THURSDAY, MARCH 6:
Region 1A @ Milbank
Tiospa Zina vs. Aberdeen Roncalli
Groton vs. Sisseton
Deubrook @ Clark/Willow Lake
Hamlin @ Sioux Valley (Live on B93.7)
Mobridge-Pollock @ Cheyenne-Eagle Butte
Miller @ Chamberlain
Todd Co. @ Pine Ridge
Red Cloud @ St. Francis
Region 8A @ Spearfish
Belle Fourche vs. St. Thomas More
Hot Springs vs. Custer
District 1B @ Sisseton
Rosholt vs. Waverly-South Shore
District 2B @ Aberdeen
Aberdeen Christian vs. Langford
District 6B @ Huron
James Valley Christian vs. Wolsey-Wessington
District 13B @ Murdo
Stanley Co. vs. White River
Jones Co. vs. Lyman
District 14B @ Douglas
Philip vs. Oelrichs
New Underwood vs. Wall
District 15B @ Mobridge
Tiospaye Topa vs. McLaughlin
McIntosh vs. Timber Lake
District 16B @ Lemmon
Takini vs. Faith
Harding Co. vs. Newell
Watertown @ Brookings (Third – Live on Kcountry 102)
Sioux Falls Roosevelt @ Sioux Falls O’Gorman (First)
Brandon Valley @ Sioux Falls Lincoln (Third)
Harrisburg @ Sioux Falls Washington (First)
Huron @ Aberdeen Central (Third)
Pierre @ Mitchell (First)
Rapid City Central @ Spearfish (Third)
Rapid City Stevens @ Sturgis (First)
Madison vs. Garretson @ Hartford
West Central vs. Mt. Vernon/Plankinton @ Salem
Potter Co. vs. Sully Buttes @ Bowdle
Chester vs. Hanson @ Mitchell
Freeman vs. Gayville-Volin @ Yankton
STATE HOCKEY…The state girls varsity hockey tournament begins Friday in Watertown, with Brookings as the top seed.
The title game is set for Sunday.
Opening round matchups:
12:00pm: Huron vs. Sioux Falls
2:30pm: Aberdeen vs. Oahe
5:00pm: Watertown vs. Rushmore
7:30pm: Brookings vs. Mitchell
The state boys’ JV tourament will be played Friday through Sunday in Aberdeen. Brookings goes in as the number one seed.
The first round schedule Friday:
12:00pm: Yankton vs. Sioux Falls
2:30pm: Rushmore vs. Aberdeen
5:00pm: Oahe vs. Watertown
7:30pm: Brookings vs. Sioux Center
STATE EVENTS…A new panel might be created to recommend which South Dakota cities should host state competitions for high school students and teams.
The proposal from the South Dakota High School Activities Association board of directors is patterned on North Dakota’s system.
The South Dakota version would use five tournament directors and three of the association’s directors. They would meet twice annually to review criteria and recommend locations for events.
The eight SDHSAA directors would make the final decisions. Currently the association’s staff privately adjusts the criteria and sets event locations three years into the future based on suitability and financial considerations.
There has been increasing friction among some of the association’s member schools as Sioux Falls invests in facilities to be South Dakota’s premier site.
SDSU TRACK…The South Dakota State track and field teams were picked for third- (men) and fourth-place (women) finishes at the 2014 Summit League Outdoor Track and Field Championships as voted on by the league coaches Tuesday.
The SDSU men were selected third with 10 points, three ahead of Western Illinois. The Jackrabbit women were picked fourth with 23 points, one shy of third-place Nebraska-Omaha.
The men finished third overall at last year’s conference meet. The women placed fourth overall at last year’s conference meet.
The Jackrabbits are coming off third- (men) and fourth-place (women) finishes at the 2013-14 Summit League Indoor Track and Field Championships.
SDSU is set to begin their outdoor season campaign in late March when they travel to the Arizona State University Invite (March 28-29).
ALM RELEASED…Mitchell High School volleyball standout Taylin Alm has chosen not to play volleyball for Pepperdine University next school year.
Alm verbally committed in July to play for the Waves and signed in November to play indoor and sand volleyball for longtime Pepperdine coach Nina Matthies. Recently, Matthies, who is in her 31st year at the school, became solely the sand volleyball head coach, while Troy Tanner now heads the indoor volleyball program.
The Mitchell Daily Republic reports Alm opted not to attend the school next fall because of the coaching change.
Alm said she was released by the school this week and will be eligible to play for another school for her freshman season.
HABITAT GROUP…The South Dakota Pheasant Habitat Work Group gathered for their initial meeting last week.
The work group consists of sportsmen, landowners, leading conservation and agriculture academics, legislators and government officials. Its charge is to identify ways to improve pheasant habitat that are compatible with agricultural production in the state.
Workgroup members reviewed the hundreds of comments, ideas and suggestions to improve pheasant habitat and pheasant populations.
The group will meet again in early April and will deliver a report of their work to Gov. Daugaard this summer .
Among the group members are SDSU Ag Dean Barry Dunn and former state representative Jan Nicolay of Chester.