SPORTS 7-24-14

Sr. Legion Regional at Watertown
--Brookings vs. Watertown, 4:00pm (Live on KBRK 1430)
Jr. Legion State Tournament at Aberdeen
Bombers Gray @ Sioux Falls Central, DH, 5:00PM. Harmodon Park
Bombers Black at Regional in Huron
-- vs. Renner (5:00)
Little League Majors League Tournament (Times TBA)

VFW Varsity Minors State Tournament at Brookings
-- Bullets vs. Brandon (6:30)
Jr. Legion State Tournament at Aberdeen
Bombers Black at Regional in Huron
-- vs. Huron (5:00)

BANDITS…The Brookings Bandits earned a state "A" American Legion baseball tournament berth with Wednesday’s 12-7 win over Watertown in Region 1A play in Watertown.
Brookings and Watertown get a rematch for the regional title Thursday afternoon at four – you’ll hear the game on KBRK 1430.
A seven-run second inning sparked Brookings to the win. Corey Roach, Seth Fraser and Sam Schutt each had run-scoring hits during the outburst.
Mack Burns, Thomas McMacken, and Schutt each had two-hit games. Kyle Krogman, Garrett Jeppesen and Fraser each hit doubles.
Corey Roach, who came out of Tuesday’s opening round game with a hand injury, worked the first five innings to get the win.
Cole Julius led the Watertown offense with four hits. Mike Sitter took the loss.
Aberdeen knocked Renner out of the tourney with an 11-4 win – but Watertown bounced back to eliminate the Smitty’s 13-3 in seven innings.

REGION 2A…Wednesday’s results of the Region 2A American Legion baseball tournament in Yankton.
Brandon Valley 7, S.F. East 2, S.F. East eliminated
Sioux Falls West 5, Yankton 4
Brandon Valley 2, Mitchell 0; Mitchell eliminated
Thursday, July 25
GAME 7: Brandon Valley vs. Yankton, 4 p.m.
CHAMPIONSHIP: Sioux Falls West vs. Game 7 winner, 7 p.m.

REGION 3A…Region 3A American Legion baseball results from Spearfish:
Rapid City Post 22 5, Pierre 4
Pierre 16, Rapid City Post 320 6
Thursday, July 24:
Championship: Pierre vs. Rapid City Post 22

BROOKINGS CHUTES…Strong pitching performances by Brookings hurlers Isaac Brandt and Trevor Wallen propelled the Chutes to a 2-0 win over Brandon Valley in the opening game of the Junior American Legion state tournament Wednesday at Aberdeen.
Wallen, who came on to get the final out of the second inning, closed out the win with four strikeouts for Brookings.
Sam McMacken backed up the performance with a solo home run for the Chutes. John Koenig had a double and a run driven in.

AURORA A’S…The Aurora A’s hammered the Sisseton Redbirds 20-2 in seven innings during Eastern Dakota League amateur baseball action Wednesday night.
Aurora pounded out 21 hits. The A’s scored five runs in the first inning, four in the second, one in the third, three in the fifth, two in the sixth and five in the seventh.
Ty Schneider went 5-for-6 with two doubles. He drove in four runs and scored four times. Justin Sweet added a pair of two-run doubles. Curtis Anderson had three hits, including a double, and two RBIs. Mike Graybill singled twice, drew two walks and drove in a pair of runs.
Leadoff hitter Sam Froehlich had three singles. Andrew Tomsche contributed a two-run double and also singled.
Sawyer Caldwell earned the pitching win in relief of Colton Wendland, tossing 3 1/3 innings of hitless ball while striking out two batters and walking one.
The A’s finished the regular season with a 16-5 record, including a 14-4 mark in the EDL. Aurora competes in a Class A district with the Ravens, Aberdeen and the Sioux Falls Brewers on Aug. 2-3 in Castlewood. The top two teams qualify for the state tournament.

SDSU HIRES…The South Dakota State athletic department has added four new members to the staff. They are:
Jeff Holm – Senior Associate AD for Facilities and Operations
Brian Brunner – Assistant AD for Annual Giving
Carly Case – Athletic Academic Advisor
Kadero Watson – Football Operations Coordinator
In addition to the new hires, five current SDSU athletic staff members earned promotions within the department.
Former senior associate athletic director for external operations, Leon Costello moved to deputy director of athletics. Kathy Heylens, along with her duties as the senior woman administrator, will move from associate athletic director for compliance to senior associate athletic director for compliance, with added duties as a sport administrator.
Tammy Loban moves from administrative assistant to assistant athletic director for administration. Ed Posaski maintains his same duties as an associate athletic director for budget, with added responsibility as a sports supervisor. Brody Busho will be the facilities coordinator and will serve as assistant athletic director for facilities and operations.

SOCCER NIGHT…The Brookings Futbol Club is hosting Soccer Night for families to visit Fishback Soccer Complex to register for the upcoming fall league.
Assistant SDSU women's soccer coach, Brock Thompson, will explain to the parents the league format while kids enjoy some SDSU ice cream. Prizes will also be given away.

TEAM ISAAC GOLF…The first annual Team Isaac Memorial Golf Tournament will be held July 26 at the Meadow Creek Golf Course in Volga. Registration starts at 1pm, golf at 2pm.
In 2008, Amber and Jason Hemmestad of Volga lost their 7 ½ month-old son Isaac Scot to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). They later co-founded Team Isaac, a local organization working to raise awareness of infant loss and to promote safe-sleep education.
With funds raised at this event, Team Isaac gift packs will be provided to the family of every baby born at Brookings Health System. Each pack will contain a HALO SleepSack swaddle, a Charlie's Kids Sleep Baby Safe and Snug board book, and other information about the risk of SIDS.
The event is limited to the first 20 teams – there is room for four more teams. Those interested in participating should call Meadow Creak Golf course at 627-5444.

HAMMON RETIRING…Becky Hammon knew the timing was right. After a thrilling victory by the San Antonio Stars on Tuesday night, the veteran guard told her teammates that she was going to retire at the end of the season.
The team announced her decision Wednesday.
The Rapid City native is the Stars’ all-time leader in assists, points per game, and 3-pointers made. The 37-year-old Hammon is a six-time All-Star who ranks seventh in WNBA history in total points (5,756), second in three-point field goals made (817), fourth in assists (1,663), sixth in games played (440) and first in free-throw percentage (89.6 percent, minimum 300 attempts).

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