TUESDAY, JULY 3:
Baseball: Huron @ Brookings Bandits (DH), 5:00pm
Golf: Big I Qualifier and College Preview Event, Bakker Crossing, Sioux Falls
BULLETS…The Brookings Bullets 16’s swept Mitchell Monday evening at Bob Shelden.
Brookings did all of its scoring in three innings in a 14-1, five-inning win in the opener. Brookings had seven hits in the game – Kyle Krogman and Mack Burns each had two. Burns drove in four runs, Carter Roach three, and Jon Lehman and Bryce McMacken two each. Jordan Lerdal pitched four innings for the win.
The Bullets pulled out an 18-11 slugfest in the nightcap. Krogman had five hits in the game, with Roach and Garret Gerstner three apiece. Six players had two runs batted in apiece. The third of four Bullets pitchers, Krogman, earned the win. Mitchell had seven hits and received nine walks, but committed five errors.
SDGA GOLF…The SDGA Junior Golf Tour stopped in Rapid City Monday. Girls’ age group winners were Wit Morgan and Sydney Owen of Rapid City, Sophie Schwartz of Box Elder and Skye Wetzel of Hot Springs. Boys’ champions were Lane Jensen, Jake Preble and Sam Musch of Rapid City, and Drew Jewett of Belle Fourche.
BIG I GOLF…Day one of the Big I qualifier was held in Sioux Falls.
The girls’ first-day leader is Abby Perrenoud of Sioux Falls at 77 – fifteen players are entered.
Atop the boys’ standings is Derek Dillon of Garretson at 68 – he holds a one-shot lead over Max Donohue of Sioux Falls.
Twenty-three players teed off in the opening round.
In the college preview portion, Kelsey Johnson of Sioux Falls leads the 14-15 girls with an 80, while Perrenoud’s 77 leads the 16-18 girls. The boys’ division has Jace Guthmiller of Yankton topping the 14-15 division at 73. Dillon’s 68 leads the 16-18 boys’ division.
JACK JEWETT…Veteran collegiate coach Mike Jewett has joined the South Dakota State University women’s basketball coaching staff.
Jewett has coached at the collegiate level throughout the Midwest for nearly 20 years, most recently serving as head coach at Southwest Minnesota State from 2006-10. The Mustangs improved their win total each of his four seasons on the bench, compiling a 15-12 record his final season. His career record as a head coach stands at 110-85, including a three-year run at Franklin College (Ind.).
A Flandreau native, Jewett began his coaching career as a student and volunteer assistant at Augustana (S.D.) from 1992-97. He was elevated to a full-time assistant in 1997 before heading to Franklin in 2001. Jewett returned to the North Central Conference as an assistant coach as St. Cloud State (Minn.), where he helped guide the Huskies to back-to-back NCAADivision II Elite Eight appearances in 2005 and 2006.
Jewett also served as head girls’ basketball coach at Brandon Valley High School from 1994-97 and has been an English teacher at Marshall (Minn.) High School the past two years.
SUU-BIG SKY…Big Sky Commissioner Doug Fullerton officially welcomed Southern Utah University into the conference Monday.
Fullerton made the announcement before a sellout crowd at the Cedar City, Utah, campus.
Fullerton said the changing landscape in collegiate sports as well as the school's mission, location and level of competition all played a role in the move. He said the university will help establish the Big Sky as one of the most stable conferences in the country.
North Dakota also joins the Big Sky as a full member, while UC Davis and Cal Poly join as football affiliate members. All four were previously in the Great West Conference.
The additions give the Big Sky 11 full members and 13 football-playing schools.
UTTERMARK TO BOARD…Aberdeen Central principal Jason Uttermark has been elected to a five-year term on the South Dakota High School Activities Association board of directors.
Uttermark won a run-off election against Mark Hofer of Sioux Falls Roosevelt to fill the Division I representative position that had been filled by Aberdeen Central athletic director Gene Brownell. The Division I schools are the biggest schools in the state.
Uttermark, a 21-year veteran in education, has been at Aberdeen Central since 2005 and was principal at Redfield before that.
DITCH MOWING…The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department reminds East River landowners to check the calendar before they start mowing ditches along state highways. State rules provide that no mowing of the right-of-way may begin east of the Missouri River before July 10, and all mowing by permit must be completed by Sept. 1 each year.
Officials say earlier mowing of road ditches endangers one of the state's most valuable natural resources: the ring-necked pheasant, which has a big impact on the state’s economy.
The state Department of Transportation's mowing regulation along state highways was developed in large part to protect nesting pheasants and young chicks. Early June through August is a critical time for nesting pheasant hens.
The rule does allow the Department of Transportation to begin mowing the right-of-way before the July 10 start date if there is a need to provide increased safety to the traveling public or to control noxious weeds.