Brookings Bombers Maroon @ Sioux Falls Mid-Summer Classic; vs. S.F. West, 5:00pm
U12 Traveling Team at VFW State Tournament (Brandon)
Soccer: First Bank and Trust Fishback Soccer Classic, Fishback Soccer Park
LEGION REGION… Volga defeated Flandreau 19-4 in opening round play at the Region 2B American Legion baseball tournament. Austin Chase and Layne Lucas each posted three hits to pace the Volga offense. Chase drove in a pair of runs and scored twice. Jake Larson and Ethan Kurka each added a pair of base hits. Larson went the distance to earn the win. He struck out nine batters and walked five.
Alex Schwing had a pair of hits and drove in a run to lead Flandreau. Heath Schindler, Derick Veldkamp and Ted Slattery each had a double. Schwing took the loss allowing 12 runs over 6 2/3 innings.
Volga will play host Garretson at 5:30 Friday night. Flandreau will play the late game Friday vs the loser of Dell Rapids/Madison.
Castlewood-Clear Lake opened play in the Region 1B American Legion baseball tournament with an 8-6 loss to Milbank on Thursday.
BANDITS REGION…Brookings will be top seed in the American Legion regional that starts Tuesday in Watertown. The Bandits will play the Renner-Harrisburg winner at 4:00pm at Watertown Stadium.
Coach Bill McMacken says Corey Roach will anchor the pitching staff, which has turned in solid outings as of late. 97647 :35 "been really solid".
But McMacken says the offense has been up-and-down, but the defense has eliminated most of the errors that plagued Brookings early in the season.
McMacken says there’s still a battle for playing time. 97648 :20 "up to region".
McMacken says the region representatives to state will most likely be from among Brookings, Aberdeen and Watertown. But the Bandits split their last four games with Renner, and he says Harrisburg could be troublesome.
Region 2A begins Tuesday in Yankton. No. 5 Sioux Falls Post 15 East plays No. 4 Mitchell at 1 p.m., Yankton plays Brandon Valley at 4 and West faces the Mitchell-East winner at 7.
DWU BASEBALL COACH… John Greicar, who was a player, grad assistant coach, and an assistant coach at Dakota Wesleyan, has been named head coach of the Tigers baseball program.
Greicar is the 12th head coach in DWU baseball history and takes over for Steve Gust, who resigned in June to take a head coaching position at the University of Minnesota Crookston after six seasons with the Tigers.
DREALAN-DSU TRACK…Dakota State cross country coach Anthony Drealan has been named head track and field coach – replacing long-time mentor Buzz Stevenson, who has retired.
Drealan finished his collegiate eligibility in 2011 at DSU. As a young coach replacing a long-time veteran, Drealan was asked if he’ll be under a microscope: 97636 :19 "the sprint side".
Drealan says watching Stevenson taught him how to deal with student-athletes on a daily basis. 97637 :40 "for the athletes".
Drealan says there’s some youth on the DSU teams, and he’s looking for leaders to emerge from the group.
BHSU SOFTBALL COACH…Black Hills State has hired Lane Leedy as the head softball coach.
Leedy spent last season as the interim head coach at the University of Toledo, leading the Rockets to its best season since 2005 while helping the school to its first season with a winning percentage of .500 or better on its home field.
Having extensive experience in the travel ranks, Leedy compiled a record of 232-67 over five years for the Ohio Stingrays. She helped lead the Stingrays to two ASA State Championships and a Regional PGF title. She also helped 57 of her players earn college scholarships.
MISSOURI FB…Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel talked about the Tigers during the Southeastern Conference’s media day – they open the season August 30th against South Dakota State.
Pinkel says they’re making some offensive adaptations. 97642 :20 "can do".
What about the Tigers’ quarterback situation? 97643 :22 "in him".
Pinkel says the Tigers are just trying to improve daily. 97644 :15 "every day".
Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel.
BIG 12 POLL… Oklahoma is the overwhelming favorite to win the Big 12 title in a preseason media poll.
The Sooners, who have won eight Big 12 championships, received 47 of the 56 first-place votes cast. They had 548 total points Thursday in voting by media members who cover the league. The poll was released in advance of the league's football media days next week in Dallas.
Defending champion Baylor is led by senior quarterback and league preseason offensive player of the year Bryce Petty. It got the other nine first-place votes and had 508 votes.
Six teams drew first-place votes in last year's preseason poll.
Kansas State was picked third, one point ahead of Texas. Oklahoma State was fifth, followed by Texas Tech, TCU, West Virginia, Iowa State and Kansas.
NCAA MENTAL HEALTH… The University of Michigan has received a grant from the NCAA to develop and evaluate a program for supporting mental health initiatives for student-athletes.
Michigan's athletic department is partnering with the school's depression center and school of public health.
An associate professor of mental health says it’s difficult for athletes to seek help because of the notion players are tough and resilient. Former Michigan football player Will Heininger, who battled depression, wants to help bring attention to the issue.
Michigan will present its project results at the NCAA Convention in Washington in January.
TRADE DEADLINE…Now that the All-Star game is over, baseball fans will turn their attention to the upcoming major league trade deadline.
Former USA Today writer Mel Antonen says trade talk attracts readers and listeners, but it’s impossible to know what’s going to happen. 97638 :30 "fun to try".
Antonen says contending teams will be calling up non-contenders, looking to make deals. 97639 :14 "willing to listen".
Antonen says general managers, not the players, could decide the A-L Eastern Division. 97640 :37 "by mid-August".
Oakland’s already made a deal for Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija – Antonen says that makes them the favorite in the A-L West. 97641 :56 "Samardzija and Hamiel".
Major league baseball reporter Mel Antonen.
PARK DAMAGE…State officials are totaling the damage caused southeastern South Dakota state parks by this year’s heavy rain and flooding.
Division director Doug Hofer says the damage isn’t as bad as in 2011, when high water plagued much of the state. 97621 :29 "lot of labor".
Hofer says a nature area east of Sioux Falls was damaged. 97622 :40 "of those issues".
Hofer says the Big Sioux Recreation campground near Brandon was flooded.
He says many of the areas are next to waterways – and if buildings could be kept dry – should come out of the flooding all right. Hofer says parks staff made it a high priority to clean up affected areas, and get back to normal quickly.