SPORTS 3-13-14


SDSU BASEBALL…The South Dakota State baseball team racked up a season-high 18 hits in Wednesday’s 11-9 victory over Baldwin Wallace (Ohio).
   The Jackrabbits ended the first leg of their Spring Break trip with a 3-3 record in Florida.
   Aaron Machbitz went 4-5 at the plate, Jake Ratz went 3-for-5. Zach Coppola also went 3-for-5, while Scott Splett, Sam Pack and Zach Holt each tallied two hits.
   Freshman Ryan Froom was credited with his first collegiate victory after pitching three innings in relief. He allowed two runs on three hits, but did not walk or strike out a batter. J-D Moore’s save was his second of the season.
   Four different players notched two hits for Baldwin Wallace, which finished the game with 14 hits.
   SDSU is scheduled to complete its spring break trip with a three-game weekend series at Creighton (Neb.). The series opener is slated for 6:30 p.m. Friday at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha.

STATE GBB TOURNAMENTS…First round pairings for the state girls’ basketball tournaments are set.  Play begins Thursday in Huron, Spearfish and Brookings, with the final round Saturday.  All times are Central Daylight Time.
State “B” – Huron
Noon:  #1 Sully Buttes vs. #8 Gayville-Volin
1:45pm: #4 Warner vs. #5 Lemmon
6:00pm: #2 Hanson vs. #7 Lyman
7:45pm: #3 Sanborn Central/Woonsocket vs. #6 Kimball/White Lake

State “A” – Spearfish
1:00pm: #1 St. Thomas More vs. #8 Garretson
2:45pm: #4 Pine Ridge vs. #5 Sioux Valley (Live on B93.7 @ 2:35)
   Sioux Valley coach Leah Pitts says her team may have a size advantage, but Pine Ridge may be quicker. 
         97632   :26   “think we’ll adjust”.
   Pitts says the tournament experience will be invaluable to her underclassmen.  97633   :28  “is really deserving”.
7:00pm: #2 Elk Point-Jefferson vs. #7 Webster
8:45pm: #3 Winner vs. #6 Mt. Vernon/Plankinton

State “AA” – Brookings
Noon:  #1 Sioux Falls Washington vs. #8 Harrisburg
1:45pm: #4 Sturgis vs. #5 Spearfish
6:00pm: #2 Mitchell vs. #7 Sioux Falls Roosevelt
7:45pm: #3 Sioux Falls O’Gorman vs. #6 Rapid City Stevens
    Mitchell coach Wes Morgan says there isn’t an easy first round matchup:  97630   :29   “first round games”.
   Harrisburg comes in as the 2013 “A” champion – head coach Nick Mayer says that experience is valuable: 
        97631   :31   “to our advantage”.

ALL-LCC BBB…The Lake Central Conference has released its All-Conference boys’ basketball team:
Clark/Willow Lake:  Mitch Prouty, Tyson Jenkins, Braxton Hartley
Sioux Valley:  Spencer Hanson, Jake Larson, Tayt Vincent
Castlewood:  Lucas Ching, Gunnar Johnson
DeSmet:  Austin Janssen, Kyler Asleson
Flandreau:  Guy Zephier, Geno Bursheim
Hamlin:  Dylan Reuer, E-J Drake
Deuel:  Lance Eide

STATE HOCKEY…The state boys’ varsity hockey tournament begins a three-day run Friday at Larson Ice Center in Brookings.  The first round pairings, in the order they appear on the bracket:
#1 Brookings vs. #8 Sioux Falls Orange, 4:30pm (Live on KBRK 1430)
#4 Rushmore vs. #5 Watertown, 2:00pm
#3 Oahe vs. #6 Mitchell, 9:00am
#2 Sioux Falls Blue vs. #7 Aberdeen, 11:30am
   A welcome social for the teams is scheduled for 7:00pm at Swiftel Center, with pening ceremonies and awards at 8:00pm. 
   Second round games begin Saturday at noon, with the fifth place match Sunday morning at 9:30, the third place game at 12:30pm and the championship at 3:30pm.

PARKER TO ALABAMA…Brookings Blizzard defenseman Brandon Parker has committed to play at the University of Alabama-Huntsville next season.
   Parker is in his third season with the Blizzard and has seen his role with the team increase each season. He has played in 53 games with the Blizzard this season and has recorded 28 points with 8 goals and 20 assists.
   His 28 points is good for fourth on the team in points and leads all defenseman. He also ranks 11th in the NAHL in scoring among defenseman.
   This is the third season with the Blizzard organization. In 2011-12 he had 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists) in 15 games in Alexandria. Last season he played in 26 games and had 11 points with 2 goals and 9 assists.
   Parker represented the Blizzard on team Central at the NAHL Top Prospects tournament in Troy, MI. He was also named the Easton Hockey NAHL Defenseman of the Month for the month of December when he had 11 points in 9 games for the Blizzard.
   The University of Alabama-Huntsville is a NCAA Division I program and competes as a member of the WCHA (Western Collegiate Hockey Association).

SDSU WR BID…South Dakota State’s Joe Brewster has received an at-large bid to the 2014 NCAA Wrestling Championships in Oklahoma City, Okla.
   Brewster, who is 22-14 on the year, will join NCAA West Region/WWC Championship automatic qualifiers Alex Kocer and Cody Pack.
   Prior to this season, SDSU has never sent more than one qualifiers to the NCAA championship.
   Brewster went 1-2 at last weekend's conference tournament, as he majored Northern Colorado's Charlie McMartin, 12-3 before losing back-to-back matches to Dakota Friesth (Wyoming) and Curtis Cook (Utah Valley).
   Pack and Kocer both went 2-0 after receiving first-round byes en route to their conference titles.

AUGIE AD SEARCH…Three finalists have been selected for the Athletic Director position at Augustana College and will participate in on-campus interviews starting next week.
   The finalists include Dr. Dustin Smith, athletic director at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, Jon Schemmel, Associate Athletic Director for Athletic Development at the University of South Dakota and Slade Larscheid, Activities Director at Roosevelt High School.
   The three candidates will be on campus starting next Tuesday for interviews with the search committee, college administration and athletic staff.
   Smith will be on campus on Tuesday, March 18, Schemmel on Wednesday, March 19 and Larscheid on Monday, March 24.
   The candidate chosen will succeed Bill Gross, who announced last year he would step down.


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