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April 7: Mitchell's Caden Hinker is the lone junior on senior-heavy Class AA first-team all-state squad: Hinker is the first Mitchell High School boys basketball player to earn Class AA first-team all-state honors since Beau Brown in 2015.

April 3: Silent but unyielding: Mitchell's Zane Alm named Mitchell Republic boys basketball player of the year: Zane Alm played with diminished kidney function, but true to his personality, he never complained.

Mitchell senior Zane Alm is the 2021 Mitchell Republic boys basketball player of the year. (Matt Gade / Republic)
Mitchell senior Zane Alm is the 2021 Mitchell Republic boys basketball player of the year. (Matt Gade / Republic)

March 26: Mitchell wants bounce-back year to serve as launching pad to be state hoops power: Kernels look to become a mainstay in the state tournament after ending nine-year drought.

March 25: SABATO: Land of the giants? Class AA hoops belonged to the guards in 2021: The state tournament proved quality guard play is a must moving forward.

March 17: Mitchell boys aim to prove state-tournament berth is no fluke: After nine years of being an afterthought in Class AA, the Kernels look to prove they belong among the state's best.

Mitchell's Ben Helleloid (21) looks to pass around Huron's Ryan Janes (10) during a game on Dec. 12, 2020 at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)
Mitchell's Ben Helleloid (21) looks to pass around Huron's Ryan Janes (10) during a game on Dec. 12, 2020 at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)

March 15: Looking back at Gary Munsen's final season and the last Mitchell High School boys state-tournament team: The 2012 Kernels featured a talented senior class, but no one figured it would take nine years to reach another state tournament.

March 9: Coaching connections fuel tight-knit Mitchell High School basketball programs: Cole Knippling and Todd Neuendorf were friends long before arriving in Mitchell and it has led to tight-knit boys and girls basketball programs.

Mitchell coaches Cole Knippling (left) and Jaime Neuendorf (right) celebrate with players during a Class AA SoDak 16 win over Watertown on Friday at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)
Mitchell coaches Cole Knippling (left) and Jaime Neuendorf (right) celebrate with players during a Class AA SoDak 16 win over Watertown on Friday at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)

March 8: Mitchell's state tournament berth puts a decade of devastating losses in the rearview: The Kernels are now headed to the state tournament for the first time since 2012.

March 5: The Mitchell Kernels have one last test to ace in order to end state tournament drought: Mitchell is one win away from ending a state tournament drought dating back to 2012.

March 3: An Alm-ighty presence: How Zane Alm evolved into an intimidating force for the Mitchell Kernels

Mitchell senior Zane Alm has developed into one of the top post players in South Dakota, two seasons after seeing minimal playing time. (Matt Gade / Republic)
Mitchell senior Zane Alm has developed into one of the top post players in South Dakota, two seasons after seeing minimal playing time. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Feb. 24: No drastic changes needed as the Kernels look to snap skid in regular-season finale: Mitchell won't alter much as it looks to erase a streak of our losses in five games.

Mitchell's Zane Alm (40) rises up for a dunk on Sioux Falls Washington's Kael Miedema (50) during a game on Tuesday in Sioux Falls. (Nick Sabato / Republic)
Mitchell's Zane Alm (40) rises up for a dunk on Sioux Falls Washington's Kael Miedema (50) during a game on Tuesday in Sioux Falls. (Nick Sabato / Republic)

Feb. 22: Kernels look to snap scoring slump with top-ranked Washington on deck: Mitchell looks to rebound after dropping three of its last four games to teams ranked in the top-five of the Class AA standings.

Feb. 19: How the Mitchell Kernels plan to manage Matthew Mors and Class AA No. 2 Yankton: The Class AA all-time leading scorer has never lost to Mitchell, averaging 19 points per game as the Bucks have won all eight meetings by an average of 19 points per game.

Feb. 17: Mitchell's newest millennium man: Caden Hinker joins exclusive Kernel 1,000-point club: The Mitchell junior's love for basketball propelled him to become the sixth player in school history to surpass 1,000 career points.

Mitchell's Caden Hinker became the sixth Mitchell boys basketball player to surpass 1,000 career points on Saturday. (Matt Gade / Republic)
Mitchell's Caden Hinker became the sixth Mitchell boys basketball player to surpass 1,000 career points on Saturday. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Feb. 12: After loss to Roosevelt, Kernels eye ball control for quick turnaround tilt with Harrisburg: Mitchell looks to shore up its ball handling mishaps with No. 2 Harrisburg up next.

Feb. 8: Kernels prepare to prove they belong at the top of Class AA: Mitchell turns its attention to a daunting schedule to finish the regular season with all six remaining opponents holding a winning record.

Feb. 3: Mitchell searches to regain free-flowing offense after being stunned by Pierre: The Kernels posted season lows in points, field goal percentage and assists in an upset loss to the Governors.

Mitchell's Steele Morgan (44) grabs a rebound between Pierre's Jackson Edman, from left, Denton Beck and Lincoln Kienholz (3) during a game on Tuesday night at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)
Mitchell's Steele Morgan (44) grabs a rebound between Pierre's Jackson Edman, from left, Denton Beck and Lincoln Kienholz (3) during a game on Tuesday night at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Jan. 29: Diverse coaching backgrounds of Wes Morgan, Ryker Kreutzfeldt play crucial role in Kernel basketball rebirth: The Mitchell boys basketball coaching staff features Wes Morgan, a former head coach with a wealth of experience, and Ryker Kreutzfeldt, who has learned on the fly during the last four seasons.

Jan. 25: Kernels believe offensive potency can continue in tough second-half stretch: Mitchell looks to continue offensive efficiency with seven of its last 10 games on the road.

Jan. 20: Precision passing powers Mitchell's bombardment of Brandon Valley: Zane Alm and Caden Hinker scored or assisted on 23 of 26 field goals for the Kernels.

Mitchell's Dylan Soulek (23) goes to the basket over the top of Brandon Valley's Jaksen Deckert (4) and Payton Tietjen, left, during a game on Tuesday at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)
Mitchell's Dylan Soulek (23) goes to the basket over the top of Brandon Valley's Jaksen Deckert (4) and Payton Tietjen, left, during a game on Tuesday at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Jan. 18: Mitchell looks to erase doubts in critical clash with Brandon Valley: The Kernels look to bounce back from first loss against Class AA contender Brandon Valley.

Jan. 11: Superb second halves spark Mitchell's unblemished start: The Kernels are outscoring opponents 225-167 in the second half this season.

Jan. 8: Helleloid provides calming presence for Mitchell's offense: Senior point guard proves to be indispensable part of Mitchell's unbeaten start.

Mitchell's Ben Helleloid (21) scoots past Thunder Basin (Wyo.)'s Cade Ayers (4) during a game on Dec. 30 at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)
Mitchell's Ben Helleloid (21) scoots past Thunder Basin (Wyo.)'s Cade Ayers (4) during a game on Dec. 30 at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Jan. 2: Mitchell's prowess in the paint sparks 6-0 start: Opponents have attempted more 3-pointers than 2-pointers this season.

Dec. 29: Mitchell faces unique challenges against fast-paced Wyoming schools: Kernels face a pair of top schools from Gillette, Wyoming, after the cancellation of the Hoop City Classic.

Dec. 21: Mitchell finally catches a break at the buzzer: After losing on three buzzer-beaters last season, the Jonah Schmidt's block negated a potential buzzer-beater against Rapid City Stevens.

Mitchell's Dylan Soulek (23) goes to the basket past Rapid City Central's Ryker Henne (22) during a game on Friday at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)
Mitchell's Dylan Soulek (23) goes to the basket past Rapid City Central's Ryker Henne (22) during a game on Friday at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Dec. 16: After two wins, Mitchell looks to put dismal Decembers in the past: Prior to December 2020, Mitchell lost 24 consecutive games in the month of December.

Dec. 12: Kernels look to return to the top of Class AA: After seven consecutive losing seasons, Mitchell eyes a return to the state tournament.

Dec. 2: Kernels hope to make up for lost summer due to COVID-19: As Mitchell begins practices, it must cover a variety of skills and sets two weeks from the season opener.

Game stories

March 20: Mitchell 78, Harrisburg 72 (OT)

Caden Hinker had a bounce-back game, scoring 29 points as the Kernels took seventh-place at the Class AA state tournament.

Mitchell's Ben Helleloid makes a pass during the Kernels' Class AA boys basketball tournament seventh-place game against Harrisburg Saturday, March 20, 2021 at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. (South Dakota Public Broadcasting photo)
Mitchell's Ben Helleloid makes a pass during the Kernels' Class AA boys basketball tournament seventh-place game against Harrisburg Saturday, March 20, 2021 at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. (South Dakota Public Broadcasting photo)

March 19: Brandon Valley 76, Mitchell 65

The Kernels fell into an early hole and a valiant comeback effort fell short in the consolation semifinals.

Mitchell's Dylan Soulek drives to the basket during the Kernels' Class AA boys basketball tournament consolation game against Brandon Valley Friday, March 19, 2021 at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. (South Dakota Public Broadcasting photo)
Mitchell's Dylan Soulek drives to the basket during the Kernels' Class AA boys basketball tournament consolation game against Brandon Valley Friday, March 19, 2021 at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. (South Dakota Public Broadcasting photo)

March 18: Yankton 50, Mitchell 46

Early foul trouble and hot 3-point shooting by the Bucks pushed the Kernels into the consolation bracket of the state tournament.

Mitchell's Ben Helleloid, left, and Zane Alm, right, goes up for a rebound on Thursday against Yankton at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. (Kent Bush / Rapid City Journal)
Mitchell's Ben Helleloid, left, and Zane Alm, right, goes up for a rebound on Thursday against Yankton at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. (Kent Bush / Rapid City Journal)

March 6: Mitchell 66, Watertown 40

Zane Alm scored a career-high 28 points as the Kernels advanced to their first state tournament since 2012.

Mitchell's Zane Alm (40) fights for a rebound with Watertown's Cole Holden during a Class AA SoDak 16 game Saturday at the Corn Palace. (Nick Sabato / Republic)
Mitchell's Zane Alm (40) fights for a rebound with Watertown's Cole Holden during a Class AA SoDak 16 game Saturday at the Corn Palace. (Nick Sabato / Republic)

Feb. 26: Mitchell 54, Aberdeen Central 42

The Kernels held Aberdeen Central to a season-low 42 points in the regular-season finale.

Mitchell's Zane Alm (40) blocks the shot attempt of Aberdeen Central's Sam Rohlfs (10) during a game on Friday night at the Corn Palace.
Mitchell's Zane Alm (40) blocks the shot attempt of Aberdeen Central's Sam Rohlfs (10) during a game on Friday night at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Feb. 23: Sioux Falls Washington 57, Mitchell 49

Small mistakes mounted as the Kernels could not catch up to the top-ranked Warriors.

Mitchell's Dylan Soulek (23) attempts to shoot over Sioux Falls Washington's Eli Williams (5) during a game on Tuesday in Sioux Falls. (Nick Sabato / Republic)
Mitchell's Dylan Soulek (23) attempts to shoot over Sioux Falls Washington's Eli Williams (5) during a game on Tuesday in Sioux Falls. (Nick Sabato / Republic)

Feb. 19: Yankton 53, Mitchell 44

Matthew Mors scored 33 points to Mitchell its third loss in four games.

Mitchell's Zane Alm (40) shoots over Yankton's Matthew Mors during a game on Friday in Yankton. (Nick Sabato / Republic)
Mitchell's Zane Alm (40) shoots over Yankton's Matthew Mors during a game on Friday in Yankton. (Nick Sabato / Republic)

Feb. 16: Sioux Falls O'Gorman 60, Mitchell 42

The Kernels missed their first 11 3-point field goals and shot a season-low 36.8%, while O'Gorman went 8 of 19 from beyond the arc.

Mitchell's Ben Helleloid (center) is fouled while driving between O'Gorman defenders Kade Moffitt (3) and Ben Renshaw (4) during a game Tuesday at the Corn Palace. (Nick Sabato / Republic)
Mitchell's Ben Helleloid (center) is fouled while driving between O'Gorman defenders Kade Moffitt (3) and Ben Renshaw (4) during a game Tuesday at the Corn Palace. (Nick Sabato / Republic)

Feb. 13: Mitchell 64, Harrisburg 46

Caden Hinker scored a career-high 34 points to surpass 1,000 for his career, while the Kernels used a 13-0 run to end the game against the second-ranked Tigers.

Feb. 11: Sioux Falls Roosevelt 53, Mitchell 49

The Rough Riders used defensive pressure to force the Kernels to come from behind in a top-five tilt.

Mitchell's Gavyn Degen (24) attempts a layup between Sioux Falls Roosevelt's Trey Horner (left) and Caden Johnson (back) during a game on Thursday in Sioux Falls. (Nick Sabato / Republic)
Mitchell's Gavyn Degen (24) attempts a layup between Sioux Falls Roosevelt's Trey Horner (left) and Caden Johnson (back) during a game on Thursday in Sioux Falls. (Nick Sabato / Republic)

Feb. 6: Mitchell 65, Spearfish 36

The Kernels scored the first 18 points of the game to spark the program's first back-to-back wins by 25 points or more since 2012.

Feb. 5: Mitchell 61, Sturgis 34

The Kernels jumped out to a 22-3 lead at the end of the first quarter for their largest margin of victory on the road since Feb. 4, 2012.

Feb. 2: Pierre 46, Mitchell 44

The Kernels were held to season-lows in points (44) and field goal percentage (38.6) as Pierre's Lincoln Kienholz made a layup with 30 seconds to play to win.

Mitchell's Dylan Soulek (23) drives to the basket as Pierre's James Mikkonen (50) defends during a game on Tuesday night at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)
Mitchell's Dylan Soulek (23) drives to the basket as Pierre's James Mikkonen (50) defends during a game on Tuesday night at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Jan. 28: Mitchell 64, Brookings 42

Lucas Moller scored eight third-quarter points to spark an 11-0 run as the Kernels pulled away from Brookings for their 10th win.

Mitchell’s Lucas Moller (12) drops in a layup in transition as he’s fouled by Brookings’ Henry Hammrich (10) during the third quarter of the Kernels’ 64-42 loss to the Bobcats on Thursday night at Bob Jostad Gymnasium in Brookings. (Sean Patrick Welsh/Brookings Register)
Mitchell’s Lucas Moller (12) drops in a layup in transition as he’s fouled by Brookings’ Henry Hammrich (10) during the third quarter of the Kernels’ 64-42 loss to the Bobcats on Thursday night at Bob Jostad Gymnasium in Brookings. (Sean Patrick Welsh/Brookings Register)

Jan. 22: Mitchell 68, Watertown 58

Mitchell capitalized on its size advantage to shoot 68% in the second half to top the Arrows.

Mitchell's Ben Helleloid (21) dribbles past Watertown's Kale Stevenson (22) during a game on Friday at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)
Mitchell's Ben Helleloid (21) dribbles past Watertown's Kale Stevenson (22) during a game on Friday at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Jan. 19: Mitchell 70, Brandon Valley 47

The Kernels shot nearly 62% and placed four players in double figures to lock down the Lynx.

Mitchell's Zane Alm (40) shoots over Brandon Valley's Payton Tietjen (32) during a game on Tuesday at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)
Mitchell's Zane Alm (40) shoots over Brandon Valley's Payton Tietjen (32) during a game on Tuesday at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Jan. 15: Sioux Falls Christian 69, Mitchell 59

The Kernels committed 20 turnovers and allowed 11 3-pointers in their first loss of the season.

Mitchell's Caden Hinker (20) attempts to split a pair of Sioux Falls Christian defenders during a game on Friday at the Corn Palace. (Nick Sabato / Republic)
Mitchell's Caden Hinker (20) attempts to split a pair of Sioux Falls Christian defenders during a game on Friday at the Corn Palace. (Nick Sabato / Republic)

Jan. 9: Mitchell 54, Huron 34

Caden Hinker tallied 21 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists as the Kernels outscored the Tigers 30-13 in the second half.

Dec. 30: Mitchell 62, Thunder Basin (Wyo.) 46

Gavyn Degen and Steele Morgan combined for 24 points off the bench to beat the Bolts.

Mitchell's Gavyn Degen (24) goes to the basket as Thunder Basin's (Wyo.) Andre Felton (2) looks on during a game on Wednesday at the Corn Palace.
Mitchell's Gavyn Degen (24) goes to the basket as Thunder Basin's (Wyo.) Andre Felton (2) looks on during a game on Wednesday at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Dec. 29: Mitchell 59, Campbell County (Wyo.) 49

The Kernels held the Camels to 19 points in the second half to erase 10-point halftime hole.

Mitchell's Caden Hinker (20) goes to the basket as Campbell County's (Wyo.) Jefferson Neary (12) defends during a game on Tuesday at the Corn Palace.
Mitchell's Caden Hinker (20) goes to the basket as Campbell County's (Wyo.) Jefferson Neary (12) defends during a game on Tuesday at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Dec. 19: Mitchell 50, Rapid City Stevens 49

Zane Alm scored a career-high 27 points and Jonah Schmidt's blocked shot at the buzzer preserves a 4-0 start.

Mitchell's Zane Alm goes up for a layup against Rapid City Stevens' Ben Goldy on Saturday at the Corn Palace. (Ryan Deal / Republic)
Mitchell's Zane Alm goes up for a layup against Rapid City Stevens' Ben Goldy on Saturday at the Corn Palace. (Ryan Deal / Republic)

Dec. 18: Mitchell 59, Rapid City Central 47

The Kernels use a 14-0 run to pull away from the Cobblers, while Zane Alm and Caden Hinker combined for 22 of the team's 24 second-half points.

Mitchell's Ben Helleloid (21) goes to the basket through a trio of Rapid City Central defenders during a game on Friday at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)
Mitchell's Ben Helleloid (21) goes to the basket through a trio of Rapid City Central defenders during a game on Friday at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Dec. 15: Mitchell 57, Sioux Falls Lincoln 45

Mitchell held Sioux Falls Lincoln to 28.8% shooting for its first win over the Patriots since 2012.

Mitchell's Caden Hinker (20) puts down a dunk over Sioux Falls Lincoln's Alex Tong (55) during a game on Tuesday at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)
Mitchell's Caden Hinker (20) puts down a dunk over Sioux Falls Lincoln's Alex Tong (55) during a game on Tuesday at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Dec. 12: Mitchell 58, Huron 49

The Kernels shrugged off a slow start to win their first season opener since 2014.

Mitchell's Dylan Soulek (23) jumps out of bounds to save a loose ball in front of a trio of Huron defenders during a game on Saturday at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)
Mitchell's Dylan Soulek (23) jumps out of bounds to save a loose ball in front of a trio of Huron defenders during a game on Saturday at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Photo galleries

Photos from Mitchell Republic photographer Matt Gade:

Feb. 26: Mitchell vs. Aberdeen Central

Feb. 2: Mitchell vs. Pierre

Jan. 22: Mitchell vs. Watertown

Jan. 19: Mitchell vs. Brandon Valley

Dec. 30: Mitchell vs. Thunder Basin (Wyo.)

Dec. 29: Mitchell vs. Campbell County (Wyo.)

Dec. 18: Mitchell vs. Rapid City Central

Dec. 15: Mitchell vs. Sioux Falls Lincoln

Dec. 12: Mitchell vs. Huron

Videos

March 6: Mitchell vs. Watertown SoDak 16 highlights

March 3: Zane Alm evolved into an intimidating force for the Mitchell Kernels

Feb. 23: Mitchell vs. Sioux Falls Washington highlights

Feb. 19: Mitchell vs. Yankton highlights

Feb. 19: Yankton's Matthew Mors highlights

Feb. 17: Mitchell's Caden Hinker surpasses 1,000 career points

Feb. 13: Mitchell vs. Harrisburg highlights

Feb. 11: Mitchell vs. Sioux Falls Roosevelt highlights

Feb 6: Mitchell vs. Sturgis highlights

Feb. 5: Mitchell vs. Brandon Valley highlights

Jan. 19: Mitchell's Zane Alm scores a career-high 27 points against Rapid City Stevens

Dec. 19: Mitchell vs. Huron highlights

Dec. 12: Mitchell vs. Huron highlights