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Once Aberdeen Central got going Friday night at the Corn Palace, the Mitchell boys basketball team could not answer. The Golden Eagles shot 61 percent in the first half, while the Kernels were held to 19 percent shooting, as Aberdeen Central had a 20-point halftime lead and cruised to a 62-30 Eastern South Dakota Conference victory. Decided by 32 points, the game was easily Aberdeen Central's most convincing win of the season, while Mitchell (0-12, 0-8 ESD) was held to a season-low 30 points, continuing the Kernels' offensive struggles for another night.
It's the one of the most anticipated sporting events in the country every year. And at least three area residents are helping Super Bowl LII goes off without a hitch, as they're lucky enough to be volunteers for the big game. Mitchell resident Vicky Herrick, along with Donnie Kayser, of Alexandria, and Gene Struck, of Montrose, will be volunteering during the week before the Super Bowl in Minneapolis.
Maria Krall has already shown she's a talented high school gymnast. But during this, her junior season, Krall has shown she has the confidence to lead the way for the Mitchell gymnastics team, as well. "I feel like Maria is just more comfortable in her role as a leader on the team. She's confident, doesn't question her abilities as much," Mitchell coach Audra Rew said. "Every year, she just gets more confident and that makes everything a little smoother for her, as well."
In the Kernels’ biggest rivalry game and on its home floor, the Mitchell boys basketball team didn’t rise to the occasion. Mitchell battled defensively but couldn’t muster enough offense and Huron pulled away for a 47-40 Eastern South Dakota Conference victory in boys basketball action Tuesday at the Corn Palace.
In the Kernels' biggest rivalry game and on its home floor, the Mitchell boys basketball team didn't rise to the occasion. Mitchell battled defensively but couldn't muster enough offense and Huron pulled away for a 47-40 Eastern South Dakota Conference victory in boys basketball action Tuesday at the Corn Palace. Kernel coach Todd Neuendorf did not mince words when describing his team's play after the game, especially in light of the week's worth of practices Mitchell had before the contest.
When the fourth quarter rolled around Tuesday night, the Mitchell girls basketball team needed some big shots and some toughness. The Kernels delivered on both fronts, sealing the game against rival Huron and winning the Eastern South Dakota Conference game 55-45 Tuesday at the Corn Palace. "They made little runs at us but our kids were tough," Mitchell coach Wes Morgan said. "We didn't turn it over a ton but we did enough to get a win. I thought our kids were ready to shoot and they shot it well, especially from the perimeter."
In another Hanson Classic game that went to the wire between the two programs, Sully Buttes had just a bit more. The No. 1-ranked and defending state champion Chargers took a late lead and held off a tying attempt from the host Beavers, pulling out a two-point win over Hanson 42-40 for the second straight year in the Hanson Classic at the Corn Palace Saturday.
Starting next school year, Mitchell's basketball and volleyball schedules will look different yet familiar. With the 18 teams in Class AA moving to a statewide scheduling approach after approving a new playoff format, Mitchell's Eastern South Dakota Conference games in boys basketball, girls basketball and volleyball will be cut in half, from 16 down to eight. But the Kernels have a plan for how they'd like to approach their schedules going forward, playing the bulk of the state's Class AA teams while retaining meetings with long-held area rivals.
One of the greatest advances of the 21st century as it pertains to covering high school sports is the growth of webcasting. The last few years have been big in that regard in South Dakota, with more schools showing more sporting events, to the point that it’s more likely that the most popular sports — football, basketball, volleyball, wrestling — are being streamed online in even the smallest schools, along with a few track and field meets, too.
Mitchell's home gymnastics finale was more than just comfortable for the Kernels Monday. It was exceptional. Mitchell scored a season-high 147.450 points as a team and swept the individual awards in another victory at the MEGA Gymnastics Center in the Mitchell quadrangular. Parkston/Ethan/Hanson was second with 129.600 points, with Sioux Falls Roosevelt in at 126.100 and Wagner fourth at 124.700.