Last night the 16th Annual Elite Eight Athletes of the Year banquet was held at the Depot with sixteen student/athletes honored for their accomplishments in athletics, in school and their community as well. Besides the many athletic achievements, the combined GPA of the boys was 3.7 while the combined GPA for the girls was 3.84, the third highest GPA of all-time. Also, last night named Captain of the boys Elite Eight was Carson Max a Senior football player from Mitchell. He is a two-time winner of the award being named Elite Eight in wrestling a year ago. The Co-Captains on the girl’s side were Karly Gustafson of Ethan girls’ basketball and Carly Haring of Mitchell track and field. Both Haring and Gustafson are also two-time winners of this award. To be named Captains of the Elite Eight you must be the highest vote getter on the ballot from the selection committee. Congrats to all honored last night as Elite Eight Athletes of the Year.
Dimock/Emery scored nine runs between the fifth and sixth innings to secure a 13-8 win over Salem last night in amateur baseball action. The Raptors improved to 3-0 overall this season. Phil Johnson had three hits with five RBI for the Raptors, while Jared Schmidt added two hits and two RBI. Phil Johnson went five-innings for DE, striking out six and allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits. Ben Wermers allowed four runs (two earned) in four innings of relief to earn the win. The Raptors play Corsica/Stickney on Sunday in Corsica.
Due to unfavorable conditions, specifically issues of water and drainage that have affected the
playability of several holes at Wild Oak Golf course in Mitchell, the SDHSAA has chosen to relocate the 2019
Class ‘B’ State Golf Championships to Yankton. The tournaments remain scheduled for their original dates of June 3rd and 4th, with the Boys’ Class ‘B’ event being played at Hillcrest Golf & Country Club, and the Girls’ Class ‘B’ event will be at Fox Run Golf Course. Additionally, the SDHSAA staff will recommend to its Board of Directors the relocation of the 2020 State Championships, originally scheduled to have been played in Yankton, to be moved to Mitchell. For further information on the SDHSAA Championships, please visit SDHSAA.com.
Mitchell native Macy Miller played in her first professional basketball game last night in Seattle as the Storm of the WNBA lost to the Phoenix Mercury 87-84. Macy played 12 plus minutes and went 0-3 from the field including 0-1 from three-point land. Miller finished with one rebound, one assist and one personal foul but no points. The Storm play at the LA Sparks on Friday at 9:30pm. Macy Miller, from SDSU, is trying for a roster spot with the defending WNBA Champions, who are guard heavy.
The Mitchell spring high school baseball team, 18-6 overall and the #5 seed overall, will head to Sturgis on Saturday for the Class A Regional Tourney and play #12 seed Rapid City Central at 1:00pm Central Time. Number four seed and host Sturgis plays #13 seed Rapid City Stevens at 11:00am Central Time with the winners of the two games playing for the Region Championship at 3:00pm Saturday afternoon. Complete coverage of Mitchell baseball can be found on KORN News Radio FM 101.3, AM 1490 and kornradio.com. The winner of the Sturgis Regional earns a spot in the State Class A Semifinals at Noon on May 25th in Sioux Falls at the Baseball Stadium. Mitchell is 4-0 against Region teams this spring going 3-0 against Stevens and 1-0 against Central but have not played Sturgis yet this spring.
The Mitchell Kernel track and field teams will compete at the Mark Wendelgass Last Chance Relays in Huron today starting at 3:30pm. After today the State Track and Field Meet will be held in Brandon, Tea and Sioux Falls May 24th and 25th to end the school season for T & F.
The Mitchell boy’s tennis team competes in the state tennis tournament beginning today at Brandon Valley Middle School and McKennan Park Tennis Courts in Sioux Falls.
The Mitchell Athletic Booster Club’s monthly meeting will be held on Monday at 5:30pm at the Mitchell High School Library. The public is invited to attend.
The final Mitchell QB Club Meeting of the season will be held at Lakeview Golf Course on Wednesday starting with the meeting and FREE meal to all members at 7:30pm. The Mitchell QB Club will start meeting again in August to start yet another school season.
The DWU Team Makers will be hosting a Golf Outing on Friday May 31st at Wild Oak in a four-person best ball tourney. The first 30 teams only and you can form your own team, or they can put you together with others as well. Call the DWU athletic office at 995-2112 for more details or to sign up today as this fills up fast every year! Cost is $60 per person which includes green fees, cart, pin prizes and an evening meal after the tourney. Proceeds go to provide DWU athletic scholarships.
The Mitchell Baseball Association will be conducting their Annual Coke Pop Drive to raise funds for summer travel for ALL levels of Mitchell summer baseball. The Coke Pop Drive is set for June 3rd in Mitchell. ALL Mitchell baseball players and parents will canvass Mitchell between 5:30pm and 8:30pm selling Coke products and water door-to-door looking for your support of Mitchell Baseball. Players will be wearing their team jersey and hat to be identified June 3rd as well. Thank you in advance of your support of Mitchell Baseball during their Annual Coke Pop Drive June 3rd in Mitchell.
The South Dakota All-Star Football Game, presented by Sanford, has been scheduled for Saturday June 8th in Vermillion at the newly renovated Veterans Sports Complex at Vermillion high school due to the Dakota Dome under renovations. Ninety players from across the state will arrive for three days of preparations before playing the All-Star Football game on June 8th. Leading the way for Team Blue from Mitchell will be Carson and Carter Max along with Rylie Stevens of Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central and Jamin Arend of Bridgewater/Emery/Ethan. From our area on Team Red includes Bo Donald and Tyler Resick of Kimball/White Lake, Michael Hofer of Howard and Cliff Johnson of Andes Central. Jason Kolousek of Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central will be one of the Assistant coaches for the Red Team while James Strang of Canistota/Freeman will be an Assistant coach for the Blue Team this year.
South Dakota’s Game, Fish and Parks Commission has made some adjustments to its deer hunting licensing system and has finalized the dates of the 2019 and 2020 deer hunting seasons. According to a news release, the commission has added a special buck any whitetail license for both residents and nonresidents for the West River deer hunting seasons. The licenses will cost $169 for residents and $554 for nonresidents. Those who draw a special buck any whitetail deer license will not be eligible for West River first and second license drawings, and those who draw a West River license will not be eligible for a leftover special buck any whitetail license. Special buck licenses are only valid on private land and applicants must prove that they have permission from a landowner or lessee when they apply. The commission also increased the number of licenses for the 2019 and 2020 Black Hills firearms deer seasons by 540 total tags. 500 resident and 40 nonresidents. The season will be November 1st-30th in both 2019 and 2020. In total, there will be 3,780 any whitetail deer licenses, 1,188 antlerless whitetail deer licenses and 216 any deer licenses for the 2019 and 2020 those seasons.
Custer State Park 2019 and 2020 deer hunting seasons will run from November 1st-30th then from December 1st-15th. In the second season, hunters will be able to use any weapon. Previously, only muzzleloaders were permitted. The commission will also distribute more resident deer hunting licenses for both East and West River seasons in 2019 and 2020. For East River, the commission will distribute no more than 24,510 one-tag and 2,800 two-tag tag resident deer licenses. And for West River, the commission will distribute no more than 24,510 one-tag and 2,800 two-tag tag resident licenses.