Baseball: Brookings Bombers Maroon @ Renner, DH, 5:00pm
BULLETS…The Brookings Bullets won the state "AA" Varsity Minors baseball title Sunday, defeating Brandon 11-1 in six innings at Bob Shelden Field.
Lucas Olson had three hits and drove in three for Brookings, while Jake Devine had two hits and three runs batted in. Matt Mason had two hits and two RBI, and Ryan Argust had two hits.
Devine and Argust combined on a four-hitter – Devine walked seven and struck out four over five innings of work.
Brookings rallied to defeat Watertown in the semifinals 10-9 – Brookings scored seven runs in the sixth inning. Devine and Jace Larson each had two hits, with Argust driving in two runs. The Bullets overcame four errors and 13 walks allowed to win.
The Bullets defeated Pierre 13-6, as four different players had two hits each, and four players each drove in two runs. Riggen Zelinsky went the distance for the win.
Brandon rallied to nip Brookings 6-5 Friday. Olson, Argust, and Mason each had two hits. Brandin Heesch pitched the final inning and one-third, and took the loss.
CHUTES…Eventual champion Rapid City Post 22 defeated the Brookings Chutes 12-2 Sunday in a semifinal game of the American Junior Legion state baseball tournament in Aberdeen.
The Expos took advantage of five Brookings errors in the contest. Brookings did not go quietly, however. Down 12-0 going into the bottom of the fifth, the Chutes did their best to stretch the game beyond the fifth by scoring twice and putting runners on second and third.
Brookings placed third in the tourney, and earned the tournament’s Sportsmanship Award.
STATE "A" LEGION…Opening round pairings are set for the state "A" American Legion baseball tournament in Huron. Games begin Wednesday.
Brookings (Region 1A champion) vs. Yankton (Region 2A runner-up), 10:00
Sioux Falls West (Region 2A champion) vs. Pierre (Region 3A runner-up), 12:30
Rapid City Post 22 (Region 3A champion) vs. Watertown (Region 1A runner-up), 5:00
Huron (Tournament host) vs. Brandon Valley (Wildcard), 7:30
STATE "B" LEGION…The state "B" American Legion baseball tournament is down to its final four. Games continue Monday in Tabor.
Castlewood-Clear Lake 7, McCook-Miner 6
Groton 16, Piedmont 14
Madison 8, Parkston 3
Dakota Valley 10, Tabor 6
McCook-Miner 10, Parkston 6, Parkston eliminated
Tabor 4, Piedmont 3, Piedmont eliminated
Madison 14, Castlewood-Clear Lake 0, 5 innings
Groton 19, Dakota Valley 4
Tabor 14, Castlewood-Clear Lake 9, Castlewood-Clear Lake eliminated
McCook-Miner 23, Dakota Valley 11, Dakota Valley eliminated
Madison 10, Groton 0, 5 innings
Tabor (11-5) vs. Groton (32-16), 5 p.m.
McCook-Miner (18-9) vs. Madison (20-5), 30 minutes after
SDSU EQUESTRIAN…The South Dakota State equestrian team signed two riders to national letters of intent. They are
Taylor Duerr – Rochester, N.Y. (The Ethel Walker School)
Hayley Marshall – Crestview, Fla. (Crestview H.S.)
Duerr qualified and competed at the 2013 New England Equitation Finals in junior medal and at the 2013 Interscholastic Equestrian Association in Varsity Open Regions Zone 1 Region 6. She finished seventh over fences at the 2014 Devon Horse Show in the amateur-owner 3’3" and won multiple championships in the amateur-owners 3’3" and the adult medals from 2013 to 2014.
Marshall won the Northwest Florida Quarter Horse Association All-Around Youth Award in both 2012 and 2013, she also twice participated on the National Youth Activity Team Tournament team at the American Quarter Horse Congress. She earned equitation finalist at the Dixie Nationals novice championships in 2012 and reserve champion in youth equitation in 2013.
SDSU RIDER SELECTED…Eight National Collegiate Equestrian Association riders will participate in its 2014 Collegiate Horsemanship Challenge, a list which includes South Dakota State sophomore Elizabeth Niewojna.
The AQHA used 2013-14 individual statistics for horsemanship to select the riders.
The preliminaries take place Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 11 a.m., with the finals set for 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20.
MORRELL OBIT…One of South Dakota’s all-time winningest high school football coaches has died.
Russ Morrell, who won more than 200 career games in a career that included stops in Irene, Bon Homme and Wagner, died of a heart attack while fishing in Alaska on Friday.
Morrell’s coaching career began in Irene in 1973. After stops in Rapid City Central (1975-76) and Burke (1976-81), he settled in for a 20-year stint in Tyndall, coaching Tyndall-Tabor (1981-82) and Bon Homme (1982-2001). He then finished his career in Wagner, completely retiring from coaching in 2011.
His 233-89 record includes a "mythical" state title at Burke in 1977, as well as back-to-back Class 11B championships at Bon Homme in 1994-95. He also took Bon Homme to the Class 11B championship game in 1988.
OSTHUS COMMITS…De Smet senior Rylie Osthus signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Dakota Wesleyan University.
Osthus averaged 11 points, eight rebounds and five assists per game as a junior last season for De Smet. The DWU recruiting class for the 2015-16 season now stands at two.
DIXON RETIRING…Sioux Falls Storm quarterback Chris Dixon says he's going to retire, after the current season.
Dixon is playing for the Tampa Bay Storm in the Arena League.
He played for Sioux Falls in three of the last four seasons, leading them to IFL titles in each of those three, including a championship earlier this month. In all, Dixon went 48-1 as a starting quarterback for the Storm.
He won six titles in ten seasons for three different teams.