Corn Palace hosts MHS Athletic Banquet

Three individuals and one team were inducted into the Mitchell High School Athletic Hall of Fame on Wednesday night during the school's athletic banquet at the Corn Palace.

Rick Beck
Rick Beck, left, receives his plaque from Mitchell Activities Director Geoff Gross during the Mitchell High School Athletic Banquet and Hall of Fame Banquet on Wednesday night at the Corn Palace. (Travis Mester/Republic)
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Three individuals and one team were inducted into the Mitchell High School Athletic Hall of Fame on Wednesday night during the school's athletic banquet at the Corn Palace.

Current MHS student-athletes also were honored at the annual event with scholarships and awards.

Rick Beck, Mary McCardle-Eliason, Jill McCormick and the 1950 boys' basketball team were the inductees into the school's Hall of Fame, which began inducting members in 2007.

Beck was a three-sport letterwinner at MHS from 1967 to 1971. He lettered in football three times, in basketball three times and in track all four years of high school.

"Being competitive and being in sports will truly shape you and provide you with character," Beck told the crowded Corn Palace floor during his acceptance speech. "It will help you through many challenges in your life; you won't give in, you won't give up and no one can ever ask any more than that."


Beck helped the Mitchell track and field team capture two Eastern South Dakota Conference track and field titles. He won two ESD individual discus titles, one shot put title and a high jump championship. He placed eight times at the state track meet in three different events, winning the discus his senior year.

He was the quarterback on the football team and led the Kernels to a 17-6 record while starting at the position. He led the team to a 5-0 start to his senior year before sustaining a back injury.

As a basketball player, Beck played on varsity for three years and helped the Kernels to a second-place finish at the state tournament as a senior. He also played on the Mitchell Legion baseball team and went on to compete collegiately in football, basketball, baseball and track.

The other inductees to the school's Hall of Fame on Wednesday were:

n McCardle-Eliason (Class of 1985), was a three-sport athlete at MHS. She was a top-three finisher at the state track and field meet seven times in her career in the following events: 100-meter hurdles, 300 hurdles and 1,600 relay.

She finished second in the 300 hurdles as a freshman and sophomore and won the event as a senior.

McCardle-Eliason went on to compete in track and field at Minnesota State-Mankato. She is the daughter of longtime Mitchell educator and Superintendent Dr. Robert McCardle.

n McCormick (Coach 1985-1987), died in a bus accident en route to a gymnastics competition in Pierre on January 17, 1987. Her former husband, Russ, accepted her induction on her behalf.


Jill McCormick was a 1976 graduate of Dell Rapids High School and began coaching in Mitchell in the fall of 1984. She began coaching gymnastics later that school year.

During his acceptance speech, Russ McCormick held up the goal sheet from the Pierre Invitational that Jill's team was en route to the day of her death. He also talked about a plaque that hangs in the Mitchell Middle School that Jill would have been proud of.

n The 1950 boys' basketball team was represented by a pair of former players -- Dr. Jerry Walton and Dick Fuller -- during its induction Wednesday night.

The team started the season with three straight losses before finishing the regular season 9-6.

Led by Ordell Braase, a 2007 MHS Hall of Fame inductee, the team clinched its second state title in a three-year span with wins over Huron, Winner, Sturgis, Yankton and Vermillion in the postseason.

Braase was an all-state center who later played with the Baltimore Colts in the NFL.

Mitchell was led by first-year head coach Lars Overskei. Members of the team were Dick Barnhardt, Jerry Smith, Les Carlson, Fuller, Virgil Engbrecht, Braase, Claude Miller, Dick Weller, Roger Westerberg, Walton, Ray Davis and student manager John Bohan.

Also on Wednesday, a number of scholarships and awards were given to current Mitchell athletes. They included The Daily Republic Most Valuable Player awards, which went to Jason Greenway and Kerri Young. Nick Young was the recipient of the KMIT Radio Student-Athlete Award and Gayle Klein was honored with the Tom Maxwell Coach of the Year Award.


Chris Weier, an assistant football and girls' basketball sophomore coach, was awarded the MHS Assistant Coach of the Year honor. Curt and Carol Stensgaard were honored with the Bill Timmins Fan of the Year Award.

In other awards Wednesday:

Mike Miller Scholarships: Nick Young, Courtney Miller.

CorTrust/Mitchell High School Athletic Booster Club Business Sponsor of the Year: BankWest.

Jill McCormick Scholarship Award: Courtney Miller.

CorTrust/Mitchell High School Athletic Booster Club Scholarships ($685 each): Dani Bruscher, Andrew Chenoweth, Sydney Dragseth, Trevor Flemmer, Cole Johnson, Angie Lorenzen, Courtney Miller, Charlee Nelson, Morgan Overweg, Ashley Weber, Nick Young.

Dave Brewer Award: Trevor Flemmer.

Golden "M" Awards: Megan Farnham, Sydney Dragseth, Berkley Rietveld, Kerri Young, Lexie Weier, Jason Greenway, Nick Kummer, Justin Greenway, Jade Miller, Hailey McWane, Katie Gregg, Hanna Christianson, Trevor Flemmer, Courtney Hellman, Rylee Sanders, Kendra Cersosimo, Dana Misiaszek, Ashley Weber.

Hustler Awards: JP Schmitz, Amanda Hegg, Anna Rice, Brady Dice, Jesse Volek, Gray Determan, Nick Kummer, Michaela Bigge, Sydney Dragseth, Charlee Nelson, Nicole Wittstruck, Brent Havlik, Taylor Wold, Courtney Miller, Matt Henriksen, Rylee Sanders, Katrina Young, Miles Rothlisberger, Ryan Quasney, Kristin Sabers, Jesse Gebel, Megan Farnham, Nick Kummer, Ryan Buck, Emily Sudbeck.

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