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TABOR -- The Tabor Legion baseball team came into the state B tournament with something to prove after getting an automatic qualifying spot as the host team. Post 183 showed it belonged with the best teams in the state over the five-day event before falling in the championship round to Madison 5-2 Tuesday at Leonard Cimpl Park in Tabor. "You get those doubters asking 'Do they really belong here?'" Tabor coach Ken Ranek said. After a win in the second round Saturday over Piedmont, which is largely made up of the two-time defending state champion high school team from St.
Christian Fossum put on a show in front of a hometown crowd, winning six state titles and setting his first state-meet record last weekend at the 2014 South Dakota Long Course State Championship Swim Meet at the Mitchell Aquatic Center. Fossum, who is going into his junior year at Mitchell High School, has been swimming since he was 7 years old and plans to continue well after his high school days are over. Fossum said after the upcoming winter season, he hopes to qualify for the USA Junior Nationals, and further down the road, he hopes to swim at the college level.
The Mitchell School District activities office will hold its annual fall activities meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Mitchell High School Auditorium for students planning to participate in athletic or fine arts programs. Students planning on participating during the 2014-15 school year should plan to attend with a parent or guardian. Completed physical and code of conduct forms can be brought to the meeting for collection. There will be several activities holding meetings afterwards including a meeting for the boys golf team.
Tevyn Waddell and Christian Fossum combined to take home 13 state titles and set six state meet records at the 2014 South Dakota Long Course State Championship Swim Meet over the weekend at the Mitchell Aquatic Center. "Overall I thought we swam really well as a team and the younger kids really stepped up," Mitchell Aquatic Club coach Kyle Margheim said. "We had a lot of time drops and it was exciting to see the kids swim the way they did." The Mitchell Aquatic Club finished sixth in the overall team standings with 1,297 points.
WAGNER -- Former Wagner and Bon Homme football coach Russ Morrell died of a heart attack Friday while on a fishing trip in Alaska. Morrell retired from coaching football at Wagner High School eight years ago as the fifth winningest coach in South Dakota high school history. His overall record, with six schools over 33 years, was 233-89. Current Wagner football coach Jason Knebel said Morrell had made an effort in recent years eat right and get healthy after suffering a heart attack in 2004, when he was 54. "He was committed to taking better care of himself," Knebel said.
Mitchell Aquatic Club swimmers took four races on the first day of competition at the South Dakota Long Course State Championship Swim Meet Friday at the Mitchell Aquatic Center. Tevyn Waddell won two races and set the state meet and overall state record in the 200-meter freestyle in the girls 15- and 16-year-old division. Waddell finished the 200 freestyle in a time 2 minutes, 8.56 seconds.
TABOR -- It has been 30 years since the Tabor Legion baseball team has hosted the state tournament, and even longer since the team has played in the event on its home field. Tabor (10-4) plays Dakota Valley in the final of four first-round games today at Leonard Cimpl Field. The matchup is scheduled to start 30 minutes after the conclusion of a game between Parkston and Madison, which begins at 5 p.m. When Tabor hosted the tournament in 1984, the home team was not automatically a part of the tournament. Now, the host team is automatically qualified.
From the off season, throughout the regular season and into the state tournaments, the South Dakota High School Activities Association is providing support and setting the guidelines for student athletes and fine arts performers. For going on 14 years, Wayne Carney has been the executive director of the SDHSAA.
PARKSTON -- Three 2013 state semifinalist teams from the Sunshine League enter the District 5 amateur baseball tournament after strong regular seasons, while the rest of the league is looking to emerge at the right time. Dimock/Emery manager Brad Bartscher believes that the top teams have been strong all year, but no team in the tournament, which starts today at The Pond in Parkston, can be overlooked. "As the year went on, the teams in this league got stronger," Bartscher said. "Anything can happen no matter who you are playing.
BROOKINGS -- There was no summer break for former Mitchell Kernel basketball star Macy Miller, as she made an immediate transition to playing in college. The South Dakota State University freshman has been on campus in Brookings since May 26 and started classes the next day. At summer practice, Miller has been adapting to the overall speed of the college game. "I've noticed that it's really fast up and down," Miller said about the difference from playing in high school.