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   Cross Country: Yellowjackets Still Lead The Pack


By Joe Kavanaugh
Rapid City Journal

The Black Hills State University cross country team quickly served notice to regional rivals that the 2008 cross country season may simply be a continuation of the past. The nationally ranked men’s and women’s teams easily swept team and individual titles at the Yellow Jacket Invitational on Saturday morning.

Running before a good-sized crowd of parents, friends and loyal supporters, the Yellow Jacket men swept four of the first five places and easily outdistanced second-place finisher Dickinson State — while a youthful South Dakota Mines squad finished third. In the women’s competition, BHSU easily defeated runner-up Concordia Moorhead with Montana State-Billings a distant third.

In the men’s race, BHSU senior Cody Bordewyk was the first individual across the line of the hilly 6K Spearfish Canyon course-winning in a time of 20 minutes, 19.75 seconds, nearly 20 seconds faster than runner-up Salvador Bautista of Dickinson State. BHSU runners Mark Mazza, Birch Haraden and Neil Long claimed the third through fifth spots, while K.C. Fieldler rounded out the team’s scoring with an eighth place finish.

The Yellow Jacket women nabbed the top three places and five of the top six, in the 4K race with junior Wendy O’Lexey crossing first in a time of 16:05.93, followed by teammates Alicia Verhulst (16:15.87) and Kerry Nekuda (16:19.21). Katie Cook and Shelli Scheffler followed shortly thereafter in fifth and sixth place. O’Lexey took charge early in the race, pulling away from the field on the first hill.

BHSU coach Scott Walkinshaw liked what he saw of his team.

“I’m very pleased. We needed to know where we are at,” he said. “The exciting aspect about this time of the year is to see if we can compete with last year’s team. To see if we will have that same will to win last year’s team had. I see that same kind of commitment with this team too. The women kind of picked up where they left off last year, and the men ran a smart race today. We have a chance to be a good team.”



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Posted by A-Cody
on Monday, September 15, 2008 (00:11:19)


KDSJ Local Sports
   Sports Scoreboard Saturday, September 13, 2008


College Football

#15 Northwest Oklahoma State- 10 #18 Black Hills State- 7 (Heard On KDSJ)
Valley City State- 37 Peru State, NE- 18
Mayville State- 9 Wisconsin-Lutheran- 7
Wisconsin-Stout- 37 #14 Jamestown- 13
Dakota State- 40 Minnesota-Morris- 24
S.D. Tech- 70 Trinity Bible, ND- 0
Concordia- 38 Dickinson State- 13
Augustana- 59 Minnesota-Crookston- 0
SDSU- 24 Western Illinois- 22
Southeast Louisiana- 31 USD- 30
Upper Iowa- 31 Northern State- 26
Dakota Wesleyan- 27 Nebraska-Wesleyan- 7
#3 Sioux Falls- 70 Dana- 0

High School Football

Presidents' Bowl

S.F. Washington- 41 #1 S.F. Lincoln- 22
#5 S.F. O'Gorman- 24 #4 S.F. Roosevelt- 17

College Volleyball

Black Hills State- 3 Midland Lutheran- 0
Indiana Tech- 3 Black Hills State- 0

High School Volleyball

S.F. Roosevelt- 3 Spearfish- 0
S.F. Roosevelt- 3 R.C. Central- 0
S.F. Washington- 3 R.C. Central- 0
S.F. Washington- 3 Spearfish- 0
New Underwood- 3 Dupree- 1



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Posted by A-Cody
on Sunday, September 14, 2008 (22:00:35)


KDSJ Local Sports
   Sports Scoreboard Friday, September 12, 2008


High School Football

Spearfish- 26 Rapid City Central- 0 (Heard On KDSJ)
Lead-Deadwood- 66 Hill City- 20
Belle Fourche- 21 Hot Springs- 8
Campbell County- 26 Lemmon- 12
Little Wound- 19 Cheyenne-Eagle Butte- 6
St. Thomas More- 43 Douglas- 6
Dupree- 24 Timber Lake- 0
Hay Springs, NE- 60 Edgemont- 14
Lyman- 52 Kadoka- 0
New Underwood- 12 White River- 8
Wall- 14 Newell- 12
Sturgis- 7 R.C. Stevens- 0
Aberdeen Central- 29 Mitchell- 14
#2 Brandon Valley- 33 Yankton- 14
#3 Brookings- 20 Huron- 12
Watertown- 9 Pierre- 3
Todd County- 40 Crow Creek- 0
Faith- 54 McLaughlin- 0
Harding County- 32 Philip- 20
Winner- 42 Mobridge- 6

High School Volleyball

S.F. O'Gorman- 3 Spearfish- 0
S.F. Lincoln- 3 Spearfish- 0
S.F. Washington- 3 Sturgis- 0
S.F. O'Gorman- 3 R.C. Central- 0
S.F. Roosvelt- 3 R.C. Stevens- 2
S.F. Roosevelt- 3 Sturgis- 0
S.F. Washington- 3 R.C. Stevens- 1
Watertown- 3 Yankton- 1
S.F. Lincoln- 3 R.C. Central- 2

College Volleyball

Black Hills State- 3 St. Francis- 1
Black Hills State- 3 Grand View- 0



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Posted by A-Cody
on Saturday, September 13, 2008 (04:56:16)


KDSJ Local Sports
   Cross Country: Spearfish Picks Up Win


By Padraic Duffy
Rapid City Journal

Custer's Karley Konkol and Spearfish's Jared Hicks won the girls and boys individual titles at the Belle Fourche Invitational at Belle Fourche Country Club on Thursday.

Hicks' win on the boys side of the race helped propel the Spartans to the boys team title over Newcastle, Wyoming. The Spartans placed five finishers in the top 16 to better the Dogies by five points, 19 to 24.

The Spartans' top runners were Hicks (1st), Randy Vette (3rd), Graham Heberlig (7th), Tim Poper (11th), Tanner Triscori (16th) and Ty Retzl (21st).

In the girl's 4,000 meter race, Lead-Deadwood's Bailey Voss finished fourth, Custer's Mariah Gaston was fifth, Belle Fourche's Rebecca Meza seventh and Spearfish's Aimee Owen was ninth.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Saturday, September 13, 2008 (04:30:38)


KDSJ Local Sports
   Sports Scoreboard Thursday, September 11, 2008


High School Volleyball

St. Thomas More- 3 Custer- 1
Bennett County- 3 White River- 1
Edgemont- 3 Rapid City Christian- 0
Wall- 3 Kadoka- 1
Hot Springs- 3 Newell- 0
Douglas- 3 Hill City- 0



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Posted by A-Cody
on Saturday, September 13, 2008 (04:23:16)


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   Boys Golf: Spearfish Downs Lead-Deadwood


Ben Deverman’s 39 was good for medalist honors at Tuesday’s high school boys golf dual between Spearfish and Lead-Deadwood at Spearfish Canyon Country Club.

Deverman led Spearfish to the team win as the Spartans finished six strokes ahead of Lead-Deadwood 170-176.

Zach Fox and Jordan Smith each fired a 42 to pace Lead-Deadwood.

“It was just nice to see us have a nice score at our home course,” said Spearfish coach Eric Ligtenberg. “We’ve been kind of struggling. It was also nice for us to have some nice scores back-to-back. We had a good score at Meadowbrook in Rapid City last week.”

Spearfish has the week off to prepare for the Spearfish Invitational next Tuesday, also at Spearfish Canyon Country Club.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Thursday, September 11, 2008 (07:00:00)


KDSJ Local Sports
   College Volleyball: Lady Yellowjackets Get Swept By Coyotes


VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota volleyball team shined in its 2008 home debut Wednesday night with a 25-20, 25-10, 25-16 sweep of Black Hills State University at the DakotaDome in Vermillion, S.D.

With the sweep, the Coyotes stayed unbeaten and improved to 9-0 on the season, their first under head coach Matt Houk.

Kristen Kritenbrink (So., Gretna, Neb.) paced the Coyote offensive attack with 11 kills. Heather Hult (Sr., Davis, S.D.) added 10 kills, while Laura Slagter (Sr., Roseville, Minn.) collected eight. Kathleen Hruska (Sr., Sioux Falls, S.D.) added seven kills as the Coyotes displayed their balance against the Yellow Jackets, who fell to 5-4 on the season.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Thursday, September 11, 2008 (04:31:28)


KDSJ Local Sports
   Sports Scoreboard Tuesday, September 9, 2008


High School Volleyball

Newell- 3 Lead/Deadwood- 2
St. Thomas More- 3 Belle Fourche- 1
Douglas- 3 Hot Springs- 2
Philip- 3 Jones County- 0
Cheyenne-Eagle Butte- 3 Dupree- 0
Winner- 3 Bennett County- 1
Bennett County- 3 Gregory- 0
Edgemont- 3 New Underwood- 0



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Posted by A-Cody
on Wednesday, September 10, 2008 (05:53:48)


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   Boys Golf: Sturgis Boys Edge Lead-Deadwood


By Jason Gross
Meade County Times

Two Sturgis boys golfers shot better than 40 Monday afternoon as the Scoopers edged Lead-Deadwood 175-180 in a dual at Lead Country Club. Sturgis was originally set to host the event.

Kyle Kopplin carded a nine-hole 38 en route to medalist honors. Clay Kopplin, with a 39, finished second in the individual race.

Tate McVay and Alan Roth each contributed a 49 to the Scooper cause. Zac Smith (53) and Sawyer Mathiesen (59) followed.

Lead-Deadwood was paced by Zach Fox, who shot a 40 and finished third. Grant Bellet (43), Jordan Smith (48), Gabe Dirksen (49), Dakotah Simpson (51), and Cas Bowman (57) also represented the Golddiggers.

Garrett Mack, with a 58, turned in the low score for the Lead-Deadwood junior varsity.

The Scoopers will compete in two eastern tournaments this weekend: Friday’s Yankton Invitational and Saturday’s Brookings Invitational. Lead-Deadwood, meanwhile, will compete in a Tuesday dual in Spearfish and travel to Custer on Friday.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Wednesday, September 10, 2008 (05:06:37)


KDSJ Local Sports
   Women's Golf: Jackets Card Top Scores In Dickinson


The Black Hills State women won the Blue Hawk Invitational golf tournament on Monday at Heart River Golf Course behind fourth and fifth place finishes from Katelynn Lamb and A.J. Rolfson, respectively.

Black Hills State finished the event with a total of 704 strokes over the two days to beat Minot State by seven shots. Katie Campbell (179), Anne Langdell (185) and Emily Chapman (191) were the other Yellow Jacket women in the event.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Wednesday, September 10, 2008 (04:56:55)


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   Yellow Jackets Start Season With Huge Win 21-14


By Dennis Knuckles
Black Hills Pioneer

Black Hills State got their 2008 season started on the right foot, with a 21-14 at Southwest Minnesota State Saturday afternoon in Marshall, Minn.

Southwest Minnesota took the opening kick off and drove down to the Black Hills State 47-yard line before the drive stalled.

The Yellow Jackets got the first break of the game on an illegal kick by Southwest Minnesota, giving the Yellow Jackets the ball at the Southwest Minnesota 38-yard line. After two penalties, holding and false start, Yellow Jacket quarterback Drew Hodgs was sacked and he fumbled and Southwest Minnesota recovered at the Mustang's 48-yard line.

Eleven plays later Zach Wysong scored from three-yards out. Scott Talcott added the extra point and Southwest Minnesota enjoyed an early 7-0 lead.

In the second quarter the Yellow Jackets finally got their offense going. Black Hills State drove 73 yards in nine plays, with Hodgs throwing a 12-yard TD pass to Jamie January. Micah Nielsen added the extra point and the game was 7-7 at the half.

The Yellow Jackets took the second half kick off and marched down to the Mustangs 25-yard line, but a sack and a penalty stalled the drive, forcing the Yellow Jackets to punt. Southwest Minnesota drove to the Black Hills State 30 before a penalty stalled the drive and also forced the Mustangs to punt, and the game remained tied 7-7, with 15 minutes left to play.

Early in the fourth, Hodgs connected with Corey Wheeler on a 31-yard pass play giving the Yellow Jackets a first down at the Mustangs 18-yard line. Five plays later, Hodgs scored from one-yard out. Nielsen added the extra Point, and the Yellow Jackets grabbed the lead 14-7 with just over seven minutes left in the game.

The Mustangs answered right back, aided by a Yellow Jacket pass interference penalty, driving 56-yards on seven plays. Wysong scored from three-yards out. Scott Talcott added the extra point tying the game at 14 with three and a half minutes left in the game.

After forcing the Yellow Jackets to punt, the Mustangs returned the punt 34-yards to the Black Hills State 40-yard line. Three plays later Scott Boner recovered a Mustangs fumble at the Black Hills State 33-yard line to keep the Mustangs from taking the lead.

The Yellow Jackets put together a last minute drive and with eight seconds left in the game Hodgs connected with January on a 20-yard touchdown. Nielsen added the extra point giving the Yellow Jackets the win 21-14.

Hodgs finished 13 for 27 throwing for 212-yards and two touchdowns, running for another score.

Ehrlich gained 122-yards on 25 carries for the Yellow Jackets.

Black Hills State's offense gained 336 yards, while the Yellow Jackets defense held Southwest Minnesota to 125 yards rushing and 67 yards, sacking the quarterback three times and intercepted two passes.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Wednesday, September 10, 2008 (04:49:29)


KDSJ Local Sports
   BHSU Receives Gift In Memory Of Former Track Athlete


Black Hills State received a gift of $3,000 in memory of former Spearfish resident and track and field standout, Mark Larsheid.

The family, led by Mark's widow Mary Larscheid-Christensen, has organized the Annual Mark Larscheid Memorial Golf Tournament for the last eight years in an effort to celebrate Mark's life and preserve his memory. The proceeds went to benefit the Black Hills State track and field program in the form of the Mark Larscheid Memorial Scholarship.

"The Larsheid Golf Tournament is such a great way to honor the memory of Mark," said Black Hills State Director of Athletic Development, John Kietzmann. "What Mary has put together is amazing and Black Hills State is so thankful to be a part of such a wonderful event."

In August 2000, the Larscheid family and the Spearfish community experienced a great tragedy when Mark Larscheid's life was cut short in an automobile accident in Spearfish Canyon. Born and raised in South Dakota, Mark and his wife Mary raised their three children--Shane, Summer and Slade. Mark was a loving husband, father, gifted teacher, dedicated coach and friend. He set the South Dakota high school state record in the 110-yard hurdles in 14.1 seconds iin 1969.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Wednesday, September 10, 2008 (02:41:44)


KDSJ Local Sports
   Sports Scoreboard Saturday, September 6, 2008


College Football

#18 Black Hills State- 21 Southwest Minnesota- 14 (Heard On KDSJ)
Minnesota-Crookston- 20 Mayville State- 15
#19 Jamestown- 47 Peru State- 20
Concordia- 55 #20 Minot State- 13
Emporia State- 27 Augustana- 14
SDSU- 40 Youngstown State- 7
Northern Iowa- 24 USD- 13
#7 Morningside- 31 Dakota Wesleyan- 7
#2 Sioux Falls- 35 Nebraska-Wesleyan- 0
Winona State- 39 Northern State- 14

High School Football

Sturgis- 27 R.C. Central- 19 (Heard On KDSJ)
R.C. Stevens- 20 Spearfish- 6
Mitchell- 14 Pierre- 8
S.F. O'Gorman- 22 #2 S.F. Washington- 14

College Volleyball

Sioux Falls Classic

Black Hills State- 3 Mount Marty- 0
Black Hills State- 3 University of Sioux Falls- 0

High School Volleyball

Harding County- 3 Lead/Deadwood- 0

Boys Soccer

Yankton- 2 Spearfish- 1



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Posted by A-Cody
on Sunday, September 07, 2008 (23:33:12)


KDSJ Local Sports
   Girls Tennis: Spearfish Downs Sturgis


Spearfish downed Sturgis, 7-2, in a tennis dual between the two Northern Hills I-90 rivals on Thursday afternoon.

The Spartans got singles wins from Audrey Swisher and Hannah Parrett before the Scoopers rallied with wins from Stacy Davison and Lauren Takahashi.

Spearfish then prevailed in the final two singles matches as Christine Bergmann and Rachel Deichert recorded wins.

The No. 2 and No. 3 doubles matches both went to tiebreakers with Spearfish winning both to close out the match.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Saturday, September 06, 2008 (04:20:23)


KDSJ Local Sports
   Cross Country: Stevens Boys Win At Northern Hills Meet


Rapid City Stevens and Sheridan, Wyo., won their respective divisions at the Northern Hills Cross Country Meet run on the Spearfish Canyon Golf Course on Thursday.

Stevens tallied 44 points with Gillette, Wyo. second with 48 points. Pierre and Sheridan tied for third with 102 points. Spearfish came in fifth followed by Newcastle, Wyo. and Cheyenne-Eagle Butte.

Dominick Robinson, of Gillette, was the boys individual champion as he covered the 5,000-meter course in16 minutes,16.41 seconds. Coates had a 17:02.52 for second. Hill City’s Andy Coy was third in 17:19.62. Alex Espeland, of Pierre, was fourth in 17:33.07 followed by Damien Schuster, of Sturgis who ran a 17.49.04.

The Sheridan girls tallied 46 points as Lela Carpenter broke the tape in the 4,000 meter run in 15.14.46.

Rapid City Stevens was second in the team points with 60, followed by Gillette with 73 points. Douglas was fourth with 93, followed by Custer and Cheyenne-Eagle Butte.

Madeleine Takahashi, of Sturgis, the 2007 cross county AA champion, came in second, posting a 15:30.29.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Saturday, September 06, 2008 (04:17:31)


KDSJ Local Sports
   Spartans' Graslie Beats Rain, Wind To Take Medalist Honors


By Joe Kavanaugh
Rapid City Journal

Spearfish senior Nik Graslie captured medalist honors at Thursday’s Rapid City Quad golf tournament at Meadowbrook Golf Course by shooting a steady 37 on a sometimes rainy, overcast day. His 1-over round was two shots better than Sturgis junior Kyle Kopplin whose younger brother, Kyle, finished third with a 40 on his nine-hole card.

Sturgis nipped Spearfish by two shots to claim the team title, shooting a 171. Rapid City Central posted a 177 and Rapid City Stevens had 181 strokes to complete the nine holes of play.

Other tops scores on the days included 42s by Alex Pappel (Stevens), Ben Deverman (Spearfish) and Thomas Birgenheir (Central), while Ryan Jensen (Stevens) and Trevor Kautzman (Central) recorded 44s.

Sturgis golf coach Joe Shetler was delighted to see some consistency from his younger players to complement the usually consistent play of the Kopplin brothers. He got just that as sophomore Zac Smith recorded a 42 which put him into a tie for fourth in the individual competition.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Saturday, September 06, 2008 (04:13:04)


KDSJ Local Sports
   Sports Scoreboard Thursday, September 4, 2008


High School Volleyball

Philip- 3 Kadoka- 0
Newell- 3 Custer- 0
Bennett County- 3 Hot Springs- 2
Sturgis- 3 Douglas- 1
Belle Fourche- 3 Hill City- 0
Timber Lake- 3 Bison- 0



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Posted by A-Cody
on Saturday, September 06, 2008 (04:06:06)


KDSJ Local Sports
   Sports Scoreboard Friday, September 5, 2008


High School Football

#3 St. Thomas More- 55 Lead/Deadwood- 0 (Heard On KDSJ)
Lyman- 36 Wall- 0
Douglas- 30 Dickinson, N.D.- 21
Custer- 37 Newcastle, WY- 14
Belle Fourche- 12 Winner- 0
Newell- 40 #5 Harding County- 28
#4 Sioux Falls Lincoln- 21 #1 Sioux Falls Roosevelt- 7
#3 Brandon Valley- 21 Aberdeen Central- 18
Brookings- 25 #5 Watertown- 13
Yankton- 20 Huron- 13
Bennett County- 41 Red Cloud- 0
Hot Springs- 51 Pine Ridge- 0
New Underwood- 38 Kadoka- 0
Eureka/Bowdle- 38 Herreid- 10
Dupree- 32 Faith- 6
White River- 38 Colome- 16
Hemingford, NE- 58 Edgemont- 19
Sundance, WY- 22 Hill City- 12
Philip- 40 Jones County- 8

College Volleyball

Sioux Falls Classic

Black Hills State- 3 Briar Cliff- 2
Black Hills State- 3 Waldorf, IA- 0
S.D. Tech- 3 Dana- 2
Mount Marty- 3 Dickinson State- 0



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Posted by A-Cody
on Saturday, September 06, 2008 (03:40:31)


KDSJ Local Sports
   Boys Golf: Smith Paces The Diggers


Lead-Deadwood’s Jordan Smith shot a 38 to claim medalist honors and help the ’Diggers to a first-place team finish on Tuesday at Lead Country Club.

Smith’s effort helped Lead-Deadwood to a 168 team total, 27 shots better than runner-up Spearfish, which finished with a 195. Belle Fourche was third with a 215.

“I thought the ’Diggers put in a fine performance,” Lead-Deadwood head coach Joan Rachetto said.

Lead-Deadwood got a 39 from Grant Bellet to finish just behind Smith. Zach Fox turned in a 49, while Dakotah Simpson carded a 49, Garrett Mack turned in a 55 and Gabe Dirksen had a 58.

“I was pleased with a Smith and Bellet’s scores,” Rachetto said. “And this was Simpson’s first time on the varsity, so it was nice to use his score on the four-low total. Plus Zach was steady for us.”

Spearfish received a 45 from Ben Deverman to lead the effort. Nick Graslie and Jorden Louke each carded a 49, while Seth Bridges had a 57 and Jordan McGruarty had a 61.

Tyler Burr led Belle Fourche with a 44, while Jordon Mollory had a 53, Cary Hewitt a 55 and JayCe Huber had a 73.

Lead-Deadwood and Spearfish head to the Sturgis Invitational on Friday at 9 a.m.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Thursday, September 04, 2008 (05:48:28)


KDSJ Local Sports
   Sports Scoreboard Tuesday, September 2, 2008


High School Volleyball

Edgemont picked up where it left off over the weekend by sweeping Hill City in three games 25-6, 25-8, 25-16.

The Douglas girls volleyball team needed a wake-up call Tuesday night. A first-set loss seemed to provide the spark the Patriots needed, helping Douglas to a 23-25, 25-10, 25-11, 25-16 win over Newell at Douglas High School.

Rapid City Central came out admittedly flat in the first game against Sturgis, but rebounded to sweep the Scoopers in three straight games in GDC action. After Sturgis scored the final four points to claim the first game 25-22, Central sharpened its attack, rebounding to win 25-11, 25-14, 25-19 in Rapid City.

Rapid City Stevens, the defending state class AA champions, extended its early-season perfect record to 4-0 by sweeping Spearfish in three straight games, 25-20, 25-15, 25-12 in the Spartans' home opener in the SHS gym.

The Custer Wildcats used youth to come from behind to defeat Lead-Deadwood 3-2 in Black Hills Conference action.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Thursday, September 04, 2008 (05:43:55)


KDSJ Local Sports
   Girls Tennis: Cavaliers Blank Spearfish In Opening Match


By Jake Nordbye
Rapid City Journal

In the opening match of the 2008 girl's high school tennis season, St. Thomas More shut out Spearfish, 9-0, on Tuesday afternoon at Sioux Park tennis courts in Rapid City.

In the No. 1 singles match-up, St. Thomas More's Aisling Gould defeated Spearfish's Audri Swisher, 10-7. Gould used a powerful backhand often, and had 10 service ace points in the match.

In the No. 1 doubles match, Gould and Cheyenne Raforth topped Swisher and Hannah Parrett 8-3. Raforth then downed Parrett in the No. 2 singles 10-5.

The Lady Cavaliers also won the junior varsity match 6-0.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Thursday, August 28, 2008 (05:21:21)


KDSJ Local Sports
   Boys Golf: Stevens Takes Top Spot In Pierre


On a windy day that sent the scores higher, the Rapid City Stevens boys golf team found a way to cut through it straight to the top of the leaderboard at the Pierre Invitational on Tuesday.

The Raiders edged out Aberdeen Central for the top spot firing a 322--one shot better than Central.

Sturgis was seventh with a 360 paced by Kyle Kopplin's 83, Lead-Deadwood took ninth with the help of Zach Fox's 89 and Spearfish was 10th led by Ben Deverman's 91. Sturgis' Clay Kopplin was just one shot behind his brother with an 84.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Thursday, August 28, 2008 (05:14:25)


KDSJ Local Sports
   Preseason Cross Country Polls


Black Hills State and Dickinson State are ranked in the NAIA Preseason Men's Cross Country Poll. The Yellow Jackets, who finished as national runner-up in 2007, are rated number two, with the Blue Hawks rated fifteenth. Dakota State received votes. Malone, OH is the preseason number one.

The Yellowjackets and Blue Hawks also represent the DAC in the NAIA Preseason Women's Cross Country Poll. BHSU are ranked seventh with the Blue Hawks in the poll at number 25. Jamestown College received votes. Cedarville, OH is the preseason favorite.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Thursday, August 28, 2008 (04:38:23)


KDSJ Local Sports
   Volleyball: BHSU Returns Talented Trio, Eyes DAC Title


By Jeff Budlong
Rapid City Journal

Led by three returning all-conference performers, the Black Hills State volleyball team is looking to take that next step.

Two years ago it was a third place finish for the Yellow Jackets in the Dakota Athletic Conference. Last year, it was a runner-up finish behind eight-time defending champion Dickinson State, but this year BHSU is eyeing the top spot.

“We do have high expectations this year and we start out always aiming for that top spot,” BHSU head coach Jhett Albers said.

Black Hills State finished with an 11-3 mark in the DAC last season with Dickinson State going undefeated. However, both teams received four first-place votes in the preseason pole conducted by DAC coaches. Dickinson had one more point overall to grab the preseason top spot from the Yellow Jackets.

BHSU is set up well for success heading into the 2008 season thanks to a strong returning core of players led by Kristin Engle. The junior’s awards and accomplishments from last season read like an impressive resume. They included first team all-conference and all-region to go along with an honorable mention All-American award.

“She is a middle hitter who was impressive as a freshman, earning freshman of the year honors, and she has continued to improve for us every season,” said Albers, who is the reigning conference coach of the year.

Maggie O’Neill gives the Yellow Jackets a powerful outside hitter who was the freshman of the year in the DAC last season and provides the team with a powerful jump serve as well.

Mandy Brumfield is in charge of spreading the ball out to the Yellow Jackets’ hitters and the setter has done a solid job of that for two seasons earning the praise of her coach.

“We are going to lean on those players and they are the ones we will call on, but we can’t single them out because everyone has to contribute,” Albers said.

Albers is expecting players like Annie Grim — who will be playing the libero position this season — Carina Sweet and Kayla Haines to have big seasons for the team after serving in backup roles last season.

“Annie will be key with that first touch and she is fearless going after it,” Albers said. “Carina is one of our most consistent players and best defenders and passers. The key will be for our younger players to be able to challenge them every day in practice to make them better and have to fight for the spot.

The Yellow Jackets were supposed to open their season against National American University this past weekend, but with the Mavericks dropping their program it will give Albers and his young team an extra week to prepare before it faces Doane College at the start of the Red Raider Classic in Orange City, Iowa, on Aug. 29.

“I think that extra time will be a real positive and let us work on some things we need to,” Albers said.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Monday, August 25, 2008 (16:20:46)


KDSJ Local Sports
   Lady Yellow Jackets Picked Second In DAC Preseason Poll


Dickinson State University is the coaches' choice to capture the Dakota Athletic Conference women's volleyball title for the ninth year in a row with Black Hills State a close second.

The Blue Hawks, under new head coach Ryan Platt, picked up four first place votes to top the conference preseason poll. The Yellow Jackets also picked up four first place votes, but had one less voting point to finish second.

South Dakota Mines placed third in the balloting with Jamestown College fourth and Valley City State fifth. Mayville State and Minot State tied for sixth with Dakota State rounding out the poll at number eight.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Thursday, August 21, 2008 (07:00:00)


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   Yellow Jackets 18th In NAIA Preseason Football Poll


Carroll College starts the 2008 season at No.1 in the NAIA Football Top 25 Preseason Coaches' Poll. After winning the 2007 Championship, the Fighting Saints have been tops in the last three polls (2007 postseason, 2008 spring, 2008 preseason).

Last year's national runner-up, University of Sioux Falls, is ranked second to begin the season. Morningside College (Iowa) is ranked 7th while Northwestern College (Iowa) is the third Great Plains Athletic Conference team to be ranked with a spot at number 13.

A trio of Dakota Athletic Conference teams are ranked in the Top 20. Black Hills State ranks 18th and Jamestown and Minot State are tied for 19th in the NAIA preseason poll.

BHSU's home opener will be against nationally ranked Northwestern Oklahoma which is ranked 15th to begin the season. The two Top 20 teams meet on Saturday, September 13th in Spearfish right here on KDSJ!



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Posted by A-Cody
on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 (03:25:26)


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   Jackets Second In DAC Pre-Season Football Poll


Dakota Athletic Conference football coaches are pointing at Minot State to capture the 2008 DAC championship.

The Beavers, who shared the 2007 conference crown with Black Hills State and Jamestown College, received six first place votes to top the balloting. BHSU received the final two first place votes to finish second.

Jamestown placed third in the poll, Dickinson State finished fourth, Dakota State and Valley City tied for fifith, South Dakota Mines finished seventh and Mayville State eighth in the preseason poll.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 (03:04:30)


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   Spearfish Names New Wrestling Coach


Mike Abell is the new varsity wrestling coach at Spearfish High School, after his hiring was approved by the Spearfish School Board.

Abell spent the past few seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Lead-Deadwood High School.

Abell replaces Nick Durham, who resigned last spring for personal reasons, and later accepted a position as wrestling coach at St. Thomas More.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Tuesday, August 19, 2008 (01:55:52)


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   Sports Scoreboard Thursday, July 31, 2008


Region 3A Legion Tournament

Second Round

R.C. Post 22-12 Spearfish-2 (7 Innings) (Heard On KDSJ)
R.C. Post 320-11 Pierre-3

State B Legion Tournament

Second Round

Platte/Geddes-7 Lead/Deadwood-6 (Heard On KDSJ)



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Posted by A-Cody
on Thursday, July 31, 2008 (20:48:32)


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   Post 31 Commits 15 Errors, Loses At State


Host team Milbank turned back Lead-Deadwood, 11-5, on Wednesday during the opening day of the South Dakota Class B American Legion state baseball tournament at Legion Field.

Lance Frogner and Jeff Fish each went 3-for-6 at the plate, and Garrett Cook threw a seven-hitter and struck out seven to get the win for Milbank.

Lead-Deadwood’s 15 errors proved decisive. Post 31, making its first-ever state Class B tournament appearance, had a 3-2 lead over Milbank in the third inning.

Milbank knotted the score at three in the fourth, then blew the game open with a six-run fifth inning.

Lead-Deadwood added single runs in the seventh and eighth, but Milbank countered with two in the bottom of the eighth to close out the scoring.

Ben Bartling went 3-for-5 with a run scored, and Russ Hadden and Jake Startz each had two hits for Lead-Deadwood.

Bartling took the pitching loss after taking over for starter Danny Johnson with one out in the fourth inning. Bartling gave up eight hits, walked six and struck out six.

Lead-Deadwood takes on Platte-Geddes on Thursday in an elimination game. Coverage of the game at 1:30 p.m. on KDSJ 980 AM!



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Posted by A-Cody
on Thursday, July 31, 2008 (15:32:05)


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