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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)

KDSJ Local Sports
   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)

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   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)

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   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)

KDSJ Local Sports
   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)

KDSJ Local Sports
   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)

KDSJ Local Sports
   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)

KDSJ Local Sports
   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)

KDSJ Local Sports
   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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   Spearfish Outslugs Post 320

By Jake Nordbye
Rapid City Journal

In a game that saw 25 hits, and one 12-run inning, Spearfish Post 164 outslugged Post 320, 10-7, in the second game of the South Dakota 3A Regional Tournament at Hyde Field Wednesday afternoon.

Post 320 took a 7-1 lead after scoring five run in the top of the fourth. But Spearfish quickly responded, exploding for seven runs in the bottom of the fourth to take an 8-7 lead.

Spearfish would not trail again.

“Our whole lineup contributed today,” said Spearfish head coach Matt Kemp, “They don’t give up, even when we were down. They know that with the firepower we have in our lineup they’re never out of the game.”

After Spearfish scored in the first inning on a Jess Cooper RBI single, Post 320 took back the lead scoring two in the next frame. When Post 320 scored five in the fourth, making the score 7-1, it seemed that they had all the momentum.

But Spearfish had seven hits to start the fourth, with every player in the lineup reaching base in the seven-run outburst.

Spearfish was led offensively by Jess Cooper, who had two hits and three RBI, and Justin Kemp, who had three hits.

Kemp also pitched in relief for Spearfish after Post 320’s big inning. He pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings at one point retiring 10 straight 320 hitters.

“Justin came through in a tough spot when 320’s lineup was clicking, and we needed someone to shut them down. Post 320 has great hitters, so I’m very happy with the job he did.”

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Posted by A-Cody
on Thursday, July 31, 2008 (15:24:08)

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   Post 320 Downs Sturgis In Elimination Game

By Jake Nordbye
Rapid City Journal

The Post 320 Stars bounced back in a big way from a loss in its first game of the Regional 3A tournament by trouncing Sturgis, 18-1, in Wednesday night at Hyde Field.

The game was called after seven innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.

“We hit the ball well and hit it often tonight,” said Post 320 head coach Jim Brandt. “We played good defense and our pitcher threw the ball well. We’re concerned now with moving forward, tomorrow is going to be tough and we’re going to have to find some pitching. We going to take it one game at a time and see what happens.”

Post 320 exploded for 16 hits and scored in every inning of the game. The Stars’ big inning came in the third when they pushed across five runs. Kyle Starkey, Zach Cimburek and Brad Winkelman highlighted the innings with RBI singles and Chris Bingham executed a perfect suicide-squeeze bunt. At the end of the third, Post 320 led the game, 10-0.

Post 320 starting pitcher Bryan Olson earned the win for the Stars, tossing four innings. Olson allowed just three hits and one run.

Reed Rice, Chris Lindeman, and Kyle Starkey all had two hits for the Stars.

Post 320 moves on to play Pierre at 2 p.m. today, both teams are 1-1 in the tournament. Sturgis, who also lost 4-3 to Pierre earlier in the day, was eliminated from the tournament.

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Posted by A-Cody
on Thursday, July 31, 2008 (15:19:12)

KDSJ Local Sports
   Sports Scoreboard Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Region 3A Legion Tournament

First Round

Pierre-4 Sturgis-3 (Heard On KDSJ)
Spearfish-10 R.C. Post 320-7 (Heard On KDSJ)
R.C. Post 22-13 Pierre-3 (7 Innings)
R.C. Post 320-18 Sturgis-1 (7 Innings) (Heard On KDSJ)

State B Legion Tournament

First Round

Parkston-13 Big Stone City-3
Elk Point/Jefferson-6 Platte/Geddes-5
Garretson-7 Groton-2
Milbank-11 Lead/Deadwood-5 (Heard On KDSJ)

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Posted by A-Cody
on Wednesday, July 30, 2008 (19:02:52)

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   Post 31 Headed To First Class B State Tourney

By Joe Kavanaugh
Rapid City Journal

On July 19, the Lead-Deadwood Post 31 Legion baseball team qualified for the 2008 Class B Legion Tournament by capturing the 7B Regional championship in Hot Springs. That his team won the regional championship and qualified for state did not surprise head coach Jim Startz, despite the fact that no Lead-Deadwood team had ever accomplished those two feats.

“We knew coming into the season that we had the potential to be a good team. Our high school team did not do well record-wise, but we were only a few players short,” Startz said. “With five kids returning, my expectations were high. We were definitely looking to win the regional. That had been our goal since the end of last year.”

Lead-Deadwood (26-17 overall) attained its goal of winning the regional crown by dispatching perennial state tournament contender and past champion Winner/Colome, 18-7, in the championship game. Post 31 built the win around a complete game, 11 strikeout pitching performance by Jordan Leveque, and a balanced offensive attack led by Jake Startz, who had three hits and drove in three runs.

Centerfielder Ben Bartling, who will be playing college ball at Miles City Community College this fall, was voted the tournament’s MVP, while Russell Hadden (Northern State) was voted to the all-tournament team. “

“Ben is an awesome kid who really knows the game, so much so that I rely on him at times to assist on my decisions,” coach Startz said in describing the two leaders of the team. “Russell plays third base and is an excellent pitcher who is just a solid, solid player. He lives and breathes baseball and is always thinking out there.”

Post 31 has relied primarily on nine players throughout the season, and they will carry the team’s hopes.

The everyday lineup consists of Ben Morris (.398) leading off, followed by Hadden (.384), Jake Startz, Bartling (.467), Zach Startz (.347), Danny Johnson, Jake Zoodsma, Derek Fossen and Leveque.

“We’ve hit the ball well this year,” coach Startz said. “We are not a power hitting team by any means. We believe in small ball, making contact, and moving runners around by doing the little things.”

Bartling, Hadden and Leveque have logged most of the innings on the mound this year, though Jake Startz and Danny Johnson have thrown well when called upon. Coach Startz indicates that he is comfortable handing the ball to any of them regardless of the situation.

Lead-Deadwood opens Class B Legion Tournament play against tournament host Milbank in the final game of the first day at approximately 6:30 p.m. MDT.

Coach Startz does not see the first regional championship as the end of his team’s run.

“We have played many of the teams in the state tournament and it is our feeling that we can play with anybody,” he said. “We also know that to do so we have to play well, pitch the best we can pitch and keep believing in ourselves.”

Coach Startz, whose sons, Zach and Jake are on the team, credits assistant coach Bob Hadden with helping the team to develop a winning attitude.

“Bob is not one to accept mediocrity and the kids know that. We’ve been working with the guys to make them believe that we could win at regional, and now we’ve got them convinced that we can do some damage at the state tournament as well,” Hadden said. “Bob and I believe that, and we’ve got the kids believing it too. It is a great feeling as a coach to see the kid’s eyes light up when they realize how good they can be.”

Many of the teams that Lead-Deadwood will face in Milbank are experienced state tournament teams with defending champion Parkston, winner of two of last three state Class B titles, the probable favorite. Elk Point-Jefferson returns off a runner-up finish in 2007, and Big Stone City also returns for another run at the championship.

Groton and Platte/Geddes are familiar names to Legion baseball fans having made frequent tournament appearances over the years while Garretson comes out of typically tough Region 2B.

The X-factor in this year’s tournament is perhaps Milbank. As the host team, Milbank earned an automatic bye into the tournament. For that reason the Milbank team may be entertaining some doubts as to their legitimacy among the Elite 8. Post 31 hopes to validate those doubts on Wednesday evening.

“I think we are going to make some noise at the state tournament,” Bartling said. “I’m really looking forward to representing Lead-Deadwood in its first state tournament appearance. It gives me goosebumps every time I think about it.”

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Posted by A-Cody
on Wednesday, July 30, 2008 (03:41:09)

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   Martin Signs To Play Overseas

Matt Martin, a three-time Class AA all-state selection from Spearfish High School, has signed a contract to play professional basketball for the Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders of the British Basketball League.

The 12-team BBL is the elite league in England. The Riders are located in Leicester, a city of 400,000 and a 45-minute train ride northwest of London. The season runs from September through the spring.

“Matt is a multi-talented guard who over his four-year career at Montana was able to excel at both guard positions,” said Riders coach Rob Paternostro in a team press release. “I think he has the type of game our fans will really enjoy watching. Montana is a solid Division I team, and he helped them reach the NCAA Tournament twice. Everyone I spoke with had great things to say about his competitive nature, so I think he’ll be a great fit for us. I’m looking forward to working with Matt both on and off the floor.”

Martin, 23, is a recent graduate of Montana. He played for the Grizzlies from 2004-08. He finished his career ranked 23rd in school history with 1,021 career points, while his 214 career 3-pointers are the second-most at UM and rank him seventh in the Big Sky Conference.

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Posted by A-Cody
on Tuesday, July 29, 2008 (05:08:44)

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   Spearfish Canyon Half Marathon Sets Record Numbers

By Mark Watson
Black Hills Pioneer

Nearly 300 people participated in the 23rd annual Spearfish Canyon Half Marathon and 5K run/walk setting a record for number of participants.

The 13.1-mile race also marked the closest finish to the lead from a woman as Ann Dryer took second place finishing in 1:25:14 behind Tony Thoreson, with a time of 1:21:47.

Third went to Tanja Cutting, with a time of 1:26:26.

In the 5K timed run, the top three finishers were Burch Haradin, 17:25.04; Jake Matson, 19:27.72; and Brett Shelley, 20:18.69.

“This is our best year so far,” said Gypsy Petz, executive director of the Northern Hills Court Appointed Special Advocate, the organization that plans the events. We have 171 half marathoners and 122 5K runners. This is a record year for us, so we are very excited about the community support that we are receiving for the kids.”

The race raised almost $15,000 this year, a 28 percent increase over 2007.

The race, held Saturday morning in cool temperatures, was the first time that the local half marathon was certified as an official race which allowed racers to qualify for larger races like the Boston Marathon.

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Posted by A-Cody
on Tuesday, July 29, 2008 (05:02:43)

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   Former BHSU Star Waived

Former Black Hills State standout Zac Alcorn was released by the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday.

Alcorn, a free agent signing this past offseason with the Seahawks, has also spent time with Kansas City and Green Bay since 2006.

The move came after Seattle signed its second round draft pick, tight end John Carlson, to a multi-year deal. Carlson was drafted 38th overall in this year’s NFL Draft out of Notre Dame.

While at Black Hills State, Alcorn was a first-team NAIA All-American in 2005 for the Yellow Jackets.

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Posted by A-Cody
on Tuesday, July 29, 2008 (04:58:33)

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   Post 31 Making First State Appearance

By Dennis Knuckles
Black Hills Pioneer

Lead-Deadwood Post 31 won the S.D. Legion Region 7B baseball championship held in Hot Springs last Thursday through Saturday.

“We made history. It's the first time we (Lead-Deadwood) are going to state, ” said Jim Startz. Post 31 coach. “We're pretty proud of our boys. This (going to state) was a goal we set at the beginning of the year and it's good to see them come together as a team."

Thursday, Lead-Deadwood beat Winner 16-9 behind solid hitting and pitching by Ben Bartling. Bartling pitched nine-innings and struck out nine to get the win.

Bartling was 2 for 4, with four runs scored and two RBIs. Zach Startz had three hits and drove in two runs and Danny Johnson added two hits with two RBIs for Post 31.

Lead Deadwood beat Hot Springs 7-1 on Friday, to advance to the championship round. Russell Hadden was the winning pitcher, pitching eight innings. Derek Fossen pitched the final inning to secure the win.

Hadden was 2 for 4 with two runs scored, Bartling was 2 for 2 with three runs scored, Danny Johnson was 3 for 5 with two RBIs and Fossen was 3 for 3.

In the championship game, Post 31 continued their hot hitting, ponding out an 18-7 win over winner (in 7 innings) to win the 7B championship and earn a berth in next week’s state tournament. Jordan Leveque pitched seven innings, striking out 11 for the win.

Jake Startz was 3 for 5 with four runs scored, Bartling was 2 for 5 with two RBIs, Zach Startz was 3 for 5 with three runs scored and three RBIs, Johnson was 3 for 5, Jake Zoodsma was 3 for 5, Deven Vogel was 2 for 3 and Fossen drove in four runs for Lead-Deadwood.

“Jordan Leveque pitched a great game. He gave up seven runs but he kept the Winner hitters off balance the whole game,” said Startz.

Lead-Deadwood's, Russell Hadden was an All Tournament Selection, Ben Bartling was Tournament MVP.

“It was an awesome tournament for us,” said Startz. “We got good pitching and hit the ball well.”

The American Legion Class "B" Baseball Tournament will be held in Milbank starting Wednesday, July 30.

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on Wednesday, July 23, 2008 (22:27:01)

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