College FB: South Dakota State @ South Dakota (Live on Ranch AM910 @ Noon)
Football: State High School Championships @ DakotaDome, Vermillion
11AAA: Sioux Falls Roosevelt vs. Sioux Falls Lincoln
Volleyball: South Dakota State @ IUPUI
Wrestling: South Dakota State @ Cyclone Open, Ames, IA
Hockey: Brookings Blizzard @ Austin Bruins, 7:15pm (Live on the Hawk 107.1 @ 7:10)
SDSU MBB…Kareem Jamar scored 23 points and had a game-high 12 rebounds Thursday night and Montana beat South Dakota State 77-69.
Montana (3-0) snapped South Dakota State's 30-game home winning streak.
Jamar scored 14 of his points, including three 3-pointers, in the second half. Montana took a 33-32 lead with 16:27 to play and did not trail the rest of the game. Three other players scored in double-figures for the Grizzlies, the first time someone other than Jamar has done so this season.
South Dakota State (0-3) led by as much as nine points in the first half, and had 25-24 halftime lead. But the Jackrabbits shot just 29 percent from the floor in the second half. Jordan Dykstra led with 20 points while Cody Larson grabbed 11 boards.
With the win, the Grizzlies avenged last season's 68-67 double-overtime loss to the Jackrabbits in Missoula last season.
CLASS 11A FB…Running back Jace Hanisch threw two touchdown passes to Cody Bussell, including the game winner with 19 seconds left, as West Central beat Madison 28-21 for the state 11A championship.
On third-and-15 and the game tied at 21, Hanisch took a pitch and ran to his left before hitting Bussell for 39 yards to give the Trojans their 12th state title Thursday.
The combination also connected on a 20-yarder as the Trojans (10-2) came back from a 21-7 deficit.
Bussell ran for 63 of West Central's 251 yards. Cole Tirrel led the Spartans with 90 yards and TD runs of 25 and 15 yards.
Madison's Jacob Giles threw for 234 yards and a touchdown. He also scored on a 16-yard run. Rush Milne ran for 58 yards for Madison (11-1) and scored on a 63-yard pass. Preston Nordling caught seven passes for 115 yards.
CLASS 9AA FB…Wade Miller ran for 107 yards and three touchdowns to lead Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan to a 36-6 win over Arlington Thursday in the state 9AA championship game.
Jordan Grosdidier led the Seahawks (11-1) in rushing with 122 yards and a touchdown. Blake Bartscher completed all three passes for 64 yards and a TD.
Bridgewater had a 347-291 edge in total yardage. But Arlington was hurt by three interceptions, one that led to a Bridgewater TD and another in the end zone after driving 85 yards.
Andrew King was 8-for-16 passing for 120 yards for Arlington (10-2). He also ran for a team-high 82 yards and a touchdown.
It was the third state title in four years for the Seahawks, whose schools have won seven titles between them. BEE won titles in 2010 and 2011.
Its scores included an 11-play, 99-yard drive that ate up 6:33 of the clock.
CLASS 9A FB…Chayce Hall passed for a record 466 yards and eight touchdowns to lead Potter County to a 60-22 win over Leola-Frederick in the South Dakota 9A championship game on Thursday.
Hall set the all-class record for passing yards in a title game while leading the Battlers (11-1) to their first state championship. His eight TD passes tied the state 9-man record. Hall completed 16 of 20 passes and added a title-game record 30-yard field goal. He also led Potter County in rushing with 51 yards.
Tanner Heuer caught five passes for a game-record 214 yards and three touchdowns, including a 65-yard score on the game's first play.
Michael Rausch also caught three TD passes.
Leola-Frederick (11-1) beat the Battlers 12-7 during the regular season.
REGIONAL VB…Four class "AA" volleyball matches were played Thursday night:
Watertown def. Brandon Valley, 25-20, 22-25, 16-25, 25-23, 15-10
Huron def. Spearfish, 25-15, 25-14, 25-19
Rapid City Central def. Pierre, 25-20, 29-31, 25-22, 17-25, 15-12
STATE "AA" VB PAIRINGS…The first round pairings for the state "AA" volleyball tournament are set. Matches begin Thursday in Mitchell.
Noon: #1 Sioux Falls O’Gorman (20-1) vs. #8 Rapid City Central (12-15)
1:45pm: #4 Sioux Falls Washington (18-6) vs. #5 Aberdeen Central (18-4)
6:00pm: #3 Huron (18-4) vs. #6 Rapid City Stevens (20-11)
7:45pm: #2 Sioux Falls Roosevelt (25-8) vs. #7 Watertown (13-10)
SDSU FB…The Showdown Series resumes Saturday when South Dakota State visits South Dakota in Missouri Valley Conference football – air time on the Ranch AM910 is at noon, with a 1:00pm kickoff.
South Dakota State wants a win to keep its FCS playoff hopes alive – the Coyotes are looking to be a spoiler.
Jacks head coach John Stiegelmeier says the defense has to contain USD’s running game. 97625 :14 "get after ‘em".
Stiegelmeier says the SDSU offense has to be patient. 97626 :20 "type of deal".
SDSU football coach John Stiegelmeier.
HOCKEY FUNDRAISER…A fundraiser will be held Saturday night in Volga for a Dell Rapids hockey player who’ll travel with his Minnesota junior team to the Winter Olympics.
Jamison Bach’s team will serve as goodwill ambassadors to the Olympics. They’ll watch the USA men’s team play, and will have games against Russian teams of similar skill level.
Bach’s mother, Nikki Mersch, says the team’s coach has connections in Russia, and helped set up the trip. 97627 :30 "helping young players".
Mersch says it’s Bach’s first year with the Northern Lights in the junior league – so far, it’s gone well. 97628 :35 "college level hockey".
The taco bar fundraiser will start at five Saturday evening at the Lucky Dog – proceeds will help defray Jamsion’s travel expenses to Russia.
GFP FISHERIES PLAN…The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department has prepared a draft management plan for their fisheries program. The draft is available on the department website for review.
The draft management plan includes sections for the Black Hills, West River, Missouri River, and East River Fisheries Management Areas and a plan encompassing programs common to the entire state. More detailed plans will be constructed for individual waters or water types within each management area.
Aquatics section chief John Lott says the plans were drafted to detail present conditions, as well as issues and challenges to overcome, and strategies to achieve those goals.
One-page summaries for each section of the plan are also available on the website for review.
The comment period extends through Dec. 31 - after which comments will be used to revise plans prior to formal presentation to the Game, Fish and Parks Commission.