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There are a lot of ifs involved and a lot of hurdles that need to be crossed to get a Northwoods League team to the Corn Palace City. But with that said, I'm firmly in the camp that is eager to see a franchise come to Mitchell. There has been no formal opposition to a team coming to town from city officials, which would appear to make municipal approval likely. But everything is still in a holding pattern until the city officially signs an agreement with the league, which could come soon.
SIOUX FALLS—When Dana (Nielsen) Honner is inducted into the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, it won't be the first hall of fame honor for the former Armour basketball standout. But it will carry a little extra meaning. Honner is being inducted alongside longtime Armour High School coach and teacher Burnell Glanzer in the 10-member class of the SDSHOF, which will be honored at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.
The high school golf season kicks off on Friday and Tom Cooney is hoping to make a Mitchell event the highlight of the spring tournament calendar. Lakeview Golf Course will host the second annual Class B Classic on Friday, which begins at 10 a.m. and will feature 112 of the best prep golfers in the state's smallest class. Cooney, who is the golf coach at Andes Central/Dakota Christian, has led the effort to create the event, which is already up nearly 40 golfers from last year's inaugural event.
The Mitchell High School boys tennis team has been consistently strong in the last five years. Don't expect that to change in 2017. The Kernels, back after an Eastern South Dakota Conference championship and a third-place finish at the state meet, return six letterwinners off their 2016 team to carry into a new season, which begins today at the Pierre Triangular with Rapid City Central.
MARYVILLE, Mo. — In a career that has involved a lot of success for Mel Tjeerdsma at Northwest Missouri State University, this year might take the cake. Tjeerdsma, a native of Springfield, who serves as the Bearcats' athletic director, has been at the helm of a historic season in NCAA Division II athletics, as the Bearcats won the national championship in football last December and then followed that up with a national title in men's basketball last weekend.
The Mitchell Christian track and field teams are back in 2017, bringing mostly youth once more to the spring season. The Golden Eagles opened the season with the DWU High School Open on Tuesday, an indoor meet that allowed the team to get its competitive juices going, Mitchell Christian coach Jodi Asbenson said.
WESSINGTON SPRINGS — High school baseball has found a new home in central South Dakota. A prep baseball co-op involving four schools has formed for the 2017 season with the Central Dakota Area Coyotes. The co-op represents Highmore, Miller, Wessington Springs and Woonsocket, spanning about 90 miles from one end to the other. The team is operating jointly out of Wessington Springs and Miller, separated by 52 miles. Those two towns are the home sites for the Coyotes' home games and where the team has been practicing.
For many area teams, the prep track and field season will begin Tuesday. And for the first time, Mitchell will have a high school indoor meet of its own. Dakota Wesleyan University is sponsoring a high school early bird meet at Corrigan Fieldhouse at the DWU Avera Sports and Wellness Complex. The facility was completed in 2016 but did not host an official high school or college indoor meet last season. Earlier this season, the Tigers hosted their first meet in the facility in February.
FORESTBURG — Myah Selland remembers the beginning, when she was just meeting her new teammates. A seventh-grader at the time, Selland, a Sanborn Central student, was introducing herself to her new Woonsocket teammates, the two bitter rivals joining forces in 2011 for girls basketball as part of an athletic cooperative. "We didn't really even interact and I remember introducing myself, 'Hi, my name is Myah,'" Selland recalled. "Everything was so new."
As the point person in the search for a new Mitchell High School boys basketball coach, Activities Director Cory Aadland has heard plenty of opinions about the job. There’s one sentiment he’s not buying: that the Kernel job isn’t a good one for a coach.