SPORTS 5-30-14

Track: State High School Championships
"AA"-Sioux Falls O’Gorman; "A"-Madison; "B"-Howard Wood Field
Bandits at Yankton Lewis & Clark Wood Bat Tournament (pool play games in Crofton, NE)
– Bandits vs. Creighton, NE (3:00)
– Bandits vs. Sturgis (5:15)
Brookings Bombers Gray @ Crooks (5:30)
White @ VFW Bullets, 6:00pm
Bombers Maroon @ Mitchell Tournament
vs. Mitchell White, 1:15pm
vs. Sioux Falls Central, 3:30pm

Track: State High School Championships, Howard Wood Field, Sioux Falls
Bandits at Yankton Lewis & Clark Wood Bat Tournament (pool play games in Crofton, NE)
-- Bandits vs. Crofton, NE (10:00)
-- Bandits vs. Tabor, NE (12:15)
Bombers Maroon @ Mitchell Tournament
vs. Mitchell Gold, 3:30pm
vs. Yankton 13’s, 6:15pm
Little League Majors teams at Dell Rapids Tournament

  Baseball: Bandits at Yankton Lewis & Clark Wood Bat Tournament (placing games at Vermillion, SD)
-- Bandits vs. TBA (1:15, second semifinal game)
-- Bandits vs. TBA (3:30, championship game)
Bombers Maroon at Mitchell Tournament
Little League Majors teams at Dell Rapids Tournament

Clark @ Volga Legion, 7:00pm
Sioux Falls East @ VFW Bullets, 5:00pm

Baseball: Watertown vs. Bombers Gray, 4:00pm
Bandits @ Aberdeen, 5:00pm (POSTPONED)
Brandon Valley @ VFW Bullets, 5:00pm

STATE A TRACK…Class "A" teams open their state track meet Friday at Trojan Field in Madison. The bulk of the finals will be Saturday at Howard Wood in Sioux Falls.
Deubrook coach Brad DeBeer says Madison has several individuals who are performing well, and will be heavily favored in the boys’ division. 97634 :16 "those individual events".
DeBeer says it would be a surprise if Sioux Falls Christian doesn’t take the girls’ title. 97635 :36 "be fairly attainable".
DeBeer says there are about a half-dozen athletes from Madison, and West River schools who will be in their final high school meet – and fans may want to watch for them.

ASSMUS…Senior Jackrabbit thrower Shelby Assmus placed 47th overall in the shot put competition Thursday at the NCAA West Preliminary Round.
Assmus tallied a mark of 43 feet, 11 1/4 inches on her final throw of the day. She fouled her first attempt and posted a distance of 42-5 1/2 on her second throw.
During her time as a Jackrabbit, she was named All-Summit League at four conference meets and this year she finished in the top-five in all five conference events competed in, including three runner-up finishes.

SMART TRACK…Two South Dakota State women’s track & field student-athletes have garnered academic accolades. Courtney Neubert and Kali Olson were both named to the Capital One Academic All-District 6 Team.
Neubert will be entering her senior year in the Pharmacy program at South Dakota State this upcoming fall, while Olson recently graduated with a degree in Psychology. Both Neubert and Olson have a perfect 4.0 grade-point average (GPA).

VOLGA BASEBALL… Aurora scored three runs in the first and added three more in the seventh to pull away from the Volga Cormorants Wednesday in Eastern Dakota League action.
Aurora got on the board in the first inning aided by four free passes and an error. Ty Schneider then drove in a pair of runs with a single.
Schneider finished with three base hits. Mike Graybill, Sam Froehlich, Matt Peja and Andrew Tousche added hits. Nathan Kirby pitched six innings giving up two runs to earn the win.
Volga was led by Randy Santema with two hits including a double. Tanner Thompson-Moad added a double and Josh Nelson had a pair of singles. Jordan Nelson took the loss pitching six innings allowing four runs.
Volga will travel to Clark Sunday afternoon for a date with the Traders.

BANDITS BASEBALL…The Brookings Bandits will open their season this weekend at the Lewis and Clark American Legion wood bat tournament in Yankton.
Former coach Bill McMacken returns to lead the program this season. The team will consist of the Bobcats’ high school roster, plus two additional players.
McMacken wants to develop pitching depth, and see everyone improve defensively. 97636 :22 "just can’t happen".
McMacken says there will be some power in the batting order. 97637 :32 "to do that".
Huron, Renner, Aberdeen and Watertown join the Bandits in regional competition – McMacken says that tournament will be brutal. 97638 :27 "at Mount Marty".
Huron gets a state tournament bid as host team, and won’t have to play the regional tourney.
The Bandits’ Tuesday games with Aberdeen have been postponed – Brookings will play again Thursday, hosting Sioux Falls West.

BUSCH BACK TO BROOKINGS…It appears former Brookings High School, and Bandits, pitcher Landon Busch may transfer to South Dakota State.
The Sioux Falls Argus Leader is reporting Busch made the decision to leave Kansas State after a coaching change, and the replacement of some scholarship players. Busch was one of those players.
Busch made 31 appearances over the last two seasons. As a true freshman, he helped the Wildcats reach the NCAA Division I Super Regionals last season.

AUGIE TRANSFER…Augustana College guard Riley Nordgaard has transferred into the Montana State women's basketball program.
Nordgaard averaged 12.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game as a sophomore at the Sioux Falls school. She will have to sit out a season under NCAA Division I transfer rules and will have two seasons remaining.
MSU coach Tricia Binford says Nordgaard is a tough, aggressive athlete with a team-first mentality.
Nordgaard averaged 24 points, 10.5 rebounds and 5.9 steals per game as a senior at Canby High in Canby, Minnesota.

BHSU COACH OUT…Bradd Schafer has stepped down after eight seasons at Black Hills State University to become head men's basketball coach at Western State University in Gunnison, Colo.
Schafer played at Western State from 1996-2001.
Schafer spent four seasons as an assistant at BHSU before becoming the head coach for the past four years, where he had a 55-58 overall record. He replaces Mike Moskowtiz, who stepped down in April after the Mountaineers finished just 3-23 this past season.

HURON RODEO…The Huron Youth Rodeo Association will host the first of two high school East region rodeos this weekend at the Heartland Rodeo Grounds just east of Huron.
Bill Hupp is president of the association, and says the rodeo draws contestants from a large area. 97621 :24 "in the state".
Hupp says well over one hundred boys and girls have entered this weekend's rodeo. 97622 :15 "of contestants".
All entrants are looking to score points towards qualifying for the state high school rodeo next month in Belle Fourche and the national finals after that. 97623 :21 "with you".
All contestants must be academically eligible like any other high school athlete. 97624 :16 "academic levels".
The rodeo begins with cutting competition Friday, then full performances at 1pm Saturday and 10am Sunday. Spectator admission is free.

SDSU WINS CORN SHOWDOWN…South Dakota State again will hold bragging rights another full year as winner of the "South Dakota Showdown Series", a point-based, athletic and academic competition between the two in-state university rivals.
At the conclusion of this season, the Jackrabbits came out on top with a score of 18-9.
In addtition, almost 36-hundred backpacks were filled when USD and SDSU athletic departments, student athletes and Learfield Sports’ personnel teamed up for Feeding South Dakota’s BackPack program. Also, nearly 32,000 meals from monetary donations and pounds of food collected during the entire athletic season have gone to directly benefit families in the immediate region.

NFL-TRAINERS… NFL teams and the league's foundation will fund trainers in underserved high schools nationwide in a $1 million program.
An announcement was made as part of a White House summit on youth sports safety.
The program, a collaboration with the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) and the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS), is part of $25 million committed by the NFL Foundation over the next three years toward health and safety projects.
According to NATA, only 55 percent of high school athletes nationwide have access to a full-time certified trainer. Access is particularly challenging in low-income and rural communities.
The outreach program will provide certified trainers in NFL communities. NFL teams will identify schools in their region that are eligible.

BIG 12 RECRUIT…Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby believes now is a good time to look at possible changes to the college recruiting model.
Bowlsby says maybe it's time to allow more than one paid official visit to campus, and allow for the expenses paid for parents or family members to have make visits.
The commissioner also suggests possibly using Skype or FaceTime for initial recruiting interviews. He says such technology is just one example of "where the world has changed and the architecture around college athletics hasn't changed with it."
Bowlsby expects the Big 12 to seat a task force to look at the changing environment in college athletics and begin putting together an agenda of things that need to be addressed.

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