It's go time for the Mitchell High School gymnastics team.
The Kernels' schedule picks up as they'll have six competitions this month, culminating with the Mitchell Triangular on Jan. 24. The Eastern South Dakota Conference meet is Feb. 2 in Brookings and the state meet is Feb. 8-9 in Brookings.
"Technically, we are halfway through the season," MHS coach Audra Rew said. "Our goal right now is to make every turn be 100 percent. I tried to tell them that when they think they can't give anymore physically or mentally, they need to dig deep and find out a way to give more."
Rew said the Kernels will be focusing on being mentally sharp during the next several competitions.
"I need them mentally strong and when they have doubts in their head and they second guess themselves, then they don't perform their best," Rew said. "They have to be 100 percent confident."
Mitchell will compete in the Brookings Invitational on Saturday, while ESD and state foe Watertown will also participate in the meet.
"It's always hard coming back to competition after Christmas break," Rew said. "I just want to hit all four events. I want the girls to do clean routines and that's kind of our goal for Saturday."
The Kernels have also been honing in on their beam routines recently, said Rew.
"Beam is looking really good," Rew said. "The girls actually learned a lot of new tumbling passes over Christmas break. So I have got to pick and choose which kids I am going to let try those new passes. We will probably warm a lot of them up and then see who is the most solid."
Mitchell then competes at the Wagner Triangular on Monday against the Red Raiders and Sioux Falls Roosevelt.
"I will use that meet to kind of give my top kids a break or maybe let them do beam, just areas that maybe we want a little extra work in," Rew said. "But probably not all four events. Kind of give some of the other kids an opportunity to show me what they can score and routines they have been working on. So that's what we will do for Monday."
Mitchell will also compete at meets in Huron, Pierre and Watertown before returning home later in the month.