THURSDAY, JUNE 6:
Baseball: Brookings Little League
Minor League Teams (5:30 games & practices)
Cubs vs. Twins
Yankees vs. Blue Jays
Cardinals, Mets, Dodgers, Red Sox practice
Major League Teams (7:00 games)
CF Promo vs. Superior Homes
Century 21 vs. First Bank & Trust
BraVo's vs. Pizza Ranch
Golf: First Dakota National Bank Junior Tour, Brookings Country Club
FRIDAY, JUNE 7:
Baseball: Clark @ Volga Legion, DH, 6:00pm
Brookings Jr. Legion Bullets @ Fargo Jim McLaughlin Junior Legion Tournament
-- vs. Fargo Jets (10:00am)
Yankton @ Brookings Bandits, DH, 3:00pm
Bombers Gray @ Watertown, 7:00pm
BANDITS BASEBALL…Aided by a Carter Roach two-run homerun, the Brookings Bandits defeat Renner Post 307 4-3. Wednesday night, in a matchup of regional rivals.
Post 74 plays its home opener Friday vs Yankton – first pitch of the doubleheader is at 3:00pm
BULLETS BASEBALL…The Brookings Bullets split-squad split with Brandon Valley Wednesday. Brookings fell 7-6 in game one but bounced back with a 13-3 win in five innings in game two.
CASTLEWOOD-AURORA…Castlewood got by Aurora in eight innings Wednesday night in amateur baseball action.
The Ravens scored nine runs in the eighth inning to break the game open, and scored their 14th run in the ninth.
Andy Turbak, Matt Stevenson, Dave Steenstra, Logan Lambrecht and Tyler Jorgenson each had multiple-hit games for Castlewood.
Curt Anderson allowed three runs on seven hits over six innings for the A’s. Mike Holen was tagged for seven runs over onet-third of an inning.
JUNIOR GOLF…Results of the First Dakota National Bank Junior Golf tour event at Bakker Crossing Wednesday:
16-18 Boys: Riley Duncanson, Brandon, 71
16-18 Girls: Meredith Turner, Sioux Falls, 79
14-15 Boys: Jacob Otta, Sioux Falls, 73
14-15 Girls: Sydney Weber, Parkston, 77
12-13 Boys: Jack Lundin, Sioux Falls, 78
12-13 Girls: Kate Wynja, Sioux Falls, 102
11-Under Boys: Austin Swenson, Brandon, 35
11-Under Girls: Lauryn Driscoll, Hartford, 54
NCAA TRACK…Iowa State senior Betsy Saina was pressed all the way by Wichita State's Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton but pushed at the end to win the women's 10,000 meters at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships Wednesday night.
Saina took the lead for good with about four laps to go and surged down the stretch to win in 33 minutes, 8.85 seconds. Tuliamuk-Bolton was second in 33:14.12.
Saina, a native of Kenya, wraps up a distinguished college career that also includes NCAA titles in the 2012 indoor 5,000 and the individual cross country title last November.
She ran the 10,000 this year at the Payton Jordan Cardinal invitational in 31:37.22, the third-best collegiate time ever run.
USF SOFTBALL…The University of Sioux Falls has named Kelsey Thompson its new head softball coach. She will replace Travis Lape, who resigned last month to pursue other professional opportunities.
Thompson, who spent the last three seasons as part of the Augustana College Vikings’ coaching staff, will begin her first stint as a head coach trying to improve on the Cougars’ 15-27 inaugural NSIC campaign. She inherits a team that lost six players to graduation and returns 18 student-athletes.
Thompson spent last season as an assistant with Augustana College under Gretta Melsted, where the Vikings went 32-17 overall (17-9, NSIC) and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth consecutive year. She was Melsted’s graduate assistant coach from 2010-12.
NSU VB…Northern State volleyball coach Brent Aldridge has a new top assistant coach in Emily Foster.
Foster spent the past two seasons as a graduate assistant at Mankato where she earned her master’s degree. She was a three-time Division III All-American setter at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, where she graduated in 2011.
Foster will replace Krista Johnson as the Wolves’ recruiting coordinator. Johnson become the head volleyball coach at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Xavier High School.
DWU COACH…Dakota Wesleyan University Athletic Director Curt Hart has received about 115 applicants for the school’s open men’s head basketball coaching position. Hart expects more applicants, but has already received several strong candidates.
The position opened last week when Shane Murphy, who was the team’s head coach for three years, resigned on May 27 to take a job selling medical supplies.
Hart would not disclose any names of the people who have applied, but said there are coaches from the Great Plains Athletic Conference, which is the league DWU competes in. He’s also received applications from coaches who are in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, an NCAA Division II league that holds South Dakota universities such as Northern State, Augustana and the University of Sioux Falls.
Officials tell the Mitchell Daily Republic they hope to fill the post by July first.
K-STATE BASEBALL…t's been a dream year for Kansas State sports.
After winning conference titles in football and basketball, the Wildcats have captured a Big 12 baseball title and advanced to the super-regionals against Oregon State this weekend.
With two more victories, they'll be playing in their first College World Series.
It goes beyond that, though: High jumper Erik Kynard has a chance to become just the third three-time national champion in his event this weekend, and construction is churning on a new tennis facility, rowing center and a $75 million renovation of the football stadium.
Athletic director John Currie explained the success this way: "You have to have a lot of things in place, the coaching and the athletes and support — and then you have to get lucky, too."
A Brookings native is part of the baseball success – Landon Busch pitches for the Wildcats, making 14 appearances this season as a freshman.
STANLEY CO. CHANGES…Stanley County added three coaches and lost another at Tuesday’s school board meeting.
Jeff Hegge was named the school’s athletic director. Hegge will also provide new leadership on the grid iron as he became the Buffaloes’ head football coach at the meeting.
The Buffaloes will have new head coaches in cross country and volleyball as well. Scott VanDenHemel will take over the cross country program, while Michelle Kolb will become the Lady Buffs’ newest volleyball coach.
Head boys’ basketball coach and assistant football and track and field coach Adam Spoehr resigned at Tuesday’s meeting. Spoehr had been the Buffaloes’ head coach for the previous two seasons.
BLIZZARD DRAFT…The Brookings Blizzard took a step to fill out their 2013-14 roster Tuesday by selecting 15 players in the North American Hockey League draft.
The team lost over half its seaon-ending roster due to age restrictions.
Head coach Cory Laylin says there was an emphasis on defense early. 97628 :30 “off the board”.
Laylin couldn’t pass on his first choice – forward Jared Goudreau of the Tampa Bay Juniors. 97629 :37 “fill his shoes”.
More players will be brought in before the season starts this fall. 97630 :27 “Grand Forks, Minnesota”.
Brookings Blizzard coach Cory Laylin.
GFP MEETING… The SD GFP Commission will hold its monthly meeting in Pierre on Thursday and Friday of this week.
The commission will be proposing the firearms antelope, early fall Canada goose, youth waterfowl and sage grouse hunting seasons, as well as a harvested wolf inspection requirement.
The commission will be finalizing East River, West River, Custer State Park, Black Hills, archery, muzzleloader, refuge and youth deer hunting seasons, as well as the fall turkey hunting season, bobcat trapping and hunting, August management take for Canada geese, and an archery accompaniment rule.
The meeting will begin at 1 pm CDT at the Capitol Lake Visitor's Center next to the State Capitol, which is located at 650 Capitol Ave. The public hearing portion of the meeting will begin at 2 pm.