SPORTS 8-21-14

Golf:                 Sioux Valley @ Milbank, 7:30am
                        Dell Rapids, Tri-Valley @ Dakota Valley Invitational, 9:30am
Soccer:             Creighton @ South Dakota State, 6:00pm, Fishback Soccer Park
Golf:                 Sioux Falls Roosevelt @ Brookings
Soccer:             Pierre @ Brookings, Noon, Fishback Soccer Park
Soccer:             South Dakota State @ North Dakota, 1:00pm
Softball:           Brookings J-V @ Sioux Falls, Sherman Park, TBA
Golf:                 Brookings @ Sioux Falls Washington Invitational, 9:00am, Willow Run
                        Sioux Valley, Tri-Valley @ Dell Rapids Invitational, 9:00am
Softball:           Brookings @ Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 6:00pm, Sherman Park
BHS XC…The face of the Brookings boys’ cross country team has changed.
   Gone are Addison DeHaven, who’s now at the University of Wisconsin; and Justice Lamer, whose family moved from Brookings.  Head coach Chris Gruenhagen’s left with no seniors, and a junior class to lead the way.  97640   :16   “whole new face”.
   But Gruenhagen’s been impressed with their work ethic.  97641   :17   “that we’ve had”.
   Even with the losses, Gruenhagen says the Bobcats are in position to win a third straight ESD title.  97642   :26   “their distance kids”.
   Brookings cross country coach Chris Gruenhagen.
SDSU XC…It’s been a decade since a school has swept the Summit League men’s and women’s cross country titles.  South Dakota State’s looking to change that.
   The Jackrabbit men are defending champs, and the women placed second, last season.  Head coach Rod DeHaven returns four from that men’s squad – led by Trent Lusignan, who placed 12th in the national meet.  97643   :18  “sort of thing”.
   DeHaven hopes complacency won’t become an issue.  97644   :16   “of our program”.
   The women return their top five from last year’s team – DeHaven says depth will be a factor in the conference race.  97645   :22   “a conference championship”.
   SDSU cross country coach Rod DeHaven.  
JACKS HOF…South Dakota State University student-athletes who were honored as national champions, All-Americans and NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipients make up the 2014 class of the Jackrabbit Sports Hall of Fame at South Dakota State University.
   The Hall of Fame class includes:
• Craig Cassen, men’s cross country/track and field;
• Rod DeHaven, men’s cross country/track and field;
• Jerry Smith, wrestling;
• Tara Tessier, women’s basketball 
   Induction ceremonies are scheduled for Oct. 11 at the SDSU Performing Arts Center. The inductions of Cassen, DeHaven, Smith and Tessier will bring the roster of inductees in the Jackrabbit Sports Hall of Fame to 72.
   Cassen’s standout career was highlighted by NCAA Division II national titles in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in both 1989 and 1991.  DeHaven is the most decorated runner in Jackrabbit history, winning 19 individual North Central Conference titles and earning All-America honors 15 times in distance running.  Smith was a dominant performer in the lower weights for the Jackrabbit wrestling program, winning individual North Central Conference titles each of his three years of varsity eligibility and earning All-America recognition twice.  Tessier was a three-year starter for the Jackrabbit women’s basketball team, who set then-SDSU records with 372 made free throws and 97 blocked shots from 1985-88.
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.
PIERRE FB…The defending State 11AA champion Pierre Governors are preparing for their season opener against Watertown August 30th.
   The Governors lost all but three starters to graduation but have several players who saw varsity playing time.  Head coach Jayson Poppinga says numbers wise, Pierre has more out for football this year.  97637   :11   “into the season”.
   Poppinga says after a three-day camp, despite all the new faces, the team was actually ahead of where it was last year.   97638   :24   “at this point”.
   Despite the new faces, Poppinga says Pierre will strive to be the best.  97639   :12   “last seven months”.
   Pierre football coach Jayson Poppinga.

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