SPORTS 8-14-13

Baseball:  State B Amateur Tournament @ Sioux Falls
    6:00pm:   Canova vs. Crofton
    8:00pm:   Tabor vs. Parkston Mudcats

STATE AMATEUR…Tuesday’s scores from the state B amateur baseball tournament in Sioux Falls.
Larchwood 11, Irene 0  (LAR:  Koury Kramer 3hits, 3RBI…Chase Vanderfeen 3hits, 2RBI)
Alexandria 7, Groton 0  (ALEX:  Tyson Gau 3hits…Cory Marek, Cole Wenande & Peyton Smith 2 hits each)

SPORTS NETWORK POLL…The Sports Network has released its pre-season FCS Top 25 football rankings:
   North Dakota State is first in the rankings, with South Dakota State sixth, Illinois State 13th and Northern Iowa 17th.
     Honorable mention picks include Youngstown State, Indiana State, Southern Illinois, Missouri State and Drake.

BCC WOMEN’S GOLF…Morgan Fitts shot a 68 to win the Brookings Country Club women’s golf title.  Deb Perry was second at 70, with Tammy Knudson at 75. 
   Marlenna Walker defeated Sharon Hofland to win the senior division championship.  Walker had a 63 net score, to win the first senior flight, with Janet Hill and Molly Jensen tied for second at 71.
   Judy Martin won the second senior flight at 69.  Lisa Rupp was at 70, and Patty Hacker at 73.
SIOUX FALLS SPORTS…The Sioux Falls School District will survey students this fall about their interest in various sports, a move officials say is not directly related to a complaint about equal opportunities for female athletes.
   The National Women's Law Center in 2012 filed complaints against 12 school districts nationwide, including Sioux Falls. Officials said they believe the districts violated Title IX, the federal law prohibiting gender discrimination in federally funded education programs.
   The Sioux Falls case remains open. At least four other schools districts have reached settlements with the federal Education Department's Office for Civil Rights, agreeing to survey students and consider adding more girls' sports or teams.
   Sioux Falls Assistant Superintendent Sue Simons says the complaint "raised the district's awareness about the issue."
   Surveys will be given to male and female students in grades 7-12 this fall Results will be used to determine which sports, if any, would be worth sanctioning. One possibility is soccer, which the South Dakota High School Activities Association recently began to sanction. Like most districts, Sioux Falls has declined to make boys or girls soccer a formal school activity, citing the cost of adding a sport.
   The 2010 complaint against Sioux Falls cited Office of Civil Rights data showing that in 2006 as much as 50 percent of the student population in Sioux Falls was female but only about 35 percent of the district's athletes were female.
   The district at the time said incomplete data were cited, and that all athletic opportunities, including club and intramural sports, should be considered for Title IX compliance — not just sanctioned sports.

PAULA TO MINES…Ketty (Cornemann) Paula has been named an assistant women’s basketball coach for South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.
   Paula joins the staff of new head coach Ryan Larsen, who spent the past several years as an assistant at the University of South Dakota.
   Before arriving at South Dakota Mines, Paula was a physical education and health teacher at Southwest Middle School in Rapid City for the past three years as well as the freshmen and varsity assistant girls basketball coach at Rapid City Stevens.
   Paula was a three-sport athlete for SDSU. She was a standout player for the SDSU women’s volleyball team and threw the discus and javelin on the SDSU women’s track and field team.

NAIA FB POLL…No teams from the Dakotas are in the NAIA football preseason poll, though Valley City State did receive some votes.
   National runner-up Morningside of Iowa begins the season as the top-ranked team; 2012 champion Marian of Indiana came in second despite receiving eight first-place votes to Morningside's four. Morningside had more total points in the coaches' poll.
Missouri Valley got the other first-place vote in the poll and came in third.
   Valley City State finished last season 7-3 and ranked No. 24 in the country. The Vikings got some votes in this year's preseason poll, but not enough to crack the Top 25.
   The first regular season poll will be announced Sept. 16.

DIV I VB POLL…Two of the state of Nebraska’s three Division I volleyball teams are in the American Volleyball Coaches Association preseason rankings. Nebraska is No. 10 and Creighton is No. 25.
   The Cornhuskers are one of seven Big Ten teams in the ratings. Nebraska is coming off a 26-7 season that ended in the NCAA regional finals. Morgan Broekhuis and Meghan Haggerty are top returning players.
   Creighton is in the preseason poll for the first time and is the only ranked Big East team. The Bluejays were 29-4 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament.
   No Summit League teams were listed – South Dakota State head coach Phil McDaniel says the conference race is wide open.  97626   :29   “to the table”.
   McDaniel says the conference tourney field’s been expanded.  97627   :14   “for five years”.
   SDSU volleyball coach Phil McDaniel.

DIV II VB POLL…Concordia-St. Paul, which has won sixth straight national championships, is ranked No. 1 in the AVCA Division II preseason coaches top 25 poll.
   Minnesota Duluth was ranked fourth, followed by Southwest Minnesota State sixth and Wayne State 20th. Minnesota State, Mankato and Winona State also received votes
   The 2013 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference volleyball season starts Friday, Sept. 6 with all 16 teams kicking off non-conference action.

GPAC VB POLL…Midland and Northwestern shared the top spot in the Great Plains Athletic Conference preseason volleyball poll.
   Both Midland and Northwestern had 86 points in the poll of GPAC volleyball coaches. Midland had five first-place votes, with Northwestern garnering four, and Doane and Hastings recording one each.
   Mount Marty ranked tenth in the 11-team poll, ahead of Dakota Wesleyan.

VOLGA BALL FUNDRAISER…The Volga Cormorants will be hosting a four-person golf scramble on September 14th at Meadow Creek in Volga. The tourney will be 18 holes – registration starts at nine, with play at 10am.
   Cost is $250 per team. Teams, or individuals, may register by calling Meadow Creek Golf Course (627-5444), Randy Santema (695-7235), or Paul Santema (695-4257). 
   Manager Randy Santema says funds raised will go to helping cover the costs of running the amateur baseball program.   97628   :20   “the amateur program”.
   Santema says any additional funds will go toward improvements at Hoff Field.  97629   :41   “other little things”.
   Volga Cormorants manager Randy Santema.

COYOTE RADIO…All regular season and postseason University of South Dakota football games will be carried live through the Coyote Radio Network, which includes eight stations throughout South Dakota and into Iowa.
   Award-winning play-by-play announcer Joe Van Goor returns as the voice of the Coyotes for the 2013 football season. He will be joined by long-time Vermillion High School coach Gary Culver, who will provide commentary.
   KVHT 106.3 FM in Yankton serves as the flagship station for the Coyotes. USD fans can also catch the games through affiliates in Belle Fourche, Mitchell, Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Watertown and Sioux City, Iowa.
   John Thayer will provide play-by-play of Coyote women’s basketball.

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