SPORTS 12-5-13

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Hockey:  Brookings Blizzard @ Bismarck Bobcats (Live on the Hawk 107.1 @ 7:10)
   Brookings Pee Wee Tournament, All Day
    Aberdeen Cougars @ Pee Wee 2, 5:00pm
    Aberdeen @ Pee Wee 1B, 5:15pm 
   Girls Varsity @ Huron All-Stars, 7:30pm

Swimming:  South Dakota State @ Jean Freeman Invitational, Minneapolis

Indoor Track:  South Dakota State @ Bison Open, Fargo

SDSU MEN’S BB…Cody Larson scored a game-high 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as South Dakota State won easily over Dakota State of the NAIA, 88-62 Wednesday night.
   Larson picks up his third double-double this season. South Dakota State (4-6) had 10 players score, including four in double figures. Jordan Dykstra also scored a game-high 17 points. Anders Broman and Chad White each hit three 3-pointers on their way to 11 points apiece.
   SDSU head coach Scott Nagy says the Jacks have to get the ball inside.  97631   :21   “the ball inside”
   South Dakota State broke a 19-all tie with an 11-2 run, then ended the first half with a 9-2 run to take a 45-29 lead at halftime. The Jackrabbits were 31 of 55 from the field, a season-best 56.4 percent.
   Marcus Smith scored 16 points, including a game-high four 3-pointers to lead Dakota State. Dylan Hale added 13 points for the Trojans.  Nagy’s not overly concerned with Dakota State’s ten offensive rebounds.  97632   :16   “we’re looking at”.
   The Jacks now turn toward Tuesday’s game at Minnesota.  97633   :12   “the best at”.
   SDSU men’s basketball coach Scott Nagy.

CLASS 11AA ALL-STATE…Two Brookings players have been named to the Class 11AA All-State football team, as selected by the state sportswriters and coaches.
   Linebacker Cody Shepardson had 53 tackles, one interception, three sacks and nine tackles for a loss.  Defensive back Tyler Madler had five interceptions and 20 tackles.
   The complete All-State list:
Quarterback:  Alex Gray, Pierre
Running Back:  Shay Bratland, Watertown; Jonathan Kabambi, Harrisburg
Fullback:  Tyler Kleinsasser, Huron
Wide Receiver:  J-J Hejna, Yankton; Austin Christopherson, Pierre
Tight End:  Shay Reinke, Pierre
Tackle:  Brandon Swenson, Pierre;  Nate Johnson, Watertown
Guard:  Kyle Veitz, Pierre;  Kolton Michalski, Watertown
Center:  Lucas Kobat, Watertown
Ends:  Andrew Bressler, Spearfish;  Trace Scott, Pierre
Tackles:  Aric Birkeland, Huron; Vasiliy Stefanyuk, Harrisburg
Linebacker: Stetson Lippert, Sturgis; Cody Shepardson, Brookings; Mitch Koehn, Watertown; Adam Holmstrom, Harrisburg
Defensive Back:  Tyler Madler, Brookings; Jesse Poppen, Watertown;  Ethan Case, Pierre;  Matt Larson, Mitchell
Kicker:  Garrett Pochop, Pierre
Punter:  Trevor Jutting, Watertown
Special Teams Player:  Tanner Termansen, Yankton
Long Snapper: Jared Maciejczak, Douglas
HONORABLE MENTION: Lucas Morrison (Huron), Christian Trainor (Harrisburg), Cody Cook (Harrisburg), Harrison Jones (Watertown), RJ Helsper (Brookings), Joe Foley (Watertown).

SUMNER…South Dakota State may have its hands full in Saturday’s FCS playoff game at Eastern Washington.
   EWU has a high-scoring offense, putting up 40 and 50 points a game on several occasions – with a quarterback who’s a finalist for the Walter Payton award.  Jacks quarterback Austin Sumner says SDSU will have to maintain possession.  97624   :14   “on the board”.
   But Sumner says the Jacks’ offense may find some things available.  97625   :18   “in the air”.
   The Jacks played with a sense of urgency to win four straight in the regular season and get to the playoffs – now Sumner says it’s back to 1-and-oh each week.  But he says the team can achieve some great things.  97626   :15   “ready and prepared”.
   Kickoff is at 3:00pm Central Time Saturday.

ACADEMIC FB AWARDS…South Dakota State University football players Jason Schneider and Zach Zenner were named Wednesday to the Capital One Academic All-America First Team for their efforts both on the field and in the classroom.
   Schneider has compiled a 3.98 grade-point average while majoring in pharmacy.  Zenner moved up to the first team this season with a 3.85 GPA while majoring in biology/pre-medicine.
   South Dakota State and Michigan State were the only schools to have two players named to the Capital One Academic All-America First Team, which is selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
   Schneider and Zenner also were among six Jackrabbits to be honored on the Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Academic Team.
   Joining them was offensive lineman Taylor Suess, who turned in a 3.98 GPA as a mechanical engineering major.
   Second-team honors went to Brandon Hubert for the third consecutive year. Honorable mention all-academic honors went to linebacker R.C. Kilgore and punter Ethan Sawyer.

SDSU INDOOR TRACK…South Dakota State opens the indoor track season this weekend in Fargo at the Bison Open.
   The University of Mary and North Dakota will also have runners at the meet.  Head coach Rod DeHaven says the Jacks will cover most events.  97627   :30   “this first meet”.
   For some runners, it’ll be their first collegiate indoor meet.  DeHaven wants them to relax, and understand they won’t clock their best time right away.  97628   :18   “in high school”.
   DeHaven says everyone’s healthy going into the meet.

SDSU WBB…South Dakota State – coming off a Monday night win over New Jersey Tech – will visit Wisconsin-Green Bay Saturday in non-conference women’s basketball.  Tip-off is at noon.
   SDSU head coach Aaron Johnston says visiting the Phoenix presents challenges.  97629   :12   “top of it”.
   Johnston says the Jackrabbits need to clean up their half-court offense.  97630   :22   “little too passive”.
   Johnston says some of the defensive issues come from how fouls are being called.
   The Jackrabbits renew acquaintances with a former player – Megan Vogel’s now an assistant coach on the Green Bay staff.

SDSU STADIUM…The South Dakota Board of Regents has sent on to the legislature a proposal to build an new football stadium at South Dakota State.
   The cost is estimated at 60-to-65 million dollars, with seating capacity estimated at about 19-thousand.
   SDSU already has $19.8 million in private donations committed to the project, $10 million from T. Denny Sanford and $3.8 million from former player Dana Dykhouse. Another $7.2 million will be fronted by the SDSU Foundation on future fundraising, and $2 million of university funds will be used. The remaining amount ­ up to $39.6 million will be bonded through the South Dakota Building Authority.
   Projections show SDSU being able to generate up to $2.25 million per year in new revenue from the creation of premium seating options.

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