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SIOUX FALLS—The Platte-Geddes/Dakota Christian/White Lake/Corsica-Stickney prep baseball team needed to bring its A-game for the state tournament. On Monday, the Honkers didn't have it. It was a rough afternoon at Sioux Falls Stadium for the co-op Honkers, who hung with Vermillion for four innings before the Tanagers broke through with five runs in the fifth inning and cruised to an 11-1 win Monday in the Class B state semifinal round.
SIOUX FALLS—Colome's Kelly O'Bryan had intentions of getting on the podium in the Class B triple jump and high jump. He did much more than that. Following up on his surprising Class B triple jump victory Friday, O'Bryan shocked the Class B field Saturday in the long jump with a mark of 21 feet, 3 3/4 inches in his opening flight, which held up as the winning jump. With that, O'Bryan completed an unlikely Class B title double in the distance jumping events. Nobody was more surprised than the Cowboys' senior himself.
SIOUX FALLS—School has been out for more than a week for Howard High School. Bailey Rudebusch put her extra free time to good use. The senior Tiger put in extra time preparing for the Class B girls discus competition and made her mark early in the competition. Seeded seventh coming into the meet Friday at Howard Wood Field, Rudebusch threw 130 feet, 1 inch in the opening flight competition. That throw ended up being the winner and Rudebusch was thrilled with the way she was able to end her career.
SIOUX FALLS—It only takes one throw. The mantra for Canistota senior Xavier Ward was never more true than on Friday at the South Dakota State Track and Field Meet in Sioux Falls. After a difficult performance in the discus Friday morning in which the sixth-seeded Ward failed to make the finals, the 2016 state runner-up in the shot put cranked it up in his favorite event. Ward launched the shot 58 feet, 2 3/4 inches in his preliminary flight, and that throw held up as the state championship toss for the Hawks' senior at Howard Wood Field.
Many meets, many times. The South Dakota prep track and field season is relatively short and hectic, about 60 days from the first early bird meets of the season to the final meet of the year. And that final meet — the South Dakota State Track and Field meet — will be a busy one once more, with more than 2,500 athletes from more than 150 high schools running in Brandon, Tea and Sioux Falls today and then all at Howard Wood Field on Saturday.
For the small Mitchell Christian track and field team, Zach Bosworth and Adaya Plastow have carried the team's flag for most of the season. So it's fitting that they will be the two athletes to represent the Golden Eagles at the Class B state track meet in Sioux Falls on Friday and Saturday at Howard Wood Field. Both are in the meet in multiple events, as the senior Bosworth will participate in the 800-meter run and the long jump, while the eighth-grader Plastow will compete in the 800 and 300-meter hurdles.
SIOUX FALLS—West Central broke through against Hanson/Bridgewater-Emery/Sanborn Central starting pitcher Cole Gassman in the fifth inning for four runs and pulled away for a 4-0 win over the Ducks in the Region 3B West Division Championship game Tuesday at Ronken Field. The Ducks (8-7) were held to just one hit—a Gassman single in the first inning—and couldn't muster much offense to extend their season. The offensive struggles were a major part of the co-op team's season, coach Bryce Holter said.
CHAMBERLAIN — When Tiegen Priebe makes a suggestion, his coaches listen. In the past two weeks, the athletic Chamberlain senior competed in the triple jump twice. Now, he's the state's Class A triple jump leader heading into the state meet. Priebe was already one of the top competitors in the 400-meter dash and the long jump in Class A. But looking for another way to qualify for the state meet, he approached Chamberlain track and field coach Renee Long and asked to try the triple jump.
SIOUX FALLS—The Mitchell High School boys tennis team played eight matches Saturday on the final day of the South Dakota State Tennis Tournament. The Kernels won most of those, which was a solid way for a consistent program to close out another top-five finish at the state tournament. Mitchell won six of their eight matches Saturday at the Huether Family Match Pointe indoor tennis facility in Sioux Falls, as the Kernels finished scored 358 points and placed in eight of the nine flights.
The Mitchell High School baseball team has plans to return to the state tournament. They will have to wait a little longer to potentially make that happen. With wet weather in the area, the Kernels won't play today as was previously scheduled. Instead the Kernels will trek to Harmodon Park on Monday for the four-team regional. Top-seeded Sioux Falls Roosevelt (29-0) will meet Sioux Falls O'Gorman (9-19) at 5 p.m. at Field 2 at the complex, while second-seeded Mitchell (19-7) will play Yankton (4-14) at 6 p.m. on Field 3. The championship game is set for 8:30 p.m. at Field 2.