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The Mitchell High School volleyball team learned exactly how hard it is to defeat a team for a third time in a season Tuesday night. The top-seeded Kernels were knocked off by No. 4-seed Pierre in a four-set, District 3AA opening-round match at the raucous MHS gym, in which the Governors seemingly stayed one step ahead of the Kernels. Set scores were 25-23, 25-23, 18-25, 27-25. After Mitchell defeated Pierre in three sets eight days prior, the Governors managed to serve and serve-receive better and matched the power volleyball attack from the Kernels.
WINNER—Considering the recent history, it was little surprise that the Winner Warriors' best test of the season to date came from the rivals from Tri-Valley. The teams met Monday night for the fifth time since 2009 and the Mustangs challenged Winner for four quarters but couldn't stop the top-seeded Warriors, who won 40-0 in a Class 11B quarterfinal football game in Winner. The victory is the 22nd straight for the defending Class 11B state champions, who beat Tri-Valley 45-6 in Vermillion a year ago.
The postseason excitement for area football teams continues today, with nine area teams in action across the state. Included are a pair of rematches in Class 11B, with 2015 state finalists Tri-Valley and Winner playing today and Sioux Valley and Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan playing in Bridgewater for the second time this month. Top seeds Gregory and Corsica-Stickney are both at home with a chance to secure home-field for Saturday's semifinal games, while Canistota and Mount Vernon/Plankinton hit the road in intriguing Class 9AA quarterfinal contests.
BROOKINGS—The first three years of Kerri Young's college basketball career have flown by quickly. Now, the Mitchell native is trying her best to slow down and cherish every moment in her final season at South Dakota State University. If everything goes to plan, it will be the most memorable season of Young's career, as the Jackrabbit women seek new heights.
The South Dakota High School football playoffs get underway with the opening round for Classes 11B, 9AA, 9A and 9B today. In total, 32 playoff games across the state will be played today with 12 Class 11AAA, 11AA and 11A contests set for Thursday. After today's games, the eight remaining teams will be re-seeded and will play on Oct. 31 in the quarterfinals. Here's a preview of the 12 Mitchell-area playoff games set for today. Class 11B Parkston at Winner Time: 7 p.m. Records: Parkston 5-3, Winner 8-0
If the goal is to finish with a flourish, the Mitchell High School volleyball team did just that on Monday. The No. 4-ranked Kernels earned a three-set sweep over Pierre in Eastern South Dakota Conference action in Mitchell, closing the book on a successful home regular season for the Kernels. Set scores were 25-16, 25-22 and 25-20. The Kernels had their share of mistakes in the first two sets but met coach Deb Thill's challenge of playing a better third set to earn the win on Senior Night.
HURON—A pair of area runners took second and third in the Class B boys race at the South Dakota State Cross Country meet at Broadland Creek Golf Course in Huron. Burke/South Central's Kray Person finished second and Gregory's Aaron Voigt finished third in the Class B boys race, behind Bison's Daniel Burkhalter, who won the race for a second consecutive year. Burkhalter ran 16 minutes, 30.84 seconds, followed by Person in second in 17:13.15 and Voigt in 17:33.72. James Valley Christian won the team competition with 23 points.
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BROOKINGS — Mitchell volleyball coach Deb Thill expected her team to get tested in the second half of the season, with a majority of road games to close out the...
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