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   Post 31 Triumphs In Final Home Appearance


By Mark Watson
Black Hills Pioneer

Post 31 didn't let a drizzly Sunday keep them down for their doubleheader against Post 320, and with a solid team effort they beat the Rapid City team that defeated them a week earlier.

Post 31 had been in a four-game slump, being shut out three of the four losses as had Jake Startz. The Post 31 first baseman was 0-26 before crushing a grand slam homer over the center field wall in the bottom of the second inning during the first game.

“One for 27 now,” he said crossing home plate while his teammates congratulated him.

His brother, Zach Startz, moments before joked around saying “watch him hit a grand slam.”

The slam helped bring Post 31 and Startz out of a lull.

“I was in a little bit of a slump, but the last few practices we've been working on hitting. Our coach Bob Hadden has been working with me a lot and making me keep my feet still. It really paid off in this game,” Jake Startz said. “I was going up there still thinking about 0 for 26. When I talked to my coach he said act like you are going to bunt and then pull back.”

The young Startz took a fastball right down the middle of the plate and sent it over the centerfield wall.

“I didn't think it was going. I started running and as soon as I got to first I watched it go over,” he said. “For my first homerun I'm pretty happy. You can't go wrong with my first homerun in my life as a grand slam.”

The shot gave Lead-Deadwood a 5-3 lead.

In the first inning Post 320 scored three runs and Post 31, two. Ben Morris hit a single and then scored when Ben Bartling doubled, and then Bartling rounded the bags when Zach Startz powered a single into the outfield.

Post 31's pitcher struggled in the first inning allowing the three runners to score and six runners on base, but then brought it together, and along with heads up defense, allowed only two hits and six runners in the next five innings. No one reached home.

Still reeling from the grand slam two innings before, Post 31 continued to see and hit the ball well in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Morris led off with a double but was tagged out at home when Russell Hadden drilled the ball into the outfield. Hadden scored off a hard struck ball hit by Bartling that nearly went over the wall. Bartling then scored from a single bagger by Zach Startz. The inning gave the local hardballers a 7-3 lead. It would be the last runs scored in the game.

In Game 2 the teams switched from wood to aluminum bats and Post 31 continued to ride high.

Bartling took the mound and shut down the first three batters, picking the third off at first base after he took four balls.

Jake Zoodsma, the Post 31 catcher, walked with the bases loaded earning an RBI without swinging the bat. The inning ended with Lead-Deadwood on top 2-0

They added another run when Bartling scored on a Zoodsma sacrifice fly.

Post 320 got on the board in the top of the fourth scoring two runs, but the Post 31 bats continued to make contact with the ball and they earned the two runs back immediately with the score 5-2 at the end of the fourth.

Jake O'Grady took over duties in left field, and in the bottom of the ninth he led off with a double down the third base line. His legs churned for two and he slid under the tag causing the Post 31 bench to clear and get to the fence. He advanced to third on a wild pitch and then hustled home on a Jordan Leveque single.

O'Grady, the smallest player on the team, was treated like a giant by the players who towered over him. Derek Fossen also singled. Morris hit a single with a force out at second base but drove in Leveque.

With runners at second and third the Post 320 pitcher balked which added another run to the board. Jake Startz walked, and then Bartling hit a single driving in the third run of the inning. Zach Startz grounded out but still drove in a run, and then Joey Buildt stepped up to the plate and was hit by the ball.

Leveque made his second at bat for the inning and smashed a hard hit ball into right field driving in two runners for the 12-2 victory. The game was called by the 10-run rule.

“We played with a lot of intensity,” said Jim Startz.

“It was a long four games without a win,” he added. “Three games without a run, 4-0, 10-0, 15-0, so it was nice to see our bats get going. I knew they would.”

The back-to-back wins gave the local team more confidence knowing they defeated a good team in their last home appearance of the season.

“I don't know if we've ever had a 20-win season,” he added. “Right now we are at 20 games and we have 10 games left, or so, if we win regionals. We are looking to win every game from here on out if we can. This is one of the best teams that has ever played at Post 31, but that has yet to be seen. We have to win at regionals. I think we can compete with anybody and our kids have finally realized that. We're as good as anybody in the state right now if we play well.”

Post 31 travels to Gillette on Wednesday and then takes on the Sturgis JV team Sunday on the road.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Wednesday, July 09, 2008 (02:05:56)


KDSJ Local Sports
   Sports Scoreboard Thursday, July 3, 2008


Legion Baseball

Pierre-2 Sturgis-1 (8 Innings) Heard On KDSJ



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Posted by A-Cody
on Friday, July 04, 2008 (02:11:33)


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   Spearfish Hits To Big Wins Against Lead-Deadwood


By Mike Besso
Lawrence County Journal

SPEARFISH — Spearfish posted a pair of shutout wins over Lead-Deadwood in an American Legion baseball doubleheader on Wednesday at Black Hills Power Stadium.

Post 164 took 10-0 and 15-0 wins in games that were both halted due to the mercy rule.

In the first game, Spearfish broke open a tight, 1-0 contest, scoring five runs in the home half of the third inning. An RBI triple by Jess Cooper plated Justin Kemp to open the scoring in the inning. Dustin Wisener followed by lining a run-scoring single. Allen Hemeyer’s two-bagger scored Wisener.

The fourth run came home on a Ryan Royer single.

Rick White’s sacrifice fly delivered the final run of the inning.

Chase Bridges’ run-producing single scored White in the bottom of the sixth inning. After a double by Kemp, Jordan Johnson’s two-run double drove in both runners. The final run came in on an error.

Wisener and Kemp each had a pair of runs for Post 164 in the contest.

Wisener and Hemeyer each chipped in two hits.

Cooper was the winning pitcher. He hurled the initial four innings, striking out eight Lead-Deadwood batters. Hemeyer relieved Cooper for the final two innings.

Ben Morris, Russ Hadden and Ben Bartling each contributed one hit for Post 31. Bartling went the distance in taking the mound setback.

Spearfish utilized a six-run first inning and eight-run fourth inning, ending the second game by the mercy rule.

Kemp, Johnson and Cooper slugged two hits each for the host squad. Cooper, Wisener, Hemeyer, Royer, White and Bridges each scored two runs. Cody Rosenau limited Post 31 to two hits, claiming the pitching win.

"We played well today," said Spearfish manager Matt Kemp. "Our pitching and defense was great."

Hadden and Bartling slammed one hit apiece for Lead-Deadwood.

Hadden took the pitching defeat. Lead-Deadwood was playing its sixth game in four days. Post 31 split four games during its Wood Bat tournament on Sunday through Tuesday.

Lead-Deadwood concludes the home portion of its 2008 schedule, hosting the Rapid City Post 320 Shooting Stars in a twin bill on Sunday in Deadwood.

Spearfish returns to action, entertaining Hot Springs in a doubleheader on Monday.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Thursday, July 03, 2008 (15:40:43)


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   Post 31 Held To First Shutout Of Season


By Mark Watson
Black Hills Pioneer

DEADWOOD - Lead-Deadwood's Post 31 baseball team fought hard Tuesday in the third place game at their wood bat tournament, but they couldn't get enough lumber on the ball and were handed their first shutout of the season against Platte-Geddes.

Platte-Geddes' pitcher, Hayden Kuiper, handed Post 31 six strikeouts helping lead his team to a 4-0 victory.

“All that credit goes to their pitcher,” said Jim Startz, Post 31's head coach. “He was in command of his pitches and kept us off balance. We still had a few hits but just couldn't string them together.”

The visiting team scored two runs in the first inning before Jordan Leveque, on the mound for Post 31, shut them down.

The game remained a pitching duel for the next four innings with only three or four batters on both sides getting an chance at bat. Leveque had great movement off his curveball and ended up with eight strikeouts for the game.

In the top of the fifth with two on a Platte batter hit a shot into scoring a runner. Immediately after, Jake Zoodsma, the catcher, tried to throw a runner out at second and mis-threw the ball allowing another runner to round the bases and taking the score to 4-0 in favor of the visitors.

On Sunday and Monday the Post 31 bats warmed up in the final inning and they were hoping to rally late again, but it was not to be as they lost 0-4.

“Of course you are never happy losing, but all in all I think we played very well,” Startz said. “They definitely worked hard keeping the fields prepped and everything.”

One highlight for the Lead-Deadwood team was its pitching.

“I though Jordan Leveque pitched a heck of a ball game,” he said. “He also had command of his pitches. He kept the hitters off balance too. That was definitely a highlight. Eight K's That's awesome. These guys, Platte, are a very good team. We hope to meet them in the state tournament.”

Post 31 is down to its final games playing Spearfish this evening in a double header and then ending the season, tentatively, on July 13.

“We need to get a little batting cage work in, but other than that we are playing well,” he said.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Thursday, July 03, 2008 (03:03:23)


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   Post 31 Falls Short In 7th Inning Comeback


By Mark Watson
Black Hills Pioneer

DEADWOOD - Monday's seventh inning between Post 31 and Post 320 was like watching your favorite game over and over.

On Sunday, down by two runs, the Lead-Deadwood legion baseball team fought back and defeated a tough Green River, Wyo., team. A day later they trailed the Post 320 Stars by four going into the final inning.

The Diggers battled back scoring two runs, but despite the rally caps they could not round the bases enough. They lost 7-9, their first loss of the wood bat tournament in Deadwood.

“We have a bunch of kids who never quit. They battle all the time,” said Post 31 head coach Jim Startz.

And quit they didn't. The Lead-Deadwood team made the Stars pitcher work for his outs putting the first four batters in the final inning on base. The Diggers drove in two runs, but it was not enough to secure the victory.

“We can play with anybody if we play well and pitch well,” Startz said. “The first inning we just didn't play very well. We talked about but just still couldn't get it done.”

Jake Startz took the mound in the first inning and gave up six runs before Post 31 could make the three outs.

Ben Morris led off for Post 31 with a single and then he stole second and third. Russell Hadden hit a single RBI and got caught in a pickle and was tagged out at first.

The teams traded solo RBIs in the second inning with Devon Vogel scoring from third base while running for Danny Johnson. He was driven in by a Jordan Leveque double. Ben Bartling took over on the mound in the top of the second for a struggling Jake Startz.

The pitchers battled it out the next two innings with Johnson adding another run again by Leveque taking the game to 3-7 with Post 320 firmly in the lead.

Bartling got into a little trouble in the fifth as two runners rounded the bases giving Post 320 a 9-3 lead. The local boys answered back with Jake Zoodsma scoring on a Derek Fossen ground out and then Johnson scoring from third on a Morris single.

With only three outs remaining Bartling send three players down as fast as they came up earning his seventh strikeout for the evening.

“All year he has been like that. He's been a horse for us,” Startz said. “He can throw a complete seven inning game, he can throw two consecutive days, just about anything you want.”

The man on the mound led off the bottom of the seventh with a hard hit double off the right field fence. Zach Startz lined a double into left field. Vogel took over the base running duties for the batter. Zoodsma walked and then, with the bases loaded, Johnson walked by the new Post 320 pitcher. Bartling scored from third. Leveque hit a hard shot to the second baseman causing a force out at second, but also drove in Vogel which closed the gap to 7-9 with Post 320 leading.

“They (Post 320) played well,” Startz said. “They did what they had to do and I know their coach was pretty worried at the end. He saw what happened yesterday at the end of our game and I bet he was quaking in his boots.

Morris worked the count until it was full but wend down swinging for the final out.

“I knew we were going to comeback,” Startz said. “I knew we were going to score some runs. We have 13 guys on our team who all know and love baseball and they come to play every day.

“We're pretty much right where we want to be right now. We're playing well,” he added. “Up and down the lineup we're hitting the ball well. Tonight we just gave up too many early runs.”



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Posted by A-Cody
on Thursday, July 03, 2008 (03:00:02)


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   Post 31 Makes 7th Inning Comeback


By Mark Watson
Black Hills Pioneer

DEADWOOD - A seventh inning rally spelled victory for the Lead-Deadwood Post 31 baseball team.

Trailing Green River, Wyo., Knights, 2-5 going into their final at bat, it was do or die for the local team hosting a wood bat tournament. The Diggers already had one victory for the tournament and they wanted another.

With two runners on base Ben Bartling took the ball into the outfield scoring one and then Zach Starts lined on past the shortstop driving in another run. It was the start of a comeback inning.

Bartling stole third and then score on a poorly thrown pick off ball tying the game at five and bring the crowd to its feet. With the bases loaded Ben Morris was up and crowded the plate.

The Green River pitcher, Kyle Calkins, who had been controlled all night long began to unravel in the final inning and threw ball after ball. With Morris crowding, Calkins threw too far inside hitting Morris for a walk, a RBI and the 6-5 loss.

“I didn't matter to me,” Morris said. “I was going to crowd the plate and if he pitched inside I was going to take it. I would have rather swung at it though.”

The game was a duel from the start.

Green River got to an early 2-0 lead on a fielding error. And the game remained that until the top pf the fifth when they brought in another runner.

Post 31 finally warmed their bats up in the bottom of the fifth when Jordan Leveque popped the ball up and into the middle of three Green River players who couldn't decide who had the honors.

Russ Hadden doubled on a bunt when. Jake Startz hit a sacrifice fly scoring Leveque, and then Hadden rounded the bases on a single by Bartling giving Post 31 a 2-3 game to work with.

Green River refused to give in and scored two more runs in the sixth. They may have scored more, but Hadden, who was on the mound, picked off his third Knight of the evening at first base.

Finally the final at bat for the Diggers. With runners rounding the bases the sound of the ball hitting Morris sent the crowd into a frenzy.

“This is huge for us,” Morris said. “This should carry over well for us when we play Post 320 tomorrow.”

This game will potentially be the first completed game against Post 320. The prior outings have all been called for lightning.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Thursday, July 03, 2008 (02:55:11)


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   Yellowjackets Name Special Teams Coordinator, Linebackers Coach


Coach Jeff Larson has accepted the position as an assistant coach at Black Hills State University effective immediately for the 2008 season. He joins the staff as special teams coordinator and linebackers coach.

Coach Larson comes to BHSU from Chadron State College where he served as graduate assistant for the linebackers the past two seasons. Before entering the college level, Larson spent five seasons coaching at the high school level. He had stints at Cheyenne East High School in Wyoming and Layton High School in Utah.

Larson, a native of Aberdeen, played at Northern State University (1995-1998) and graduated in 2000. Coach Larson played high school football at Aberdeen Central High School where he earned honorable mention All-State and All-Conference honors.

"We are fortunate to have a coach of Jeff's caliber at this stage of the game. He is a South Dakota native and is really excited about this oppurtunity. I believe we have a good fit for both Black Hills State University and Jacket football," said coach John Scott, the Jackets head coach.

Larson and his wife Staci live in Spearfish.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Thursday, July 03, 2008 (02:48:47)


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   Sports Scoreboard Tuesday, July 1, 2008


Lead/Deadwood Wood Bat Tournament

5th Place

R.C. West-5 Belle Fourche-3

3rd Place

Platte-4 Lead/Deadwood-0

Championship

Chadron-12 Post 320 Split Squad-0



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Posted by A-Cody
on Wednesday, July 02, 2008 (02:34:54)


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   Wika, Bellet Card Top Junior Scores


Spearfish's Carson Wika won the boys title and Lead's Danielle Bellet was victorious on the girl's side during the SDGA Wells Fargo Junior Tour event at the Golf Club at Red Rock on Thursday.

Wika, 17, recorded three birdies, including a pair of deuces and five bogeys in his 2-over-par round of 74. The 18-year-old Bellet carded a 76 after three birdies, five bogeys and a double-bogey.

Belle Fourche's Ashley Watson, last week's winner in Pierre, tied for sixth at 97.

In other action for the girls, Erin Cheever won the age 14-15 division with a score of 85. Hayley Decker of Spearfish also competed in the division and finished with an 88. Belle Fourche's Jade Burr (11-and-under) carded a 60 to win her division.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Saturday, June 28, 2008 (16:19:59)


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   Black Hills State To Share Commissioners Cup


After a review of the Commissioner's Cup standings, the Dakota Athletic Conference has determined that Jamestown College will share the award with Black Hills State. The Commissioner's Cup is awarded to the member institution with the best overall record in conference competition. Points are given based on each school's finish in conference sports that include a conference championship.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Saturday, June 28, 2008 (15:55:06)


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   Baxter Qualifies For U.S. Olympic Trials


By Corinne Hansen

Aubrey Baxter, Black Hills State University junior from Redfield, has qualified for the Olympic Trials in the shot put with a throw of 54 feet 1/2 inch.

Baxter, a psychology major, is the first BHSU athlete to reach this Olympic milestone.

Baxter will leave for Eugene, Oregon on Saturday and will compete Thursday, July 3. Athletes from across the country will be competing at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials from June 27 through July 6 on the University of Oregon campus. The country's most prestigious pre-Olympic event, the Olympic Trials is where the roster for Team USA will be selected for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

An exceptional scholar-athlete, Baxter earned Academic All-Scholar honors in 2007. She is a 12-time NAIA All-American and a 10-time DAC champion. She holds five school records, four conference records, four South Dakota Collegiate records and two NAIA national records. Baxter is also second on the all-time South Dakota collegiate list in the discus.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Saturday, June 28, 2008 (15:47:22)


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   Sports Scoreboard Friday, June 27, 2008


Legion Baseball

Post 320-14 Sturgis-1 (5 Innings)

Spearfish-15 Billings, MT-5 (5 Innings)

Spearfish-15 Powell, WY-9



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Posted by A-Cody
on Saturday, June 28, 2008 (15:33:18)


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   Spearfish Picks Up Two Wins At Wyoming Tournament


POWELL, Wyo.— Spearfish Post 164 picked up two wins during the first day of the Powell American Legion Baseball Tournament, defeating Billings, Mont., Blue Jays, 15-5, in the afternoon contest and holding off host team Powell, Wyo., 15-9, in the nightcap.

After letting the Blue Jays back into the ballgame, Ryan Royer and Rick White each had two hits in the fifth to spark an eight-run inning which helped Spearfish end the game with the 10-run rule. White finished 3-for-4 with three RBI.

Jess Cooper earned the win for Spearfish, striking out six batters. Cooper also went 3-for-3 from the plate with a home run.

“I thought we played really well,” said head coach Matt Kemp. “We had a good pitching performance from Cooper and played good defense. We finished with 13 hits. Everyone hit for us.”

In the second game, Spearfish, trailed 4-1 in the fourth inning, before turning the bats loose once again. Dustin Wisener started things off with a home run and Post 164 put together another eight-run inning to break the game open.

Wisener ended the game going 2-for-4 with two RBI. Allen Hemeyer was 3-for-4 with four RBI. Spearfish pitcher Cody Rosenau picked up his fifth win of the season.

“Powell is a good baseball team,” said Kemp. They hit the ball really well, but our lineup stuck together and we had to outslug them today and we did that.”

Spearfish (16-13 overall) will face Billings, Mont., tonight at 7 p.m.

“We don’t know a lot about them,” said Kemp. “Hopefully we keep our offense going and play good defense and we’ll be alright.”



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Posted by A-Cody
on Saturday, June 28, 2008 (15:30:06)


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   Cooper Accounts For Three Runs, Spearfish Tops Sturgis


By Mike Besso, Lawrence County Journal

STURGIS — Spearfish put crooked numbers on the scoreboard in six of nine innings, en route to a 13-2 win over Sturgis in an American Legion baseball matchup on Wednesday at Strong Field.

Jess Cooper, who joined the Spearfish team when the Belle Fourche Legion program disbanded due to shortage of players, led Post 164 with four hits and three runs scored in five plate appearances.

Jordan Johnson chipped in two runs and two base knocks. Rick White also had two hits for Spearfish. Johnson, making only his second starting pitching appearance of the season, limited Sturgis to six hits. White relived Johnson for the final three innings.

“Both Jordan and Rick did a great job,” Spearfish manager Matt Kemp said. “Jordan did a great job working out of jams.”

Eli Bueno led Sturgis with a pair of hits.

Post 33 held a 1-0 edge, tallying a run in the bottom of the first inning. Kasidy Huffman’s RBI double opened the scoring. Spearfish took the lead for good with a trio of runs in the top of the third. Justin Kemp lined a one-out single, stole second base and rode home on a triple by Johnson, who came home on an error. The third run of the inning come on another error. The Titans committed nine miscues in the contest.

Sturgis shaved the deficit to 3-2, scoring one run in the home half of the third on a sacrifice fly by Trevor Potts.

The visitors plated one run in the fifth, three in the sixth and two runs each in the seventh, eighth and ninth.

“If we play baseball the way we are capable of, we can beat anybody,” Kemp said.

Huffman pitched the initial five and one-thirds innings for Post 33 and took the pitching setback.

“They (Spearfish) out-hustled us. They out-played us. They out-hit us,” Sturgis manager Nic Ewing said. “If anything went wrong, we went in the tank. I was disappointed in our effort and our attitude.”

Spearfish competes in a tournament in Powell, Wyo., this weekend. Sturgis travels to Rapid City Post 320 on Friday.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Thursday, June 26, 2008 (05:38:40)


KDSJ Local Sports
   Sports Scoreboard Wednesday, June 25, 2008


Legion Baseball

Spearfish-13 Sturgis-2 (Heard On KDSJ)



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Posted by A-Cody
on Thursday, June 26, 2008 (05:16:43)


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   Registration For Fall And High School Soccer


Registration forms are now being accepted for the 2008 fall and high school soccer season. A discount is being offered to those who register before July 18, 2008. After July 18th all rates increase per player in the amount of $50. Registration forms are available at the Spearfish Public Library, Spearfish Chamber of Commerce or CLICK HERE!



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Posted by A-Cody
on Thursday, June 26, 2008 (04:17:07)


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   Post 31 Goes 2-2 At Parkston Tourney


By Mark Watson

The Lead/Deadwood Legion baseball team split this weekend's Parkston Tournament 2-2 and learned that they are able to play against some of the top teams in the region.

"We're pleased going 2-2 in the tournament," said Post 31 coach Jim Startz. "We came away from the tournament learning that we are actually a really good team."

The local team faced Freeman, S.D. in their first game and won 11-9. "Ben Bartling pitched a heck of a game. It was a real good game played by both teams," Startz said. Bartling went 3-4 from the plate and Russel Hadden went 2-4.

Game 2 marked the first loss of the tourney with Lead/Deadwood falling 11-4 to Waterloo Valley, Nebraska.

For the third game Post 31 took on the hometown team of Parkston. "They pretty much gave it to us," Startz said. They beat us 14-1. "That was at 9 Sunday morning, after we finished at 11 Saturday night. There were just too many cobwebs."

The final game of the tournament was against Gering, Nebraska and Post 31 took the victory 7-4. "It was another well played ball game," he said. "Russel Hadden pitched a heck of a game. He kept batters off balance the whole game."

After the tournament, Lead/Deadwood Post 31 is now 13-10 on the season. They next play at Hot Springs on Tuesday.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Tuesday, June 24, 2008 (03:05:09)


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   Sports Scoreboard Friday, June 20, 2008


Legion Baseball

Lead/Deadwood-16 Sturgis JV-6 (Heard On KDSJ)
Spearfish-3 Sioux Falls East-0



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Posted by A-Josh
on Saturday, June 21, 2008 (01:01:55)


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   Golddigger Football Mini-Camp


The 2008 Lead-Deadwood Golddigger Football Mini-Camp will be Sunday, July 27 thru Wednesday, July 30. The camp is open to all area players 5th-12th grades. The attendees at the mini-camp will learn football fundamentals and schematic strategies along with having a great time! The 9th-12th graders will also receive "chalk talk" time with the Golddigger coaching staff.

The cost of the mini-camp is $30 for 5-8 grade, and $50 for 9-12 grade.

Make checks payable to "Golddigger Football", due by July 15th. Registrations are available at the high school office or by contacting Coach Biesiot at 641-5244 to make arrangements.

The schedule for the camp is as follows:

Friday, July 25- Checkout equipment to 9-12 grade campers from 1-4 p.m.

Sunday, July 27- 5:00-8:00 (9th-12th Grade)

Monday, July 28- 9:00-11:00 (5th-8th Grade)
-5:00-8:00 (9th-12th Grade)

Tuesday, July 29- 9:00-11:00 (5th-8th Grade)
-5:00-8:00 (9th-12th Grade)

Wednesday, July 30- 9:00-11:00 (5th-8th Grade)



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Posted by A-Cody
on Friday, June 20, 2008 (02:08:20)


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   Late Rally Lifts Sturgis Past Hot Springs


STURGIS — Sturgis Post 33 scored three runs late in the game to come from behind and defeat Hot Springs 5-4 Tuesday night at Strong Field.

Trailing 4-2 with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning and runners in scoring position, the Titans were able to even things up when Kasidy Huffman scored from third on a wild pitch and Trevor Potts scored from second after an errant throw back to the pitcher.

In the bottom of the eighth, Gable Gillette hit a groundball to short and was safe at first, allowing Seth Lange to score Sturgis’ winning run from second base.

The Titans used four different pitchers, using Alan McMillin to start the game and ending with Lange.

“Alan McMillin had good command of his pitches and had one his better outings as far as locating all of his pitches,” said Sturgis head coach Nic Ewing.

The Titans (5-7 overall) travel to Omaha to face Chaos Blue from Colorado Thursday at 2:30 p.m. followed by Omaha Central at 5 p.m.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Thursday, June 19, 2008 (05:42:12)


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   Lead-Deadwood Routs Belle Fourche


By Dennis Knuckles

BELLE FOURCHE - Lead-Deadwood used a potent offensive attack and strong pitching from Jordan Leveque and Derrik Fossen to soundly beat Belle Fourche 17-1 Tuesday night in Belle Fourche.

Post 31 exploded for 13 runs in the first two innings to put the game on ice. The 10 run rule was enforced after five innings.

Leveque pitched a masterful game, striking out 10 of the 12 batters he faced before giving way to Fossen in the fifth.

Post 31 Coach Jim Startz said he was tempted to let Leveque go for the no-hitter, but said the risk outweighed the reward.

“I would have left him (Leveque) in to finish it up, but it's not worth it (getting Leveque hurt),” said Startz.

After the game Leveque said he was in command of all his pitches.

“I felt like I was pitching pretty hard. My curve ball was working well,” said Leveque

When asked if he would have liked to have gotten the chance to throw the no-hitter Leveque smiled and said,” Yeah, definitely, but Fossen pitched well (in relief).”

Jake Zoodsma had two hits and drove in two runs to lead the Post 31 attack.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Thursday, June 19, 2008 (05:37:55)


KDSJ Local Sports
   LDHS Athletic Director Resigns


Lead-Deadwood Activities Director Jordan Franzen has announced his resignation which will become effective June 30.

Franzen has been the AD at Lead-Deadwood for the past two years, but is leaving to follow his wife who received a new position in Fargo, N.D.

"There are no openings in education there, but I want to stay close to high school athletics," Franzen said. He is originally from Sundance, Wyo. and had worked in North Dakota before coming to Lead two years ago.

The entire staff at KDSJ would like to thank Mr. Franzen for all his work and dedication to the Golddigger Athletic Department. He has been great to work with the last two years and we wish him and his family well.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Thursday, June 19, 2008 (05:30:23)


KDSJ Local Sports
   Spearfish Youth Football Registration


The Spearfish Youth Football Association has opened registrations for the 2008 Fall Flag and Tackle Football Season. The primary registration for this year will be online and can be accessed at www.spearfishyouthfootball.com Flag Football is for boys and girls that will be in grades three and four this fall.

Tackle Football is for boys and girls that will be in grades five and six this fall. Please register online now! Questions regarding the program options or online registration can be sent to plrotert@rushmore.com or call Pat Rotert at 722-3990.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Sunday, June 15, 2008 (14:49:34)


KDSJ Local Sports
   Bartling Fans 10 Batters In Win


By Mike Besso, Lawrence County Journal

STURGIS — Ben Bartling limited Sturgis to four hits and struck out 10 Titans hitters, as Lead-Deadwood captured a 4-3 win in American Legion baseball game Saturday at Strong Field.

The game was a late addition to the schedule when the Freedom Tournament was cancelled.

“Bartling pitched a whale of a game,” said Lead-Deadwood manager Jim Startz.

The two teams were deadlocked at 3-3 after six innings of play. In the top half of the seventh, Lead-Deadwood’s Ben Morris was hit by a pitch and Russ Hadden survived on an error. Both runners moved up a base on a double steal. Morris came home on a fly ball by Jake Startz for the game’s winning run.

Lead-Deadwood began the scoring in the first inning. Morris stroked a leadoff single. The Sundance, Wyo., athlete eventually scored on an errant throw to the second baseman. Morris is one of four Sundance players on the Lead-Deadwood squad.

Kasidy Huffman’s two-run, triple in the bottom half of the third inning presented Post 33 with a 2-1 advantage. Sturgis extended its lead to 3-1 in the home half of the fourth when Gable Gillett delivered a run-scoring single.

Post 31 sliced the deficit in half, plating one run in the top of the fifth. A bases loaded walk to Jake Startz forced in a run. Zach Startz led off the visitors’ sixth, enticing a base on balls. He later scored on an error, knotting the score at 3-3.

Morris scored two runs and had two hits for Lead-Deadwood. Hadden, Bartling and Zach Startz managed one hit each.

The win snapped a four-game losing streak for Lead-Deadwood. Post 31 lost two games each earlier this week during a road trip to Chamberlain and Elk-Point-Jefferson.

“When we play well and hit the ball well, we are a tough team to beat,” Startz said. “We played well up and down the lineup. It was nice to see all the pieces fit together today.”

Gillett led Sturgis with a pair of hits. Kasidy and Brandon Huffman notched one hit apiece.

Kasidy Huffman pitched the initial three innings. Alan McMillin threw the next two innings. Casey Hanzlik absorbed the mound setback, pitching the final two innings.

“Lead-Deadwood came ready to play and we came out flat and went through the motions,” Sturgis manager Nic Ewing said.

“They just wanted it more than we did.”

Lead-Deadwood visits Belle Fourche in a doubleheader Tuesday. Sturgis hosts Hot Springs in a nine-inning game on Tuesday.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Sunday, June 15, 2008 (14:16:31)


KDSJ Local Sports
   Spearfish Downs Sturgis Behind Pitching


By Jason Gross, Meade County Times

STURGIS — Dustin Wisener pitched Spearfish to a 4-3 American Legion baseball victory over Sturgis at Strong Field on Friday night.

The right-hander hurled all nine innings and scattered five hits. He walked four batters and struck out three.

Spearfish (6-10 overall) took the lead for good in the eighth on Ryan Royer’s two-out single. Jess Cooper and Wisener dashed home to put Post 164 ahead 4-3. Wisener faced the minimum six batters the rest of the way, inducing four groundouts and a fly out. One of those groundouts resulted in a double play to end the eighth inning.

Spearfish struck first in the fourth inning when Wisener lofted a sacrifice fly to deep center field. Jordan Johnson trotted home for the 1-0 edge. Alan McMillin plated Sturgis’ equalizer in the fifth on Eli Bueno’s single. McMillin was on third base when the two-out hit was struck. Wisener put Spearfish ahead 2-1 in the sixth when he came home on Royer’s RBI single.

Sturgis, which had its record fall to 4-5, loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth. Seth Lange scored on a bases-loaded walk to pull the Titans into a 2-2 tie. A lineout and fielder’s choice kept the bases loaded with two outs. The next batter, Bryan Cooley, drew a bases-loaded walk to bring home Kasidy Huffman and give Sturgis a 3-2 edge.

Wisener’s two-run, one-hit effort complemented his pitching performance. Royer laced two of Spearfish’s hits.

Casey Hanzlik, the second of two Sturgis pitchers, was tagged with the loss. Lange scored one run and added a hit. Andy Jones contributed two hits.

“Dustin pitched one heck of a game,” Spearfish manager Matt Kemp said. He added the squad survived four errors, and Wisener excelled in throwing first-pitch strikes.

“We are starting to jell,” Kemp said. “You can tell that by looking at the kids. We also had timely hitting tonight.”

Sturgis manager Nic Ewing said the game was clean and very well-played. He added the pitchers set the tone for the contest, which ended with the sides combining for only 11 hits. Ewing praised Wisener’s effort and added, “He worked fast. He worked off his fastball. There wasn’t a lot of trickery. He made it work all game.”



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Posted by A-Cody
on Sunday, June 15, 2008 (14:12:08)


KDSJ Local Sports
   Sports Scoreboard Thursday, June 12, 2008


Legion Baseball

Elk Point Jefferson-10 Lead/Deadwood-4
Elk Point Jefferson-12 Lead/Deadwood-2



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Posted by A-Cody
on Friday, June 13, 2008 (18:07:44)


KDSJ Local Sports
   Open Enrollment Sports Limit Rejected


South Dakota high school officials have rejected a proposal that would have required student athletes to sit out one year if they switch schools through the 1997 state open enrollment law.

South Dakota High School Activities Association bylaws amendments need 60 percent approval. This one received just 48 percent.

In 1998, 71 students switched school districts for sports reasons. The total shot to 235 in 1999, prompting SDHSAA to establish a rule that allows students to open enroll only once during high school and still be eligible for sports.

Last year, 174 student athletes transferred to schools in other districts without moving to those communities.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Thursday, June 12, 2008 (06:44:28)


KDSJ Local Sports
   Sports Scoreboard Wednesday, June 11, 2008


Legion Baseball

Spearfish-10 Sheridan-0 (5 Innings) (Heard On KDSJ)
Spearfish-17 Sheridan-2 (5 Innings)

Chamberlain-10 Lead/Deadwood-0 (6 Innings)
Chamberlain-4 Lead/Deadwood-2



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Posted by A-Cody
on Wednesday, June 11, 2008 (21:35:00)


KDSJ Local Sports
   Mickelson Trail Marathon Draws Praise From Runners


By Jake Nordbye

Marathon runners and father and son duo Kip and Riley Coates had high expectations coming into the Deaadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon on Sunday. The two of them had been training for the event for the last several weeks and knew that it would be a tough field. They surpassed those expectations when Riley, 15, won his age group and finished third overall, while Kip finished 11th overall. Riley was the highest finisher from the area in the half marathon with a time of 1 hour, 17.22 minutes.

The marathon featured runners from all over the world, people came from as far away as Norway, and all corners of the United States. There were runners competing in their first marathon, all the way to veteran runners that have competed all over the world.

The full-marathon was won by James McGown of Sidney, Nebraska with a time of 2:33.52



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Posted by A-Cody
on Wednesday, June 11, 2008 (06:17:56)


KDSJ Local Sports
   Sports Scoreboard Saturday, June 7, 2008


South Dakota vs. Wyoming All-Star Games
Heard on KDSJ

Girls
Wyoming-93 South Dakota-88

Boys
Wyoming-129 South Dakota-108

Legion Baseball

R.C. Post 320-10 Sturgis-0
Sturgis-7 R.C. Post 320-2



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Posted by A-Cody
on Sunday, June 08, 2008 (14:52:12)


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