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PLATTE -- It was a win for the local, small towns when the South Dakota VFW named Corsica and Platte co-hosts for the 2018 South Dakota Class B 10U state tournament at their annual meeting in January. That means 16 teams will travel to Corsica and Platte on July 13-15, which is four more than participated in the Class B 10U tournament last year.
Todd Neuendorf is taking what he learned from his 11 years in Aberdeen and implementing it into the Mitchell boys basketball youth levels. Tuesday marked the final night of the first year of Mitchell's middle school summer basketball league, an event 71 kids participated in this year. Players ranged from fourth to eighth graders. "We got a good contingent in each group," Neuendorf said. "The fourth to sixth graders play together, and the seventh and eighth graders play together, and we split them into teams."
PLATTE -- Seth Kirsch hit a walk-off single to lead Platte/Geddes past Winner/Colome, 10-9, in a Legion baseball game on Tuesday. Dylan Mohnen went 2-for-4 with three RBIs for Platte/Geddes, and Chandler Fredrickson finished 2-for-3, including a double, with a pair of RBIs. Riley Hoffman went 2-for-5 with an RBI. On the mound, Mohnen earned the win as he pitched 1 2/3 shutout innings. Trevor Sprik started and gave up nine runs (five earned) over 5 1/3 innings. He also struck out five batters.
Alex Bergeson started going to a lot of rodeos in middle school, but he didn’t start steer wrestling until after his freshman year of high school. But the Mitchell High School graduate has now risen to the title of the state’s best high school steer wrestler, winning the South Dakota championship on June 16. Bergeson will be one of four steer wrestlers to represent South Dakota at the National High School Finals Rodeo on July 16-21 in Rock Springs, Wyoming.
Mitchell’s Post 18 Legion baseball team is starting the season at 14-18, with work to do in the month of July. However, Mitchell will toe the rubber at Cadwell Park a lot in July as it prepares for the Legion Regional tournament on July 25-27 in Sturgis.
The Mitchell Baseball Association has decided the more coaches, the better for its teener baseball teams in 2018. Traditionally, the teams each had two coaches and those players stayed with each particular team throughout the year. This year, Mitchell still has six coaches for its three teener teams, but its coaches aren’t assigned to a specific team.
CANOVA -- It has all come together for the McCook/Miner Legion baseball team in 2018. McCook/Miner has used last year’s semifinal defeat in the Class B state tournament as motivation, helping it start the summer 10-0 and extending its regular season win streak to 14 games dating back to last season. It had the luxury of returning its top-five hitters and four of its top-five pitchers in innings pitched last season, giving the team a sense of familiarity.
CORSICA—A year after Corsica/Stickney won five games and missed the Class B state amateur baseball tournament for a third straight year, the Horned Frogs are showing improvement in a bounceback year. Corsica/Stickney stands third in the Sunshine League, only behind Alexandria and Winner/Colome with a 5-4 record and is 7-4 overall. But the seemingly sudden improvement has been in the making for a couple of years, if you ask Luke Bamberg, the Horned Frogs' leadoff hitter.
HOWARD—As a wrestling coach, Ken Ruml has done almost everything there is to do in his sport. Nevertheless, when he was called this past winter about being inducted into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame on June 26, he was excited. "I was kind of of shocked that I got into the national hall of fame," Ruml said, adding that it was more special to be recognized on a national level.
It took a few weeks for Sam Michels to adjust to the slower pitching of Legion baseball, but he immediately embraced his leader role on Mitchell Post 18 this summer under coach Luke Norden. He leads by example and is hard on himself when he has a bad game, such as when he hit 5-for-22 with four RBIs through Post 18's first eight games. Then, he turned his summer around.