The Plankinton Bankers amateur baseball team is having the best year in their long history by improving to 11-1 overall and 10-0 in the Pony Hills League after a 9-0 at Wessington Springs last night. Josh Enquist pitched a complete-game shutout and struck out 17, walked two and only gave up three hits on the night. Plankinton travels to Colome on Sunday while Wessington Springs hosts Chamberlain on Sunday.
Brady Nolz was just as solid for the Parkston Mudcats last night as he is starting to get geared up for another post season run. Nolz struck out 21 and allowed only one run on two hits in nine innings as the Mudcats defeated Wagner, 7-1, in Sunshine League action. Nolz has struck out 21 twice in his record setting career, the last time was in 2011. Parkston, 12-10 overall and 6-6 in the Sunshine League, hosts Corsica-Stickney on Sunday. Wagner hosts Winner/Colome on Sunday.
Spencer Neugebauer’s three-run homerun in the third inning powered Mount Vernon past Corsica-Stickney 11-6 in Sunshine League action in Mount Vernon. Bradley Dean earned the win, lasting eight innings in his start. He gave up six earned runs and struck out five. Mount Vernon improved to 12-3 overall and 9-3 in the Sunshine League and will host non-league Groton Electric on Saturday. Corsica-Stickney travels to Parkston on Sunday.
Winner/Colome’s Dillon Lambley grounded into a fielder’s choice, scoring Austin Richey for a walk-off win over Platte 5-4 in Sunshine League play last night in Winner. Winner/Colome, 11-3 overall and 9-3 in the Sunshine League, hosts Wynot, Nebraska, on Saturday. Platte, 4-8 overall and in the League, hosts Dimock/Emery on Sunday.
The Canova Gang continue to roll in the Corn Belt League as they rolled Colman last night on the road 12-2 in eight innings. Canova’s eight-inning win clinched the Cornbelt League Regular Season Championship and the top seed in the district tournament coming up later this month. Canova, 15-2 overall and 14-0 in the Cornbelt League, plays at Lennox tonight.
For the 49th consecutive year, the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo comes to Mitchell in mid-July at the Horseman’s Sports Arena rodeo grounds and we know two things, great crowds show up and the weather is normally super-hot. The rodeo may be a year shy of its 50th anniversary, but the theme this year is Space Cowboys, in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the first moon landing. The rodeo performances begin each night at 8:00pm from July 18th-21st. The rodeo festivities begin at 5:00pm Tuesday with the community kickoff event and Women’s Professional Rodeo Association barrel racing, which is the first competition at 7:30pm. Team roping is slated for 7:00pm Wednesday while the rodeo queen contest is to be held at 8:00am on Thursday leading into the first performance of the rodeo, dubbed “Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night” at 8:00pm next Thursday. Performances will continue nightly on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, while the downtown parade will take place at 10:30am on Saturday July 20th. On Sunday, July 21st, the Cowboy Church Service will take place at 10:00am with the chili cook-off and Family Day events beginning at 11:00am and the final performance is set for 8:00pm dubbed Man-up Crusade Night. At each rodeo performance, mutton busting, and a kid candy toss will take place, as well. More information or tickets go to cornpalacestampede.com.
The Mitchell Post 18 American Legion baseball team, 24-14 overall and winners of six in a row, plays Lakeville South Minnesota at 2:00pm and Omaha Skutt Nebraska at 4:30pm in the Gopher Classic in Bloomington, Minnesota today. Post 18 will also play Hibbing Minnesota and Osseo Minnesota on Saturday before closing out their schedule against Bloomington Gold Minnesota on Sunday night. Depending on how Mitchell does will determine if they advance to Monday’s play, which Post 18 did last year at the Gopher Classic.
The Mitchell Junior Legion baseball team, 16-15 overall, travels to Yankton today and travels to Sioux Falls East on Monday. The Junior Legion Regional Tourney will be held July 19th-21st and the State Junior Legion State Tourney will be in Rapid City July 26th-30th.
The Mitchell 15/16 Gold Teener baseball team will be in the Midsummer Classic in Sioux Falls this weekend. The next and last home games of the season will be on July 23rd against Yankton. The State Tourney for Mitchell Gold will be in Renner August 1st-4th.
The Mitchell 14’s Black will be in the Sioux Falls Midsummer Classic this weekend and then will be on the road the rest of the summer. The State Tourney for Mitchell Black will be in Pierre August 1st-4th.
The Mitchell 13’s White will be at the Sioux Falls Midsummer Classic this weekend. The State Tourney for the Mitchell White will be in Brookings August 1st-4th.
The Mitchell High School volleyball team will host its camp on Monday and Tuesday. The first portion starts at 9:00am and lasts until Noon. The afternoon portion starts at 1:00pm and lasts until 4:00pm. The camp is for seventh-through-12th graders and costs $65. The Lil’ Kernel Volleyball Camp, which is for third-through-sixth-graders, is at Mitchell High School on August 5th and 6th. It lasts from 9:00am to Noon and costs $35.
Grow your basketball game this summer with the Hansen/Anderson Basketball Camp, July 17th-19th in Mitchell. This is the 41st Annual Hansen/Anderson Camps. SDSU and Mitchell legend Macy Miller will be a guest at the camp this year along with many other coaches and instructors. More details can be found at hahoops.net or contact Chris Gubbrud at 605-461-0037.