TUESDAY, JUNE 12:
Baseball: Brookings Bandits @ Watertown (DH), 5:00pm
Pierre @ Bullets 16’s (DH), 2:00pm
Golf: SDGA-First Dakota National Bank Junior Golf Tournament @ Mitchell
VOLGA LEGION…Aurora swept an American Legion doubleheader from Volga by scores of 8-5 in game 1 and 29-19 in game two.
In game one Aurora was able to push across three runs in the bottom of the sixth to take control of the game. In game two, Volga was three outs away from invoking the fifteen run rule before Aurora score 22 runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Aurora was able to push across four runs in the bottom of the fifth to ten run Post 114.
In game one Volga was held to only four hits. Jordan Nelson, Jace Goodfellow, Trevor Lundin, and Jordan Vanderbush each contributed a single. Tyson DeGroot took the loss on the hill pitching all six innings allowing eight runs, four earned, on six hits.
Game two, Post 114 was led offensively by Nelson, Vanderbush, and Lundin each with a double. Volga batters drew 17 base on balls while mustering up only six total hits. Dan Mitchell took the loss for Post 114 pitching a third of an inning and allowing five runs.
Volga Post 114 (4-4) is scheduled to host Castlewood in a doubleheader on Thursday. First game is set to start at 6pm.
TEENERS…The Brookings Bullets 16’s swept Sioux Falls East Monday at Bob Shelden Field.
Carter Roach had three hits and two RBI…Cody Shepardson two hits and three runs batted in…and Kyle Krogman and Tervor Hornig each had two hits in a 13-3 victory in the opener. The Bullets jumped out to a 9-1 lead after one inning, and neber trailed after that. Jordan Lerdal fired a six-hitter, with three walks and six strikeouts.
The Bullets had two five-run innings in taking a 15-5 win in the nightcap. Roach had another three hit, two RBI game. Krogman had three hits and three RBI…Garrett Gerstner drove in three runs – including a homer, and Shepardson drove in two.
Hornig pitched four innings for the win, with Sam Schutt finishing the game.
The Bombers Black defeated Aberdeen 5-3…Pierre got by the Bombers Maroon 7-4.
GODFREY OUT…Vic Godfrey has resigned as the co-head coach of the Watertown High School track and field program. Godfrey will remain the head boys and girls cross country coach for the Arrows and plans to volunteer as a track and field coach next spring at WHS.
Godfrey has spent more than half — 26 years — of his coaching career at Watertown. He first served as head boys track and field coach from 1966 to 1969. He then spent eight seasons as the head coach at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside before becoming the chief national coach for the Olympic team for the Kingdom of Bahrain, a small island state near the western shores of the Persian Gulf — a position he held for 12 years.
Godfrey then returned to Watertown, where he served as the head boys track coach from 1989 to 2003 before becoming the head boys and girls coach from 2003 to 2009.
He’s spent the last years as the co-head coach of the Arrow program along with 1998 WHS grad and former Arrow track standout Chad Rohde, who will become the new head boys and girls track coach for the Arrows.
During Godfrey’s tenure, the Arrows won five boys and three girls Eastern South Dakota Conference track and field championships. He led the Arrow boys to the 1998 state Class AA track and field championships and also guided Arrow boys’ teams to four state runner-up finishes.
WALTON LEAVES ORU… Oklahoma State has hired Rob Walton as its pitching coach. The 49-year old Walton spent the last 14 years at Oral Roberts and was the Golden Eagles' head coach for the past nine. He was a four-year letterwinner as a pitcher at Oklahoma State from 1983-86.
Walton compiled a 367-167 (.687) record and was named the Summit League Coach of the Year five times. Under his direction, the Golden Eagles were an NCAA Tournament team each year and produced five seasons with 40 or more wins, including a 50-win campaign in 2004.
In his 14 seasons in Tulsa, Walton helped ORU produce 16 All-Americans, 14 conference player or co-players of the year and 12 conference pitchers of the year. Additionally, the Golden Eagles had 45 players selected in the Major League Baseball Draft over that span.
In four seasons as a pitcher at OSU, Walton compiled a 20-3 record and 3.74 ERA in 54 appearances. In 204.2 career innings, he collected 147 strikeouts and tossed 10 complete games.
SDGA JUNIORS…The SDGA Junior golf tour was in Aberdeen Monday. The local results:
14-15 Girls: Samantha Algood, Volga, 148.
16-18 Girls: 1. Kali Trautman, Clear Lake, 91
14-15 Boys: 3. Ben Koisti, Arlington, 92; Nathaniel Algood, Volga, 97
NDSU’S ANDERSON PLAYS CURTIS CUP… Great Britain and Ireland captured five singles matches on Sunday to win the 2012 Curtis Cup Match, conducted at The Nairn Golf Club in Nairn, Scotland. It is GB&I's first title since 1996 and seventh in Match history.
The winning point came courtesy of Northern Ireland's Stephanie Meadow, 20, who defeated North Dakota State’s Amy Anderson by a 4-and-2 margin.
With the GB&I victory, all four major team golf trophies – the Ryder Cup, Solheim Cup, Walker Cup and Curtis Cup – reside with the Europeans.
The USGA says the 2014 Curtis Cup Match will be conducted at St. Louis (Mo.) Country Club, while the Ladies Golf Union revealed that the 2016 Match will be held at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club near Dublin, Ireland.
KUSLER TO DSU… Megan Kusler has been named the assistant volleyball coach at Dakota State, starting in July.
Kusler was a volleyball and basketball standout for Aberdeen Central High School. In both volleyball and basketball, she was a three-time All-Conference selection, two-time State All-Tournament pick, and received All-State recognition her senior year. She was also named South Dakota Miss Volleyball.
After graduating from Aberdeen Central, Kusler went to Northern State University and played basketball for the Wolves from 2006-2010. She received her bachelor's degree in sports marketing and administration from Northern State University.
She was on the coaching staff of the Northeast South Dakota (NESD) Junior Olympic volleyball club in Aberdeen for five years and she has been a summer camp instructor and official for Aberdeen Central High School and Northern State University for numerous years.
UND NICKNAME…A bitter dispute over whether the University of North Dakota should save or scrap its Fighting Sioux nickname headed to voters Tuesday, even as supporters of the moniker pledged another battle this fall regardless of the outcome.
The issue has been simmering on the campus for several decades but boiled over seven years ago when UND was placed on a list of schools with American Indian nicknames the NCAA deemed hostile and abusive. Those colleges were told to dump the monikers or risk sanctions against their athletic teams.
Voters in the primary will be asked whether to uphold or reject the Legislature's repeal of a state law requiring the school to continue using the nickname and American Indian head logo. A yes vote would seemingly retire the nickname, but even that may be temporary.
A group that called itself the Committee for Understanding and Respect circulated petitions for a second referendum. That measure would change the state constitution to declare UND forever be known as the Fighting Sioux.
NORTHERN CROWDS… Northern State University women's basketball fans have put the Wolves atop the national attendance figures for a fifth straight season, according to the NCAA's recently released 2011-12 attendance report. The Wolves drew an average of 2,681 fans per home game, nearly 450 more than second-ranked Emporia State, which weighed in at 2,233 per contest.
NSU drew 34,851 total fans to 13 total home games in 2011-12. The Wolves were one of only two teams in Division II to top the 30,000-fan plateau. The total number of fans edged Washburn University's total of 33,405 fans at 15 home dates.
Augustana College was the only other Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference institution to crack the NCAA's top 10, averaging 1,805 fans per their 15 home games and finishing fourth. As a conference, the Northern Sun finished second amongst DII leagues, trailing only the Mid-America Intercollegiate Conference (MIAA), which had four members in the top ten listing.
PFLUGRAD DEAL…The University of Montana has reached a deal with former head football coach Robin Pflugrad.
Pflugrad was fired by the University earlier this year.
The university says Pflugrad will continue to draw his base salary of $157,000 and health insurance through the expiration of his contract on December 31, 2012.
His contract also had a number of other income-earning opportunities in it that were above his base salary.
For that reason, he will get one lump sum payment of $44,500 for lost summer camp income and radio/TV appearances.
The university has never disclosed why Pflugrad and former Athletic Director Jim O’Day were let go on the same day.
AAU CONTROLS…National Amateur Athletic Union president Louis Stout is expected to announce new measures, including mandatory background screening for all adult coaches, staff and volunteers, along with stricter training protocols to govern interaction with youth athletes.
person familiar with the situation previously told The Associated Press the new polices are expected to be the centerpiece of remarks presented by Stout at a news conference at AAU's national headquarters in Florida on Tuesday. They come following a six-month review of the organization's policies and protocols by two independent task forces that were formed after decades-old sexual abuse allegations were levied against former AAU president Bobby Dodd.
The results of the review, which produced a joint 30-page report with recommendations for changes to AAU's procedures, will also be revealed.
NBC RADIO SPORTS… The NBC Sports Radio Network will launch in September.
The network will distribute hourly sports news updates, daily features and full-length shows to radio stations around the country through Dial Global, which provides audio to more than 8,500 stations.
The network will produce local and national coverage using commentators from NBC Sports, NBC Sports Regional Networks and NBC affiliates. It also will supply content to NBCSports.com and DialGlobalSports.com.
NBC created NBC News Radio with Dial Global earlier this year.
Dial Global's sports programming includes the NFL and college football and basketball games.