SPORTS 3-26-14

SDSU GOLF…The South Dakota State men’s golf team shot a 306 in the final round of the Lone Star Invitational and finished 15th.
   The Jacks shot a 910 for the invitational, while No. 20 New Mexico topped the field, shooting a 16-under par.
   Hudson Carpenter tied for 30th with a 220.  Grant Smith shot a 225 to finish tied for 65th. Lukas Davison shot a 227.
Trevor Tobin shot a 238 and Guillermo Gonzalez fired a 247.

JOHNSTON-MINN…South Dakota State is preparing to host Minnesota Thursday night in a WNIT third-round matchup.  Game time at Frost Arena is 7:00pm.
   SDSU head coach Aaron Johnston expects guard Rachel Banham to play for the Golden Gophers – she’s been nursing an injury to her right foot.  He says Banham does a lot of things for Minnesota, and has a lot of players around her.  97625   :29   “difficult to stop”.
   Johnston says, the farther SDSU goes in the tournament, the tougher the competition.  97626   :22   “that’s for sure”.
   Johnston says stretches of inconsistent shooting may have hurt the Golden Gophers in the Big Ten.  97627   :32   “really good defensively”.
   The winner will play the Indiana-Northwestern winner in the WNIT’s “Elite Eight”.

PESICKA OUT…Doug Pesicka, who completed his 22nd season as Yankton’s girls’basketball coach, will step down from the program. A search for a new head coach will begin immediately.
   Pesicka guided the Gazelles to a 278-225 record (.553), including a 3-18 mark this past season. He coached the Gazelles to the 1996 state championship, a runner-up finish in 1994 and 14 state tournament appearances overall. He also served as an assistant for Bob Winter during the last seven years of Winter’s 17-year stint at the helm of the Gazelles, and was also the head boys’ basketball coach during the 1989-90 season, compiling a 5-15 record.
   Counting his two seasons as the boys’ basketball coach at Estelline, prior to his arrival in Yankton and his one season coaching the Bucks, Pesicka has exactly 300 career coaching victories.

STEFFEN OUT…Huron girls’ basketball coach Al Steffen has resigned after seven seasons. His team posted a 4-18 record during the season just completed.  During his tenure, the Tigers qualified for the State AA tournament twice.
   Steffen says a couple factors went into the decision.  97623   :31   “that route”.
   Steffen says the two state tournament appearances were a highlight for him.  97624   :15   “get done”.
    The search for a replacement will begin immediately.

PIERRE XC COACH…Pierre High School has a new head cross country coach for next year.
   Jim Keyes was named the new head coach of the program. Keyes, a graduate of Riggs High School, served as assistant coach under outgoing coach Keith Christensen last year. Christensen announced his retirement from the head coaching position after four years in charge. Keyes was his assistant during that stretch.

ALL-ESD BBB…Brookings’ senior point guard Tyler Nagy has been named to the All-ESD Conference first team. 
   Nagy was the only Bobcat selected for the honor squad.
   First team: Justin Decker, senior, Huron; Tyler Nagy, senior, Brookings; Caleb Carr, senior, Huron; J.J. Hejna, senior, Yankton; Nic Peterson, senior, Brandon Valley; Brevin Kaiser, sophomore, Pierre; Brady Hale, junior, Yankton; Cooper Walton, senior, Pierre; Beau Brown, junior, Mitchell; Jacob Adams, senior, Brandon Valley.
   Honorable mention: Logan LeGrand, junior, Aberdeen; Gunar Rang, senior, Harrisburg; Lucas Morrison, senior, Huron; J.P. Noonan, senior, Huron; Garrett Pochop, senior, Pierre; Austin Christopherson, senior, Pierre; Harrison Jones, senior, Watertown; Nate Davis, sophomore, Watertown; Ryan Olson, senior, Yankton.
DECKER GATORADE PLAYER…Huron’s Justin Decker has been named the Gatorade Player of the Year for South Dakota boys’ basketball.
   Decker led Huron to a 23-2 record, and fifth-place finish in the state “AA” tournament.  He averaged 15 points and eight rebounds per game this season.
   In addition, Decker had a 3-point-41 grade average.

DAN LENNON…Several area athletes placed at this week’s Dan Lennon Class A meet at Vermillion.
Girls Triple Jump:  1. Alexis Gannon, Brookings, 38-6;  5. Maddie Vietor, Dell Rapids, 33-4.
Boys 3200:  2. Justice Lamer, Brookings, 9:58.09
Boys 800 Relay:  3. Dell Rapids, 1:37.03
Boys Long Jump:  2. Bret Nichols, Dell Rapids, 20-11.25;  3. Ty Hoglund, Dell Rapids, 20-10.75.
Boys Triple Jump:  2. Nichols, 43-1.
Class “B” results:
Girls 400:  3.  Daylee Olson, Arlington, 1:04.90
3200:  4. Janae Sampson, Arlington, 12:24.79
Medley Relay:  4.  Arlington, 4:42.24
Triple Jump.  5.  Maria Berndt, Deubrook, 32-11
Boys 400:  5. Luke Weber, Arlington, :54.59
60 Hurdles:  2. Hunter Leighton, Sioux Valley, 8.90
High Jump:  5. Tanner Lemme, Arlington, 6-0

SCOTT ALL-AMERICAN…The National Collegiate Equestrian Association announced its 2013-14 All-America class, and South Dakota State sophomore Raivenne Scott earned a first team selection in reining.
   Scott enters this weekend’s Independent Championship with an 8-0-1 record in reining, with one MOP on Sept. 28, at Baylor, when she carded a season-high score of 76.
   Scott becomes the sixth Jackrabbit to earn All-American honors, the fifth in reining.

NATIONAL HS HOCKEY…Some of the top high school club hockey teams in the country will be in Omaha this weekend for a tournament to determine a national champion.
   Brookings is in the field as the South Dakota league regular season champion.
   The Rangers schedule:
   3-26 1:30pm: Brookings vs. Viewmont, UT
   3-27   5:30pm  Lexington/Richland, SC vs. Brookings
   3-28   3:00pm  Brookings vs. Tri-City, NE

SDSU BASEBALL…The Summit League baseball schedule starts this weekend with South Dakota State at Western Illinois Friday, and at Omaha Sunday.
   The Leathernecks feature the pre-season pitcher of the year with Tom Constand, but Jacks’ head coach Dave Schrage says he hasn’t gotten much offensive help.  97628   :14   “scoring any runs”.
   Omaha’s undefeated at home this season – Schrage says the Jacks fall victim to a quirky schedule.  97629   :18   “time a year”.
   SDSU does have one of the top ten defensive clubs in the country.  Creighton’s also in that group – the remainder are warm-weather teams. 

SELL-STADIUM…South Dakota State athletic department officials are moving forward with plans for a new football stadium – now that Governor Dennis Daugaard has signed a bill authorizing the project.
   Athletic director Justin Sell says a final cost estimate should be presented to the Board of Regents in June.  97630   :20   “move it forward”.
   Sell says they’re trying to finalize commitments for premium seating.  97631   :13   “ground and running”.
   Even though the focus is on the more expensive seating, Sell says there will be other ticket options.  97632   :24   “having everybody here”.
   Sell says interest in season tickets has been good – he says those sales have to double in the new facility.
   Construction of the 19-thousand-300 seat stadium will start after the 2014 season, and be complete in time for the 2016 season.

USD FB SKED…USD will play a 12-game football schedule this fall, highlighted by a season opener at Oregon and the home opener the next week against NAIA William Penn (Iowa).
   The Coyotes will also host Northern Arizona (Sept. 20), Northern Iowa for Dakota Days (Oct. 11), North Dakota State (Oct. 25), Western Illinois (Nov. 8) and Illinois State (Nov. 25).
   Road games include Oregon (Aug. 30), Montana (Sept. 13), Southern Illinois (Oct. 4), Missouri State (Oct. 18), Youngstown State (Nov. 1) and South Dakota State (Nov. 22).

HUNTING SEASONS… The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission has finalized most big game hunting season dates for 2014 with no changes from 2013.
   The commission sets season dates in the early spring to give hunters a chance to plan their fall schedules. The season structure, including license numbers, will be set in the coming months.
   Dates of interest for 2014 include:
Pheasant:    Oct. 18-Jan. 4
Youth Pheasant:   Oct. 4-8
Resident Only Pheasant:  Oct. 11-13
Youth Deer:   Sept. 13-Jan. 15
Black Hills Deer:   Nov. 1-30
West River Deer:   Nov. 15-Nov. 30
East River Deer:   Nov. 22-Dec. 7


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