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TYNDALL — Sierra Mesman's hard work starts before the sun comes up. Never mind the fact that she's a student with a grade-point average above 4.0, a member of the National Honor Society, plays trumpet in the school band and is a talented high school volleyball player. Instead, before all of that takes place, Mesman is at the Tyndall Bakery, working her part-time job of icing and frosting donuts. She's up at 4:15 a.m., at the bakery at 5 a.m. and works a few hours until school starts.
As the 2015-16 Kernel girls basketball season came to an end, Mitchell coach Wes Morgan issued a challenge to his team to take the opportunity of the offseason to improve. In the early days of the season, it appears that challenge has been met. Bringing back 12 returning letterwinners from a team that made the Class AA state tournament, the Kernels have a mix of depth and experience and a team Morgan expects to be balanced.
BROOKINGS — In his first season with the South Dakota State Jackrabbits, Wes Genant has exceeded even his own expectations. The Parkston native has played in nine straight games and hasn't looked the part of a true freshman one bit. Genant has played his part in rotating at right tackle to help SDSU to its first Missouri Valley Football Conference championship.
In almost any way to break it down, the 2016 Mitchell High School volleyball season will go down as a success.
Many of the top players in Class 9B football in South Dakota in 2016 were on the top teams, as the South Dakota Football Coaches Association has selected its all-state team. Of the 23 all-state selections, 14 players were from the teams of the four semifinalists in Class 9B this season: Colome, Corsica-Stickney, Harding County and Langford Area.
It's a new season for the Mitchell High School gymnastics. And that brings about new challenges for the three-time defending Class AA state champions. The Kernels bring back seven members of the 2016 championship team—including three of them that finished in the top 10 of their respective individual event at the state meet. But Mitchell's two seniors a season ago, Quinci Herll and Emily Prill, won four of the five individual championships at the state meet, which is individual production that will be difficult to replicate or replace.
HURON—For a second straight year, both Platte-Geddes and Sanborn Central/Woonsocket met in the fifth-place match at the Class B state volleyball tournament. For a second straight year, it went five sets, with neither team going away easily. And like a year ago, the Black Panthers of Platte-Geddes emerged as the winners of the consolation bracket in a 3-2 match at the Huron Arena. Set scores were 25-14, 17-25, 25-13, 24-26 and 15-5.
HURON—In a grueling match between Lyman and Platte-Geddes Friday at the Class B state volleyball tournament, it was who was missing late that made the difference. With the Raiders' standout middle hitter Shelby Schindler out late in the match, the Black Panthers made their move, rallying from down 2-1 to win the fourth and fifth sets for a 3-2 consolation round win at the Huron Arena. Schindler, who had a match-high 24 kills, left in the middle of the fourth set due to an ankle injury, which occurred when she collided with a teammate.
HURON—As a co-op, Sanborn Central/Woonsocket frequently shortens its team name down to three letters: SCW. According to coach Rick Olsen, the running joke among the Blackhawks' team members is that the "C" doesn't stand for Central. Instead, it's for comeback. The Comeback 'Hawks were in full force on Friday, rallying from a rough opening set to win three of the next four sets for a 3-2 victory over Harding County in a Class B state volleyball tournament consolation round match at the Huron Arena. Set scores were 11-25, 26-24, 20-25, 25-21 and 15-11.
HURON—Sanborn Central/Woonsocket's volleyball team did not play its best match on Thursday. And top-seeded Northwestern was ready to take advantage. The Wildcats moved to 34-1 on the season with a three-set victory over the Blackhawks during the first round of the Class B state volleyball tournament Thursday at the Huron Arena. Set scores were 25-9, 25-11 and 25-19. Northwestern controlled each of the first two sets before SCW fought the Wildcats tough for the third and final set.