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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

It was a busy day one of the SDHSAA Board of Directors Meeting in Pierre yesterday with several prominent issues on the agenda.  Changes to be made to football and the addition of bring back the dual state tourney in wrestling were the top items of discussion.  In football, six-man football would replace the Class 9B classification, leaving only two classifications of nine-man football, Class 9AA and Class 9A.  The new classification of six-man football would be open to any school with an average daily membership of 40 or fewer male students. The board approved the first reading of the creation of six-man football on a 5-2 vote.  Board members Dave Planteen of Baltic and Steve Morford of Spearfish cast the dissenting votes.  If approved at the next meeting the change would take effect at the start of the 2019-2020 football season.  In wrestling South Dakota a few years ago had a State Dual Wrestling Tourney before the State Individual Wrestling Tourney and it was a long three days of wrestling for a lot of athletes that wrestled maybe three or matches Thursday for their team and then had to wrestle four or five matches the next two days to win a State Championship individually.  Most if not all coaches want it back but with discussion to work on the details this time around.  The motion that passed unanimously and it called for implementing the tournament in the 2019-20 school year with SDHSAA staff tasked with figuring out how teams would qualify for the tournament and the layout.


Although the DWU Tigers were against the merger to move the NAIA to a single division in both men's and women's basketball, it looks as if the change will be made starting in the 2020-2021 academic year.  The decision was approved by the Council of Presidents yesterday at the 2018 NAIA National Convention in Kansas City, Missouri.  The COP vote concluded nearly two years of NAIA basketball research and data analysis, led by a task force of representatives from NAIA member institutions.  The task force also recommends a postseason format including 64 postseason qualifiers as well as a 16-team final site tournament.  A final format will be voted upon most likely in June 2018.  The NAIA has been split into two divisions since 1992 in basketball.  The men's DI tournament has been held in Kansas City, Mo. for the last 17 years and it is anticipated to be contracted through 2020. It is also expected that the men's Division II tournament in Sioux Falls, women's Division I tournament in Billings, Mont., and women's Division II tournament in Sioux City, Iowa will continue at their respective host sites through 2020.

The DWU Tiger baseball doubleheader today has been moved to Crete Nebraska against Doane University with games times set for 1:00pm and 3:00pm.  Thursday the baseball team is scheduled to play in Orange City Iowa against Northwestern.  The DWU Tiger baseball team sits at 10-17 overall and 6-8 in the GPAC. 


The DWU Tiger softball team has moved their games to Fremont Nebraska today and will play Northwestern at 3:00pm and 5:00pm.  The Tiger softball team is 7-17 and 3-3 in the GPAC.  


The DWU Tiger football spring football game will be pushed back to Monday April 23rd, at 6:00pm.  This is held in conjunction of Tiger Junior Day on April 21st, the last full padded spring practice for Tiger football.   


The Mitchell trap club will NOT be open this Thursday.  FREE Bird Night will be postponed until Thursday, April 26th, weather and trap area permitting.    


As the Mitchell spring high school baseball team season is set on pause, they did get to play four games and sit 1-3 overall. 


The Kernel boy’s tennis team has had but barely a handful of matches to get going this spring and have a third of their schedule yet to be played this spring.  The Kernel tennis team will host a quad Friday against Huron, Madison and Vermillion at Hitchcock Park starting at 10:00am if they are lucky.


The Kernel track and field teams will head to the Pierre Legion Relays on Thursday if everything works out.  The Kernels were to travel on Friday, but the weather looks better a day earlier.  The track and field teams’ last competition was on March 29th


The Mitchell girl’s golf team will just have to wait and see how fast the snow melts and the courses respond around the state to continue their season.    


The Mitchell Kernels boys’ basketball skills camp is June 4-6. The camp is for 3rd-12th grades and is at the Mitchell High School. Grades third-through-fifth are from 3:00pm-4:30pm, grades sixth-through-eighth are from 12:30pm to 2:30pm, and grades ninth-through-12th are from 9:00am to Noon. The cost is $50 per individual camper or $80 for two family members and $100 for three family members. For more information, email Todd Neuendorf at or call 605-868-2566.


The Mitchell Kernel Summer League is being organized for youth boys’ basketball players interested in playing on Tuesdays this summer at the Mitchell Middle School. The league is open to players entering grades 4-8 and players do not need to be from the Mitchell School District. Players will be placed on teams by league officials and two games will be played each night, with a tournament on the final evening of play. Players will receive a league shirt and each player will play an equal amount of time each night. Games begin on June 5th. Cost is $50 per player or $80 for two players from the same family and $100 for three players from the same family. For more information, email Todd Neuendorf at

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