STATE LEGION…Rapid City Post 22 defeated Pierre 15-2 late Thursday night/early Friday morning in a seven-inning game that started 2½ hours late due to rain delays and a previous 10-inning contest. The contest ended at 12:30 a.m. Greg Schaefer hit a two-run inside-the-park home run in the fourth inning and knocked in three runs in the game.
Sioux Falls West out-lasted Watertown 15-14 in 10 innings.
Brandon’s Jacob Adams hit two booming home runs, a pair of doubles and a single for a perfect 5-for-5 afternoon at the plate as Brandon stormed to a 15-5 win over the Aberdeen Smittys – eliminating Aberdeen from the tourney.
Mitchell slowly erased an early 5-2 deficit then blew the game open with a nine-run seventh inning to eliminate Spearfish 15-8.
12:30pm: Watertown vs. Brandon Valley
5:00pm: Pierre vs. Mitchell
8:00pm: Sioux Falls West vs. Rapid City Post 22
BOMBERS BLACK…The Brookings Bombers Black will move into state tournament play Friday through Sunday in Mitchell.
Brookings will meet Pierre at noon, and Sioux Falls Post 307 Black at 7:30pm Friday – both games at Drake Field.
Saturday, Brookings plays Mitchell Black at 3:30 at Cadwell Park. Games for placing are Sunday, with the title game at 3:00pm.
BOMBERS MAROON, GRAY…The Brookings Bombers Maroon and Gray teams have their state tournament Friday through Sunday in Watertown. Games for placings are Sunday. Their pool matchups go like this:
Bombers Maroon: Bombers Gray:
Vs. Watertown White Sox, 8:00am Friday, Foundation vs. Mitchell White Sox, 4:00pm Friday, Foundation
Vs. Sioux Falls Post 307, 10:00am Friday, Foundation vs. Rapid City Pony, 6:00pm Friday, Foundation
Vs. Pierre Blue Sox, 2:00pm Saturday, Foundation vs. Sioux Falls Central, 8:00am Saturday, Stadium
AMATEUR BASEBALL…Two area amateur baseball teams are in post-season play this weekend.
Volga takes on Sisseton at 8pm Friday in Milbank, with the winner getting a state tournament berth. Volga manager Randy Santema talks about the matchup: 97624 :50 “on the defense”.
Aurora opens Class A play Saturday at noon against Redfield – the game is at Castlewood. A’s manager Terry Anderson says Redfield’s program has a lot of tradition. 97625 :50 “back in May”.
Brookings is in the south district of amateur baseball playoff action, paired with the Sioux Falls Brewers, Brandon and the Sioux Falls Squirrels.
WOLTERS SIGNS…The Milwaukee Bucks have signed second-round draft pick Nate Wolters. The team announced the signing Thursday. Terms were not disclosed.
The 6-foot-4 point guard played four years at South Dakota State, where he holds school records for scoring (2,353 points), assists (663) and free throws made (644).
Wolters scored a school-record 53 points and broke another mark with nine 3-pointers in a win over IPFW last February. He led the 14th-seeded Jackrabbits to their first NCAA tournament appearance in the 2011-12 season and another trip last year.
As a senior last season, Wolters averaged 22.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game. He became the first Summit League player to earn AP All-American honors when he was named to the third team.
SPECIAL GOOSE…South Dakotans can get an early start to fall hunting Saturday with a hunt designed to lower the population of Canada geese.
Resident Canada goose populations in many states have exploded over the past several years. South Dakota has been no exception, with a goose population that exceeds the level designated by state game managers. Estimates placed the Canada goose population at approximately 270,000 birds in 2012. The management goal is 80,000.
The hunt is for South Dakota residents only, and will run from Aug. 3-31 in the counties of Brookings, Brown, Clark, Codington, Day, Deuel, Hamlin, Hanson, Grant, Kingsbury, Lake, Lincoln, Marshall, McCook, Miner, Minnehaha, Moody, Pennington, Roberts, Spink, Union and Pennington County west of the Cheyenne River.
Resident hunters must have a 2013 small game or combination license, and the state migratory bird certification. The federal waterfowl stamp is not required for this August hunt.
The daily bag limit for Canada geese is 15 with no possession limit. Hunters will be able to avail themselves of an opportunity to donate geese to the South Dakota Sportsmen Against Hunter program. Designated meat processors will take the geese at no charge to the hunter.
NDSU FB…The two-time defending national champion North Dakota State football team is preparing to open its season.
Head coach Craig Bohl says his senior-laden roster has to understand last year was last year – and this is a new campaign.
He says attention to detail will be critical. 97626 :25 “it’s very difficult”.
Bohl says the Bison have to work hard and stay healthy to maintain a competitive edge. 97627 :18 “have this year”.
Bohl says they’re doing what they can to prevent complacency. 97628 :42 “guard against that”.
The Bison open the season at Kansas State – one of the first games that will be shown on the new Fox Sports 1 network.
BISON SOLD OUT… North Dakota State football is sold out for the second straight year.
School officials say single game tickets for six Bison home games were snatched up in less than two hours Thursday morning.
NDSU had previously sold 12,000-plus season tickets for the 2013 season. The Fargodome holds 18,700 fans.
Bison athletic director Gene Taylor says he expected demand to be at an all-time high this year for the two-time defending Football Championship Subdivision winners.
Taylor says additional reserved and standing room tickets may become available on the Friday of each game week.
The Bison have home games against Ferris State on Sept. 7, Delaware State on Sept. 21, Northern Iowa on Oct. 5, Missouri State on Oct. 12, Illinois State on Nov. 9 and South Dakota on Nov. 23.
GPAC POLL…After finishing last season in a fourth-place tie in the Great Plains Athletic Conference, the Dakota Wesleyan University football team was picked sixth in the preseason poll.
Morningside was picked first in the poll, racking up 80 points and eight first-place votes. Morningside won the league title last season and finished runner up in the NAIA national championship game. Northwestern received one first-place vote and had 72 points, while Doane followed in third with 61 points and one first-place vote. Nebraska Wesleyan University (52) was fourth and Hastings College (47) was fifth. DWU finished ahead of Concordia University (41), Midland (27), Briar Cliff (13) and Dordt (13).
NEW COACHES…University of Sioux Falls Athletic Director Kevin Hesser has named Brett Bennett and Ty Dannenbring as co-head coaches for the USF men’s and women’s golf teams. Bennett and Dannenbring will take over from Jenny Coluccio, who coached both the Cougar men’s and women’s golf squads for the past three seasons. Coluccio was recently hired as the assistant women’s golf coach at the University of Illinois.
Bennett comes to USF after spending time working at both Westward Ho Country Club and the Todd Kolb Golf Academy in Sioux Falls. Dannenbring played collegiately at Lenoir-Rhyne University (N.C.) and served as team captain his senior season.
Mount Marty College announced the hiring of Eric Nelson as assistant men’s basketball coach for the 2013-2014 season.
Nelson comes to Mount Marty from Westwood High School in Sloan, Iowa, where he spent the past three years as the head girl’s basketball coach and was a teacher at the middle school.
MEHLHAFF TO PITT…Aberdeen Central graduate Taylor Mehlhaff recently joined the coaching staff at the University of Pittsburgh as a specialists coach. Mehlhaff was most recently a special teams coach at the University of Tennessee, following a stint as the Volunteers' summer specialists camp director. Mehlhaff will serve under former Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst, who is now the head coach at Pittsburgh.
Former Wisconsin quarterback Brooks Bollinger is the Panthers' quarterbacks coach. Bollinger lived in Aberdeen when his dad, Rob, served as head football coach at Northern State for one season.
NCAA BB… The NCAA tournament selection committee will have more flexibility next year.
One change eliminates the prohibition of placing more than two teams from the same conference into a regional bracket unless nine or more teams from that conference were chosen. The new policy allows teams that met once during the season to play as early as the third round. Teams that play twice during the season could not meet until the regional semifinals, and teams that played three times cannot meet until the regional final.
NCAA ENFORCEMENT… NCAA's new enforcement rules are now in effect.
Legislation passed last fall imposes tougher penalties on rule-breakers and holds coaches more accountable for their actions and those of their staffs. Other notable changes include ending the two-tiered penalty structure in favor of four tiers, finding more consistency in handing down punishments and increasing the number of infractions committee members to speed up the hearing process. Among those added to the infractions committee are former coaches Lloyd Carr and Bobby Cremins.
NCAA President Emmert told The Associated Press that the NCAA has "upped the ante" on schools and coaches that are willing to use risk-reward analyses to determine whether to play by the rules.