WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4:
Sioux Falls West @ Bombers Black, DH, 4:00pm, Mickelson Field
Sioux Falls East @ Brookings Chutes, DH, 5:00pm, Bob Shelden Field
THURSDAY, JUNE 5:
Watertown @ Bombers Black, DH, 4:00pm, Mickelson Field
Bombers Maroon @ Huron, DH, 5:00pm
Sioux Falls West @ Bandits, 6:00pm, Bob Shelden Field
Minor League Games (5:30, Four Fields)
-- Giants vs. Royals
-- Cardinals vs. Cubs
-- Rockies & Twins practice
Major League Games (7:00, Four Fields)
-- BraVo's vs. Century 21
-- Pizza Ranch vs. Superior Homes
-- CF Promo vs. First Bank & Trust
COMMISSIONER’S CUP… South Dakota State earned its third overall and second-straight Summit League Commissioner’s Cup title with a total of 85.5 points at the conclusion of the 2013-14 academic year.
The Jackrabbits also captured both the Dr. William Steinbrecher Men’s All-Sports Award and the Dr. Helen Smiley Women’s All-Sports Award.
South Dakota State accumulated a total of 85.5 points en route to its second-straight Commissioner’s Cup title and third overall. North Dakota State placed second with 69 points, edging-out Denver, which finished third, by one point. South Dakota finished in fourth place, followed closely by IUPUI, Fort Wayne, Western Illinois and Omaha.
The Jackrabbits captured league titles in men’s cross country and women’s basketball while placing among the top-three in 14 of its 18 eligible sports, including nine first or second place finishes. SDSU were runners-up in a pair of men’s sports to claim its second consecutive men’s all-sports award and finished second in five women’s sports to record its third overall women’s all-sports award.
COWLES-SDSU VB…The South Dakota State volleyball team opens its season August 29th at the Maryland-Eastern Shore tournament.
First-year assistant coach Hailey Cowles says the Jackrabbits face a fairly difficult schedule. 97623 :25 "some good competition".
Cowles says the opening tournament gives SDSU a chance to get wins on the road, and hit the Summit League schedule running. 97624 :16 "nice for us".
Cowles says the young Jackrabbit team just needs experience. 97625 :33 "at that goal".
Cowles played collegiately at the University of Minnesota – and coached at Division II power Concordia-St. Paul before moving to Brookings.
SDSU WR ACADEMIC… Western Wrestling Conference officials announced that the five Jackrabbits were named to the WWC All-Academic Team, while an additional 11 were named to the WWC Coaches' Honor Roll.
Senior Eric Orozco, sophomores J.J. Everard, Ben Gillette and Brance Simms, along with redshirt freshman Ben Schwery were named all-academic. To distinguish such an honor, student-athletes must have secured a 3.20 GPA, while being a starter or key reserve.
The 11 Jacks that garnered the coaches' honor roll include Chaas Delgado, Jon Grenvengoed, Will James, Alex Kocer, Alex Macki, John Nething II, Austin Oyen, Nate Rotert, Robiel Tesfaldet , Kyle White and Luke Zilverberg.
The coaches' honor roll recognizes all student-athletes who have maintained a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
HEATON-WRESTLING…A Brookings High School student is preparing for a busy summer of wrestling – with two national titles to her credit.
Ronna Heaton says she got interested in the sport at age eight, as her younger brother participated in youth programs. 97626 :25 "all the time".
Heaton says she spends more time practicing her freestyle technique – rather than going to meets. She will compete in a national tournament in Fargo later this month – and has opportunities to wrestle overseas. 97627 :27 "somewhere in China".
Heaton says her ultimate goal is to compete colleigately, and qualify for the U-S Olympic team.
SDHSAA…The first round of election results for the SDHSAA’s Board of Directors has resulted in a runoff election for two positions.
A runoff election will be held to determine the individual who will fill the Large School Group Board of Education position on the board. The runoff election will be held between Sandy Klatt of Brandon Valley and James Hansen of Rapid City. Other candidates who ran to fill the position were Todd Thoelke of Sioux Falls, Sherman Gose of Huron, Todd Kolden of Aberdeen, Deb Olson of Mitchell and Tammy Reiber of Watertown.
A runoff election to determine the individual who will fill the Division III position will be held between Linda Whitney of Sanborn Central High School and Mike Lodmel of Tri-Valley. Other candidates who ran to fill the position were Keven Morehart of Philip and Dan Martin of Stanley County.
Runoff ballots have been sent to all member schools. The ballots must be postmarked to be returned to the SDHSAA office no later than July 7.
YANKTON ARCHERY… An international youth archery competition that will draw an estimated 600 competitors from 60 countries is coming to Yankton next year.
The Easton Yankton Archery Centre has been selected to host the World Youth Championships by World Archery’s executive board.
The National Field Archery Association, which helped submit the bid on behalf of Yankton, says the competition will run from June 8-14. The NFAA is headquartered at the archery center in Yankton.
The competition hasn’t been held in the United States since 2009. Since then, it’s been held in China and Poland.
Yankton beat out several other prospective locales, including Mexico City.
BASEBALL REGIONS… The NCAA has announced sites and schedules for this weekend's best-of-three super regionals in the Division I baseball tournament.
The Friday-through-Sunday series: UC Irvine (38-23) at Oklahoma State (48-16), Houston (48-16) at Texas (41-19), Kennesaw State (40-22) at Louisville (48-15) and Stanford (34-24) at Vanderbilt (44-18).
The Saturday-through-Monday series: College of Charleston (44-17) at Texas Tech (43-19), Pepperdine (42-16) at No. 7 national seed TCU (45-15), Mississippi (44-18) at No. 6 Louisiana-Lafayette (57-8) and Maryland (39-21) at No. 3 Virginia (47-13).
The eight super-regional winners advance to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, beginning June 14.
No. 1 Oregon State and four of the seven other national seeds lost in regionals, the most since 2007.