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HURON — From one round to the next in the Class AA state tournament, Mitchell's girls golf team improved by one stroke. From the 2016 state tournament to Tuesday, however, the Kernels could point to their eighth-place team finish at state as proof of how far they've come in a year's time.
HURON — Mitchell's strongest golfers were on their game in the opening round of the Class AA state girls golf tournament Monday. Eighth-grader Masy Mock roared out of the gate and posted a 3-over-39 on the front nine and closed with an 81 for the round and junior Ashley Zimmer closed strongly for a round of 84 during the first day of state play at Broadland Creek Golf Course in Huron. Mock is tied for 11th and Zimmer tied for 17th as both players are firmly in medal contention heading into the final 18 holes today.
There are 36 holes remaining for the members of the Mitchell High School girls golf team in the 2017 season and the Kernels would like to make the most of what's left. Mitchell and the rest of the Class AA schools will play in the state girls golf tournament, starting at 9 a.m. today at Broadland Creek Golf Course in Huron.
Mitchell High School's Jed Schmidt has been named to the South Dakota High School Baseball Association's Class A all-state team.
There's a lot to keep an eye on at the state track and field meet each year, always with action both on and off the track to watch. If you are a fan, everyone has a rooting interest, whether that's for an individual or a team. For the neutral observers, there's always a handful of great races. It's why, for many people, the state track meet is one of their favorite events each year.
The Mitchell Post 18 Legion baseball team had its chances Tuesday night to pick up a hard-fought win against Rapid City Post 320. Instead, it was the visiting Stars that earned the 3-2 win at Cadwell Park and Mitchell instead took away some learning lessons in its first regular-season loss against the Region 3A foe. "The game sometimes comes down to the little plays and we just didn't execute enough of them for the win," Mitchell coach Luke Norden said. "We put ourselves in good spots and just needed to execute a little better."
SIOUX FALLS—The Platte-Geddes/Dakota Christian/White Lake/Corsica-Stickney prep baseball team needed to bring its A-game for the state tournament. On Monday, the Honkers didn't have it. It was a rough afternoon at Sioux Falls Stadium for the co-op Honkers, who hung with Vermillion for four innings before the Tanagers broke through with five runs in the fifth inning and cruised to an 11-1 win Monday in the Class B state semifinal round.
SIOUX FALLS—Colome's Kelly O'Bryan had intentions of getting on the podium in the Class B triple jump and high jump. He did much more than that. Following up on his surprising Class B triple jump victory Friday, O'Bryan shocked the Class B field Saturday in the long jump with a mark of 21 feet, 3 3/4 inches in his opening flight, which held up as the winning jump. With that, O'Bryan completed an unlikely Class B title double in the distance jumping events. Nobody was more surprised than the Cowboys' senior himself.
SIOUX FALLS—School has been out for more than a week for Howard High School. Bailey Rudebusch put her extra free time to good use. The senior Tiger put in extra time preparing for the Class B girls discus competition and made her mark early in the competition. Seeded seventh coming into the meet Friday at Howard Wood Field, Rudebusch threw 130 feet, 1 inch in the opening flight competition. That throw ended up being the winner and Rudebusch was thrilled with the way she was able to end her career.
SIOUX FALLS—It only takes one throw. The mantra for Canistota senior Xavier Ward was never more true than on Friday at the South Dakota State Track and Field Meet in Sioux Falls. After a difficult performance in the discus Friday morning in which the sixth-seeded Ward failed to make the finals, the 2016 state runner-up in the shot put cranked it up in his favorite event. Ward launched the shot 58 feet, 2 3/4 inches in his preliminary flight, and that throw held up as the state championship toss for the Hawks' senior at Howard Wood Field.