year-olds has put together a solid season to date, with a record of 26-5. Zac Custer, who coaches the team along with Evan Mastel, said the team is full of skilled players that work as a team and that's been a key part of the squad's early success.
Never underestimate the influence of Mike Miller. The Mitchell native, who is regarded as one the NBA's best teammates and "good guys," provided yet another reminder of how much teams and fellow players respect him on Wednesday. On Wednesday, multiple reports out of Denver indicated that Mike Miller was a part of the Nuggets' pitch to Dwyane Wade to join the team.
Given Mitchell is the city of the Corn Palace, it's perhaps fitting that the South Dakota State Cornhole Championships are arriving in town this weekend. The state championship, now in its seventh year, is being held in Mitchell for the first time on Saturday and Sunday at the Mitchell Activities Center ice arena. Play will begin on both days at 10 a.m., and the event is strictly limited to South Dakota residents.
For the second consecutive day, the Mitchell Post 18 Legion baseball team scored runs in bunches. Scoring five runs in the third inning and nine more runs in the fifth inning, Post 18 cruised to a 15-2, shortened seven-inning win over Huron Post 7 on Wednesday at Cadwell Park.
The grass is greener at Mitchell High School's Joe Quintal Field. For the middle of summer, the natural grass surface at the stadium looks pretty good. But it's usually the brutal fall season of repeated use that takes its toll on the playing surface, leading school officials to continue pressing forward on the process of adding artificial turf to the stadium in the near future.
You can now skate or surf down the fairways of Wild Oak Golf Course, thanks to some new vehicles that take the idea of a "golf cart" and flip it on its head. The Mitchell course recently purchased four GolfBoards, which are motorized carts that have four wheels and a skateboard-like platform to stand on, while the golf bag rests on the front. From there, golfers can ride up and down the course at up to 10 mph, which is similar to a regular golf cart. Due to their shape, the carts can gently swing laterally as they drive forward, drawing comparisons to surfing or skateboarding.
The schedule is shaping up for the South Dakota Coaches Clinic, which will be held in Mitchell for the first time next month and will feature former Minnesota Vikings linebacker Ben Leber as the keynote speaker. The event, which is put on by the South Dakota High School Coaches Association and the South Dakota High School Activities Association, will run July 11-13 at locations across Mitchell.
Tevyn Waddell attests she doesn't get nervous before big swim meets. That might be tested this weekend ahead of the biggest meet of her life: the U.S. Olympic Trials. The Mitchell Aquatic Club swimmer will race in three events in the quadrennial premier event of the nation's swimming schedule, and will decide who represents the U.S. at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. "I feel like I should be nervous but I'm not nervous at all," Waddell said in an interview with The Daily Republic this week. "I'm so excited to experience this and to take it all in."