U14 WOOD BAT…Brandon Valley defeated the Sioux Falls Red Sox 9-6 Sunday to win the U14 Majors baseball tournament title in Brookings.
Payton Livingston had three hits and drove in two runs to lead Brandon. Spencer Grage pitched the final two innings in relief of Livingston to get the win. Sam Prisbe had two of Sioux Falls’ six hits.
Watertown defeated Brookings 10-0 to take third place. Eddie Miller and Akren Prodoehl had the Bombers hits off starter Neil Busch. Three different Watertown players had three hits each – Trey Schmidt had three RBI.
The Bombers fell 3-1 to Brandon Valley. Jamison Meyer had three hits and Carter Krogman two. Brookings had the bases loaded late in the game, but could not score.
Brookings put up 19 first-inning runs en route to a 22-2 win over Sioux Falls Central. Prodoehl had four hits in the game, Meyer and Jace Larson each had three and four other players came up with two each. Meyer had five RBI and Larson four.
Jake Devine was the winning pitcher.
Brookings rallied in the bottom of the seventh to tie, then nipped Mitchell 8-7 in eight innings. Chris Lerdal and Ryan Argust each had two hits and two RBI, with Prodoehl chipping in two hits. Devin Coughlin pitched the first four innings, with Eddie Miller getting the win in reilef.
Brookings rallied from a 5-1 deficit to defeat the Sioux Falls Red Sox 7-5. Prodoehl had three hits and Miller two RBI to lead the offense. Lerdal went the distance on the mound for the win.
BANDITS SWEEP…Brookings swept a Legion baseball doubleheader from Sioux Falls Post 15 West Saturday at Harmodon Park, 10-7 and 14-6.
West scored once in the seventh to tie the opener but Brookings scored three in the eighth. Corey Roach tripled twice for Brookings. For West, Justin Kautz had a triple, single and three RBI, Seth Bjordal had two hits and Seth Peterson had a double.
In the nightcap, Brookings scored eight runs in the fifth. Kyle Krogman was 3-for-4 with two triples, while Trevor Puetz, Thomas McMacken and Cody Shepardson each had a single and triple for Brookings. For West, Kyle Schroeder was 2-for-4 with three RBI and Scott Simons had an RBI double.
VOLGA LEGION…The Volga and Castlewood American Legion baseball games scheduled for Friday night were postponed due to a scheduling conflict. The games will be played July 8th at 6pm.
AURORA-BRYANT…Aurora and Bryant split an Eastern Dakota League baseball doubleheader over the weekend.
Curt Anderson fired a two-hitter over five innings with three walks and seven strikeouts as the A’s won the opener 12-1. A seven-run, third inning rally sparked the win – Adam Mills, Nick Swisher, Mike Graybill, Ryen Zerfas and Aaron Held each drove in runs.
Bryant pushed across two runs in the seventh to win game two 5-4. Two Aurora errors contributed to the rally. Swisher homered for the A’s.
CLARK-LAKE NORDEN…The Clark Traders struck for four runs in the second and three in the eighth to defeat Lake Norden 11-4 in Eastern Dakota League baseball.
Cody Mahrzahn had three hits to lead the Trader offense, with Taylor Welk, Kye Winter, Ryan Ellingson and Bryce DesLauriers each getting two hits. Brady Welk was the winning pitcher, with Taylor Welk recording a save.
Tim Kuphal took the loss – he and Jordon Johnson each had two hits for Lake Norden.
Bryant visits Lake Norden Thursday at 7:00pm, followed by a fireworks show. Clark will play at Sisseton Friday night, then visit Bryant Sunday for a 2:00pm doubleheader.
STORM WIN…For the seventh time in nine years, the Sioux Falls Storm are indoor football champions.
Terrence Bryant, who came out of retirement, led the Storm to a 43-40 win over the Nebraska Danger in the title game. Bryant completed 16 of 24 passes for 182 yards and four touchdowns, while the Storm defense did just enough to survive Danger quarterback Jameel Sewell, the IFL’s MVP. Sewell threw for 180 yards and three touchdowns, while running for another 80 yards and two scores.
Nebraska chose to try a 45-yard field goal in hopes of sending the game to overtime, but missed the kick wide.
NDSU ASST COACH…Halie Sawyer has been named assistant women's basketball coach at North Dakota State University. NDSU head women's basketball coach, Carolyn DeHoff made the announcement Friday and said Sawyer will join the staff this week.
Sawyer was a former player at the University of Utah when DeHoff served as an assistant and associate head coach under Elaine Elliott. A of member of back-to-back Mountain West Conference regular season and tournament championship teams, Sawyer was named to the MWC all-Defensive team her senior year.
MINES WBB COACH…Spearfish native Ryan Larsen is one of three candidates to become the new women’s head basketball coach at the South Dakota School of Mines.
Also reported to be in the running is Jordan Bauer, the current women’s basketball assistant at Black Hills State.
The new coach replaces longtime School of Mines women’s basketball coach Barb Felderman, whose contract wasn’t renewed after 32 years at the helm.
RC TRIATHLON…Rapid City’s Tamara Gorman and Tony Smoragiewicz have proven to be among the top junior elite triathletes in not only the country, but the world.
Both won their divisions at the Pan-American Triathlon Championships in Vila Velha, Brazil. They were two of 11 members of the USA Triathlon Junior Elite National Team in the sprint distance triathlon, which consists of a 750-meter ocean swim, 20-kilometer bike and a 5-kilometer run.
With the win, Smoragiewicz has now qualified for the International Triathlon Union’s (ITU) World Championships in London on Sept. 14. Gorman had already qualified by placing third in last year’s World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand.
KAUFMAN WINS…Kim Kaufman of Clark earned her first professional victory Sunday, winning the Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass Golf Club in Harris, Michigan. Kaufman finished the tournament at 3-under-par, shooting 71-74-68 on the weekend. She birdied the last two holes on Sunday to force her way into a playoff with Mitsuki Katahira, then parred the first hole of the playoff to win.
The tournament was just Kaufman's third event playing on the Symetra Tour. She finished 10th and 15th, respectively, in her first two professional tournaments.
Kaufman, a recent Texas Tech graduate, won four SDGA titles in her amateur career, including the Women's Amateur Championship three times (2009, 2011, 2012) and the Mixed Team Championship once (2012).