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One point. That's all the Mitchell High School boys basketball team needed to send Saturday's season-opener against Huron to overtime with 1.2 seconds to play. The Kernels hung around all night, despite a forgetful first quarter and a few scoring droughts along the way, but they still needed just one point when Derek Factor stepped to the free-throw line with the chance to tie the game. Factor's shot looked true, but it hit the back of the rim and bounced out, giving the Tigers a 49-48 win in a game where the Kernels shot just 12 of 22 from the charity stripe.
Mitchell High School girls basketball coach Wes Morgan said his team wants to play fast. In Saturday's season-opener against Huron at the Corn Palace, the Kernels certainly executed the game plan, particularly after a sluggish start. Mitchell took 50 shots, but made 54 percent of them to top the 70-point plateau for the first time since February 2014 in a 78-66 romp.
The high school basketball season is upon us in South Dakota, and today, the Mitchell High School boys basketball team looks to win its season opener for the first time since 2014. It is the first game, but it's also the first game of a long season, which means the Kernels have plenty of time to adapt to their opponents and personnel. In Friday's final full practice before hosting Huron at 7 p.m. tonight at the Corn Palace, Mitchell simply went through a list to tie up loose ends and ensure everyone is prepared for the first game of the season.
SIOUX FALLS—Two years ago, Rod Pattison rejoined the Wagner Speedway in an attempt to bring the waning 3/8-mile dirt track back to life. Pattison was successful in his attempt, using his contacts and ingenuity from a lifetime of involvement in the racing world to help draw thousands of fans to events at the track last summer. Now, Pattison has a new reclamation project to undertake.
The Augustana University women's basketball team is off to an 8-1 start, thanks in part to Letcher native Shelby Selland posting her best campaign to date. Selland, a 6-foot-2 senior, is tied for the team-high with 12.2 points per game, while leading Augustana with 9.3 rebounds per game, both of which are career-highs. The Sanborn Central graduate also four double-doubles this season, posting career-highs in points (21) and rebounds (14) against Washburn on Nov. 9. Augustana travels to Winona State on Friday. Waddell wins two at Minnesota Invite
Entering Friday's season-opening wrestling dual meet, Mitchell High School knew it needed some extra points in order to beat visiting Chamberlain. The Kernels were able to find some of those points in a pair of early matches after it appeared they may swing in favor of the Cubs. Brandon Sparks and Logan Sparks were able to secure comeback wins for Mitchell, setting up back-to-back pins heading into the heart of the lineup. The Kernels earned pins in five of the last eight matches to move past Chamberlain for a 40-30 win.
Going to the state tournament at the end of the season was once a foregone conclusion for the Mitchell High School basketball program. During a 30-year stretch from 1983-2012, the Kernels made 29 appearances in the state tournament, with 13 trips to the finals and nine state championships. It has been eight years since Mitchell advanced to the state tournament, amassing a 22-108 record during that time, including a 1-19 campaign last season.
The transition to college swimming has been seamless thus far for Lucie Anderson. The Mitchell native has already moved into the top 10 on the University of South Dakota record board in a pair of events early in her freshman season. At the University of Iowa's Hawkeye Invite on Nov. 15-17, Anderson swam the 200-yard backstroke in 2:04.13, which was good enough for fifth all-time at USD, while her 100 backstroke time of 58.39 seconds moved her into the No. 7 position in program annals.
Mitchell High School hasn't had a shortage of individual success on the wrestling mat over the years. Team success has come at a premium for the Kernels, though, as they are coming off a 12th-place finish at the 2018 state meet and a 7-7 record in dual meets. This season, Mitchell believes it can break out of its slump and get back to the days when the Kernels won four consecutive state championships from 1995-1998.
After years of toiling in the bottom half of the standings, the Mitchell Marlins girls hockey team finally broke through with a winning record last season. Mitchell finished fourth in the South Dakota Amateur Hockey Association girls varsity standings, finishing with a record of 11-10-3-1 and even ended Aberdeen's 71-game streak without a loss. This season, the Marlins hope to continue to build on the foundation started last season and pursue a top-three position in the standings. "We've got another good group of upperclassmen," Mitchell head coach Jessica Rezac said.