SPORTS 7-29-14

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BOMBERS MAROON…The Brookings Bombers Maroon closed the regular season by splitting with Renner Monday in Renner.   Post 307 won the nighcap 10-4, scoring three runs in each of the first, and fifth, innings.  Cody Niklason was hit by pitches twice, walked and singled for the Bombers, while Drew Cole had two hits.  Brookings used four pitchers in the game – Jacob Schoon started, and took the loss.
   The Bombers jumped out to a 4-0 lead after one inning, and went on to a 10-1 win in the opener.  Cole, Niklason and Ryan Treiber combined on a six-hitter, with Cole getting the win and Treiber pitching three innings for the save.
   Schoon had two singles and a double, with Parker Beers recording a two-run single in the first, and a run-scoring double in the seventh.
   The Bombers Maroon will have their state tournament Friday through Sunday in Pierre.
   Brookings will face Sioux Falls Central at Teener Field Friday morning at 11:00, and will play the Pierre Gray Sox at 7:00pm at Hyde Stadium.  Saturday, Brookings meets Mitchell Gold at 1:00pm at Hyde.
   The top four teams in pool play will meet Sunday morning in the semi-finals – the title game will be at 3:00pm Sunday.
STATE A LEGION…Region 1A champion Brookings will face Region 2A runner-up Yankton Wednesday morning to open the state “A” American Legion baseball tournament in Huron.  You can follow the Bandits throughout the tournament on KBRK-AM 1430.   Brookings coach Bill McMacken says the Bandits feel good about their chances against Yankton.  97626   :16   “anybody we play”.
   McMacken expects Yankton to go with Lane Sawatzke on the mound.  97627   :26   “lineup sets up”.
   McMacken says Sawatzke can also play first base, and swings the bat well.  97628   :31   “the defense guessing”.
   Brookings will face either Rapid City Post 22 or Watertown in the second round – not an easy matchup either way.  McMacken says the Bandits have to focus on Yankton first. 
STATE B LEGION…The title game is set for the “B” American Legion baseball tourney in Tabor.  The host will meet the lone unbeaten for the championship.
Tabor 6, Groton 5, Groton eliminated
Madison 12, McCook-Miner 3, McCook-Miner eliminated
Tabor (12-5) vs. Madison (21-5), 1 p.m.
If necessary, 5 p.m.
PIERRE RATTLERS…The Pierre Rattlers finished the regular season 8-4 and now they head to regional action this weekend in Mitchell.  A frustrating year for manager Tyson Lindekugel – half the Rattlers games were cancelled or rained out.  97632   :28   “there and go”.
   Pierre will play Vermillion Saturday at 2 pm while Mitchell and Yankton play Friday evening. The two winners will play at 5 pm to advance to the state A tournament. The two first-round losers will play Sunday in an elimination game with the winner playing the team that lost the championship game. The top two teams qualify for the state tourney that will be played in Renner and Mitchell.
SOCCER MEETING…The Brookings High School Activities Office will host an informational meeting for parents of students in grades 9-12 who will participate in soccer this fall.  The meeting begins at 7:00pm in the high school commons area.
CONCUSSION TESTING…Baseline concussion testing for high school athletes planning to participate in sports during the 2014-15 school year will take place July 31st through August 8th in room 205 at Brookings High School.
   The testing is free of charge, and is made available through a SDSU research project.  The process takes about one hour – consent forms are available at the BHS activities webpage.
   For more information, contact athletic trainer Angela Brown at
BIG TEN FOOTBALL…No matter how this season unfolds, Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald insists there is no more unified team than his Wildcats.
   He credits the push to unionize.
   Fitzgerald says he's "proud of the maturity" his players displayed as the story unfolded. He spoke Monday on the first day of the Big Ten's two-day media event.
   Northwestern is at the forefront of the movement, with former quarterback Kain Colter leading the push to form the first union for college athletes.
   A regional director of the National Labor Relations Board ruled in March that Northwestern's full scholarship players can bargain with the school as employees. Players voted in April on whether to form the first union for college athletes. The result is not known because the NLRB impounded the ballots.
FRONTIER DAYS…A cowboy from South Dakota is the first saddle bronc rider in 78 years to win back-to-back titles in that event at Cheyenne Frontier Days.
  Chad Ferley of Oelrichs scored an 83 on a bucking bronc named Sweatin' Bullets in Sunday's final round at the Frontier Days rodeo.  Ferley collected $12,026 in winnings - just shy of the $12,037 he won last year.
  Rodeo superstar Trevor Brazile of Decatur, Texas, won his first tie-down roping title in Cheyenne. Brazile collected $22,573, boosting him into the top five in the tie-down roping world standings.
  Brazile also has won three times at Frontier Days in steer roping.
  Trell Etbauer, of Goodwell, Oklahoma, placed in steer wrestling and tie-down roping to win the all-around cowboy title and collect $12,053.
WRIGHT…Former South Dakota State defensive back Winston Wright is in the Tennessee Titans’ training camp trying to earn a roster spot.
   The St. Louis-area native wasn’t drafted, but was invited to a tryout.  Afterwards, the Titans’ coaching staff asked Wright to report in July.
   Wright says he’s improved his off-coverage since rookie camp.  97629   :29   “has gone up”.
   Wright says the level of play’s a jump from the Missouri Valley Conference, where possession recievers are the norm.  97630   :19   “hold my own”.
   Wright says the biggest challenge is mastering an NFL defensive playbook.  97631   :39   “secondary is doing”.
   Wright says if he works hard, another team may give him an opportunity if things don’t work out with Tennessee.   
VIKINGS…The Minnesota Vikings have opened training camp in Mankato.
   The team has a new head coach – Mike Zimmer – and a new coaching staff.  All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson says he’s pleased with offensive coordinator Norv Turner.  97621   :14   “passing game”.
   Peterson says last year’s quarterback shuffle between Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel and Josh Freeman had an impact.  97622   :20   “how things go”.
   Peterson ran for over two-thousand yards in 2012, but his production fell off in 2013.  97623   :18   “ready to roll”.
   Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson.
PACKERS…The Green Bay Packers are getting their training camp rolling.  Head coach Mike McCarthy was asked about his game plan for camp.  97624   :19   “be no different”.
   One of the question marks may be wideout Randal Cobb, who wants a contract extension.  97625   :21   “about my business”.
   Packers’ receiver Randal Cobb. 

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