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Returning letterwinners from Mitchell High School football include, front row from left: Trenton Regan, Lukas Bennett, Bryce Palmer, Joe VanOverschelde, Carson Fahey, Josh Grosdidier, Jagger Tyler, Treyson Schulz and Joseph Haddon; Middle row: Adam Fahey, Tucker Vilhauer, Aj Siemsen, Jake Helleloid, Kendell Fick, Braden Szabo, Kole Schelske, Jace Larson and Carson Jennings; Back row: Marquis Reyelts, Landon Waddell and August Anderson.

EXPERIENCE SET TO LEAD THE WAY FOR KERNEL FOOTBALL By Branden Hull Mitchell Republic

The Mitchell High School football team believes it has experience on their side heading into this season. There are 22 seniors on the roster and head coach Kent VanOverschelde believes experience will be the team’s biggest strength. “As a team, we need to use that experience that we have going forward because that’s our biggest strength,” VanOverschelde said. “That experience that we have coming back will be the biggest help for us.” Offensively, Mitchell’s senior quarterback Tucker Vilhauer returns to the team and will be used differently in the offense than previous seasons. Last season, he rushed for 10 touchdowns and 990 yards on 138 carries, but his passing ability will be utilized more this season. “We’re going to be able to use that passing game to move the football,” VanOverschelde said. “With both our quarterbacks Tucker Vilhauer and Treyson Schulz having a lot of experience from a year ago, we’ll be able to use the passing game purposefully to

avoid second-and-longs or third-andlongs that force you to throw the football because we have the guys on the perimeter that do a good job catching the ball.” Vilhauer and Schulz will have a strong receiving core that consists of seniors Jace Larson and Carson Fahey, along with juniors A.J. Siemsen and Lukas Bennett. Despite losing Parker Phillips, who led the rushing attack for the Kernels last season with 1,429 yards and 16 touchdowns, to graduation, VanOverschelde believes the run game will be just as stout being led by senior Josh Grosdidier, who had 432 yards on the ground with 13 touchdowns. Grosdidier is also a starting linebacker for the Kernels and had 89 tackles last season. “We’re still going to be able to run the football, there’s no doubt about that,” VanOverschelde said. “Grosdidier is 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, he’ll be significant on both sides of the football.” While the offensive line struggled last season, VanOverschelde has the confidence in his players to be better this season. “We had a lack of experience on

the offensive line last year, but that’s something that we addressed over the course of the summer,” VanOverschelde said. “It might be a question mark, but I have a lot of confidence in the guys.” The Kernels had camps over the summer for the offensive lineman to develop chemistry and develop the proper techniques ahead of a new season. Kendall Fick and Adam Fahey will be the veterans on the offensive line, and Beau Foote will return for Mitchell, but he didn’t play football during the 2020 season. Offensive coordinator Eric Witte now has full responsibility of the offensive scheme, stepping into the lead role after shared coordinator duties for the previous three seasons. VanOverschelde is excited to see Witte as the one putting his stamp on the offense. “I’m excited about his preparation to this point and also about what he can do in that position with the experiences that he has,” VanOverschelde said. On defense, Zack Clement has moved from defensive line coach to the defensive coordinator. The Kernels have worked in the offseason to inject some

life into the defense and play with more confidence. “Every year, we try to evaluate every aspect of our program,” VanOverschelde said. “Probably the biggest thing from a defensive standpoint, it appeared in the past we were sound, but we seemed to be stagnant and that’s a big thing we prioritized this summer.” The defense is led by senior Joseph VanOverschelde who had 124 tackles last season, 65 of them solo. VanOverschelde will also be playing fullback for the Kernels on offense. Coach VanOverschelde is excited for this upcoming season and said the work the team put in this summer makes them a different team from last season. “I’m excited about the ways I’ve seen this team respond to being held accountable,” VanOverschelde said. “We’ve developed trust, but trust through accountability. When someone holds you accountable, you take it as constructive criticism and that’s helped us this offseason. We want to simply do things the right way and our guys have bought into that.”

Expectations remain high for Mitchell girls tennis By Ryan Deal Mitchell Republic

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The Mitchell High School tennis team returning letterwinners include, front row from left to right: Megan Mastel, Carsyn Weich, Delaney Degen and Amber Moller. Back row: Sydney Reynolds, Atlanta Stahle, Olivia Huber and Julia Platt.

After two straight state championships, expectations are again high for the Mitchell High School girls tennis team. The Kernels have captured back-to-back Class A girls tennis titles, including last season’s 59-point win over second-place Rapid City Christian. The Kernels return three individual state champs as the expectations are again sky high. “I talked with them a little bit about us having a target on our back and we have to be willing to accept that,” Mitchell coach Pat Moller said. “We have to expect that teams are going to elevate their play against us because when you are the top, it tends to motivate other teams to maybe play better than they would normally. We have to accept that challenge and I think our girls are ready for that.” Mitchell return a host of familiar faces to the lineup. Kiersten Bathke was the lone senior from last season’s team, which also claimed the Eastern South Dakota Conference title. Olivia Huber, Julia Platt and Megan Mastel all return after winning individual state championships. Platt and Delaney Degen claimed a doubles title, while Huber and Bathke also teamed up for a doubles championship. The Kernels started practice Monday and Moller said the host of experienced players have brought a competitive attitude. “I’ve been really impressed with how prepared the girls have been going into this first week of

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practice,” Moller said. “We do a lot of challenge matches and typically it’s pretty stressful for the girls, but they’ve all come ready to battle and their focus is where it needs to be and I am really pleased with where we are at.” Mitchell also landed a transfer in Sydney Reynolds, who was the Flight No. 1 singles player last season at Norfolk, Nebraska. But due to Mitchell’s depth, she will play Flight No. 4 singles this season. “She’s a smooth player and a very intelligent player,” Moller said. “She thinks through points well and exposes her opponents’ weaknesses. She’s going to definitely help us out.” Atlanta Stahle, who took fourth at Flight 1 singles last season, will remain in the same spot in the lineup. “She’s looked really strong in practice,” Moller said. “She has definitely blossomed into that team leader role and I think she puts a lot of expectations on herself and rightly so. She’s a very talented player.” Huber and Amber Moller will be Flight No. 2 and No. 3 singles players, respectively. Platt will be No. 5 in the singles lineup, while Mastel is again at No. 6 singles. In the doubles lineup, Huber and Stahle will be the No. 1 team. Moller/Reynolds (Flight 2) and Degen/ Mastel (Flight 3) round out the doubles lineups. “So our lineup is going to look a lot the same as it did last year,” coach Moller said. “Our girls are playing at a higher level than they were last year. I just really look forward to giving them that opportunity to show off their skill.”

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Kernel girls soccer looks for improvement 11 seniors graduated last year

put the puzzle back together,” Lemon said. “It’s not necessarily a rebuild, but The Mitchell High School girls soccer some players are being asked to play team lost 11 seniors due to graduation different positions than they have in the and the expectations have changed past. That’s going to be the challenge early in the season, understanding new from the previous two seasons. roles and responsibilities.” In each of the last two years, the Another big challenge this upcoming team finished over .500 and had been season for the Kernels will be replacing trying to overcome that hurdle of their Class AA all-state first team goalie first playoff victory. Caroline Titze. Titze had 121 saves last Coming into this season, Mitchell season, 11 of those saves came in the has one lone senior in Kennedy 2-1 playoff loss to O’Gorman. Freshmen Knippling and three juniors. This Tenley Peterson and Alexa Chapman offseason, players have been learning will take on the challenge of replacing to play different positions, and make Titze, but have big shoes to fill. the necessary adjustments for the Despite the team having six betterment of the team according to sophomores and six freshmen currently MHS coach Bob Lemon. on the roster, Lemon said the offense “Graduating such a large group we will be “very solid.” Mitchell does return leading scorer had last year, we have to reorganize and By Branden Hull Mitchell Republic

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Returning letterwinners for Mitchell High School girls soccer include, front row from left: Ayla Zilla, Ava Zilla, Jaylin Deckert, Erin Stevens, Maddie Kempf, Mia Mullenmeister. Back row: Mackenzie Peterson, Kenzi Kayl, Lily Peterson, Kennedy Knippling, Janesa Thiesse and Kassedy Knippling. Mia Mullenmeister, who scored 19 goals in 2019, but only 13 goals last season due to an ankle injury that caused her to miss four games. Lily Peterson is another key returnee and she will now play the forward position alongside Mullenmeister to provide some speed up front. Defensive anchors Kennedy Knippling and Taylin Deckert will also

be returning along with Ava Zilla. “Certainly, these girls come with a lot of experience,” Lemon said. “Our sophomores have been playing since seventh grade and some of them have already started in a playoff game. We have a lot of experience and they are transferring that experience to the younger players.”

New era under McQuillan embarks for MHS boys soccer By Branden Hull Mitchell Republic The Mitchell boys soccer team has a new first-time head coach coming into this season with varied experience, hoping to establish a competitive culture as the cornerstone of this team’s success. In the recent past, the program has been struggling. They’ve won a combined five games over the previous three seasons and the last time the team won more than two games in an individual season was 2014. MHS coach Sean McQuillan said rather than building a team, they are building a program and even though this process will be tough, it will be more rewarding in the end. “I know that the program is not necessarily one that’s known for winning games, but what I’m trying to install is not winning or losing, it’s being competitive,” McQuillan said. “Being competitive will be keeping the games closer and if we can keep the games closer, then we can get one of two results and the wins and losses will be byproducts of how we portray ourselves.” McQuillan, a native of Glasgow, Scotland, played at Division III

Greenville University (Ill.) from 2009 to 2013 and helped the Panthers to the NCAA Tournament in the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Before being hired as Mitchell’s boys soccer coach, McQuillan was assisting the Dakota Wesleyan University women’s program. He intended on helping Ken Novak, the Kernels previous coach for the last six seasons, during the 2020 season but due to COVID-19 restrictions, he wasn’t able to. McQuillan’s first practice with the team was on Aug. 2 and while he has implemented different passing and possession drills, he still is learning what team he is working with. “Obviously some boys haven’t done this before so what’s easy for me or for one or two other players, may not be easy for them,” McQuillan said. “I’m just trying to gauge who I’ve got and how I can do things.” Mitchell is entering this season with Wyatt Haibeck returning as the lone senior, along with juniors Kaileb Hubbard and Brenen Rose. These three players will be captains of a young team that include six sophomores, two freshmen, five eighth graders and four seventh graders. Despite the team being young,

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Returning letterwinners for Mitchell High School boys soccer include, front row from left: Caden Olegario, Kaleb Hubbard, Austin Hohn; Back row: Logan Oehlerking, Brenen Rose, Malachi Branch, Wyatt Haibeck and Trenton Regan. McQuillan finds it to be a positive because the situation is “moldable.” McQuillan still hasn’t seen his team play against any competition thus far and said the team will have to take the season game-by-game as far as the game plan.

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and 35 blocks. Five-foot-9 senior Taylor Haring (30 kills/23 blocks) adds to the Kernels depth up front. Familiar faces abound for the Mitchell High School Sawyer Stoebner, a 5-foot-8 sophomore, will play in the middle and gives Mitchell another option on volleyball team. The Kernels return 13 players and nine letterwinners offense. “Kaspen and Lizzie will both be playing outside, from last season’s 6-14 team. The group is headlined too,” Thill said. “Taylor Haring has looked extremely by four seniors and four juniors for coach Deb Thill’s good here as things have started. Sawyer Stoebner group. and Kaitlyn Christensen, they are the ones giving us “That’s a big bonus for us,” Thill said. “They have the offensive punch.” practiced with us and know the expectations. They Senior Sarah Sebert led the Kernels with 396 digs know the standards. We are going to rely heavily on and will again anchor Mitchell’s back row. ball control from our passers to be able to keep us in “She’s been four years in our gym with us,” Thill system so we can run some things.” said. “She started with us as a freshman, and she will Despite the host of returners, the Kernels will be our leader in the back row as well.” utilize a different offensive scheme this season. Tyler also recorded 175 digs, while sophomore Junior Lizzie Tyler racked up 128 kills last season as Paige Guthmiller logged 58 digs. Juniors Taylor an outside hitter. But will be in a new role as she and Giblin (27 digs) and Alyssa Magee (11 digs) are also junior Jurzee Gregg will split setter duties this year. returning letterwinners. “We will probably be running a 6-2 (formation) Along with an Aug. 27 home opener against Sturgis this year,” Thill said. “Lizzie last year just played and four matches at the Huron Invitational on Aug. outside hitter for us. But we think we need to utilize a 28, four of Mitchell’s first five home dual dates are little bit bigger front with always having those three at home, capped by a Saturday, Sept. 11 Kernel Bowl big people in the front row.” matchup with Huron at 3 p.m. The Kernels are powered up front by 6-foot-3 Other schedule highlights include a triangular senior Kaspen Alm, who recorded 143 kills and a with Spearfish and Douglas on Sept. 18 in Spearfish; team-high 44 blocks last season. Five-foot-11 senior hosting Class AA newcomer Sioux Falls Jefferson on Kaitlyn Christensen returns after logging 57 kills Oct. 12 and capping the regular season with a Nov. 4

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The Mitchell High School volleyball returning letterwinners include, front row from left to right: Lizzie Tyler, Alyssa Magee, Paige Guthmiller, Taylor Giblin and Jurzee Gregg. Back row: Taylor Haring, Kaitlyn Christensen, Kaspen Alm and Sarah Sebert.

home match with Sioux Falls O’Gorman. The Class AA SoDak 16 state-qualifying round will be played one week later on Thursday, Nov. 11, and the Class AA state tournament will be the first South Dakota High School Activities Association championship to be contested at the new Monument arena in Rapid City.

MHS cheer, dance seek more in 2021 By Marcus Traxler Mitchell Republic The Mitchell High School competitive cheer and dance teams have plenty to build off in 2021. The Kernels’ competitive cheer team was ninth a season ago at the Class AA state meet and scored a school record for points (228.5), a significant step forward for the team under coach Alisha Lockhart. Now the goal is to pick up the progress again and charge ahead, trying to compete with the top teams in the Eastern South Dakota Conference. The team has a big core of 14 returning letterwinners and five seniors are on the roster with Jamie Herren, Heaven Hofer, Chloe Holzwarth, Alyssa Hughes, and Chelsey Mohr. Lockhart said the team has benefitted from having more MHS gymnasts — coming from a program that is a regular state championship contender — participating in cheer, where many of the same attributes carry over to success. “We’ve kind of become known for Mitchell cheer having good tumbling, and having that gymnastics experience is a major reason why,” Lockhart said. “We had some success last year and now we’ve stepped it up this year in our stunting difficulty. It is a challenge for the girls but we’re not going to get better if we don’t push ourselves.” While the difficulty is being increased for Mitchell,

execution remains a high priority because that gives the Kernels a chance to close the gap on teams with a traditionally high level of difficulty, such as from the Sioux Falls high schools. “We know our execution has to be flawless, because we might be able to make up points there,” Lockhart said. “We are really working toward that.” One annual perk for Mitchell is how its schedule is laid out. The annual Mitchell Invitational is Oct. 9 at the Corn Palace, where Mitchell will host about 20 teams from both classes of competition, and that is followed by the ESD meet on Oct. 16 and the state meet is Oct. 23. It sets up the clear goal of peaking for the end of the season. “It all lines up for us at the end of the season,” Lockhart said. “We know our girls get excited to compete at home and then the goal is really carrying that through the end of the season, as well.”

Dance team paced by seven seniors

For the MHS dance team, led by coach Cassey VerHey, they’re looking to build on an 11th place finish at the Class AA state meet in 2020. The Kernels were eighth in pom and 10th in hip hop but slid down the order when the scores were averaged out for the final totals. There are some notable rule changes for 2021 in

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Returning letterwinners for Mitchell competitive cheer includes, front row from left, Jannessa Stevenson, Joslin Sommerville, Lara Widstrom, Sara Mauszycki, Alyssa Hughes, Tabitha Sadler, Kallie Volk and Chelsey Mohr. Back row: Peightyn Sullivan, Gwendolyn McAbee, Kyra Gropper, Harley Goldammer, Heaven Hofer, Chloe Holzwarth, Jamie Herren and MaKenzie Kock.

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Returning letterwinners for Mitchell competitive dance include, front row from left, Madeline Pudwill, Tessa Allen, Gracie Czmowski, Chloe Holzwarth, Natasha Rieger and Heaven Hofer. Back row: Addisen VanderWilt, Madison Walz, Olivia Walz, Allison Rasmussen, Grace Roden and Keenah Escobin.

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competitive dance in South Dakota, including the elimination of kick as a competition category. That leaves three disciplines for teams to choose from and they can be scored on two at a meet: jazz, pom and hip hop. Teams are judged on their choreography, execution, and presentation in each division. Mitchell will participate in pom and hip hop, which has been their preferred setup for the last few years. VerHey said her team likes pom because there’s a continued element of school spirit, and hip-hop is a discipline that gets dancers with less experience more involved. She said the team’s goal is to be in the top-10 in the state by season’s end. The team has been practicing since early August, but is refining its routine in the final week before the season opener. “We’re excited about pom this year. Our choreography is great, probably the best it’s ever been for us,” VerHey said. “In hip hop, our style is really good, so I know we’re all excited to get going.” The team is led by its upperclassmen, with seven seniors on the roster for dance, led by Gracie Czmowski, Gracie Geppert, Heaven Hofer, Chloe Holzwarth, Becca Long, Maddie Pudwill and Natasha Rieger. The state meet for both competitions will be held Oct. 22-23 at Brandon Valley.

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MHS boys golf team welcomes back host of returners By Ryan Deal Mitchell Republic They’ll be a host of familiar Kernels on the tee this season. The Mitchell High School boys golf team returns seven letterwinners and has 32 total golfers on this year’s roster. The Kernels are headlined by senior Macon Larson, who captured 12th at last year’s Class AA boys golf meet, and will contend for an individual state championship this year, said co-head coach Ryker Kreutzfeldt. “Macon has worked on his game non-stop all summer,” Kreutzfeldt said. “He’s gotten a lot better off the tee and he’s learning how to score now. He’s been playing really well and he’s continuing to get better. He hasn’t reached his max potential. So our job is going to be to figure out

how we can cut a couple strokes here and there for him. He’s going to be a really good player and tough to beat.” Larson and Ashton Reimnitz, another state qualifier, are the lone seniors on the team. Reimnitz tied for 68th place last season at state. There will be a handful of other players with varsity experience pushing for one of the top-six spots. Juniors Jackson Childs and Lincoln Bates and sophomore Noah Larson are state qualifiers. Childs tied for 53rd, Bates finished 64th and Larson tied for 70th. They’ll be contending for top spots, while seventh-grader Asher Dannenbring projects to be in the mix for a varsity spot. “I bet 10-to-11 kids are right there competing for that sixth spot,” Kreutzfeldt said. “So it’s

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The returning letterwinners for the Mitchell High School boys golf team includes, front row from left to right: Ashton Reimnitz, Will Prunty and Macon Larson. Back row: Noah Larson, Carter Harris, Lincoln Bates and Jackson Childs. really competitive.” The top returners also competed in a host of South Dakota Golf Association junior golf events this summer, which will help with their progression this fall. “That helps a lot because it gets you back into tournament mode,” Kreutzfeldt said. “Playing golf in the summer with your buddies or in the scramble is a lot different than playing

against some of the best players in the state. We’ve seen those players that have taken that time to play in those tournaments — at least a couple in the summer — they usually make a big leap that next year.” Mitchell will host its invitational on Sept. 17 at Lakeview Golf Course. The Eastern South Dakota tournament is Sept. 25 in Watertown. The Class AA state meet is Oct. 4-5 in Huron.

Kernel cross country runners striding for more success which will give us a better October.” The Kernels have a host of runners Katie Buschbach has a good problem with valuable running experience and still have multiple years of high school to have. The Mitchell High School cross left to run. “We have a lot of strong returners country team has 63 total runners on back,” Buschbach said. “They are only its roster. But Buschbach said the next sophomores, which is a huge majority step is retaining a bulk of the runners of our kids. Those kids have a few more for sustained success. years so I am really excited to work The Mitchell boys finished 17 out of with those kids.” 18 teams at state last season, while On the boys side, Nate McCormick the girls finished 18th in their team and Max Hart placed 100th and 101st, standings. respectively, at the “Our main goal is state meet. Carter just retention at this Moller, Grayson point,” Buschbach Hetland, Brock Russell We have a lot of said. “That way we and Dawson Schroeder can get those kids strong returners were also state runners seasoned to get them back. a season ago, while stronger and then KATIE BUSCHBACH, Buschbach also praised we can have those Eli Schroeder for his Coach older kids lead the work in the offseason. group. We can go up “He put in a lot of in the standings once we get those work this summer,” Buschbach said. younger kids retained while they are in “So he’s looking like a really big high school, so we can have a stronger contender this year to really lead us.” base.” On the girls side, Kennedy Olsen was Buschbach raved about Mitchell’s the top Mitchell finisher at state last dedication in the summer. They used an season, placing 62nd out of 121 runners. app called Strava, which tracks running Adelyn Prunty, Lindsay Andersen and and riding through GPS. Through the Mallory Fortin were also state runners app, Buschbach was able to monitor last season. their miles logged during the summer. “We have a lot of girls returning “It held them a little more which is nice to have that experience accountable,” Buschbach said. “So they and we have a lot of new kids coming did a lot more work this summer, in, too,” Buschbach said. By Ryan Deal Mitchell Republic

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The Mitchell High School boys cross-country returning letterwinners include, front row from left to right: Max Hart, Kane Grajkowske, Dawson Schroeder and Grayson Hetland. Back row: Brock Russell, Carter Moller, Nate McCormick and Eli Schroeder.

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The Mitchell High School girls cross-country returning letterwinners include, front row from left to right: Mallory Fortin, Gabby Carrels and Adelyn Prunty. Back row: Kennedy Olsen, Anna Driscoll and Lindsay Andersen.

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MHS softball looks to improve By Marcus Traxler Mitchell Republic The Mitchell High School fastpitch softball team is likely eager to turn the page to 2021. The 2020 Kernel campaign was a difficult one, in which MHS was 3-24 on the season and had its struggles on offense and defense. But Mitchell brings back almost all of its production on offense from a season ago, providing the possibility that the Kernels can put up enough runs to contend in 2021. At the plate, MHS likely will be led

by Kathleen Nash, a senior catcher, who returns after receiving all-Eastern South Dakota Conference and all-state honors last season. She hit .492 for the Kernels with two home runs and driving in 10 runs and scoring 10 times. Senior Keirstyn Krcil, a fellow all-ESD selection with an honorable mention all-state nod in 2020, hit .439 last season with a team-best 17 RBIs, while balancing pitching and playing in the infield. Kara McGee, who hit .415 in 22 games last season, and Ally Barlean, an allESD pick who had 12 RBIs and a .349 average in 2020, are among the other

top returners on offense for Mitchell. Ruby Uithoven, Kassidy Overweg, Brooklyn Jarding, Macey Linke and Ellie Kisor are back on the roster this season for Mitchell after seeing regular playing time in 2020. In the circle, Krcil will likely be asked to lead the Kernel pitching staff, given that top pitcher Jacey Linke from the 2020 season has graduated. Krcil threw 58 innings in 11 starts with 16 strikeouts to 45 walks and an earned-run average of 12.91. Linke and Krcil were the only two pitchers to log varsity innings for MHS in 2020, combining for a team ERA of 11.48. Macey Linke is also on the

roster for 2021 as a potential pitcher for MHS. The Kernels will be particularly busy in the first few weeks of the season, playing 16 games before Labor Day. The annual ESD tournament, in which Mitchell finished sixth last year, will be played Sept. 18. The state tournament is once again scheduled to be played at Sherman Park in Sioux Falls on Oct. 1 and 2. Harrisburg was the state champion in 2020, finishing with a record of 32-3 and a 12-2 victory over Sioux Falls Lincoln in the winner-take-all championship game.

Golden Eagles bring strong core to cross country course By Branden Hull Mitchell Republic The Mitchell Christian cross country team has made a challenge to its entire group to add some motivation to this upcoming season. Mitchell Christian finished fifth as a team last year in the Class B state cross country meet. Five runners competed in the race and two will no longer be on the team due to graduation. First year cross country coach Jill Nydam said the team as a whole has set a goal for the entire team to go to state this year. “Julie (Holdeman) and I are going to do everything we can to work with them and help them achieve that goal,” Nydam said. “They’ve got their own goals about setting personal records, but the team goal is that they really would like to get back to state. As a team, not as individual runners.” Nydam said she is more of a co-coach and will work alongside Julie Holdeman, who is also in her first year of coaching. “She’s amazing and I couldn’t do it without her,” Nydam said. “She is equally head coaching with me.” Nydam already had some rapport with the team before taking the coaching

job. She teaches at Mitchell Christian and her son Braeden was a part of the cross country team from seventh grade until he graduated in 2018. Nydam had a prior relationship with this team before coaching and always appreciated how patient this team is and the mindset the runners have for the sport. “This is such a great team,” Nydam said. “The parents are so supportive, the kids are going to give it their all and they’ve been real patient with Julie and I in our first year. They’ve been really helpful and it’s just a great environment. It’s been very positive and there’s a lot of humor amongst the team.” The group of runners that Nydam’s raves about features two seniors, one junior, two sophomores, one freshman, one eighth grader and three seventh graders. Hannah DeLine, MCS’ lone female racer and one eighth grader for Mitchell Christian’s cross country team, only raced in junior high races last season, but asked to run with junior varsity this season as an eighth grader. On the boys side, the Golden Eagles lost Nathanael Anderberg and Max Reynen, the two runners that finished

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Returning letterwinners from Mitchell Christian cross country include, front row from left to right: Luke Mentele, Aiden Lessman and Silas Holdeman; Back row: Hunter Patton, Joseph Tegethoff, Micah Frey, Nahum Anderberg and Hannah DeLine. top-25 in state last season. Team leader Nahum Anderberg will be returning, along with both seniors Micah Frey and Liam Pospisil who all raced at state last season. Aiden Lessman, a seventhgrader, will be the only new runner for the team.

To stay in shape and build chemistry heading into next season, Nydam had the team meeting and running a couple of times a week, but said it was not mandatory and that players will still have to do work on their own if they want to get to state.

Mitchell Christian volleyball focuses on building up team By Branden Hull Mitchell Republic The Mitchell Christian volleyball team is focusing on rebuilding its offense this season and gaining a rapport within the team. The Golden Eagles finished with a record of 5-12 last season and lost three key players to the offense, Erica Thompson, Maggie Reynen and Kaitlyn Tegethoff. “A lot of our main players graduated so we’re going to have some new faces coming in and it’s going to be a building year,” head coach Cara VanZee said. Despite Mitchell Christian losing its setter, outside hitter and middle blocker from last year’s team, transfers Kelsey Holdeman and Aspen Lessman join the team and VanZee believes they help the team defensively. “We retained two main players that we’re a big part of the defense and our transfers should help us out as well,” VanZee said. Seniors Keely O’Neill and Whisper Eben are the defensive anchors returning for the Golden Eagles, along with sophomore Lindy Hofer, who VanZee said improved last year and will have a bigger role this season. Hofer won’t start the season on the court with the team due to a knee injury, but VanZee said she might be available later in the year. O’Neill will be the setter for the Golden Eagles until Hofer returns. MCS is still focusing on sewing up their offensive strategy, as they worked on passing and hitting

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By Mitchell Republic Coach’s comments: Even though we have lots of The following information was provided by the experience, we are still going to be very young. There coaches of the respective teams or compiled by the will be a lot of sophomores and freshmen coming up Mitchell Republic’s staff. to play. Keeping our key players healthy throughout the season will also be very important, depth is Avon always a challenge in the nine-man ranks. We need Coach: Tom Culver to have a positive mindset coming in this year. Last Conference: Great Plains year was rough, we need to get that bad taste out of Class: 9B our mouths as soon as possible. Lastly, we need to get Record last year: 2-7 everyone healed up from last year and coming into Letterwinners returning: 20 the season at 100%. Top returnees: Riley Rucktaeschel, sr., QB/LB, 6-3, 170; Lincoln Thury, sr., FB/LB, 6-2, 185, Kley Heumiller, jr., OG/DT, 6-1, 230; Brady Bierema, jr., RB/DB, 5-8, 149; Noah Watchorn, so., RB/ LB, 5-9, 180; Caleb Wallinga, so., TE/DE, 6-2, 200; Landon Thury, so., OL/DL, 6-2, 207; Jaden Stahl, jr., WR/DB, 5-7, 135 Top newcomers: Landon Mudder, fr., FB/LB, 5-7, 160; Cody Soukup, jr., TE/DE, 6-2, 160; Tyler Tjeerdsma, so., RB/DB, 5-7, 140; Trace Pelton, so., TE/DE, 6-1, 150; Paxton Bierema, so., QB/DB, 5-6, 135; Devin Rucktaeschel, fr., DT/OG, 5-9, 180; Aziah Meyer, fr., Submitted by Mike Sebern QB/LB, 6-0, 175. Returning letterwinners for Burke football include, front Coach’s comments: We have several players that row from left, Tyler Spencer, Jackson Bauld and Ben have more than one year of varsity experience. Our Witt. Back row: Brogan Glover, Gunnar Stephens, overall team experience will be an asset and our Bryce Frank, Mason Hood and Taron Serr. Not pictured: players are determined to bring Avon football back to a power in 9B football. If we can have success early Jay Wright. and get confidence, I think our team can have a successful season.

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Returning letterwinners for the Canistota/Freeman football team include, front row from left, Jesse Marquardt, Joseph Bond, Evan Scharberg, Isiah Robertson, Cayden Scott, Tye Merrill, Austin Matthaei, Camrin Thompson, Tage Ortman and Avery Kaufman. Middle row: Jacob Swensen, Will Ortman, Deshon Thompson, Ethan Balvin, Maison Montgomery, Trace Ortman and Noah Kleinsasser. Back row: Zac Sayler, Brandon Kjetland, Dawson Munkvold, Riley Heiberger, Jon Law and Jackson Brown.

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Coach: Jeff Rademacher Class: 11B Record last year: 2-6 Key players: Cody Steen, sr., WR/DB, 5-7, 165; Caleb Blasingame, sr., OL/DL, 5-10, 265; Jeren Herron, sr., OL/LB, 6-0, 195; David Newton, sr., C/LB, 6-0, 210; Burke Wyatt Powers, sr., OL/DE, 6-0, 225; Zachery Toering, Coach: Mike Sebern Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan sr., OT/DT, 6-0, 245; Brooks Swanson, sr., OT/DT, Conference: Great Plains Coach: Jeff VanLeur 6-3, 185; Caleb Borah, sr., OL/DL, 6-1, 265; Thomas Class: 9A Conference: Big East Powell, sr., WR/LB, 5-10, 160; Sellyck McManus, sr., Record last year: 5-4 Class: 11B TE/DE, 6-7, 240; Walter Kills Crow, jr., WR/DB, 5-10, Letterwinners returning: Nine Record last year: 11-1, Class 11B runner-up 165; Olan Ellsworth, jr., RB/LB, 5-7, 190; Julius BruTop returnees: Taron Serr, sr., 6-1, RB/LB; Ben Key players: Kaden Klumb, sr., QB/DB, 6-1, 190; guier, jr., RB/LB, 5-11, 210; Collin Two Strike, jr., WR/ Witt, sr., 6-0, QB/DB; Bryce Frank, sr., 6-2, RB/DB; Hunter Bailey, sr., TE/LB, 5-11, 180 DB, 5-9, 130; C.J. Yost, jr., RB/DB, 6-1, 180; Swade Clay Hohn, sr., RB/LB, 6-0, 205; Koby Kayser, sr., Brogan Glover, sr., 6-0, TE/DB; Gunnar Stephens, jr., Reis, jr., TE/LB, 6-2, 170; Noah Hutmacher, jr., FB/ 6-0, TE/LB; Jackson Bauld, sr., 5-6, RB/DB; Mason RB/LB, 5-9, 185; Ty Neugebauer, sr., OL/LB, 6-2, 210; LB, 6-3, 215; Ty Graesser, jr., FB/DB, 6-1, 180; Talvin Hood, sr., 6-0, OL/LB; Tyler Spencer, sr., 5-9, OL/DL; Jay Storm, sr., WR/DB, 6-4, 165; Jackson Harberts, Fallis, jr., OG/DT, 6-0, 180 sr., OL/DL, 6-2, 195; Ryder Clendening, sr., OL/DL, Jay Wright, jr., 6-0, RB/DL. Top newcomers: Jaden Swan, jr., 6-1, OL/DL; Daw6-1, 225; Dylan Johansen, sr., OL/DL, 6-0, 250; Joe Kirby, sr., OL/DL, 6-4, 195; Lukus Mentele, sr., OL/ son York, so., 6-0, OL/DL; Reed Benter, so., 6-1, QB/ DL, 6-2, 240; Aaron Wollmann, sr., OL/DL, 6-0, 225; DB; Gentry Bartling, fr., 5-10, RB/DB; Ira Burroughs, Sam Hofer, jr., QB/DB, 6-0, 175; Skylar Hopkins, jr., jr., 5-8, RB/DB. Coach’s comments: We return quite a bit of expeRB/DB, 5-10, 165; Sutton Arend, jr., WR/DB, 6-3, 185; Jaden Eddy, jr., TE/DB, 6-1, 140; Aguer Van Sickle, jr., rience this fall. As always, we must develop younger TE/DL, 6-4, 215; Kody Klumb, jr., TE/DL, 6-0, 160; players and stay healthy. We expect to be very com- FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Page 8 Maddox Kihne, jr., RB/DB, 5-10, 140; Wyatt Sinke, jr., petitive this season. RB/DB, 6-2, 175; Riley Endres, jr., RB/DB, 6-0, 180; Canistota/Freeman Brody Riggs, jr., OL/DL, 6-0, 230 Coach: James Strang Conference: Cornbelt Bon Homme Class: 9AA Coach: Byron Pudwill Record last year: 11-1, Class 9A champions Conference: Missouri Valley Top returnees: Isiah Robertson, sr., RB/DB, 5-11, Class: 9AA FROM THESE SUPPORTIVE BUSINESSES! 160; Noah Kleinsasser, jr., WR/LB, 6-0, 170; Riley Record last year: 2-6 Heiberger, sr., OL/DL, 6-3, 225 Letterwinners returning: 14 Top newcomers: Ethan Balvin, jr., FB/LB, 6-0, 165; Top returnees: Landon Bares, so., WR/DB, 6-0, Tye Merrill, jr., WR/DB, 5-9, 150; Trace Ortman, jr., 160; Isaac Crownover, jr., RB/DB, 6-0, 180 Jacob Denton, sr., OL/DL, 5-9, 175; Cayden Himes, OL/DL, 5-11, 200; Will Ortman, jr. WR/DB, 6-0, 160; jr., TE/DE, 6-0, 200; Karsten Kozak, sr., OL/DL, 6-4, Austin Matthaei, jr. OL/DL, 5-9, 240; Cayden Scott, Communications, Inc. 190; Matt Rezac, sr., OL/DL, 6-0, 190; Riley Roth- so., TE/LB, Communications, Inc. 609 S Highway 81 schadl, jr., QB/DB, 6-1, 190; Landon Smith, jr., OL/ Communications, Inc. Serving Alexandria, Canova, LB, 6-0, 160; Logan Winckler, jr., WR/DB, 5-9, 170. Freeman, SD Serving Alexandria, Canova, Center, Clayton, Emery, Serving Alexandria, Canova, Top newcomers: Keegan Ashes, so., OL/DL, 5-11, Center, Clayton, Emery, Fulton, Salem, Spencer, and Center, Clayton, Emery, 170; Jackson Caba, so., RB/DB, 5-9, 150; Brody Cihak, Fulton, Salem, Spencer, and Winfred. Fulton, Salem, Spencer, and sr., OL/DL, 5-10, 175; Rhett Connors, so., OL/NG, 5-7, Winfred. We make deliveries Winfred. 215; Chapin Cooper, so., RB/LB, 5-8, 155; Jacob Cuka, www.triotel.net to Bridgewater so., OL/DL, 5-10, 170; Brock Kotalik, so., WR/DB, www.triotel.net www.triotel.net 5-8, 130; Easton Mudder, so., QB/DB, 5-9, 150; Coen and Menno. Scheuerman, jr., TE/LB, 5-8, 155; Tristen Simek, so., OL/DL, 5-10, 240; Jace Toupal, so., TE/LB, 5-9, 160; Evan Ulmer, so., TE/LB, 5-10, 165; Wes Kaul, jr., OL/ LB, 5-8, 160.

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Class: 9A Record last year: 5-4 Letterwinners returning: Seven Top returnees: Rylan Peck, so., QB/LB, 5-11, 165; Eli Fogel, jr., WR/LB, 5-9, 170; Kade Stukel, jr., RB/ SS, 5-8, 155; Owen Hansen, jr., RB/LB, 5-6, 135; Trey Murray, so., RB/LB, 5-8, 170; Jaden Graber, jr., OG/ DE, 5-7, 195; Gannon Thomas, so., RB/LB, 5-11, 170. Top newcomers: Jerrit Talsma, jr., OL/DL, 6-2, 185; Wyatt Weller, jr. OL/DL, 6-2, 295; Jayden Miller, jr., RB/LB, 5-7, 160. Coach’s comments: This group of young men bring a variety of individual talents and skills into our team philosophy. The football staff is looking forward to incorporating these talents into a team format. The biggest challenges facing the Gorillas in 2021 are playing a tough schedule and replacing a talented group of seniors. The key to a successful season is staying healthy and developing the younger players.

5-10, 150; Brock Tuttle, so., FB/LB, 5-10, 200; Austin Easton, sr., OG/LB, 5-11, 165; Riley Haynes, jr., TE/DE, 6-0, 175; Ethan Cheeseman, jr., TE/S, 6-4, 200; Hadley Wallace, jr., RB/LB, 5-10, 185; Garrett Moschell, jr., FB/DL, 5-5, 205; Lawson Sapp, so., TE/LB, 6-0, 150; Isayah Price, so., OL/DL, 6-3, 250; Hayden Schroeder, so., OL/DL, 5-8, 174; Colton Dillon, sr., OL/DL, 6-1, 255. Coach’s comments: We will have good team speed and will have depth at all positions. We will need to develop depth on our offensive and defensive line, and our ability to control the line of scrimmage will be a key to a successful season.

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Returning letterwinners for Hanson football include, front row from left, Ethan Cheeseman, Riley Haynes, Colton Dillon, Jayden Kayser, Austin Easton, Kade Waldera, Jayce Slaba and Keenan Waldera. Back row: Coach’s comments: We are very young and inexperienced but talented. We are going to have to adjust to Hayden Schroeder, Hadley Wallace, Jackson Jarding, Dan Bechtold / Winner Advocate the speed of varsity games in order to compete with Brock Tuttle, Isayah Price, Lawson Sapp and Garrett Moschell. Returning letterwinners for Colome football include, everyone on our schedule. front row from left, Billy Looking Cloud, Kaden Pechota, Jordyn Harter Sully Shippy and Taitin Ringing Shield. Gregory Key players: Kade Waldera, sr., QB/DB, 5-11, 170; Coach: Mike Murray Back row: Klayton Heath, Aiden Muller, Jack Anderson Jayce Slaba, so., QB/DB, 5-8, 115; Keenan Waldera, Conference: Missouri Valley and Kash Heath. jr., RB/DB, 5-6, 115; Jackson Jarding, jr., RB/DB,

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Lyman

Coach: Mike Kieffer Conference: Western Great Plains Class: 9AA Record last year: 6-3 Key players: Jacob Sazue, sr., WR/DB, 5-10, 175; Shilo Mowry, sr., RB/LB, 5-8, 160; Sam McClanahan, sr., WR/DB, 6-0, 180; Stockton McClanahan, sr., WR/ DB, 6-2, 190; Colton Collins, sr., RB/LB, 6-2, 190; Issac Thomas, sr., OL/DE, 6-0, 185; Zack Oldenkamp, sr., OL/DL, 5-11, 210; T.J. Moran, sr., OL/DL, 5-9, 225; Teagan Gourneau, jr., QB/LB, 5-10, 185; Tance Wagner, jr., OL/DE, 6-2, 175; Gunner Johnson, jr., OL/DL, 6-0, 195; Damian Abrahamson, jr., OL/DL, 6-1, 190; Demery Hood, jr., OL/DL, 5-10, 230; Dalton Moore, Courtesy photo jr., OL/DL, 6-3, 265.

Returning letterwinners for Howard football include, from left, Jace Sifore, Ty Beyer and John Callies.

Howard

Coach: Pat Ruml Conference: Cornbelt Class: 9A Record last year: 9-1 Letterwinners returning: 15 Key players: Jace Sifore, sr., TE/DE, 6-3, 250; Ty Beyer, sr., RB/LB, 5-10, 180; John Callies, sr., FB/LB, 5-9, 175; Kaden Hofer, jr., OL/DL, 5-10, 230; Karsyn Feldhaus, so., FB/CB, 5-9, 145; Atticus Darnell, jr. TE/ DE, 6-1, 200; Jack Neises, jr., OL/LB, 5-8, 155; Gabe Turpin, jr. OL/DL, 5-9, 220; Taiden Hoyer, so., QB/S, 5-10, 230. Coach’s comments: We have 12 seniors and juniors on the roster, and a lot of younger kids out this year, so we should have some depth again if we get the younger group to develop. We’re going to need to make sure we stay healthy and get this new group to fill in for the loss of so many talented seniors last season. We expect these guys to compete every game, so our goals do not change from year to year.

McCook Central/Montrose

Coach: Shawn Flanagan Conference: Big East Class: 11B Record last year: 5-4 Key players: Cody Miles, sr., WR/DB, 5-10, 160; Gavin Gordon, sr., QB, 6-4, 185; Kyle Schoon, sr., WR, 6-3, 160; Joe Loudenberg, sr., WR/DB, 5-8, 150; Trey Clausen, sr., RB/LB, 5-6, 155; Trevor Hansen, sr., RB/ DE, 6-0, 180; Braeden Kerkhove, sr., OL/LB, 5-9, 180; Micah VanRuler, sr., OL/DL, 6-6, 250; Elliott Chase, sr., OL/DL, 6-0, 260; Jackson Grady, jr., WR/LB, 6-1, 165; Will Cleveland, jr., WR/DB, 5-10, 155; Mason Pulse, jr., WR/DE, 6-3, 185; Landon Roling, jr., WR/ DB, 5-11, 170; Brode Dennis, jr., OL/LB, 5-8, 190; Austin Hoiten, jr., OL/DL, 6-1, 225 Joren Peterson, jr., OL/DE, 6-3, 150; Alex Huls, jr., OL/DL, 5-9, 230; Nathan Krier, jr., OL/DL, 5-8, 210; Jake VanHout, jr., OL/DL, 6-2, 285; Isaac Pulse, jr., OL/DL, 5-9, 230; Brock Nordlund, jr., OL/DL, 5-10, 240; Paul Watkins, jr., WR/DB, 5-9, 145

Mount Vernon/Plankinton

Coach: Brent Olson Conference: Southeast South Dakota Jim River Class: 11B Coach: Ryan Robb Record last year: 3-3 Conference: Southeast South Dakota Key players: Hadley Tobin, sr., RB/DB, 5-10, 135; Class: 11B Griffin Tobin, sr., RB/DB, 6-0, 155; Lincoln Klooz, sr., Record last year: first year as co-op Key players: Treyton Sayler, sr., 6-1, 210, RB/DE; RB/LB, 5-10, 180; Cole Pranger, sr., OL/LB, 5-10, 210; Tyler Massey, sr., 6-0, 170, RB/LB; Austin Pillsbury, Cole Larsch, sr., OL/DL, 5-10, 265; Reece Risseeuz, sr., 5-11, 175, WR/LB; Dawson Bietz, sr., 6-0, 175, QB/ sr., OL/DL, 6-3, 185; Kaleb Schurz, sr., OL/DL, 5-11, LB; Turner Nicholson, sr., 6-0, 185, RB/LB; Karson 225; Ryan Chapman, sr., OL/DL, 6-3, 235; Kellen Bierle, sr., 5-10, 180, C/LB; Conner Odens, sr., 6-1, Cassidy, sr., OL/DL, 6-0, 290; Reed Rus, jr., QB/LB, 240, C/DL; Nick Harrington, sr., 6-0, 185, WR/LB; 6-4, 190; Christopher Mayer, jr., RB/DB, 5-11, 175; Drew Gerlach, jr., RB/DB, 5-11, 165; Austin Hauge, jr., Kalen Maruska, sr., 5-11, 190, OL/LB Coach’s comments: For us, with the new co-op, OL/LB, 5-7, 145; Charlie Prien, jr., OL/DL, 6-2, 215; some keys will be learning the strengths of all the Daniel Laufman, jr., OL/DL, 6-0, 170; Rylan Bush, guys and putting the best team possible on the field jr., OL/LB, 6-0, 170; Kristofer Guindon, jr., OL/DL, come Friday night. Staying healthy will also be key in 5-8, 190; Turner Harris, jr., OL/DL, 5-11, 205; Jordan having a successful season. We have to avoid major Stoltz, jr., WR/DB, 6-6, 170. injuries. Although we will have 30-35 kids on the roster, we will still not be very deep in some positions. As far as tough teams in our class, we will have to figure out how to compete and win in 11B. Everyone we play will be a test for us.

Kimball/White Lake

Coach: Kenny Huether Conference: Missouri Valley Class: 9A Record last year: 1-7 Key players: Kaden Tyrrell, sr., RB/LB, 6-0, 175; Levi Nightengale, sr., RB/LB, 6-4, 200; Kameron Styles, sr., OG/DT, 6-2, 290; Jacob Novak, sr., TE/DE, 6-4, 210; Carter Lenz, jr., WR/CB, 6-0, 160; Colton Michalek, jr., WR/CB, 6-0, 145; Joey Hicks, jr., QB/CB, 5-10, 140; Beau Kirsch, jr., WR/CB, 6-0, 145; Jayden Kahler, jr., RB/DE, 5-10, 175; Jaxon Christensen, jr., C/LB, 6-2, 210; Jaxon Pursell, jr., OG/DE, 6-4, 225

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Returning letterwinners for Platte-Geddes football include Grayson Hanson, Jackson Neuman, Caden Foxley, Jackson Olsen, Reggie Ringling, Royce Finney, Aiden Bultje, Chase Varilek, Dawson Hoffman, Joey Foxley, Brevin DeJong, Lee Reiser, Joey Bass and Skyler Hanten.

Platte-Geddes

Coach: Bruce Hanson Conference: Missouri Valley Class: 9AA Record last year: 12-0, Class 9AA champions Letterwinners returning: 25 Top returnees: Grayson Hanson, sr., RB/LB, 6-0, 175; Jackson Neuman, sr., RB/CB, 6-1, 170; Caden Foxley, sr., TE/DE, 6-5, 230; Jackson Olsen, sr., TE/DL, 6-1, 190; Reggie Ringling, sr., OL/DL, 5-10, 240; Royce Finney, sr., OL/ DL, 5-10, 220; Aiden Bultje, jr., WR/LB, 5-11, 170; Chase Varilek, sr., RB/LB, 5-9, 155. Top newcomers: Dawson Hoffman, jr., QB/DB, 5-10, 150; Joey Foxley, so., WR/LB, 5-11, 160; Brevin DeJong, sr., OL/ DL, 5-11, 165; Lee Reiser, jr., OL/DL, 6-0, 205; Joey Bass, jr., RB/NT, 5-8, 155; Skyler Hanten, so., TE/DE, 6-2, 165. Coach’s comments: We have four seniors that will be starting for their third straight year and also saw significant time as a freshman and then we have more seniors that started or played a lot last year. Our depth will be a strength. We know we will get teams’ best effort, so our challenge will be staying focused on one game at a time. We have one of the toughest schedules in the state, which will help us down the road.

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Coach: Marshall Faulkner Conference: Southeast South Dakota Class: 11B Record last year: 3-5 in Class 9AA Letterwinners returning: Seven Top returnees: Trey Sparks, sr., 5-8, WR/DB; Rizon Clark, sr., 5-11, WR/DB; Gavin Westendorf, sr., 6-0, RB/ LB; Nolan Black Cloud, sr., 6-0, WR/DE; Apollo Weddell, sr., 5-11, C/LB; Zach Hotchkiss, sr., 6-0, OG/NT; Cade Faulkner, jr., 5-11, QB/DB Top newcomers: Peyton Westendorf, fr., 6-1, OT/DT; Dalton Westendorf, fr., 6-1, OT/DT; Ethan Goehring, so., 5-11, OG/DE; Jeff Schnabel, jr., 5-9, WR/LB; Riley Spaans, fr., 6-2, WR/DE; Gunner Stranger, fr., 5-7, WR/ DB; Hunter Loeffler, fr., 5-7, WR/LB; Ty Garcia, fr., 6-2, OG/DT Coach’s comments: We moved up from Class 9AA to 11B this year. Most of our skill guys are back but we are mostly young with a good freshman class coming in.

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Returning letterwinners for Winner football include, front row from left, Jude Sargent, Michael Olson, Kaleb Osborn, Kaden Keiser and Charley Pravecek. Middle row: Sam Scholz, Jack Kruger, Ethan Bartels, Achilles Willuweit, Finn Bartels, Aiden Barfuss, Jack Peters, Tayden Mathis, Dalton Petersen, Kaden Bennett and Stratton Morehart. Back row: Kolbie Osborn, Riley Orel, Cole Rank, Owen Monk, Blake Volmer, Joey Cole, Jackson Vesely, Jace Brazelton, Hunter Osborn, Noah Best and Spencer Calhoon. Not pictured: Adam Bohnet, Cody Wheadon, Aaron Monk, Ashton Klein and Layne Moser.

Coach: Corey Flatten Conference: Southeast South Dakota Class: 11B Record last year: 7-3 Key players: Mason Schelske, sr., TE/DE, 6-6, 220; Cade Mohling, sr., WR/DB, 5-6, 135; Clay Olinger, sr., RB/CB, 5-10, 160; Cale Mohling, sr., RB/LB, 5-6, 145; Tryce Slykhuis, sr., QB/S, 6-2, 150; Carter Grohs, sr., RB/ LB, 5-10, 175; Draven Thompson, sr., OL/DL, 6-0, 200; Kaden Wolter, sr., OT/LB, 6-1, 180; Noah Wormstadt, sr., OG/LB, 6-0, 200; Philip Hines, sr., OG/DT, 6-1, 245; Quinten Christensen, sr., OT/DL, 6-5, 250; Hayden Beigh, jr., WR/DB, 5-11, 150; Michael Hoffman, jr., TE/ LB, 5-10, 145; Brady Larson, jr., RB/LB, 6-0, 190; Camden Jost, jr., RB/LB, 6-2, 195; Braydin LaBore, jr., OL/LB, 5-8, 160; Carver Lindsey, jr., C/DL, 5-9, 200; Cayden Forrest, jr., OT/DT, 6-5, 270; Toby Kneen, jr., OT/DT, 6-4, 230

Winner

Coach: Jeff Podzimek Conference: Southeast South Dakota Class: 11B Record last year: 2-6 Key players: Toby Zephier, sr., WR/DB, 5-9, 150, Nolan Dvorak, sr., TE/LB, 6-0, 205; Dustin Honomichl, sr., QB/LB, 6-2, 195; Xander Khadka, sr., WR/DB, 5-8, 140; Nikolas Drapeau, sr., WR/LB, 5-11, 160; Gordon Shields, sr., OL/DL, 5-10, 220; Trinity Cournoyer, sr., OL/DL, 5-11, 215; Rudy Ulrich, sr., OL/DL, 5-10, 210; Calvin Wright Jr., sr., OL/DL, 6-2, 240; Brennan Leines, sr. OL/DL, 5-11, 285; Daeyln Red Buffalo, sr., WR/DB, 6-0, 170

Coach: Trent Olson Conference: Southeast South Dakota Class: 11B Record last year: 12-0, Class 11B state champion Key players: Kaden Keiser, sr., RB/DB, 5-9, 160; Slade Cournoyer, sr., TE/DB, 6-1, 175; Joey Cole, sr., QB/DL, 6-4, 190; Aaron Monk, sr., RB/DB, 6-1, 155; Michael Olson, sr., RB/DB, 5-10, 145; Kaleb Osborn, sr., FB/DB, 5-6, 145; Kolbie Osborn, sr., FB/DB, 5-10, 135; Riley Shippy, sr., RB/LB, 5-9, 160; Owen Monk, sr., OL/LB, 6-0, 200; Finn Bartels, sr., OL/LB, 5-10, 160; Achilles Willuweit, sr., OL/LB, 5-6, 230; Charley Pravacek, sr., OL/DL, 5-10, 200; Ashton Klein, sr., OL/DL, 6-1, 210; Jace Brazelton, sr., OL/DL, 5-11, 285; Adam Bohnet, sr., TE/ DL, 6-1, 160; Jackson Vesely, sr., TE/DL, 6-1, 220; Blake Volmer, jr., QB/DB, 6-3, 170; Jack Peters, jr., RB/LB, 5-10,

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Bridgewater-Emery

Coach: Mary Ernster Conference: Cornbelt Region: 4B Record last year: 22-4, sixth place in Class B Andes Central/Dakota Christian Letterwinners returning: Seven Coach: Tracey Hopkins Top returnees: Cara Meyer, sr., 5-5, L; Casey Conference: Great Plains Meyer, sr., 5-5 OH/S; Chloe Schmitt, sr., 5-11, MH; Region: 5A Taylor Schallenkamp, sr., 5-10, RS; Morgan UptaRecord last year: 1-14 grafft, sr., 5-8, OH/MH; Julia Weber, sr., 5-8, OH Key players: Allison Muckey, jr., 5-10, OH/MH; Top newcomers: Kaitlyn Roskens, sr., 5-6, S; KenKeeva Weddell, sr., 5-3, DS; Lexie Vander Pol, sr., nedie Roskens, so., 5-4, DS 6-2, MH; Baylee Johnson, sr., 5-7, DS/OH; Olivia Coach’s comments: We bring back a lot of expeTiger, sr., 6-0, MH/OH rience this year with a large senior class. We’ll be looking for a few underclassmen to step up and fill Avon some positions left by our graduated seniors, but Coach: Tina Cameron we’re looking forward to starting the season and Conference: Little Missouri Valley hopefully being competitive within our region and at Region: 6B the state level. Record last year: 15-5 Letterwinners returning: Seven Bon Homme Top returnees: Tiffany Pelton, sr., 5-10, OH/MH; Coach: Paula Bures Katie Gretschmann, sr., 5-5, DS; Sami Brodeen, sr., Conference: Little Missouri Valley, Southeast South 5-5, DS/OH; Reece Loewe, sr., 5-10, MH; Makayla Dakota Kopp, sr., 5-5, DS/OH; Reese Powers, sr., 5-7, S; Region: 5A McKenna Kocmich, so., 5-5, S Record last year: 9-15 Top newcomers: Sarah Swier, jr. 5-5, DS; Courtney Letterwinners returning: Three Sees, so., 5-9, MH/OH; Kim Tolsma, jr., 5-7, RS; Gracie Small, jr., 5-8, RS Coach’s comments: We return a handful of girls with varsity experience and a great group of seniors that will bring their leadership to the team. We did lose five hitters from last year, so we will be rebuilding at those positions. However, I’m confident in the VOLLEYBALL PREVIEW: Page 11 girls returning and our newcomers to take on those positions.

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Top returnees: Jenna Duffek, jr., 5-5, OH/S; Jaden Kortan, jr., 5-7, MH/S; Olivia Bures, so., 5-8, OH Top newcomers: Erin Heusinkfeld, so. 5-6, MH; Jurni Vavruska, so., 5-5, OH; Kenadee Kozak, fr., 5-5, MH/OH; Kendra Bechtold, fr., 5-5, RS; Aspen Schonenbaum, fr. 5-2, DS; Emy Jewel, jr., 5-5, RS Coach’s comments: We have no seniors and only three juniors, so this season will be focused on gaining experience and cohesiveness as a team.

Coach: Britini BeHaai Conference: Southeast South Dakota and Big Dakota Region: 6A Record last year: 4-14 Top returnees: Jayslee Peterson, sr., 5-11, OH; Mya Knippling, sr. 6-0, MH; Jayd Chmela, sr., 5-7, RS/S Coach’s comments: Our expectations for the season are to have a winning season and make it to the state tournament.

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Returning letterwinners for the Colome volleyball team Returning letterwinners for Ethan volleyball include, include, from left, Katie Welker, Ashlyn Hoffine, Jordyn top row from left, Hannah Bartscher, Maddy Bartscher, Ring and Landi Krumpus. Emily Hoffman, Ava Lingemann, Alexis Myers and Submitted by Billie Jo Indahl Bella Nesheim. Returning letterwinners for Burke volleyball include, from left, Kailee Frank, Elle Johnson, Elly Witt, Adisyn Colome Coach: Kathy Hrabanek Indahl and Elenna Koenig. Freeman Region: 6B Record last year: 12-7 Key players: Devan Dougherty, jr.; Sophie Hofeldt, jr.; Ashlyn Hoffine, jr.; Landi Krumpus, jr.; Kasie Leighton, sr.; Jordyn Ring, jr.; Toree Ringing Shield, jr.; Katelyn Welker, sr.

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Coach: Kendra Peterson Conference: Cornbelt Region: 5B Record last year: 17-6, Class B SoDak 16 qualifier Letterwinners returning: Six Top returnees: Kate Miller, jr., 5-10, MH; Erin Uecker, jr. 5-11, OH; Lily Wipf, sr., 5-10, L; Cami Fransen, so., 5-6, DS/RS Top newcomers: Zenovia Butler, so., 5-5, OH Coach’s comments: Kate Miller and Erin Uecker will lead the offensive and defensive net play while Lily Wipf will stand out defensively in the back row alongside Cami Fransen.

Coach: Billie Jo Indahl Conference: Great Plains, South Central, Southeast South Dakota Region: 6B Record last year: 13-11 Letterwinners returning: Five Top returnees: Adisyn Indahl, jr., 5-7, OH; Elenna Koenig, sr., 5-8, MH; Hailey Haiar, sr., 5-10, MH; Elly Witt, jr., 5-4, S; Elle Johnson, so., 5-3, L; Kailee Frank, fr., 5-7, OH Top newcomers: Paige Bull, fr., 6-0, MH; Ava Sargent, fr., 5-4, S; Ava Hausmann, so., 5-10, RS; Kate Weborg, jr., 5-5, DS/S Freeman Academy/Marion Coach’s comments: We lost five seniors from Coach: Erin Kaufman Photo submitted by Kylee Hongslo last season, so we will be in a rebuilding year. We Conference: Great Plains have some good core returners, but also some good Returning letterwinners for Corsica-Stickney volleyball Region: 5B up-and-coming younger talent looking to fill those include, from left, Casey Tolsma, Morgan Clites, Sutten Record last year: 0-14 new positions. We are really focusing on our serve Eide, Rachel Gerlach, Payton DeLange. Key players: Alyssa Fink, sr., 5-6, MH; Alivea and pass game, will continue to work hard offensiveWeber, jr., 5-3, OH/DS; Leah Goodwin, jr., 5-8, OH/ ly and look to improve. We have a lot of scrappiness Corsica-Stickney MH; Maria Cortes, sr., 5-5, S Coach: Kylee Hongslo which will be a huge key to our teams’ success. Conference: Great Plains VOLLEYBALL PREVIEW: Page 12 Region: 6B Record last year: 19-6, Class B state qualifier Letterwinners returning: Five Top returnees: Rachel Gerlach, sr., 5-10, MH; Morgan Clites, sr., 5-9, MH; Sutten Eide, jr., 5-5, S Top newcomers: Casey Tolsma, sr., 5-8, OH; Payton DeLange, jr., 5-9, MH/OH; Ashlyn Lefers, so., 5-8, OH; Jacey Kemp, so., 5-8, OH Coach’s comments: We lost a lot of seniors from FROM THESE SUPPORTIVE BUSINESSES! last year’s team, but we still have high expectations for our returners and upcoming girls.

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Coach: Mary Beyer Region: 4B Record last year: 11-11 Key players: Hannah Bartscher, sr., 5-9, MH; Gillian Jarding, sr., 5-8, RS; Bella Nesheim, sr., 5-4, OH; Tayla Schmidt, sr., 5-1, DS; Emiley Hoffman, sr., 5-6, OH; Aubrie Biteler, jr., 5-4, DS; Jaya Kurtenbach, jr., Submitted by Morgan Larson 5-4, DS; Alexis Myers, sr., 5-8, MH

Returning letterwinners for Canistota volleyball include Sydnee Engbrecht, Taylor McGregor, Kayla Papendick, Presley Acheson, Natalee Hofer, Sierra McGregor and Natalie Becker.

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Coach: Morgan Larson Conference: Cornbelt Region: 4B Record last year: 7-14 Top returnees: Sydnee Engbrecht, sr., MH/OH; Taylor McGregor, jr., MH; Kayla Papendick, so., OH Top newcomers: Presley Acheson, so., L; Natalee Hofer, so., S; Sierra McGregor, so., M; Natalie Becker, so., DS/OH Coach’s comments: We are a young team hoping to play up to our full potential and make some big waves in our region.

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2021 Fall Sports Preview Top returnees: Kate Connor, jr., 6-0, MH; Katlin Schlim, sr., 5-0, L; Emma Rudebusch, sr., 5-4, S; Piper Thompson, jr., 5-6, OH; Abby Aslesen, so., 6-0, MH; Aleya Kizer, sr., 5-6, OH Top newcomers: Ciana Schwader, sr., 5-9, RS; Rylee Rudebusch, jr., 5-7, S; Canyon Kidd, jr., 5-4, DS Coach’s comments: We bring back almost our entire roster. The team is confident they will end this season with more wins than last year. We have a very talented region, but our goal is to finish toward the top.

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McCook Central/Montrose

Coach: Kim Vander Woude Conference: Big East Region: 3A Record last year: 13-11 Key players: Abby Roling, sr., L; Hallie Kueter, sr., DS; Brandy Pulse, jr., OH; Zoey Bartmann, jr., DS; Aubree Kranz, jr., DS/OH; Ashtyn Wobig, sr., MH; Brianna Even, jr., S; Michaela McCormick, jr., OH; Katelyn Lueth, sr., RS; Tayah McGregor, jr., MH; Aubyn Schmidt, jr., OH

Menno

Coach: Rachel Stokes Conference: Cornbelt Region: 5B Record last year: 10-13

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Returning letterwinners for Freeman volleyball include, from left: Paige Auch, Lily Wipf, Ava Ammann, Cami Fransen, Kate Miller and Erin Uecker.

Gregory

Coach: Teresa Webster Conference: Southeast South Dakota Region: 6B Record last year: 6-16 Key players: Samantha Reinartz, jr., 5-6, RS/S; Vy Nguyen, jr., 5-3, DS; Anna Dargatz, sr., 5-8, DS/RS; Jessy VanDerWerff, jr., 5-7, OH; Gracie Kenzy, sr., 5-8, S/RS; Brooklynn Kenzy, sr., 5-10, MH/S; Cassidy Keiser, jr., 5-8, MH; Kodi Timanus, sr., 5-9, MH

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Returning letterwinners for Kimball/White Lake volleyball include, front row from left, Emily Konechne, Harley Namanny, and Madison Meier. Back row: Angela Munsen, Madison Heath, Ryann Nielsen, Cami Comfert, and Dani Deffenbaugh.

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Coach: Sarah Deffenbaugh Hanson Region: 6B Coach: Yolanda Price Record last year: 16-6, Class B SoDak 16 qualifier Conference: Cornbelt Letterwinners returning: Seven Region: 5A Top returnees: Dani Deffenbaugh, jr., 5-8, OH; Record last year: 6-16 Ryann Nielsen, so., 5-8, S; Madison Heath, jr., 5-6, Letterwinners returning: Five L; Cami Comfert, jr., 5-6, OH/S; Harley Namanny, Top returnees: Annalyse Weber, jr., 5-8, OH; Jalyn so., 5-6, OH; Angela Munsen, sr., 5-6, RS; Brook Kampshoff, jr. 5-3, S; Kate Haiar, jr., 5-10, MH; Tay- Nolz, sr., 5-10, MH; Emily Konechne, sr., 5-5, DS lor Schroeder, sr., 5-6, DS; Skylar Holm, jr., 5-2, DS Top newcomers: Madison Meier, so., 5-5, DS; Top newcomers: Erin Dewald, jr., 5-8, RS Lindy Kiehn, fr., 5-9, MH; Elena Brennan, fr., 5-9, Coach’s comments: With the transition to Class MH A, we are hoping to fly under the radar until we get Coach’s comments: We’re coming off a successcloser to the postseason. I hope this group that has ful season last year and return a very experienced played together will be able to connect and work well group. We have some holes to fill and are hoping together. to find some girls ready for that challenge. We have some great servers returning and if we can get some consistency at the net and in our passing, it could be an exciting season for us. Leadership will be the key and we look to our returning starters to fill that important role.

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Howard

Coach: Sarah Feldhaus Conference: Cornbelt Region: 4B Record last year: 8-13 Letterwinners returning: 10

Coach: Danielle Schonebaum Conference: Western Great Plains Region: 7B Record last year: 1-16 Key players: Ambrus Braake, sr., Ellie Eriksen, sr., Rachel Hoffer, sr.; Alyiyah Jones, sr., Jordan Zirpel, sr., Kim Mousseau, jr.

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Key players: Halle VanHove, jr., 5-3, DS; Julia Buechler, jr., 5-8, OH; Abby Bender, jr., 5-1, S; Allison Lehr, jr., 5-7, OH; Jospehine Stokes, jr., 5-10, MH; Bridget Vaith, sr., 6-2, MH; Kaelea McCoy, sr., 6-0, MH; Alana Fergen, jr., 5-3, S; Morgan Freier, jr., 5-8, OH; Isabella Hogeland, sr., 5-2, DH; Raygen Diede, sr., 5-8, OH; Madelyn Kludt, jr., 5-4, L; Grace Nusz, sr., 5-5, S; Paityn Huber, sr., 5-6, S.

Coach: Melissa Johnson Conference: Southeast South Dakota, South Central Region: 6B Record last year: 17-8 Letterwinners returning: 11 Top returnees: Avery DeVries, jr., 5-5, S; Ashton Summerville, sr., 5-7, RS; Regan Hoffman, jr., 5-5, OH; Karly VanDerWerff, so., 5-10, MH; Cadence Van Zee, so., 5-10, OH; Baleigh Nachtigal, so., 5-5, RS; Addy Boltjes, sr., 5-8, MH; Hadley Hanson, so., 5-6, L/DS; Karsen Sondgeroth, so., 5-3, DS/RS; Jaysea Biehl, sr., 6-1, MH; Taylor Larson, sr., 5-8, MH Top newcomers: Emerson Ringling, so., 5-9, OH; Halle Sprik, fr., 5-4, DS Coach’s comments: The team is very excited to have a normal start to the season. One of our focuses this year is the mental and emotional part of the game. We participated in an emotional intelligence workshop where the girls made individual and team goals to support mental health throughout the season. We’re also working on defense so we can run a quicker offense than last year and the girls are learning different hits so we can be more aggressive on offense.

Submitted by Mandi Holbeck

Returning letterwinners for Tripp-Delmont/Armour volleyball include, front row from left, Emma Fink, Emma Faller, Megan Reiner, Nevaeh Morgan, Morgan Gemar, and Katelyn Ziebart. Back row: Sirenity Goehring, Madison Jones, Hannah Stremick, Callie Westendorf, Jordan Ziebart, Faith Goehring and Gracey Schatz.

Wagner

Coach: Stacey Knebel Conference: Little Missouri Valley, Southeast South Dakota Region: 5A Record last year: 10-6 Key players: Matia Picotte-Golus, jr., 5-6, DS; Shalayne Nagel, jr., 5-11, OH; Cassidy Wilson, sr., 5-5, DS; Avari Bruguier, jr., 5-10, OH; Emma Yost, jr., 5-11, OH; Jessica Kocer, sr., 5-10, OH; Kaylie Brown Bear, jr., 5-10, MH

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Returning letterwinners for Mount Vernon/Plankinton volleyball include, front row from left, Morgan Boyd, Tessa Pickart, Shyla Tobin, and Breann Schabot. Back Submitted photo by Rick Olsen row: Maria Baker, Christa Glanzer, Jocelyn Manzano, Returning letterwinners for Sanborn Central/ Brianna Gerlach and Nyomi Mahrt. Woonsocket volleyball include, front row from left, Jeslynn Moody, Ellie Evans and Dayton Easton. Back Mount Vernon/Plankinton row: Kennadie Ochsner, Brooke Doering, Trista White Coach: Darcy Deinert and Hannah Dickson. Not pictured: Teya Moody. Conference: Southeast South Dakota Region: 5A Record last year: 10-11 Letterwinners returning: Seven Top returnees: Maria Baker, sr., 5-11, MH; Tessa Pickart, sr., 5-6, OH; Shyla Tobin, sr., 5-4, S; Morgan Boyd, sr., 5-7, DS; Jocelyn Manzano, sr., 5-4, L; Christa Glanzer, sr., 5-5, OH; Reagan Rus, fr., 5-7, MH Top newcomers: Devynn Nelson, jr., 5-3, OH; Nyomi Mahrt, sr., 5-8, MH; Breann Schabot, sr., 5-9, MH; Brianna Gerlach, sr., 5-8, OH

Sanborn Central/Woonsocket

Coach: Rick Olsen Conference: 281 Region: 5A Record last year: 8-13 Letterwinners returning: Eight Top returnees: Brooke Doering, sr., 6-0, MH; Trista White, sr., 5-8, OH; Teya Moody, sr., 5-7, S; Hannah Dickerson, sr., 5-7, RS; Dayton Easton, sr., 5-6, DS Top newcomers: Ellie Evans, jr., 5-6, OH; Kennadie Ochsner, so., 5-10, MH; Jeslynn Moody, jr., 5-8, MH; Tristan Jensen, jr., 5-8, OH; Bailey Feistner, jr., 5-6, S; Kenlie Fridley, jr., 5-4, S; Kailynn Eggleston, jr., 5-8, OH; Bella Fry, jr., 5-7, DS; Kamryn Ochsner, so., 5-9, OH Coach’s comments: I feel that as we gain experience that we will be contenders come region play. The team is working hard and looking forward to improving with each match.

Scotland

Coach: Katherine Hunhoff Region: 5B Record last year: 8-8 No 2021 information available

Returning letterwinners for Parkston volleyball include Brielle Bruening, Baylee Schoenfelder, Allison Ziebart, Abby Hohn, Faith Oakley and Mya Nuebel.

Parkston

Coach: Abbie Hobbick Conference: Southeast South Dakota Region: 5A Record last year: 17-8 Top returnees: Brielle Bruening, sr., 5-9, MH; Baylee Schoenfelder, sr., 5-2, DS/L; Allison Ziebart, sr., 5-10, MH; Abby Hohn, jr., 5-10, RS; Faith Oakley, jr., 5-8, S/ RS; Mya Nuebel, so., 5-4, OH Top newcomers: Kiauna Hargens, jr., 5-8, OH; Avery Bogenreif, so., 5-9, S/RS; Gracie Oakley, so., 5-5, OH/ MH

Coach: Mandi Holbeck Conference: Great Plains, Little Missouri Valley Region: 6B Record last year: 8-11 Letterwinners returning: Six Top returnees: Hannah Stremick, jr., 5-7, S; Gracey Schatz, jr., 5-10, MH; Megan Renier, so., 6-0, OH; Emma Fink, sr., 5-4, L; Emma Faller, sr., 5-7, OH Top newcomers: Faith Goehring, jr., 5-6, OH; Nevaeh Morgan, so., 5-6, DS Coach’s comments: We have some experienced players returning and I’m looking forward to seeing where their leadership takes us.

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DWU fall sports preview By Mitchell Republic Below are brief previews of the Dakota Wesleyan University athletic teams that will be in action this fall:

Football

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Dakota Wesleyan linebacker Samuel Kretschmar fights through a Dordt block during a 2020 college football game at Joe Quintal Field. Zamora, Schmidt and Kretschmar all got honorable mention nods from the GPAC at the end of last season. Kicker Tate Gale and Trevor Lambert return to the roster in 2021, with Gale accounting for 17 extra points and going 4-for-6 on field goals last year. The conference season starts with a Sept. 4 game at Mount Marty, which will be playing its inaugural game as a program and bringing the GPAC to an 11-team league and increasing the conference schedule to 10 games. After an off week, DWU heads to Midland for a Sept. 18 road game and the GPAC home opener is also DWU’s homecoming game

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Looking to build off of a strong finish to the season, the Dakota Wesleyan University football team enters 2021 with some confidence. The Tigers were 4-5 last season in an exclusively Great Plains Athletic Conference schedule, but found three consecutive wins in the final four weeks of the season to end on a high note against Briar Cliff, Jamestown and Concordia (Neb.). Three quarterbacks were in competition for the starting job entering fall camp, with Mitchell native and junior Kiel Nelson carrying the most experience. The 6-foot-3 passer had started 11 games over the 2019 and 2020 seasons, including four last year. Jimmie Garewal, a 5-foot-11 senior from San Jose, Calif., and Austin Lee, a 6-foot-1 redshirt freshman from San Antonio, Texas, were also in the mix after taking game snaps last year. Jamin Arend, a Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan football product, is the leading returning rusher, posting 523 yards and three touchdowns a season ago. The Tigers graduated top receiver Spencer Neugebauer, who had 11 total touchdowns and more than 800 yards of total offense, but now look to receivers Daniel Libolt and Jakob Oxos to fill in those holes. Libolt, who also factored into the return game behind Neugebauer, had 19 catches and a touchdown in 2020, while Jakob Oxos had 10 catches last season. DWU’s defensive line saw a spark from Dominick Warmbein, who had 3 1/2 sacks in the late-season win over Jamestown. Warmbein, who was secondteam all-GPAC in 2020, is a graduate senior from Sioux Falls on the 2021 roster, one of five graduate players for the Tigers, and is the returning leader in sacks with 5 1/2. At the linebacker and secondary level, nearly every top defender from last season returns for 2021, including Huron product Sam Kretschmar, who led the team with 58 tackles in 2020. Nate Rupprecht (49 tackles), Adam DeJong (38 tackles), Max Schoenfelder and Hayden Schmidt (35 tackles each) are all back. Senior defensive back Jacob Zamora returns after a team-high three interceptions last season, one of nine Tigers to pick off a pass in 2020.

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against Hastings on Sept. 25. (All conference games are at 1 p.m.) Aside from an Oct. 9 home game against Doane, DWU will have three of its final four games of the season at Joe Quintal Field, hosting perennial NAIA tournament qualifiers Northwestern (Oct. 23) and Morningside (Nov. 13) sandwiched around a Nov. 6 visit from Jamestown to Mitchell. Northwestern was the 2020-21 season NAIA national runners-up, reaching the title game after a 44-41 win at No. 1 Morningside in the national semifinals. In the preseason coaches’ poll, the 10-time reigning champions Morningside got the nod as the conference favorite in the GPAC, with Northwestern second and Dordt picked third. Dakota Wesleyan was picked seventh, just behind Doane and ahead of Hastings, with those three in close proximity.

Volleyball After a third-straight winning season in 2020 and the fourth in the last five years, the Dakota Wesleyan volleyball team is on a mission to continue its upward momentum in the GPAC. DWU, which was 12-9 overall and 8-8 in league play, finished sixth in the conference in 2020-21. It was the Tigers’ first appearance in the GPAC tournament in school history, bowing out in a threeset sweep at the hands of Concordia (Neb.) But the momentum can be sourced to the young core of eighth-year coach Lindsay Wilber’s team, starting with Langford native Ady Dwight. Dwight received NAIA All-American honorable mention honors following a season that earned her the GPAC freshman of the year award. She had 244 kills (13th in the GPAC), hit .283 on the attack for the season and posted 84 total blocks. It’s the second straight season DWU had a national honoree following Becky Frick’s honorable mention nod in 2019. Four of the Tigers’ top five attackers from the end of the 2020 season return this fall, including Dwight, juniors Mariah Gloe (191 kills) and Mitchell product Mackenzie Miller (183 kills) and senior Jadie DeLange (152 kills). Setter Madeline Else returns, as does defensive specialist Hanna Reiff, of Chester, who paced the team with 358 digs in 2020. At the time of this publication, DWU was 5-0 in 2021, running the team’s streak of victories against non-GPAC opponents to 26, dating back to late in the 2018 season. The Tigers also find themselves on the fringe of the national top-25. DWU has never been ranked since the NAIA coaches’ poll’s current makeup started in 1999. Jamestown, the regular season and GPAC tournament champions a season ago, was the preseason coaches’ favorite ahead of the new season. Midland, the NAIA national runners up from the spring 2021 conclusion of the 2020 season, was picked No. 2, with both the Warriors and the Jimmies splitting the 12 first-place votes, and Jamestown having a four-point advantage overall. Dakota Wesleyan was picked seventh, just behind College of St. Mary in sixth.

Cross country With an interim head coach, the Dakota Wesleyan cross country teams will be tasked with showing improvement for the 2021 season. Chris Aschemann, who was previously associate head track and field coach for two seasons and improved DWU’s throwers in field events, was picked as the interim director of the school’s cross country and track and field teams. Former coach Jamen Helton, who had run the cross country and track programs for three seasons,

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Dakota Wesleyan University’s Madeline Else set passes the ball as teammate Ady Dwight looks on during a match with Northwestern on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020 at the Corn Palace. resigned April 30 to take an assistant coach at the University of Cumberlands in Kentucky. On the women’s roster, Delanie Larson, of Gettysburg, is the lone senior. She is flanked on the roster by Mitchell High School graduate and junior Annika Vermeulen, freshman Hallie Schmidt, a Plankinton native, and Pierre sophomore Morgan Oedekoven, along with Baylee Field, a junior from Fremont, Nebraska. All five competed in the GPAC meet last year but the Tigers did not retain their top women’s finisher from the 2020 GPAC championships in then-freshman Tessa Kilber, who was 47th. Oedekoven took 51st, as the Tigers were ninth overall. Kilber posted the fourth-best 5K time in school history in October 2020 at the Briar Cliff Invite. DWU’s men’s roster is a little larger, with eight runners. The Tigers bring back their top GPAC finisher from a year ago in Wyatt Baldauf, a junior from Seneca, Ill., who was 44th last season. Also back

is Vermillion native and junior Justin Sorensen, who was 48th overall at the GPAC meet, and sophomore Hunter Shanks, of Bennington, Neb., and senior Layne Lewis, of Plankinton, are also GPAC meet returners. The DWU cross country schedule won’t require too many miles in the first two months of the season. The campaign opens with the annual Augustana Twilight meet at Yankton Trail Park in Sioux Falls on Sept. 3. DWU will participate in three straight meets in the Sioux City area, followed by the Mount Marty Invitational on Oct. 23 in Yankton. The GPAC Championship is scheduled for Nov. 6 at Landsmeer Golf Course in Orange City, Iowa. Only if the Tigers have a national qualifier will they leave the footprint of Iowa or South Dakota, with the NAIA National Championships in Vancouver, Washington on Nov. 19.

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Soccer Dakota Wesleyan’s soccer teams made the GPAC postseason in 2020-21, but are lining up again to take on another season in 2021. For the Tiger women, coached by Clay Glasgow in his eighth year, the challenge will be replacing the production of Alyssa Weidler, who graduated from DWU last season with the school record for career goals, tallying 40 from 2016 to 2020, and was a firstteam all-GPAC pick. A season ago, the Tigers finished 7-5 in the GPAC, tied for fourth place on points in conference games, and were 9-8 overall. That was in a season that was fractured by the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing the NAIA postseason into spring 2021, with the Tigers going 0-2-1 in tune-up games prior to the GPAC tournament opener at Concordia (Neb.). Playing in its first GPAC tournament game since 2014, Alondra Partida, of Salinas, California, notched a goal for DWU, but the sixth-seeded Tigers fell to thirdseeded Concordia, 2-1, as the Bulldogs marched to the GPAC title. Partida is one of two major goalscorers back for DWU in 2021. Midfielder and Tea native Josephine Bardsley, one of nine South Dakotans on the roster, had seven goals and six assists last season and will be leaned upon once again. While DWU had the luxury of two senior goalkeepers last year, the Tigers are young this year in net. Sophomore Taylor Stermon, of Crosby, Texas, was on the roster last season but has not played, while Isabella Gregg and Hannah Turmbull are on the roster as well. In the preseason poll of GPAC women’s soccer coaches, DWU was picked to finish seventh in the 13-team league (Presentation competes in the GPAC for soccer.). Briar Cliff, the regular-season champion from 2020, was picked as the slight favorite in the conference, with Concordia and Jamestown close behind. DWU men’s soccer team will embark on the 2021 season with a new head coach, led by Brady Van Holland, who is the program’s seventh head coach since DWU began fielding men’s soccer in 2005. Van Holland is a Sioux Falls native who was an allGPAC player for Dordt in the early 2010s and was an assistant coach for four years at Covenant College in Georgia, an NCAA Division III program. DWU’s men’s program was 5-9-1 in 2020-21 and qualified for the GPAC tournament. But was hurt by a lack of offensive attacking ability, scoring 15 goals in 14 games, and won’t bring back much offense from last year’s team. Top scorer Ndrin Maloku had 11 goals last year, good for the top-40 in the nation and the first all-GPAC first-team member in nine

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The Dakota Wesleyan University women’s soccer team celebrates a goal by Alondra Partida, center, during a 2-0 win over Bellevue (Neb.) on Wednesday, Aug. 25 at the Pepsi-Cola Soccer Complex in Mitchell. years. But the German transferred to NCAA Division I Presbyterian College in South Carolina in January. On defense, DWU allowed 2.84 goals per game, and the Tigers will lean on defenders Tyler Anderson and Rafael Calderon shore up the back. California-bred junior Hunter Birozy has manned the goal in the first two matches of the season for DWU. Morningside, the conference’s defending champion, was picked as the preseason favorite in the GPAC, while DWU was slated to be 10th.

was in the top-10 five times. In addition to Hinker, five other seniors are on the roster with Parkston product Jayden Bormann, Howard’s Jordan Glanzer, Dell Rapids’ Kaitlyn Greenhoff, Winner’s Ronae Klein and Mitchell’s Ashley Zimmer. Klein was 23rd at the GPAC meet, with Zimmer in 25th and Glanzer in 27th. On the men’s team, sophomore Devan Weelborg was a first-team all-conference pick in 2021 and returns after finishing tied for 14th at the GPAC Championships. Three seniors pace the Tigers, including Mitchell native Cade Carpenter (finished Golf 17th at the GPAC), Aberdeen Central grad Bennett With a recent coaching change of its own, the Lundy (25th) and Corsica native Gavin Zomer. Lundy DWU golf programs turn the page to 2021-22, aided drew attention in April when he shot a round of 66 in by the return of a pair of all-GPAC finishers. DWU a tournament at Two Rivers Golf Club in North Sioux recently appointed Russell Pick to direct the men’s City and tied the school record for a 36-hole score and women’s golf programs. Pick, a native of Kimball with a 141 on the card. and assistant coach for three seasons, replaces The Tigers open the season Aug. 30 at the Mount Tom Hoek, who is now the university’s director of Marty Invitational in Yankton. The fall half of the student life. men’s GPAC Championship will be held Sept. 27 On the Tiger women’s roster, DWU is led by Megan and 28 once again at The Club at Indian Creek in Hinker, who was an all-GPAC first-team selection Elkhorn, Nebraska, which hosts a regular PGA Tour in 2021. Hinker was a leader on the team to finish tournament on the Korn Ferry Tour. The women will fourth as a team and fifth individually in May. In six play the fall half of the GPAC meet Oct. 4 and 5 at The meets over the course of the 2020-21 season, she Bluffs Golf Course in Vermillion.

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