THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24:
Football: Watertown @ Brookings (Live on KCountry 102 @ 6:30)
Dells St. Mary’s @ Lake Preston (Live on B93.7 @ 6:30)
Harrisburg @ Brandon Valley
Huron @ Mitchell
Aberdeen Central @ Pierre
Sioux Falls O’Gorman @ Rapid City Central
Parker @ Chester Area
Great Plains Lutheran @ Clark/Willow Lake
Oldham-Ramona/Rutland @ Colman-Egan
DeSmet/Iroquois @ Elkton-Lake Benton
Castlewood @ Estelline
Canton @ Flandreau
Freeman @ Howard
Sioux Falls Christian @ McCook Central/Montrose
West Central @ Tea Area
Sioux Valley @ Tiospa Zina
Dell Rapids @ Vermillion
SDSU GOLF… The Jackrabbit men's golf team wrapped up the 2013 fall season on Tuesday at the Bill Cullum Invitational, finishing in 18th place.
SDSU had a two day tournament total of 914, edging out Weber State by two strokes for 18th place out of the 20 team field.
Hudson Carpenter was the top golfer for the Jacks, tying for 50th place with a 54-hole score of 223. Grant Smith closed at 224, Lukas Davison 232, Ian Rinken 237 and Dylan Baker 241.
Long Beach State's Daniel Chian took home medalist honors with a 10-under 206 and CSU Fullerton took home top team honors, shooting a 15-under 849 to edge out San Diego by a stroke.
LUSIGNAN HONORED (AGAIN)… South Dakota State’s Trent Lusignan has been named The Summit League’s Athlete of the Week for his performance at the Pre-Nationals last weekend in Terre Haute, Ind. This is the third time this year Lusignan has been named Athlete of the Week.
Lusignan posted a final time of 23:49.65 at the meet to place 19th overall. He ran against runners from 11 nationally ranked teams. As a team, SDSU finished 29th out of 52.
His time of 23:49.65 now ranks as his new personal best; he broke his old mark of 24:47.8, which he set earlier this year at the Griak Invitational.
This is his fourth career Summit League Athlete of the Week award. Lusignan and Joel Reichow have combined for five Athlete of the Week awards this year.
SDSU SOCCER…South Dakota State visits Denver Friday in a game that may determine the Summit League regular season championship.
Both teams are unbeaten in league – the Jackrabbits have five, 1-0 victories – Denver’s outscored their opponents by 19 goals. 97626 :31 “women’s teams play”.
Wedemeyer says more athletic teams may have an edge on the Pioneers. 97627 :25 “than they are”.
Bottom line – Wedemeyer says Denver may be the best team he’s seen in his coaching tenure.
SDSU goes in a beat-up team – five starters are, or have been, sidelined with injuries.
SDSU VB…Two young teams battle Saturday night at Frost Arena – South Dakota State hosts North Dakota State in Summit League volleyball.
Both squads suffered key losses and tranfers – Jackrabbit head coach Phil McDaniel says it’s up to younger players to step up. 97628 :15 “for every point”.
The Bison won earlier this season in Fargo – since then, SDSU freshman Tiara Gibson’s played better. 97629 :27 “that she celebrates”.
Match time is 7:00pm at Frost Arena.
UNI FOOTBALL…Northern Iowa visits South Dakota State Saturday in the Jacks’ Hall of Fame, and Military Appreciation, game. You’ll hear it on the Ranch AM910, starting at 1:00.
While the Jacks look to bounce back from a tough loss at Missouri State, UNI has it’s own demons to conquer – three straight losses. Head coach Mark Farley says the Panthers have handled things well. 97621 :24 “effective on Saturday”.
Farley says the Panthers’ defense has slipped the last couple of weeks – the task is to get them back to where they were. 97622 :27 “do your job”.
Farley says field conditions will be a definite factor in the game.
GRUENHAGEN SIGNS… Dakota Wesleyan’s women’s basketball program has announced the signing of Grayson Gruenhagen for the 2014-15 season.
Gruenhagen, of De Smet, is the fourth signee for next season, and she averaged 10 points and seven rebounds per game as a junior. The Bulldogs finished runner-up at the Class B state tournament last season and finished with a 24-2 record.
HERMANSON…Montana's starting free safety has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal mischief for breaking a directional sign after a night of drinking.
Twenty-one year-old Matthew Brian Hermanson entered his plea in Justice Court on Monday and was fined $635.
Hermanson was arrested on Sept. 22 after a sheriff's deputy saw someone throw a large, white object onto the road. The sergeant found Hermanson, shirtless and bleeding, walking along the road.
Hermanson, a junior from Sioux Falls, S.D., was suspended from the football team for one game after his arrest.
Attorney Paul Ryan told Justice of the Peace John Odlin that Hermanson has written a letter of apology and replaced the damaged sign. He also settled an outstanding traffic ticket.
WEST RIVER WILDLIFE…The Game, Fish and Parks Department’s regional wildlife manager in Rapid City says he hasn’t heard reports of significant losses of deer or antelope because of a recent winter storm.
John Kanta says the large loss of livestock is unfortunate, and expects some loss of wildlife. 97623 :22 “could find food”.
Kanta says pheasants didn’t fare well in the blizzard. 97624 :20 “through the storm”.
Kanta says the wild animals’ instincts allowed them to better handle the storm. 97625 :25 “lot of loss”.
Kanta oversees wildlife matters in the western third of the state. He says, despite the losses, sportsmen shouldn’t alter their West River hunting plans.
TIPS PROGRAM… The Game, Fish and Parks Department reminds citizens the South Dakota Turn in Poachers (TIPs) program continues to be operational and callers who have knowledge of illegal hunting and fishing activity could be eligible for rewards.
The program provides an important avenue for citizens to report hunting and fishing law violations, and in the process, prevent the loss of wildlife that can result from illegal actions.
During the past year, the TIPs program reported 212 investigations initiated through citizen reports, leading to 103 arrests, $19,143 in fines and $7,300 in civil penalties.
Callers can remain anonymous, and are eligible for rewards in cases that lead to an arrest. Rewards may range up to $300 for big game and $100 for small game or fishing violations. Higher rewards may be offered in extreme cases. Last year $9,000 in rewards were paid. Individuals may call the TIPs at 1-888-OVERBAG (683-7224) to report violations.