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THURSDAY, JANUARY 16:
Men’s Basketball:   Western Illinois @ South Dakota State (Live on Ranch AM 910 @ 6:30)

Women’s Basketball:   South Dakota State @ Western Illinois (Live on B93.7 @ 6:30)

Boys: Basketball:   
     Sioux Falls O’Gorman @ Brookings (POSTPONED)
     Huron @ Mitchell
     Chester Area @ Baltic
     Wolsey-Wessington @ DeSmet
     Great Plains Lutheran @ Flandreau Indian
     Sunshine Bible @ Iroquois
     Sanborn Central/Woonsocket @ James Valley Christian
     Flandreau @ Madison (POSTPONED)
     Aberdeen Roncalli @ Redfield/Doland 
     Mt. Vernon/Plankinton @ Tri-Valley

Girls’ Basketball:   
     Brandon Valley @ Harrisburg
     Sioux Falls Lincoln @ Sioux Falls O’Gorman
     Huron @ Mitchell
     Dells St. Mary’s @ Arlington (POSTPONED TO 1/17)
     Chester Area @ Baltic
     Sisseton vs. Clark/Willow Lake @ Willow Lake (POSTPONED)
     Lake Preston @ Colman-Egan (POSTPONED)
     Deubrook @ Elkton-Lake Benton
     Florence/Henry @ Great Plains Lutheran
     Estelline vs. Oldham-Ramona/Rutland @ Rutland
     Tea Area @ Sioux Falls Christian
     McCook Central/Montrose @ Sioux Valley (POSTPONED) 

Wrestling:    
     Clark/Willow Lake Triangular (POSTPONED) 
     Britton @ Deuel
     Sioux Valley @ Garretson Quadrangular  (POSTPONED)

FRIDAY, JANUARY 17:
Boys’ Basketball:   
     Mitchell @ Watertown
     Pierre @ Yankton
     Sioux Falls Washington @ Sioux Falls Lincoln
     Aberdeen Central @ Sioux Falls Roosevelt
     Dells St. Mary’s @ Arlington
     Madison @ Beresford
     Lake Preston @ Colman-Egan
     Webster Area @ Deuel
     Deubrook @ Elkton-Lake Benton
     Sioux Valley vs. McCook Central/Montrose @ Montrose
     Estelline vs. Oldham-Ramona/Rutland @ Ramona
     Clark/Willow Lake @ Sisseton

Girls Basketball:   
     Yankton @ Pierre
      Sioux Falls Roosevelt @ Aberdeen Central
     Sioux Falls Washington @ Marshall, MN
     Redfield/Doland @ Aberdeen Roncalli
     Madison @ Flandreau
     Baltic @ Garretson
     Wilmot @ Grant-Deuel
     Castlewood @ Great Plains Lutheran
     Britton-Hecla @ Hamlin
     Iroquois vs. Sanborn Central/Woonsocket @ Wolsey
     Deuel @ Webster Area 

Wrestling:    Brookings @ Huron 

Tennis:     South Dakota State @ Oklahoma State 

Hockey:    
     Brookings Blizzard @ Bismarck, 7:15pm
     Bismarck @ Bantam 1, 2:45pm
     Boys JV @ Watertown, 6:00pm
     Sioux Falls @ Bantam 2, 6:45pm
     Mankato Purple @ Pee Wee 1R, 7:30pm
     Varsity Boys @ Watertown, 8:00pm
     Mitchell @ Varsity Girls, 8:00pm 

BHS BBB…Sioux Falls O’Gorman is scheduled to visit Brookings Thursday night in a matchup of District 1AA rivals.
   The Knights are 5-4, and third in the district seeding points.  Brookings is 1-5, and fourth in the standings. 
   Brookings coach Travis Engebretson says the Knights’ attack starts with guard Conner Nagel.  97625   :19   “playing their role”.
   Engebretson says the Bobcats need to put Tuesday’s one-point loss at Harrisburg aside, and come to practice and games in the right frame of mind.  97626   :15   “we’ll be fine”.
   You’ll hear Thursday’s game on KCountry 102 starting at 6:45pm.

STADIUM SIZE…South Dakota State’s proposed football stadium calls for seating just over 19-thousand-300 fans – but will that be enough to accommodate future growth at the school, and the Brookings community?
   Athletic director Justin Sell was asked that during Monday’s public forum on the project.  He says determing capacity was a balancing act between current financial resources and future demand.  97621   :17   “to address that”.
   Sell thinks the Jacks can put 19-thousand fans in the stadium to start.  97622   :31   “filling the stadium”.
   Sell says the stadium’s designed with expansion in mind:  97623   :20   “we needed to”.
   Sell was also asked about a domed stadium to match South Dakota, North Dakota and North Dakota State:  97624   :13   “on that cost”.
   Sell says an outdoor stadium may give the Jacks a home-field advantage late in the season.

SDSU WRESTLING…South Dakota State will travel to Wyoming to take on the Cowboys in a Western Wrestling Conference dual Sunday. The Jacks stand at 1-3 on the year, while the Pokes own a 1-5 record.
   Sunday’s dual feature four nationally-ranked wrestlers. In InterMat’s latest rankings, SDSU’s junior Cody Pack (157) is ranked No. 18, while Wyoming’s Tyler Cox (125) and Ben Stroh (184) are ranked No. 8 and No. 20, respectively. The Pokes’ Dakota Friesth is also ranked No. 18 by D1College Wrestling.
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   A week after entering the national polls, South Dakota State junior Pack jumped to No. 18 in InterMat's rankings this week. Pack stayed consistant at No. 19 in Flowrestling and Division 1 College Wrestling's rankings.
   Pack has a 16-6 record this year and owns a team-best .727 winning percentage as the Jacks are set to open conference action.

SDSU TENNIS…South Dakota State is picked to finish third for both men's and women's tennis in the Summit League this spring.
   The Jackrabbit men received 18 points, while the women tallied 25. Denver is favored on both side, as the received five first-place votes on the men's side and 6 on the women's.
   The SDSU men open on Friday at Oklahoma State, while the women are a week away from competition, as they will kick off their spring season on Jan. 25 at Wisconsin-Green Bay.
   The women feature 2013 Summit League Newcomer of the Year, Ffion Davies.

SDSU TRACK… The South Dakota State track and field teams will take part in the Bison Classic Saturday as they resume their indoor schedule.
   The Jacks are slated to compete against the University of Manitoba, the University of Mary and host North Dakota State.
   The Bison Classic will take place at the Shelly Ellig Indoor Track and Field Facility in Fargo, N.D. The field events will start at 9 a.m., with the women’s weight throw and the running events are scheduled for 2 p.m., with the prelims of the women’s 60-meter hurdles.

SWIMMER OF WEEK…Clark Kocourek's school record three-meter dive of 333.32 solidified the Omaha, Neb., native as this week's Summit League Diver of the Week honoree, as announced by conference officials.
   Kocourek's mark qualified him for the Zone D Championships.
   He also claimed the one-meter dive against in-state rival, South Dakota last weekend with a score of 306.98.  Kocourek's three-meter score ranks second in the Summit League this year, while his one-meter score is third-best.

GYMNASTICS RATINGS…The South Dakota high school gymnastics rankings – these are based on average scores per meet.
   Class AA—1, Mitchell, 145.62; 2, Sioux Falls O’Gorman, 141.83; 3, Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 136.90; 4, Watertown, 136.01; 5, Yankton, 135.75; 6, Brookings, 133.83; 7, Aberdeen Central/Roncalli, 133.40; 8, Huron, 130.18; 9, Rapid City Central, 129.11; 10, Sioux Falls Lincoln, 127.35; 11, Pierre, 125.04; 12, Sioux Falls Washington, 97.74; 13, Rapid City Stevens, 97.32.
   Class A—1, Madison, 140.03; 2, Chamberlain, 129.53; 3, Deuel 128.60; 4, Milbank, 124.77; 5, Britton-Hecla, 124.52; 6, Stanley County 123.74; 7, Hot Springs, 121.18; 8, Sisseton, 119.13; 9, Vermillion, 118.98; 10, Wagner, 118.50; 11, West Central, 112.63; 12, Wall/Kadoka, 93.32; 13, Warner, 32.11.

HESSER…The search is on for a new Athletic Director at the University of Sioux Falls.
   Current athletic director Kevin Hesser resigned. He's taken a private sector job in Omaha, Nebraska.
   Hesser first joined the Athletic Department staff in 2004. He replaced longtime Athletic Director Willie Sanchez in August 2012.
USF plans to conduct a nationwide search for Hesser's replacement.
   Hesser’s last day is February 7.

NCAA MEETING…The NCAA board of directors will propose giving the nation's most powerful conferences more autonomy over some legislative items and athletic directors a larger voice in a new governance structure.
   Those possible changes will be debated publicly and privately this week in San Diego at the NCAA's annual convention.
   Board Chairman Nathan Hatch says there is a broad consensus that Division I should not be split up. Instead, the division wants to provide more flexibility to what the governing body calls high-resource institutions and conferences.
   Hatch said the goal is to let athletic directors focus on more of the day-to-day operations so the board can focus on bigger picture items such as amateurism rules and academic integrity.

ASA COMMISSIONER…The commissioner of the South Dakota Amateur Softball Association is stepping down after 42 years.
   Bill Maher says he'll be 83 at the end of the month, and he's not getting the job done in the time he used to.
   Maher says the league had 350 teams statewide when he started in 1972. That number grew to more than 2,000 teams in 2013.
   He says he thinks the growth is because softball is an inexpensive game by comparison to other sports. He says all you need are a bat, a ball, a T-shirt and an umpire.
   Maher's resignation became official in December, but he'll assist incoming commissioner Gary Young after the January spring meeting for as long as needed.
 

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