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In its 10 years as a varsity program, there's been a smattering of successes for the Mitchell Christian boys cross-country team. And that makes the 2016 accomplishment by the Golden Eagles all the more impressive, as MCS' team qualified for the state meet as a team with its third-place finish at the Region 3B meet a week ago in Freeman. The feat embodies what coach Mark Miedema has been stressing to his team all season.
After a lot of success in the last month, the Mitchell High School volleyball team didn't have an answer for Rapid City Stevens on Saturday afternoon. The No. 4-ranked Raiders pulled away in the third and fourth sets to put away the No. 5-ranked Kernels 3-1 on Mitchell's home court in non-conference play. Set scores were 25-23, 21-25, 25-9 and 25-18. "Stevens is extremely good," Kernels coach Deb Thill said. "We're a good team, too, but when you've got two teams like that, it's going to come down to who makes the errors. Obviously, that was us today."
It was a night for big hitters when Mitchell and Rapid City Central met in volleyball Friday evening, with both teams launching hard-hit attacks all match. But the No. 5 Kernels, as they have in 10 of their last 11 matches, prevailed once more and earned a three-set sweep over the Cobblers at the MHS gym. Set scores were 25-18, 25-21 and 25-21, marking the eighth time in the 10-win stretch that the Kernels (14-4) have swept their opponents.
FREEMAN — The Kimball High School girls cross-country team figured they would have a chance to compete for the Region 3B cross-country title on Wednesday. And then the Kiotes took the championship and ran away with it. Led by a second-place individual finish by Oakley Jandreau, Kimball placed three runners in the top eight slots during the state qualifying meet Wednesday at Valley View Golf Course outside Freeman, scoring nine team points and cruising to the regional title.
The final days of the high school football regular season are here, with just two regular season weeks remaining. And while some of the championship chases have crystallized with at least an idea of who the top teams are, I have quickly developed my favorite class in South Dakota high school football this year. That would be Class 9AA.
WINNER — The Winner High School football team has what so many other teams covet: balance. With a multi-faceted rushing attack and a passing game that is precise and efficient, it's no wonder that the Warriors have won their last 18 games and stand as the top-ranked team in Class 11B. And the attack starts in the hands of quarterback Drew DeMers. "Drew is a big deal," said Winner coach Dan Aaker. "He's a very unselfish player and he just makes great decisions. He gives us the ability to throw and to run. You can see what he can do when he gets sometime."
PARKSTON—The top team in Class 11B, the Winner Warriors, looked the part on Friday night. The Warriors scored 40 points in the first half and ran up 428 yards of offense against their rivals from Parkston in a 48-16 victory on Friday in Parkston. It was a balanced performance for the defending state champions, rushing for 243 yards and passing for another 185 yards, as Kayleb Brozik scored four times in the first half, including three touchdown passes from quarterback Drew DeMers.
Big night. Big crowd. Big win for the Mitchell Kernels volleyball team Tuesday. In front of a near-capacity crowd at the Mitchell High School gym on the team's "Kill Cancer" night, the upstart Kernels continued their hot streak of late, sweeping District 3AA rival and No. 5-ranked Huron in three sets, moving to the top of the District 3AA standings. Set scores were 25-18, 25-21 and 25-22. In each of the first two sets, the two teams traded the lead back-and-forth frequently but the Kernels emerged on top each time.
The last few years for the Mitchell High School volleyball team had been difficult, with a just a few wins each year. It was a young team learning how to play volleyball against some of the best teams in South Dakota. But the Kernels have come of age, surging through the opening half of the season to an 12-4 record and gaining consideration in the most recent Class AA poll of the South Dakota Sportswriters Association. What has been the difference for the Kernels? Experience counts, coaches say.
At the end of play on Tuesday, the Chamberlain boys golf team has a goal of where it would like to be on the Class A state meet leaderboard at Hart Ranch Golf Course in Rapid City. And more importantly, what type of trophy they will be holding. Cubs coach Chris Caldwell said his team has had a goal of being a state championship team since the squad's three seniors were sophomores. Now, they're on the brink of having more success, in pursuit of the school's first state boys golf championship at the two-day event starting today.