SPORTS 4-7-14

   South Dakota State men @ Red Wolf Intercollegiate, Jonesboro, AK
   South Dakota State women @ Kansas City Shootout, Kansas City, MO
   Brookings @ Sioux Falls Lincoln, 2:00pm

SDSU BASEBALL…The South Dakota State University baseball team opened the home portion of its schedule Sunday afternoon by splitting a doubleheader with league-leading Fort Wayne at Erv Huether Field.
   The Jackrabbits won the opener, 2-1, behind the pitching of junior right-hander Adam Bray, then dropped a 9-5 decision later in the day.
   In the opener, Bray struck out a career-high 11 batters in only six innings as he improved to 4-2 on the season.  J.D. Moore worked around a Jackrabbit error in the top of the seventh to record his fourth save of the season.
   In the nitecap, the Mastodons scored four unearned runs that proved to be the difference in a 9-5 victory.  Eric Danforth was 3-for-4 to pace the Jackrabbits’ eight-hit effort.
   SDSU continues its homestand Tuesday by hosting Mount Marty in a 3 p.m. contest at Erv Huether Field.

BHS BASEBALL…The Brookings Bobcats avenged a pair of losses at the hands of Yankton a week ago, scoring a pair of one-run victories on the Bucks on Saturday.  Brookings took the opener 2-1, as Jordan Lerdal threw five innings of two-hit ball for the win, striking out six and walking two.  Jared Tschetter earned a save. Four different Bobcat players each had hits.
   The Bobcats earned the sweep with a 4-3 decision. Sam Schutt had three hits.  Corey Roach allowed one run on one hit over five innings for the win.  Kyle Krogman finished the game for the save.
   Saturday’s doubleheader at Pierre was postponed.

SDSU SOFTBALL…IUPUI used a pair of big innings to complete a three game sweep over South Dakota State on Sunday in the series finale in Mitchell, downing the Jackrabbits 12-8.
   The Jaguars pounded out 17 hits in the win, five of which came in the second inning, when they scored five runs to take a 5-1 lead.  Elyse Eitel hit a three-run homer for SDSU.  Sammy Bingham had two hits. 
   IUPUI used a nine run second inning in the opener and an eight run inning in the first inning of the nightcap to cruise to a 14-4 and a 15-3 win over South Dakota State Saturday.
   Lauren Chirnside hit her first-career homerun.  Jennifer Sutton took the loss in game one, with Ashlyn Bender falling in game two.

SAHLI TRACK…Brookings competed Saturday in the Al Sahli Invitational track meet in Aberdeen.  The results:
55: 5, (tie) Kaitlyn Hadley, Brookings, and Kylie Voigt, Jamestown, :07.7.
800: 2, Madison Gray, Brookings, 2:30.7
1500: 3, Ronna Heaton, Brookings, 5:29.8
960 Relay: 1, Brookings (Gannon, Hadley, Livingston, Gray), 2:18.6
Long Jump: 1, Alexis Gannon, Brookings, 18-7 1/2 (meet record);  Jaci Sebern, Brookings, 15-4 1/2
High Jump: 3, Doha Mohamed, Brookings, 4-10
800: Justice Lamer, Brookings, 2:07.2
1,500-Meter Run: 1, Justice Lamer, Brookings, 4:27.8; 6, Graham DeHaven, Brookings, 4:40.6
Pole Vault: 2, Caleb Rubon-Ellis, Brookings, 13-0
Long Jump: 2, Nathan Eki, Brookings, 20-3 ½

SDSU TRACK…The South Dakota State men’s track and field team posted strong results at the USD Snowbird Saturday. Numerous Jackrabbits finished in the top-five in their events throughout the day.
   Jake Sanderson won the triple jump with his mark of 46 feet, 11 3/4 inches.
   In the 400-meter hurdles, Justin Carson (55.74) placed second.
   Ryan Schaefer posted a personal-best height of 15-1 in the pole vault. He finished fourth overall in the event.
   Amy Paulzine posted three top-three finishes as she and the South Dakota State women’s track and field team competed at the USD Snowbird Saturday in Yankton, S.D. En route to her finishes today, Pauzline posted two personal-best throws and won the javelin.  Paulzine won the javelin throw with her distance of 139 feet, 4 inches.
   Carly Carper led the Jackrabbits in both the 100- and the 200-meter dash. Carper posted a time of 12.06 in the 100-meter dash to place third.  She was second in the 200 in 23.90.
   Gina Fritz took second overall in the 400 with her time of 58.89.  Lindsey Strait ran a time of 4:43.36 to take third in the 1500.

SDSU TENNIS…South Dakota State picked up a pair of Summit League wins Saturday as it defeated South Dakota 4-3 and Omaha 5-2.
   In Saturday's opener, the Jacks and 'Yotes split singles, 3-3, but a Jackrabbit sweep in doubles solidified the win for SDSU.  In Saturday's finale, Iasmin Rosa, Fifon Davies, Beatriz Souza and Tacy Haws-Lay won their respective singles match.
   Rosa/Souza and Haws-Lay/Davies also won their second doubles match of the day to give SDSU the point.
   SDSU defeated defending Summit League champion Fort Wayne 5-2 Friday.  SDSU has won 12 consecutive matches.

PALUCH HONORED…Steph Paluch of the South Dakota State women’s basketball team was honored by the Women’s NIT by being named to the all-tournament team.
   Paluch averaged 15.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists while shooting 41.1 percent from the field, 32 percent from three-point range and 84.6 percent from the free-throw line in the tournament.
   She scored in double digits in four of the five games, including 19 points in wins over Creighton March 23 and Indiana March 30. Paluch dished a season-high seven assists in the semifinals vs. UTEP April 2.
   Joining Paluch on the all-tournament team were Courtney Williams of South Florida, Kristine Vitola and Kayla Thornton of UTEP and Kahleah Cooper and Tyler Scaife of Rutgers. Cooper was named the WNIT MVP after the Scarlet Knights defeated UTEP 56-54.

SDHSAA FB…The South Dakota High School Activities Association is examining a proposal that would expand 11-man football and reduce the number of schools playing nine-man football.
   South Dakota would have five 11-man classes and two 9-man classes of high school football beginning in 2015.  The top class, 11AAA, would stay at eight schools although Sioux Falls O’Gorman would likely petition up as it did last year to make it nine.
   The Class 11AAA schools would be Sioux Falls Roosevelt, Rapid City Central, Sioux Falls Lincoln, Sioux Falls Washington, Rapid City Stevens, Aberdeen Central, Watertown and Brandon Valley.
   Class 11AA would consist of schools with an average daily membership of 400 or more, followed by Class 11A (200-400 ADM), 11B (120-200); 11C (male-only ADM 47.5-60).
   The remaining schools would be divided into two 9-man classes, with 32 teams from each class making the playoffs. Average daily membership is based on the Jan. 15 enrollment of students in grades 9-11. The classification process is done every two years.

PHILLIPS TO OHIO…Ohio University has hired North Dakota State's Saul Phillips as its men's basketball coach.
   Phillips led the Bison to an upset of fifth-seeded Oklahoma in the NCAA tournament last month. He was 134-84 in seven seasons at North Dakota State.
   Phillips was hired Sunday to replace Jim Christian, who left after two years to coach Boston College. Christian was 49-22 at Ohio.

NCAA ONE AND DONE…NCAA officials and Kentucky coach John Calipari at least agree on something: The one-and-done rule in college basketball needs to be revised.
   NCAA president Mark Emmert said during his annual news conference Sunday that he is in "vocal opposition" to the rule established by the NBA and its union that requires players be at least one year removed from high school before   declaring for the NBA draft.
   Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby went further, saying "the NFL and NBA have been irresponsible in not providing other legitimate opportunities for kids that really don't want to go to college."
   Calipari has said he favors a two-year period before entering the NBA, even though he has several potential one-and-dones on the team playing UConn in Monday night's title game.

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