THURSDAY, AUGUST 15:
Baseball: State B Amateur @ Sioux Falls
6:00pm: Akron vs. Winner-Colome
8:00pm: Dells PBR vs, Dimock-Emery
State A Amateur @ Sioux Falls
3:00pm: Rapid City Angels vs. Sioux Falls Saints
STATE AMATEUR…Wednesday results from the state B amateur baseball tournament in Sioux Falls:
Parkston Mudcats 5, Tabor 0 (PARK: Jeff Harris & Spencer Freudenthal 2hits each)
Canova 4, Crofton 2 (CAN: Trevor Oswald 3hits…Nick Koepsell and Garrett Gassman 2hits each)
BHS FB…South Dakota high school football teams are opening fall camp – including the Brookings Bobcats.
Head coach Lee Schmidt projects about 80 players in the high school program – he’d like more. 97630 :28 “increase our numbers”.
The Bobcats do return several skill position players on offense. 97631 :41 “of varsity football”.
Schmidt says he feels good about the defensive secondary. 97632 :39 “our stunt package”.
Schmidt says the Bobcats may be better on special teams, and may have better depth, than a year ago.
BHS VB…The Brookings volleyball team has some big holes to fill from a year ago.
Head coach Jodi Melius: 97633 :23 “they can do”.
Melius says there are natural replacements at some spots – others are question marks. 97634 :40 “girls we have”.
The Bobcats open camp Monday – the first match is on the 30th against Sioux Falls Roosevelt.
NORTH STAR VB…Jamestown College was tabbed as the favorite among the coaches in the North Star Athletic Association preseason volleyball poll. Presentation College was picked fifth in the newly formed conference.
Jamestown, which went 27-9 a year ago, earned all five first-place votes and finished with 25 points. Mayville State was second with 18, followed by Valley City State with 14, Dakota State with 13 and Presentation College with five.
Sarah Becker, a middle blocker from Jamestown, was selected as the conference Preseason Player of the Year. Others named to the preseason squad include Presentation’s Megan Goedert, a junior outside hitter from Britton, as well as Emily Plowman and Aurissa Martens of Valley City State, Kelci Viesselman and Stacy Schuller of Dakota State, Josette Glatt of Mayville State, and Kelsey Deragisch of Jamestown.
EA SPORTS…The Big Ten, Pac-12 and Southeastern Conference are following the NCAA's lead and will no longer allow EA Sports to use league logos in its college football video games.
The NCAA announced last month it will no longer allow Electronic Arts Inc. to use its logo starting next year. The move comes as the NCAA fights a high-profile lawsuit that says the governing body owes millions of dollars to former players for allowing their likenesses to be used for free.
ESPN first reported the SEC would end its licensing agreement with EA, and a spokesman confirmed that to the AP Wednesday. Spokesmen for the Big Ten and Pac-12 say their conferences also will not renew agreements with EA.
The conference contracts do not cover individual schools, which can sign their own licensing deals. That would allow EA to have games depicting top-level football programs, such as Alabama from the SEC, Ohio State from the Big Ten and Oregon from the Pac-12. The games would not be able to make any mention of their conferences.
LLWS…Sixteen teams gathered for the Little League World Series, some from thousands of miles away, but all feeling right at home.
"It's beyond exciting to be here, said Sammamish, Wash., assistant coach Matt Fitzgibbons. "We've kind of talked about it among the coaches and we were calling it the Augusta National of baseball. Everything is first class. The people are first class. The facilities are first class. It's exceeded our wildest expectations."
Newark, Del., pitcher Nate Hardcastle, 12, called it "probably the most exciting thing to happen to me so far in my life."
The 67th World Series begins in Thursday, when Panama will face Puerto Rico at 1 p.m.
Other games are Corpus Christi, Texas, vs. Sammamish, Wash., Australia vs. Mexico and South Nashville, Tenn., vs. Westport, Conn. The final is Aug. 25.