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YANKTON — The Mitchell Kernel football season came to an end with a fifth straight loss, falling 48-12 to No. 3 Yankton in the first round of the Class 11AA playoffs Thursday in Yankton. The Mitchell offense never got going against an aggressive Bucks defense and big plays on special teams hurt the No. 6 Kernels early in the game. The Yankton win comes after the Kernels beat the Bucks 27-21 in the opening game of the regular season Aug.
With the regular season starting Monday, the Dakota Wesleyan University men’s basketball team will get glimpse of where it is at when the Tigers face NCAA Division I South Dakota State University in an exhibition game at 8 tonight at Frost Arena in Brookings. The matchup with SDSU will be the first game on the DWU sidelines for new Tiger head coach Matt Wilber, who was a former assistant coach with the Jackrabbits. “We are going up and obviously we are going to be an underdog, but it is going to be our first real competition under the lights,” W
The Mitchell High School football team gets a chance to forget about the last four games when the Kernels play the Yankton Bucks in the first round of the Class 11AA state playoffs at 7 tonight at Crane-Youngworth Field in Yankton. Despite ending the regular season with a four-game losing streak, the Kernels (3-5) should play with a sense of confidence after winning in Yankton 27-21 in the season opener.
WHITE LAKE — The Kimball/White Lake WiLdKats rolled up 412 yards on 54 carries in a 36-8 win over Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central in the first round of the Class 9AA state playoffs Tuesday in White Lake. The WiLdKat (7-2) rushing attack was led by Eathen Gaulke, who carried the ball 26 times for 273 yards and three touchdowns. “We wanted it a little more and we worked really hard and bounced back from a loss last year,” Gaulke said. The junior’s scoring runs went for 49, 60 and 26 yards. “It showed tonight that we have improv
RAPID CITY — Wessington Springs senior Jase Kraft broke away from the field and won the Class B state boys’ cross country championship Saturday at Robbinsdale Park in Rapid City. “In the last 300 meters the crowd was really loud and I just wanted to take it all in with this being my senior year,” Kraft said. The 5K race was run on a course at Robbinsdale Park that none of the runners had seen before.
It’s been 20 years since the 1993 Kernel football team went out like a lion, after coming in as a 1-6 lamb. The Kernels struggled through several disappointing losses in the regular season and advancing through the playoffs was a tall order. “It was one of those wild and crazy years where the ball bounced every way but our way,” former Mitchell football coach Bob Sprang said.
Huron’s Lucas Morrison rushed for 304 yards to lead the Tigers to a 28-21 victory over Mitchell Friday night at Joe Quintal Field in Mitchell. A late Mitchell (3-5) comeback was stifled, ending the Kernels’ 10-game winning streak over their school-rival and adding to the confusion in Class 11AA heading into the playoffs. “Any loss is tough and we have been through a rough patch after the early success we had,” Mitchell coach Kent VanOverschelde said after the game.
Trick plays have defined some of the great moments in football, as the execution of the unexpected can bring the sounds of cheers and looks of shock. The hook and lateral — or hook and ladder — is one of those trick plays that, when executed properly, can catch a defense off guard and bring life to a struggling offense. “The hook and ladder has been around for a long time and our kids enjoy helping with ideas for how to implement it,” Mitchell High School coach Kent VanOverschelde said. A hook and ladder is when a quarterback throws a forward
WAGNER — It will be a new experience for all when at the Class A cross country meet. The Class A girls’ 4K race starts at 12:30 p.m. Mountain time and the boys’ 5K race starts at 1:30 p.m. at Robbinsdale Park in Rapid City. The race was moved to from Elks Club Golf Course due to the winter storm that went through the area, causing damage to the original site.
When Mitchell and Huron line up on the football field it’s always important for everyone involved, but this year the implications are enormous for the Kernels with their seed in the playoffs still up in the air. Kickoff for the Kernels (3-4) and Tigers (2-5) is set for 7 p.m. tonight at Joe Quintal Field in Mitchell. For the full playoff picture heading into play tonight see Page B2. Mitchell has seen its fast start sputter into a mid-season lull, dropping its last three games.