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Chamberlain enters the Class A state track and field meet with a well-balanced group of athletes. The Cubs won't be constricted to a couple of events on Friday and Saturday in Tea and Sioux Falls, respectively. Rather they have multiple athletes competing in throwing and jumping events, while also a mix of sprinters and mid-distance runners.
VERMILLION -- Brennan Schmidt had Division I All-American potential. The University of South Dakota sprinter ran a 47.07 400-meter time as a sophomore at the Howard Wood Dakota Relays in 2017, which ranks fifth in USD history. And he felt 46.9 was within reach, which would have qualified him for the NCAA Championships preliminary round.
FREEMAN -- Thaniel Schroeder racks up the miles on his legs and car. The Freeman Academy/Marion senior and his siblings -- freshman Thalen and seventh-grader Tavin -- are home-schooled by their mother in Spencer, resulting in them traveling a little more than 30 miles to practice in Freeman. They try to read and do homework on drives to practice. But the 40-50 minute drive still throws a curveball into their schedules at times, leading to school on Saturday.
The recent and anticipated wet weather forced the South Dakota High School Activities Association into action. On Wednesday, it announced the move of the Class B state golf championships to Yankton. It was originally scheduled to take place in Mitchell, with the boys playing at Wild Oak Golf Course and the girls at Lakeview Golf Course. The 36-hole, two-day tournament will still be held on June 3-4, but with the boys competing at the Hillcrest Golf and Country Club and the girls at Fox Run Golf Course in Yankton.
The Augustana University baseball team won its second straight Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference championship on Sunday with a 13-8 win over Minot State. The Vikings also clinched the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Division II Central Region for the NCAA D-II tournament. Mitchell native Jed Schmidt has tossed 27 2/3 innings for the Vikings this season, compiling a 4-2 record and a 4.23 ERA. The sophomore also has 27 strikeouts, including at least four in five of his 11 outings. He last pitched against Upper Iowa on May 4 when he struck out a batter in 2/3 innings of relief.
The Mitchell High School track and field team is in the home stretch. With the conclusion of the Eastern South Dakota Conference meet on Saturday, which the Mitchell boys and girls both placed eighth in, the Kernels only have one meet before state on May 24-25. It doesn't leave Mitchell a lot of time to make improvements. But it still has points of emphasis to work on in practice and when it competes in the Huron Last Chance meet at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday. It wants to finish strong—in races and the season.
SIOUX FALLS—Jase Kraft's teammates call him "old man." He's only 23 years old, but he's in his fifth year at the University of Sioux Falls since he redshirted in one of cross-country, indoor track or outdoor track in three separate seasons, so he never had to miss an entire year. Still, when the Wessington Springs native's joints ache, his teammates joke it's because of his old age, rather than the countless miles he's racked up.
Drew Kitchens feels at ease when he’s at shortstop. That’s been his home on the baseball diamond for the Mitchell High School baseball team the past four seasons, providing it with consistency during a time in flux. Mitchell coach Luke Norden wanted to find someone who could lock down the position, so he turned to Kitchens, a freshman at the time with an evident passion for the game.
It’s hard to tell how much the weather has impacted the Mitchell High School baseball team when looking at its schedule. The Kernels have played 18 games before May, including four in March, which comes a year after they didn’t hit the diamond until April 11. They fit nine games in before May last season during a 22-game season, a number Mitchell will creep closer toward today when it hosts Yankton for a 6 p.m. doubleheader.
University of Jamestown's Jacob Rice capped his collegiate career with a fifth-place finish at the GPAC men's championships on April 23-24 at the Dakota Dunes Country Club. The Mitchell native shot a seven-over-par 291 across the four rounds, which was nine strokes off the lead. Rice recorded rounds of 74 to start and end the tournament, but carded a 72 in Round 2 and 71 the third time through. The senior helped Jamestown finish fourth as a team during its first season in the GPAC.