ESTELLINE TRACK…The Estelline Invitational track meet, scheduled for Thursday, has been postponed to April 13th due to weather. Action on the 13th will begin at 11:00am.
SDSU SOFTBALL…The South Dakota State softball team came from behind on both games of a doubleheader on Wednesday in Sioux Falls, beating North Dakota 8-7 in the opener and 8-4 in the nightcap.
The sweep boosts the Jackrabbits record to 11-18, while North Dakota falls to 10-24.
Alex Landon, pitching in relief of Kori Seidlitz, sat UND down in order in the sixth, and then knocked in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth on a fielder’s choice that scored Sammy Bingham to complete the comeback and put the Jacks up 8-7.
Landon did surrender a pair of hits in the seventh, but did not give up the tying run, securing the win for the Jacks.
Along with going 3-for-4 at the plate with a pair of RBI, Landon tossed three and a third innings, giving up just three hits and no runs, with a walk and three strikeouts. She improves to 2-1 with the win.
Kelly Kleppin went 2-for-4 at the plate with four RBI on her grand slam, and also scored two runs in the win.
Similar to the opener, UND came out hot in Game 2, scoring three runs on four hits in the first inning to take the early 3-0 lead.
In game two, Sammy Bingham went 3-for-4, with four RBI and a run scored. Kleppin went 3-for-4 in the win with a pair of run scored.
After the shaky start, Jennifer Sutton found her groove in the circle. She gave up four runs on six hits with five strikeouts and a pair of walks in the win, which boosts her record to 4-5.
The Jacks look to make it three in a row on Friday, when they return to Summit League play in Vermillion against South Dakota. The doubleheader with the Coyotes starts at 2 p.m., followed by a single game on Saturday at noon.
“A” ALL-STATE BBB…The state “A” All-State boys’ basketball team has been announced by the sportswriters and coaches’ association.
The first team members are Skyler Flatten of Clark/Willow Lake, Jordan Baker of Sioux Falls Christian, Bryce Koch of Dell Rapids, Lincoln Swenson of Deuel and Brock Zeller of Elk Point-Jefferson.
Second teamers are Cole Langer of Dell Rapids, Connor Shaull of state runner-up Tea Area, Blake Van Ginkel of Dakota Valley, Jordan Cornelius of Sisseton and Cody Willett of Canton.
Third team choices are Anthony Hopkins of Little Wound, Mitchel Foster of Flandreau, Brandon Kemp of Spearfish, Austin Krier of Vermillion and Kory Schwan of Aberdeen Roncalli.
GARRETSON GOLF…Results of the Garretson Invitational golf tournament:
BOYS; Garretson 119, Baltic 136, Dells St. Mary’s 145, Flandreau 156, Chester 158. Medalist: Dylan Brende, Baltic, 37.
GIRLS: Sioux Valley & Dell Rapids, 182, Chester 183. Medalist: Chayce Brinkman, Garretson, 47. Sioux Valley: Kortnee Moir 59, McKenzie Jones 60, Kylie Christenson 63, Madison Stahl 86.
SD HOCKEY…Mitchell’s Jacob Cersosimo scored a goal, helping the U16 South Dakota National Hockey Team defeat the Greensboro Stars 4-2 Wednesday at the youth national hockey championships.
Spencer Riddle, Skyler Sutton and Brooks Mitzel also scored for South Dakota.
Greensboro struck first and led 2-1 at the end of the first period, but Team South Dakota responded with three unanswered goals through the final two periods.
Team South Dakota outshot Greensboro, of North Carolina, 31-25 in the game.
The U16 team plays AHU Knights, of Arizona, in its second game in pool play.
The U14 South Dakota National Hockey Team won its opening game 2-1 over Seattle Bantam Minor in Charlotte, N.C.
Jack Oberg scored the team’s two goals in the game.
The U14 team plays the Utah Grizzlies in its second pool-play game.
DREAM TEAM WRESTLE…Three future Jackrabbit wrestlers are set to compete in the Wrestling USA Magazine/Cliff Keen Athletic 2013 Dream Team Classic dual meet on April 20.
The dual pits the 13 of the nation’s top prep wrestlers (Team USA) versus 13 of the top wrestlers from the host state (Team Illinois). This year marks the second time that the Dream Team Classic has been hosted in Illinois.
Colin Holler, ranked No. 7 at 160 pounds, is SDSU’s lone representative on Team Illinois. On Team USA, the Jacks are represented by top-ranked Paul Mascarenas at 113 pounds and South Dakota native and third-ranked Nathan Rotert at 220 pounds.
Holler is a three-time Illinois state tournament placewinner. Mascarenas is a three-time New Mexico state champion, Junior National Freestyle champion and Greco-Roman All-American. Rotert is a six-time letterwinner, won the Class A state championship at 195 pounds as a junior and is a three-time state placewinner.
BONO COACHING…South Dakota State wrestling head coach Chris Bono was tabbed head coach for the U.S. Men's Freestyle team at the Senior Pan American Championships. The meet includes women's freestyle and Greco-Roman teams, and serves as the annual continental championships for nations in North America, Central America and South America.
The championships are scheduled for April 5-7 in Panama City, Panama.
Men's freestyle wrestlers include 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Coleman Scott, 2011 Pan Am champion Nick Marable and former NCAA champions David Zabriskie and Zach Rey.
Bono, along with Mike Duroe, leads the seven-man roster, with wrestlers spanning the Midwest and northeastern region of the United States.
Last year the U.S. team crowned champions at six of the seven weights.
NIELSEN OBIT…Long-time Yankton sports personality Howard “Hod” Nielsen passed away Wednesday morning at the age of 92. Funeral services will be Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Yankton.
Nielsen was the long-time play-by-play announcer of Yankton High School sports on KYNT radio, and later covered Yankton-area sports for the Press and Dakotan newspaper.
Nielsen was inducted into nine different Halls of Fame in his career, and was the first person in any state to receive both a National Sportscaster of the Year award and National Sports Writer of the Year honor.
BRYANT RETURNS…Former Sioux Falls Storm quarterback Terrance Bryant will return to the team for the remainder of the 2013 season, starting Sunday against the Green Bay Blizzard. The team has struggled offensively in the first four games, and head coach Kurtiss Riggs says veteran leadership and talent will be the team's best hope for a successful season.
Bryant retired after the Storm's 2010 championship run which ended with a loss in Billings, Montana. He has been a resident of Sioux Falls and continues to be active with football, working with area high school and college students as a coach with the Rigg's Premier Football Academy.
HOF TICKETS…Advance ticket sales for the 2013 South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame banquet will end on Wednesday, April 10.
Fans planning to attend the 2013 Hall of Fame banquet Saturday, April 13, can save $5 by ordering their tickets in advance.
Dakota Sports in Sioux Falls is the sole distributor of tickets. Tickets are $35 for adults and $20 for high school and younger. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door the night of the banquet for $40 and $25.
The banquet at the Sioux Falls Convention Center starts with a social at 4:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 and the induction ceremony at 7.
Golfing great Kris Tschetter and Olympian Rod DeHaven were among 11 people selected for induction into the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame.
Also chosen were basketball coaches Gary Munsen, Don Meyer, Lyle “Dusty” LeBeaux and Curt Fredrickson. Other honorees are football-basketball-track coach Bob Schroeder (pronounced Shrader), basketball player Harold Thune, softball pitcher LeRoy Carlson, referee Pal Christensen and football player/baseball coach James A. “Pev” Evans.
The Hall of Fame was established by the South Dakota Sportswriters Association in 1968. The 2013 class of inductees will boost membership to 236.