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Friday, October 20, 2017

The Mitchell Kernel football team earned what they wanted, a top two seed in the upcoming playoffs, after beating Spearfish at Joe Quintal last night 41-0.  The Kernels took only three plays on the opening drive of the game to score and then played every aspect of the game well in shutting out the Spartans and improving to 6-3 overall.  With the Mitchell win and losses by Pierre and Harrisburg, the Kernels moved back up to the #2 seed and will host two rounds of games as long as they win in the playoffs.  The Kernels will host Sturgis in the Quarterfinal Round of the Class 11AA Football Playoffs on Thursday at Joe Quintal Stadium.  The Scoopers are 3-6 overall with wins over Belle Fourche, Spearfish and last night 33-7 over Hot Springs to earn the #7 seed.  Game time is yet to be determined.  Special teams were a key last night for Mitchell as sophomore Austin Kerr finished with 133 return yards including a 42-yard punt return for a score in the third quarter.  Kerr was named the Shay’s Player of the Game for his efforts.  Senior Tate Larson caught his first touchdown of the season, a 26-yard pass from Kiel Nelson to put Mitchell on the scoreboard early.  Junior Drew Kitchens added two rushing touchdowns and finished with 10 carries for 74 yards.  Kiel Nelson was 8 of 21 for 118 yards passing and had 54 yards rushing on the night.  The Kernels rolled up 323 yards on offense, rushing for 205 and passing for 118, while picking up 15 first downs and avoiding any turnovers.  The Kernel defense held Spearfish to six yards of offense, including a minus 12 rushing on the night.  Carson Max led the defense with 13 tackles followed by Levi Winne with nine tackles and three tackles for loss.  Kyle Foote played his first game of the season and had two sacks and Dylan Krogman also had a sack for the Kernels defense.  The new season begins next week as the Kernels are the defending State Class 11AA Champions and will have to prove it for the next three games. 


It was a great finish to the Class 11B game on Q107-3 Sports last night in Wessington Springs as WWSSC knocked off MVP 13-10 after scoring the go-ahead touchdown with 45 seconds to play as the Blackhawks edged the Titans.  The winning score came on a fourth down and goal at the MVP 3-yard line with Blackhawk quarterback Trent Kingsbury finding Trey Weber for the score.  John Witte led the Blackhawks with 29 carries for 210 yards.  WWSSC improved to 8-1 on the year and will host a Quarterfinal Round game on Thursday against Red Cloud, 7-2 overall, while MVP ends its season at 5-4.  Q107-3 will broadcast the WWSSC vs. Red Cloud game Thursday on 107.3 FM and on-line at

The South Dakota High School Activities Association Football State Quarterfinal pairings are now set for next week.  The 16-team brackets in Class 11B and three nine-man classes were re-seeded for the quarterfinals, while the top-eight teams in Classes 11AAA, 11AA and 11A completed their seasons last night and will start the playoffs on October 26th


Class 11AAA


No. 8 Rapid City Central (2-7) at No. 1 Sioux Falls Washington (9-0)


No. 5 Aberdeen Central (5-4) at No. 4 Sioux Falls O'Gorman (6-3)


No. 7 Watertown (3-6) at No. 2 Sioux Falls Roosevelt (8-1)


No. 6 Rapid City Stevens (5-4) at No. 3 Brandon Valley (7-2)


Class 11AA


No. 8 Brookings (2-7) at No. 1 Pierre (6-3)


No. 5 Yankton (3-6) at No. 4 Douglas (5-4)


No. 7 Sturgis (3-6) at No. 2 Mitchell (6-3)


No. 6 Huron (3-6) at No. 3 Harrisburg (5-4) 


Class 11A


No. 8 Tea Area (5-4) at No. 1 Madison (9-0)


No. 5 Milbank (6-3) at No. 4 Todd County (7-2)


No. 7 Pine Ridge (7-2) at No. 2 Dakota Valley (9-0)


No. 6 St. Thomas More (7-2) at No. 3 Dell Rapids (7-2) 


Class 11B


No. 8 Aberdeen Roncalli (5-4) at No. 1 Sioux Valley (9-0)


No. 5 Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan (7-2) at No. 4 Winner (7-2)


No. 7 Groton Area (6-3) at No. 2 Sioux Falls Christian (8-1)


No. 6 Red Cloud (7-2) at No. 3 Woon/Wess. Springs/San. Cent. (8-1)


Class 9AA


No. 8 Wolsey-Wessington (5-4) at No. 1 Gregory (9-0)


No. 5 Arlington/Lake Preston (7-2) at No. 4 Miller/Highmore-Harrold (7-2)


No. 7 Kimball/White Lake (5-4) at No. 2 Bon Homme (7-2)


No. 6 Garretson (7-2) at No. 3 Irene-Wakonda (8-1)


Class 9A


No. 8 Timber Lake (6-3) at No. 1 Corsica-Stickney (9-0)


No. 5 Avon (7-2) at No. 4 Howard (8-1)


No. 7 Lyman (6-3) at No. 2 Warner (7-2)


No. 6 Canistota/Freeman (6-3) at No. 3 Britton-Hecla (8-1)


Class 9B


No. 8 Burke/South Central (5-4) at No. 1 Sully Buttes (9-0)


No. 5 Colome (8-1) at No. 4 Harding County (9-0)


No. 7 Faulkton Area (6-3) at No. 2 Colman-Egan (9-0)


No. 6 Castlewood (8-1) at No. 3 Wall (9-0)


The Mitchell Kernel volleyball team, 17-2 overall 10-2 in the ESD Conference and ranked #2 in Class “AA”, will host Pierre tonight in their annual Team Pink Night at the Senior High gym.  Mitchell beat Pierre back on September 12th in Pierre 25-13, 25-16 and 25-13.  Pierre is 6-12 overall and are seeded #12 while the Kernels are seeded #2 in Class AA behind Rapid City Stevens and just ahead of Harrisburg with four matches remaining.  The Top 16 make the post season in volleyball.  KORN will broadcast the match tonight against Pierre with the pre-match starting at 6:50pm and first set starts at 7:00pm on AM 1490 KORN and on-line at  Tuesday the Kernels travel to Yankton.


The Dakota Wesleyan University volleyball team, 15-14 overall and 2-8 in the GPAC, hit the road this weekend taking on Concordia University at 7:30pm tonight in Seward Nebraska then heading to play at Doane College on Saturday at 5:00pm.  The Tigers are in the hunt for a top eight seed in the GPAC Tourney and need two or three more conference wins to solidify their spot and make it to the post season for the first time in years.  The GPAC has five teams ranked in the top 25 in NAIA including four in the top 10.  Plus, one team is receiving votes and just missed the top 25.  The next home match will be on October 27th against the College of Saint Mary at the Corn Palace starting at 6:00pm. 


The Mitchell Christian volleyball team (4-17) plays Andes Central/Dakota Christian tonight in New Holland.  Varsity match starts around 7:30pm tonight. 


The DWU Tiger football team, 4-4 overall and 2-3 in the GPAC, will host Briar Cliff University for a GPAC battle at 1:00pm Saturday at Joe Quintal Stadium in Mitchell.  The Chargers are 0-8 overall and 0-5 in the GPAC.  Also on the schedule is a road trip to Concordia Nebraska and a home game against Dordt College to close the season on November 4th.  Three GPAC football teams are ranked in the top 25 in NAIA with two more teams receiving votes this week.    


The South Dakota State University football team begins a stretch of two consecutive road games against Missouri Valley Football Conference opponents by traveling Saturday to Missouri State.  Kickoff is slated for 2:00pm in Springfield, Missouri with the Jackrabbit Pre-Game Show starting at 1:00pm on AM 1490 KORN Saturday afternoon.  The Jackrabbits slipped to 13th in both the FCS Media Poll and the FCS Coaches' rankings this week.  SDSU is now 4-2 overall and 1-2 in the MVFC.  Missouri State is 1-5 overall and 0-3 in the Valley. 


The USD Coyote football team, ranked #4 in the FCS Polls, will travel to Illinois State with kick-off set for 2:00pm Saturday.  The Coyotes return home on October 28th to host Southern Illinois in the Dakota Dome at 3:00pm. 


Coming off a trip to the NAIA National Tournament last season in Branson Missouri, the Dakota Wesleyan University men’s basketball team was picked second in the GPAC preseason poll.  DWU tallied 73 total points and two first-place votes, while Northwestern College was tabbed the preseason favorite with 78 total points and seven first-place votes. Rounding out the top-5 were Briar Cliff University in third, Morningside College in fourth and Midland University in fifth.  The Tiger men open the season against Sisseton Wahpeton College at 8:00pm on October 27th at the Corn Palace.  It will be a doubleheader with the volleyball team that night as the Tiger volleyball team will host the College of Saint Mary starting at 6:00pm followed by the men’s basketball game at 8:00pm.  The Tiger men’s team will also host Jamestown College on Halloween Night in a doubleheader with the women at 6:00pm and the Tiger men at 8:00pm.  The Tiger men will also play in the Pentagon Classic on November 4th and 5th against Presentation College and Dakota State University.


Coming off a trip to the NAIA National Tournament and an appearance in the Great Plains Athletic Conference championship game a season ago, the Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team was picked second in the GPAC preseason poll.  DWU tallied 90 total points and one first place vote, while Concordia University was tabbed the preseason favorite with 100 total points and 10 first-place votes. Rounding out the top-5 was Morningside College in third, Northwestern College in fourth and Hastings College in fifth.  The Tiger women open the season against future GPAC member, the University of Jamestown at 6:00pm on Halloween Night at the Corn Palace. 

The Tiger women will also play in the Pentagon Classic November 4th and 5th in Sioux Falls.  On November 4th the Tiger women play Presentation College at 2:00pm followed by the Tiger men at 4:00pm against the Saints.  November 5th the Tiger women play Dakota State at 4:00pm and the Tiger men follow at 6:00pm against the Trojans. 


Statewide football scores from Thursday October 19th:


Aberdeen Central 13, Pierre 10


Brandon Valley 42, Sioux Falls O'Gorman 30


Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 58, Standing Rock, N.D. 0


Dakota Valley 35, Tea Area 6


Douglas 46, Belle Fourche 14


Huron 12, Brookings 0


Madison 38, Dell Rapids 21


Milbank 13, Tri-Valley 0


Mitchell 41, Spearfish 0


Pine Ridge 44, Little Wound 8


Rapid City Stevens 41, Rapid City Central 7


Sioux Falls Roosevelt 58, Watertown 16


Sioux Falls Washington 64, Sioux Falls Lincoln 7


St. Thomas More 70, Todd County 32

Sturgis Brown 33, Hot Springs 7


Vermillion 62, St. Francis Indian 0


West Central 45, Lennox 21


Yankton 34, Harrisburg 7


Class 9AA First Round Region 1

Miller/Highmore-Harrold 50, Webster 26


Wolsey-Wessington 52, Eureka/Bowdle 14


Region 2

Arlington/Lake Preston 18, Baltic 0


Garretson 34, Hamlin 6


Region 3

Bon Homme 50, Deuel 0


Irene-Wakonda 35, Parkston 12


Region 4

Gregory 60, Elkton-Lake Benton 22


Kimball/White Lake 54, Rapid City Christian 0


Class 9A First Round Region 1

Britton-Hecla 34, Clark/Willow Lake 12


Warner 55, Potter County 0


Region 2

Canistota 36, DeSmet 22


Howard 42, Chester 15


Region 3

Avon 56, Alcester-Hudson 6

Corsica/Stickney 56, Herreid/Selby Area 6


Region 4

Lyman 30, Philip 14


Timber Lake 27, New Underwood 8


Class 9BFirst Round Region 1

Faulkton 28, Langford 0


Sully Buttes 50, Hitchcock-Tulare 0


Region 2

Castlewood 48, Waverly-South Shore 3


Colman-Egan 52, Northwestern 6


Region 3

Burke/South Central 40, Scotland 18


Colome 60, Sunshine Bible Academy 8


Region 4

Harding County 40, Kadoka Area 6


Wall 59, Bison 6


Class 11B First Round Region 1

Aberdeen Roncalli 27, Mobridge-Pollock 9


Groton Area 56, Bennett County 6


Region 2

Sioux Falls Christian 28, Canton 22, OT


Sioux Valley 51, Elk Point-Jefferson 0


Region 3

Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan 42, McCook Central/Montrose 0

Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central 13, Mt. Vernon/Plankinton 10


Region 4

Red Cloud 40, Lead-Deadwood 7


Winner 54, Stanley County 0


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