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With 20 wins in the team's back pocket heading the Class AA state tournament, the Mitchell High School volleyball team has had a memorable season. Here's five matches that have helped to define the Kernels' season to date. Aug. 22 win over Aberdeen Central
When the final pass is being made, floating at the net, the odds are good that it's going to one of three Mitchell High School volleyball players. It can go to Mackenzie Miller, the reigning Class AA first-team all-state player who has more than 400 kills and hits as hard as anyone. It can go to Chelsea Brewster, whose big swing and leaping ability is dangerous for whichever defender steps in dig it. Or it can go to Carly Haring, the tall middle hitter, another power hitter who can deftly find the weaknesses in the defense.
ALEXANDRIA — Excited and prepared. That's the mood of the Hanson High School volleyball team, which heads to the state tournament for the first time since 2011 this week. The Beavers (27-2) are seeded fourth, and will face fifth-seeded Herreid/Selby Area (29-2) in the Class B state quarterfinals at 2:45 p.m. Central on Thursday at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. The winner of the match will face top-seeded Northwestern or No. 8 Faith on Friday night in the semifinals.
VERMILLION—The road to the DakotaDome was hardly a smooth one for the Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan football team. With that perspective, the Seahawks were prideful Friday of the season they put together, winning nine games and finishing as state runner-up in Class 11B, a class that has only been home to BEE for three seasons. "Yeah, there was adversity," BEE quarterback Brady Hawkins said. "We had our challenges this season and that's what makes this group of guys so great. We kept fighting and that's why I'm proud to call them my brothers."
VERMILLION -- In a battle of running games and defense, the Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan football team couldn’t afford to lose the line of scrimmage Friday. The Seahawks lost that battle early and could never dig all the way out of a two-touchdown hole, as Sioux Falls Christian’s physicality up front paved the road to the Chargers’ first football title in school history in a 27-12 Class 11B championship game victory Friday at the DakotaDome.
It's a familiar feeling but a new challenge for the Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan football team. BEE will play for its fourth state championship in an eight-year span today at the DakotaDome in Vermillion, but it will be the Seahawks' first chance at title in Class 11B. BEE (9-2) takes on Sioux Falls Christian (10-1) for the state title at 1 p.m. today.
Only one match stood between the Mitchell High School volleyball team and Kernels' season-long goal of making the state tournament. And Thursday night, the No. 2-seeded Kernels took care of 15th-seeded Sturgis in three sets to advance to the Class AA state tournament for the first time since 2012, winning in three identical 25-13, 25-13, 25-13 sets in the Round of 16 at the MHS gym. "We were probably a little anxious in that first set to get it going," Mitchell junior Mackenzie Miller said. "But once we settled down, I think we played very well."
BRIDGEWATER — There aren't a lot of dominating defensive players in South Dakota high school football. But Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan's Carter Dye is deserving of being on that short list. Dye, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound junior defensive end, has been dominant for the Seahawks defense, racking up 110 tackles (including 55 solo stops), 14 tackles for loss and 13 sacks. He's a big threat on defense and a major reason why the Seahawks (9-2) will play for the Class 11B championship at 1 p.m. Friday in Vermillion against Sioux Falls Christian.
Today is why the regular season was important for the Mitchell High School volleyball team. The Kernels, seeded second in the Class AA Sweet 16 bracket, hosts Sturgis for a trip to the state tournament next week in Rapid City. The match with the Scoopers is at 6 p.m. today at the MHS gym. Mitchell coach Deb Thill said the home-court advantage and a top-seed in the tournament were goals all season and now the Kernels will have a chance to follow through on the chance to make the state tournament for the first time since 2012.
When match point landed for the Hanson High School volleyball team Tuesday, there was jubilation and excitement. And a bit of relief, as the Beavers were able to get into the Class B state tournament for the first time since 2011 and for the third time in school history with a four-set victory over Faulkton Area, winning 25-22, 20-25, 25-20 and 25-15 at the Corn Palace in the Sweet 16 round. Fifth-seeded Hanson (27-2) got a big night from senior middle hitter Jada Campbell and was balanced on offense and defense to put away the 12th-seeded Trojans.