SPORTS 7-3-13

Baseball:  Aurora A’s @ Clear Lake, 8:00pm

Baseball:  Bryant @ Lake Norden, 7:00pm

Baseball:  Brookings Bullets Tournament @ Bob Shelden Field

BULLETS…The Brookings Bullets walked off with a 4-3 win over Watertown Tuesday in game two of a doubleheader at Bob Shelden Field.
   Sam McMacken had three hits and three RBI to lead the Bullet offense.  Garrett Jeppesen had two hits – plus allowed three runs on eight hits in a complete-game victory.  Steven Koehn had three hits and two RBI for Watertown.
   Ben Holter outdueled Seth Fraser in a 2-0 Watertown win in the opener.  Each pitcher fired a two-hitter – Holter walked five and struck out ten, while Fraser walked seven and struck out eight.  Holter had the two Watertown hits.

BANDITS…Watertown rallied twice to sweep Brookings Tuesday in American Legion baseball action at Watertown Stadium.  Game scores were not immediately available.    

AMATEUR BASEBALL POLL…There’s another change at the top in Class A this week in the South Dakota amateur baseball poll.  The Sioux Falls Brewers have traded spots with the Renner Monarchs this week. Alexandria continues to lead the Class B rankings.
Here is the complete poll:
Class A
1. Sioux Falls Brewers
2. Renner Monarchs
3. (Tie) Yankton and Sioux Falls Saints
4. Pierre
Also receiving votes — Watertown
Class B
1. Alexandria
2. Crofton, Neb
3. Canova
4. Dell Rapids PBR
5. Parkston Mudcats
6. Dimock-Emery
7. Wynot, Neb.
8. (Tie) Clark and Madison
9. Salem
Also receiving votes — Garretson, Groton, Britton and Larchwood, Iowa.

BANDITS…The Brookings Bandits have reached a transition time – of sorts.
   Head coach Rob Hirrschoff wanted to use June to solidify a starting lineup.  Now it’s July – a time he wants to fine tune for the post-season.  97627   :51   “everyone in there”.
   Hirrschoff says the Bandits have played hard, and competed well – which he expected. 
   He says the lineup may come down to combinations – such as whether the opponent’s throwing a right, or left-hander.  97628   :35   “on the mound”.
   Brookings Bandits head coach Rob Hirrschoff.

KAUFMAN…Clark native Kim Kaufman couldn’t have asked for a better start on the Symetra women’s golf tour.
   In just three events, Kaufman has one win, two top-ten finishes, and the number nine spot on the money list:  97624   :22   “get our card”.
   Kaufman says the victory takes a lot of pressure off the rest of the season.  97625   :24   “that I had”.
   Kaufman says winning takes her confidence to a new level.  She says her putting has to improve to make it on the LPGA tour – but thinks she has the work ethic, and discipline, to achieve it.  97626   :32   “do the same”.
   Kaufman will know in September if she’s won enough to get her LPGA card, or if she’ll attend Q-school.  She says the Symetra tour is the equivalent of the PGA’s tour.  

BORMANN WINS…Parkston’s Sydney Bormann won the Midwest Junior Championship on the final hole Tuesday at the Wakonda Club in Des Moines, Iowa.
   Bormann recorded a 158 to beat Kenzie Wright, of Frisco, Texas, who scored a 159.
   After the first day, Bormann and Wright each shot a 79 and trailed the leader by two strokes. Bormann’s second round score of 79 ousted the second-place finisher as Wright shot an 80.  

MVFC ALL-ACADEMIC…Seventeen student-athletes highlight the 2012-13 Missouri Valley Football Honor Roll. Those 17 student-athletes earned the league’s highest academic achievement by capturing the Missouri Valley Football Conference President’s Council Academic Excellence Award.
The President's Council Academic Excellence Award requires a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average (through Fall 2012 semester) and participation in athletics a minimum of two years. The student-athlete must be within 18 hours of graduation. Also, 122 student-athletes received the league’s Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award, which requires a minimum GPA of 3.2 for the previous two semesters (freshmen are not eligible.)
In addition, the Missouri Valley Football Conference has announced its 2012-13 Honor Roll, which recognizes academic achievement of student-athletes. To qualify for the Honor Roll, a student-athlete must have recorded a minimum 3.0 grade point average for a specified term enrollment during the fall.
   From South Dakota State:
PRESIDENTS ACADEMIC AWARD - Seth Daughters; Josiah Fitzsimmons; Alex Olinger.
COMMISSIONER’S ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AWARD - Brandon Andrews; Seth Daughters; Tyler Finnes; Josiah Fitzsimmons; Bo Helm; Brandon Hubert; Robbie Jelsma; Josh Kage; Tyrel Kool; Alex Olinger; Alex Parker; Matt Peitz; JR Plote; Nick Purcell; Ethan Sawyer; Jason Schneider; Patrick Schuster; Taylor Suess; Trevor Tiefenthaler; Kyle Van Voorst; Winston Wright; Zach Zenner.

ERICKSON APPOINTED…South Dakota State University head swimming coach Brad Erickson has been named to the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Swimming Committee.
   Erickson's appointment is effective Sept. 1 and will run through Sept. 1, 2017.
   Since becoming head coach of both the Jackrabbit men's and women's swimming teams in 1976, Erickson has continuously represented South Dakota State on a national level. He began his service as a member of the first NCAA Women's Swimming Committee, serving from its inception in 1981 until 1987, including a year as the NCAA Division II Subcommittee chair.
   Erickson also served as a meet official at the NCAA Division I Women's Swimming and Diving Championships from 1984-2007 and the Division I Men's Swimming and Diving Championships from 1994-2010. In addition, he has been the meet coordinator for the NCAA Division II Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Championships since 1997.

MULKEY SLAPPED ON WRIST…The NCAA has given Baylor women's basketball coach Kim Mulkey a one-game suspension for criticizing the officiating following her team's loss to Louisville in the national championship tournament earlier this year.
   The NCAA also issued a public reprimand Tuesday and said it was withholding Baylor's team championship per diem from the regional round.
   After Louisville knocked off top-seeded Baylor, Mulkey said the game was too physical and that more tournament work by the three officials would be "be sad for the game."
   Mulkey will have to sit out a game during her next NCAA tournament appearance.
   The NCAA said it was issuing a more severe penalty because Mulkey was reprimanded in 2011 for criticizing the NCAA tournament bracket. She also lost an undisclosed championship per diem allowance.

NO BUGS…After the wet spring, the South Dakota Division of Parks and Recreation is reminding people to take measures to protect themselves from mosquitoes while outdoors this summer.
   To prevent mosquito bites, the South Dakota Department of Health suggests the following steps:
 When outdoors, use mosquito repellent containing DEET, according to directions.
 Spray repellent on both skin and clothes, but avoid applying repellent to the hands of children, as it may irritate the eyes and mouth.
 Wear light colored long-sleeve shirts and pants.
 Be aware that mosquitoes are most active between dusk and dawn and when the air is calm.
   For more information on mosquitoes and West Nile Virus, visit the Department of Health's website.

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