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Jon Hart would like to keep the momentum at Dakota Wesleyan University. The new athletic director for the Tigers' athletic department doesn't have plans to change much in his first few months on the job. Instead, he said he'd like to continue to foster the relationships with coaches and athletes that have helped create success. The 2015-16 athletic season included team appearances in the national tournaments for men's and women's basketball and women's golf and saw improvement from the football, volleyball and softball programs.
Before Thursday afternoon, the Chicago Cubs and the Corn Palace didn't have much in common. Thanks to a wayward conversation in the television broadcast booth and a Kris Bryant home run, that's no longer the case.
The Mitchell School District has hired a familiar name to be the new activities director. Cory Aadland, who has served as a school board member for the last two years, has accepted the job, according to Superintendent Joe Graves. Aadland, 34, is set to start the job July 1, pending Mitchell Board of Education approval. The school board next meets on June 13. Aadland will have to resign from his school board seat, meaning the Mitchell Board of Education will need to appoint a replacement to fill Aadland's one-year term.
The Dakota Magic basketball team is starting to come into shape. About a dozen players trying to make Mitchell's new professional basketball team participated in a recent exhibition game against the Sioux City Hornets, as the National Basketball League of America prepares for the league draft and the start of the season in September. For now, NBLA league president Darryl Greene — who runs the Dakota Wesleyan University sports management program — continues to run both the league and the team.
Eighteen holes just wasn't enough to decide the Region 4B girls individual championship on Tuesday at Wild Oak Golf Course in Mitchell. Instead, it took Burke/South Central's Taylee Indahl 22 holes to do the job.
SIOUX FALLS — The Mitchell High School track and field team left Howard Wood Field Saturday with an empty feeling. With the Kernel girls' 4x400 relay team waiting to take the track, severe weather brought a halt to the South Dakota State Track Meet with four total races remaining. The action wouldn't resume and Mitchell's season came to an end in an anti-climatic way, coach Joe Shepardson said. "It didn't really feel like the meet ended," he said. "It's not the way that you wanted to end the season."
SIOUX FALLS—It featured stops, starts, re-dos and ended up spanning two days but the Class B boys shot put event was very good to Colome's Matt Campbell. Campbell won the event with a throw of 51 feet, 1.75 inches, narrowly edging out Canistota's Xavier Ward Saturday in the South Dakota State Track Meet at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls. Ward threw 50 feet, 4 inches, with both area standouts as the only ones to reach the 50-foot marks in the finals. "It feels great," Campbell said. "All of the work pays off with a great reward, a state championship."
SIOUX FALLS—For Lyman's Korder Cropsey, the final race of his prep career will be a run he'll never forget. He went out a state champion. The Raiders' senior ran a 22.86 200-meter dash, good enough to win the Class B boys state championship by nearly a half-second and culminating five years of hard work with the ultimate reward. "It's an incredible feeling," he said. "It's been a lot of hard work. I've been running since I was in eighth grade and this has always been the goal. It's a pretty sweet way to end my career at Lyman."
SIOUX FALLS—The dive was the difference. In a neck-and-neck Class B 4x800-meter relay championship, James Valley Christian's Jayden Waldner narrowly edged out Platte-Geddes' Alex Gerlach at the finish line, winning by three-hundredths of a second, diving to the finish line. JVC's winning team of Jonathon Blom, Colton Schweigert, Kedric Brantner and Waldner finished in 8 minutes, 17.47 seconds edged out the defending state champion Black Panthers in 8:17.50, who ran Alex Daum, Will Weins, Zach Pettit and Gerlach.
MENNO — One hurdle at a time, Menno's Ashton Vaith has made herself the one to beat in the girls 100-meter hurdles at this weekend's state track meet. A sophomore for the Wolves, Vaith brings the top time into the race with a time of 15.40 seconds. In March, having the state's best time would have been a surprise to Vaith. That's not the case now.