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MADISON — The kids held the keys to Dan Moran's success as a high school coach. They helped make his 30-year basketball coaching career a success, one worthy of being inducted into a national hall of fame next week. "I was blessed with a lot of really good kids to work with and you need those kids to be successful," he said this week. "Any coach that says otherwise is lying. That's what we rely on and I know that's what helped our teams have success."
WHITE LAKE — It's been a long road to relevance for the Kimball/White Lake amateur baseball team. But they've arrived at the top of the Pony Hills League. The Nationals are 7-1 in the Pony Hills League, with the only loss coming to perennial contender and undefeated Four Corners a week ago. With a victory tonight against South Central, KWL would match its 2015 Pony Hills win total in the league with five games remaining.
Of all the varying sports we get to cover at The Daily Republic, high school sports are right at the top of my list. They involve kids who are putting forth great effort and while wins and losses are a focus in what gets documented, it's honest competition and competitiveness. In many of the sports — track and field/cross country, gymnastics and wrestling are examples that stand out to me — there is so much mutual respect for the athletes on the other team.
Mark your calendars, Dakota Magic fans. The team will play its first regular-season home game Thursday, Sept. 1 at the Corn Palace against the Sioux City Hornets.
It was a case of a career coming full circle Sunday at Cadwell Park for Scott Redd. Redd took the mound as the starting pitcher for the Parkston Bullheads, 35 years after he did the same thing while in college. He went to school at Dakota Wesleyan and it was the spring of 1981 that Redd first played baseball at Cadwell Park. More than three decades later, now age 53, he's still humming the fastball. Redd's Bullheads took a 14-4 loss to the Mitchell Mad Dogs but Redd logged six strikeouts in his five innings of work — which earned him some grief in the dugout.
It ended up being a great morning Saturday for a swim. And a bike ride. And a run. All right in a row, too. Twenty-two individuals and four teams finished the second annual Mitchell Area Community Triathlon at Lake Mitchell. The event included a 500-meter swim, an 8 1/2-mile bike ride and a 5k (or 3.1-mile) run.
After years of coming close, Tyler Manning finally did it. The 25-year-old Mitchell native had come close to shooting the smallmouth buffalo carp that would break the South Dakota state record. He estimates he might have weighed possible record breakers six times, sometimes coming within a single ounce. Last month, he finally broke through.
In its second year of existence, the Mitchell Area Community Triathlon features a change in the course and more local participants. A total of 31 people — 19 individuals and 12 team participants — will swim, bike and run during the sprint triathlon being held at Lake Mitchell, starting at 8 a.m. Saturday. The event will start and finish at the public beach on the north side of the lake located along North Harmon Drive.
RAPID CITY — For a second-straight day, Andes Central/Dakota Christian's J.J. Cooney got off to a blistering start at the Class B boys state golf tournament in Rapid City. And for a second-straight year, Cooney is a state champion by a large margin. "Winning the championships is special enough but I never would have thought I would win by more than 10," Cooney said. "It's hard to do it in the fashion that I was able to do it."
It was smooth sailing for Katie Bartlett Tuesday at the Class AA girls golf tournament. Or if nothing else, she made it look that way. The Pierre senior put together her second solid round of the tournament — on Tuesday it was an even-par-72 — to win her first state championship Tuesday at Lakeview Golf Course in Mitchell.