SPORTS 2-13-14

Men’s Basketball:  South Dakota State @ Omana (Live on 910)

Women’s Basketball:  Omaha @ South Dakota State (Live on B93.7)

Boys’ Basketball:  
    Harrisburg @ Brookings (Live on KCountry 102)
    Brandon Valley @ Mitchell
    Elkton-Lake Benton @ Arlington
    Colman-Egan @ Chester
    Redfield-Doland @ Clark/Willow Lake
    Oldham-Ramona/Rutland @ Dell Rapids St. Mary’s
    Estelline @ Deubrook (Toronto)
    Waverly-South Shore @ Great Plains Lutheran
    Wilmot @ Florence-Henry
    DeSmet @ Lake Preston
    Pipestone Area @ West Central
    Sioux Falls Christian @ Western Christian, IA

Girls’ Basketball:  
    Mitchell @ Brandon Valley
    McCook Central/Montrose @ Dell Rapids
    Waverly-South Shore @ Great Plains Lutheran
    Iroquois @ Hitchcock-Tulare
    Sioux Falls O’Gorman @ Pierre
    West Central @ Vermillion

Wrestling:   Sioux Falls O’Gorman, Madison @ Lennox

Gymnastics:   Northeast Conference/Regional meet @ Milbank

Boys’ Basketball: 
    Baltic @ Alcester-Hudson
    Deuel @ Britton-Hecla
    Dell Rapids @ Dakota Valley
    Omaha Nation @ Flandreau Indian
    Hamlin @ Groton Area
    Garretson @ Howard
    Sanborn Central/Woonsocket @ Highmore-Harrold
    Hitchcock-Tulare @ Iroquois
    Sioux Valley @ Madison
    Sioux Falls Washington @ Rapid City Central
    Sioux Falls Lincoln @ Rapid City Stevens
    Waverly-South Shore @ Rosholt
    Pierre @ Sioux Falls O’Gorman
    Lennox @ West Central

Girls’ Basketball: 
    Baltic @ Alcester-Hudson
    Elkton-Lake Benton @ Arlington
    Deuel @ Britton-Hecla
    Dell Rapids @ Dakota Valley
    Oldham-Ramona/Rutland @ Dell Rapids St. Mary’s
    Estelline @ Deubrook (Toronto)
    Omaha Nation @ Flandreau Indian
    Hamlin @ Groton Area
    Sanborn Central/Woonsocket @ Highmore-Harrold
    Garretson @ Howard
    DeSmet @ Lake Preston
    Sioux Valley @ Madison
    Sioux Falls Washington @ Rapid City Central
    Sioux Falls Lincoln @ Rapid City Stevens
    Clark/Willow Lake @ Redfield-Doland
    Chester @ Sioux Falls Christian
    Tea Area @ Tri-Valley
    Castlewood @ Waverly-South Shore
    Florence/Henry @ Wilmot

    Northern Illinois @ South Dakota State, 7:00pm
    Tri-Valley, Garretson, Kingsbury Co. @ Flandreau
    McCook Central/Montrose Duals @ Salem

Indoor Track:   South Dakota State @ Iowa State Classic

Softball:   South Dakota State, Northern Illinois @ UT-Arlington

Baseball:   South Dakota State vs. Texas Southern @ Jackson State  

    Brookings Blizzard @ Aberdeen Wings, 7:15pm
    Brookings Squirt Tournament, All Day
       Watertown @ Squirt Red, 5:15pm
       Watertown @ Squirt White, 6:30pm
    Watertown @ Boys JV. 6:00pm
    Bantam 2 @ Sioux Falls
    Girls Varsity @  Rushmore Thunder
    Watertown @ Boys Varsity, 8:15pm 

SDSU WBB…South Dakota State – tied for the Summit League lead with three weeks to go – hosts Omaha Thursday and Western Illinois Saturday in women’s basketball matchups.
   The Jackrabbits split on the road last weekend at Fort Wayne and IUPUI – head coach Aaron Johnston says the players can’t get caught up in the end-of-season emotions.  97621   :26   “level of enthusiasm”.
   Johnston hopes fans see players encourage and support one another – and still focus on good basketball.  97622   :18   “of the year”.
   You’ll hear both games on B93.7 FM – at 6:30 Thursday night and 3:30 Saturday afternoon.

BHS GBB…The Brookings girls’ basketball team will try to snap out of a two-game losing streak Saturday night at Watertown.
   Missed layup opportunities, and shaky defense, plagued the Bobcats Tuesday in an 18-point loss at Harrisburg.  But head coach Lynn Frederick says there’s no reason to panic.  97623   :27   “we would like”.
   Frederick says there’s not a lot of regular-season practice time remaining.  97624   :23   “with that stuff”.
   Frederick says Watertown’s always a tough place to play – then Brookings gets three straight home games with Washington, Lincoln and Huron.

VanLAECKEN RETIRING…The winningest coach in South Dakota girls’ basketball history is calling it a career.
   Rob Van Laecken, who has coached for 37 seasons at Parkston High School, will retire from both teaching and coaching at the end of the school year.
   Van Laecken became the state’s all-time coaching leader early in the 2011-12 season. That season, the Lady Trojans advanced to the state championship game, the 10th state tournament appearance with Van Laecken at the helm.
   Van Laecken, a Letcher native, coached junior high basketball in the now-defunct Corona district for one season in 1975 before coming to Parkston in 1976. He took over the Lady Trojans in 1977 and took the squad to 24 district championships.

COACH SUSPENDED…A basketball coach at Gregory High School has been suspended with pay for the remainder of the season.
   Christi Rozeboom, in her first year as the girls' varsity basketball coach, was suspended January. 27th after a game at Kadoka during the Southern Plains Conference tournament.
   The Mitchell Daily Republic says two school officials declined to divulge the reason for the suspension.
   On Facebook, Rozeboom wrote "due to my coaching choices this weekend I have been suspended as coach until school board says otherwise. It is with a heavy heart that I can no longer be at practices or games until then. I am sorry but I stand by my coaching."
   The initial suspension was in place until February 5th, when the Gregory School Board met and decided to suspend Rozeboom for the rest of the season with pay. School athletic director Sherrie Kafka said the decision was made in consultation with the district's lawyer.
   Winner sportscaster Chris Doski called the Jan. 25 game in Kadoka. He conducted his normal pregame interview with Rozeboom, and afterward they had an off-air conversation. Doski says Rozeboom told him three players quit the team prior to the game when they found out they were not in the starting lineup. Gregory won the game, 66-49, scoring a season high for points.
   The newspaper reports the three players who quit have since returned to the roster.

AMATEUR BASEBALL HOF…Six men, include three brothers and two former Canova teammates, will be inducted into the South Dakota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014.
   The new inductees include brothers Bill, Tom and Jim Sudbeck of Dimock; former Canova teammates Jerry Kampshoff and Ted Gosmire and Frank Cutler of Platte. Cutler played much of his amateur career in Claremont.
   The former standouts will be honored during the 82nd state amateur baseball tournament Aug. 6-17 at Mitchell and will be inducted into the SDABA Hall of Fame during a banquet September 27th at Canova.

NCAA BB BRACKETING…The chairman of the Division I men's basketball committee believes changes made last August to the way teams are bracketed in the NCAA tournament will result in a fairer March Madness.
   Ron Wellman says there have been no discussions of expanding the field beyond 68 teams, and that officiating emphases put in place in the regular season to create greater movement will carry over to the NCAA tournament.
   The new bracketing rules should be apparent to most college basketball fans.
   Previously, the selection committee tried to keep schools from playing rematches before the regional finals, sometimes moving teams multiple seed lines in the process. Wellman said relaxing that policy allows the committee to honor their seeding, creating a fairer overall bracket.

NCAA RULES…The NCAA football rules committee has proposed a change to the targeting rule that would eliminate the 15-yard penalty when instant replay officials overturn an ejection.
   Last year, when a targeting penalty was called, the 15-yard penalty stood even if the replay official determined the player should be allowed to stay in the game.
   The proposal needs approval from the playing rules oversight panel.
   The rules committee also proposed a change to allow defenses to substitute within the first 10 seconds of the 40-second play clock, with the exception of the final two minutes of each half. Offenses would not be allowed to snap the ball until 29 seconds are left on the play clock.
   The proposed change is in response to no-huddle offenses that don't allow defenses to substitute.

PLAYERS UNION…A federal agency held the first in a series of hearings Wednesday on whether to approve a bid by Northwestern University football players to unionize.
   Both sides acknowledged the key question was whether college athletes can be considered employees.
   During a National Labor Relations Board hearing in Chicago, lawyers for the proposed union and the university agreed that if college football players qualify as employees, they can legally form the first-of-its-kind union and if not, they can't.
   If the union, called the College Athletes Players Association, or CAPA, eventually gets the green light, advocates say it will provide athletes a vehicle to lobby for financial security and improved safety on the field.
   This first attempt is being closely watched, with the expectation that, if it succeeds, other college teams nationwide could quickly follow suit.


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