TUESDAY, AUGUST 28:
Volleyball: Sioux Falls O’Gorman @ Harrisburg
Watertown @ Pierre
Milbank @ Deuel
Canby, MN @ Sisseton
Redfield/Doland @ Hitchcock/Tulare
Lake Preston @ Deubrook
Estelline @ Hamlin
Sioux Valley @ Parker
Elkton-Lake Benton @ Flandreau
Canton @ Madison
Alcester-Hudson @ Baltic
Elk Point-Jefferson @ Dell Rapids
Garretson @ Sioux Falls Christian
Howard @ DeSmet
Arlington @ Colman-Egan
Great Plains Lutheran @ Wilmot
Oldham-Ramona/Rutland @ Dells St. Mary’s
Cross Country: Baltic, Dell Rapids, Flandreau, Garretson, Arlington, DeSmet, Tri-Valley, West Central, Canistota,
Chester, Dells St. Mary’s, Howard @ McCook Central/Montrose Invitational, 4:15pm
Soccer: Watertown @ Brookings (Girls-6 & 8pm; Boys-4 & 6pm)
Competitive Cheer: Brookings @ Watertown Invitational, 5:30pm
MONDAY VB SCORES…
Chester def. McCook Central/Montrose, 25-12, 25-12, 25-11
Sioux Falls Washington def. Brandon Valley, 25-13, 25-14, 25-18
Waverly-South Shore def. Wilmot, 24-26, 25-20, 25-20, 25-10
FIEGEN POW…South Dakota State’s Kelli Fiegen and Fort Wayne’s Tessa McGill were named The Summit League's Offensive and Defensive Volleyball Players of the Week.
Fiegen posted a .460 clip or better in all three of her complete matches, including two matches with only one error. She opened the season hitting .474 with 10 kills and one error in 19 attempts and six blocks in a 3-0 sweep of Southeast Missouri State. She ended the tournament with her most efficient match of the weekend against Valparaiso with 13 kills and one error in 21 attempts for a .571 hitting percentage. On the weekend, Fiegen collected 41 kills averaging 3.15 per set with a league-best .459 hitting percentage, 12 blocks and 48.5 points.
McGill recorded 68 digs averaging 7.56 per set, six assists and three service aces. Her 68 digs moved her into second all-time at Fort Wayne and eighth in Summit League history with 1,637 career digs.
FB POLLS…The first South Dakota Sportswriters Association football polls of the season:
1. SF Washington (8) 1-0 43 1
2. SF Roosevelt (1) 1-0 32 2
3. Brandon Valley 1-0 29 3
4. SF Lincoln 1-0 18 5
5. SF O’Gorman 0-1 6 4
Also receiving votes: Yankton 1-0.
1. Dell Rapids (8) 0-0 44 1
2. West Central (1) 1-0 36 2
3. Dakota Valley 1-0 26 3
4. Tea Area 1-0 20 4
5. Harrisburg 1-0 7 5
6. Also receiving votes: Spearfish 0-1, Sisseton 0-0.
T1. Flandreau (4) 1-0 38 1
T1. Tri-Valley (5) 1-0 38 2
3. St. Thomas More 1-0 24 3
4. Garretson 1-0 16 4
5. Winner 1-0 15 5
Also receiving votes: McCook Central-Montrose 1-0.
1. Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan (9) 1-0 45 1
2. Deubrook Area 0-0 30 2
3. Kimball-White Lake 1-0 21 5
4. Leola-Frederick 0-0 20 4
5. Howard 0-1 14 3
Also receving votes: Potter County 0-0, White River 0-0, Andes Central 0-0.
1. Canistota (8) 1-0 44 1
2. Irene-Wakonda (1) 1-0 29 2
3. Warner 1-0 26 T3
4. Hanson 1-0 17 T3
5. Chester Area 0-0 7 T3
Also receiving votes: Arlington 0-0, Herreid-Selby 0-0, Corsica-Stickney 0-0, Hamlin 1-0.
1. Viborg-Hurley (9) 1-0 45 1
2. Avon 1-0 35 2
3. Harding County 1-0 24 3
4. Langford Area 1-0 10 5
5. Hitchcock-Tulare 1-0 9 NR
Also receiving votes: Castlewood 0-0, Waverly-South Shore 1-0, Dell Rapids St. Mary 0-0.
VB POLLS…The first South Dakota high school volleyball polls of the season:
1. Aberdeen Central (3) 1-0 29 3
2. SF Lincoln (2) 0-0 22 1
2. SF Roosevelt (1) 0-0 26 4
4. SF Washington (2) 0-0 21 —
5. Mitchell 2-0 12 RV
ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: Brookings 2-0, Watertown (1) 1-0, Huron 1-0, SF O’Gorman 0-0, Brandon Valley (1-0), RC Stevens 0-1, Pierre 1-0
1. Wagner (4) 4-0 38 2
2. SF Christian (5) 1-0 30 1
3. Elk Point-Jefferson 1-0 16 -
4. Mobridge-Pollock 1-0 15 4
5. Tri-Valley 2-0 10 --
ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: Aberdeen Roncalli 0-0, Dell Rapids 3-0, Harrisburg 0-2, Dakota Valley 0-0, Custer 6-1, Hamlin 0-1, Milbank 0-1, St. Thomas More 1-0
1. Northwestern (6) 3-1 38 2
2. Parker (3) 4-0 34 3
3. Warner 0-0 18 1
4. Arlington 2-2 16 4
5. Herried-Selby Area 2-0 9 RV
ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: Andes Central 0-0, Edgemont 5-1, Viborg-Hurley 1-0, Hanson 3-0, Summit 0-0, Chester Area 3-1, Sanborn Central-Woonsocket 0-0
RIGGS TO HALL…Former University of Sioux Falls quarterback Kurtiss Riggs will be inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame at the Football Coaches Association National meetings in Nashville, Tenn., on Jan. 7.
The honor is the highest honor bestowed by the NAIA. Riggs amassed a record of 25-1 in two seasons as the Cougars' starting quarterback.
Riggs is the fourth person from USF athlete to earn induction: former NFL punter Brian Hansen (1994), former track and field standout Wally Diehl (1968) and Riggs' former head coach Bob Young (2010). Riggs is a teacher at Roosevelt High School and has served as the head coach for the Sioux Falls Storm since 2003 with the Storm compiling a 140-28 record and winning six national titles.
NEW FCS NAME?… It has been six years since the switch from Division I-AA to the Football Championship Subdivision.
Maybe it's time for a name change. The NCAA is funding a rebranding initiative that could lead to a new name for the FCS.
A group of NCAA staff, college presidents, conference commissioners, coaches and athletic directors is working on details for a rollout in 2013 that will coincide with the FCS increasing its playoff bracket from 20 to 24 teams.
There are 120 Bowl Subdivision teams. There are 122 FCS schools. Some have suggested dumping all subtitles and playing under plain, old Division I. Southern Conference Commissioner John Iamarino says that probably wouldn't impress the media or the fans.
SDSU IN PROS…South Dakota State, for the moment, is down one alumni in the National Football League.
Linebacker Danny Batten was released by the Buffalo Bills, one of nine cuts the team made to get to the required limit of 75 players.
According to team websites, tight end Colin Cochart remains on the Cincinnati roster, and wide receiver Dale Moss is still on the Packers’ roster.
NEBRASKA FB…Foolish as it might seem, Nebraska plans to cut down on Rex Burkhead's carries.
Seems as if it is going with the less-is-more theory for the senior, who is positioned to finish his career as the Cornhuskers' No. 2 all-time rusher.
The belief is that Burkhead can be just as productive, maybe more, if he is fresher. A year ago a lack of proven depth required Burkhead to run 26 times or more in four games, including 38 against Iowa. By November, he had nagging injuries that limited his explosiveness.
This year, the No. 17 Cornhuskers have potential playmakers in backups Ameer Abdullah, Braylon Heard and freshman Imani Cross.
Burkhead will join the school's top-10 rushing list with 90 yards in Saturday's opener against Southern Mississippi.
IOWA STATE FB…Iowa State knows it can rely on Jake Knott and A.J. Klein, one of the best linebacking tandems in the nation. It's the other nine defensive starters who will determine just how far the Cyclones go in 2012.
Iowa State has plenty of depth on a defense that got better as last season wore on. But where all those pieces fit around Knott and Klein — first-team All-Big 12 picks who combined for 231 tackles in 2011 — needs to be sorted out with the Cyclones set to open the season Saturday against Tulsa.
Iowa State (6-7 in 2011) is replacing six starters from a defense that allowed 29.4 points a game last season. Though there are some familiar names in line for starting jobs, the Cyclones will be asking many of them to contribute more than they ever have.
BIG 12 CONFERENCE…Times are changing in the Big 12.
A new commissioner, two new schools and a batch of new starting quarterbacks bring a distinctly different flavor to the conference this season after a period of turmoil when one-third of the original members left.
The departure of Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III and fellow first-round NFL draft picks Justin Blackmon, Ryan Tannehill, Brandon Weeden and Kendall Wright has cleared the way for another wave of stars to emerge. TCU and West Virginia bring a pair of first-time contenders for the Big 12 crown.
It all makes for an unpredictable season.
On Monday, new commissioner Bob Bowlsby declared that the Big 12 doesn't want the SEC to win a seventh straight national title. He thinks No. 4 Oklahoma or several other Big 12 teams could be contenders this season.
STORM PREP…With tropical weather approaching southeast Louisiana, the Tulane football team has headed to Birmingham, Ala., where it plans to practice at least through Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Nicholls State has suspended operations through Wednesday, losing several days of practice before its season opener at Oregon State this Saturday.
Nicholls coach Charlie Stubbs says he hopes damage from Isaac will be minimal enough to allow the Colonels to practice at their Thibodaux campus Thursday before their scheduled flight out of New Orleans on Friday.
Tulane, which opens Saturday at home against Rutgers, hopes to return to New Orleans on Thursday as well.
At LSU, cancelled classes will allow players to practice at 11 a.m. Tuesday before the team hunkers down for the storm. LSU opens Saturday night at home against North Texas.
GFP APPS DUE… Paper applications for the 2012 South Dakota East River Deer, Muzzleloader Deer and Refuge Deer Seasons must be postmarked by Friday, Aug. 31.
Online applications for these seasons must be submitted by 8 AM, CDT Wednesday, Sept. 5.