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Seeing a need for more competitive teams in the region, Dakota Wesleyan University softball head coach Ed Kieff has led the formation of two competitive softball teams in Mitchell, with the possibility of starting three more in the future. Kieff said that tryouts have already taken place, with more to come. These teams are slated to practice through the winter and participate in camps—with the help of DWU softball players—before starting the summer season.
BOX ELDER—Mitchell High School traveled to Box Elder to face Douglas on Friday needing a win after back-to-back losses. Kernel head coach Kent VanOverschelde stressed the importance of just needing a win for the team to gain some confidence, and from the opening kickoff, they looked the part. Mitchell took down Douglas 55-20, thanks to four first-quarter touchdowns and a 49-0 halftime lead.
The Mitchell High School football team badly needs a win today when it travels to Douglas High School in Box Elder. The Kernels have dropped two in a row and three of their first four games of the season, dropping out of the top-five in the South Dakota Prep Media football polls after last week's loss to Sioux Falls Washington. Gaining confidence Even at 1-3, Mitchell is still in position to climb back into the top half of the Class AA standings with a few wins, particularly with Huron, Harrisburg and Pierre still on the docket.
CANISTOTA—Quarterbacks are often judged by how far they can throw the ball or how many yards they can rack up, but there is more to the position than physical attributes. Canistota/Freeman quarterback Trey Ortman has been both calm and confident with his decision making through the first half of the 2018 season, guiding the Class 9A No. 3-ranked Pride to a 4-0 record and an offense that is averaging 48.5 points per game.
The emphasis during the offseason for the Mitchell High School football program was to improve the passing game for the 2018 campaign. The Kernels wanted to go from a team that threw the ball in traditional passing situations to a team that used the aerial attack as a weapon in addition to their trademark running game.
On Saturday and Sunday, the Pepsi-Cola Soccer Complex played host to the second annual South Dakota State Soccer Association Fall Cup, bringing 68 teams across six divisions to Mitchell for the weekend.
After a resounding three-set sweep on Saturday at Spearfish, the Class AA No. 4 Mitchell High School volleyball team is preparing for a week of three matches in five days. The Kernels have won seven matches in a row and sit at 8-1 on the season entering Tuesday's match against Huron. Not only is Huron 8-2, but Mitchell also has a date with Class AA No. 5 Sioux Falls Roosevelt on Thursday before a trip to Pierre on Saturday.
SIOUX FALLS—Throughout the 2018 football season, the Mitchell High School football team has had trouble stopping big plays. On Friday night at Howard Wood Field, the Kernels faced a big-play offense in Sioux Falls Washington. It wasn't a recipe for success. The fourth-ranked Class 11AAA Warriors thrived on the big chunks of yards, as the Kernels allowed eight plays of 20 yards or more in a 49-12 loss.
Had tonight's prep football game between Mitchell High School and Sioux Falls Washington taken place during the opening week of the season, it would have pitted the team favored to win Class 11AA and the team picked to win Class 11AAA. Instead, it features two teams sitting at 1-2 and looking for answers. The Kernels have given up 61 points in the fourth quarter this year, while the Warriors have not only seen their 35-game winning streak snapped, but have dropped two in a row for the first time since 2014. Washington has won the last three Class 11AAA state titles.
MOUNT VERNON—Mount Vernon/Plankinton is just 13 games into its switch from 9-man football to 11-man and it appears to have found its footing early in the 2018 campaign. The Titans are currently 4-0 and outscoring opponents 188-27, which has earned them the Class 11B No. 3 ranking in the South Dakota Prep Media poll.