SPORTS 8-20-14

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Golf:                 Sioux Valley @ Milbank, 7:30am
                        Dell Rapids, Tri-Valley @ Dakota Valley Invitational, 9:30am
SDSU SOCCER…The South Dakota State women’s soccer team opens the regular season Friday night, hosting Creighton at six at Fishback Soccer Park.
   The Jackrabbits fell 3-0 in last Friday’s exhibition against Kansas.  Head coach Lang Wedemeyer played his top players during the first 70-plus minutes, and liked what he saw.  97625   :23   “gives us hope”.
   Wedemeyer says the Jacks have to tighten up their defense, especially in the midfield.  97626   :20   “of the net”.
   He says Creighton’s a difficult team to play.  97627   :20   “in some time”.
   SDSU’s already battling injuries – Wedemeyer says one player’s already lost for the season.
BHS FOOTBALL…The Brookings football team has moved to padded practices, in preparation for an August 29th season opener against Huron.
   The focus will be on the Bobcat running game, with Mikey Daniel, Gerald Maxwell and Dayton Bird.  But head coach Lee Schmidt says Brookings will have the means to throw the ball.  97628   :28   “two running backs”.
   Schmidt says the Bobcat offense has to be more consistent.  97629   :26   “field position advantage”.
   The Bobcats also return experience on the line of scrimmage.
   Brookings is the top-ranked 11AA team in pre-season – Schmidt says that may be a good thing.  97630   :25   “pay the price”.
   Schmidt says Huron, Aberdeen Central, Pierre, Yankton and Sioux Falls Lincoln will be among the tougher tests around the state.
PIERRE TENNIS…The Pierre girls’ tennis team is preparing for this weekend’s season opener.
   Third-year head coach Wade Kippley says graduation cut into the lineup and this team will be extremely young.  97621   :12   “because of that”.
   That youth is making the first two weeks of practice important.  97622   :23   “ready for those”.
   The only senior on the roster will play number one singles.  From there, Kippley says there are spots to be earned.  97623   :17   “going to play”.
   The number 1 singles spot will apparently be filled by the lone senior on the team this year to replace Eileen Leong who graduated last year. But after that there appears to be spots to be won according to coach Kippley.
   Kippley says the advantage of having played during the summer helps.  97624   :14   “extremely beneficial”.
   Pierre plays Friday at Sioux Falls Lincoln. Saturday, they meet Sioux Falls Washington and Roosevelt.
NDSU AD… The committee searching for North Dakota State University's next athletic director has chosen four candidates for on-campus interviews.
  Gene Taylor announced in June that he was leaving NDSU to take the No. 2 position in athletics at Iowa.
  Candidates to replace him who will get on-campus interviews are NDSU senior associate athletic director Troy Goergen, Colorado State senior associate athletic director David Crum, Stony Brook senior associate athletic director Matthew Larsen and St. Bonaventure athletic director Stephen Watson.
  NDSU said the campus interviews were still being scheduled.
KAMPMANN RIDE…An Elkton man is about to embark upon a cross-country bicycle ride to bring awareness to organ donation.
   Tony Kampmann will start his ride September first in Seattle, and plans to finish about October 15th in Virginia.  Along the way, he plans to educate people about organ donation.  97631   :13   “save my life”.
   Kampmann also plans to share his own life story.  97632   :21   “your driver’s license”.
   Kampmann says some medical conditions may disqualify people from donating.  He says people can have a great impact if they donate after their death.  97633   :09   “your gesture there”.
   Kampmann’s already completed one ride from South Dakota to Michigan.  His next venture may be to ride the length of the Rocky Mountains, from Canada to New Mexico.
HAMMON…Rapid City native Becky Hammon’s about to take a big step – from WNBA player to the first full-time female assistant coach in NBA history.
   She says she’s confident she can handle the role with the Spurs.  97634   :15   “that’s universal”.
   Will a women in an all-male locker room be an issue?  97635   :10   “it’s a non-issue”.
   Hammon hopes her step will be an inspiration to others:  97636   :11   “case for me”.
   Hammon recently had to say goodbye to her San Antonio teammates to move on to the Spurs. 
MARYLAND SCHOLARSHIPS… The University of Maryland says it will start guaranteeing scholarships to students-athletes until they graduate, regardless of injury or on-field performance.
   Maryland announced Tuesday that the guaranteed scholarships will begin this November. They will go to athletes in all spots, not just the so-called revenue sports of football and basketball.
   NCAA rules allow scholarships to be renewed on a year-to-year basis and reduced or canceled for any reason. Critics have argued that such policies undermine the NCAA's argument that revenue-generating athletes should not be paid.   Earlier this month, a federal judge issued an injunction that paves the way for future college football and basketball players to get monetary compensation.
  Maryland says it's one of the first Division I schools to guarantee scholarships for athletes in all sports.

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