- Member for
- 2 years 10 months
The Mitchell High School baseball team snapped a three-year drought on Saturday. The Kernels secured a spot in the Class A state tournament with a pair of wins at Cadwell Park in the Region 4A tournament, which was moved from Sturgis to Mitchell due to snowy weather. Mitchell knocked off Rapid City Central 14-1 in the first game, while it booked a trip to state with a 8-3 victory over Rapid City Stevens in the region title.
This season's state tennis tournament is likely the last of its kind. At the upcoming South Dakota High School Activities Association Board of Directors meeting, a proposal to shift from one class to two classes of tennis will likely be approved. The first reading was passed by a unanimous 8-0 decision and SDHSAA Assistant Executive Director Jo Auch anticipates it will be approved at the next reading on June 6. "If it gets a pass there, then we are a definite go for the two-class system," Auch said.
The Mitchell High School boys tennis team is getting ready to gain more valuable experience. The Kernels, who have one senior on the roster, will play in the state tournament today through Saturday in Sioux Falls and Brandon. The first-round matches start at 8 a.m. today. Mitchell is coming off a third-place finish at the Eastern South Dakota Conference tournament. It snapped a five-year run of ESD titles for the Kernels, but also served as a motivator heading into state.
The Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball team zeroes in on South Dakota talent, and it landed one of the best in the state on Tuesday. After an outstanding high school career, Clark/Willow Lake's Jacob Prouty committed to the Tigers and will join the program this upcoming fall. "We are seeking out the best in South Dakota first and that's our goal," DWU coach Matt Wilber said. "It's pretty obvious he's one of those guys—especially these last couple of years."
Macy Miller is ready for the opportunity of a lifetime. The Mitchell native and former South Dakota State University guard was recently selected by the Seattle Storm in the WNBA Draft, and she's now set to battle for a roster spot during training camp. Miller flew to Seattle on Thursday morning as her professional basketball dreams are there for the taking when camp starts this weekend.
SIOUX FALLS—Ellie Brozik was frustrated with the weather and her marks. So she channeled her frustrations to good use. The Winner freshman claimed the triple jump title at the 94th annual Howard Wood Dakota Relays on Friday. Brozik won with a mark of 36 feet, 1.50 inches. "It's pretty crazy," Brozik said. "I didn't expect to win. I started off kind of rough. I am really hard on myself. So that wasn't really fun."
AVON—Relay races are about timing, technique and execution. And for the Avon girls track and field team, they are also about family. Sisters Lauren Sees, Alexa Sees and Courtney Sees are making relays a family affair for the Pirate girls track and field team this season. The three sisters make up three legs on three different relays for Avon. "It's very exciting because I know most people don't ever get a chance to play with any of their siblings, and to be able to run with both of them, it's been a lot of fun," Lauren said.
Eric Henderson oozes passion for South Dakota State University. Henderson was recently named the SDSU men's basketball coach and told the Mitchell Quarterback Club crowd on Wednesday he is "super pumped" to be the Jacks' new coach. He replaced current UNLV coach T.J. Otzelberger and was officially named the SDSU coach on March 27.
ETHAN—Extra gym space is coming to Ethan High School. The school is nearing completion on a $2.5 million project that includes a new auxiliary gym, locker rooms and air conditioning. Ethan Athletic Director Tim Hawkins said the school was in need of extra gym space across all levels of basketball, while also factoring in the demand for air conditioning at the school.
It was a Who's Who of Dakota Wesleyan University greats on Saturday. DWU inducted four athletes and two contributors into its athletics hall of fame. The four athletes—Josh Endres, Amanda Hart, Brock Seim and Jalen Voss—were all part of the star-studded class of inductees. Supporters Don and Barb Young were also inducted. They were honored at DWU's Athletics Hall of Fame and Student-Athlete Recognition Banquet at the Sherman Center.