Career night from freshman Colton Smith helps guide No. 3 Mitchell past Watertown

Smith came off the bench to score 28 points alongside 18 points from Dylan Soulek. The Kernels can now clinch an outright conference title by defeating Brandon Valley on Tuesday.

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WATERTOWN — Only two players scored more than four points for the Mitchell High School boys basketball team, but when in doubt, the Kernels looked to the hot hands of Colton Smith and Dylan Soulek.

Powered by 46 combined points from the duo, Mitchell recovered from a slow start to take down Eastern South Dakota Conference foe Watertown, 63-47, on Saturday night in Watertown.

The Kernels trailed 12-10 at the end of the first quarter, but used an 18-8 second quarter to stake themselves to a lead Watertown never truly threatened again. Smith played a large role in getting the Kernels rolling, as the freshman forward came off the bench to score 18 of Mitchell’s 28 first-half points. By the end of the third quarter, it was 44-30 Mitchell.

Smith finished with a career-high 28 points on 12 of 14 shooting from the field and collected 10 rebounds, two assists and two steals in a double-double effort. Soulek added 18 points on 7 of 10 shooting alongside four rebounds, five assists and three steals, while Aiden Myers contributed three points, four rebounds and four assists.

As a team, Mitchell shot 26 of 47 (55.3%) from the field, with Smith and Soulek accounting for 19 for 24 (79.2%).


For Watertown (7-11, 2-5 ESD), Caden Beauchamp scored 14 points with four rebounds and Kohen Kranz tossed in 10 points with two steals.

Mitchell (14-4, 6-1 ESD) visits Brandon Valley (12-6, 5-1 ESD) on Tuesday in a contest likely to decide the conference race. The Kernels can claim the title outright for the second-straight season with a win.

Dierks covers prep and collegiate athletics across the Mitchell Republic's coverage region area, focusing on Mitchell High School football and boys basketball and area high school football, volleyball and basketball, as well as Dakota Wesleyan women's basketball. He was also the lead on the Mitchell Republic Gridiron Spotlight, producing video and providing live play-by-play for the traveling weekly prep football broadcast during its first season in the fall of 2021. Dierks is a Mitchell native who graduated from South Dakota State University with his bachelor's degree in journalism in May 2020. He joined the Mitchell Republic sports staff in August 2021. He can be reached at and found on Twitter at @LDierksy.
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