TUESDAY, JULY 24:
Baseball: District 1B Tournament @ Bryant
Brookings Bandits @ Regional Tournament, Huron (vs. Watertown, 4:00pm)
Bullets 15’s @ Yankton (DH), 4:00pm
Bombers Black @ Brandon (DH), 5:00pm
Golf: SDGA Junior Championship, Bakker Crossing, Sioux Falls
TEENER BASEBALL…The Yankton Cortrust Black Sox and Brookings played to a doubleheader split Monday in VFW Teener baseball action at Riverside Field.
Yankton won the opener 7-6 on a walk-off single by Will Steward in the 10th inning, but Brookings took game two 12-0.
BANDITS…The Brookings Bandits face Watertown Tuesday to open the regional American Legion baseball tournament in Huron. Game time is 4:00pm. Huron meets Sioux Falls Post 307 at 7:00pm. The top two teams advance to the state tournament in Aberdeen.
Bandits coach Rob Hirrschoff says Watertown gave Brookings two losses this season: 97625 :28 “of the season”.
Hirrschoff says Brookings has one of the strongest pitching staffs in the state. He says the Bandits need to show up and be prepared to play good baseball.
REGION 2A LEGION…Region 2A American Legion Baseball Tournament action starts Tuesday in Mitchell.
Fourth-seeded Yankton plays No. 5 Valley Springs at 11 a.m., with the winner moving on to play No. 1 Sioux Falls West at 5 p.m. The loser plays at 8 p.m. In other action today, Mitchell plays Sioux Falls East at 2 p.m.
STATE “B” LEGION…Pairings for the state “B” American Legion baseball tourney are set. Games begin Friday morning at Legion Field in Milbank.
10:00am: McCook/Miners vs. Flandreau
1:00pm: Corsica vs. Vermillion
5:00pm: Webster vs. Winner/Colome
8:00pm: Groton vs. Milbank
NCAA BASEBALL RULES…The NCAA Baseball Rules Committee is recommending umpires be allowed to conference and determine whether a call on a batted ball should be changed from foul to fair.
If approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel, the foul-to-fair procedure would be in place for the 2013 season. The panel will discuss this issue via teleconference on Aug. 16.
For the umpires to conference, the ball must have passed first or third base, be beyond the first or third baseman and been originally called foul. If the call is overturned, it will be up to the umpire crew chief to determine where to place all base runners on the play.
Another committee recommendation calls for all non-head coaching team personnel who are ejected for disputing an umpire’s call to receive a one-game suspension for the first ejection of the season and a three-game suspension for any subsequent ejections during the season.
SDGA GOLF…Day one of the SDGA golf tournament was Monday in Sioux Falls. The results:
11-UNDER BOYS: Jack Lundin 37 (Champion)
12-13 BOYS: Will Grevlos 72 (Champion)
14-15 BOYS: Cal Robertson 73; Zach Steen 94
16-18 BOYS: Clay Kopplin 67; Alex Steen 73; Jake Steen 75; Brad Penny 78; Michael Goens 89
11-UNDER GIRLS: Molly Schwartz 57 (Champion)
12-13 GIRLS: Sophie Schwartz 93 (Champion); Brooke Piearson 94
14-15 GIRLS: Kelsey Johnson 76
16-18 GIRLS: Abbie Grevlos 75; Lauren Fitts 80; Kali Trautman 81
REIFF SIGNS…The Detroit Lions have signed first-round draft pick Riley Reiff.
The team did not announce terms of the deal. Reiff, an offensive tackle at Iowa, says he’s happy to have the contract done.
The Lions took Reiff with the 23rd pick in the draft. He will join an explosive offense led by quarterback Matthew Stafford and wide receiver Calvin Johnson, but the Lions weren’t consistently effective running the ball last season.
AUGIE HOF…Three former Augustana student-athletes, who distinguished themselves in various competitions, will be inducted into the Augustana Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 5 during Viking Days 2012.
The inductees are Brian Wolf, Lee Pulse, and Sara Yager Junkermeier. Also to be honored are Erika Paladino-Hazlett (Ole
Odney Award), Jeff McCarron (Lefty Olson Award), and Lee and Karen Larsen (Milt and Clara Harvey Award).
Wolf twice won the NCC decathlon championship, setting the school record with 7,111 points in 1982. He qualified for the 1981 and 1982 NCAA meets in the decathlon and 400 intermediate hurdles and scored points in both events.
Pulse competed at heavyweight and between 1992-1994 became a three-time All-America with fourth-, second-, and third-place finishes in national competition. In football, he shares the school record for sacks in a game (3) and for a season (8).
Yager is the 12th leading scorer in Augustana women's basketball history with 1,309 points. She is also among the leaders in single-game scoring efforts with 35 points against Morningside College in 1998.
USF VB AWARD…The University of Sioux Falls' volleyball team gained recognition from the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), earning the Team Academic Award for the 2011-12 academic year.
One dozen of the 19 Cougars that were on the 2011 fall active roster and continued classes through the spring received the USF student-athlete all academic award. It's also the fourth straight year that the Cougars earned the honor. The 2008-09 USF squad earned the program's first-ever AVCA team academic award.
The AVCA honored a record 533 teams from the high school and college ranks with the award, given to teams that hold an average 3.30 GPA during the academic year on a 4.0 scale or 4.10 on a 5.0 scale. Overall, 68 NCAA Division II teams earned the honor, including 10 from the NSIC.
UND VB SKED…The University of North Dakota has announced its volleyball schedule.
UND opens Aug. 24 with a trip to the Lone Star State for three matches at Texas A&M. USC is the first opponent, followed by duels against Texas State and the host Aggies.
The home schedule begins a week later when UND welcomes rival South Dakota to the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center to open the four-team North Dakota Classic Volleyball Tournament. North Dakota has gotten the better of the rivalry with USD 48 times, its most wins over a school all-time. Green Bay and Stephen F. Austin round-out the two-day, round-robin event.
A mid-week trip to Brookings, S.D. is on tap for Sept. 4 before the final non-conference tournament at Ole Miss. North Dakota will draw the tourney host in the final date of the competition, preceding matches against Rice and Alabama A&M.
The Big Sky slate commences with Montana State and Montana beginning a stretch of four out of six matches in front of the home faithful. That stretch concludes with the reigning Big Sky champion and NCAA Tournament participant, Northern Colorado, in a Monday night showdown on Oct. 1.
BIG 12 CONF…New Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby believes the best days are ahead for the conference.
Bowlsby says he was admittedly skeptical when he was first approached about leading the league that seemed on the brink of collapse each of the past two summers.
After a month on the job, Bowlsby says there is a strength and stability with the current 10 members, including newcomers TCU and West Virginia after the departures of Texas A&M and Missouri for the SEC.
Expansion seems unlikely for now. Bowlsby says if the Big 12 voted today, the league wouldn't take any new members.