THURSDAY, JUNE 7:
Baseball: Sioux Falls Post 15 East @ Brookings Bandits (DH), 5:00pm
Bullets 15’s @ Aberdeen (DH), 5:30pm
Golf: SDGA-First Dakota National Bank Junior Golf Tournament @ Brookings Country Club
AURORA A’S… The Aurora’s A’s beat Clear Lake, 11-2, in an Eastern Dakota League amateur baseball game Wednesday night.
Jayme Uttecht led the Aurora offense, going 3-for-5 with a double and three RBIs. Adam Mills added two hits and three RBIs.
The A’s finished with 13 hits. Doyle Price added two hits, two runs and an RBI; and Nick Swisher and Zach Minor both singled twice and scored a pair of runs.
D-J Miller earned the win on the mound, giving up three runs – two earned – on three hits, with eight strikeouts and a walk in six-plus innings. Mike Holen three threw perfect innings, striking out one, to earn the save.
Clear Lake finished with three hits – all in the bottom of the seventh.
Aurora (8-5, 6-1 EDL) plays host to Clark on Friday night at 8.
VOLGA POST 114… Volga Post 114 defeated White by a score of 9-6 in American Legion baseball action Wednesday night.
Volga took the lead in the fifth inning on Dan Mitchell’s three run homer. Post 114 extended the lead to 9-3 before White rallied to score three runs in the top of the ninth.
Jordan Nelson led Volga with two hits and scored two runs. Mitchell drove in three runs and Austin Chase, Trevor Lundin and Tyler Tofte each added a single. Tyson DeGroot earned the win on the hill pitching all nine innings striking out 15 batters while allowing only two earned runs.
Cory Byers took the loss for White, Byers pitched five innings allowing four runs. Dylan Schwartz had a double and two RBI for White. Riley Hanson and Derek Trooien added singles for White.
Volga will host Clark in a doubleheader on Friday starting at 6pm.
BOMBERS MAROON…The Brookings Bombers Maroon split with Aberdeen Black Wednesday in Aberdeen. Brookings picked up an 11-2 victory, while Aberdeen posted a 10-7 win.
SDGA JUNIOR GOLF…The South Dakota Golf Association-First Dakota National Bank Junior Golf tour made a stop Wednesday at Bakker Crossing. The results:
14-15 Girls: 7. Taylor Bird, Arlington, 98
SDGA GOLF… The first of the South Dakota Golf Association events is this weekend with the Two-Man Championships. Ninety-four teams will compete for the top spot Saturday and Sunday at the Hillcrest Golf Course in Yankton.
One of those teams will be James and Larry Green of Madison. This is the fourth year that the duo will compete - James says it’s been a successful partnership. 97623 :16 “is our year”.
Last year, poor weather cut the tournament to only one-day, leaving the team in the middle of the pack in the first-flight. Green says they’ll use last year’s finish as motivation. 97624 :25 “making a charge”.
This will be the first time in a few years that James has played Hillcrest, while Larry has played the course several times. James says Hillcrest plays a lot like Madison, which he hopes will be to their advantage. 97625 :13 “park, I guess”.
Defending champions are Tyler Rachetto and Tyler Evenson.
NCAA TRACK…Cameron Levins gave Southern Utah its first NCAA outdoor national champion in track and field, winning the 10,000 meters Wednesday night.
Levins held off Arizona's Stephen Sambu by 2 seconds, winning in 28 minutes, 7.14 seconds.
Oklahoma's Brittany Borman won the javelin at 184 feet, 7 inches, Nebraska sophomore Chad Wright took the discus at 206-0, and Texas's Marquise Goodwin won the long jump at 27-0 - South Dakota State jumper Jared Vlastuin placed 18th at 24 feet, one and one-half inches .
Stanford's Katerina Stefanidi was the women's pole vault at 14-7 ¼ - two USD vaulters earned All-American honors. Bethany Buell was third at 14-5.25, and Emily Grove was seventh at 13-11.5. San Diego State's Whitney Ashley took the discus at 196-10.
Auburn's Harry Adams qualified for the 100 final in 9.96, the fastest qualifying time in the history of the meet.
NCAA SOFTBALL…Jackie Traina threw a five-hitter and delivered a key RBI single, and Alabama became the first Southeastern Conference team to win a NCAA softball title, beating Oklahoma 5-4 in the final game of a best-of-three series that ended early Thursday.
Traina gave up three home runs — two to Lauren Chamberlain, including one in the seventh inning — but fanned her Oklahoma counterpart, Keilani Ricketts, to end the game.
Alabama (60-8) took advantage of Ricketts' wildness to score four runs in the fourth inning. The Crimson Tide overcame an early 3-0 deficit in a game delayed almost three hours at the start due to steady rain on Wednesday night.
Oklahoma (54-10) had won 12 straight games, including the opening game of the championship series, before losing two in a row.
BKGS SOCCER… The Brookings U12G Strikers Red team placed second at the MapleBrook Soccer Invitational in Minnesota.
The Red team posted a 9-1 triumph against the Maplebrook U12 girls team. The second game was challenging; however, with a solid defense and quick plays the Brookings Red team prevailed with a 4-0 victory over the CRSA Roughnecks. A 7-0 win over St. Michael Albertvile United allowed the Brookings girls to clinch a spot in the championship game, where Brookings fell to the Rebels Soccer Club.
The Brookings Futbol Club U13 girls placed second at the MapleBrook Tournament. They won their first game 7-0, won their second game 3-1 and their third game 4-0. They advanced to the championship game on Sunday afternoon and lost with a score of 2-1. The only two goals scored against them were on penalty kicks.
WAYTASHEK HARDSHIP… After missing significant playing time each of her first two seasons, South Dakota State University wing Megan Waytashek has been granted a medical hardship season by the Summit League, and NCAA.
Waytashek will have three years of eligibility remaining. Waytashek played in 16 games with one start during her freshman season before suffering a season-ending knee injury in January 2011. She was averaging 4.3 points and 2.8 rebounds per game prior to her injury.
During the 2011-12 season, Waytashek was limited to action in six games, contributing 2.2 points and 2.2 rebounds per game.
SDSU WRESTLING… Five South Dakota State wrestlers earned academic awards from the Western Wrestling Conference for the 2011-12 academic year...
Aaron Pickrel earned special mention with the second-best GPA in the entire conference.
To qualify for the All-Academic team, student-athletes had to secure a minimum 3.20 cumulative grade point average, be a starter or key reserve and be a sophomore or higher in academic standing. The Coaches’ Honor Roll recognizes student-athletes who have maintained a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
In addition to Pickrel, Joe Skow and Andrew Youngblom earned All-Academic team honors. John Nething II and Tyler Johnson earned Coaches' Honor Roll recognition.
As a team, the Jacks earned the 18th-best GPA in the nation.
UTHOFF TRANSFER… Former Wisconsin player Jarrod Uthoff says he's transferring to Iowa even though Badgers coach Bo Ryan restricted the Hawkeyes from contacting him.
Uthoff tells The Associated Press on Wednesday night that he'll have to pay his own way next year at Iowa and will also have to sit out the 2012-13 season per NCAA transfer rules.
Ryan's decision to place what many believed were heavy restrictions on Uthoff's list of transfer options drew national criticism.
Uthoff, who is from nearby Cedar Rapids, Iowa, says he didn't want money to be a factor in his decision.
He wasn't able to speak directly with Hawkeyes coach Fran McCaffery, but he says Iowa's system will best utilize his skills.
Uthoff is a 6-foot-8 forward who redshirted in 2011-12.
NSSA…Sportswriters and sportscasters from across the country meet in Salisbury, North Carolina this weekend for the 53rd Annual National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association’s awards ceremony. Terry Vandrovec of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader and Mike Henriksen of “SportsMax” will be among those honored for winning the State Sportswriter and Sportscaster of the Year.
Vandrovec covers South Dakota State University athletics and the Sioux Falls Skyforce. He becomes the third sportswriter currently at the Sioux Falls paper to win the award. 97626 :19 “so good reasons”.
Henriksen has been a fixture in local radio for over 30 years, including stops in Brookings, Sioux Falls, Mitchell and Madison. He has hosted “SportsMax” for over five years. This is Henriksen’s first Sportscaster of the Year award, yet he says the
honors are secondary for him. 97627 :11 “of the years”.
Vandrovec and Henriksen will be honored Monday night with other state winners. National Sportscaster of the Year Dan Shulman of ESPN and Sportswriter of the Year Joe Posnanski of Sports Illustrated. Bob Costas of NBC Sports and John Feinstein of the Washington Post will both be inducted into the NSSA Hall of Fame.