THURSDAY, MAY 16:
Baseball: South Dakota State @ Omaha, 2:00pm (Live on Ranch AM910 @ 1:45)
Watertown @ Brookings, First Round Region, 7:00pm
Track: Clark/Willow Lake, Deubrook Area, Deuel, Florence/Henry, Hamlin, Sioux Valley @ Region 2A, Redfield
Baltic, Dell Rapids, Flandreau, Flandreau Indian, Garretson, Madison, Sioux Falls Christian @ Region
Arlington, Castlewood, Colman-Egan, De Smet, Dell Rapids St. Mary, Estelline, Great Plains Lutheran,
Howard, Lake Preston, McCrossan, Oldham-Ramona/Rutland, Sioux Falls Lutheran @ Region
Tennis: State boys championships @ Brandon, Sioux Falls
SDSU BASEBALL…Closer J.D. Moore set a South Dakota State single-season record with his 11th save, preserving a 6-5 Jackrabbit victory over North Dakota State in the second game of a Summit League baseball doubleheader Tuesday at Newman Outdoor Field.
The two teams split the doubleheader as the Bison rallied for an 11-10 victory in the opener. SDSU moved to 15-7 in league play and 30-18 overall, reaching the 30-win mark for the third time in the last four seasons.
In game one, SDSU loaded the bases in both the fourth and fifth innings, but failed to score. The Jackrabbits stranded 10 runners in the game.
Jake Heck pitched three innings of scoreless relief to earn the victory for NDSU. Kyle Kingsley pitched the final 2 1/3 innings to record his seventh save of the season. Six of the Bison’s 10 hits in the game went for extra bases. Wes Satzinger was 3-for-4, while John Skrbec and Tim Colwell each collected a pair of hits.
Aaron Machbitz and Eric Danforth each tallied two of SDSU’s nine hits.
The Jackrabbits got off to a quick start in Game 2, scoring twice in the top of the first inning on RBI singles by Danforth and Daniel Telford.
Moore worked around a leadoff walk in the ninth to strike out the side for his record-setting save. The previous Jackrabbit single-season save mark of 10 was set by All-American Trever Vermeulen in both 2010 and 2011.
Shane Kraemer, who pitched 3 1/3 innings of one-run relief, was credited with his third victory of the season. The senior left-hander struck out five batters, combining with Erickson and Moore for 13 total punchouts.
Danforth and Paul Jacobson each posted two of SDSU’s eight hits. Blake Turbak led NDSU’s 14-hit attack with three hits.
The Jackrabbits close out the Summit League regular season with a four-game series Thursday through Saturday at league-leading Omaha. The Mavericks hold a two-game lead over SDSU, meaning the Jackrabbits will have to win three games to earn a share of the title or sweep the four-game set to win an outright championship.
BHS BASEBALL…Sioux Falls Roosevelt swept Brookings Tuesday in a key regional high school baseball series.
The Roughriders won game two 9-4, behind three hits and four RBI by Josh Baumgart – one of his hits was a triple. Connor Grove had two hits. Jake Eichacker went the distance for the win.
Mackinzie Burns had three hits and Skylar Cary two for the Bobcats. Burns allowed seven earned runs on nine hits over four innings, and took the loss.
Roosevelt won game one 10-0. Baumgart had three hits and two runs batted in, while Chris Phillips, Tyler Mitzel, Lucas Wilber and Seth Peterson each had two. Phillips and Peterson each had two RBI to back up winning pitcher Grove.
Cary had three of Brookings’ seven hits. Jordan Lerdal pitched the first four and two-thirds innings, and suffered the loss. Sam Schutt and Thomas McMacken also pitched.
STATE TENNIS…The 82nd boys’ state tennis tournament will be held Thursday through Saturday in Sioux Falls. Champions will be determined in six singles flights and three doubles flights over the course of the three days. Due to graduations, new champions will be crowned in singles flights 1, 4, and 5, as well as doubles flights 2 and 3.
Returning champions include Tommy Entwistle of Sioux Falls O’Gorman, Nate Ackert of Sioux Falls Washington and Tanner Heiser of Watertown.
The 2012 Team Champion was Sioux Falls Washington. A team champion has been determined the past 42 years of the state tennis tournament.
First round singles matches begin at 9:00 a.m. Thursdaywith Flights 1 & 2 at McKennan Park Courts, Flights 3 & 4 at Sioux Falls Washington Courts, and Flights 5 & 6 at Brandon Valley Middle School Courts. Doubles matches will start at 1:45 p.m. with Flights 1 & 2 at McKennan Park and Flight 3 at Sioux Falls Washington.
Matches continue at 9:00 a.m. on Friday at McKennan and Sioux Falls Washington, and at 10:15 a.m. at Brandon Valley Middle School. McKennan Park will be the only site on Saturday, with competition starting at 9:00 a.m.
BHS CHANGES…Brookings High School is changing the way students sign up for athletic, fine arts and other activities.
Activities director Randy Soma says students should pre-register during a special event July 31st and August first at the high school. 97621 :23 “in the fall”.
Soma says an early sign-up doesn’t lock a student into that activity. 97622 :12 “office, for paperwork”.
Soma says the pre-registration doesn’t eliminate the fall and winter activities parent meetings. 97623 :11 “things, as well”.
Students may find the necessary forms in advance on the school district web site, or they may be picked up at the school office.
TIBBETTS…Nate Tibbetts has joined the Portland Trail Blazers as an assistant coach.
The 35-year-old Tibbetts comes to the Blazers after serving for two seasons as an assistant with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Before that, he spent two seasons as head coach with the NBA Development League's Tulsa 66ers, the Oklahoma City Thunder affiliate.
He replaces Kaleb Canales, who recently left the Blazers to join the Dallas Mavericks.
KARIM SIGNS…The Houston Texans have signed free agent running back and kick returner Deji Karim. Jason Bernstein, Karim's agent, announced the signing Tuesday on Twitter.
The 5-foot-8 Karim tried out at the Texans' rookie minicamp last weekend. He was a sixth-round pick by Jacksonville in 2010 and rushed 98 times for 290 yards in two seasons there. He also returned kickoffs and punts for the Jaguars.
Karim was claimed off waivers by Indianapolis in April 2012. He returned nine kickoffs last season, including a 101-yarder against Houston in the regular-season finale.
BIG 12/SEC BB…Teams from the Southeastern Conference and Big 12 will meet in basketball next season.
The leagues announced the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Tuesday with matchups including Kansas at Florida and Kentucky vs. Baylor in Arlington, Texas.
All 10 Big 12 teams will participate. The SEC's Arkansas, Georgia, LSU and Tennessee aren't included the first year.
The 2013 matchups include: Texas Tech at Alabama (Nov. 14), Vanderbilt at Texas and Auburn-Iowa State on Dec. 2. Mississippi visits Kansas State, West Virginia travels to Missouri and TCU plays at Mississippi State on Dec. 5.
The next day, Kentucky and Baylor meet while South Carolina is at Oklahoma State.
The Kansas-Florida game is Dec. 10 while Texas A&M and Oklahoma play in Houston on Dec. 21.
CRP SPORTSMEN…Agricultural producers and/or landowners may now enroll eligible land into many different continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) practices.
There are more than 200,000 acres available in South Dakota for enrollment in the Pheasant SAFE, Western SD Grassland Wildlife SAFE, Duck Nesting Habitat Initiative, Flood Plain and Non-floodplain Wetland Restoration, Farmed Wetland Program, and James River Watershed Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP). Many of the continuous CRP practices have additional payment incentives to protect sensitive lands like wetlands and highly erodible lands.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency will also accept general CRP offers nationwide from May 30 to June 14. The general CRP provides annual financial compensation to establish and maintain conservation cover on cropland for 10 to 15 years with the goals of increasing water quality, reducing soil erosion, and providing wildlife habitat.
Pheasants Forever Farm Bill wildlife biologists will also host a series of informational meetings across the state. The biologists will answer questions about how CRP will work for landowners/agricultural producers. Meetings will be Thursday night at seven in Clark, May 21st in Watertown, and May 22nd at 7:00pm at the Volga Community Center.