THURSDAY, MAY 31:
Baseball: Volga Post 114 @ Kingsbury County, Arlington (DH), 6:00pm
WEATHER RESCHEDULES…The Bullets 16's doubleheader that was rained out Wednesday is being made up June 11 at 5pm at Bob Shelden. The Bombers Black and Bombers Gray games that were rained out on Wednesday have not been rescheduled as of yet.
ALL-STATE, REGION…Class "A" All-Region and All-State recipients were announced recently for spring baseball.
Landon Busch (.390 AVG, 7 RBI, 12 SB, .526 OBP; 2-2, 1.33 ERA, 36 K)
Skyler Cary (.339 AVG, 6 RBI, .479 OBP; 1-1, 1 Save, 2.49 ERA, 16 K)
Matt Thomas (2-0, 2.12 ERA, 34 K; .203 AVG, 5 RBI, 10 SB, .380 OBP)
All-Region (in addition to Busch, Cary and Thomas)
Corey Roach (2-1, 2 Saves, 2.78 ERA, 21 K)
ELITE 15…The South Dakota Girls and Women in Sport Awards Banquet will be held Saturday in Mitchell. Fifty-five high school female athletes throughout South Dakota will be honored for their outstanding high school careers both “on and off” the playing field. From this group, fifteen of them will be recognized as the “ELITE 15”.
Representing the past Elite 15 award winners for the evening will be Jill Theeler Schlekeway, former Associate Athletic Director for Compliance/Senior Woman Administrator at the University of South Dakota.
The SD Girls and Women in Sports Leadership Award winners will be honored. This year’s winners are Rose DuBois of Rapid City, Pam Hoiland of Sioux Falls, Ron Nelson of Parker, Jill Christensen of Parker, Jennifer Forseth of Sioux Falls, Ginger Larsen of Yankton, Ronda Rinehart of Freeman, Carmen Robinson of Yankton, and Lori Warne of Sioux Falls.
The South Dakota Officials Leadership Award is presented annually at the SD Girls and Women in Sports/Elite 15 Banquet. This year’s recipients of this award are Ellen Steever of Lennox and Kim Weed of Sioux Falls.
USD WBB…There’s interest in the USD women’s basketball coaching job, replacing Ryun Williams.
There have been approximately 50 people who have sent information to the school and still many others who have called or emailed about the job, according to athletic director David Sayler. A number of candidates have already visited Vermillion as well.
Williams, 76-47 in four seasons including back-to-back Division I post-season appearances at USD, was introduced at Colorado State last Monday. That same afternoon, calls started coming in to Vermillion.
While athletic department officials sift through names and resumes, the basketball program has moved forward until interim head coach Ryan Larsen and assistant coach Brooke Atkinson. Former assistant Mandy Koupal followed Williams to Colorado State.
PRESENTATION AD…Presentation College has named Brian Spielbauer as its new athletic director. Spielbauer will join Presentation from William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa where he has served as head women's basketball coach for the last nine years. In this role, he led the team to the most season wins in thirty years.
Spielbauer graduated from the University in 1996 with a physical education major and minors in health and biology. After graduation, he taught and coached at the high school level for two years.
He attended graduate school at Bemidji State in Bemidji, Minn., where he earned his M.S. in Sports Studies in 2002. While at BSU, Spielbauer served as a graduate assistant for the men's basketball program for two seasons.
ACTING WAYNE AD…Wayne State College President Curt Frye says Mike Barry has been named the school’s interim director of athletics. The appointment was made after former director of athletics Eric Schoh stepped down to accept a similar position at Winona State University.
Barry has served as associate director of athletics at Wayne State College since July 1, 1999 and also serves as the director of sports and recreational facilities, a position he has held since July 1996. He has been at Wayne State since 1989 where he began his duty as head women’s basketball coach for seven seasons before moving into an administration role with the college in 1996.
Wayne State College is in the process of conducting a national search for permanent director of athletics.
BROWN HONORED… Brook Brown, a state Department of Game, Fish and Parks conservation officer serving the Hamlin County area, has been named the 2012 South Dakota Boating Officer of the Year by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.
2011 was a challenging boating year for Brown. Record high water levels created tension on Lake Poinsett as many lakeside residents faced devastating flood conditions. Lake levels peaked about five feet above the ordinary high water mark and remained high throughout the summer.
Officals note Brown makes hundreds of personal contacts with boaters each year to check on safety requirements. Brown works with area media to share information on boating safety, and works with groups and individuals involved in recreational boating.
The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators' award is presented annually to the boating law enforcement officer who has made outstanding contributions to the field of boating law enforcement.
The awards program consists of three levels: state, regional and national. State nominees are selected by the state boating law administrator. State nominees move to regional competition, where they are reviewed, and one winner per region is selected by the three regional awards committees. Regional award winners are submitted to NASBLA's Awards Committee for review and selection of the recipient of the national award.
LABOR DAY CAMPING… Reservations for campsites and cabins for Labor Day weekend open this week. Visit www.CampSD.com or call 1-800-710-CAMP (2267) beginning at 7 a.m. Central Time.
To arrive on: Reservations open:
Wednesday, Aug. 29 Thursday, May 31
Thursday, Aug. 30 Friday, June 1
Friday, Aug. 31 Saturday, June 2
Saturday, Sept. 1 Sunday, June 3
Reservations for campsites and cabins can be made as many as 90 days prior to arrival.
OAKWOOD CAMP… Oakwood Lakes State Park near Volga will host a fishing nature day camp for kids ages 7-12 on June 5.
The day camp will run from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Fishing poles will be provided. While the camp is geared for kids ages 7-12, younger children may attend if accompanied by adults. Kids should wear clothing appropriate for the weather, and also bring bug spray, drinking water and comfortable walking shoes. No snacks or refreshments will be provided, so kids are encouraged to bring lunch.
Reservations are required for the camp and can be made by calling Oakwood Lakes State Park at 605-627-5441.
Oakwood Lakes State Park will offer two more day camps this summer on July 10 and Aug. 7. Neighboring Lake Poinsett Recreation Area will host Nature Day camps on June 12, July 17 and Aug. 9.
There is no fee for the camps, but a park entrance license is required.
DI BASEBALL…Two-time defending national champion South Carolina and No. 1 national seed Florida will face difficult tasks just to get back to the College World Series in two weeks.
UCLA is the No. 1 team in the RPI and Baylor and North Carolina, among others, could make deep runs.
Southeastern Conference regular-season champion LSU (43-16) earned the No. 7 national seed and features conference player of the year Raph (RAYFE) Rhymes, who's batting a nation-leading .459.
Pac-12 co-champion UCLA (42-14) is the No. 2 national seed and playing a home regional for the third year in a row.
BIG 12 FB PLAYOFF…The Big 12 favors a four-team playoff to decide college football's national champion, and supports some kind of selection committee to determine its participants.
Interim commissioner Chuck Neinas also said the league is content with 10 members after inviting TCU and West Virginia, though he left open the possibility of revisiting expansion.
Neinas spoke after meeting with Big 12 athletic directors Tuesday in Kansas City.
Several configurations of a four-team playoff are being presented at conference meetings around the country. How the teams will be picked is one of the items up for debate.
Neinas said "we're in favor of taking the four highest-ranked teams."
MONTANA FB…The NCAA is investigating the University of Montana's football program, which already is the subject of investigations by the U.S. Department of Education and Department of Justice.
The Justice Department said this month it's reviewing how the university, its football team and the city of Missoula have responded to sexual assault and harassment reports by female students, with some cases involving football players. The federal Education Department has opened a similar investigation.
The NCAA hadn't commented on whether it also is investigating, but Montana Associate Commissioner of Higher Education Kevin McRae says university leaders decided to publicly confirm an investigation Wednesday in the interest of transparency.
A letter the NCAA sent the university in January about the investigation didn't specify what allegations it is reviewing.
SEC SCHEDULES…With the addition of Missouri and Texas A&M, the Southeastern Conference is tweaking its football and basketball schedules.
Football coaches are having a much tougher time deciding on what changes to make. They are debating whether to play an eight- or nine-game conference schedule and whether to maintain cross-division rivals like Alabama-Tennessee and Auburn-Georgia.
The hoops coaches seem to agree on an 18-game league schedule that would keep all 14 teams together instead of moving back to divisions. Teams would play everyone at least once (13 games) and have one annual home-and-home series with a designated rival. Those rivalries are Kentucky-Florida, Tennessee-Vanderbilt, Georgia-South Carolina, Alabama-Auburn, Mississippi-Mississippi State, Arkansas-Missouri and LSU-Texas A&M.
The remaining four games each season would be filled by the other 12 teams on a rotating basis.
LOST POLES… A college track-and-field athlete from Washington state was forced to compete with borrowed poles after an airline allegedly lost her pole vault equipment.
Kati Davis says she paid a $200 oversize baggage fee at Sea-Tac Airport when she flew to Colorado last week for the NCAA Division II track and field championships. The Central Washington University athlete says the airline lost her poles and didn't return them until the day of the competition.
Her coach drove from Pueblo, Colo., to the Denver airport to get them but got stuck in traffic. Davis had to compete without her coach or her poles. Davis performed with disappointing results. She had earned all-America honors in the indoor season and last year's outdoor season.
The airline refunded her $200.
LIONS MESS…Two members of the Detroit Lions are back in camp after brushes with the law. Both Nick Fairley and Titus Young were recently arrested on various charges. Head coach Jim Schwartz: 97621 :22 “discipline process”.
Wide receiver Nate Burleson talked about the players’ return. 97622 :18 “in something”.
Detroit receiver Nate Burleson.
DENNARD DOO-DOO…New England Patriots draft pick Alfonzo Dennard has pleaded not guilty to assaulting a police officer outside a bar in Lincoln, where he played cornerback for Nebraska.
Online court records say Dennard's lawyer filed a written arraignment and the plea on Tuesday. A trial date has not been set.
Dennard remains free on bond. He faces up to five years in prison if convicted.
Dennard is accused of striking an officer during a disturbance on April 21, five days before the NFL draft began. He was the 2011 Big Ten defensive back of the year and had been projected to be a second- or third-round pick before his arrest.
The Patriots took Dennard in the seventh round and signed him to a contract on Tuesday.