LAWRENCE, Kan. — Faraway from the nice confines of the Corn Palace, the Mitchell Highschool boys basketball group currently made itself snug at A mannequin new venue — Allen Fieldhouse, house of the 2022 NCAA males’s basketball nationwide champion Kansas Jayhawks.
On the 2022 Invoice Self (the College of Kansas head coach since 2003) group camp, hosted at KU’s on-campus area June 17-19, the Kernels established themselves as Definitely one of many prime groups in attendance, ending the weekend 5-1 with an look Inside The very biggest-4 bracket.
“This crew of seniors has simply been so devoted since their sixth-grade yr As quickly as we started working with them, so I needed to take them somewright here cool,” said MHS head coach Ryker Kreutzfeldt. “I figured the College of Kansas, the nationwide champions, that’d be A pretty Good place to go.
“I do know We now have a aggressive group, so I needed to get Proper into a camp Which Might Even be aggressive wright here We’d face some good groups, which we undoubtedly did,” Kreutzfeldt proceedd. “I really feel we found Tons dpersonal tright here and acquired Barely bit greater, So as That is Definitely one of the Spouse.”
The camp was a vacation spot for groups from throughout the Midwest, with Kansas and Missouri properly-recurrented. Neverthemuch less, Mitchell wasn’t The one South Dakota school to make the trek south, with Clark/Willow Lake and McLaughlin additionally in attendance.
Kreutzfeldt was joined by A gaggle of 9 Kernels — Jackson Childs, Gavyn Erickson, Charlie McCardle, Steele Morgan, Aiden Myers, AJ Siemsen, Colton Smith, Gavin Soukup and Markus Talley — for the almost seven-hour journey, which started at 6 a.m. on June 17.
As in contrast with what Kreutzfeldt expects his varsity roster To look like for the 2022-23 season, Mitchell was In a place to play with a principally intact roster at the camp, led by Morgan, a 2021-22 all-Japanese South Dakota Convention selection, alongside completely different key contributors from final season’s state tournamalest group in McCardle and Myers. Amongst The numerous anticipated returners for 2022-23, solely Dylan Soulek, a standout for the Submit 18 Legion baseball group which is Inside the midst of its personal worthwhile summer time, was unIn a place to attend.
Wright hereas the Kernels frequently attend group camps Inside The world every summer time — Mitchell go toed Dakota Wesleyan, Augustana and the College of South Dakota in 2021 — They’ve additionally added longer journeys To go to prime Division I packages on a much less-frequent basis In current occasions, collectively with to the College of Memphis and College of Wisconsin.
“Again when [typeer coach Todd] Neuendorf was right here, We’d Try And mix in as many as we could round right here After Which every completely different yr Try to get to An monumalestal one,” Kreutzfeldt defined. “We Try And mix A Sort of in To current youngsters An alternative to see An monumalestal school, stay on campus for A pair of days and all that Good issues.”
The journey to Kansas Is merely The Latest sprime in an offseason chock-Full of occasions for the Kernels. Only days Earlier to dehalfing for Lawrence, Mitchell was at the Augustana group camp on June 10-11 earlier than A go to to Hamlin on June 13 and Cornbelt rivals on June 15-16 in Mitchell. This week, on June 21, Mitchell started competing in a league at the Pentagon in Sioux Falls, with extra Cornbelt movement on June 22-23. Across all rivalss, Mitchell basketball competed in 30 video games in a span of 13 days.
Furtherextra, the Kernels have been collaborating in basketball exercises with a Sioux Falls-based mostly coach on prime of their common schedule of open gyms and completely different group movements.
However Regardmuch less of what type it takes on a given day, the purpose for Kreutzfeldt and the Kernels by partaking in as many basketball movements as potential Is apparent: fixed enchancmalest.
“It is terribly important as a Outcome of the summer time is Everytime you get greater,” Kreutzfeldt said. “It is Tons, Neverthemuch less it’s good. … I really feel We now have 10, 11 or 12 guys succesful of having fun with varsity basketball And completely different people guys will proceed to show themselves by completely different time we get to December. I’ve simply been actually Proud of what I’ve seen.”