THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25:
Volleyball: Brookings @ Mitchell
Sioux Falls O’Gorman @ Yankton
Watertown @ Brandon Valley
Sioux Falls Washington @ Huron
Florence/Henry @ Estelline
DeSmet @ Deuel
Arlington @ Sioux Valley
West Central @ Elkton-Lake Benton
Flandreau @ FIS
Madison @ Tea Area
Dell Rapids @ Dakota Valley
Howard @ Colman-Egan
Dells St. Mary’s @ Canistota
YOUNGSTOWN FB…Youngstown State will try to snap a three-game losing streak Saturday against South Dakota State in the annual Hobo Day football game.
The Jacks lost to Northern Iowa Saturday – Penguins’ head coach Eric Wolford says SDSU quarterback Austin Sumner’s getting comfortable after an early-season hand injury. 97625 :25 “looks at matchups”.
A major part of Youngstown’s slide – turnovers. 97626 :26 “the fourth quarter”.
After rain and snow this week, the forecast calls for sun and 40 degrees Saturday – Wolford says field conditions shouldn’t be a factor. 97627 :22 “not playing well”.
Youngstown State football coach Eric Wolford.
SDSU XC…The Summit League cross country champions will be crowned Saturday in Oakland, Michigan.
SDSU head coach Rod DeHaven says the Jackrabbit women’s team’s done well bunching runners together – someone has to pull them closer to the front. 97629 :15 “beat everybody else”.
The men are favored to win the league title – DeHaven says the fourth and fifth runners could make the difference. 97630 :20 “we would hope”.
Runners will also try to position themselves for at-large berths in the national meet.
SDSU WRESTLING…South Dakota State hosts the Daktronics/Warren Williamson Open wrestling tournament November fourth – the Jacks’ season opener.
With 14 new faces on the roster, first-year head coach Chris Bono says the prognosis is – who knows? 97631 :25 “seven true freshmen”.
Bono says athletic director Justin Sell’s providing what’s needed to compete – this year’s goal is to improve every aspect of the
program. 97632 :12 “know in March”.
Bono wants to reverse the trend of one win in the last 30 conference matches, and no national qualifiers. 97633 :17 “matter of time”.
SDSU wrestling coach Chris Bono.
CAMPBELL TROPHY… Southern California quarterback Matt Barkley and Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o are among 15 finalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy, given to the top scholar-athlete in college football.
The finalists are chosen by the National Football Foundation from all levels of college football and each receives an $18,000 in post-graduate scholarship. The winner will receive an additional $7,000 scholarship.
The Campbell Trophy will be awarded Dec. 4 at the NFF's Hall of Fame banquet in New York.
Last year's winner was Army linebacker Andrew Rodriguez.
The other finalists are:
Alabama center Barrett Jones
Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead
Texas tech safety Cody Davis
Mount Union safety Nick Driskill
Baylor quarterback Nick Florence
Northern Illinois defensive tackle Nabal Jefferson
West Texas A&M offensive lineman Aaron Mullane
Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib
Robert Morris defensive end Nolan Nearhoof
MIT offensive lineman Ethan Peterson
Duke quarterback Sean Renfree
Northwestern offensive lineman Patrick Ward
Saint Xavier (Ill.) receiver Shane Zackery.
NEBRASKA VB… Nebraska's volleyball identity doesn't end with the powerful Cornhuskers. The state produces more talent per-capita than any other besides Hawaii.
According to RichKern.com, a website promoting the sport, there are 69 Nebraskans on Division I women's rosters. That's 40.3 players per-million population. Seven Nebraska colleges or universities are ranked in the top 25 in their respective divisions.
Papillion-La Vista South High School, which features three future Huskers players, was named the top high school program in the country the past two years by ESPN.com and MaxPreps.com.
Former Huskers coach Terry Pettit is widely credited for developing border-to-border interest in the sport.
T’WOLVES… Ricky Rubio won't be in the lineup when the Minnesota Timberwolves open the season against Sacramento. Neither will Kevin Love.
Love is out for at least a month with a broken shooting hand and Rubio is not expected back until mid-December at the earliest with a torn ACL in his left knee.
Even without their two best players, the Timberwolves feel better equipped to survive.
The Wolves targeted experience and depth in the offseason. They brought in Brandon Roy, Andrei Kirilenko, Dante Cunningham and Greg Stiemsma. They hope those additions will help them avoid a similar fate than they endured last year, going 5-20 after Rubio was hurt.
Minnesota opens the regular season at home Nov. 2 against Sacramento.