The Mitchell High School Athletic Hall of Fame will increase to 50 inductees all-time when it adds three members this weekend as part of the Kernel Bowl festivities.
An open house will be held for inductees Beth (Ommen) Irish, Dr. Lucio Margallo and Tim (Smith) Grivna from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10 at The Depot. A program will be held at 7 p.m. The inductees will also be honored at halftime of the Kernel Bowl football game on Saturday, Sept. 11, which begins at 6 p.m.
It is the first induction of new members into the MHS Athletic Hall of Fame since 2016. The hall of fame was created in 2007 and is recognized on permanent display in the north lobby of the high school building.
Beth (Ommen) Irish
Beth (Ommen) Irish, a 1993 MHS graduate, was a three-sport letterwinner in basketball, volleyball and track. She was a key component of the girls basketball team’s impressive four-year run from 1989 to 1992 under coach Gary Munsen. During that span, the Kernels were state champions in 1990 and 1992, while finishing second in 1991 and receiving fourth place in 1989. She was named to the all-Eastern South Dakota Conference team all four years and selected to the Class AA all-state first team and Class AA all-tournament team her junior and senior seasons.
As a senior, she was selected as South Dakota’s Miss Basketball and was a South Dakota Player of the Year finalist. Following high school, she received a full scholarship to play basketball at South Dakota State University, where she earned all-North Central Conference academic honors her senior season. She currently holds the SDSU school record for most assists in a game (13) and most assists per game in a season (6.25), while also being in the top-10 for assists in a season, career assists, career assists per game and career steals per game.
Irish currently lives in Mantorville, Minn., with her husband Cole, where she is a speech-language pathologist at Kasson-Mantorville Elementary School. They have three children: Caitlin, Avery and Brooks.
Dr. Lucio Margallo
Dr. Lucio Margallo has been an ever-present face on the sidelines of Mitchell Kernel athletics, since beginning his work as team physician in 1983. After completing his undergrad and internship in his native Philippines, Margallo came to the United States in 1973, completing his residency at the University of South Dakota in 1980.
Margallo has been and continues to be very active in a number of organizations currently serving as president-elect of the South Dakota State Medical Association and serving on the organization’s board of directors. He is a past president of the Mitchell Quarterback Club and is a long-time member of the Mitchell Athletic Booster Club.
Margallo has been recognized with numerous awards, including distinguished service awards for the SDSMA and MHS. Margallo currently works as an Internal Medicine with Avera Medical Group in Mitchell. He is married to Claudette and has four adult children: Farrah, Justin, Chris and Jonelle.
Tim (Smith) Grivna
No matter where they were, Mitchell Kernel fans always felt like they were at games in person when listening to Tim (Smith) Grivna call games on the radio.
A native of Minneapolis and a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Tim Smith called play-by-play for Mitchell Kernel football and basketball from 1973 to 2021, calling more 450 football games and nearly 1,000 basketball games during that span. He was named South Dakota Sportscaster of the Year four times, South Dakota High School Coaches Association Broadcaster of the year and received the SDHSAA Distinguished Service Award in 2000.
He is a past president of the Mitchell Quarterback Club and was awarded the Eastern South Dakota Conference Award of Merit in 2021, the conference’s highest honor. He currently lives in Mitchell with his wife Sandi and has five adult children: Shane, Todd, Troy, Amber and Scott.