SPORTS 5-19-14

   State "AA" girls tournament @ Hillsview, Pierre
   State "A" girls tournament @ Spearfish Canyon
   State "B" girls tournament @ Lakeview, Mitchell
   State "B" boys’ tournament @ Wild Oak, Mitchell
Awards: Brookings High School Athletic Awards Night, 7:00pm, V.A. Bell Auditorium

   State "AA" girls tournament @ Hillsview, Pierre
   State "A" girls tournament @ Spearfish Canyon
   State "B" girls tournament @ Lakeview, Mitchell
   State "B" boys’ tournament @ Wild Oak, Mitchell

BHS BASEBALL…Brookings earned a berth in Saturday’s state "A" high school baseball tournament with wins over Aberdeen and Watertown in super-regional play in Aberdeen.
   Brookings rallied with three runs in the top of the seventh to defeat Watertown 6-4 for the regional title. Kyle Krogman had three hits and three runs scored. Jared Tschetter had two hits. Trevor Jutting had two hits for Watertown.
   Krogman threw four innings of no-hit relief to get the win.
   The Bobcats jumped out to a 7-to-2 lead over Aberdeen, and tacked on four runs in the seventh for a 14-2 win. Mack Burns had two of the Bobcats’ seven hits. Thomas McMacken drove in three runs. Corey Roach allowed two earned runs on seven hits over six innings for the win. Aberdeen pitchers walked 12 batters.

SDSU BASEBALL… A late South Dakota State rally came up just short as the Jackrabbit baseball team fell 4-3 to North Dakota State in the regular season finale for both teams Saturday.
   The two teams will meet again in the opening round of the Summit League Baseball Championship at 7 p.m. Thursday in Sioux Falls. SDSU is the top seed in the double-elimination tournament, while the Bison are the fourth seed.
   Ryan Froom took the loss, allowing one run on four hits in three innings. The Jackrabbits held a 10-7 advantage in hits as Eric Danforth, Aaron Machbitz and Sam Pack all tallied two hits each.
   Friday, SDSU swept 5-1 and 6-1. Pack had two hits in game one. Chad Hodges carried a shutout into the eighth inning of game two.

ESD TRACK…Results of Saturday’s ESD Conference track meet in Brandon:
   GIRLS: Brandon Valley 133.33, Yankton 108, Pierre 84, Mitchell 63, Watertown 59, Brookings 49.83, Aberdeen Central 45.83, Harrisburg 33, Huron 13.
   Brookings results:
200: 6, Kaitlyn Hadley, Brookings, 27.64
400: 3, Madison Gray, Brookings, 58.30
400 Relay: 1, Brookings (Holly Fahrenwald, Kaitlyn Hadley, Sydney Maher, Alexis Gannon), 50.19
800 Relay: 2, Brookings, 1:47.32
1600 Relay: 4, Brookings, 4:12.96
Medley Relay: 6, Brookings, 4:28.81
Long Jump: 1, Alexis Gannon, Brookings, 18-8.5 (meet record, old record 17-10.5, Patti Finn, Brookings, 1980)
Pole Vault: 6, Sydney Thomas, Brookings, 9-6.
Triple Jump: 1, Alexis Gannon, Brookings, 38-3 (meet record, old record 37-10.5, Alicia Heiser, Aberdeen   
     Central, 1999);
7, Jenna Thornton, Brookings, 33-5
   BOYS: Brandon Valley 132.33, Yankton 117, Watertown 102, Pierre 94.67, Aberdeen Central 50, Brookings 43, Harrisburg 32, Huron 9, Mitchell 9.
   Brookings results:
100: 8, Mitch McKibben, Brookings, 11.88
1600: 1, Justice Lamer, Brookings, 4:29.80
3200: 2, Justice Lamer, Brookings, 9:47.45; 5, Ray Munsterman, Brookings, 10:13.61
110 Hurdles: 4, RJ Helsper, Brookings, 16.40
300 Hurdles: 7, Nathan Eki, Brookings, 45.09
400 Relay: 7, Brookings, 45.11
800 Relay: 5, Brookings, 1:35.88
1600 Relay: 6, Brookings, 3:42.74
3200 Relay: 7, Brookings, 8:51.12
Medley Relay: 8, Brookings, 4:02.53
High Jump: 7, Isaac Rounds, Brookings, 5-9
Pole Vault: 2, Kaleb Ellis, Brookings, 14-9

SUMMIT TRACK….South Dakota State placed second in the women’s division of the Summit League track meet in Fargo.
   The Bison won with 246 points – the Jackrabbits had 193.
   SDSU placed four throwers in the top ten of the discus – placed three in the top ten of the triple jump – and put four in the top ten of the 5000 meters.
   Carly Carper was third in the 100 and fourth in the 200. Gina Fritz was fifth in the 200.
Kali Olson and Mary Wurth qualified for the NCAA meet in the high jump.
   USD and North Dakota State tied for the men’s title with 260 points. South Dakota State had 146 for third.
   Jake Sanderson won the triple jump with an effort of 47 feet, ¾ inch. Justin Carson was second in the 400 hurdles in :53.73. Ryan Schaefer was fifth in the pole vault at 15-5.75, while Nate Schaefer was seventh, clearing 15 feet.
   Adam Halverson won the 400 in :48.63.

ESD TENNIS…Mitchell easily won the ESD Conference boys’ tennis title Friday in Pierre with 430 points. Brandon Valley had 199, Aberdeen Central 189, Yankton 182, Watertown 120, Brookings 107, Huron 50 and Pierre 19.
The Bobcat results:
1- Baylor Dobbs 0-2
2 - Dylan Rittershaus, 6th
3 - Dalton Rittershaus 0-2
4 - Vlad Chilom, 4th
5 - Andrew Crawford 0-2
6 – Nick Bien, 4th
1 - Dobbs/Chilom 0-2
2 - Rittershaus/Rittershaus, 4th
3 - Crawford/Bien, 3rd

STATE GOLF…The final four state high school golf tournaments will tee off Monday at four courses across the state. This year’s competitions are scheduled as two-day, thirty-six hole events, with the ‘AA’ girls in Pierre at Hillsview and the ‘A’ girls at Spearfish Canyon. Class B will be split between two sites in Mitchell – Lakeview for the girls and Wild Oaks for the boys.
   The "AA" field is led by the return of just three of the top ten finishers from last year including Sioux Falls Lincoln’s Abbie Grevlos. Grevlos posted a 7th place individual finish as a sophomore and a runner-up finish in last year’s event. O’Gorman’s Kelsey Johnson is also looking for her third consecutive finish in the top ten, having finished in 4th and 9th place the past two years. O’Gorman is also the favorite in the team race in this year’s event, entering with a state-best scoring average of 324, nearly twenty shots better than their nearest competitor.
   Huron coach Chris Rozell says, after the flooding of 2011, the Hillsview course is in great condition. 97621 :29 "for us".
   The Class ‘A’ field also features three of last year’s top-ten finishers, including freshman Sydney Bormann of
Parkston. Bormann won the Class ‘A’ individual title as a 7th grader and finished 3rd in last year’s rain-
shortened event.
   Class ‘B’ will see new champions in each gender’s individual title race, as well as a new team champion on the girls’ side. Only two of the top ten individuals on the boys’ side return, while half of the girls’ top ten is back. Garretson will look to defend its boys’ crown, while both Deuel and Deubrook Area are back to challenge for the girls title. Either Deuel or Deubrook has finished in the top two team places on the girls’ side in each of the past four years.

MEYER OBIT…One of the winningest men’s basketball coaches in NCAA history has died.
   Don Meyer, the former men's basketball coach at Northern State, died Sunday morning at home. He was 69.
Meyer almost lost his life in a car accident on Sept. 5, 2008, that led to numerous surgeries — the first of which exposed that he had inoperable carcinoid cancer in his liver and small bowel.
   Meyer's story was featured in a variety of national venues, including Sports Illustrated, the ESPN TV show "E:60" and in a book written by Meyer friend and ESPN baseball analyst Buster Olney, "How Lucky You Can Be: The Story of Coach Don Meyer." Meyer has had basketball courts named after him — including at NSU — been inducted into many halls of fame and has won numerous national honors including the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance ESPY, the John Wooden Keys to Life Award and the Naismith’s Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s John Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award.
   A movie based on Meyer's life is in pre-production, with filming expected to begin this summer.
   Don and wife Carmen donated their $430,000 home to NSU for the remodeling and addition project to the NSU Barnett Center and their work on the $11 million cancer center that Avera St. Luke's Hospital is planning to build in Aberdeen and name after the Meyers.

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