FRIDAY, JULY 12:
Baseball: Brookings U10/U12 Little League Tournament
Brookings Bandits @ Jim Hanus Gopher Classic (games at Chanhassen Field)
-- vs. West St. Paul, MN (9:00am)
Bombers Maroon @ Renner Tournament
Huron @ Bombers Black (4:00, DH)
VFW Bullets @ Brandon Valley (5:00, DH)
Brookings Cubby’s Sports Bar & Grill @ Lake Norden (7:30)
Brookings Jr. Legion @ SF Cyclones Tournament (games at Ronken Field – Augustana campus)
-- vs. Andover, MN VFW (8:30)]
Golf: SDGA Match Play Championship, Brookings Country Club (First two rounds)
CUBBY’S…The Sioux Falls Saints avenged Wednesday night’s loss to Aurora with a 6-2 win over the Brookings Cubby’s Thursday at Bob Shelden Field.
Josh Meyer, Mike Archer, Logan Landon and Will Year each had two hits for the Saints, ranked third in the Class “A” amateur rankings. Landon drove in two runs. Sioux Falls scored three times in the first, and two in the top of the ninth.
Matt Thomas had two hits to lead Brookings’ seven-hit attack.
Nick Seliski pitched the first eight innings, allowing six hits, to get the win. Marcus Heemstra allowed four runs on nine hits over six innings, and took the loss.
Brookings will host Renner Sunday.
MATCH PLAY QUALIFYING…South Dakota State’s Lukas Davison, and Brookings’ Scott Holm, each fired a two-under 70 to lead Thursday’s qualifying for the SDGA Men’s Match Play golf championship at the Brookings Country Club.
Another B-C-C player, James Green, finished in a tie for third at 72.
Other local qualifying scores:
Grant Smith, 74; Derek Bursheim, 74; Tyler Lovato, 77; Drew Trautman, 79; Chris Long, 79; Jake Steen, 79; Montana Sierra, 80; Brian Berkenhoff, 80; Brett Steen, 81; Eric Hodgson, 82; Alex Steen, 82; Brian Piearson, 86; Sean Welsh, 88; Chris Holmquist, 95.
First round matches are Friday morning, with the second round Friday afternoon.
SDGA MATCH PLAY…The field in this weekend’s South Dakota Golf Association Men’s Match Play tournament includes several high school players.
Sioux Falls Lincoln’s Parker Klitzke shot 75 in Thursday’s qualifying – he says the key to playing the Brookings Country Club is avoid trees, and hit fairways and greens. 97635 :20 “the same time”.
Klitzke says experience is a plus in match play – but says another young player, Tommy Vining, bears watching. 97636 :12 “paired with him”.
O’Gorman’s Sam Olson struggled to an 81 – he says the B-C-C greens are small to start, with even smaller landing areas. 97637 :13 “they’re just tiny”.
Olson says the tourney champ will have to play solid golf throughout. 97638 :10 “recipe right there”.
Two rounds of matches will be played Friday through Sunday – the 36-hole final is scheduled for Monday.
WOMEN’S MATCH PLAY QUALIFYING…Brookings’ Morgan Fitts shot 74 Thursday to edge Parkston’s Sydney Bormann by one shot to top qualifying for the SDGA Women’s Match Play golf tournament at the Brookings Country Club.
Hallie Getz of Pierre tied Bormann at 75. Karla (Murra) Cotton of Sioux Falls is in at 76.
Lauren Fitts of Brookings had a 77. Dani Selberg shot 83.
Matches begin Friday, with the championship and consolation matches Monday.
WOMEN’S MATCH PLAY…Eighteen players vie for the South Dakota Golf Association’s Women’s Match Play title this weekend at the Brookings Country Club. The consolation, and championship, matches will be held Monday.
Former SDGA junior, and state high school, champion Dani Selberg of Brookings is entered. She says former South Dakota State players Morgan Fitts and Karla (Murra) Cotton are players to watch. 97633 :11 “of other people”.
She says greens are fast – players have to avoid downhill putts. Also, the course has been modified since it hosted a state Association event. 97634 :18 “into the sand”.
Last year’s champion – Shannon Johnson – is not entered. The field does include top high school players like Jordan and Sydney Bormann of Parkston, and Hallie Getz of Pierre.
BIG TEN SCHEDULING…The Big Ten Conference may soften its stance against scheduling FCS football teams.
The league announced earlier this year member schools would no longer play those lower level teams – including South Dakota State.
SDSU assistant athletic director Rob Peterson says it appears the Big Ten isn’t getting support from other conferences. 97630 :18 “with supporting this”.
Peterson says there may be a benefit a smaller school that’s a geographical rival. 97631 :25 “would Northern Iowa”.
SDSU has a game lined up with Minnesota – where does that sit? 97632 :27 “at a standstill”.
SDSU assistant athletic director Rob Peterson.
EARLY CANADA GOOSE…The U-S Fish and Wildlife Service may step up to help states along the North American Flyway that are dealing with excessive Canada goose numbers.
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department wildlife director Tony Leif says adverse spring weather impacted the goose hatch – but the population far exceeds management objectives. 97628 :23 “management objectives are”.
Leif says Fish and Wildlife biologists are seeing increased numbers up-and-down the flyway. And after three years of asking, Leif says the service appears more willing to increase harvest numbers. 97629 :27 “goose population goals”.
Even with increased possession limits, Leif says iit’ll still take years to get goose numbers within management guidelines.