BROOKINGS — Tuesday's matchup between the Bobcats and Kernels didn't turn out to be a typical Eastern South Dakota contest that fans have been used to watching over the years. Mitchell came out running and gunning as the teams combined for 39 first-quarter points, but a late second-quarter surge helped Brookings come out with a 77-66 win in the end. "The 11-0 run to finish the half by the Bobcats really gave them momentum, and confidence to play an up-and-down style," Mitchell head coach Erik Skoglund said.
BROOKINGS — Brookings spotted Mitchell early leads in all three sets, but the Kernels couldn't ever hang on as the Bobcats rallied for a straight-set Eastern South Dakota Conference sweep on Thursday at the BHS Auxiliary Gymnasium. The Bobcats won by set scores of 25-15, 25-20, 25-22 to improve to 3-7 and 2-7 ESD as the Kernels fell to 1-10 and 0-9 in the conference. "We had more mental errors and physical errors than they did, and that's probably why it was so close," said Mitchell head coach Deb Thill.
When playing the Chamberlain Cubs, teams focused on stopping Skyler Bertram. Bertram, a 6-foot-2 senior guard, was able to avoid defenders and have his best season in his high school career. For his performance, the Presentation College signee was named to the Class A boys basketball all-state first team, which is chosen by the South Dakota Basketball Coaches Association and South Dakota Sportswriters Association. Other first-teamers include Madison’s Trae VandeBerg, Sisseton’s Jordan Cornelius, Tri-Valley’s Brendon Boomsma, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte’s Xavier Norris, Canton’s Cody Willett
BROOKINGS — For the first six minutes of Tuesday’s Eastern South Dakota Conference matchup between the Kernels and Bobcats, Mitchell looked anything but the one-win team that it was coming into the game. The Kernels scored the first six points of the game and still led 16-6 following Kanin Nelson’s basket with 1:46 to play in the quarter. But the Bobcats scored the final six points of the quarter, and then outscored Mitchell 36-23 over the middle two frames on the way to a 69-58 victory. “It’s a testament to our kids playing hard (tonight on the road), when we haven’t had a win in month