First annual Kernel Bowl schedule set
There's the Rose Bowl, the Super Bowl, and now for Mitchell fans, there's the Kernel Bowl. The first annual Kernel Bowl's schedule has been finalized with five different events set to take place before the Mitchell High School football team opens...
There’s the Rose Bowl, the Super Bowl, and now for Mitchell fans, there’s the Kernel Bowl.
The first annual Kernel Bowl’s schedule has been finalized with five different events set to take place before the Mitchell High School football team opens its season against Harrisburg.
“It’s a great way to kick off the football season and the school year,” MHS football head coach Kent VanOverschelde said. “Any time we can promote high school football and coordinate that with community events, it’s great.”
The day long event will be put on by the Mitchell Athletic Booster Club and the Kernel Bowl Committee members.
Taking place on Aug. 27, the Kernel Bowl will begin with a 5K run at 8 a.m. followed by a 3-on-3 boys/girls basketball tournament at 9 a.m. At 10 a.m., MHS will host a cross country meet, followed by a football minicamp with the MHS football team at 11 a.m. The day continues with a tailgate with food, games and inflatables from 4 p.m. until kickoff between the Kernels and the Tigers at 7 p.m. Skydivers will bring the game ball and fireworks will follow the game.
“We’re excited to play a small part in it,” VanOverschelde said. “To get our community behind us, will be a big plus. We’ll start the season with a positive event.”
The idea of Kernel Bowl was originated by Pat Soukup, and MABC member Kim Mohr said the event hopes to continue to grow and add as many athletic events as possible.
“We want to help the kids see what the other teams are doing,” Mohr said. “The primary purpose is to raise money for all 19 fall activities.”
The event will be much like the Pigskin Classic in Brandon, Tiger Bowl in Harrisburg or Dakota Bowl in Sioux Falls and Mohr pointed out those are successful events that generate money.
“It’s going to be a big deal,” VanOverschelde said. “The idea is to get as many as of our school programs involved as we can.”
Mohr stressed that the Kernel Bowl is not strictly for the football team and all the money raised at the Kernel Bowl will be split for all MABC activities.
“We want to get the community pride and excitement back around all Mitchell activities,” Mohr said.