THURSDAY, MAY 16:
Baseball: South Dakota State @ Omaha, 2:00pm (Live on Ranch AM910 @ 1:45)
Watertown @ Brookings, First Round Region, 7:00pm
Track: Clark/Willow Lake, Deubrook Area, Deuel, Florence/Henry, Hamlin, Sioux Valley @ Region 2A, Redfield
Baltic, Dell Rapids, Flandreau, Flandreau Indian, Garretson, Madison, Sioux Falls Christian @ Region
Arlington, Castlewood, Colman-Egan, De Smet, Dell Rapids St. Mary, Estelline, Great Plains Lutheran,
Howard, Lake Preston, McCrossan, Oldham-Ramona/Rutland, Sioux Falls Lutheran @ Region
Tennis: State boys championships @ Brandon, Sioux Falls
FRIDAY, MAY 17:
Baseball: South Dakota State @ Omaha, DH, 1:00pm (Live on Ranch AM910 @ 12:45)
Tennis: State boys championships @ Sioux Falls
SATURDAY, MAY 18:
Baseball: South Dakota State @ Omaha, 1:00pm (Live on Ranch AM910 @ 12:45)
Region 2A Varsity Super Regional (site and game times TBD)
Tennis: State boys championships @ Sioux Falls
SUNDAY, MAY 19:
Baseball: Aurora A’s @ Volga Cormorants, 4:00pm
MONDAY, MAY 20:
Golf: State “AA” Girls Tournament @ Hillcrest, Yankton
State “A” Girls Tournament @ Pine Hills, Milbank
State “B” Girls Tournament @ Edgebrook, Brookings
State “B” Boys Tournament @ Brookings Country Club
SDSU BASEBALL…The top two teams in the Summit League standings close the regular season with a four-game series at Omaha.
The Mavericks top the standings, but aren’t eligible for the conference playoffs – meaning second-place South Dakota State will be top seed in the tournament. The Jacks can clinch the regular season title by taking at least three games.
SDSU coach Dave Schrage says Omaha’s the best-hitting lineup in the league. 97627 :29 “they hit it”.
Schrage says the Jacks pitchers will have to have good command of their second pitch, and throw it at the right time. 97628 :16 “it play out”.
SDSU’s the only team that’s clinched a playoff spot. Oakland, Western Illinois, North Dakota State and Fort Wayne remain in the mix for next weekend’s tournament in Rochester, MI.
STATE TENNIS…The 82nd boys’ state tennis tournament will be held Thursday through Saturday in Sioux Falls. Champions will be determined in six singles flights and three doubles flights over the course of the three days. Due to graduations, new champions will be crowned in singles flights 1, 4, and 5, as well as doubles flights 2 and 3.
Returning champions include Tommy Entwistle of Sioux Falls O’Gorman and Tanner Heiser of Watertown. Brookings coach Brian Dobbs says that gives those teams some firepower. 97624 :20 “keeps playing well”.
Sioux Falls Washington’s the defending team champ – the Warriors’ Nate Ackert also defends a singles title – but Brookings coach Brian Dobbs says they’re not among the favorites this time. That falls on O’Gorman, and Rapid City Stevens: 97625 :14
“Thomas More now”.
Dobbs says the Bobcats’ fourth, fifth and sixth flights came through in the ESD tournament, and hopes Brookings avoids tough draws. 97626 :35 “it their all”.
First round singles matches begin at 9:00 a.m. Thursdaywith Flights 1 & 2 at McKennan Park Courts, Flights 3 & 4 at Sioux Falls Washington Courts, and Flights 5 & 6 at Brandon Valley Middle School Courts. Doubles matches will start at 1:45 p.m. with Flights 1 & 2 at McKennan Park and Flight 3 at Sioux Falls Washington.
Matches continue at 9:00 a.m. on Friday at McKennan and Sioux Falls Washington, and at 10:15 a.m. at Brandon Valley Middle School. McKennan Park will be the only site on Saturday, with competition starting at 9:00 a.m.
REICK ALL-ACADEMIC…South Dakota State outfielder Devon Rieck has been named to the Summit League All-Academic softball team.
Reick is a nursing major with a 3.33 GPA. The second team all-league outfielder, ranked fourth in the league and first on her team with 52 hits and posted a .361 batting average with 25 runs scored.
BOMBERS TRYOUTS…Brookings Bombers tryouts are scheduled for May 20-23 at the Teener Field (adjacent to Bob Shelden Field - they share the same parking lot.) Players are encouraged to treat it as a game situation, meaning all necessary equipment should be brought with including hat, baseball pants, glove, bat, batting gloves, cleats, etc.
DSU HOF… Dakota State University will welcome three new members and a team to its 2013 Athletic Hall of Fame. Larry Dirks (football, Class of 1958), Brian Leighton (football, Class of 1981), Joel Swisher (football, head coach) and the 1973 Trojan South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference (SDIC) football team will be officially inducted at the annual Hall of Fame dinner on June 8 at the Dakota Prairie Playhouse.
Dirks attended DSU from 1952-54 and played football. He left college to serve in the Army in 1954, playing football for the Army team in the European Conference. Dirks returned to General Beadle in 1956 and attended through 1958. He was named All-Conference in 1956 and '57 at right tackle.
Leighton was a four-year starter at wide receiver for the Trojans from 1977-80. He was part of the undefeated 1977 team that achieved a perfect 10-0 record, including the SDIC conference title.
Swisher was the head football coach for four seasons (1973-76), producing a stellar 24-12-1 overall record and a 16-4 record in the SDIC. He guided the Trojans to their first SDIC football conference title in 1973 with a 5-0 conference record.
The 1973 DSC football team was the first football team to win a conference title in school history. After dropping the first two non-conference games to start the season, Dakota State defeated all five SDIC conference opponents to earn the regular-season title.
BORK OBIT…Hunter Bork, an inspirational amputee athlete from Mount Vernon, has died, Dakota Wesleyan University officials confirmed.
Bork competed for the Tigers track and field team and was battling osteosarcoma bone cancer since the day before his 18th birthday. He died Tuesday night.
Bork lost his left leg to the disease and had multiple surgeries to remove tumors, which spread to his neck and spine. Bork, who graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 2009, was still able to compete athletically because he used a special running prosthesis.
In June 2011, Bork competed at the Paralympics in Miramar, Fla., for DWU and won the high jump with a mark of 4 feet, 10.25 inches. The leap was an American record. He also competed in the 100-meter dash and the long jump.
OUTDOOR GRANTS… Four projects that will give youth hands-on opportunties with the outdoors will receive financial support from the Tony and Dar Dean Outdoor Education Fund.
The fund was established following the 2008 death of well-known outdoor broadcaster and writer Tony Dean of Pierre. The program honors both Tony and his wife Dar Dean. She is an outdoor enthusiast with a strong commitment to getting youth involved in outdoor and conservation activities
The South Dakota Wildlife Federation Youth Conservation Camp Wilderness Day will receive a 13-hundred dollar grant. The Pierre School District will receive a 12-hundred-50 dollar grant, the Stanley County School District a 600 dollar grant, and the Beadle County Izaak Walton League will receive 500 dollars.
NAHL RELOCATIONS…The Wenatchee Wild, who has been a member of the NAHL for the past five seasons, are relocating their membership to Hidalgo, Texas. The team will be known as the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees and play out of the State Farm Arena beginning in the 2013-14 season.
Team president Bill Stewart says current head coach Bliss Littler and his staff are expected to be part of the relocation.