THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26:
Volleyball: Brookings @ Sioux Falls O’Gorman
Watertown @ Pierre
Sisseton @ Clark/Willow Lake
Deuel @ Webster
Britton-Hecla @ Hamlin
Redfield-Doland @ Aberdeen Roncalli
Dell Rapids @ Flandreau
Garretson @ Chester
Madison @ Tri-Valley
Sioux Falls Christian @ Dakota Valley
DeSmet @ Arlington
Estelline @ Elkton-Lake Benton
Oldham-Ramona/Rutland @ Lake Preston
Sanborn Central/Woonsocket @ Iroquois
Baltic @ Parker
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27:
Football: Sioux Falls Lincoln @ Brookings (Live on KCountry 102 @ 6:30)
Elkton-Lake Benton @ Arlington (Live on B93.7 @ 6:30)
St. Thomas More @ Douglas
Watertown @ Harrisburg
Rapid City Stevens @ Spearfish
Sturgis @ Rapid City Central
Huron @ Pierre
Sioux Falls Roosevelt @ Aberdeen Central
Brandon Valley @ Sioux Falls Washington
Sioux Falls O’Gorman @ Yankton
Groton @ Sioux Valley
Dakota Valley @ Dell Rapids
West Central @ Madison
Sioux Falls Christian @ Flandreau
Tri-Valley @ Canton
Tri-State @ Clark/Willow Lake
DeSmet/Iroquois vs. Oldham-Ramona/Rutland
Deubrook @ Castlewood
Deuel @ Florence/Henry (Henry)
Irene-Wakonda @ Baltic
Waverly-South Shore @ Great Plains Lutheran
Howard @ Menno-Marion (Marion)
Dells St. Mary’s vs. Colman-Egan
Lake Preston @ Estelline
Hamlin @ Wilmot
Tennis: South Dakota State tennis @ Omaha Invitational
SDSU XC…NCAA cross country teams can start earning at-large points for the national meet this weekend – which adds to the importance of the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis.
SDSU head coach Rod DeHaven says this meet ould be make-or-break for some teams: 97632 :28 “meets we had”.
Brookings will compete in the high school portion – DeHaven says younger runners could be awe-struck by the size of the field.
BHS FB…Brookings hosts the top-ranked team in 11AAA football Friday, when Sioux Falls Lincoln comes into Coughlin-Alumni Stadium. KCountry’s pre-game show starts at 6:30, with kickoff at seven.
Lincoln has one of the state’s top running backs in Caden Quintanilla – Bobcat assistant Scott Miller: 97633 :25 “usually send kids”.
Lincoln defeated Watertown last week, while the Bobcats dropped a 16-7 contest at Brandon Valley.
It’s Hall of Fame weekend – there will be a meet-and-greet tailgate at 5:00pm at the stadium, with a social at Cubby’s after the game.
SV FB…Groton visits Sioux Valley Friday night for the Cossacks homecoming – kickoff in Volga is at 7:00pm.
Flandreau nipped Sioux Valley by seven last Friday. Groton played top-ranked Aberdeen Roncalli to a scoreless tie in the second half of their game in the Hub City Bowl earlier this season.
Sioux Valley coach Dan Hughes says it’ll be a challenge. 97631 :18 “we’re focused on”.
Hughes says the Cossacks are believing they should be winning games. He says there are no significant injuries heading into the game.
SDSU VB…South Dakota State opens the Summit League volleyball schedule Saturday night at North Dakota State. Match time at Bentsen-Bunker Fieldhouse is at 7:00pm.
Both teams are strugging - the Jacks are 2-10, and the Bison are 0-12. SDSU head coach Phil McDaniel talked about the matchup: 97626 :14 “hopefully we execute”.
It’s the end of a month-long run of road matches for the Jacks – McDaniel says that’s taken a toll – along with some information overload for a young team. 97627 :34 “remember them all”.
SDSU volleyball coach Phil McDaniel.
NCAA REFORM…Be watching for “Extreme Makeover – NCAA Edition”.
Women’s basketball coaches met this week to discuss suggestions to improve the game – also, NCAA President Mark Emmert said changes in governance are needed at the Division I level.
South Dakota State women’s basketball coach Aaron Johnson sits on the coaches’ board of directors – he predicts changes are forthcoming, starting with football. 97628 :34 “comes to football”.
Johnston says if those select football schools break away, they’ll set their own rules for recruiting, stipends, and other issues. 97629 :25 “on their own”.
Johnston says he has mixed emotions on the issue. 97630 :27 “hope it is”.
As far as women’s basketball goes, more discussion of changes is expected next April at the Final Four.
NO PAY-FOR-PLAY…College athletic directors say they are working on recommendations to help improve college athletics, but paying players is not in the plan.
The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and the IA Athletic Directors Association wrapped up their meetings in Dallas by releasing a statement Wednesday.
The athletic directors say they discussed topics ranging from NCAA governance and enforcement to the disparity of interests and resources among Division I schools to the rejection of "pay-for-play."
Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke says: "Pay for play has no part in the amateur setting."
Burke notes the value of a full scholarship and support services at Purdue is worth more than $250,000.
NCAA President Mark Emmert has endorsed making changes to the way 351 Division I schools make rules governing college athletics.
PLAYOFF SELECTION…Members of the selection committee for the College Football Playoff that starts next year will likely be chosen before the end of this regular season.
BCS executive director Bill Hancock says conference commissioners working on the selection committee have more vetting to do before the panel is set.
The panel will be similar to the one that selects the NCAA basketball tournament. The commissioners have said it will have 12 to 18 members. Hancock says the finally number will probably be closer to the low end of that range.
He added there is a "good chance" it will be done by early December.
Hancock says the plan in place calls for the selection committee to release rankings three to five times per season.
FITTS GOLF…Dakota Wesleyan sophomore Lauren Fitts tied for first at the NAIA National Preview Tournament Monday.
Fitts, a Brookings native, shot a 157 in the two-day tournament and tied with Wayland Baptist’s Natalie Ugalde. Ugalde won after a scorecard playoff. Fitts was also named the the Great Plains Atletic Conference player of the week.
SO-DAK CUP…The 18th annual SoDak Cup, a match play competition between amateur golfers and South Dakota club professionals, will be held Saturday and Sunday at Arrowhead Country Club in Rapid City.
Two teams of 10 players will be competing in the event, which features 10 two-man team matches on Saturday and 10 singles matches on Sunday.
The amateurs have won the past two years and hold an overall 11-5-1 advantage in the competition.
Representing the amateur team are Mike Brummer, Jeff Salter, Tad Leistico, Matt Johnson, Brandon Sigmund, Michael Keeton, Jeff Meyerink, Levi Smith, Ross Menke and Charlie Jacobson. Merv Bouchie is the team captain.
Competing for the professionals are Jason Young, Ryan Messick, Loudan Steffes, Aaron Roeber, Matt Kimball, Dustin Lecy, Danny Sinksen, Dean Zahn, John Goettsch and Joe Benedict. Coralee Jorgensen is serving as the team captain.
TICKNOR TO MEMPHIS…The Memphis Grizzlies have hired Vermillion native Duane Ticknor as an assistant on new head coach Dave Joerger’s staff.
Ticknor, a former Sioux Falls Skyforce assistant, spent last season as head coach of the NBA Development League’s Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Joerger, a former Sioux Falls Skyforce head coach, worked as an assistant for Ticknor in 1999-2000 with the International Basketball Association’s Dakota Wizards.