WEDNESDAY, MAY 23:
Baseball: Mt. Vernon @ Vermillion (District 1B title)
STATE “AA” GOLF…Sioux Falls O'Gorman shook off a slow start on the first day to blow out to a three-stroke win on the final day of the State AA Girls' Golf Tournament.
The Knights trailed Pierre by eight strokes after one round of play on Monday, but O'Gorman posted the lowest team score by nine strokes on Tuesday to card a 36-hole total of 671. Pierre finished second with 674. Pierre claimed individual honors as Hallie Getz won medalist honors with a 153.
TEAM SCORES: Sioux Falls O'Gorman 671, Pierre 674, Yankton 682, Sioux Falls Lincoln 692, Rapid City Stevens 707, Aberdeen Central 710, Watertown 722, Sioux Falls Roosevelt 740, Huron 749, Brookings 758, Brandon Valley 761, Sioux Falls Washington 762, Mitchell 774, Rapid City Central 806, Sturgis 806, Douglas 940.
BROOKINGS: 8, Lauren Fitts, Brookings, 80-83-163; 34 (tie), Maria Darrah, Brookings, 90-94-184; 60 (tie), Sidney Berreth, Brookings, 101-102-203; 65, Madison Ammann, Brookings, 102-106-208; 74 (tie), Brooke Piearson, Brookings, 102-114-216; 91, Heidi Bien, Brookings, 117-121-238.
STATE “A” GOLF…- Parkston captured the team championship at the State A girls' golf meet played at Southern Hills. Parkston had a two-day total of 651, 18 strokes ahead of the next two teams.
Sydney Bormann won the individual title in a three-way playoff with Cassidy Vollmer and Schuyler Wetzel, both of Hot Springs. All three finished with scores of 153 in regulation play.
TEAM SCORES: 1. Parkston 651, 2. Hot Springs 669 (won playoff), 3. Spearfish 669, 4. Sioux Falls Christian 692, 5. Vermillion 772, 6. Dell Rapids 780, 7. Canton 796, 8. Mobridge-Pollock 801, 9. Lead-Deadwood 820, 10. Harrisburg 827, 11. Aberdeen Roncalli 839, 12. Madison 847, 13. Wagner 857, 14. Milbank 867, 15. Chamberlain 892.
STATE “B” GIRLS…TEAM SCORES: South Central 559, Deuel 565, Sully Buttes 567, Clark-Willow Lake 572, Deubrook 573, Irene-Wakonda 577, Wall 602, Scotland 618, Garretson 622, Platte-Geddes 632, Herreid-Selby Area 641, Lemmon 651, Howard 655.
Medalist: 173-Tara Nihart, James Valley Christian.
STATE “B” BOYS…TEAM SCORES: White River 515, Webster 515, Garretson 524, Wall 525, Deubrook 534, Kimball 535, Deuel 538, McCook-Montrose 544, Baltic 545, Platte-Geddes 546, Howard 547, Newell 562, Sully Buttes 568, Philip 569, Colman-Egan 572, Ipswich 601, Lyman 612, Gettysburg 615.
Medalist: 157-Arron Lickteig, Freeman (defeated Cal Wiese of Howard in playoff)
HS BASEBALL…Tuesday’s baseball scores:
Region 2B Championship: Milbank 8, Chester/Colman-Egan/Flandreau 1
Region 3B Championship: Harrisburg 9, Garretson 3
Region 4B Championship: St. Thomas More 7, Winner/Colome 5
STATE B TRACK…The State “B” track meet takes place Friday and Saturday at O’Harra Stadium in Rapid City – Estelline coach Jim Rieger expects a battle for team titles.
Oldham-Ramona-Rutland is the defending girls champion – Rieger says they may need 75 points to hang onto the title. 97624 :31 “that top spot”.
Rieger says the boys’ division’s more balanced – about 50 points could take that. 97625 :31 “could come out”.
Rieger says some class “B” athletes could come away with gold medals – the award that’s given for the best time or distance, regardless of class. 97626 :37 “and that’s smoking”.
The “A” teams run prelims Friday in Spearfish, and the “AA” teams run Friday at Sturgis. All three classes compete Saturday in Rapid City.
MELIUS-BHS VB…Brookings High School will have a new head volleyball coach this fall.
Pending board approval, Jodi Melius will take over the job. She had previously been a middle school, and varsity assistant coach in the Bobcat program.
As a player, Melius participated in three state “B” tournaments at Northwestern – and will call upon those experiences. 97627 :19 “on the court”.
Melius attended South Dakota State, but did not play volleyball.
She says she relates well to players – a goal is to build participation numbers at the high school level. 97628 :18 “to high school”.
Melius has been working on scheduling summer camps – she’d like players to get as much practice as possible this summer. 97629 :17 “with your teammates”.
On the court, Melius wants to utilize the hitters. 97630 :15 “throw at us”.
Melius says the game’s changed a lot from her high school career.
She’s one of at least three new head coaches in “AA” next fall – Watertown and Sioux Falls Lincoln will also have new coaches.
SD BBB COY…Former Aberdeen resident Derek Robey of Sioux Falls O'Gorman has been named boys' basketball coach of the year by the South Dakota High School Coaches Association.
Robey led the Knights to their fifth State AA title in the last seven seasons - all teams he coached. Robey was the head boys' and girls' coach at both Roncalli and Central before taking the SFO job.
Robey and the other coaches of the year will be honored at the annual summer coaches clinic awards banquet in Aberdeen July 18.
VIKINGS DEALS…The Minnesota Vikings have six of their 10 draft picks under contract.
The team announced Tuesday that wide receiver Jarius Wright, wide receiver Greg Childs, safety Robert Blanton, kicker Blair Walsh, linebacker Audie Cole and defensive tackle Trevor Guyton signed their rookie deals. Wright and Childs were taken in the fourth round. Blanton went in the fifth round, Walsh in the sixth and Cole and Guyton in the seventh.
First-rounders Matt Kalil and Harrison Smith, third-round pick Josh Robinson and fourth-round selection Rhett Ellison have yet to sign. Teams will have an easier time getting deals done for draft picks, though, due to a new rookie pay system that's in place. All drafted players get four-year contracts, with first-rounders carrying a club option for a fifth season.
TWINS-MARQUIS… The Minnesota Twins have designated right-hander Jason Marquis for release or assignment, ending his stint with the team after just seven starts.
The move was made before the Twins played the White Sox in Chicago. The contract of right-hander Cole DeVries was selected from Triple-A Rochester, and the Minnesota native will take the place of Marquis in the rotation for his major league debut on Thursday.
Marquis was 2-4 with an abysmal 8.47 ERA. The 13-year veteran gave up 52 hits with 14 walks and only 12 strikeouts in 34 innings.
DeVries, who pitched for Eden Prairie High School and the University of Minnesota but went undrafted, went 1-4 with a 4.24 ERA for Rochester, allowing 47 hits in 46 2-3 innings with seven walks and 37 strikeouts.