Former basketball standouts 'honored' to join MHS Hall of Fame
Two of Mitchell's most well-known girls basketball players will be inducted into the Mitchell High School Hall of Fame on Saturday. The Hoffman twins, now known as Jeana Krome and Jenna Kubesh, along with the 1982 MHS wrestling team, legendary he...
Two of Mitchell's most well-known girls basketball players will be inducted into the Mitchell High School Hall of Fame on Saturday.
The Hoffman twins, now known as Jeana Krome and Jenna Kubesh, along with the 1982 MHS wrestling team, legendary head coach Gary Munsen and Dr. Robert McWhirter will be a part of the 2016 MHS Hall of Fame inductee class. The hall of fame banquet will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday at the new Overtime Banquet Hall.
Krome and Kubesh were key members of the 2003 MHS girls basketball team, which won the Class AA state championship with a 71-40 win over Aberdeen Central. Kubesh earned The Daily Republic and the state Gatorade player of the year honors in 2003 and Krome earned the same honors in 2004.
The twin sisters went on to play college basketball at Texas State before transferring to the University of South Dakota for their junior and senior seasons. In their final year of college basketball, the duo led the Coyotes to a finished 33-2 and the Division II National Championship game, where the team fell to Northern Kentucky.
"I felt very honored to be chosen," Kubesh said. "Mitchell has such a great reputation for its athletics. I feel very honored to be receiving this honor."
Kubesh currently lives in Sioux Falls with her husband, Justin, and their son, Grayson, 2, and their daughter, Brookelyn, six-months old.
Kubesh, who endured injuries her senior year, averaged 16 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.6 steals a game. She finished her career with 578 rebounds, 346 assists and made 42 percent of her field-goal tries.
"I was fortunate enough to play for a lot of great coaches and have a lot of great teammates," Kubesh said about her time with the Kernels. "The success we had as a team throughout my playing career stood out."
Kubesh noted that it was special for her to play her entire career with her twin sister.
"Jeana and I grew up not knowing anything different," Kubesh said. "We loved playing with each other and we developed our games to complement each other."
Krome said the two sisters helped push each other both on and off the court. Krome added she remembered, during her seventh-grade year, being able to play with both her twin sister and her older sister, Sarah, as well.
"It's a huge honor and I was very excited," Krome said about the induction. "There's a lot of very good athletes and sports teams that have come out of Mitchell. It's a huge honor."
Krome, like her sister, lives in Sioux Falls and is married to Ryan, who she has two sons with Kruz, 2, and Kash, three-months old.
Krome averaged 20.9 points, three assists, 4.4 rebounds and almost two steals a game during her senior season to help guide MHS to a third-place finish at the Class AA state tournament. As a junior, she averaged 14.9 points, 3.3 assists and 2.5 steals a game.
"It was a huge accomplishment that all six years I played at MHS we made it to the state tournament," Krome said. "Playing for coach (Gary) Munsen and coach Deb Thill. The highlight was winning the state championship in 2003."
Looking back at all of their accomplishments at MHS, both players credited the Mitchell community for supporting girls basketball and athletics.
"There was a lot of great players before me too and I can remember being little and going to the Corn Palace to watch those girls," Kubesh said. "I hope our team did inspired some younger girls to work hard and strive for that championship level of success."
Nine years after Krome and Kubesh led Mitchell girls basketball state championship, the Kernels claimed another state title in 2012, led by Kerri Young and Macy Miller, both current South Dakota State University standouts.
"I think Mitchell has had so many strong players because there's been that sense of desire at a young age for girls and boys," Krome said. "They grow up watching it and being around it. It says a lot about the Mitchell history."