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Win or lose, youth baseball players in Mitchell play the game the right way, mandated by head coach Luke Norden. Norden is in his 11th season of coaching baseball in Mitchell and believes he has developed a calmness around the game, which is infectious among his players. "The calmer that you can be as a coach, the calmer your team is going to be in certain situations," Norden said. "One thing I've tried to do is to not make any game bigger than any other game." After more than a decade with the Mitchell programs, Norden has no intention of setting coaching aside anytime soon. "The No.
PARKSTON -- Since 2002, the Parkston Mudcats and the Parkston Rock Bass took the field at The Pond on the Fourth of July holiday in a game that brought the amateur baseball teams in the city together. "It was for bragging rights for the year until the next Fourth," Mudcats player Matt Malloy said. "That made it special and also the big crowds. I'm sure the town looked forward to it." This season, with the Rock Bass team folded, the Mudcats looked for a new opponent to carry on the holiday tradition in Parkston.
PARKSTON -- Dan Bonte drove in the game-winning run for the No. 1 Parkston Mudcats in a 3-2 win over No. 4 Dimock/Emery Friday at The Pond in Parkston. The Mudcats led 2-0 early after Spencer Freudenthal hit an RBI double in the second inning and scored later in the inning on an RBI single from Tyler Nolz. After the Raptors tied the score, Bonte came through with an RBI single in the seventh inning to break the tie and the Mudcats held on the for the Sunshine League victory. Tom Murtha picked up the win on the mound for Parkston.
MOUNT VERNON/PLANKINTON -- Waiting paid off for two area youth athletes who qualified for the North American Final Event track meet next month in Hershey, Pa. Jesse Hastings, of Mount Vernon, and Dacey Rihanek, of Plankinton, each qualified for the North American final at the 2014 South Dakota State Hershey Track and Field Meet on June 21 in Belle Fourche. Selections for the North American final, scheduled for Aug. 2, are not made available to the athletes immediately.
MOUNT VERNON -- Back on the field he played on in high school, Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway was running around like a kid again. Approximately 250 youth football players showed up from around South Dakota to participate in the camp and to get a chance to meet Greenway.
Forty two area high school girls basketball teams have converged on Mitchell for a two-day team camp hosted by Dakota Wesleyan University, an event that has continued to grow over the past several years. DWU women's basketball coach Jason Christensen said he had to turn teams away this year for the camp that is set up to give coaches and players a glimpse into the next season with competitive games against similar talent. Christensen said in his four seasons at DWU he has seen the camp grow from 22 teams to 30 last year to 42 this year. Among the attendees are the 2013-14 Class AA state run
The Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball team has scheduled an exhibition game with South Dakota State University for the 2014-15 season, according to Tiger coach Matt Wilber. The Tigers, who played the Jackrabbits to open the 2013-14 season, will travel to Frost Arena in Brookings at 7 p.m. Nov. 4. "It's a great experience for our guys to be able to play in a place like Frost Arena and against an opponent like South Dakota State," Wilber said.
CHAMBERLAIN -- Chamberlain native Brock Sundall received an honor from Mount Marty College for his years of service to the Chamberlain baseball program, it was announced Sunday. The Distinguished Professional Achievement Award was given to Sundall as part of an alumni reunion at Mount Marty College, where he played baseball for the Lancers.
Soccer may not have yet created a foothold in South Dakota, but interest in the sport is growing among the youth in Mitchell and the 2014 FIFA World Cup has caught the attention of some of the city's soccer fans. Every four years, the World Cup rolls around and creates a swell of interest in a sport that has long been looked at by Americans as something that is simply played in other countries.
The Corn Palace Invitational swim meet kicked off Friday and will run through the weekend as the Mitchell Aquatic Club gets a tune up for hosting the state championship swim meet next month. The Mitchell Aquatic Center is playing host to more than 12 teams and 320 swimmers in the three-day event that continues at 8:45 a.m. today.