SPORTS 8-7-13

Baseball:  State Amateur Tournament @ Sioux Falls
    6:00pm:  Wessington Springs vs. Wynot
    8:00pm:  Akron vs. Plankinton

VOLGA AMATEUR…The Volga Cormorants take on the Canova Gang Saturday evening to open the state B amateur baseball tournament in Sioux Falls – game time is 5:30pm.
   Volga placed fourth in the District 1B tourney to advance – manager Randy Santema says his team had some defensive lapses, but pitched well and found enough runs to win.
   He says Canova is a veteran team.  97626   :31   “to beat em”.
   Santema says Volga’s sitting in the loaded side of the bracket, with top-ranked Alexandria and defending champion Parkston Mudcats. .  97627   :27   “going home early”.
   The winner will face the Lake Norden-Crofton winner in the second round.

SPORTSFEST…Brookings-area sportsmen and outdoor groups are coming together to host Sportsfest Saturday afternoon at the Brookings Gun Club.
   Committee member Rob Brandenberger says youth under 18 can learn about hunting dogs, tomahawk throwing, 4-H shooting sports, black powder shooting and more.  He says youth can learn how to enjoy the outdoors safely, and properly.  97628   :35   “is show up”.
   There will be different demostrations, and hands-on activities, throughout the afternoon. 

BISON POLL…The back-to-back Football Championship Subdivision winner is picked by coaches as the No. 1 team in a preseason poll.
   North Dakota State received 23 of 26 first-place votes in the poll, which is based on a voting panel of FCS coaches.
The Bison return 18 starters from a team that went 14-1 and rolled over Sam Houston State in the championship game at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Texas, in January.
   Montana State was picked No. 2, followed by Eastern Washington, Sam Houston and Wofford. Other first place votes went to Montana State, Sam Houston and No. 19 Eastern Kentucky.
   Other Missouri Valley Football Conference teams ranked are South Dakota State at No. 7, Illinois State at No. 10, Northern Iowa at No. 16, and Youngstown State at No. 24.

NSIC POLL…Northern State was picked to finish third in the North Division and eighth overall in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference according to the football preseason coaches’ poll.
   The Wolves garnered a total of 36 points in the division and 128 overall. Minnesota-Duluth was picked to finish first in the North with a total of 48 points. The Bulldogs received six first-place votes in the division. St. Cloud State picked up the other two first-place ballots and had 42 points.
   2012 NSIC Champion and National Semifinalist, Minnesota State, Mankato was selected by the league’s coaches as the overall and South Division favorite. The Mavericks received 13 total first-place votes and amassed 223 points total, which was 16 more than Duluth.
   St. Cloud State’s Phillip Klaphake was named the North Division Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, while teammate Jack Moro was named the North Division Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. Carrington Hanna of the University of Sioux Falls was tabbed as the South Division Preseason Offensive Player of the Year. Concordia-St. Paul’s Zach Moore was picked as the South Division Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.

NEB BACK…Even though Ameer Abdullah is Nebraska's undisputed No. 1 running back, he's approaching the football season as if he is competing for the job.
   Abdullah was one of the Big Ten's biggest surprises last season, running for more than 1,100 yards filling in for the injured Rex Burkhead. Now a junior, he says he's just as hungry as he was his freshman year.
Abdullah attracted little fanfare when he signed with Nebraska in 2011. Of the three running backs in that year's recruiting class, he's the only one who remains at Nebraska.
   Big Ten coaches named Abdullah to their all-conference second team last season. The 5-foot-9, 190-pounder had six 100-yard games, finished with 1,137 yards and eight touchdowns and caught 24 passes for 178 yards and two more scores.

FB DEFENSE AWARD…The top small college defensive player of the year will be honored with the Cliff Harris Award.
   The Little Rock Touchdown Club was announced the new award Tuesday for players in the FCS, Division II, III and the NAIA.
Harris played at Des Arc High School and Ouachita Baptist University. The free safety was passed over in the 1970 draft but signed as a free agent with the Dallas Cowboys and played in five Super Bowls.
   Harris said players from small schools deserve more recognition and that he was happy to have his name on the award.
The Little Rock Touchdown Club also sponsors the Frank Broyles Award for major-college assistant coaches.

NORTHERN HOF…The Northern State Athletics Hall of Fame will induct five new members on Oct. 4 at the Dakota Event Center.
   Included in the group will be former men’s basketball coach Don Meyer, who will be honored with the Kretchman Coaching Award. Meyer retired at the end of the 2009-10 season as the winningest coach in NCAA men’s basketball history with 923 career wins. Meyer is presently a Regents Distinguished Professor at NSU and serves as an assistant to President James Smith.
   The other inductees include Ryan Miller, Frank Birch, Jami Jo (Fiechtner) Peterson and Shari (Carney) Kvistero.
   Miller, currently an assistant at Auburn University, ranks 10th on Northern State’s all-time men’s basketball scoring list and was a Division II All-American. Birch was a four-time all-conference selection in football and was a national wrestling qualifier in 1995.
   Peterson was a nine-time All-NSIC selection in cross country and track and field. She also led the Wolves to two Midwest Region championships and a berth in the national championships field during her time at NSU. Kvistero, who scored over 1,000 career points, was a member of NSU’s NAIA national championship team in 1994. She also helped NSU to a 45-game win streak, including 32 straight to end the 1993-94 season.

PRESENTATION MASCOT…The Presentation College Saints have a new mascot — a 10-week-old St. Bernard.
   College President Margaret Huber says officials at the Aberdeen school have been talking about the move for more than a year. She says it's an opportunity to create a new symbol for the college.
   Administrators say the St. Bernard breed is known for being people-oriented, strong and friendly, and will symbolize qualities of the college.
   The mascot will appear at athletic events, parades, student orientations and special events. The college is holding a contest to name the female dog.

SDSU GOLF AWARD…The Golf Coaches Association of America recently announced the 2013 All-Academic Team and the South Dakota State men’s golf team is on the list for the fifth straight year.
   The award, presented by Farmers Insurance, requires a team to have a combined overall GPA of 3.00 or higher. The Jackrabbits were the only Summit League member to be honored by the GCAA.

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