WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6:
State "B" Amateur tournament @ Cadwell Park, Mitchell
1:30pm: Old-Timers Game
6:00pm: Tabor vs. Clear Lake
8:00pm: Winner/Colome vs. Groton
ALL-STAR BASEBALL…The North All-Stars swept a pair of two-run victories in the South Dakota American Legion baseball all-star games, held Monday in Lake Norden.
In a 9-7 North victory, Platte’s Richard Sternberg had a double and a home run, driving in two runs. For the South squad. Vermillion’s Ty Iverson had a hit.
Jacob Leighton of Class B champion Madison went 3-4 with four RBI for the South team. Watertown’s Taylor Stacey went 3-3 with two home runs and four RBI for the North squad.
In a 7-5 North win in the nightcap, Vermillion’s Jayce Huska had two hits and a RBI, and Tanner Anderson had a hit and two walks for the South squad. Yankton’s Mitch Gullikson had a hit at the plate and struck out four batters in two innings of work on the mound. Mount Marty baseball recruit Deric Denning (Mount Vernon, played Legion for Corsica), also had a hit and struck out five batters in two innings of work.
BKGS SOFTBALL…The Brookings Outlaws U16 girls fastpitch team went 7-0 in the U16B Northern National Championship tournament this past weekend in Bismarck. Brookings won the national title, scoring 76 runs in seven games.
Game 1 vs West Fargo Impact 15-2
Katie Beck started out on fire going 3-4 at the plate including a single and two doubles with 6 RBI's. Kara McDougal scored all four times she stepped to the plate and had 2 RBI's. Allie Steffensen knocked in three runs while Jenna Helgeson knocked in two. DeGroot and Fritz had an RBI a piece.
Game 2 vs Everest Weston, WI 20-9
All 9 Outlaw players recorded at least one hit in this slug fest. McKynze Hansen scored each of her four plate appearances while knocking in four runs. Allie Steffensen had 3 RBI's on two hits (single,double). The winning pitcher, Kelly McClain, also had 3 RBI's.
Game 3 vs Valley City 11-0
Kylie Fritz had a big game going the distance on the mound giving up just one hit with four strike outs. She also recorded 3 RBI's with two hits. Jenna Helgeson knocked in three runs while Alex DeGroot knocked in two runs.
Game 4 vs West Metro Thunder Chanhassen, MN 1-0
Alex DeGroot had what turned out to be the only, and the winning RBI in this pitchers dual. Alex came through with the clutch base hit to score Jenna Helgeson from 2nd base in the 4th inning. Kara McDougal also had a base hit while Kylie Fritz had the other two hits. Kylie was also the winning pitcher giving up just one hit while recording 8 strike outs. Defense played a big part in this victory. A diving catch to rob a base hit and record the first out in the last inning was made by Bri Kruetner.
Game 5 vs Central Wisconsin Sharks 9-7
This game had excitement from start to finish. The Outlaws got it going with a lead off single by McDougal followed by a homerun from DeGroot. Three more runs scored in the first inning on a two-run double by Mckynze Hansen and a one-run double by Bri Kruetner. Bri had another double and a homerun in the game. There ended up being 5 lead changes with a tie going into the bottom of the last inning. The Outlaws got the walk off victory when Allie Steffensen hit a two-run single to end the game.
Game 6 vs BI-County Thunder Illinois 11-0
The Outlaws show off a little offense in this semifinal game. Jenna Helgeson was perfect at the plate including two singles and a triple. Kylie Fritz hit a homerun while Kara McDougal, Katie Beck. Bri Kruetner and Kelly McClain all hit doubles. Mckynze Hansen led the team with 3 RBI's in the games. Defense came up big again turning 3 double plays.
Game 7 vs Illinois
Back to back doubles to start by McDougal and DeGroot got the Outlaws on the board. The Thunder scored 2 in the 3rd inning to take the lead 2-1 but Brookings answered right back with a four-run inning of their own. They followed that up with another four-run inning in the 5th to tighten their grip on he National Championship and it was obvious they were not giving it up. McDougal went 3 for 4 with an RBI. Allie Steffensen also had a multi-hit game going 2 for 3 (single,double) with 3 RBI's. Alex DeGroot had a double and a single while Katie Beck had two singles with each player knocking in a run. Kruetner, Helgeson and McClain each had a hit in the game while Hansen had a triple. Kylie Fritz was the winning pitcher.
SDSU FB…South Dakota State has opened fall football camp In preparation for an August 30th season opener at Missouri.
The Jacks are one of a few Missouri Valley teams with a returning starting quarterback – head coach John Stiegelemeier: 97648 :24 "of him, also".
Running back Zach Zenner and wideout Jason Schneider return – Stiegelmeier says it’s good to have possession-type players, with the ability to make a big play. 97649 :38 "to do both".
SDSU football coach John Stiegelmeier.
BKGS YOUTH FB…Registration for the 2014 Brookings Youth Football season is now open. Brookings Youth Football is a youth organization dedicated to providing opportunities for youth entering grades 3-6 in the 2014-15 school year to learn the fundamentals and skills of football.
The online registration for the 2014 football season is now available at www.brookingsyouthfootball.com . The registration fee is $75.00 per participant and includes the Bobcat youth football camp August 11 - 13th from 6-7pm at the Brookings High School Practice Field. More information can be found on the Brookings Youth Football website.
If you are interested in only attending the youth football camp, please register through the website and select the camp only option. The registration fee for the camp is $40.
GAY COACH… A volleyball and baseball coach at St. Mary High School in Dell Rapids has publicly announced he's gay.
Twenty-five-year-old Nate Alfson made the announcement Tuesday in an online essay. Both he and local sportscaster Mike Henriksen say Alfson is believed to be the first openly gay high school coach in South Dakota.
Alfson is originally from Pipestone, Minnesota. He played baseball at Augustana College in Sioux Falls.
Alfson says he's prepared for criticism and strong reactions to his decision, including the possibility of it causing problems with his employment at a Catholic school. But he says he's also received support, and feels that a tremendous burden has been lifted from his shoulders.
NSU HOF…The Athletics Hall of Fame at Northern State University will induct five members October third.
Included in the group will be current Nebraska men’s basketball coach former NSU assistant Tim Miles, who will be honored with the Kretchman Coaching Award. Joining Miles will be 1992 graduate Denise (Ruhland) Clemens in basketball, 1974 graduate Rod Kutter in football, 1995 graduate Tanya (Frerichs) Sheldon in softball and track and 1996 graduate (also a Master’s in 1999) Josh Trandall in track.
HAMMON…The San Antonio Spurs have hired WNBA star Becky Hammon as an assistant coach.
Hammon plans to retire from the San Antonio Stars after this season. She joins South Carolina assistant Lisa Boyer, who served on John Lucas's staff in Cleveland in 2001-02, as women to coach in the NBA.
Hammon spent some time around the Spurs during last season's run to the championship, and coach Gregg Popovich says she made a strong impression. Popovich says he's "confident her basketball IQ, work ethic and interpersonal skills will be a great benefit to the Spurs." 97641 :19 "relationship skills".
So what will Hammon do with the Spurs? 97642 :14 "the mix".
Hammon talked about moving from playing, to coaching. 97643 :07 "coaching opportunity".
Hammon becomes the first full-time female coach in the NBA. 97644 :20 "of trail blazers".
It's the latest move for the Spurs, who hired European coaching legend Ettore Messina to join Popovich's staff earlier this summer.
IOWA RECRUITING…Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz has established a personnel and recruiting division within the Hawkeyes coaching staff.
Ferentz announced Tuesday that former graduate assistant Kelvin Bell will be the director of on-campus recruiting and that Max Allen, an administrative assistant, will be the director of new media. Both are newly created positions for the Hawkeyes.
Scott Southmayd, a quality control director at Iowa for the past nine seasons, will now be the program's director of player personnel. The Hawkeyes have also brought back former defensive end Broderick Binns as a graduate assistant.
Ferentz says the changes are designed to make Iowa's prospect identification and evaluation process more efficient.
DECORATE THOSE COOKIES…The NCAA will allow South Carolina to ice away on future cookie cakes.
The school says Tuesday that the football program's self-reported violation for having decorative icing on prospects' cookie cakes will no longer count as an infraction.
NCAA spokeswoman Emily James tweets that her organization had talked with South Carolina and the Southeastern Conference and all parties "agree it's not a concern & will not be processed as a violation."
The sweet treat transgression was part of 22 violations South Carolina tuned into the NCAA from July 1st, 2013, through this past July 31st. The report was released to The Associated Press last week through an open records request.
The school said there were no penalties other than talking to football staffers involved.
VIKINGS…The curtain goes up on the Minnesota Vikings’ exhibition season Friday, when the Raiders visit the Twin Cities.
It’ll be the first look at rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater under game condition – offensive coordinator Norv Turner was asked what he expects. 97645 :21 "to make plays".
Turner was asked about the offensive game plan. 97646 :24 "a great play".
Turner says it’s time for a game. 97647 :15 "play a game".
Minnesota offensive coordinator Norv Turner.