LEGION ALL-STAR…The North won both ends of the S.D. American Legion baseball All-Star doubleheader Monday at Lake Norden.
After claiming an 11-7 victory in the opening game, the North snuck past the South 3-2 in the nightcap.
All of the scoring in the second game came during the late innings. Scoreless after five innings, the North struck for a pair of runs in the sixth and added what proved to be the difference in the seventh. The South rallied for two runs in the last half of the seventh, but could not overtake the North.
The North used five pitchers in the win, including Webster’s Brady Bury, who struck out four in two innings of work. Groton’s Jamie Jorgenson struck out the final batter to earn the save. Offensively, Bury had four of his team’s six hits, including three doubles.
Big innings were the theme of the first game, as the South roared out to a big lead with a seven-run third inning. The North trailed 7-2 before exploding for eight runs in the fifth inning.
Ten players had one hit each for the North, with Connor Farrar of Rapid City knocking in three runs. Zachary Toben of Clear Lake threw three innings to get the win, scattering three hits with a pair of strikeouts.
LITTLE LEAGUE…The Timberline All-Stars clinched a spot in the Midwest Regional semifinals with a convincing 10-3 win over Girard Little League of Kansas on Monday at Ferguson Field in Indianapolis.
With the win, Rapid City team, 2-2 in the tournament, will take on 4-0 Coon Rapids, Minn., Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Stokely Field in a game that will be televised live on ESPN2.
Lane Jensen reached base three times and scored each time with a pair of hits and one RBI. Payton Phares got the win for Timberline, allowing three runs over five innings. Phares struck out five, walked two and gave up eight hits. Tyson Elliott pitched one scoreless inning in relief.
SDSU FB CAMP…Ninety-four players began fall football camp Monday at South Dakota State.
Head coach John Stiegelmeier says day one started with player testing – he wasn’t pleased with the results. 97621 :16 “all the time”.
Stiegelmeier says the bulk of the first week will be spent on the playbook. 97622 :18 “opener against Butler”.
Stiegelmeier goes into fall camp searching for receivers who’ll make plays, and take pressure off the running game. 97623 :12 “make the play”.
SDSU football coach John Stiegelmeier.
INDIANA STATE FB…Former Nevada-Las Vegas coach Mike Sanford heads up the Indiana State program as the Sycamores open fall camp.
Sanford replaces Trent Miles, who has taken over the Georgia State program.
Sanford has the luxury of one of the top running backs in the Missouri Valley Conference in Shakir Bell. 97624 :29 “a competitive situation”.
Sanford says there were rumblings in the off-season Bell was leaving Indiana State. 97625 :30 “be with us”.
Indiana State football coach Mike Sanford.
NEW USHL FRANCHISE…The United States Hockey League announced Monday that it will add a franchise to play in Madison, Wis., starting in 2014-15.
Tom Garrity, chief executive officer of the Sioux Falls Stampede, will serve as part-owner and will help launch the new team as part of his Sports Management firm. Garrity said the new role will not affect his status with Sioux Falls.
The Madison franchise, which does not yet have a nickname, is set to play its home games at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center subject to final lease approval by the Dane County Board of Supervisors.
Brian Schoenborn, a longtime member of the Stampede ownership group, will also be involved with the Madison franchise.
The new Madison team marks the return of USHL hockey to the city after nearly twenty years. The city was first part of the League for 11 seasons (1984-95), competing first as the Madison Capitols (1984-91) and then as the Wisconsin Capitols (1991-95).
RMAC POLL…Defending champion Colorado State-Pueblo received six of the 10 first-place votes by the Rocky Mountain Athletic League’s coaches for 12 points, just ahead of Chadron State College, which received the other four first-place votes and 14 points.
The preseason voting basically went as the league finished last season, with New Mexico Highlands (28 points) in third place, followed by Adams State and Colorado School of Mines tied for fourth (36), Colorado Mesa in sixth (45), Western New Mexico in seventh (55) and Black Hills State in eighth with 66 points. Western State and Fort Lewis rounded out the voting.
IOWA DEPARTS…Iowa wide receiver Cameron Wilson and lineman Drew Clark have left the program.
Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz announced Monday that Wilson, a redshirt freshman, notified him last month that he intends to transfer. Clark, a seldom-used senior from nearby Marion, Iowa, will forego his final season to focus on his schoolwork.
Iowa opened fall practice on Monday. The Hawkeyes will hold an open scrimmage on Aug. 17 and host Northern Illinois in their season opener on Aug. 31.