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
BHS FB… Watertown moves into Coughlin-Alumni Stadium Thursday night for the final ESD Conference, and regular-season, football matchup with the Bobcats. Live coverage on KCountry 102 starts at 6:30.
Watertown handled Mitchell by 20 points last Friday – the Bobcats had a bye. Brookings rallied in the final two minutes to defeat Mitchell – that in the Bobcats’ last outing.
Brookings head coach Lee Schmidt says Shay Bratland was Watertown’s key to start the season. Other players have stepped up since. 97631 :17 “and make catches”.
The Bobcats had a good defensive showing throughout, and a good second-half offensively at Mitchell. Schmidt hopes the Bobcats continue with it. 97632 :23 “into a game”.
Schmidt says the Bobcats aren’t concerned about playoffs – just with their own play.
BHS XC…The state AA cross country meet takes place Saturday at a different venue in Rapid City – Robbinsdale Park. The event was originally scheduled for the Elks Golf Course.
Brookings coach Chris Gruenhagen says some coaches don’t mind the switch – others are concerned about it. 97633 :23 “a little upset”.
Addison DeHaven and Justice Lamer figure to be strong upfront for the Bobcats – but they should expect competition. 97634 :19 “Justice can do”.
World triathlon champion Tamara Gorman of Rapid City Stevens will get pushed in the girls’ event. A couple of ESD teams could contend for the team championship. 97635 :18 “come up with”.
Saturday’s forecast in Rapid City call for temperatures into the 60’s, and little wind.
STATE B XC…The Elkton boys are top-ranked going into Saturday’s state B cross country meet in Rapid City. But head coach Ervin Gebhart says several teams could challenge. 97636 :42 “come to mind”.
He says Jase Kraft of Wessington Springs is the favorite for the individual title.
Gebhart says Ipswich is the favorite to win the girls’ title – and could dominate the individual standings. Elkton’s Heidi Stoltenburg is coming off an injury and could finish top ten – along with some other area runners. 97637 :19 “lock right now”.
Ipswich and Parker are the defending team champions. Genevieve Clark of Gayville-Volin returns to defend her title. Last year’s boys’ winner – Duane Jongeling of Parker – is now at South Dakota State.
STATE A XC…The state A cross country meet is Saturday in Rapid City. And there could be a logjam atop the girls standings the likes of which haven’t happened for awhile.
Deubrook coach Don Ray says the top teams in Region 2 – Garretson, West Central, Madison and others, could do well in the girls’ standings. He says a dozen girls, or more, could be legitimate contenders for individual honors. 97638 :25 “got a chance”.
Madison’s the defending boys’ champion, but Ray says the Bulldogs have had some injuries, and could get a challenge. 97639 :22 “defend their title”.
Eric Yager of Hot Springs is back to defend his championship – Ray says he hasn’t seen a lot of Yager’s results this season.
NSIC BB POLLS…Minnesota State was the unanimous choice in the 2013-14 NSIC Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches' overall and south division poll. The defending NSIC Overall, South Division and NSIC/Sanford Health Tournament Champions received 225 points and all 15 first place votes (coaches cannot vote for own team). St. Cloud State, the coaches choice in the north, and Winona State tied for second in the poll with 191 points. Augustana was fourth with 181 and a first place vote. Southwest Minnesota State was fifth with 174 points.
For the women, Concordia-St. Paul was selected as the Preseason Coaches' favorite in the overall and in the NSIC South Division poll. They received 217 points and 10 first place votes. Minnesota State was a close second with 214 points and five first place votes. Wayne State was third with 176 points while last year's NSIC/Sanford Health Women's Basketball Tournament Champions of Augustana College came in fourth. The Vikings received one first place vote. St. Cloud State was fifth overall and the coaches' choice in the north division.
GOLF COURSES-WEATHER… A record-breaking early October snowstorm that hit western South Dakota's Black Hills has added to the weather woes of golf in the region this year
Courses suffered losses early in the season due to an April blizzard and then they got hit by the fall blizzard that dumped up to 4 feet of snow in the region. The municipal Meadowbrook Golf Course in Rapid City has seen about 10,000 fewer rounds of golf played this year because of the bad weather.
The blizzard has forced some other courses to close early for the year, largely because of damaged trees that are deemed unsafe.
FEMALE REFEREES…Four female officials will work a football game between Division II Miles and Lane.
The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference bills Thursday night's game as the first time a mostly female officiating crew has worked any NCAA game. The league says the NFL 's director of football officials David Coleman and director of recruiting Ron Baynes will attend the game to evaluate the officials' performance.
The SIAC's coordinator of officials, Harold Mitchell, says history aside, "It's also very important for everyone to understand that the selected crew are all outstanding officials, and not just females."
The crew includes Yvonda Lewis, Tangela Mitchell, Sabrina Brunson and Krystle Apellaniz.
All four, who will work with former NFL player umpire Terry Killens, have risen through the NFL Officiating Development Program.