Wednesday, April 19, 2017
The SDHSAA Board of Directors met yesterday in Pierre and one big item on the agenda to vote on was the decsion to have Class AA and Class B basketball and volleyball join Class A in a Sweet 16 format, starting in 2017-2018. The Board of Directors approved both proposals to add the Sweet 16 format to both classes with Class AA passing 6-3 and Class B passed with a vote of 8-1. In both basketball discussions, the conversation centered on geography, with nearly all the support for the plans coming from East River schools, while West River schools were against the proposed plans. Mitchell officials did not support the change in the Class AA format. The AA conversation ended up being wide-ranging, spanning to scheduling, seed points and conferences. There were also concerns about increased travel throughout the season and the loss of revenue in the postseason, with no district games and the overall number of games decreasing from 22 to 8 games in Class AA postseason. Class A went to the format Sweet 16 this past season, where the final two teams in each region qualified for the Sweet 16 and then reseeded 1-through-16. Class B would adopt a similar format, if approved in June. In Class B, districts will be eliminated and instead teams would go straight to region play. Each region would play until two teams are left and then reseed 1-through-16 using the SDHSAA seeding formula.
It was not easy last night but the Mitchell spring baseball team earned a huge region sweep over Sioux Falls O’Gorman in Sioux Falls. Game one was a pitcher’s dual that went extra innings as Mitchell won 4-3 in nine innings and then won game two 4-1 to improve to 10-3 overall. Mitchell held a 2-1 lead into the 7th inning but the Knights tied it up at 2-2. Mitchell scored in the 8th only to see O’Gorman tie it at 3-3. Mitchell scored again in the 9th inning only to hold OG scoreless in the bottom of the 9th to secure the win. Koby Larson picked up the win in relief with Drew Kitchens earning the save. Jed Schmidt tossed the first five innings and struck out 10. Carson Max had two hits and three runs batted in. Game two Mitchell scored early and this time finished off the Knights 4-1. Baley Miller led the way for the Kernels on the mound. He allowed seven hits but just one earned run and one walk, while striking out five Knights. Elijah Pommer threw a scoreless seventh inning and earned the save. Mitchell, 10-3 overall and winners of six in a row, will host Sioux Falls Washington on Tuesday April 25th in a doubleheader at 5:00pm and 7:00pm at Cadwell Park.
The Dakota Wesleyan University baseball team lost a tough 3-2 non-conference game against NCAA Division I North Dakota State University in Fargo last night. The Tigers led 2-0 after the third inning, but could not maintain the advantage. The Bison knotted the score at 2-2 in the seventh and scored a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth to win the game. Jarrod Zens went 3-for-3, while Hartman Katz and Landon Neugebauer both had two hits. Reed Harter had an RBI-single. The Tigers, 15-22 overall, will play at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, on Saturday and Sunday at 1:00pm and 3:00pm each day.
The Dakota Wesleyan University softball team earned a much-needed sweep of Northwestern College 8-3 and 4-3 in a GPAC doubleheader yesterday in Mitchell. DWU won Game Two in dramatic fashion as Melysia Ortega hit a double that scored Paige Kinley for the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning. In Game One, Sierra Haage was the winning pitcher for the Tigers. Haage allowed three earned runs on eight hits in seven innings pitched with four strikeouts. DWU softball is 16-27 overall and 6-6 in the GPAC. The Tigers will play Doane in a conference doubleheader at 2:00pm and 4:00pm on Thursday at McWhirter Field. Sunday the Tigers head to Midland at Noon and 2:00pm.
The Mitchell boy’s tennis team will host a quad against Huron, Madison and Vermillion on Friday at Hitchcock Park starting at 10:00am. Monday the Kernels will host Aberdeen Central and Washington in another tri-angular starting at 1:00pm. Saturday Mitchell will host the Middle School ESD Track and Field Meet starting at 11:00am.
The Mitchell girls golf team will compete in a quad against Sioux Falls Washington, Harrisburg and Yankton on Thursday at Willow Run Golf Course in Sioux Falls Starting at 1:00pm. Friday the Kernels will be in the Parkston Invite at Lakeview Golf Course in Mitchell starting at 10:00am.
The Kernel track and field teams will be in Pierre on Friday for a meet that starts at 1:00pm.