Baseball championships start Monday

The South Dakota High School Baseball Championships will be available by Webcast. The tournament is Monday at Riverside Park in Yankton.

The Web cast is available at, a section of

The tournament begins with Yankton taking on Rapid City Central at 10 a.m. MDT, followed by Aberdeen Central and Mitchell at 1 p.m. and the championship game at 4 p.m.

For more information on the Class A and Class B High School Baseball Championships, go to

Track pre's

State AA track: Rapid City squads have a good shot

State A track: White hopes to break tape for Cavs

State B track: Kadoka coach has tough choices

Mitchell coaches agree: SDHSAA is clueless

The prevailing thought among coaches in the Mitchell area is that the positives of the current open enrollment system outweigh the negatives, and such a drastic change isn’t necessary.
"Is this a reactive amendment or is this something that’s going to benefit us? I’m not sure that the answer is shutting the doors to your schools.”
... more from Daily Rep

RC Stevens wins 3rd straight boys tennis title

The Rapid City Stevens Raiders won championships in six of nine flights to clinch their third straight state high school boys tennis title Saturday at Sioux Park.

Singles flight champions for the Raiders included Billy Paluch (Flight 1), Jack Hamburg (Flight 2), Gib Moyle (Flight 3) and J.J. Shultz (Flight 4). ... more from RCJ

Athlete from Aberdeen's past

Josh Heiden was an all-state tennis player at Aberdeen Central and an All-American at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn. He also helped Gustavus win a national team tennis title. ... more from AAN

Schools considering SDHSAA proposals

The Mad Daily has a good recap of the proposed five SDHSAA amendments.

In April, the South Dakota High School Activities Association -- the governing body for organized sports, fine arts, debate and other student activities -- sent five amendments to its constitution to member school districts. SDHSAA asked the school board members to vote on their support or rejection of changes to rules concerning athletes and open enrollment.

The most significant policy change, Amendment 1, would make high school athletes ineligible from interscholastic competition for one year after open-enrolling to another high school and attending classes. The current open-enrollment policy requires athletes to sit out for 45 school days from high schools with five-day school weeks, or for 36 school days for high schools with four-day school weeks.


The Oldham-Ramona School District was among the petitioners supporting the amendments, but Superintendent John Bjorkman said the district's participation was a mistake and the school board had decided not to join the petitioners. Bjorkman added that the board members voted against the five amendments.
"They felt that (open enrollment) really hasn't had a major bearing on our school," Bjorkman said. "We've had one student leave our school in the last couple of years to go somewhere else."
Superintendent Carl Fahrenwald of Rutland said that his school board had voted no on the first amendment, but it had approved the remaining four amendments. According to Fahrenwald, the board members seemed to believe that the one-year ineligibility period was excessive.
"It doesn't take into account a student's particular circumstances," Fahrenwald said.

Sturgis scoops up Nebraska coach

Rod Richardson has been selected to head the Sturgis Scoopers football team.
“I’m coming in with very high expectations for the coaching staff, the students and myself,” Richardson said. “I’m very excited about taking over a program that is on the rise.”
... more from RCJ

note this ...

Rapid City Stevens’ Amy Sykora and St. Thomas More’s Nathan Jacobson were honored as the 2008 Rapid City High School Athletes of the Year.

The Eastern South Dakota Conference teams were finally able to hold their conference track and field meet on Monday at Tiger Field in Huron.

from the Watertown police log ... EWWWWWW

Lost finger
8:02 a.m.
Caller reports he cut off his finger in the snow blower. Her son is out looking for the finger. ... more craziness here

it's windy in South Dakota for a reason ...

That giant sucking sound you heard recently was the SDHSAA board of directors thinking about stuff ...

The South Dakota High School Activities Association board of directors voted to approve a change that would eliminate districts in Class B wrestling beginning in 2009-10.

Class B schools would remain in four regions, eliminating the need to travel to a district tourney, but the specter of a two-day region tournament is one that some coaches see some problems with.
“We’ll never get to host one,” Stoebner said. “It’s only going to be the people with the biggest facilities. I wish them luck, because you’re not going to get this tournament done in one day and there a lot of towns that may not be able to put a team up for two days.”
... more from RCJ

... and whatever you do, DON'T SHAKE HANDS

Pearson named girls coach at Lincoln

When Shawn Bergan resigned his post as head girls basketball coach at Lincoln last month, the Sioux Falls School District immediately set out to fill his spot on the bench. And after a quick, but intense search, the Patriots have their man.

KELOLAND Sports has learned that former Lincoln boys coach Lyle Pearson has been tabbed as Bergan's replacement. Pearson previously spent 18 seasons at the helm of the Patriots program, leading them to the "Double-A" State Championship in 1995. But despite his extensive experience, Pearson admits his newest job will be a brand new adventure.
"When the girls job opened up this year I thought about it for awhile, and I thought what a challenge," explains Pearson. "Its certainly going to be something different for me because I've never coached girls before. I've got 30 years of experience with boys, but none with girls."

ALSO, Mark Ernster has been named the head wrestling coach at Lincoln High School beginning with the 2008-09 school year. He replaces Cory Smidt who took a teaching job in Minnesota.

keepin' track

PATRIOT BOYS WIN BHC: Douglas' Chandlor Mikkonen distanced himself from the rest of the shot put field, Friday, during the Black Hills Conference track meet at Douglas High School in Box Elder. Mikkonen turned in a throw of 50 feet, 9 inches, easily outdistancing St. Thomas More's Kenny Miller, who finished with a mark of 42-9.
"We want to win conference," said Mikkonen, who also placed second in the discus. "It has been 20 years since we last won. I think we have the best team out here and if anyone deserves to win it, we do."
... more from RCJ

STM GIRLS PREVAIL, AGAIN: The Black Hills Conference track meet had a familiar look on the girls side. All of last year’s girls individual running event winners returned to the meet this year, giving those at the meet a look at a strong field during Friday’s event at Douglas High School in Box Elder.

St. Thomas More held the edge, winning the team title with 180 points, 59 more than second-place Douglas, which finshed with 121 points. Custer was third with 101 points, followed by Hill City (58.5), Belle Fourche (48), Hot Springs (35), Lead-Deadwood (26.5) and Newell (14).
“We challenged the kids to compete hard at the meet and I am pleased with the results,” More head coach Shelby Vickers said. “Annie Bloom had an excellent meet and Carrie McGuire and Alexis Nowotny competed well.”
... more from RCJ

MILLER SWEEPS: Central South Dakota Conference Meet results - Friday at Miller

LEMMON GIRLS, FAITH BOYS WIN: Little Moreau Conference Meet results - Friday at Lemmon

CANISTOTA BOYS, FREEMAN GIRLS: won conference titles Thursday at the Cornbelt Conference track meet in Freeman.


Athlete of the Week: Emily Goedert, Britton-Hecla, Track & Field.


When the Rapid City Sports Hall of Fame opens its doors on Monday and welcomes in its new crop of inductees, there is no doubt the 2008 class is a strong one. ... check em out here

notes of james worthiness ...

... In a senior season that saw Mitchell guard Jordan Miller earn first-team Class AA all-state honors and win The Daily Republic’s Area Player of the Year award, there were very few questions surrounding Miller’s game. One of the only remaining questions was where Miller would be playing next season, and after a year-long process, that question has been answered. Southwest Minnesota State coach Greg Stemen announced Tuesday that Miller has signed a Letter of Intent to play with the Mustangs beginning in the 2008-09 season. ...

... Bismarck State College men’s basketball coach and athletic director Buster Gilliss signed six Red Cloud Indian School students to the Mystic roster for the 2008-09 school year May 4 at a special signing ceremony on the Red Cloud campus. Red Cloud seniors Billy Scott, Lester Gotheridge, David Giago, Art Vitalis, Ida Clarke and Lisa Bear Robe signed their national letters of intent with Bismarck State. ...

... Louie Krogman of White River was named Mr. Basketball, and Alexis Yackley of Sully Buttes was named Ms. Basketball. Krogman averaged 33 points a game and set the state's all-time career scoring record. He's a 6-foot-1 guard who'll play at the University of South Dakota. Yackley is a 5-7 guard who averaged 18 points a game. She has signed to play basketball at Iowa State. ...

... The Rapid City Sports Hall of Fame is recognizing three college athletes as their Athletes of the Year for their impressive accomplishments. The College Female Athlete of the Year is the University of Minnesota’s Julie Schwengler, while the College Male Athlete of the Year is being shared by Northern State University’s Chas Welch and South Dakota State University’s Matt Anderson. ...

SFC's Koth says alternate, shmalternate to Howie Wood

But Koth managed to steal the show as the first alternate ever to claim victory in a Dakota Relays special event. He got his chance when Washington's Trevor Gebhart and Pierre's Travis Fitzke cited hamstring pulls and were scratched.
"I was nervous when I found out I was going to run, but I had to start preparing myself," said Koth, who held off Anderson (48.94), Luke Leischer of Parkston (49.35) and Trevor Tiefenthaler of Sioux Rapids, Iowa (49.69).

"I just tried to stay as calm as I could, and it feels good to come out on top. This is something that you dream off - and when it actually happens, it's even better."
... more from Argus

Chalk one up for Fargo at Howie Wood

In the girl’s 400-meter special event, Laura Roesler of Fargo South, N.D., did something no other runner from South Dakota has been able to do this year, beat Rapid City Central’s Jasmyne King in a 400-meter race.

Rosesler ran a 55.42 while King came in second with a 56.02 clocking.

Spearfish’s Darian Thompson came in sixth in the special race with a time of 59.07.

King had just set the all-time South Dakota 400 record on Tuesday the Black Hills Track Classic in Sturgis with a 55.2 mark. ... more fro RCJ

The King is in da house!

Weather woes that reduced the Howard Wood Dakota Relays to a one-day event will also affect some anticipated high school meet moments.

Because of heavy snowfall out west, powerhouse Rapid City Stevens will not travel to Sioux Falls to compete, while Rapid City Central won't arrive until noon today.

The Cobblers won't bring a full team, but sprinting sensation Jasmyne King, who is scheduled to run in tonight's girls 400-meter special event, will be among them. ... more from Argus

TRACK RIVALRY REACHES NEW GENERATION: When Trevor Gebhart takes off from Lane 2 for tonight's special event 400-meter dash at the Howard Wood Dakota Relays, he won't have to look ahead to see history.

It will be running right beside him - another Trevor in Lane 1, who goes by Tiefenthaler.

Those names ring true to South Dakota track fans, who recall classic brother battles between the Gebharts (Everett and Ervin) of Elkton and the Tiefenthalers (Dennis and Jeff) of Armour from almost 30 years ago. ... more from Argus

Honors keep coming for Platte-Geddes coach

A little over a month after his team went on an unforgettable run to claim the Class A boys’ basketball state championship, Platte-Geddes coach Frank Cutler has received another honor.

Cutler was voted the South Dakota High School Coaches Association Boys’ Basketball Coach of the Year, and he said that he’s honored to be selected from a talented crop of state coaches.
“I’m really honored to be selected by the other coaches around the state,” Cutler said. “It’s a thrill for me, and obviously it’s a big reflection on the way our kids played at the end of the year and finished, ending with the state championship. It comes back to the way the kids played."
... more from MDR

trackin' with Ab Am News

Aaron Jung has managed to turn a setback into something special. The Watertown senior has turned heads and raised eyebrows with his performance in the shot put this spring. Jung recently recorded a heave of 65 feet, 3 inches, a feat he did not even know was possible and one of the top throws in the country this season.
“Going into the season, I kind of felt I wanted to get our school record (59 feet),” Jung said. “After I broke it, things just started popping for me.”
... more from AAN

Austin Hawkinson, Hoven-Edmunds Central, Track & Field, is the AAN POW.

South Dakota High School Track & Field Leaders ... here

Wet Wood woes & more notez

... The low temperatures, along with high winds, and rain that are expected to invade Sioux Falls overnight, forced Meet Director Mark Meile to go with his gut. And he says calling off day one of the 84th Annual Howard Wood Dakota Relays was the right decision.
"We thought it would be best for all concerned, athletes, coaches, workers, that we not hold the first session, or day one, and we would try to salvage Saturday best we can," explains Meile. "Based on the weather forecast, its supposed to be a little better. I don't know if it'll be a lot better in the morning. We're scheduled to start at 8:00AM on Saturday, and that's what we're going to try and get done."

... Judging by the way things are going for Aaron Jung, there’s a good chance that something special will happen when he sets up to compete in the shot put at the Dakota Relays on Saturday.

The Watertown senior has blown past every goal he’s set for himself this season, and he carries the third-best throw in state history into Howard Wood. His heave of 65 feet, 3 inches – posted April 18 at the Watoma Relays in Watertown – gives him an eye-popping 12-foot lead over his closest South Dakota competitor. Now Jung has his sights set firmly on the state record of 67-41/2, held by Custer’s Eric Flores.
“My goal going into the year was to get the school record (it was 59-8 at the time), and I got it on my very first throw of the year,” says the 6-foot-2, 240-pound Jung. “I’ve gotten a lot stronger and worked really hard on perfecting my technique. If I can stay consistent, something’s going to pop for me.”

... Here's a look at the Howard Wood Dakota Relays Hall of Fame inductees this year. ...

... Vermillion High School has a new boys' basketball coach -- Jay Drake, a Winner native and graduate of Dakota Wesleyan University. He currently is an assistant coach at Hanson High School. Drake replaces Jason Huska, who resigned as coach but will retain other school duties. ...

... Smokin' Stu Whitney writes: To all those who thought South Dakota should have fought against switching its high school girls basketball and volleyball seasons five years ago, take a look at the mess in Michigan. ...
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