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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.
BRANDON VALLEY — In the Kernels’ third match in four days, Mitchell picked a much-needed win over Brandon Valley in three sets Monday. The 25-15, 27-25, 25-21 win came on the heels of two five-set losses in Rapid City and Kernel coach Deb Thill knows the victory was important for her team with the regular season winding down and the playoffs looming. “This was huge because we played two five-set matches within 24 hours, got home at midnight, then had to get back on the bus,” Thill said. “The players are a little tired.
EMERY — Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan’s Jeff VanLeur has moved on to the final round in the USA Today’s search for the best football coach in the country. The competition started with 408 of the nation’s best active football coaches and has narrowed down to at eight. After topping his fellow South Dakota coaches in the first round, VanLeur went up against the best from Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Idaho.
Dakota Wesleyan University found out why Morningside College is ranked No. 1 in a 63-27 loss to the Mustangs Saturday at Joe Quintal Field in Mitchell. Big plays by the Mustangs told the story as DWU’s three-game winning streak came to an end, dropping the Tigers to 4-3 (3-2 GPAC) on the season. “The advantage was they didn’t make any mistakes,” DWU coach Ross Cimpl said about Morningside.
The Mitchell High School weight room received an upgrade for the start of the 2013-14 athletic season, and all Kernel teams are able to take advantage of the facilities as long as protocols are met. Any Kernel that wishes to get into the weight room must understand the policies that have been implemented to keep them safe while training. As for teams which are not sanctioned through the South Dakota High School Activities Association, there are also requirements for them.
Dakota Wesleyan University football coach Ross Cimpl knows his team will have to be mistake free when the Tigers take on the top-ranked Morningside Mustangs at 1 p.m. today at Joe Quintal Field in Mitchell. “They don’t turn the ball over much and we have to take advantage of those opportunities when they come up,” Cimpl said. “We need to hold on to the football. They don’t need our help putting the ball in the end zone.” The Tigers (4-2, 3-1 GPAC) are rolling, having won their last three games, including a 31-20 win last week over No.
This year’s Class 11AA football season is seven weeks old and nothing has been decided in terms of the playoffs. The Mitchell Kernels (3-3) are sitting in the middle of the 10-team 11AA class in which the top eight teams earn berths to the playoffs. For the final two weeks of the year, they will be fighting for playoff positioning. If the playoffs were to start today, Pierre would be the top seed and would host Douglas. Second-seeded Yankton would welcome No. 7 Huron, No. 3 Watertown would host No. 6 Harrisburg and No. 4 Mitchell would play No. 5 Brookings at Joe Quintal Field.