SPORTS 5-28-14

Baseball: Sioux Falls Cyclones @ Brookings Jr. Legion, DH, 5:00pm, Bob Shelden

VOLGA LEGION… Volga Post 114 downed Flandreau 6-1 in a lightning shortened game Tuesday.
   Post 114 took an early lead on a solo home run from Hunter Tietjen. Volga posted a single run in the fourth inning and then opened the game up with three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
   Kyler Krogh had three hits including a double and two RBI. Landon Stevens had an RBI double in the bottom of the sixth. Layne Lucas, Jake Larson and Jon Wilson each added base hits.
   Austin Chase started and threw three scoreless innings. Jake Larson earned the win pitching the final three frames. Chase and Larson combined to throw a no hitter. Geno Bursheim took the loss for Flandreau pitching the first three innings.
   Volga will travel to Salem Monday to take on McCook/Miner County.

BKGS BOMBERS MAROON…The Brookings Bombers Maroon opened the season with a doubleheader sweep of Clear Lake.
   Brookings won the nightcap 23-9 in six innings – capitalizing on walks, errors, passed balls and wild pitches to score ten runs in the fourth and nine in the sixth. Ryan Miley started on the mound, followed by Jacob Schoon and Ryan Treiber.
   The Bombers Maroon won the opener 6-4. Drew Cole pitched the first four innings for the win, with Cody Nicklason earning the save. Cole had a two-run double, with Parker Beers recording a run-scoring base hit.
   For most Brookings players it was their first game on a big field, after moving up from Little League. Coach Alec Johnson says they handled the transition well. 97622 :26 "to last summer".
   Brookings will face Yankton, Sioux Falls Central and two Mitchell teams in this weekend’s Mitchell tournament. Johnson says it’s a chance to see different players in different positions. 97623 :27 "go from there".
   Brookings has two games Friday, two on Saturday – and that will determine Sunday’s schedule.

AUTO MALL DONATION… The Brookings Auto Mall has joined with Chevrolet to sponsor the Brookings Friends of Baseball.
   The local dealer has has hosted fundraisers for the organization including; a free will brat feed and a grill giveaway. The dealership will continue to promote its sponsorship throughout the summer.
   The Auto Mall has presented a 12-hundred dollar check to the Brookings Friends of Baseball, in addition to $1,100 amount of equipment and sporting attire.
   The Brookings Friends of Baseball organization manages and coordinates all Brookings' baseball programs for youth, entering third grade to high school graduation.
   The group hosts several tournaments , including the VFW state tournament, and regular games.
   The non-profit organization is organized by volunteers, with the exception of some coaches, and is solely operated by donations and local fundraisers.

LATE TRACK…This year's state track meet has an unusual feel to it - its being held after Memorial Day.
   The meet has traditionally been held Memorial Day weekend, but due to the high school calendar rolling back this year and an early Memorial Day, the meet is this weekend.
   Huron coach Tom Baeszler says the unusual timing means adjustting practice schedules. 97624 :26 "I know that".
   Baeszler says it’s a one year quirk in the calendar. 97625 :10 "through it".
   Action starts Friday with AA schools of Sioux Falls O'Gorman, Class B at Howard Wood in Sioux Falls, and Class A in Madison. All three classes will be at Howard Wood for the final day Saturday.

ESD ALL-SPORTS…Brandon Valley captured the ESD Conference All-Sports Awards for 2013-14.
   BOYS: 1. Brandon Valley 50; 2. Yankton 40.5;T3. Aberdeen Central 40; T3. Watertown 40; 5. Pierre 38.5; 6. Brookings 34; 7. Huron 32; 8. Harrisburg 29; 9. Mitchell 23
   GIRLS: 1. Brandon Valley 59; 2. Aberdeen Central 57; 3. Pierre 52.5; 4. Yankton 47; 5. Watertown 45.5; 6. Mitchell 45; 7. Brookings 39; 8. Huron 33.5; 9. Harrisburg 20.5

ANTI-SHOT CLOCK… Some South Dakota schools are opposing a recent mandate that calls for the use of a shot clock during Class A high school basketball games.
   Schools are objecting to the directive of the South Dakota High School Activities Association because of the clocks' price.
   The association says it made the change with input from activities directors and superintendents across the state. But some school districts say they wish they had more say.
   Dell Rapids School Board member Troy Randall says the association's move is "ridiculous." Dell Rapids expects to pay more than $8,000 to buy two clocks each for both its high school and middle school gyms.
   The association says the use of the clock is meant to pick up the pace of games.

ABERDEEN WINGS COACH…The Aberdeen Wings will have a new head coach for their fifth season in the North American Hockey League.
   The team promoted assistant Francis Anzalone to head coach and director of hockey operations. Travis Winter resigned as head coach to become an assistant at Bemidji State. Winter will help the Wings with the NAHL Draft, which is Tuesday.

SEC-NO FCS… Florida coach Will Muschamp wants to avoid playing teams from the Football Championship Subdivision.
   And not because the Gators lost to lower-division Georgia Southern last year.
   Speaking at the Southeastern Conference's annual spring meetings Tuesday, Muschamp said "we're probably going to move forward without playing FCS opponents."
   Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley and several SEC coaches, though, aren't quite ready to close the door on scheduling lower-division teams.
   Foley says "in a perfect world, you play all D-1 schools. But also you have to have 12 opponents."
   The topic was one of many addressed at the meetings, which served as the first chance for some to weigh in on scheduling. The SEC decided last month to stick with its current format of eight league games and a permanent non-division rival.

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