TUESDAY, JUNE 19:
Baseball: Brookings Bandits @ Sioux Falls Post 15 West (DH), 4:00pm
Sioux Falls West @ Bullets 16’s (DH), 5:00pm
Bombers Black @ Sioux Falls West (DH), 5:00pm
Bombers Gray @ Volga
Golf: USGA Junior Amateur Qualifying @ Bakker Crossing, Sioux Falls
SDGA-First Dakota National Bank Junior Tour @ Watertown
VOLGA-KINGSBURY…Volga Post 114 split an American Legion doubleheader with Kingsbury County Monday night in Volga. Volga won the night cap 13-11 in a game that was shortened due to lightning. Kingsbury county won game one 14-8.
In game one Kingsbury County was led by Lane Weber’s two singles. Volga walked 17 batters and allowed only six singles. Volga was held to only four hits spread out among four different batters. John Hasche earned the win for Kingsbury County pitching 3 2/3 innings in relief of starter Tanner Geiman. Tyson DeGroot took the loss allowing eight runs over 3 1/3 innings.
Game two saw Kingsbury County jump up 5-0 after a half inning of play. Volga answered with six runs in the bottom half of the inning. Volga was led by Cole Hauge’s two hits, including a two RBI double in the first inning. Hunter Tietjan added two run scoring singles. Hunter Tietjan got the win on the hill for Volga. Tietjan pitched four innings allowing nine runs on three hits. Tomas Toucedo took the loss pitching four innings.
SALEM FORFEITS… The Salem Cubs were forced to give up a pair of league amateur baseball wins from May. Corn Belt League officials ruled the Cubs forfeit their wins against Madison and Canistota.
Salem was forced to forfeit the games after it was discovered the team used an ineligible player in those games. Commissioner Gary Croon: 97626 :35 “to the by-rules”.
The player-in-question had only appeared in a handful of games, two of which had been won by Salem. As a result, the Cubs were forced to give up those victories and their opponents were each awarded 9-0 wins.
Croon says the incident was a simple misunderstanding and that the Cubs took action right away to correct the situation.
97627 :24 “quit using him”.
The forfeits drop Salem’s record to 8-5 in the Corn Belt League, three games back of the lead.
HANSEN TO BEMIDJI?… South Dakota State assistant Austin Hansen is one of the four finalists for the Bemidji State men's basketball head coaching job.
Hansen recently completed his fourth year as an assistant coach at SDSU, where he was also a standout guard. The Jackrabbits won the Summit League Conference Tournament and made an appearance in the NCAA Division I Tournament last season after compiling 27 wins to tie the school record this past season. Prior to his stint at SDSU he served five seasons as an assistant coach at Minnesota State, Mankato.
The other finalists are Al Biancalana, Mike Boschee and Jeff Hironaka. Boschee completed his masters degree in teaching, while serving as a graduate assistant coach at Northern State in 1993.
Interviews with each candidate will be conducted Friday on the Bemidji State campus. Former Beavers' coach Matt Bowen took the Minnesota-Duluth men's basketball head job this off-season.
SDSU WR SCHEDULE… South Dakota State wrestling coach Chris Bono announced the upcoming 2012-13 schedule.
In total the schedule features 17 competition dates.
The Jacks wrestle in three tournament-format competitions: Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open, UNI Open and Southern Scuffle.
In addition to the tough Western Wrestling Conference schedule, SDSU faces opponents from the Pac-12, Big 12 and Big Ten in Stanford, Missouri and Indiana, Nebraska and Northwestern.
Eight home matches are scheduled.
Bono says the Jacks will wrestle three Big Ten teams, a team from out west, last season's Big 12 champion and a tough conference schedule. He says the schedule prepares SDSU to be on the podium at the NCAA Tournament in Des Moines at the end of the season.
COY AWARDS… The South Dakota High School Coaches Association announces the Coach of the Year Awards for the Spring of 2012:
Boys’ Golf – Mick Hoglund of Dell Rapids High School
Also nominated: Mark Beckstrand-Harrisburg, Tom Cameron-White River, Scott Carroll-Brandon Valley, Brian Lux-Webster Area, Brent Wookey-Watertown
Girls’ Golf – John Knox of Pierre High School
Also nominated: Dan Garnaas, Sioux Falls Christian, Billie Jo Indahl-South Central, Gale Lundberg-Deuel, Dave Merrill-Hot Springs, Eric Norden-Parkston, Brett Sime-Yankton, Kim Zimmerman-Aberdeen Central
Tennis – Braden Bradfield of Sioux Falls Washington High School
Also nominated: Scott Ewald-Watertown, Jesse Gladis-Brandon Valley, Jason Olson-Rapid City Stevens, Mark Schlekeway-Brandon Valley
Spirit – Marla Tegethoff-Platte-Geddes High School
Also nominated: Bruce Kleinsasser-Aberdeen Central, Katie McGuire-Avon, Bar Schmidt-Rapid City Stevens
Boys’ Track & Field – John Nyhaug of Viborg/Hurley High Schools
Also nominated: Craig Black-Custer, Kevin DeCurtins-Madison, Everett Gebhart-Sioux Falls Washington, Troy Sturgeon-Brandon Valley
Girls’ Track & Field – Todd Thorson of Ipswich High School
Also nominated: Kevin DeCurtins-Madison, David Dolan-Rapid City Central, Jason Hanson-Oldham-Ramona/Rutland, Joan Peters-West Central
Sportswriter – Padraic Duffy of Rapid City
Also nominated: Luke Hagen-Mitchell, Wade Laroche-Pierre, Brett Nachtigal-Hot Springs, Justin Wulf-Sioux Falls
LOWERY-BUM SCORE…What to do when a high school golfer’s disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard on the first day of the state tournament?
Assistant executive secretary Bob Lowery says it’s happened three times in the last five years. In each case, the player’s score didn’t count toward the team’s first-day total, and they’re eliminated from medal competition. The player is allowed to compete the second day – the rub being how they’re placed in the pairings. 97624 :22 “an individual medal”.
Lowery says, to this point, it’s been handled three different ways. Now the board of directors has approved a uniform procedure. 97625 :41 “would put them”.
Lowery says an incorrect scorecard is not considered an unsportsmanlike conduct infraction. The penalty would be different if a player is guilty of unsportsmanlike conduct.
ANDERSON-NEW PARK…Construction is underway on a new baseball stadium at the University of Minnesota.
Gophers head coach John Anderson says the seven-point-five million dollar first phase includes the basic needs – locker rooms, a press box, seating for 14-hundred fans, and an artificial surface. 97621 :19 “do these things”.
The seven-point-five million dollar second phase includes lights and 16-hundred additional seats – features Anderson hopes will bring an NCAA regional tourney to Minneapolis. He hopes donors will get on board when they see construction underway.
Anderson says approval of a Vikings stadium sped up the project. 97622 :26 “this economic time”.
Amateur and college teams will have use of the Metrodome through the 2014 season – Anderson hopes the Vikings stadium will be baseball-friendly. 97623 :17 “have that access”.
Anderson says an indoor stadium gives northern teams an indoor place to play – saving on travel and other costs.
PLOUFFE POWER… Trevor Plouffe hasn't hit a home run in two games.
That, in and of itself, is worth mentioning, which goes to show the kind of power binge the Minnesota Twins third baseman has been on lately. The first-round draft pick in 2004 is finally starting to validate the faith the Twins placed in him after an incredibly rocky start to his career, and this season.
Plouffe was hitting .133 with one home run and three RBIs on May 14. Since that day, Plouffe is hitting .315 with 13 homers and 21 RBIs to cement himself as the everyday third baseman. His 13 homers in 22 games were more than any other player in the majors since May 16.
Plouffe suddenly leads the team in home runs with 14.