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A lot of arms and a lot of ways to use them. From a pitching standpoint, the Mitchell High School baseball team has prepared for the one-day Region 2A tournament in a way that leaves the Kernels primed for a litany of situations that could unfold Saturday at Harmodon Park in Sioux Falls.
The Mitchell High School boys tennis team is basically ready for anything that could come its way this weekend. After playing 15 duals or tournaments in the final three-plus weeks of the season, the Kernels have grinded their way to the end of season’s pinnacle: the South Dakota State Tennis Tournament.
The runs kept coming for the Mitchell High School baseball team Monday night. The Kernels scored in each of their five innings at the plate, including five runs in the fifth inning to send the Huron Tigers home early in a 10-0 five-inning, regular-season finale victory at Cadwell Park. For Mitchell, it was a continuation of the offensive explosion the Kernels showed in their second game in Pierre on Saturday. There, Mitchell punched through for 16 runs to blow out the Governors for their first loss of the year and the Kernels scored in six of the seven innings.
After shrinking in 2016, the number of summer youth baseball teams in Mitchell is swelling once more. The teams under the purview of the Mitchell Baseball Association has grown from three teams to five for the summer of 2017. A year ago, Mitchell had its Legion Post 18 team and then a pair of teener baseball teams sponsored by VFW Post 2750, the Black team for 14-year-olds and the White team for 13-year-olds.
If there's a potential Northwoods League team coming to Mitchell, that will likely create a crunch on available baseball fields at Cadwell Sports Complex. But for the time being, leaders of the Mitchell Baseball Association aren't too worried about adding a summer collegiate wood-bat team to the busy baseball fold in town, playing up to 40 games from late May to mid-August. MBA Director of Baseball Luke Norden, who also coaches the spring high school team and summer Legion squad, said he feels that Mitchell's baseball teams will have no problem adapting to a new tenant.
The two doubleheader games were not alike for the Mitchell High School baseball team Thursday against Brandon Valley. The Kernels struggled with the bats once more in both games but Mitchell's usually strong defense and pitching didn't carry over from a 3-2 win in the first game, as the Kernels dropped the second contest to the Lynx 10-2 at Cadwell Park.
SIOUX FALLS — Carly Haring went out and got herself a birthday present Saturday afternoon at Howard Wood Field. The Mitchell High School sophomore, who turns 16 today, claimed third place in the 92nd Dakota Relays girls high jump, jumping 5 feet, 4 inches. Accomplishing that in a field of 60 entrants was plenty exciting for Haring, who was thrilled following the award presentation. "I'm just extremely excited to do this on this stage. My birthday is (today), so this is a pretty good way to celebrate," she said.
SIOUX FALLS — The Winner High School boys sprinting relays had a dramatic flair on Saturday at the 92nd Dakota Relays. In the 4x200-meter relay, the Warriors used a big push from Cameron Kuil at the wire to win the Class A meet title. Less than three hours later, Winner did it again, with Kuil running the final leg of the 4x100-meter relay at a blistering pace and moving the Warriors from fourth place with 100 meters to go to their second relay title of the meet at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls.
SIOUX FALLS—It was a great day for local throwers at the 92nd Dakota Relays Friday. Ethan/Parkston's Amanda Miiller was at the top of her game in the girls shot put, throwing 41 feet, 1.5 inches and finishing in third place out of more than 50 high school throwers at Howard Wood Field. The same can be said for Platte-Geddes' Hallie Hallock, who was seventh with a throw of 39 feet, 0.75 inches.
SIOUX FALLS—Cameron Kuil and Spencer Neugebauer ran the races of their lives Friday at Howard Wood Field. To be among the eight runners in the Dakota Relays boys 200-meter special event was already quite an honor. But Winner's Kuil finished in third place and Mitchell's Neugebauer was fourth in the blisteringly fast race that saw a meet record fall on a sunny, warm night in Sioux Falls.