FRIDAY, AUGUST 16:
Baseball: State B Amateur @ Sioux Falls
6:00pm: Alexandria vs. Larchwood
8:00pm: Canova vs. Parkston Mudcats
State A Amateur @ Sioux Falls
Noon: Pierre vs. Vermillion
2:00pm: Renner vs. Sioux Falls Brewers
Soccer: Winnipeg @ South Dakota State, exhibition, 6:00pm. Fishback Soccer Park
SATURDAY, AUGUST 17:
Baseball: State B Amateur Semifinals @ Sioux Falls, 2:00pm & 7:30pm
State A Amateur Semifinals @ Sioux Falls, Noon & 5:30pm
Soccer: Brookings @ Sioux Falls Washington, Yankton Trails Park
SUNDAY, AUGUST 18:
Baseball: State A Amateur Championship @ Sioux Falls, Noon
State B Amateur Championship @ Sioux Falls, 2:00pm
STATE B AMATEUR…Thursday’s state B amateur baseball results:
Dimock-Emery 2, Dells PBR 1, 12 innings (D-E: Richard Wiese 2hits…PBR: Kevin Krull & Nate Henry 2hits each)
Winner-Colome 4, Akron 1 (W-C: Ryan Richey and J.J. Farner 2hits each…AK: Adam Lousch had only hit of game)
STATE A AMATEUR…One game Thursday in the state A amateur baseball tournament at Sioux Falls:
Sioux Falls Saints 1, Rapid City Angels 0
BHS BOYS SOCCER…The Brookings boys soccer team opens its season Saturday at Sioux Falls Washington.
Head coach Erin Kasmerik says, for the most part, the Bobcats have shown good technical skills during fall camp. 97621 :23 “going to be”.
Kasmerik says two players are contending for goaltending duties, with a young back row in front of them. 97622 :30 “everybody gets organized”.
Kasmerik wants a more up-tempo attack this season, with good decision-making on when to shoot, and what kind of shots, to take.
SUMMIT SOCCER…The South Dakota State women’s soccer team was picked to finish fifth in the 2013 Summit League Women’s Soccer Preseason Poll.
The Jackrabbits received 30 points, just two shy behind fourth place North Dakota State.
Newcomer to the league Denver was atop the poll with 49 points and seven first place votes. Fort Wayne was selected second with 39 points and one first place vote and Western Illinois was tabbed as third.
Omaha was picked sixth with 20 points and IUPUI and South Dakota tied for seventh with 10 points each.
SDSU will take the field for the first time in 2013 on Friday night in an exhibition match against the University of Winnipeg. Game time is slated for 6 p.m. at Fishback Soccer Park. The first 100 hundred fans in attendance will receive a 2013 women’s soccer team poster.
The regular season will begin for the Jackrabbits next Friday when they host Iowa State at 6 p.m.
SDSU GROUNDBREAKING… A groundbreaking ceremony for the Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex will beheld in conjunction with South Dakota State’s 2013 football opener on Aug. 31.
The ceremony, which is open to the public, is scheduled for 3 p.m. in the construction area directly north of Coughlin-Alumni Stadium and the Dykhouse Student-Athlete Center.
The Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2014. The indoor practice and human performance facility will include an eight-lane, 300-meter competition track and 100 yards of synthetic turf, along with space for sports medicine, athletic training, strength and conditioning, physical therapy, hydrotherapy, observation rooms and office facilities.
Leadership gifts from the Dale and Pat Larson family, First Bank & Trust, Sanford Health, Larson Manufacturing and other anonymous donors have made this transformational facility a reality. To date, nearly $29 million has been raised for the project, which was part of SDSU’s “It Starts With STATE”: a campaign for South Dakota State University. The six-year campaign raised more than $255 million for students, faculty, facilities, athletics and other university programs.
Kickoff for the SDSU-Butler football game is set for 6 p.m. at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium. Tickets remain available for the season opener, which will include a fireworks show immediately following the game.
ILLINOIS STATE…Illinois State has some holes to fill as the Redhawks look to make a repeat trip to the NCAA playoffs.
Head coach Brock Spack says there’s a battle for the quarterback spot, and looks for Colton Underwood to lead several new faces on defense. 97623 :20 “here sure helps”.
The Redbirds are picked fourth in the pre-season poll – Spack says that may serve as incentive for his team. 97624 :22 “be number one”.
Illinois State football coach Brock Spack.
IA ST RECEIVERS…Iowa State is confident that sophomore quarterback Sam Richardson has a bright future ahead of him — even though he has only started twice.
The Cyclones aren't as sure yet about the receivers Richardson will be throwing to this fall.
Iowa State will be forced to rely on an inexperienced group of wideouts in 2012 to improve an underwhelming passing game.
The Cyclones ranked ninth in the Big 12 with 205 yards passing a game and a completion rate of just 55.1 percent. Though Richardson has earned the coaching staff's trust in the offseason, he'll enter his first season as the full-time starter without the top three pass catchers from a unit that often struggled last season.
Iowa State opens on Aug. 31 against Northern Iowa.
NSU COMMIT… Warner’s Miranda Ristau has verbally committed to the Northern State women’s basketball program.
The 6-foot-2 Ristau averaged 14.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game last season for the Monarchs, who went 25-1 and won the State B girls’ title. Ristau also helped Warner win the State B volleyball title last fall.
Ristau went on to earn All-Lake Region Conference honors, all-tournament honors and was a second-team all-state selection. Jill Conrad of Circle Pines, Minn., recently verbally committed to the Wolves.
HAMMON-WNBA…A Women’s National Basketball Association veteran says the league’s moving in a positive direction.
San Antonio’s Becky Hammon says the cash flow, and talent level, have recently improved. 97625 :33 “and keep expressing”.
Hammon says the WNBA somewhat feeds off the NCAA game. 97626 :46 “WNBA didn’t exist”.
Hammon was asked if the the top three WNBA rookes could be what Jordan, Johnson and Bird were to the NBA. 97627 :31 “time will tell”.
Hammon appeared recently on the “Sports Show” on the Ranch AM910.
KISS FOOTBALL… Arena League football fans get ready to rock 'n roll all night.
The league is returning to the Los Angeles area with a new expansion team named after the rock band Kiss.
The expansion L.A. Kiss will begin play in 2014 with home games at Honda Center in Anaheim. Season tickets will be available for $99 and inaugural season seat holders will be invited to a free Kiss concert at Honda Center next year.
Founding band members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are fans of the league that features 50-yard fields and high-scoring offenses.