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In its second season, the Mitchell High School trapshooting team is flourishing. This year, 35 Kernels are participating in the third year of the South Dakota High School Clay Target League. In its inaugural season last year, Mitchell had 14 kids participate. "The word got out," said Mitchell coach Jerry Opbroek, who is helping coach the team for the second season. "We've got them all the way from sixth-grade to seniors. Some have never handled a shotgun before while others are hunters. We got all ranges of ability."
Justin Greenway is back home. After graduating from Augustana University last year and working a full year as an athletic trainer at Northern State University in Aberdeen, Greenway has taken a position at True Fitness and Dakota Physical Therapy in Mitchell. Greenway, a former standout for both the Kernels and the Vikings, said he wasn't focused on returning back to his hometown, but added the opportunity he had was too good not to return.
WINNER — In a short regular season, the Winner/Colome prep baseball team hasn't been beaten. As the postseason begins, the Royals are hoping to keep it that way. Winner/Colome (10-0) will take on fourth-seeded Chamberlain/Kimball/Lyman on Tuesday in Winner. With a win, the Royals will be the top seed and host the Region 4B tournament on May 21. From that four-team tournament, the top two teams will advance to the state tournament.
SALEM — Baseball field maintenance is a little easier in Salem this year. And despite the lesser workload, there's a chance the field will host more games than ever before. That's because the ballpark now features artificial turf on the pitching mound and home plate area, which was installed in late September.
ALEXANDRIA — Headlined by two-time defending state champion Alexandria, the Sunshine League is as strong as ever. The local amateur baseball league will feature the same eight teams from last year with Corsica-Stickney, Dimock-Emery, Mount Vernon, Parkston, Platte, Wagner and Winner/Colome joining the Angels, who have won the league past three years and have reached the Class B state championship game the past five years.
After cruising through the Eastern South Dakota Conference in the regular season, the Mitchell High School boys tennis team is the heavy favorite for the ESD tournament today in Aberdeen. The Kernels, who went 91-8 in ESD matches this year, are looking to win their fifth straight ESD championship. "The expectations are gonna be pretty high," MHS head coach Pat Moller said. "We're just going to have to hold our seeds. We won't be the No. 1 seed everywhere but the potential is there. We just have to play good tennis."
SIOUX FALLS — The college pole vault stole the show at the 93rd Dakota Relays. South Dakota's Chris Nilsen vaulted higher than any other American this season when he cleared 19 feet, 2.75 inches and created a thunderous roar on Saturday at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls. Nilsen's mark was the best in stadium and Dakota Relays history and it ranks fourth in the world this season. Getting a front row view of Nilsen's performance were three Mitchell Kernel pole vaulters, who have their own dreams of soaring that high.
SIOUX FALLS — There was some highs and lows for the Freeman boys sprint relay team on Saturday. The Flyers first competed in the Class B 4x200 where they clocked a time of 1 minute, 32.98 seconds. The time would've been a Dakota Relays record, but it was disqualified because one runner ran on the lane line for three steps. But the team of Dalton Bodewitz, Collin Helma, Charles Harberts and Braxton Schmidt bounced back to win the Class B 4x100 with a time of 45.33 seconds.
SIOUX FALLS — Carly Haring faced some adversity in the girls high jump. But the Mitchell junior thrived when the pressure was the highest. And then went on to win the event, claiming her first Dakota Relays title with a jump of 5-feet, 6-inches on Saturday in Sioux Falls. "Carly had a different day," MHS head coach Joe Shepardson said. "She had a good mental approach, but there were some nerves with a bigger stage and some pressure with being the top jumper heading in."
SIOUX FALLS—Abby Sudbeck loves competing at the Dakota Relays. Three years ago, the former Mitchell Kernel set the school record in the shot put at the 90th edition of the annual meet. On Friday, Sudbeck was showing her skills in a new event—the women's hammer throw—for South Dakota State University. The junior thrower ended up taking second place in the event with a toss of 176-feet, 7 inches. "It's good to be back," Sudbeck said. "I love this meet."