SPORTS 7-10-13

Baseball: Bombers Maroon @ Watertown (4:00, DH)
Aberdeen @ Bombers Black (4:00, DH)
Brookings Bandits @ Huron (5:00, DH)

BANDITS…Brookings dropped a 5-4 American Legion baseball decision to Brandon Tuesday night in Brandon.
   The Bandits had a chance to tie the game, but couldn’t score in the top of the ninth.  Brookings plays at 5:00pm doubleheader
Wednesday in Huron – head coach Rob Hirrschoff says, pre-season, Huron was his pick to be top-seed in the region.  97621  
:36   “where we’re at”.
   Brookings Bandits coach Rob Hirrschoff.

VOLGA LEGION…Volga Post 114 (9-7) defeated Kingsbury County 11-0 in seven innings Tuesday night. Volga scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth and held Kingsbury scoreless in the seventh to invoke the 10 run rule.
   Austin Chase pitched the seven inning shut out to earn the win for Post 114. Chase struck out ten batters and allowed only three hits. Chase also had three hits, finishing just a home run shy of the cycle. Jake Larsen and Jon Wilson each added a double for Volga. Tyler Tofte had two singles.
   Brant Gilbertson took the loss allowing six runs over the first five innings. Jon Hasche pitched one inning allowing five runs.    Austin Gilbertson, Tanner Geiman, and Jon Hasche each had singles for Kingsbury County.
   Volga travels to Clark on Friday, first pitch is slated for 7pm.

SDHSAA BOARD…The South Dakota High School Athletics Association has filled two positions on its board of directors.
   The Division II position is being filled by Dan Whalen of Pierre. He is the activities director at Pierre T.F. Riggs High School. The division is for schools with an average daily membership from 193 through 683.
   The large school group board of education position will be filled by Mike Miller, a member of the Aberdeen Central School District Board of Education. The division is for schools with an average daily membership from 477 through 1,580.
Both are five-year terms.
   The association tabulated ballots from two runoff elections. All SDHSAA member schools were entitled to vote.

BEREAVED THIELBAR…Minnesota Twins left-handed reliever Caleb Thielbar will go on the bereavement list Thursday following the death of his grandmother.
   The team announced the news before Tuesday night's game against Tampa Bay.
   Thielbar will rejoin the team this weekend and be eligible to pitch on Sunday against the New York Yankees.  Right-hander Michael Tonkin will be recalled from Triple-A Rochester to take Thielbar's roster spot.

GOOD NIGHT NURSE…The Toronto Raptors have added former South Dakota assistant Nick Nurse to Dwane Casey’s coaching staff. Nurse joins the Raptors from the NBA D-League’s Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
   Nurse, 45, coached the Valley Vipers to a 59-41 mark the past two seasons and the 2012-13 NBA D-League championship. Prior to taking the reins in Rio Grande, Nurse coached the Iowa Energy to an overall regular season mark of 124-76 (.620) and the 2010-11 NBA Development League championship. For his accomplishments, Nurse was named the 2010-11 recipient of the Dennis Johnson Coach of the Year award.
   A three-time NBA Development League All-Star head coach, Nurse led the Energy to back-to-back 37-13 finishes in 2009-10 and 2010-11, setting and then tying the league record for wins in a single season. Nurse led the Energy to two Eastern Conference championships and one Central Division championship.
   A graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Nurse began his coaching career at the age of 23 when he became the head coach of Grand View College, making him the youngest college basketball coach in the United States.

COLLINS WINS…In a birdie-filled Dakota Dunes Open presented by SaskTel, Rapid City native Wil Collins prevailed for his first PGA Tour Canada victory after going on a big run in Sunday’s fourth round.  Collins shot 6-under-par 66 to win the event by a shot with a 21-under 267 total.
   He began the day four shots off the lead in a tie for third and was 1-over for the round through six holes.  Collins then rattled off five consecutive birdies to get in contention at 19-under through 11.

TENNIS HOF…Two players who made their mark in tennis playing out of Sioux Falls, Pat Rost and Anne Craney Olson, will be inducted into the South Dakota Tennis Hall of Fame on July 28.
   Craney, a 1966 O’Gorman graduate who now lives in Bloomington, Minn., made her mark before high school tennis was offered to girls as a team sport. She enjoyed much success as a junior in Northwestern Tennis Association play, earning a No. 2 ranking in her age group for many years. While in high school she played in two U.S. Tennis Association national tournaments.
Craney won the women’s singles title in 1968 at the South Dakota Closed plus four doubles titles between 1966 and 1975. With Hall of Famer Lu Holwerda as her partner, Craney won three doubles championships at the South Dakota Open in the 1970s.
   Rost, who lives in San Diego, was one of the top junior players ever to come out of South Dakota. Not only was he a two-time state high school champion for O’Gorman (1978, 1980), he qualified for national tournaments all over the country, in addition to playing in international events such as the Easter Bowl, Fiesta Bowl and Orange Bowl junior tourneys.
   The South Dakota Tennis Achievement Award goes to Reid Hans of Sioux Falls for contributions to grow the game of tennis over a 25-year span. Hans’ venture into tennis included serving as tennis coach at St. Cloud State to serving on the Board of Directors of the Northwestern Tennis Association to owning/managing tennis clubs.
   The induction ceremony begins at noon at McKennan Park and is preceded with a 10:30 a.m. brunch/reception hosted by longtime sponsor Dave Thompson and Spezia Restaurant.

SUH…One of the guys preparing to be a leader for the Detroit Lions this season is defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh.  The former Nebraska Cornhusker has had his moments with questionable plays, penalties and fines.
   What about his character?  97622   :22   “who they are”.
   And his leadership style?  97623   :11   “want to be”.
   Suh says the team’s goal is the post-season.  97624   :19   “whole other level”.
   Detroit defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. 

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