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Mitchell High School had not one but two award-winning coaches on its gymnastics coaching staff this season. On that basis, it's not a surprise the Kernels won a fourth state championship in five years and dominated most of Class AA gymnastics all season long.
The Hanson boys basketball team took another Class B power to the wire Thursday night at the Corn Palace. And in response, No. 5-ranked Corsica-Stickney had the final answer. Caysen Eide’s 3-pointer with 2 minutes and 30 seconds left put the Jaguars ahead for good late and Corsica-Stickney staved off the Beavers 51-49 in non-conference action.
Watch the Mitchell High School gymnastics team on the balance beam. And then watch them on the vault and the uneven bars, on the floor exercise. Watch the Kernel gymnasts do their routines and regularly rack up the 9-point-plus scores. They win state championships and fill out the individual award stand, like it's no big deal.
The Harrisburg Tigers were the aggressors Tuesday night at the Corn Palace. The No. 2-ranked team in Class AA boys basketball dictated every aspect of its Eastern South Dakota Conference contest with Mitchell in a 70-38 win. The win was the sixth in a row for the visiting Tigers (16-2), while a frustrating season continues for Mitchell, now 0-18.
The Mitchell girls basketball team had already been close a few times this season. But on Monday, the Kernels beat down the door to a big upset and knocked off No. 4-ranked Harrisburg at the Corn Palace, earning a 48-42 Eastern South Dakota Conference victory. It was tough, annoying defense and balanced, aggressive offense that keyed the Kernels to their biggest win of the season, in which the Kernels (7-10, 5-9 ESD) took control before halftime and never gave back the lead.
WATERTOWN—Saturday was the day for individual competitions at the South Dakota state high school gymnastics meet. But it might as well have been team day once again for the Mitchell Kernels. For a second straight day, Mitchell's depth was on display in the Class AA field, as all four Kernel all-around participants finished in the top-10 and made sure MHS was well represented on the individual podium at the Watertown Civic Arena at the South Dakota State Gymnastics Meet.
WATERTOWN -- It went to the wire but the powerful Mitchell High School gymnastics team wasn’t to be denied Friday. The Kernels had to hold off a late Watertown charge but Mitchell claimed the Class AA state team gymnastics championship at the Watertown Civic Arena in the South Dakota State Gymnastics Meet.
WATERTOWN—The Parkston/Ethan/Hanson gymnastics team didn't even qualify for the Class A state gymnastics team competition a season ago. But on Friday, the gymnastics program—in its fourth year of existence—made its presence known. P/E/H took third place at the Class A meet on Friday at the Watertown Civic Arena, a new landmark moment for the still young co-op.
It all comes down to today. The Mitchell High School gymnastics team looks to close out another state championship season today at the Watertown Civic Arena, as the Kernels are among the favorites for the Class AA team title. Their chief competition will be the host Arrows — the defending state champions — as both Mitchell and Watertown have tangled all season. The team competition starts at 11 a.m. today, while the individual competition is at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
At the midway point of the season, Mitchell boys basketball coach Todd Neuendorf noted the team was looking for scorer who could “take the bull by the horns.” Since then, Carter Cavanaugh has been that Kernel player. Cavanaugh has emerged as Mitchell’s go-to scorer, desperately needed as the team tries to kick-start its offense in a difficult season.