THURSDAY, MAY 1:
Dell Rapids @ Terry Bong Invitational, Canton, 4:00pm
Grant-Deuel @ Wambdi Invitational, Agency Village
Bill Scholten Invitational, BCC, Noon
Dell Rapids, Sioux Valley @ Sioux Falls Christian Invitational, Bakker Crossing, 9:00am
Madison Invitational, 1:00pm
Dells St. Mary’s, Flandreau @ Colman-Egan Invitational, 10:00am
Tennis: Brookings @ Watertown, 4:00pm
BLIZZARD COACH…Dan Daikawa has been named head coach the North American Hockey League’s Brookings Blizzard.
Daikawa spent last season as an assistant with the Minnesota Wilderness. Two years ago, he led the Johnstown Ironmen to 37 wins and the Robertson Cup.
As a player, Daikawa skated in the United States Hockey League before playing at Miami of Ohio from 1991-94. After college, Daikawa had an 11-year playing career in Japan
Daikawa says it’ll be important to develop a culture with the Blizzard. 97621 :26 “in this league”.
Daikawa likes a simple game, and wants players who buy into a system. 97622 :25 “work and commitment”.
Daikawa also wants to be involved with the Rangers’ program. 97623 :27 “it benefits both”.
Owner Chris Canavati says Daikawa’s a tremendous teacher, with a proven track record. 97624 :23 “to their homes”.
Daikawa replaces Cory Laylin, who accepted the head coaching job at Hamlin University in St. Paul.
SDHSAA SURVEY…The South Dakota High School Activities Association is seeking input relative to SDHSAA state athletic and fine arts tournament locations and amenities.
A quantitative survey has been developed to allow feedback on a variety of issues related to state events. Students, parents, coaches and administrators from across the state may participate. The survey can be accessed via an online entry link or by placing a call to: 1-605-373-3088 to request a hard copy if internet access is unavailable.
The online link is on the SDHSAA website, www.sdhsaa.com or can be accessed by clicking on: http://sdhsaa.questionpro.com
NO CORNBELT TOURNEY…The Cornbelt Conference has decided to discontinue the girls and boys basketball Cornbelt Classic and the Cornbelt volleyball tournament.
Low attendance, and revenues, were cited as the reasons. It was voted on by the conference’s athletic directors at their April meeting.
The Mitchell Daily Republic says the conference made close to $2,000 on the basketball classic this year and lost money on the volleyball tournament.
BUSCH OBIT…The third-winningest coach in South Dakota volleyball history has died.
Galen Busch passed away last weekend in Sioux Falls at age 74. He compiled a record of 617 wins and 305 losses in 26 years of coaching at Todd County.
His teams reached the state tournament 16 times, winning the 1993 Class A title, and finished runnerup in the first two state tournaments in 1982 and 1983.
Activities Association assistant executive secretary Jo Auch says Busch was there at the start of volleyball as a high school sport in South Dakota. 97625 :21 “coaching days”.
Auch says Busch became a volleyball ambassador. 97626 :22 “as well”.
Busch was named national volleyball coach of the year in 2002, and is a member of the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame and the state volleyball Hall of Fame. He was a graduate of Huron High School, where he was a two-time state pole vault champ, and once held the South Dakota State school record in the event.
Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at the Todd County High School gymnasium in Mission.
SDSU BASEBALL…Omaha visits South Dakota State this weekend for a key Summit League baseball series. But Jacks’ head coach Dave Schrage says – as tight as the league is – they’re all key. 97627 :19 “in the air”.
Schrage says the Mavs are the most talented team in the league. Omaha’s top four hitters in the order – all lefties – are tough outs. 97628 :26 “to pitch to”.
Schrage says Omaha’s pitchers seem to work opposing hitters backwards. 97629 :20 “pitches for strikes”.
Schrage hopes Erv Huether Field dries enough to open the four-game set Friday as scheduled. If not, he says Saturday and Sunday doubleheaders may be in the cards.