Tennis: South Dakota State men @ Omaha
South Dakota State women @ Fort Wayne
SUNDAY, APRIL 14:
Baseball: Brookings @ Rapid City Central, DH, 1:00pm
MONDAY, APRIL 15:
Golf: South Dakota State women @ Creighton Classic
Deubrook Invitational, 2:00pm
Baseball: Back to Baseball Night, 5-7pm, Brookings American Legion
SDSU TENNIS… South Dakota State scored a 4-0 victory over South Dakota in Summit League women’s tennis action on Thursday in Omaha.
SDSU scored three points in singles play, as Florencia Magni, Ffion Davies and Tacy Haws-Lay each won matches. The Jackrabbits also won two doubles matches to score the match-clinching point.
The Jacks needed only singles to defeat the Golden Grizzlies 4-1. All completed singles matches were straight-set results.
Florencia Magni defeated Emily Raidt at the top spot, 6-3, 6-3. Jenny Blackburne needed an extra game versus Tamara Blum in the first set at No. 3, but shutout her opponent in the second for a 7-5, 6-0 win.
Beatriz Souza needed a tiebreaker in the first set versus Cam Sabourin at No. 4, but nearly matched Blackburne's feat with a convincing second set for a 7-6, 6-1 win. Tacy Haws-Lay made quick work of Grace Keating at No. 5 with a 6-1, 6-1 win.
Oakland scored its lone point with a win at No. 6, but was unable to secure any other matches. Ffion Davies split sets at No. 2 with Karine Celis, but the match was unfinished.
SDSU BASEBALL…South Dakota State's scheduled baseball game Thursday afternoon at Indiana Tech was canceled due to rain. It marks the third time this week the Jackrabbits had a game wiped out due to inclement weather.
The Jackrabbits, 14-11 overall and 2-2 in The Summit League, are now scheduled to resume league play Friday with a doubleheader against Fort Wayne. SDSU wraps up its weekend road trip Sunday with two games at Oakland.
BLIZZARD-BISMARCK…Brookings opens the NAHL Central Division playoffs Friday night at Bismarck – you’ll hear the game on KBRK 1430AM, starting shortly after 7:00pm.
Brookings coach Cory Laylin says Bismarck’s a quick-starting team. He says the Blizzard could get an edge if they get through the first ten minutes. 97621 :20 “do have opportunities”.
Blizzard player Aiden Cavallini says Brookings has to stand its ground in front of a solid Bismarck goaltender, and play physical hockey. 97622 :16 “lot right away”.
Laylin says Brookings has the supporting cast that could make a huge difference in the series. The first two games are in Bismarck – game three is April 19th in Brookings.
SDSU TRACK…The South Dakota State track teams try to escape the weather Saturday when they head to Lincoln for the Nebraska Quadrangular.
Head coach Rod DeHaven says many teams would like in, but the Huskers are keeping things small, due to construction near the track. 97625 :13 “facility, of course”.
DeHaven says the Jacks have had an indoor season, and are doing what they can do indoors, so their situation isn’t as dire as the high school teams.
NO TRACK…Saturday’s Sno Bird Invitational track meet, which had already been postponed once by Estelline athletic officials, has been called off a second time.
Also, Saturday’s 66th Annual Corn Palace Relays have been canceled, marking the third time in the past six years the track and field event has been called off. The last time the Corn Palace Relays were canceled because of snow was in 2008. The 2011 event was canceled because of rain.
SDSU WRESTLING…NCAA wrestling coaches may begin signing high school athletes to letters of intent on Wednesday, and SDSU coach Chris Bono’s expecting another large class.
Bono says, based on early signings, SDSU has the sixth-best recruiting class in the nation.
He expects the fax machine to be ringing a lot, and says he’s fielded several inquiries. 97623 :19 “with this program”.
Bono had need areas throughout the lineup. 97624 :20 “these weight classes”.
Bono says wrestlers now understand what is expected, and the work ethic needed to compete nationally.
SDSU SOFTBALL CHANGE…North Dakota State officials pushed back its Summit League softball series with South Dakota State back a week from April 16-17 in Fargo to April 23-24, due to unplayable field conditions at Ellig Sports Complex.
BROWN TO RC… One of the Southeastern Conference’s best former basketball coaches will be in Rapid City next week.
Former Louisiana State University coach Dale Brown will speak at the St. Thomas More banquet Thursday. The public is invited to hear Brown speak about the challenges and triumphs of his storied career. The evening will include dinner and tickets are $15.
Brown is still considered one of the best college basketball coaches in history. He is the only SEC coach to have ever appeared in 15 straight national tournaments, and only the legendary Adolph Rupp of Kentucky has won more games in SEC history. Twice in his career, Brown was selected as the National Coach of the Year. On nine occasions, he was selected as the SEC Coach of the Year. Two of Brown’s teams made it to the Final Four, once in 1981 and again in 1986.
NSU FIRE…The Northern State University Foundation has set up a donation fund to help student-athletes displaced by a house fire in Aberdeen.
Five people safely escaped the blaze early Saturday. Former and current NSU football players lived in the home.
The university says in a statement that money collected through the fund will help replace some of the residents' belongings.
Authorities have charged a 21-year-old man with intentionally starting the fire following a fight involving his roommate.
MOORE SIGNS AT DSU…Dakota State women’s basketball coach Jeff Dittman says Rachelle Moore will join the program this fall.
Moore, a 5-foot-6 point guard from Sanborn Central High, was named to the All-Conference first team three times in both `281' and Custer Battlefield Highway conferences.
She was selected as the `281' Conference tournament's most valuable player. She averaged 11 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals per game at Sanborn Central. She holds the school records in most assists in a season and in a game. In addition, she holds the school record for most steals in a single season.
NAGELVOORT SIGNS…Aberdeen Wings goal Zach Nagelvoort has committed to play at the University of Michigan next fall.
Nagelvoort played a key role in helping to turn the Wings season around. The Wings won 15 of their last 20 games to finish the season after losing 18 in a row.
SUMMIT ATHLETES OF MONTH…The Summit League named North Dakota State’s men’s track & field student-athlete Andy Lillejord and women’s softball player Whitney Johnson as its Male and Female Athletes of the Month for March.
Lillejord recorded a seventh-place finish in the heptathlon at the NCAA Championships with 5,793 points. The junior was named to the USTFCCCA All-America First Team for his performance, which broke his own school record by 132 points.
Johnson defeated a pair of ranked opponents and tossing a no-hitter during the month. The senior threw her second career no-hitter in an 8-0 win over Radford at the Georgia Bulldog Invitational on March 2. Later in the day, she blanked host No. 23 Georgia, 3-0, allowing just one Bulldog hit while striking out four batters.
COLLEGE BASEBALL…Alec Rash could be pitching in the Philadelphia Phillies' organization. Instead, he plays for the Missouri Tigers.
Rash is a poster child for how Major League Baseball's latest collective bargaining agreement is impacting the college game.
With new limitations on how much teams can spend on prep stars, it appears more will be heading to college instead of the minor leagues.
In November 2011, the CBA capped the amount of money each organization could spend in the first 10 rounds of the draft. In the first draft under the new rules, the number of high school players rated among Baseball America's top 200 draft-eligible prospects went unsigned or undrafted increased slightly to 35, up from 26 in the 2011 draft.
Some coaches say the numbers might go up this year.
BIG TEN SPRING FB… Ohio State coach Urban Meyer says his players better take the spring game seriously on Saturday because their starting spots could depend on it.
Last season the Buckeyes were 12-0 but couldn't play for the Big Ten championship because of NCAA violations. Now eligible, and with almost everyone back on offense, they'll go into the fall favored to unseat three-time defending Big Ten champion Wisconsin in the Leaders Division.
Meyer says the spring game counts for more at Ohio State than it does at some other schools.
Gary Andersen is in his first spring at Wisconsin and Darrell Hazell debuts at Purdue. The Badgers, Boilermakers and Penn State have quarterback competitions this spring.
Indiana has put an emphasis on defense, and Illinois has 40 new players on its roster.