THURSDAY, AUGUST 29:
Football: Illinois State @ Ball State
Indiana State @ Indiana
Northwestern State, LA @ Missouri State
Hampton @ Western Illinois
Dayton @ Youngstown State
Softball: Watertown @ Brookings, 6:00pm, Southside Park
Golf: Sioux Valley, Dell Rapids, Madison @ Sioux Falls Christian Invitational, 7:30am
SPORTS HEAT…Torrid late-summer temperatures pushing the century-mark has high school administrators, coaches and athletes feeling the heat in more ways than one.
The Rapid City Journal reports Stevens, Central and St. Thomas More sent students home early Tuesday because of temperatures soaring to the mid- to upper 90s for a second straight day.
Just like a school day cut short because of a blizzard, the early out also meant the cancellation of all extracurricular activities, including sports practices, for Stevens and Central.
The forecast calls for baking temperatures to continue through at least Friday - and could jeopardize a heavy weekend slate of football, cross country, girls softball and tennis, boys golf and boys and girls soccer, including the Rapid City Invitational girls tennis tournament set for Friday and Saturday at the Sioux Park and Parkview complexes.
Friday’s season-opening football game between Central and Sioux Falls Lincoln at O’Harra Stadium is also in jeopardy.
SDHSAA assistant executive director John Krogstrand reminded school athletic directors and coaches in an email that they have the option of postponing or rescheduling games, especially outdoor football contests.
He also sent an email to referees, reminding them they are not immune to heat illnesses and should remain hydrated during games.
MOSS CUT…Former South Dakota State wide receiver Dale Moss was one of the cuts made by the Carolina Panthers, as NFL teams reduced rosters to a maximum of 75 players.
Some notable players were among the cuts: tight end Visanthe Shiancoe was cut by the Ravens, quarterback Ricky Stanzi was dropped by Kansas City, the New York Jets cut kicker Billy Cundiff and wide receiver Braylon Edwards, the Raiders cut return man Josh Cribbs, and the Redskins dumped wideout Donte’ Stallworth.
BHS VB…The Brookings volleyball team hosts the pre-season favorite in District 1AA volleyball – Sioux Falls Roosevelt – Friday night in the season opener.
Head coach Jodi Melius currently has a dozen players on the varsity roster and plans to use them all in an effort to replace five graduated seniors. 97625 :18 “kids are responding”.
Melius says players are getting accustomed to working together, and playing at a higher tempo. 97626 :20 “it pays off”.
Brookings has about 40 players out – they’ll field two freshman teams, plus sophomore and J-V teams.
MITCHELL VB…The Mitchell volleyball team, coming off a seventh place finish at last year’s state tourney, will bring back a great corps this season and try to better their place in the state.
Head coach Deb Thill enters her 24th season as the Kernel coach – she’s excited about all levels of her program. 97637 :13
“for our program”.
The key to being a good team versus a great team is the amount of off season work. 97638 :18 “a great team”.
The best hitter in the state might be Mitchell 6’5 senior Taylin Alm. 97639 :18 “that way, too”.
The Kernels open their season on the road at Sturgis and Spearfish Friday night and Saturday afternoon.
SDSU VB…The South Dakota State volleyball team opens its season Friday at the University of North Dakota.
The Jackrabbits held their scrimmage Saturday – starting each game at the 15-point mark and playing to 25. Head coach Phil McDaniel says he shortened the games due to heat, and to see how his young team could finish games under pressure.
SDSU meets Iowa State in match number one: 97635 :37 “on them early”.
The Jackrabbits also meet Texas A&M Friday – McDaniel says the teams are in the same boat: 97636 :25 “against Texas A&M”.
SDSU will then meet host North Dakota Saturday.
SDSU SOCCER…The South Dakota State soccer team may benefit most from this week’s heat – they have to play matches Friday and Sunday at the Texas-San Antonio tournament.
The Jacks lost a 2-1 decision Friday to Iowa State, and dropped a 2-1 overtime game Sunday against Loyola. Head coach Lang Wedemeyer says the weekend was an eye-opener for the freshmen. 97627 :27 “deal with that”.
The Jacks start out Friday against Lamar in near-100 degree weather. 97628 :17 “through this weekend”.
SDSU willl play Sam Houston State Sunday morning.
PIERRE FB…This week’s heat has forced some football coaches to alter their practice schedules, as they prepare teams for season openers. Pierre head coach Jayson Poppinga says the Governors are continuing after school practices. He says it makes players focus more – and says he’d rather practice in heat than cold. 97624 :31 “helped us out”.
Pierrs plays Saturday night in Watertown against the Arrows.
HURON FB…The Huron football team is hoping to build on last year's 2-7 record as they open their season, hosting Brookings Saturday night.
Head coach Mike Postma says the offensive and defensive lines are the most experienced units. 97632 :26 “good things”.
The state allowed teams playing on opening weekend three extra days of practice, and Postma took full advantage of the change. 97633 :18 “extra days”.
The extra practice also helps develop younger players, and Postma says team depth is a never ending battle. 97634 :38 “always working on”.
You’ll hear the Brookings-Huron game on Kcountry 102 starting at 7:30pm – kickoff has been pushed back to 8:00pm due to heat.
USD FB…Cal-Davis visits South Dakota Saturday in the Coyotes’ football opener. No games in the books – yet head coach Joe Glenn has injury problems. 97621 :28 “countin’ on him”.
What about USD’s offensive line? 97622 :32 “a year ago”.
Glenn talks about the Coyotes’ running back situation: 97623 :20 “at running back”
USD picked to finish tenth in the Missouri Valley Football Conference race.
PIERRE SWIMMER ABROAD…Pierre swimmer Megan Hanson posted an impressive win in a competition in Germany on Saturday.
Hanson will be studying in Luckau, Germany, for the next year as a Youth for Understanding scholar. She represented her town, Luckau, in a benefit swimming event which included 1,000 entrants from six towns. The goal was to swim the longest distance in a given time period.
Megan swam 8,100 meters, placing first. She was coached and mentored by Kent Huckins, Paula Weeldreyer and Laura Haberman for the Pierre Swim Team from age 5 until the South Dakota State swim meet the week before she left for Germany.
SDSU FB CLINIC…South Dakota State players and coaches will conduct a free youth football clinic prior to the Saturday, Sept. 14 football game against Southeastern Louisiana.
The clinic is scheduled to run from 1:30-3 p.m. on the practice fields east of Coughlin-Alumni Stadium, and is open to children in kindergarten through eighth grade. Pre-registration will be accepted online through noon on Friday, Sept. 13, with on-site registration starting at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. A parent or legal guardian must accompany the clinic participant to the on-site registration.
All clinic participants will receive a free ticket to the South Dakota State-Southern Louisiana game. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.
Online registration can be found at GoJacks.com.
NO MILBANK XC…The 2013 Milbank Cross Country Invitational scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 5 has been cancelled.