FRIDAY, MARCH 28:
Baseball: South Dakota State @ Western Illinois
Softball: South Dakota State @ Western Illinois
Hockey: Brookings Rangers vs. Tri-City, NE @ Omaha
SATURDAY, MARCH 29:
Softball: South Dakota State @ Western Illinois
Baseball: Brookings vs. Wahpeton, ND @ Yankton
SUNDAY, MARCH 30:
Women’s Basketball: Indiana @ South Dakota State (Live on Ranch AM910 @ 1:30)
South Dakota State @ Omaha
Brookings vs. Aberdeen, Yankton @ Yankton
Tennis: South Dakota State women @ Creighton
SDSU-MINN…South Dakota State will host Indiana Sunday afternoon in the WNIT’s “Elite Eight”, after holding off Minnesota 70-62 Thursday night.
Steph Paluch had 17 points, Tara Heiser 14 points, Clarissa Ober 9 rebounds and Megan Waytashek eight board for the Jackrabbits.
Amanda Zahui (ZAH-wee) had 26 points and 11 boards for the Golden Gophers, while Rachel Banham scored 25.
SDSU held a 45-35 rebounding edge, including 19 offensive boards – head coach Aaron Johnston: 97622 :33 “of a backbreaker”.
The Jacks trailed 24-23 at halftime, but Minnesota coach Pam Borton says SDSU’s 18-8 run to open the second half was the turning point. 97623 :20 “threes for them”.
Paluch says it’s “survive and advance” for the Jacks. 97624 :30 “else we’re done”.
SDSU becomes the first Summit League team to win three post-season games – Johnston says any post-season win shows the program’s doing something right. 97625 :28 “the time together”.
The game drew a season-high 33-hundred-20 fans – Borton says its was an unbelievable environment. 97626 :34 “very passionate fans”.
Season ticket holders have until 3 p.m. Friday to claim their same seats. General admission tickets are now available online at JackrabbitTickets.com, while remaining reserved seats will go on sale at 4 p.m. Friday. The Jackrabbit Ticket Office will remain open until 6 p.m. Friday and will reopen from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday.
All reserved and adult general admission tickets are $20 each. Tickets for children in grades K-12 are $7 each. All orders will have a $5 handling and processing fee.
The President's Office will provide free tickets to the first 500 students who claim them at the Jackrabbit Ticket Office from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.
Frost Arena gates and ticket booth will open at 1 p.m. Sunday, with tipoff slated for 2 p.m.
BKGS HOCKEY…Dylan Rittershaus had three goals as Brookings defeated a South Carolina team 9-2 Thursday at the USA Hockey national tournament in Omaha. Brookings is now 2-0 in pool play.
Austin Himley and Kyle Gutormson each notched two goals. Carter Krogman had four assists in the game.
Brookings had a 39-7 edge in shots on goal. Tristan Kuehn was the winning goaltender.
The Rangers play Tri-City of Nebraska Friday.
BHS BASEBALL…Several high school baseball teams will gather in Yankton this weekend for games. The schedule:
Saturday, March 29
11:00 - Yankton vs. Brandon Valley
1:15 - Brandon Valley vs. Wahpeton
3:30 - Brookings vs. Wahpeton
5:45 - Aberdeen vs. Wahpeton
8:00 - Yankton vs. Aberdeen
Sunday, March 30
11:00 - Yankton vs. Aberdeen
1:15 - Brookings vs. Aberdeen
3:30 - Brookings vs. Yankton
Brookings opened the season Wednesday with a split at Harrisburg. Head coach Ryan Bauer exhausted his pitching staff in the doubleheader, and says he may have the best staff in the state. 97627 :17 “state this year”.
Bauer says the Bobcats will need depth in the infield. He says the Bobcats have incentive to play well. 97628 :19 “perform really well”.
Bauer says practices have been forced inside, but he says the Bobcats have gotten plenty of work on fundamentals.
SDSU TRACK… The South Dakota State track and field teams are opening their outdoor season this weekend as they travel to three meets. The Jackrabbits are sending groups to the Arizona State University Invite, the Raleigh Relays and the Wayne State Invitational.
Seventeen Jackrabbits (six men, 11 women) are traveling to the Arizona State Invitational. The Jackrabbits are set to compete over two days.
Five Jackrabbit distance runners are heading to Raleigh, N.C., for the Raleigh Relays. The Wayne State Invite takes place on Friday and Saturday. The hammer is the only event Friday. The action on Saturday starts at 11 a.m., as the men’s javelin is the first event of the day. The running events begin with the 10,000-meter run at 11:30 a.m.
SDSU SPRING FB… The South Dakota State University football team is scheduled to kick off its spring practice schedule Friday afternoon.
The Jackrabbits, who return 14 starters and a total of 40 lettermen, will practice without pads on both Friday and Saturday, followed by their first practice in full pads on March 31. SDSU will wrap up its allotted 15 practices April 26 with the annual Spring Game at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium.
SDSU finished the 2013 season with a 9-5 overall record after making its second consecutive appearance in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. SDSU ended the 2013 campaign ranked 13th in the Sports Network media poll and 14th in the FCS Coaches poll.
All weekday practices begin at 4 p.m.
COMMISSIONERS CUP… South Dakota State has strengthened its lead in the race for the Summit League Commissioner's Cup.
Jackrabbit teams have compiled 50.5 points, while the University of South Dakota ranks second with 41.5 points. North Dakota State is third with 39.5 points. SDSU and IUPUI were tied for the Commissioner's Cup lead with 21 points following the fall sports season.
Points are accumulated based on a team's finish at the league championship competition or a team's regular season finish in sports using a round-robin schedule. SDSU has posted eight top-three finishes in 10 sports thus far, including winning titles in men's cross country and women's basketball.
SDSU also is atop the standings for both the Dr. William Steinbrecher Men's All-Sports Award and the Dr. Helen Smiley Women's All-Sports Award. The Jackrabbit men have tallied 18.5 points thus far, ahead of a three-way tie for second place among Denver, North Dakota State and South Dakota with 15 points each.
In the women's all-sports race, SDSU leads with 32 points, followed by IUPUI with 27. South Dakota is third with 26.5 points.
MTN LION… The South Dakota mountain lion hunting season will close one half hour after sunset Monday.
The season’s framework allowed for the harvest of 75 lions within the Black Hills Fire Protection District. So far, 52 lions have been harvested.
Regional wildlife manager John Kanta says harvest numbers are comparable to last year. He says nine lions were harvested in Custer State Park, including eight during the periods where hounds were allowed for hunting.
The statewide mountain lion hunting season, excluding the Black Hills area, will remain open rear-round, with no harvest limits. At this time, one lion has been harvested outside of the Black Hills.