SPORTS 4-10-14

Track:  Clark/Willow Lake, Deubrook, Hamlin, Redfield-Doland, Grant-Deuel, Waverly-South Shore,
     Florence/Henry, Iroquois, Lake Preston, Colman-Egan @ Estelline Sno Bird, 3:00pm
            Dell Rapids, Sioux Falls Christian, Baltic @ Tri-Valley Invitational, 3:30pm
            Great Plains Lutheran @ Rosholt Invitational

Golf:  Great Plains Lutheran, Deubrook @ Hamlin Invitational, Noon  

SDSU BASEBALL…South Dakota State turned walks into runs in the early innings Wednesday against Minnesota en route to a 13-4 victory.
   The Jackrabbits, who scored five times in the first inning and four more times in the second, evened their record on the season at 15-15.
   The Jackrabbits sent 11 batters to the plate in the home half of the first, scoring three runs without the benefit of a hit, taking advantage of four walks and two hit batters.
   Tyler Shannon, making his first-ever start on the mound for the Jackrabbits, walked two and struck out two in three innings. Joe Erickson allowed one run over three innings in relief.
   Matt Johnson continued his hot hitting with a two-run double in the third inning to cap the Jackrabbit scoring. Johnson, Aaron Machbitz and Cody Sharrow all collected two of SDSU’s nine hits in the game.
   Tony Skjefte led Minnesota’s eight-hit effort by going 3-for-4 at the plate.
   Golden Gopher pitchers combined to walk nine batters and hit three more. Of the 12 Jackrabbit batters to reach base via the walk or hit by pitch, eight came around to score.
   SDSU continues its homestand Friday afternoon by hosting Air Force to kick off a three-game weekend series. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.

BHS BASEBALL NEWS…The Brookings freshmen/sophomore baseball team defeated Harrisburg Tuesday 14-4 and 10-2.
   There have also been several schedule changes for the Bobcats:
   Friday, April 11 - JV vs. SF Roosevelt has been moved to Sioux Falls. Start time for the doubleheader remains 5:00
   Saturday, April 12 - Varsity vs. Sturgis has been moved to Valley Springs. Start time for the doubleheader is now 3:00
   Saturday, April 12 - Freshman/Sophomores vs. West Central has been moved to West Central. Start time for the doubleheader is still to be determined
   Sunday, April 13 - Varsity vs. Rapid City Stevens has been moved to Valley Springs. Start time for the doubleheader remains at 12:00
   Tuesday, April 15 - Varsity vs. Brandon Valley will likely be moved to Valley Springs. Start time for that doubleheader will remain at 5:30.

“AA” ALL-STATE BBB…Brookings’ Tyler Nagy has been named to the Class “AA” All-State boys’ basketball team, as chosen by the coaches’ association and the sportswriters.
First team
Steven Schaefer, Rapid City Stevens, sr., guard – 24 ppg, 5 rpg
Justin Decker, Huron, sr., forward – 15.4 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 62% FG
Colton Kooima, Roosevelt, sr., guard – 16.1 ppg, 44% 3pt
Brett Stanley, Washington, sr., forward – 17.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg
Tyler Nagy, Brookings, sr., guard – 21.4 ppg, 3.5 apg, 3.1 rpg
Addison Park, Lincoln, jr., forward – 14.5 ppg, 8 rpg, 56% FG

Second team
Caleb Carr, Huron, sr., forward – 13 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 2.5 bpg, 53% FG
JJ Hejna, Yankton, sr., forward – 12.5 ppg, 8 rpg, 58% FG
Chris Phillips, Roosevelt, sr., guard – 12.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg
Braxton Elliott, O’Gorman, jr., guard – 16 ppg, 3.8 rpg
Nic Peterson, Brandon Valley, sr., guard – 12 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 4.1 apg
Brevin Kaiser, Pierre, so., forward – 12.6 ppg, 7.1 rpg
CARPENTER HONORED…Hudson Carpenter was named The Summit League Male Golfer of the Week for the second time, after winning the 19th annual ASU Red Wolf Intercollegiate in Jonesboro, Ark., and helping the South Dakota State men’s golf team finish fifth.
   Carpenter won his second title of the season by shooting a two-under par 211, beating Belmont’s Ben Simpson by three strokes.
   In the third round, Carpenter shot a four-under par 68.

SDSU VB ASSISTANT…Hailey Cowles has been named an assistant volleyball coach at South Dakota State. Cowles most recently served as assistant coach at Concordia University in St. Paul.
   A former Minnesota Golden Gopher standout, Cowles helped lead Concordia to its sixth and seventh NCAA Division II National titles. This past season the Golden Bears posted a 35-3 overall record.  Working with the setters and the defense, Cowles helped setter Amanda Konetchy earn American Volleyball Coaches Association all-American honors.
   Cowles has also spent seven seasons as a head and assistant coach with the highly successful Mizuno Northern Lights Club team. As assistant coach of the 15 and 17 teams, Cowles won a pair of AAU National titles.
   Cowles was named Ms. Minnesota Volleyball and was the Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year in 2006. She replaces Angela Mooney, who left the program to take the assistant coaching position at Ole Miss.

USD VB COACH…The University of South Dakota volleyball team will be led by a familiar face.
   Leanne Williamson, who has served as interim coach since mid-March, was officially given the job full-time.  She
takes over for Matt Houk, who left for an assistant position at Minnesota last month after 97 wins in six seasons.
   Williamson joined the USD staff in 2009 after a playing career at Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  Under her and Houk, USD reached the Great West Conference tournament final in 2010 and the Summit League tournament for the first time in 2013.
   Last season, especially, was a successful one for the Coyotes. USD went 19-13 and reached the conference semifinals.

KOCER VERBALS TO SDSU…Wagner senior David Kocer has verbally committed to wrestle for South Dakota State University.
   Kocer, who posted a 73-2 record in his last two seasons for the Red Raiders, won his second consecutive wrestling title in February, this one at 170 pounds. Kocer finished his senior season with a 37-1 record. As a junior, Kocer won the 160-pound title and went 36-1 on the season.

SDSU “FOOD FIGHT” CHAMP…South Dakota State captured The Summit League’s “Food Fight” title by raising over 25,300 pounds of food, increasing its total from last year by over 2,800 lbs.
   The conference designated 16 "Food Fight" games during the basketball season and collected donations at the basketball championships with the eight league member institutions combining to raise over 58,800 lbs.
   Each of the top-four finishers in this year’s “Food Fight” increased their totals by at least 2,500 lbs. from a year ago.
South Dakota finished second and collected 9,913.01 lbs., followed by IUPUI in third-place with 6,032 lbs. and Omaha in fourth collecting 4,693 lbs. The Coyotes posted a league-best increase of more than 3,700 lbs. from a year ago, while the Mavericks tallied an increase of over 3,600 lbs.

RICHMAN RUNNING BISON…David Richman has been named head men's basketball coach at North Dakota State. Richman replaces Saul Phillips, who was hired by Ohio University after seven years as the head coach of the Bison.
   Richman was a Bison assistant coach for two seasons before being elevated to associate head coach under Saul Phillips. He also spent two seasons as a graduate assistant at NDSU and was an assistant coach at North Dakota State College of Science for one year.
   The Bison are coming off their best two-year span in school history, winning 50 games from 2012-14. NDSU swept the Summit League regular season and tournament titles twice in six years, winning a school-record 26 games in two seasons.  The Bison are 170-104 in his nine years as a full-time member of the staff.
   He worked as a student assistant to coaches Ray Giacoletti, Greg McDermott and Tim Miles.

IPFW COACH LEAVES…Fort Wayne athletic officials say head men's basketball coach Tony Jasick has resigned his position to take a similar post at Jacksonville University.
   Jasick spent three years as head coach at IPFW, and compiled a 52-47 career record with the Mastodons, guiding the team to a 25-11 record in 2013-14 and a berth into the CIT Postseason Tournament.

FITTS WINS…Lauren Fitts and the Dakota Wesleyan University women’s golf team each picked up their first win of the 2014 spring season at the Midland Spring Invite.
   Dakota Wesleyan shot a 335, which beat out second-place Morningside College.
   Fitts was one of two players to shoot a nine-hole score in the 30s. She shot a 40 on the front nine and a 39 on the back for a two-round total of 79, good for first place.


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