SPORTS 5-29-13

Baseball:  Brandon Valley @ Brookings Bandits 
   Sioux Falls West @ Bombers Black, DH, Mickelson Field, 3:00pm
   Brookings Bullets @ Brandon Valley, DH, 5:00pm
   Brookings Bullets @ Huron, DH, 5:30pm
   Castlewood @ Volga Cormorants

Track:   Brookings Hershey Track Meet, Brookings High School Athletic Complex

VOLGA LEGION…Clear Lake scored four runs late to pull out a 9-5 decision in American Legion baseball action Tuesday night. Clear Lake scored two runs in the seventh, and single runs in the eighth and ninth innings. Wes Martinmaas led Clear Lake with two hits including a double. Martinmaas also drove in four of the nine runs.
   Volga was led by Tyler Tofte and Cole Hauge’s three hits. Austin Chase and Jake Larsen chipped in with doubles. Zach Toben earned the win for Clear Lake in relief of starter Dusty Gorder. Justin Cassels pitched the final 1 2/3 innings for the save. Trevor Lundin takes the loss for Volga.
   Volga will be in action on Saturday when they travel to play Webster in the first round of the Milbank Tourney.

BANDITS BASEBALL…It’s a big early-season matchup.
   Brandon Valley – the two-time defending state high school runner-up – will face defending American Legion state champion Brookings Wednesday night to open the season.
   Bandits head coach Rob Hirrschoff says it’s an exciting pairing.  97625   :32   “there and playing”.
   Hirrschoff says Brandon’s a talented team.  97626   :24   “contention for that”.
   Brookings will play four, or five, games this weekend at the Yankton Wood Bat tournament.

TELFORD…South Dakota State’s preparing for its first NCAA Division I baseball tournament – getting set to face number eight overall seed Oregon Friday night in Eugene.
   SDSU won the Summit League title Sunday, defeating North Dakota State twice.  D-H Daniel Telford says the Jacks’ pitching, and defense, were solid throughout the tourney.  97627   :16   “in the past”.
   The Jacks didn’t score a lot of runs in the tourney – Telford says that shouldn’t be a concern.  97628   :16   “do other things”.
   Telford says the Jacks should feed off a large Oregon crowd, and get into the game.  97629   :22   “be all right”.
   San Francisco and Rice is the other opening-round matchup in the double-elimination tournament pod.

DEER SEASONS…The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission has proposed East River, West River and Black Hills deer seasons for a public hearing on June 6.
   The East River Deer Season proposal would provide 1,050 fewer one-tag licenses than the 2012 season, 1,500 fewer two-tag licenses and 1,300 fewer three-tag licenses (an overall reduction of 7,950 tags). East River Deer season dates would be Nov. 23 - Dec. 8, with Dec. 28 - Jan. 5 valid for antlerless deer tags only.
   The commission also proposes the West River Deer Season with dates for Units 30A (Gregory) and 50A (Mellette) of Nov. 2-5 and Nov. 18-24, Units 24A (Dewey), 64A (Ziebach), 20A (Corson) from Nov. 2-24, and all other units from Nov. 16 - Dec. 1. Only antlerless deer tags would be valid Dec. 28 - Jan. 5.
   The proposed 2013 season would change resident license numbers from last year by increasing one-tag licenses by 240, reducing two-tag licenses by 1,260 (2,520 tags), and increasing three-tag licenses by 305 (915 tags).
   The proposal would also adjust nonresident license numbers by increasing one-tag licenses by 20, cutting two-tag licenses by 102 (204 tags), and increasing three-tag licenses by 24 (72 tags) compared to 2012.
   Changes to East River and West River deer license numbers are mostly the result high deer losses caused by Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease in portions of the state last year.
   The proposed Black Hills Deer Season, which would be from Nov. 1-30, would offer 200 resident and 16 nonresident "any deer" licenses, 3,000 resident and 240 nonresident "any whitetail deer" licenses, and 100 resident and eight nonresident "antlerless whitetail deer" licenses. The license allocation would be 50 fewer resident and four fewer "antlerless whitetail deer" licenses compared to the 2012 season.

FAWN STUDY…The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks is conducting a white-tailed deer fawn survival study to learn more about the deer population in southeastern South Dakota.
   Biologist Julie DeJong says the study involves capturing fawns in the spring in Lincoln and Turner counties and attaching radio transmitters. Biologists will use spotlight vehicle searches and daytime ground searches through June 20th.
   The radio-collared fawns will be monitored once every ten to 14 days through June 2014 to make sure they're still alive. DeJong says the goal is to quantify annual fawn survival rates and learn more about reproduction and recruitment rates.
The data will help GF and P form population estimates.
   Anyone who knows of fawn locations in the two counties is asked to call 605-362-2700.

WETLAND STUDY…An expert on soil science at South Dakota State University says wetlands in eastern North and South Dakota are shrinking at a rapid pace.
   Professor Carol Johnston compared Department of Agriculture crop maps with wetland maps from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Geological Survey to determine the wetland loss of the Prairie Pothole Region in the eastern Dakotas.
Her study was published in Wetlands, the Journal of the Society of Wetland Scientists.
   Johnston says nearly 13,000 acres of wetlands have been lost each year over the past 30 years.  She says the rate the wetlands are shrinking each year keeps going up. She says the changes in wetlands affect not only wildlife but human beings.

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