TUESDAY, JUNE 5:
Baseball: Bombers Black @ Sioux Falls East (DH), 5:00pm
Sioux Falls Christian @ Bombers Gray, Mickelson Field
BULLETS 15’S…Watertown defeated the Bullets 15’s 20-0 to open a doubleheader at Bob Shelden Field, then completed the sweep with a 22-5 victory.
In game two, Eric Gauer had three hits and four RBI to lead Watertown. Seth Fraser managed Brookings’ only hit of the game. Hunter Wookey walked two and struck out eight in posting the win. Brookings pitchers allowed 13 walks.
In game one, Taylor Stacey hit for the cycle, driving in seven runs. Austin and Ryan Himley each collected two hits for the Bullets. Logan Gabriel started, and earned the victory. Austin Himley was tagged with the loss.
BAYLOR ADVANCES…Reliever Dillon Newman allowed only an infield hit in five shutout innings and Jake Miller drove in three runs to help Baylor beat Dallas Baptist 8-2 Monday to win the Waco Regional and host a Super Regional.
Baylor (48-15) will host Arkansas (42-19), winner of the Houston Regional, beginning Saturday at Baylor Ballpark. It is the Bears' first Super Regional appearance since 2005, when they beat Clemson in Waco and advanced to the College World Series.
VLASTUIN… South Dakota State men's track and field jumper Jared Vlastuin is set to compete in the long jump at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championship beginning Wednesday in Des Moines.
Vlastuin qualified in the long jump with a mark of 25 feet, three and one-half inches to finish 10th. He made the mark with his second jump in the preliminary stage.
The 10th-place finish continued a stellar season for Vlastuin, who won four long jump titles this season (Bryan Clay Invite, USF Relays and Dakota Duals), which included a league championship. Vlastuin set the school record at the league championships with a mark of 25 feet, four inches, to top his own previous mark by two inches.
Vlastuin received Male Field Championship MVP of the 2012 Summit League Outdoor Track & Field Championships, as well.
Long jump trials and final are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6.
SDSU VB SKED… The South Dakota State volleyball team opens the season August 24th in Iowa City, Iowa at the Hawkeye Challenge against Southeast Missouri State and Iowa, and then closes the tournament with their first of two meetings against Valparaiso on Aug. 25. SDSU also plays the Crusaders in Valparaiso, Ind., on Sept. 26.
The second of three preconference tournaments sends the Jackrabbits to Spokane, Wash, forthree matches at the Northwest Challenge, hosted by Gonzaga on Aug. 31-Sept. 1. In addition to the host Bulldogs, the Jacks also face Eastern Washington and UC-Riverside in Spokane.
SDSU closes its tournament circuit with a revival of the Jackrabbit Invitational, which returns to Frost Arena for the first time since the 2007 season, on Sept. 7-8.
The Summit League schedule begins with a road match at conference newcomer Nebraska-Omaha on Sept. 14; with the conference home-opener coming two days later in a Sundaymatinee against two-time defending league champion North Dakota State.
The Bison also host The Summit League Championships on Nov. 16-17, in Fargo, N.D.
SDSU VB SIGN…The South Dakota State volleyball team signed one player to a National Letter of intent and added three more players to the 2012 roster as announced by Jackrabbit head coach Phil McDaniel on Monday.
Courtney Roberts signed a National Letter of Intent, Jocelyn Leichner transferred from New Mexico State, while Kacey Herrmann and Lizzie Palmer also indicated their plans to enroll at South Dakota State and compete for the Jackrabbit volleyball team.
A 6-1 Middle hitter from Brandon, Manitoba, Roberts comes to SDSU after a standout career at Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School, where she led the Plainsmen to four city championships, two provincial semifinal appearances and two provincial finals.
Leichner transferred to SDSU after one season at New Mexico State where she posted 29 kills, eight digs and seven block assists for the Aggies in 26 sets over 23 matches.
Herrmann set the Rapid City Stevens school record for kills with 927 after leading her team with 290 in 2010 and 251 in 2011. She earned all-Greater Dakota Conference first-team honors and all-state second-team honors in both of those years, with an all-tournament team selection in 2010.
Palmer earned all-Greater Dakota Conference second-team honors at Sioux Falls Lincoln in 2009 and 2011, adding an all-city team and second-team all-state selections in 2011 after finishing her high school career with 1,528 digs.
USD WBB… Amy (Gusso) Williams has been named the new Coyote head women’s basketball coach. Williams is the seventh Coyote women’s basketball coach in school history. A 1998 Nebraska graduate, Williams has been an assistant coach at the Division I level, including serving as the top assistant/recruiting coordinator at Oklahoma State from 2001-05, and holding the same position at Tulsa from 2005-07. For the past five seasons, she has been the head coach at Rogers State (Okla.) – building the program from scratch into an NAIA national contender.
She replaces Ryun Williams, who resigned to become the head coach at Colorado State in May. Her sister, Emilie, is an assistant women’s basketball coach at SDSU.
USF TRACK COACH…Assistant University of Sioux Falls track and field coach Reid Ehrisman has been elevated to the head coach position. Previous head coach Gene Brooks will remain on staff in an assistant role, as he has also accepted a new position as USF’s Vice President of Student Development.
Ehrisman has spent the last five seasons in an assistant position for the Cougars’ track and field team and has served as the assistant head coach since 2008. Specializing in Pole Vault, Ehrisman has also taken additional duties, including the track and field team’s recruiting coordinator.
Under Ehrisman’s guidance, USF pole vaulting program has emerged as one of the nation’s best, accumulating 34 national qualifiers, 15 All-Americans, 11 top-10 NAIA National Championship finishes, and two outright National Championships. The Cougars vaulting presence was also felt within the Great Plains Athletic Conference, where they accounted for 11 conference titles and eight second place finishes.
AUGIE COACH HONORED…Augustana head softball coach Gretta Melsted has been named Central Region Coach of the Year by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
Melsted guided the Vikings to a berth in the 2012 NCAA Division II National Championship, where they lost to No. 3 Kutztown and to No. 1 and eventual champion Valdosta State. It was the Vikings' first national appearance since 1998.
Augustana capped the 2012 season with a 53-12 record, including a 22-4 mark in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. The 53 wins are the most since 2000 when the Vikings finished 58-12.
SDHSAA BOARD…How should a disqualified player be placed at a state golf tournament? That’s the question the state high school activities association’s board of directors will take up this week.
The situation arose during last month’s state “AA” girls tournament in Sioux Falls. Both a Sioux Falls O’Gorman player, and the score marker for the group, recorded an incorrect score on a hole – meaning, at the end of the round, the O’Gorman player signed an incorrect scorecard. Under the rules of golf, if the recorded score is lower than was actually shot, the player is disqualified. If it’s higher, the higher score stands.
The mistake occurred in the opening round – O’Gorman could not count her score. However, the player was allowed to play in the second round, and her score figured into that day’s total.
BASEBALL PROTEST…A formal protest has been turned in to the Sunshine League after Alexandria’s 8-7 victory over Dimock/Emery in an amateur baseball game Sunday in Alexandria.
Dimock/Emery filed the complaint over an interpretation regarding the re-entry rule. A protest can be filed when a team believes a rule was misapplied during a baseball game.
Alexandria’s Trever Vermeulen had entered in the top of the sixth inning as a relief pitcher but did not bat when his turn in the order came up in the bottom half of the inning when the Angels were on offense.
Vermeulen re-entered in the top of the seventh on the mound. Dimock/Emery’s protest is that a non-starter may not re-enter a baseball game once he is removed from the lineup.
Along with filing the protest, Dimock/Emery must also pay a $30 fee to the league secretary for the process.
BIG TEN PLAYOFF… Big Ten administrators would prefer a plus-one system over a four-team playoff to determine a national champion if the status quo can't be maintained.
In the plus-one format, the bowl games would be played, and then the top two teams would meet for the national championship.
Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman says conference presidents would choose to keep the system in place if there were a vote today. But he says "we're also realistic" and that change appears to be inevitable.
Perlman spoke on a conference call Monday, a day after Big Ten administrators met at the league's suburban Chicago headquarters.