THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13:
Boys’ Basketball: Clark/Willow Lake @ Webster
Deuel @ Milbank
Girls’ Basketball: Brookings @ Brandon Valley (Live on KCountry 102 @ 7:00)
Deubrook @ Dells St. Mary’s
Oldham-Ramona/Rutland @ Elkton-Lake Benton
Lennox @ Madison
Estelline @ Arlington
` DeSmet @ Colman-Egan
Wrestling: Clark/Willow Lake, Kingsbury Co. @ Deuel, 6:00pm
XC ALL-AMERICANS…Addison DeHaven of Brookings has been named a high school cross country All-American by the state cross country and track and field coaches association. DeHaven won the state “AA” individual title in October at Huron.
Joining him on the All-American list is Nathan Schroeder of Sioux Falls Lincoln. Duane Jongeling of Parker and Kyle Burdick of Rapid City Stevens are honorable mention selections.
The girls’ All-Americans are Savannah Woods and Annie Kruse of Yankton. Hannah Kastigar of Aberdeen Central and Kelsi Kearney of Sioux Falls Washington are honorable mention picks.
XC COACH AWARDS…The South Dakota Cross Country and Track & Field Coaches Association has announced its Coaches of the Year for their designated areas. Voting is done by other member coaches in their area.
Area 1 – Todd Thorson - Ispwich
Area 2 – James Benning - Estelline
Area 3 – Kris Boekelheide - Northwestern
Area 4 – Robert Cordts - Madison and Mike Schultz - SF Washington
Area 5 – Janet Wagner – Bon Homme
Area 6 – Larry Buffington – Gayville/Volin
Area 7 – Joel Milton - Lyman
Area 8 – Jessica Larson - Gettysburg
Area 9 – Thad Caldwell – Rapid City Central
Benning has also been selected as Circle of Champions Coach of the Year. His boys team placed second at the state cross country meet and the girls team took fourth. Estelline also won the combined team award.
LAYLIN-BLIZZARD…Third-place Brookings can tighten up the NAHL Central Division race this weekend with two games against leader Austin. Friday night’s game at Larson Ice Center starts at 7:05 – Saturday, the teams are in Austin.
The Bruins defeated Brookings in a shootout last weekend – head coach Cory Laylin says, with personnel changes, and other adjustments, Austin’s seeing a different team. 97624 :37 “our offensive production”.
Laylin says Austin has the division’s premier offensive player – Brandon Wahlin, with ten goals and 36 points. 97625 :26 “of their offense”.
Brookings Blizzard coach Cory Laylin.
AUGIE FB COACH… Jerry Olszewski (oh-SHEH-skee) is the new head football coach of Augustana College.
Olszewski is a 19-year coaching veteran who previously served as head coach for St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. He compiled a record of 32-18 in five seasons at St. Olaf, leading all five teams to records of .500 or better.
Before St. Olaf, Olszewski spent two seasons as the defensive coordinator at his alma mater, Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Olszewski says faith, family and football will be the cornerstone of the Augustana program, and he's looking forward to meeting the alumni and engaging in the Sioux Falls community.
Director of Athletics Bill Gross made the announcement during a news conference Wednesday.
Olszewski is the 21st head football coach in the program's history.
NDSU FB…For the second straight week, defending FCS champion North Dakota State is preparing for a team that runs the ball almost all the time.
The Bison face Georgia Southern in Friday night's Football Championship Subdivision semifinal at the Fargodome, with the winner advancing to the title game in Frisco, Texas.
Georgia Southern leads the country in rushing by averaging 409 yards per game. The Eagles have not thrown the ball more than 10 times in a single game.
Bison linebacker Grant Olson set a school record with 29 tackles in last week's win over run-happy Wofford. He says he enjoys playing against an option team, but it takes a group effort to stop it.
The game is a repeat of last year's semifinal in which the Bison defeated the Eagles 35-7 at the Fargodome.
NCAA VB…Oregon, Texas and Michigan know it will take a near-perfect effort to knock off top-seeded Penn State at this weekend's NCAA volleyball championships. Still, no one is handing the Nittany Lions the title. Michigan and Texas have lost matches to Penn State this year, but all three challengers are confident they can win it all.
Third-seeded Texas (27-4) will face unseeded Michigan (27-11) in Thursday night's first semifinal, with No. 5 Oregon (29-4) facing Penn State (33-2) in the other. Michigan and Oregon are making their first Final Four appearances; Texas is making its fourth in five years.
Penn State doesn't have many flaws and is seeking its fifth national title in six years. The Nittany Lions have won 36 of 39 sets since losing to Nebraska on Oct. 28.
GFP LICENSES…The sale of 2013 South Dakota general hunting and fishing licenses gets off to an early start Saturday through storefront license agents around the state and through online license sales.
General hunting and fishing licenses extend beyond the calendar year. The 2013 licenses are valid from Dec. 15, 2012 through Jan. 31, 2014 while the 2012 licenses remain valid through Jan. 31, 2013.
Visit the state Game, Fish and Parks Department website for information about license options and their cost, list and locations of storefront license agents, and the online system for purchasing licenses.