THURSDAY, AUGUST 7:
State "B" Amateur Tournament @ Cadwell Park, Mitchell
11:00am: Beresford vs. Plankinton
1:00pm: Clark vs. Northville
5:30pm: Milbank vs. Akron
7:30pm: Lennox Only One vs. Wynot
STATE "B" AMATEUR…A four-run first inning lifed Tabor to a 10-3 win over Clear Lake Wednesday in the opening game of the state "A" amateur baseball tournament in Mitchell.
Doug Vanacek was 2-for-3 with three walks and an RBI. Pick-up player Jake Weier had two RBIs and two runs scored, while Nate Kloucek recorded a hit and two runs in the win. Vanacek also earned the win, recording seven strikeouts in five innings.
Trevor Cassels suffered the loss, giving up 10 runs, eight earned, and striking out 11 in 8 1/3 innings. Cassels and Zachary Toben each recorded two hits, while Chris Stoebner and Josh Stickland each had a hit and an RBI for the Slough Sharks, who had five hits and five errors.
Groton’s Jamie Jorgenson retired the first nine batters he faced en route to a 5-1 win over Winner-Colome. He finished with a five-hitter, with 13 strikeouts. A couple of Winner-Colome errors helped Groton build a 5-0 lead.
MIDWEST LITTLE LEAGUE…Rapid City Canyon Lake has advanced to the Little League Midwest Regional championship game with a 7-3 win over Joplin South Wednesday in Indianapolis.
The title matchup against Kearney, NE begins at noon, Central Time, Friday and will be shown live on ESPN. The winner advanes to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
SDSU MBB…The South Dakota State men's basketball team moved to 2-1 in their Brazilian tour with a hard-fought 86-73 win over Prefeitura de Jacareí, a team in the A2, or second-tier pro league in Brazil.
The Jackrabbits opened the game on a 13-2 run an led by as many as 21 points behind a balanced team effort in the first half before taking a 44-30 lead at halftime.
Jacareí cut the Jackrabbit lead to as few as six points in the third quarter, but the Jacks regained their composure amidst a boisterous crowd and ran away with the win in the fourth quarter.
Jake Bittle led a trio of Jackrabbits in double figures with an unofficial total of 15 points, with both Deondre Parks and Cody Larson adding 11. Reed Tellinghuisen finished with eight points and Connor Devine five points in the win.
The Jackrabbits now get a few days off before returning to action on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro against another A1 team, this one called Botafogo.
SDSU WRESTLING…South Dakota State wrestling has been named the Best of Brand Gold Standard award recipient by the National Wrestling Coaches Association, in coordination with Elite Level Sport Marketing.
The Gold Standard is the highest award given at the conclusion of the season to the program that most effectively builds their brand utilizing technology throughout the year and the award for @SDSUwrestling comes after being ranked No. 1 in ELSM’s social media power rankings for the majority of the year.
SDSU wrestling continues to grow its #getjacked mantra on the national landscape through its bi-weekly video releases, along with a strong presence on all social mediums.
Jacked Up Mondays and Jackrabbit Wrestling: All Access provide a behind-the-scenes look at the Jackrabbits both on and off the mat.
UT-Chattanooga, Drexel, Iowa State, Johns Hopkins, NC State, Princeton, Stanford, North Carolina, Maryland, Missouri and Wayland Baptist were also finalists for the prestigious award.
SDSU VOLLEYBALL…South Dakota State opens fall volleyball camp with a team meeting Saturday, and practice Sunday.
On Sunday’s agenda is team goal setting – head coach Phil McDaniel expects post-season play will be part of that. 97621 :20 "in the conference".
McDaniel says, to be a Summit League contender, SDSU has to do a better job defending home court – plus win some road matches. He says teams will be aware of the Jackrabbits. 97622 :48 "be aware of".
SDSU opens the season at Maryland-Eastern Shore. McDaniel says that’ll be an opportunity to avoid "move in" weekend on campus and focus on volleyball.
PIERRE SOCCER…The Pierre high school soccer teams have held their first practices of the fall. Pierre is sponsoring soccer for the first time this year as a sanctioned team after spending the first 14 years in the South Dakota Soccer Association.
Brad Cruse is the first head coach of the Governor soccer team. He says he’s excited for the new season although he says his players may not feel great about the way the he plans to start practices. 97623 :23 "the most efficiently".
Early practices will concentrate on fundamentals. Cruse isn’t sure if he will need to cut players from the varsity squad. 97624 :14 "unsure on that".
Two-a-day practices will run for a few days: 97625 :11 "and a half".
The Lady Govs still do not have a head coach although it was announced that Sydney Zanin will be the head coach. He is expected to be officially named the new head coach at the next school board meeting if not before.
BIG 12 FOOTBALL… The Big 12 Conference is emphasizing its unique standing in the new playoff era with its mantra of "One True Champion."
With 10 teams playing a round-robin schedule, the Big 12 is the only one of the five power conferences in which every team plays each other. It is also the only league without a championship game.
Baylor is coming off its first Big 12 title, and like all champions since Texas was national runner-up in 2009, the Bears didn't win all of their league games.
It remains to be seen if a Big 12 champion with a blemished record would get into one of first College Football Playoff semifinal games.
Baylor coach Art Briles doesn't believe that will be an issue because of the league's strength.
SNYDER-NCAA FB…Bill Snyder ripped the big-time nature of college athletics as Kansas State opened fall camp Wednesday, lamenting the way universities have "sold out" in search of the almighty dollar.
During a lengthy oratory in which the 74-year-old coach discussed the upcoming season, Snyder argued that TV has assumed too much control of college sports; education has been relegated to a second thought; and that the entire endeavor "distorts" the values of young people.
Snyder voiced his thoughts one day before the NCAA board of directors is to vote on a proposal giving the five wealthiest college football conferences the ability to make rules and pass legislation without the approval of the rest of Division I schools.
The autonomy proposal is expected to pass.
GFP COMMISSION…The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission will hear proposals on hunting and trapping seasons for bobcats and hunting seasons for mountain lions Thursday afternoon in Fort Pierre.
Commissioners are holding their monthly meeting Thursday and Friday at the Holiday Inn Express.
The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. Commissioners will hear input from the public on finalizing the fall turkey and waterfowl hunting seasons beginning at 2 p.m.