Men’s Basketball: Black Hills State @ South Dakota State, 8:30pm (Live on Ranch 910AM)
Women’s Basketball: Black Hills State @ South Dakota State, 6:00pm (Live on Ranch 910AM)
Volleyball: District 1AA
Brookings @ Sioux Falls Roosevelt Watertown @ Sioux Falls O’Gorman
S.F. Lincoln @ S.F. Washington Brandon Valley @ Yankton
Pierre @ Aberdeen Central Huron @ Mitchell
Douglas @ R.C. Central Sturgis @ R.C. Stevens
District 1A Groton @ Aberdeen Roncalli
District 2A Milbank vs. Sisseton @ Tiospa Zina
District 3A Clark/Willow Lake @ Redfield/Doland
District 4A Deubrook @ Sioux Valley, 7:00pm
District 5A Madison @ Elkton-Lake Benton, 7:00pm
District 6A Baltic @ Sioux Falls Christian, 7:00pm
District 7A Lennox vs. Tea Area Canton vs. Harrisburg (Both @ Tea)
District 8A Elk Point-Jefferson @ Dakota Valley
District 9A McCook Central/Montrose @ Tri-Valley
District 10A Platte-Geddes @ Wagner
District 11A Stanley Co. vs. Mobridge-Pollock McLaughlin vs. Cheyenne-Eagle Butte
(Both @ Mobridge – Title match to follow)
District 12A Miller vs. Chamberlain @ Crow Creek
District 13A Gregory vs. Winner @ Bonesteel
District 15A Hot Springs @ Custer
District 16A St. Thomas More @ Belle Fourche
District 1B Wilmot vs. Summit Waverly-South Shore vs. Rosholt (Both @ Waubay)
District 2B Hitchcock-Tulare vs. Warner Northwestern vs. Langford Area (Both @ Aberdeen)
District 3B Estelline @ Arlington
District 4B Oldham-Ramona/Rutland @ Chester
District 5B Sunshine Bible @ Highmore-Harrold Faulkton Area @ Sully Buttes
District 6B Eureka/Bowdle @ Herried/Selby Area Ipswich @ Potter County
District 7B Freeman vs. Parker Marion vs. Bridgewater-Emery
(Both @ Freeman Academy)
District 8B Alcester-Hudson @ Viborg-Hurley
District 9B Wessington Springs vs. Sanborn Central/Woonsocket
Wolsey-Wessington vs. James Valley Christian (Both @ Wolsey)
District 10B Corsica/Stickney vs. White Lake @ Mitchell Christian
District 11B Avon vs. Hanson Scotland vs. Ethan (Both @ Scotland)
District 12B South Central vs. Andes Central @ Armour
District 13B Jones County vs. Lyman @ Murdo
District 14B R.C. Christian @ Edgemont Philip @ Wall
District 15B McIntosh vs. Timber Lake @ Tiospaye Topa
District 16B Bison vs. Faith Harding County vs. Lemmon (Both @ Bison)
Hockey: Brookings Blizzard @ Aberdeen Wings, 7:15pm
BHS VB…Third-seed Brookings opens District 1AA play Thursday night at Sioux Falls Roosevelt – match time is 7:00pm
Bobcat head coach Jodi Melius says the team’s playing well, despite a hiccup at Mitchell to end the regular season. She says Brookings’ defense has improved in the second half. 97624 :16 “past our block”.
Roosevelt’s Maggie DeJong had 19 kills in the regular season meeting – Melius says she’s not Roosevelt’s only hitter. 97625 :12 “up that night”.
The winner will play the O’Gorman-Watertown winner for a trip to the state tournament.
BLIZZARD…The Brookings Blizzard – coming off a sweep of Coulee Region – visit rival Aberdeen for NAHL Central Division games Thursday and Friday.
Blizzard coach Cory Laylin says Aberdeen’s had some internal issues, but expects they’ll be prepared to play. 97633 :21 “their old team”.
Laylin says Aberdeen has good personnel, and strong goaltending. 97634 :24 “time and space”.
Brookings Blizzard head coach Cory Laylin.
TRY HOCKEY FREE…A “Try Hockey for Free” event is coming up Saturday at Larson Ice Center. There will be two sessions – 9:00-10:00am, and 10:30-11:30am.
The day is designed to give boys and girls ages 4-to-9 a chance to experience ice hockey for the first time, and learn the basics safely, and at no cost.
All equipment, including skates, helmets and sticks will be provided. Each participant will receive a jersey to keep and a ticket to a future Brookings Blizzard game.
Pre-registration is recommended – go to www.tryhockeyforfree.com. Call 690-4292 if you have questions.
SDSU VB…South Dakota State’s volleyball team can set itself up for the post-season with wins Friday at South Dakota, and Sunday at Missouri-Kansas City.
Head coach Phil McDaniel says the Jacks currently hold fourth place in the league standings by one match. 97632 :29 “chance to breathe”.
The top four teams in the regular season standings advance to the post-season tourney, where the winner gets an automatic NCAA tourney bid.
ARLINGTON FB…The Arlington Cardinals face a formidable foe – Canistota – Saturday in the Class 9A football playoff semifinals. Kickoff is set for 6:00pm.
Head coach Steve Gilbertson says different players have stepped up during the post-season, and the defense has been making stops. 97628 :20 “up this week”.
Gilbertson says the Cardinals face a talented Canistota team. 97629 :28 “advantage to them”.
The winner will face either Warner or Herried/Selby Area for the state title.
FLANDREAU FB…Flandreau visits the Leahy Bowl in Winner Saturday to face the Warriors in a Class 11B football semifinal matchup.
The Fliers have gotten out quickly against Canton and St. Thomas More – head coach Chad Stadem says the wealth’s been spread around offensively, and the defense has done the job. 97630 :28 “to normally go”.
Stadem says Winner is as Winner has been the past few years. 97631 :32 “play good football”.
The forecast calls for rain and cool temperatures – Stadem says that shouldn’t be a factor.
SO ILL FB…Southern Illinois – which saw a three-game winning streak snapped last week at North Dakota State – will host SDSU Saturday in Missouri Valley Conference football. Live coverage starts at 1:00pm on the Ranch AM910.
Salukis’ head coach Dale Lennon says special teams play sparked the run of wins. 97626 :26 “on the game”.
Lennon says you can’t look at stats when breaking down the Jacks’ offense. 97627 :23 “film…they’re good”.
Lennon says the Jacks’ defense isn’t fancy – they just get you stopped.
NEBRASKA-MARTINEZ…Nebraska's Taylor Martinez is set to break 2001 Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch's school career total offense record Saturday against Michigan State.
Only a junior, Martinez could finish his career as one of college football's most prolific quarterbacks ever.
But Crouch said Martinez probably needs to win a championship of some kind before he can he be judged as one of the Cornhuskers' all-time great quarterbacks.
Martinez, who is 23-10 as a starter, has a chance this year. The 21st-ranked Huskers (6-2, 3-1) lead the Big Ten Legends Division going into the game with the Spartans (5-4, 2-3).
Quarterbacks most often mentioned as Nebraska's greatest are Tommie Frazier (1992-95), Jerry Tagge (1969-71), Turner Gill (1981-83), Scott Frost (1996-97) and Crouch (1998-2001).
SKYFORCE ALUMS…Five former Sioux Falls Skyforce players made opening-day rosters on NBA teams this season.
They are Amir Johnson with Toronto, Dexter Pittman with Miami, Reggie Williams with Charlotte, and Malcolm Lee and Greg Stiemsma with Minnesota.
The Skyforce is holding its 2012 NBA Development League Draft party on Friday at Tinner's Bar and Grill. Sioux Falls has the second overall pick.
The team's home opener is Saturday, Nov. 24, against the Iowa Energy at the Sioux Falls Arena.