THURSDAY, AUGUST 16:
DV GOLF…Dakota Valley hosted a golf invitational Wednesday. The results:
TEAM SCORES: Harrisburg 303, Dell Rapids 315, Dakota Valley 325, Sioux Falls Christian 327, West Central 343, Canton 345, Vermillion 358, Tea Area 376, Elk Point-Jefferson 389, Beresford 389
MEDALIST: Brooklyn Devries, Harrisburg 69. DR SCORES: 3, Ted LaCoursiere, Dell Rapids 75; 6, Zach Schroeder, Dell Rapids 77; 12, Ty Hoglund, Dell Rapids 80; 16, Devon Weber, Dell Rapids 83.
BHS FB…The Brookings Bobcats are preparing for an August 25th football season opener against Huron.
Head coach Lee Schmidt says practice formats have changed, and likes what he sees more-and-more daily. He says the Bobcats have to build depth. 97630 :23 “least that number”.
Schmidt likes what the seniors have brought to the table. 97631 :28 “for this season”.
Schmidt says the Bobcats aren’t focusing on opponents yet, and won’t focus on winning or losing. 97632 :22 “go from there”.
Fans can see the Bobcats scrimmage Saturday night at Bob Shelden Field. Action starts at 7:00pm – admission price is a bottle of sports drink.
BHS HOF…Five former student-athletes will be inducted August 25th into the Brookings High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
The five are:
Irwin “Ubby” Ryger (1921): Halfback on the BHS football team that won the 1919 state title…set school records in the 100 and 220 as Brookings won the 1920 and ’21 state track titles…in 1921, set three records at the Sioux Falls Relays and won four titles at the state track meet…played football at South Dakota State College.
Arnold Ginn (1950): Member of the 1948 football team that won BHS’ first ESD title…three-year basketball starter and played on two state tournament teams…won state long jump titles and ran on two school-record relay teams…participated in athletics at SDSC and Tarkio College.
Craig Ammann (1986): Three-sport letterman…started at fullback and linebacker, leading Bobcats in tackles as junior and senior…won a 1984 state wrestling title at 185 pounds…had career wrestling record of 76-14-2…wrestled and played baseball at SDSU.
Lisa Kurtenbach (1985): Three-year starter and captain of Bobcat girls’ basketball teams that were nationally ranked by USA Today…earned All-State, All-Tournament, All-American and Academic All-American honors…two-year starter in volleyball, and played on 1985 state championship team…played basketball at SDSU.
John Iverson (1973-2006): Played on Bobcats State “A” basketball championship, and runner-up teams…ran track and cross country for Bobcats…taught middle school science and match at Brookings Middle School for 32 years…coached boys’ and girls’ basketball, track and cross country for a combined 90 sports seasons.
SDSU SOCCER…South Dakota State opens its soccer schedule Friday at Wisconsin-LaCrosse, then Sunday on to Wisconsin. Head coach Lang Wedemeyer says it’s the start of another tough non-conference schedule. 97627 :18 “non-conference season”.
The Jackrabbits played exhibitions against Minnesota and Nebraska – Wedemeyer putting out a young lineup for the games. 97628 :19 “looks pretty bright”.
SDSU went 8-0-1 in Summit League play last season – Wedemeyer hopes to have a blend of youth, and veterans, by conference play. 97629 :21 “everything in place”.
SDSU will host the Summit League playoffs in November. The Jacks are picked second in the league race behind Oakland.
SUMMIT VB…After capturing its third championship in four years, two-time defending Summit League Volleyball Champion North Dakota State was selected as the preseason favorite to repeat in a vote of the league’s nine head coaches.
The Bison, looking to win their third-straight league title and fourth in five years, collected six first-place votes and 62 total points to lead the poll. Fort Wayne came in second with 58 points and the final three first-place tallies. Oakland and South Dakota State tied for third with 43 points, while five points separated IUPUI and South Dakota in fifth and sixth. Rounding out the poll were Kansas City (23 points), Western Illinois (13 points) and league newcomer Omaha (11 points).
South Dakota State: Starters R/L: 4+Libero/2 | Letterwinners R/L: 9/4 | Newcomers: 4 Head Coach: Phil McDaniel (2nd Yr)
Key Returnees: Kelli Fiegen, MH (1st Team All-League, 422 kills, .346 hitting pct., 3.49 kps, 118 blocks); Kaitlin Klingemann, MH (304 kills, 71 blocks, 34 aces); Lexi Fowler, S (1,192 assists, 9.85 aps, 297 digs); Shay Birath, L (641 digs, 5.30 dps, 20 aces)
PIERRE TENNIS…The Pierre girls’ tennis team opens the season Saturday at Sioux Falls with a new head coach. Wade Kippley, a former Brookings assistant, takes over for Jeff Bloomberg. Kippley has limited experience - the Lady Govs squad will be the first for him as a head coach. 97633 :37 “easy to me”.
Kippley says being from Brookings and playing against ESD competition makes it easier for him to step into the Pierre program. 97634 :14 “type of thing”.
Kippley has a full roster of returning players from last year with valuable varsity playing time and experience.
INDIANA STATE FB…Indiana State returns one of the premiere running backs in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, and FCS football, in Shakir Bell. Head coach Trent Miles says finding some skill players to put with him may be a challenge. 97636 :21 “to take over”.
Miles says two solid returnees will help anchor the Sycamore’s defense.
He says this year’s team has the opportunity to re-establish a winning tradition. 97637 :24 “to correct that”.
Indiana State football coach Trent Miles.
HUSKERS FB…Nebraska goes into the season looking to challenge for the Big Ten conference championship it was predicted to win last year.
The Cornhuskers haven't won a conference title in 12 years, the program's longest drought since going 22 years without one from 1941-62.
Last year marked the fourth straight year the Huskers have won at least nine games. Offensive lineman Jeremiah Sirles says an eight- or nine-win season is good, but the Huskers aspire to be great.
The Huskers have a three-year starter in quarterback Taylor Martinez, a durable and tough running back in Rex Burkhead and a dynamic receiver in Kenny Bell.
The defense is confident it can stop its slide in the national rankings the past two years despite having a lineman, linebacker and cornerback taken in the NFL draft. The opener is Sept. 1 at home against Southern Miss.
GERHART…The Minnesota Vikings host Buffalo this weekend in week two of the exhibition season, heading toward a season opener with Jacksonville.
Running back Toby Gerhart thinks Minnesota could be a factor in the NFC North: 97621 :20 “win it”.
Gerhart, who became the feature back when Adrian Peterson went down with an injured knee, talks about what he gained from the experience. 97622 :23 “the ball”.
Minnesota Vikings running back Toby Gerhart.
PACKERS…The Green Bay Packers are gearing up for another Super Bowl run, after watching the New York Giants claim the NFC, and league, championships last season.
Linebacker Clay Matthews says his position’s an area where Green Bay’s upgraded. 97638 :27 “got it back”.
Matthews on the plusses, and minuses, of pre-season: 97639 :21 “on tape”.
Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews.
DUCK, GOOSE SEASONS…The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Commission has finalized two popular waterfowl hunting seasons.
The biggest change for the 2012 Duck Hunting Season will allow hunters to also harvest four scaup, also known as bluebills.
Hunters will be allowed to harvest six ducks daily, comprised of no more than: five mallards (may include no more than two hens), three wood ducks, two redheads, four scaup, two pintails and one canvasback.
Dates for the coming Duck Hunting Season in South Dakota:
· High Plains, Oct. 13, 2012 – Jan. 17, 2013
· Low Plains North and Middle, Sept. 29 – Dec. 11, 2012
· Low Plains South, Oct. 13 – Dec. 25, 2012.
Dates for the South Dakota Goose Hunting Season:
· Light geese and white fronted geese,– Sept 29 – Dec. 23, 2012.
Statewide Canada geese and brant geese seasons:
· Unit 1 – Oct. 1 – Dec. 16, 2012
· Unit 2 – Nov. 3, 2012 – Feb. 15, 2013
· Unit 3 – Jan. 12 – 20, 2013
A daily limit of three Canada geese, 20 light geese and one white-fronted goose is in place, with a possession limit of twice the daily limit for Canada and white-fronted geese and an unlimited possession limit for light geese.
FOB MEETING…The Brookings Friends of Baseball will be holding their annual meeting Monday at 7:00pm at the downtown Brookings Park and Rec.
Elections for president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer will take place. Per by-laws, executive board positions are open only to current board members with the ability to cast a vote at regular board meetings.
Regular board positions will likely be opening as the off-season progresses - if you're interested in one of these openings please check the FOB website. An agenda for this annual meeting can also be found on the website.