South Dakota High School Athletes Set Records in Softball and Track

South Dakota high school athletes delivered outstanding performances in softball and track, setting records and earning wins. Five athletes - Tya Devericks, Mary Koch, Maddy Mescher, Ellie Maddox, and Maddie Pederson - have been nominated for the Argus Leader Athlete of the Week award.

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South Dakota High School Athletes Set Records in Softball and Track

South Dakota High School Athletes Set Records in Softball and Track

Several South Dakota high school athletes delivered outstanding performances in softball and track events last week, setting records and earning wins for their respective teams.

In softball, freshman Tya Devericks of Jefferson High School earned two wins, pitching 12 innings and striking out 25 batters, while also contributing four RBI in a win over Spearfish. O'Gorman High School junior Mary Koch pitched two wins, striking out 12 batters and going 3-for-4 with 3 RBI in a victory over Brookings, and earning a key win over Mitchell.

Maddy Mescher of the Warriors delivered a perfect game, striking out 12 batters and hitting a three-run homerun in a 12-0 win over Rapid City Stevens. "Mescher also threw a 3-hitter and struck out eight in a 3-1 win over Brandon Valley," according to reports.

On the track, Ellie Maddox set a meet and school record at the Dakota XII Conference with a 5:01.54 time in the 1600m, becoming the new number one time in AA. At the ESD track meet, Maddie Pederson was named girls field performer of the meet, placing first in the girls triple jump and long jump, anchoring the winning 4x200 relay team, and placing third in the 100m dash.

These standout South Dakota high school athletes - Tya Devericks, Mary Koch, Maddy Mescher, Ellie Maddox, and Maddie Pederson - have been nominated for the Argus Leader Athlete of the Week award. The winner will be determined by a public vote recognizing their remarkable achievements in softball and track.

Key Takeaways

  • Tya Devericks (Jefferson HS) earned 2 softball wins, striking out 25 batters.
  • Mary Koch (O'Gorman HS) pitched 2 softball wins, striking out 12 batters.
  • Maddy Mescher (Warriors) threw a perfect game, striking out 12 batters.
  • Ellie Maddox set a meet and school record in the 1600m with a 5:01.54 time.
  • Maddie Pederson was named girls field performer of the meet at the ESD track meet.