Volleyball: Sioux Falls O’Gorman @ Brandon Valley
Watertown @ Huron
Britton-Hecla @ Milbank
Sisseton @ Hamlin
Groton @ Clark/Willow Lake
Florence/Henry @ Grant-Deuel
Redfield-Doland @ Webster
Colman-Egan @ Deubrook
Deuel @ Aberdeen Roncalli
Sisseton @ Hamlin
Dells St. Mary’s vs. Elkton-Lake Benton @ Lake Benton
Howard @ Flandreau
Baltic, Centerville @ Alcester-Hudson
Dell Rapids @ Lennox
Garretson @ Parker
Sioux Falls Christian @ Elk Point-Jefferson
Castlewood @ DeSmet
Oldham-Ramona/Rutland @ Arlington
Wilmot @ Great Plains Lutheran
Cross Country: Brookings @ Watertown Invitational, 4:00pm
Deuel, Hamlin, Milbank, @ Sisseton Invitational, 4:30pm
Sioux Falls O’Gorman @ Madison
Golf: Brookings @ Mitchell Triangular, 2:00pm
Tennis: ESD Conference Tournament @ Brookings, 9:00am
Competitive Cheer: Brookings @ Sioux Falls O’Gorman Invitational, 4:00pm
SDSU VB…The South Dakota State volleyball team avenged an earlier five-set loss to Valparaiso with a 3-1 win against the Crusaders Wednesday by the set scores of 25-21, 14-25, 15-14 and 25-19.
The Jackrabbits improve to 11-4 with the win, while the homestanding Crusaders fall to 9-8.
The Jacks not only held the Crusaders to six total team blocks, but also held the home team without a block in both the third and fourth sets.
Kelli Fiegen led the Jackrabbit blockers with six block assists and with two solo blocks to go along with her match-high 12 kills. Kelly Herrmann finished with four block assists, adding 11 each in kills and digs to complete her second double-double of the season. Kaitlin Klingemann finished with four block assists and one solo block, adding 10 kills in the win.
Shay Birath led the Jackrabbit defense with 26 digs, while Lexi Fowler posted her team-high fifth double-double of the season with 20 set assists and 10 digs.
Mary Dent led Valpo with nine kills. Morgan Beil, Sarah Dooms and Kelsey Victor all added eight kills in the loss.
BLIZZARD…The Brookings Blizzard will put a 3-1 record against the Aberdeen Wings Friday night in the official home opener – faceoff is at 7:00pm at Larson Ice Center.
Head coach Cory Laylin says Aberdeen’s a competitive team. 97627 :31 “within the system”.
Brookings makes the return trip to Aberdeen Saturday. The Blizzard has been idle since the league-wide showcase in Blaine, MN.
SDHSAA SOCCER…Pairings for the inaugural SDHSAA Soccer Playoffs have been finalized, with six teams from each division advancing to post-season play.
In the girls’ division, top-seeded Aberdeen Central and second seed Sioux Falls O’Gorman have automatically qualified for the State Tournament. Meanwhile, sixth-seed Sioux Falls Christian will travel to third-seed Groton Area and fifth-seed Mitchell will head to Rapid City to take on St. Thomas More in a pair of play-in contests later this week.
On the boys’ side, undefeated top seed Sioux Falls Christian and second seed Groton Area have earned automatic berths into their half of the State Tournament. Play-in contests on the boys’ side will feature fifth-seed James Valley Christian at fourth-seed Aberdeen Central and sixth-seed St. Thomas More at third-seed Sioux Falls O’Gorman.
The Inaugural SDHSAA State Soccer Tournament will be played October 4 & 5 in Aberdeen at Clark Swisher Field on the campus of Aberdeen Central High School.
SDSU TENNIS… The South Dakota State men's and women's tennis teams host North Dakota in the lone home meets of the season on Friday at noon...
The women face UND at the Hillcrest Tennis Courts for the third straight season, while the men host a meet at Hillcrest for the first time since 2008.
Last season, the women's team lost three third-set super tiebreakers in a 5-2 loss to North Dakota in Brookings. In a meet that could have gone either way, the Jacks came up on the short end. In the spring, SDSU avenged its fall loss with a 6-1 win over UND in Grand Forks. Blackburne and Henry won at No. 1 doubles and at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, respectively.
The men competed at the Bradley Classic two weeks ago with improved success. The last time the men hosted a meet in Brookings was in the spring of 2008. SDSU defeated Sioux Falls 8-1 at the Hillcrest Tennis Courts.
SDSU XC…South Dakota State travels to the Roy Griak Invitational cross country meet in Minneapolis this weekend.
Head coach Rod DeHaven says a meet in Louisville – site of the national meet – will cut into the field. 97628 :46 “in one race”.
DeHaven says the women’s field will be a bit deeper – he says both SDSU teams are anxious to compete.
SELL…Fundraising for an indoor practice facility, and performance lab, at South Dakota State University got a big boost when an anonymous donor pledged $5 million dollars in a challenge match.
The pledge brings total financial commitments to just over 24 million dollars – 29 million of the challenge is fully met.
Athletic director Justin Sell says the school’s fortunate the donor understands the benefits of the facility, and the tight time frame before the Board of Regents’ December meeting. 97629 :26 “frame on that”.
Sell says other donors stepped up with news of the challenge – he says that help provide desired features in the facility. 97630 :27 “to be great”.
Officials hope to break ground on the project next spring.
PIERRE REPAIRS… Final repair work in Pierre on the LaFramboise Island Causeway, which was extensively damaged by last year’s Missouri River flooding, will be completed Friday, one week ahead of schedule.
The final cost of the LaFramboise Island Causeway repair project was a little more than $2.8 million; it took five months to complete.
The island will reopen to the public on Saturday, Oct. 6. Staff from the Department of Game, Fish and Parks will work on LaFramboise Island next week to repair facilities and clear the trails of debris left from the 2011 flood. The boat ramp will be open and usable by jet skis, canoes and kayaks only.
As a part of the reconstruction, city crews replaced a 14-inch water main that connects four wells to the city’s water system.
ACTIVITIES MONTH… The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has designated the month of October as National High School Activities Month to help schools throughout the nation promote the values inherent in high school athletic and performing arts activities.
Four specific-emphasis weeks are planned within the month-long celebration: National Sportsmanship and Fan Appreciation Week (October 1-6), National Performing Arts Activities Week (October 8-13), National Coaches/Sponsors/Advisors/Officials Week (October 15-20) and National Community Service/Youth Awareness Week (October 22-27).