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It was standing room only for the second night of the 44th Annual Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo on Friday at the Horseman's Sports Arena in Mitchell. The paid attendance for the second-go performance was 4,008, which is the largest crowd at the event on any night since 2009, according to Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo Chairman Jim Miskimins. "It has been a long time since we backed people up on to Highway 37 like that," Miskimins said late Friday night. "We thank people for coming out. We expect a big crowd again (tonight) and look forward to seeing the excellent entertainment.
Ila Rumbolz started performing at the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo 31 years ago atop her horse named Babe. The 74-year-old Ethan native is back for the 44th annual event riding alongside her granddaughter Elisha Tiede. Rumbolz is riding the granddaughter of Babe, Lilly, this weekend. "I'm a horse nut," Rumbolz said about why she continues to perform.
The 44th Annual Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo's first night ended with a pair of bullriders from Avon putting on a show Thursday at the Horseman's Sports Arena in Mitchell. Brothers Jeff and Joe Bertus each stayed on for the full 8 seconds to score in the bull riding event at the close of the first night's performance, which saw a paid attendance for 2,334 fans. "After you see someone ride and see someone score, you know you have to stay on or you aren't going to get paid," Joe said about seeing his brother score before he took his turn. Jeff finished with a score of 76 to set the pace for the
Strength and conditioning for a college athletics program goes beyond building muscle and getting stronger. Dakota Wesleyan University had a broader picture in mind when bringing in strength and conditioning coach Kyle Hobbs in November to work with the school men's and women's teams. Hobbs, a native of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa., believes his work will help Tiger athletes perform better on the field, while helping to prevent injuries. "During the interview process coming in, (DWU) made it very clear it wanted this to be a long term thing," Hobbs said.
Although Travis Blase picked up the game of disc golf as an adult, he caught on quick and has carved out a career on the professional tour, which brought him back to Mitchell for an event Saturday. Blase now lives in Franktown, Colo., but he got his start playing the game in Mitchell and said it's exciting to see the growth of the sport in the city. "A year after I first picked up the sport I started playing professionally," Blase said.
ARMOUR -- More than 20 years after playing his final game in a Jackrabbit uniform, Jeff Tiefenthaler was back on the campus of South Dakota State University for another four-year tour of duty. But this time, he watched his son play football at his alma mater, bringing the Armour native back to his home state for Saturdays in the fall. With his son Trevor Tiefenthaler now graduated, Jeff Tiefenthaler plans to spend his weekends during the fall months in a tree stand hunting, instead of at football games. "It's been great to go up to Brookings and see my son play and continue to be a big Jack
CORSICA -- Deric Denning has made a habit of sending opposing batters back to the dugout baffled through the first half of the 2014 Legion baseball season. Denning, who will play basketball and baseball for Mount Marty College next season, has struck out 70 batters through 41 innings in six starts for the Corsica Legion team. "Baseball is not something you can work on a whole lot during the offseason with the winters in South Dakota," Denning said.
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.