TUESDAY, JULY 17:
Baseball: Castlewood Ravens @ Volga Cormorants, 8:00pm
Sioux Falls Post 15 West @ Brookings Bandits (DH), 5:00pm
Bombers Black @ Aberdeen (DH), 1:00pm
AMATEUR HOF…Three recently-retired standouts and two past greats will be inducted into the South Dakota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame.
New inductees include former Lake Norden Lakers’ teammates Mick Hoglund of Dell Rapids and Paul Raasch of Webster, Kent Alm of Aberdeen, Jon Westling of Yankton and Mike West of Philip.
The group will be recognized on Saturday, Aug. 11 during the final weekend of the 2012 State Amateur Baseball Tournament in Mitchell. They will inducted during a banquet slated for Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Lake Norden Community Center.
Ticket information and more details on the banquet will be announced in the coming weeks.
SOMSEN ALL-STAR…South Dakota State University senior Layne Somsen is having his best summer yet for the Fayetteville (N.C.) SwampDogs of the Coastal Plains League, a 14-team wood bat baseball league that spans across North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia
Somsen was not only selected to the league’s 14th annual All-Star Game, but will be the starting pitcher for the American roster. The game will be played July 23 in Wilson, N.C.
Two years removed from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, Somsen says he is 100 percent healthy, and thanks to a tweak in his follow through, he is again dominating hitters.
In six starts for the SwampDogs, Somsen has a 4-0 record with a 1.54 earned run average (ERA) in 35 innings. His strikeouts are up (41) and his walks are down (12), proof that — no matter the competition level — something has indeed changed in his production.
SDGA GOLF…Ben Irlbeck has broken through.
The Sioux Falls golfer had been a two-time runner-up at the state match play golf tournament. But Monday, the number-two seed defeated 61st-seed Mitch Brunick 2-and-1 in a 36-hole final – Irlbeck’s first SDGA title.
Shannon Johnson def Jenny Coluccio in the final match at the 2012 SDGA Women's Match Play Championship. Shannon parred the 17th hole to go 1 up, the players tied the 18th hole. The match did not go back and forth - it was full of ties throughout the day.
Alex Merry won the consolation bracket 1 up thru 19 over Hannah Withrow.
FUTBOL TREAS…The Brookings Futbol Club is searching for a treasurer – to be responsible for paying bills authorized by the board, and maintaining financial records for all association entities.
The treasurer is authorized to sign checks drawn against assocation account, will provide monthly financial statements to the board and will prepare the annual budget.
The treasurer submits the annual financial report to members, and provides documentation for quarterly reporting to the IRS, and create 1099’s for paid positions.
The treasurer is a paid, non-voting position subject to annual review. For more information, go to email@example.com.
DECKER COMMITS…Justin Decker, an upcoming junior at Huron High School, has verbally committed to play basketball at the University of South Dakota, according to Huron boys’ coach Tim Buddenhagen.
Last season as a sophomore, Decker averaged 6 points and 5 rebounds as a varsity reserve. He shot 40 percent from the field and 70 percent at the free throw line.
Decker is USD’s first commitment for the 2014 recruiting class.
COACH MEHLHAFF…Former Aberdeen Central and University of Wisconsin All-American football player Taylor Mehlhaff has a new job.
He will be an assistant coach for the University of Tennessee. He will be assisting with the special teams, focusing on the punters, long snappers and kickers. Mehlhaff, who has been running kicking camps and providing private lessons, was one of the best kickers in the history of the Golden Eagles and Badgers. The lefty was known for his booming kick-offs.
He was a sixth-round NFL draft pick of New Orleans in 2008. He played in three regular-season games for the Saints during the 2008 season, making three of four field goals and nine of 10 points after touchdowns.