WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25:
Lake Norden @ Volga Cormorants, 8:00pm
Aurora A’s @ Dells PBR, 7:30pm
Sioux Falls West @ Bombers Black, DH, 5:00pm, Mickelson Field
Sioux Falls West @ Brookings 'Chutes, DH, 5:00pm, Bob Shelden Field
Bandits vs. Renner @ Ronken Field, Sioux Falls, 7:00pm
Bombers Gray @ Clear Lake, DH, 6:00pm
THURSDAY, JUNE 26:
Bandits @ Sioux Falls West, DH, 5:00pm, Harmodon Park
Bullets @ White, DH, 6:00pm
Little League Minors Games (5:30, Four Fields)
-- Cardinals vs. Royals
-- Cubs vs. Twins
-- Giants vs. Rockies
Little League Majors Games (7:00, Four Fields)
-- BraVo's vs. First Bank & Trust
-- CF Promo vs. Superior Homes
-- Century 21 vs. Pizza Ranch
BULLETS…The Brookings VFW Bullets split with Yankton Tuesday at Bob Shelden Field.
Bradey Sorenson fired a three-hitter as Yankton won the nightcap 8-0. Hunter Ryan had three hits and Justin Leader two to pace the Yankton offense. Jake Devine went the distance, and took the loss – the Bullets defense committed five errors.
Brookings won game one 7-4, as Brandin Heesch worked the first four innings to get the win. Riggin Zelinsky’s two-run single in the sixth broke open the game. Ryan Argust also had two hits. For Yankton, Michael Heine had three hits, with Nate Hein, Jordan Kathol and Justin Leader getting two hits each. Hunter Cameron took the loss.
AMATEUR BASEBALL POLL…The Parkston Mudcats have taken over the top spot in Class B in this week's South Dakota amateur baseball poll.
The Renner Monarchs continue to hold down the No. 1 position in Class A.
Here is the complete poll:
Class A — 1. Renner Monarchs; 2. Sioux Falls Brewers; 3. Pierre; 4. Sioux Falls Saints; 5. Sioux Falls Squirrels. Also receiving votes: Vermillion Red Sox and Yankton.
Class B — 1. Parkston Mudcats; 2. Alexandria; 3. Dimock-Emery; 4. Wynot (Neb.); 5. (Tie) Crofton (Neb.) and Canova; 7. Madison; 8. Winner-Colome; 9. Colman; 10. Salem. Also receiving votes — Dell Rapids PBR, Larchwood (Iowa) and Flandreau.
AURORA BASEBALL…The Aurora A’s face a difficult stretch of games, starting Wednesday night at Dell Rapids PBR. A’s manager Terry Anderson on the matchup: 97635 :33 "thing with PBR".
After that, the A’s have matchups with Clark, Volga, the Sioux Falls Saints and Castlewood. What does Anderson want out of the games? 97636 :33 "pitch around guys".
Aurora A’s manager Terry Anderson.
BLIZZARD ASST COACH…The Brookings Blizzard has hired Kyle Grabowski as assistant coach, replacing Chris Olson, who has gone into private business.
Grabowski spent the last four seasons with the Idaho Junior Steelheads of the Western States Hockey League. He served as an assistant for three years and was named head coach and general manager of the Steelheads in April 2013.
Last season, Grabowski lead the Steelheads to a 39-5-2 record during the regular season, a first place finish in the WSHL Northwest Division, and second place finish in the AAU-UHU Tier III National Championship.
During his four seasons in Idaho, the Steelheads had a combined record of 155-9-7, won 3 consecutive Throne Cup Championships (2011, 2012, 2013), and won the AAU-UHU National Championship in 2013.
He was a member of the Marian University hockey program from 2003-2007 and played high school hockey at Tartan High School in Oakdale, MN.
The Blizzard will host their Open/Futures Camp in Rogers, MN July 13-15 and their Final Main Camp August 3-5 in Alexandria, MN. The regular season starts September 17th at the NAHL Showcase in Blaine, MN. The Blizzard will host the Aberdeen Wings on September 27th for their home opener.
HURON BOYS SOCCER…If you think there’s some divine intervention with Huron’s boys’ soccer team this fall – you’re not far off base. Josh Bowlin has been hired - he moved to Huron just over a year ago to work as pastor of the Celebrate Community Church.
He grew up in Indiana where he played high school soccer, helping his school place fourth in Class 4A as a junior. He has coached youth soccer in Indiana, and coached a high school team in New Zealand while doing missionary work there.
Bowlin led Huron's club team last fall, and wanted to continue with the program. 97632 :20 "here in Huron".
With experience returning, and the sport now sanctioned, he expects a lot of interest in joining the team. 97633 :21 "community".
Bowlin says players won’t be intimidated by a full AA schedule this fall. 97634 :24 "intimidated by".
Bowlin has already begun open practices to get kids ready for the upcoming season.
BIG TEN SCHOLARSHIPS…The Big Ten says it supports guaranteed four-year scholarships and improved medical coverage for its athletes.
The league proposes working within the NCAA structure to provide greater academic security for its athletes by guaranteeing scholarships for four years, even if an athlete can no longer compete or has left for a professional career.
The Big Ten also would like to provide more consistent medical coverage and ensure its athletes are compensated for the full cost of their college education rather than just tuition, fees and room and board.
The NCAA has been sued by a number of former athletes over compensation issues challenging the organization's bedrock of amateurism.