MONDAY, JUNE 11:
Baseball: Volga Post 114 @ Aurora (DH), 6:00pm
Golf: SDGA-First Dakota National Bank Junior Golf Tournament @ Yankton, Spearfish, Aberdeen
TUESDAY, JUNE 12:
Baseball: Brookings Bandits @ Watertown (DH), 5:00pm
Pierre @ Bullets 16’s (DH), 2:00pm
Golf: SDGA-First Dakota National Bank Junior Golf Tournament @ Mitchell
CUBBY’S BASEBALL…Saturday’s Watertown-Brookings amateur matchup was postponed – Watertown was unable to field a team.
Nick Andrews pounded out three hits – Kolton Emery and Zach Thomas two each as the Brookings Cubby’s held off Castlewood 7-5 Friday night in non-league amateur baseball in Brookings.
Brookings scored two runs in the sixth and one in the seventh, but the Ravens countered with two in the eighth and one in the ninth.
Bill McElhany had three hits for the Ravens. Christian Larson pitched seven innings of five-hit baseball to get the win, with Marcus Hiemstra recording a save. Ryan Neale went the distance for the Ravens, and took the loss.
TEENER BASEBALL…Logan Busch tossed a complete game six-hitter as the Brookings Bullets beat the Yankton CorTrust Black Sox 7-1 in the championship of the Cortrust/Daryl Bernard Classic VFW Teener baseball tournament on Saturday at Yankton.
The Brookings Bombers Black went 1-2 in tournament play in Watertown over the weekend. Brookings lost to Sioux Falls Central 7-4…shut out Pierre 10-0…then lost 5-3 to Aberdeen to end the tournament.
SDGA TWO-MAN…Charlie Jacobson and Danny Amundson won the SDGA Two-Man golf championship over the weekend in Yankton. They followed up a round of 66 on Saturday with a 67 Sunday to win the championship flight by two strokes. Their score of 133 was ahead of Chris Long and Matt Johnson.
Flight champions were:
1st Flight, Chris Knight and Jon Sorensen
2nd Flight, Jim Entwisle and Kevin Buntrock
3rd Flight, Troy Klongerbo and Jordan Mueller
4th Flight, Heath Rylance and Ted Horning
5th Flight, Rocky Nelson and Steve Eide
Results of Brookings players: Kyle Cooper and Levi Smith tied for fourth at 137…Scott Holm and Brett Steen fired at 148…Alex Steen and Jake Johnson came in at 150…and Rick Lee and Chad Hungerford finished at 150.
BOYS SOCCER… The Brookings Futbol Club U12 boys team won their division championship at the Maplebrook Invitational Soccer Tournament held in Maple Grove, MN.
They beat the Eagan Wave Soccer Club 4-0, the Edina Soccer Club 4-1, and the NW Kickers 6-0. They won the championship game 5-0 over the Wright County Blue Devils.
LOWERY-STATE AA…The state “AA” boys and girls basketball tournaments will be held the same weekend, and in the same city, in 2016 and 2017.
The activities association board of directors voted to try the idea last week. Assistant executive secretary Bob Lowery says, over the past five years, sixty percent of the participating schools had teams in both tournaments. The idea’s to make the event more fan friendly. 97621 :27 “our boys’ crowd”.
Tournaments will be held in Sioux Falls and Rapid City. Lowery says some tweaking will be necessary to prevent a school’s boys’, and girls’ teams from playing simultaneously. 97622 :28 “place in 2016”.
Lowery says it’s a trial run for a more permanent plan. 97623 :20 “type of format”.
Lowery says “A” and “B” schools will continue with separate tournaments – he says they don’t have the participation redundancy of “AA” schools.
NEW PARK OFFICE…The Brookings Parks and Recreation Department will soon have new digs.
Superintendent Pete Colson says the department’s been headquartered in the old Armory on Main Avenue for about a half-century. Staff will move into the new city-county government center on June 15th. Colson says the center provides easier public access: 97624 :24 “we are now”.
Colson says grouping city offices will improve efficiency – he says on-line registration for recreation program’s also helped. 97625 :19 “their business there”.
After the move, Colson says the downtown armory will be used much as it is now. 97626 :30 “to welcome them”.
Brookings Parks and Recreation Department superintendent Pete Colson.
RC STEVENS BBB…Rapid City Stevens will have a new boys basketball coach for the first time in 12 seasons.
Head coach T.J. Hay’s resignation ended a tenure that saw the Raiders go 111-169 and reach the Class AA state tournament four times.
Hay had a losing record in his first season after taking over for Shane Warwick in 2000-01, but had winning records and state tournament appearances in his next two seasons. The Raiders had three winning seasons under Hay but haven’t finished above .500 for six straight seasons.
BH CONFERENCE…The Black Hills Conference will look a lot different come the 2013-14 school year, as it will expand to include Pine Ridge, Bennett County, Little Wound and Sturgis in football that season. The additions will give the conference 12 football schools.
The two halves will be named the Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse divisions. Belle Fourche, Spearfish, Sturgis, Douglas, Hot Springs and St. Thomas More make up the Mount Rushmore division, and Custer, Lead-Deadwood, Red Cloud, Pine Ridge, Bennett County and Little Wound comprising the Crazy Horse division.
Each division would crown its own champion. Each team would play all the other teams in its division, with the chance that the South Dakota High School Activities Association would create some cross-divisional matchups in its own schedule-making.
DSU TRACK SIGNEES…A couple of area student-athletes have committed to the Dakota State cross country, and track, programs.
Sioux Valley’s Taylor Hauge was a two-time All-State cross country runner, a three-time All-State track performer, and ran a leg on the runner-up 3200-meter relay team at last month’s state meet.
Flandreau’s Jared Sutton was a four-time South Dakota Class 'A' state cross country qualifier. He place eleventh in the 2011 state meet.
Madison’s D’Artist Williams, Beresford’s Jared Truman, Steve Selchert of Harrisburg, Erika Bamsey of Howard, and Bon Homme’s Tara Ronke, also commited to the Trojans.
DITTMAN RETURNS…A familiar face is coming back to Dakota State University to lead the Trojans’ athletic programs. Former women’s basketball coach Jeff Dittman has been named athletic director and women’s basketball coach.
Dittman was the head women's basketball coach at Hastings College in Nebraska for four years. Prior to that, he was the head coach for the Lady T’s for thirteen seasons. Dittman says coming back to Madison is an advantage for his family. 97636 :27 “full time”.
Dittman says he can balance both roles as administrator and coach. 97637 :22 “with those roles”.
Dittmann was 91-42 overall at Hastings, leading the Broncos to a NAIA Division II runner-up finish in 2009 and a pair of NAIA “Sweet Sixteen” appearances in 2010 and 2012. He did keep tabs on the Trojan programs. 97638 :12 “where they’re at”.
Dittman takes over for Gene Wockenfuss, who stepped down as athletic director in April - and replaces Joe Reints, who resigned as women’s basketball coach in May.
LAYLIN…The head coach of the North American Hockey League’s Brookings Blizzard expects a battle for spots during camp later this month in Alexandria, MN.
Cory Laylin says players will vie for 25 roster spots, and an opportunity to play in front of Division I scouts. He says a solid core returns from last year’s Alexandria Blizzard team that won 40 games. 97630 :36 “the other thing”.
Laylin’s impressed with the players selected in last week’s draft. 97631 :58 “6-2, 200 pounds”.
Laylin played professionally for 16 seasons in Europe – starting as a forward, then shifting to defense. His coaching style will zero in on defense. 97632 :15 “it’s a mess”.
Laylin says some very good players will leave the Blizzard camp in tears, not making the roster – he says competition will be that keen.
FREEMAN’S ACE HOLE…At Freeman’s Valley View Golf Course, one hole-in-one is rare enough, let alone three on consecutive nights.
But that’s what happened on the par-3 second hole at the nine-hole golf course south of Freeman during the past week.
Joan Dreessen started the run of aces with her shot Tuesday during ladies’ play, followed by Paul Wynia’s shot Wednesday night, and Randy Koerner made his hole-in-one Thursday during men’s league play. All three shots were hit with a 9-iron.
Add the hole-in-one from Scott Stern in May and the course has had four aces so far in 2012.
SUMMIT DRAFTEES…Five Summit League baseball players were selected in the 2012 major league baseball draft.
Oral Roberts second baseman Cam Schiller was taken in the seventh round (246th overall) by the Texas Rangers, while his teammate, catcher Bennett Pickar was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 11th round (364th overall).
On the final day of the draft, the Miami Marlins selected Oakland southpaw Hayden Fox in the 21st round (647th overall), while the Cincinnati Reds took Southern Utah pitcher/designated hitter Chase Rezac in the 26th round (802nd overall). The final league player selected was Western Illinois shortstop Austin Cowen in the 35th round (1076th overall) by the Los Angeles Dodgers.