SPORTS 2-20-14

Boys’ Basketball:  
    Brookings @ Sioux Falls Lincoln 
    Deuel @ Hamlin
    Flandreau @ Howard
    Wessington Springs @ Iroquois
    Mitchell Christian @ Sanborn Central/Woonsocket
    Beresford @ Sioux Falls Christian
    Sioux Falls Roosevelt @ Sioux Falls Washington
    Madison @ Vermillion

Girls’ Basketball:  
    Sioux Falls Lincoln @ Brookings 
    Chester @ Arlington
    Tri-Valley @ Baltic
    Harrisburg @ Brandon Valley
    Estelline @ Castlewood
    Aberdeen Roncalli @ Clark/Willow Lake
    Deubrook @ Flandreau Indian
    Waubay @ Florence/Henry
    Sioux Valley @ Garretson
    Deuel @ Hamlin
    Great Plains Lutheran @ Langford
    Dell Rapids @ Madison
    Sioux Falls Roosevelt @ Marshall, MN
    Mitchell Christian @ Sanborn Central/Woonsocket
    Beresford @ Sioux Falls Christian
    Grant-Deuel @ Tiospa Zina
    Mitchell @ Watertown
    Wilmot @ Waverly-South Shore
    Lennox @ West Central

Swimming:   South Dakota State @ Summit League Championships, Indianapolis

Boys’ Basketball:  
    Clark/Willow Lake @ Aberdeen Roncalli
    Chester @ Arlington
    Dells St. Mary’s @ Baltic
    Lennox @ Dell Rapids
    Castlewood @ Estelline
    Wilmot @ Great Plains Lutheran
    Brandon Valley @ Harrisburg
    Lake Preston @ Iroquois
    West Central @ McCook Central/Montrose
    Watertown @ Mitchell
    Yankton @ Pierre
    Sisseton @ Redfield-Doland
    Garretson @ Sioux Valley
    Flandreau Indian @ Viborg-Hurley
    Florence/Henry @ Waubay    

Girls’ Basketball:  
    Sisseton @ Redfield-Doland
    Sioux Falls Roosevelt @ Sioux Falls Washington
    Flandreau Indian @ Viborg-Hurley
    Pierre @ Yankton

Gymnastics:   State “AA”, “A” @ Aberdeen

Wrestling:   Region 2A @ Lennox 

Softball:   South Dakota State @ Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Baseball:   South Dakota State @ Alabama A&M

Tennis:    South Dakota State men @ Chicago State; women vs. Grand Canyon

Indoor Track:   South Dakota State @ Nebraska TuneUp;  @ South Dakota Twilight    

    Bismarck @ Brookings Blizzard, 7:15pm
    Pee Wee 1 Red, Pee Wee 1 Blue @ Sioux Center
    Squirt White @ Aberdeen White, Aberdeen Gold, Watertown
    Watertown @ Girls JV, 1:45pm
    Watertown @ Girls Varsity, 3:30pm

Swimming:   South Dakota State @ Summit League Championships, Indianapolis

SUMMIT SWIMMING…Day one of the Summit League Swimming and Diving Championships saw the South Dakota State women break a pair of relay records, while the men took down one of their own.
   After two events, both squads sit in third place with 62 points.
   On the women's side, the 800 freestyle relay finished in 7:28.46, which was good for second place and broke the 2012 mark of 7:34.66.
   The 200 medley relay school record fell as SDSU crossed in 1:45.48, which was good for fifth place.
   On the men's side, the time of 6:46.60 broke last year's school record of 6:47.01. The Jacks took third place in the event.
   The 200 medley relay placed fourth with a time of 1:32.87.

STATE GYMNASTICS…Brookings will be one of nine Class “AA” gymnastics teams vying for the state title Friday in Aberdeen.
   Individual event championships will be decided Saturday.  Class “AA” and “A” teams will compete simultaneously – shortening the length of each session.
   Brookings coach Rachelle Engbrecht looks for two teams atop the “AA” standings.  97628   :14   “you three places”.
   Engbrecht says experience is a factor that sets the top teams apart.  97629   :20   “be even stronger”.
   The order of teams three-through-nine could come down to who’s having a good day.   97630   :14   “the balance beam”.
   Engbrecht says defending “A” champ Deuel has been battling some injuries – she says Madison’s had the better of the Cardinals in recent competitions.

SDSU BB…South Dakota State and North Dakota State renew their basketball rivalries Saturday afternoon.
   The women host NDSU at 4:00pm at Frost Arena.  The Jackrabbits hold a one-game lead in the Summit League standings.
   Head coach Aaron Johnston says he’d like the Jackrabbits to take better care of the ball, and take a bit more time running plays.  97624   :35   “defenses do anything”.
   The men have a 2:00pm game in Fargo – the Bison lead SDSU by a game in the league standings.  Jacks’ head coach Scott Nagy says his team’s played well the last three weeks to make the game relevant.  97625   :43   “the conference championship”.
   You’ll hear the men’s game on the Ranch AM910, and the women’s game on B93.7.

BHS GBB…Sioux Falls Lincoln travels to Brookings Thursday night for non-conference girls’ basketball.
   Lincoln’s in the midst of a battle for seeding position in District 2AA.  Brookings stayed with second-ranked Washington for most of Tuesday night’s game – a brief stretch late in the first half spelled the difference in that game.
   Brookings coach Lynn Frederick says Lincoln’s an explosive offensive team.  97626   :28   “concerned about that”.
   Frederick wants the Bobcats to make more shots, and limit the opponents’ offensive rebounds.

BHS BBB…The Brookings boys’ basketball team will try to build on the momentum of Saturday’s win at Watertown when they play at Sioux Falls Lincoln.  Tip-off Thursday night is at seven at the Lincoln gym.
   The Bobcats put together a solid second half at Watertown – rallying from ten behind to win by ten.  Head coach Travis Engebretson would like to see a repeat, but says Lincoln presents a set of problems.  97627   :19   “as a team”.
   Engebretson says the Bobcats are trying to position themselves as well as possible for the upcoming District 1AA tournament.

NEBRASKA PLAN…Many basketball coaches are dusting off their math skills to figure out the new post-season seeding system.
   The so called "Nebraska plan" was developed by math professors at the University of Nebraska for that state's high schools. The system features a strength of schedule component that award points based on an opponent's winning percentage - the point value of a game played in December could change in February depending on a team's record.
   Huron boys basketball coach Tim Buddenhagen feels the new system fits Class A and B schools better than AA.  97631   :23   “not an issue”.
   Buddenhagen’s not sure a change was needed in AA
   Brandon Valley boys coach Brent Deckert says no one knows how it works.  97632   :18   “sense to me”.
   The state activities association adopted the new system last April for boys and girls basketball, as well as volleyball.

SOCCER DEADLINE…The deadline for spring league registration for U5-U12 girls and boys is Sunday, February 23.  Registration information for U13, and older, will be out soon.  Those players and parents should monitor the web page and BrookingsFC Facebook for registration dates.

YOUTH CONCUSSIONS… A new study shows that the youngest football players are less likely to suffer concussions.
   The results show that 4.3 percent of players from ages 5 to 14 were diagnosed with concussions. Thirty-four percent of the players who did report injuries complained of bruises. Ligament sprains were the second-most common injury, coming in at 16 percent.
  Indianapolis-based USA Football asked another Indy-based organization, the Datalys Center, to conduct the research which evaluated more than 4,000 youth players in six states between 2012 and 2013.
   Researchers found that the behavior of coaches has a direct correlation on the number of injuries, and that the youngest athletes were the least likely to be injured.


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