SPORTS 5-15-14

Baseball: South Dakota State @ North Dakota State (Live on Ranch AM910 @ 6:15)

   Summit League Championships @ Fargo
   Dakota Valley Conference meet @ Elkton, 1:30pm
   Dakota XII Conference meet @ Lennox, 2:30pm

Golf: Brookings @ Harrisburg Invitational, 9:00am

SDSU BASEBALL…South Dakota State visits North Dakota State Thursday through Saturday for a four-game Summit League series to wrap up the regular season.
   Everything’s on the line – head coach Dave Schrage says anyone can finish anywhere in the standings. 97626 :32 "fun to play".
   Omaha and Western Illinois are 11-and-9…the Jacks are 9-and-9…Fort Wayne is 11-and-13, and the Bison are 8-and-10. Due to transition rules, Omaha’s ineligible for the league title.
   Schrage says a three-way, or even a four-way, tie for the regular season title, are possible.
   He says the Bison have an experienced lineup. Schrage says the Jacks have to rely on pitching and defense, as they did last weekend against Western Illinois. 97628 :25 "you never know".
   SDSU hosts the Summit League tournament next week in Sioux Falls – the champion gets an NCAA tournament bid.

BHS BASEBALL…The Brookings Bobcats will be on the road Saturday for the baseball super-regionals. The tournament winner advances to the May 24th state tournament in Mitchell.
   Head coach Ryan Bauer says pitching and defense remain solid – and the batting order started producing big hits in Tuesday’s win over Harrisburg. 97629 :16 "us going forward".
   He says against teams like Aberdeen and Watertown, the Bobcats can’t leave runs on base. 97630 :22 "wins the games".
   Bauer says Sioux Falls Roosevelt is always a team to watch, and says Brandon Valley’s run off some wins to close the regular season.

   ESD TENNIS…Brookings head coach Brian Dobbs says Mitchell’s the team to beat in Friday’s ESD Conference tournament in Pierre.
   He says the Kernels are good up-and-down their lineup. 97631 :26 "their two player".
   Dobbs says, with a good day, Brookings could make a run at the middle of the pack. 97632 :19 "at four, five".
   He says the seniors in singles flights four through six have been winning some matches. 97633 :37 "hang with anybody".
   Dobbs says the Pierre facility has been expanded, and resurfaced in recent years. He says the complex escaped the flooding that plagued the city three years ago.

TENNIS PREP… For the first time in history, Pierre will host the ESD boys tennis tournament Friday at Griffen Park Courts. The construction of several new courts allowed Pierre to host – past tournaments have been in Brookings, Aberdeen, Yankton or Brandon.
   Pierre coach Jeff Schlekeway of the Governors says players will see some of the largest crowds of the season. 97634 :13 "the state tournament".
   Schlekeway says the bleachers will be back – and full. 97635 :13 "brings a ton".
   The tournament begins at 9 am and will conclude around 8 or 9 pm.

ESD TRACK…The ESD Conference track championships will be decided Saturday in Brandon. Competition starts at 11:30am, with finals in the running events starting about mid-afternoon.
   Brookings coach Jason Sebern says Pierre, Brandon Valley, Watertown and Yankton are the favorites in both boys’ and girls’ divisions. He says the addition of Harrisburg makes the meet more competitive. 97634 :22 "ESD this year".
   Alexis Gannon – who last week set an all-time state record in the triple jump and fourth-best all-time distance in the long jump – will also run sprint relays. Sebern says those relays will be tough. 97635 :22 "win a title".
   Addison DeHaven’s been battling an injury, so Justice Lamer will lead the Bobcats, running the 1600 and 3200. 97636 :25 "big for us".
   Sebern’s hoping for temperatures in the 60’s, little wind and no rain for the meet.

SOCCER…Soccer is now a sanctioned sport in several high schools, including Brookings The Pierre school board voted last week to sanction the sport. It had been a club sport until the state soccer association decided to not offer high school soccer and handed everything off to the state high school activities association and the schools.
   Pierre athletic director Dan Whalen says soccer is now under his jurisdiction. 97624 :21 "at the school".
   Among his duties - hiring coaches for next season. 97625 :39 "as a coach".
   Whalen says the transition will be smooth since local soccer officlals worked closely with the school in recent years to run the soccer program much like other school athletic programs.
   Whalen says ESD Conference athletic directors will meet this week to work on scheduling.

STOBBS…Wade Stobbs has been hired as the Huron Tigers’ girls basketball coach. Stobbs had been head coach at Clark/Willow Lake the past eight seasons, and was an assistant in the program for the five years prior to that.
   Stobbs says he is familar with the Tigers. 97621 :09 "into the program"
   He says a coach need to adapt to the available players. 97622 :14 "from there".
   Stobbs had a record of 120 and 25 the past six seasons, and says it was hard to leave the Cyclones. 97623 :21 "opportunity".
   Clark/Willow Lake made four trips to the State A tournament under Stobbs during the past six years. He replaces Al Steffen, who resigned in March after seven years as head coach.

BAUER TO DSU…Dakota Valley volleyball standout Hannah Bauer has signed a letter of intent to play at Dakota State.
   The 5-foot-6 outside hitter/defensive specialist, was a member of the 2013 Class 'A' Volleyball State title squad. She was selected to the State All-Tournament team. In addition, she was chosen as the team's most valuable player and received the most improved award.
   During her senior season, Bauer accumulated 303 digs, 236 kills, 85 service aces, 10 blocks, and a service percentage of 86.

STANDISH HONORED…Brookings native Todd Standish has been named to the Northern Sun All-Conference baseball team.
   The senior shortstop also earned the league’s "Gold Glove" award at his position.

SDSU WRESTLING…South Dakota State wrestling has been named a Best of Brand Masterful Mission finalists, as announced by the National Wrestling Coaches Association, in coordination with Elite Level Sport Marketing.
   Head coach Chris Bono says the program’s been pushing the "Get Jacked" mantra, and has worked to develop SDSU wrestling, and South Dakota State Jackrabbit wrestling into a national brand.
   The five-pronged criteria for the Masterful Mission category include: building a unique brand supporting university missions, developing a strong marketing campaign, creativity and consistency in social media, actively engaging audience and using videos/technology to build brand.
   Other finalists include Bucknell, Duke, Grand View, Iowa State, North Carolina State, Ouachita Baptist, Princeton, Simpson College, Ohio State, North Carolina, and Wabash.
   Three will be named as top programs at the NWCA Convention in early August. The winner will be honored at a breakfast that focuses on highlighting the unique branding efforts implemented by programs.

BHSU SOFTBALL…Amy Gurney has resigned as the head softball coach and senior women's administrator effective May 21.
   Gurney has led the Yellow Jacket softball team since 2007. She led her team to a third place finish in the DAC of the NAIA and also through the university's transition from NAIA to NCAA DII. In her tenure, she earned Coach of the Year honors in 2008, coached the 2011 DAC Freshman of the Year, and has had several all-conference players and all-academic honorees. The team's overall record under Coach Gurney for the past five seasons is 41-154.
   A national search for a new head softball coach will begin immediately.

NEBRASKA BIKES…Nebraska linebacker Josh Banderas and a member of the men's track team face felony charges in connection with the thefts of seven bicycles on campus.
   Sgt. Douglas Petersen says university police received a report of two individuals using bolt cutters to remove bikes from racks and loading the bikes into a pickup about 5 p.m. Monday. Lincoln police stopped the pickup near campus and arrested Banderas and Lucas Keifer.
   Banderas and Keifer are charged with possession of burglary tools and theft by unlawful taking. Each was released on a $3,500 bond.
   The athletic department said in a statement that administrators and coaches are aware of the incident and have no comment.
   Petersen said Banderas and Keifer were cooperative, with one telling an officer stealing the bikes was "bone-headed."

BIG TEN MEETING…Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips says college athletes need more than just a voice when it comes to issues that affect them. They need a vote.
   Phillips says that "has to happen" as the NCAA tackles a list of issues concerning athletes. He insists, however, that unionization is not the way to go.
   As Big Ten administrators gathered at the conference's headquarters for two days of meetings, there were several major issues hanging over the landscape. Unionization tops the list and the epicenter for that is Northwestern, where former quarterback Kain Colter is leading the push to form one. The issue is currently before the National Labor Relations Board.
   Phillips says it "goes against all that is what we believe is right in the landscape of college athletics."

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