THURSDAY, APRIL 11:
Track: Watertown @ Brookings, 4:00pm (CANCELLED)
Baseball: South Dakota State @ Indiana Tech, 4:00pm
Tennis: South Dakota State vs. South Dakota, Oakland
Golf: Hamlin Invitational, Noon
SDSU BASEBALL…South Dakota State escapes the snow and ice this weekend for Summit League baseball series at Fort Wayne and Oakland.
Jacks head coach Dave Schrage says, based on scores, the Mastodons are an interesting team. 97634 :20 “very low scoring”.
Schrage says Oakland’s a deceiving team. 97635 :20 “going to see”.
Schrage says last weekend’s split with North Dakota State was big – the Jacks enter the weekend in the midst of the league race, instead of a game or two behind.
BACK TO BASEBALL…Back to Baseball Night - followed by the April board meeting - are scheduled for Thursday, April 11, from 5-7pm - both events are being held at the American Legion on Western Avenue.
Parents of players signed up for spring and summer baseball may check that all forms and deposit checks are in as required, make payments towards registration fees, pick up season passes, check out info on gate/concession/press box signups, and meet many of the Friends of Baseball board members.
The board agenda is posted on the website -www.brookingsbaseball.com.
SDSU SOFTBALL…The South Dakota State’s softball team finds its home away from home this weekend to be Omaha.
The Jacks were scheduled to host Oakland at Jackrabbit Softball Stadium, but with the snowstorm, the three-game series has been moved south.
SDSU was swept by South Dakota last weekend – head coach Kim Aggabao says they’re trying to put together a complete game. 97636 :21 “into this race”.
Aggabao says the Coyotes may be the conference surprise. 97637 :23 “huge for us”.
SDSU softball coach Kim Aggabao.
MINOT-AUSTIN…The North American Hockey League playoffs move into best-of-five series this weekend, with Central Division fourth-seed Minot taking on number one Austin.
Minotaurs coach Marty Murray says, even though Austin holds a decided edge in wins and points, the teams played to shootouts in several games. 97632 :20 “be just fine”.
Murray says Austin has plenty of firepower – five players have scored over 50 points this season. 97633 :25 “a fighting chance”.
Minot’s scoring is more balanced – Murray says each line has produced goals and assists, and it’s hard to choose one player to shut down.
The winner of the series will meet the Bismarck-Brookings series winner for the Central Division spot in the league championships.
RFD-TV RODEO…Professional Bull Riders has partnered with former CEO Randy Bernard to commemorate its 20th anniversary season with a weekly special aired on the network he now runs.
RFD-TV will debut "PBR 20-20" on May 1. The 90-minute episodes will showcase the top 20 PBR events of all time.
It's the first time PBR and RFD-TV have partnered, but the match became obvious once Bernard became CEO of the network in December. Bernard was CEO of PBR from 1995 until 2010, when he became CEO of IndyCar.
PBR and RFD-TV combed through hours of archived footage to put together the series, which covers 20 events chosen by industry veterans. The first 12 weeks will feature incredible competitions, including the St. Louis 2001 event, where PBR riders produced 11 90-plus rides — the equivalent of 11 grand slams in a baseball game.