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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)

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   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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Posted by A-Cody
on Wednesday, July 23, 2008 (22:27:01)

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   Spearfish Edges Rival Sturgis In Home Finale

By Mike Besso
Lawrence County Journal

Run-scoring hits by Jess Cooper and Chase Bridges allowed Spearfish to snap a 5-5 tie, and record a 7-5 win over Sturgis in a matchup of Region 3A American Legion Baseball teams in the Queen City team’s home finale on Tuesday at Black Hills Power Stadium.

A two-run triple by Sturgis’ Andy Jones in the top of the seventh inning tied the contest at 5-5.

Jordan Johnson led off the home half of the seventh with a single. He promptly stole second base. Cooper lined a two-bagger, scoring Johnson. Bridges then delivered an RBI single, plating Cooper for a 7-5 Post 164 advantage.

Allen Hemeyer relieved starting and winning pitcher Cody Rosenau in the eighth inning. Hemeyer fanned three of the six Sturgis batters he faced.

Sturgis starting hurler Michael Baldwin walked four straight Spearfish batters, forcing in the first run of the game in the home half of the second inning.

Post 33 knotted the game at 1-1 on Kasidy Huffman’s base rap in the visitors’ portion of the third. Spearfish reclaimed the lead on a throwing error by the Titans in the bottom of the third.

Dustin Wisener had a foul ball go off his knee while batting in the fifth frame. Wisener was taken out of the game. “Hopefully, it’s just a bruise,” said Spearfish manager Matt Kemp.

Post 164 plated a pair of unearned runs in the inning, taking a 4-1 lead. Sturgis shaved the deficit to 4-3, scoring twice in the top of the sixth. The potential game-tying run was called out on play at the plate, much to the dismay of the Key City faithful.

Cooper collected two hits for Spearfish. Johnson, Bridges, Hemeyer, Rick White and Rosenau had one hit each. Johnson and Cooper each scored two runs. Hemeyer, Ryan Royer and Justin Kemp contributed one run apiece.

“Hitting wise, this was one of our weaker games,” said Kemp. “We didn’t strike the ball well. We found a way to win the game.”

“It was a hard-played game by both teams,” said Sturgis manager Nic Ewing. “Both teams made big hits in the clutch. A couple of missed throws cost us three runs.”

Jones was three-for-five in batting. Eli Bueno and Bryan Cooley chipped in two hits each. Huffman and Trevor Potts notched one hit apiece.

Baldwin was saddled with the pitching setback for Post 33.

Sturgis (9-23 overall) hosts Gillette, Wyo., in a twin bill on Thursday.

Spearfish (34-15) meets Rapid City Post 22 Split Squad at noon and Aberdeen at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Marshall Tubbs Tournament in Rapid City.

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Posted by A-Cody
on Wednesday, July 23, 2008 (22:07:09)

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   Sports Scoreboard Thursday, July 17, 2008

Legion Baseball

Prior Lake, MN-10 Sturgis-1 (5 Innings)

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Posted by A-Cody
on Friday, July 18, 2008 (14:02:38)

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   Spearfish Netters Take The Court At Summer Slam

By Mark Watson
Black Hills Pioneer

Members of the upcoming 2008 Spartan volleyball team got their first chance to compete together this year Friday at the Summer Slam Volleyball Tournament.

The tournament faced 19 teams in the upper division and another 19 in the lower division against each other.

The tournament followed Black Hills State University's skills camp.

“The nice thing about skills camp is that they work on skills, but then they also had at least one session where they would just play with mixed teams,” said Sarah Dittman, the Spartans head volleyball coach.

While it was nice to have future teammates playing side-by-side, Dittman said it was not crucial to have that to play well together.

“You should be able to put six players on and they should be able to communicate enough to play well, so it isn't so much that you are playing next to the player you will play with during the season, but it is being able to anticipate what the other side is going to do with the ball and being able to be in the right position,” she said.

“Just having that ball contact and just playing is going to make you better,” she added. “Just having that time on the court will make you a better player.”

This May, six seniors from the 2007 varsity team graduated and left big shoes to fill.

“I was a little worried losing six seniors on what I would have this year,” she said. “I am definitely and pleasantly surprised. I think what I might lack for in height and experience, I'm going to make up for in hustle and heart. I am loving what I see at the lower group and very excited at what I see at the older group.”

Watching the girls play improve is a huge boost for Dittman and the other two Spearfish coaches.

“We're getting goose bumps watching them play,” she said. “Every once in a while we will come across a big 'wow' play and we'll just get goosebumps.”

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Posted by A-Cody
on Thursday, July 17, 2008 (03:46:34)

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   Spearfish Takes Two From Pierre

By Dennis Knuckles
Black Hills Pioneer

Spearfish and Pierre got to gether for “Error Fest 2008” and Post 164 came out on top 16-7 in Game 1 of a doubleheader Tuesday night in Pierre.

There were a total of 12 errors, eight by Pierre and four by Spearfish.

Post 164 (30-14) took advantage of three Pierre errors in the first inning to jump out to an early lead, Justin Kemp led off with an infield hit. Jordan Johnson faked a bunt and stroked a double to left-center. Jess Cooper reached on a fielding error when the Pierre outfielder dropped the ball, allowing Kemp and Johnson to score and putting Post 164 up 2-0.

Spearfish went on to score three more runs in the inning, to lead 5-0 after one. Spearfish added two more runs in the top of the second, thanks to three more Pierre errors to increase their lead to 7-1 and threaten to end the game early (10 run rule after five innings).

Pierre rallied in the bottom of the fourth to cut the Spearfish lead to 9-5, but then the home run fest began for Post 164.

Cooper hit a two-run homer in the fourth, Allen Heymeyer added a three-run homer in the sixth and Ryan Royer hit a two-run blast in the seventh to give the Spartans a a 16-5 lead going into the bottom of the seventh.

For Cooper it was the third home run hit against Pierre. He hit two home runs against Post 8 in a pair of games earlier in the season in Spearfish. Pierre tried to rally, scoring two runs, but Roseneau retired the last two batters he faced to give Post 164 the win 16-7

Cody Roseneau pitched a complete game to pick up the win, giving up seven runs, four were earned, on nine hits, walking two and striking three. Roseneau also hit two batters.

Royer led the Spearfish attack hitting for the cycle (single, double, triple and home run) and Cooper and Heymeyer added homers to pace the Spearfish 12 hit attack.

Post 164 returns home tonight to begin an eight game home stand, hosting Rapid City Post 22 in a doubleheader at Black Hills Power Stadium in Spearfish.

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Posted by A-Cody
on Thursday, July 17, 2008 (03:37:12)

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   Carlson Signs Letter Of Intent To Play For Black Hills State

By Bradd Schafer
Black Hills State Athletics

Erika Carlson has signed a letter of intent to play college basketball at Black Hills State University. Erika is a talented student athlete from Spearfish High School. She is a 6’0 forward that has the ability to play with her back to the basket or step out and shoot the three. She averaged about 10 points and 7 rebounds for the Spartans this past season. She was chosen for the cover of the Hanson Anderson book as well as a selection for the South Dakota vs. Wyoming all-star game.

Erika excelled in the classroom as well. She maintained a 3.9 GPA during her stint at Spearfish High School and plans on majoring in Special Education at Black Hills State University.

“We are very excited about her decision to play at Black Hills State University. I have been very impressed with Erika and her commitment to get better. She has the ability to play inside or outside and is a tremendous character kid. She gets it done in the classroom and on the floor. She could really surprise a lot of people with her ability. We are excited to see what her future holds," states Head Coach, Mark Nore.

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Posted by A-Cody
on Friday, July 11, 2008 (07:00:00)

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   Black Hills State Names New Assistant Track and Field Coach

By Bradd Schafer
Black Hills State Athletics

Travis Covey has been hired as the new assistant track and field coach at Black Hills State University replacing Trent Mack who is now coaching at Dakota State. Travis was selected from an outstanding list of candidates. According to Coach Walkinshaw and the selection committee, “Although Travis is very knowledgeable in all areas of track and field, he will add a needed expertise in the jumping and strength training areas. Travis stood out in numerous areas relating to the administration of our program and we look forward to his arrival."

Coach Covey has spent the last two seasons at NCAA Division I, Central Michigan University.

Before his time at CMU, Covey spent 2001-2006 at Chadron State College as both a student-athlete and coach. He competed four years for the Eagles in both football and track.

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Posted by A-Cody
on Thursday, July 10, 2008 (05:50:13)

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   Post 320 Extends Win Streak To 17 Games

By Jason Gross
Meade County Times

RAPID CITY — Rapid City Post 320 swept Tuesday’s American Legion baseball doubleheader from Sturgis and improved to 31-10. Jim Brandt’s Stars won the first game, 13-4, and claimed a 5-2 victory in the nightcap.

The score was 1-1 in the opening contest before Rapid City plated four runs in its half of the third inning. All of the runs were scored with two outs.

Sean Holloway singled to score Adam Carroll and give the Stars a 2-1 advantage. The next batter, Tyler Jones, laced a double to plate Josh Lowe and Holloway. Holloway’s tally increased the margin to 4-1.

Chris Lindemann stepped into the batter’s box and belted a triple deep to the outfield. Jones trotted home on the play for Rapid City’s 5-1 edge.

Sturgis cut the margin to 5-2 by denting home plate in the fourth. Gabe Gillett scored on Bryan Cooley’s two-out single.

The Stars, thanks to a five-run outburst, put the game out of reach in the sixth. Lindemann and Nate Jacobson raced home on a Zach Cimburek single to make the score Rapid City 7, Sturgis 2.

Cimburek tallied the Stars’ third run of the frame — and eighth of the contest — on an errant Sturgis throwing attempt to tag out a would-be stealer of second base. Lowe executed a suicide squeeze bunt to plate Brad Winkelman and make the score 9-2.

Holloway followed with a single to drive in Carroll and present Rapid City with a 10-2 cushion.

Winkelman turned in a three-run, two-hit effort for the Stars, who sprayed 16 hits around the field. Lindemann followed with two runs and three hits.

Spencer Braun, the first of three Stars’ pitchers, received credit for the win. Sturgis pitcher Kasidy Huffman was tagged with the loss.

Eli Bueno and Cooley evenly split two runs and four hits to pace the Sturgis offense.

Rapid City grabbed the upper hand in Game 2 by plating a first-inning run.

Kyle Starkey delivered a one-out single that allowed Lindemann to dent home plate.

The margin reached 3-0 in the third. Starkey’s triple allowed Jacobson to score, and Winkelman singled to bring home Starkey.

Sturgis scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings and trailed only 3-2. Andy Jones dented home plate in the fourth when Gillett reached base on an error. Seth Lange lofted a fifth-inning sacrifice fly to score Hugo Estes.

Rapid City gave itself breathing room with a pair of sixth-inning runs. Reed Rice’s RBI double scored Tommy Barbour, and Lowe reached on an error to plate Rice.

Barbour scored a run and laced three of Rapid City’s 10 hits. Cimburek claimed the pitching victory.

Lange absorbed the pitching loss for Sturgis. Jones and Estes each scored a run and added a hit.

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Posted by A-Cody
on Thursday, July 10, 2008 (05:39:49)

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   Baxter Competes At 2008 Olympic Trials

Aubrey Baxter finished her season this past week at the Olympic Trials participating in the shot put. Her best throw was 51 feet 1 inch, which she was just two feet off qualifying for the finals. Aubrey placed 16th in the Olympic Trials and the top 12 make it to the finals.

Aubrey will be a senior at Black Hills State University. "I plan on giving it another try in four years" said Baxter.

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Posted by A-Cody
on Wednesday, July 09, 2008 (02:31:25)

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   Pitching Powers Spearfish

By Mike Besso
Lawrence County Journal

SPEARFISH — Spearfish pitchers Jess Cooper and Jordan Johnson combined to limit Southern Hills to one hit, as Post 164 managed a pair of 10-0 wins in an American Legion baseball twin bill on Monday at Black Hills Power Stadium.

Johnson recorded a no-hitter in the nightcap to punctuate the impressive pitching performances.

In the first game, the two teams were involved in a scoreless tie until the bottom half of the fourth inning.

Allen Hemeyer put an end to the scoring drought when he blasted a home run off the scoreboard above the outfield fence. Ryan Royer, the next batter, circled the bases on an inside-the-park home run.

A four-run, home half of the fifth inning upped the Spearfish lead to 6-0.

Jon Olson’s two-out single broke up Cooper’s no-hit bid.

Spearfish ended the game by the 10-run rule when Dustin Wisener and Royer both stroked two-run doubles in the bottom of the sixth.

Johnson, Wisener, Hemeyer and Royer each scored two runs for Spearfish. Justin Kemp and Cooper added one run apiece. Royer led the club with three RBI, while Wisener chipped in two RBI.

Cooper fanned eight Southern Hills batters in earning the win.

Nate Burgess allowed 10 runs and five hits, taking the pitching setback.

Johnson hurled a no-hitter for Post 164 in a 10-0 shutout in the nightcap. The only blemishes in the game for Johnson were four walks and a hit batter.

“Cooper and Johnson did a great job of pitching,” said Spearfish manager Matt Kemp. “Throwing first-pitch strikes was the key. We did a god job pounding the strike zone."

Post 164 plated three runs each in the first, second and fourth innings and added one run in the fifth.

Cooper was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with three runs scored and four RBI. Wisener produced two hits and three RBI. Johnson crossed home plate three times and Kemp scored two runs.

Joe Bryant, starting pitcher for Southern Hills, was tagged for six runs in his two innings on the mound. Jaron Smith relieved Bryant for the final two-plus innings.

Spearfish, improving to 24-13 with the two wins, hosts Rapid City Post 22 Split Squad in a doubleheader on Wednesday.

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Posted by A-Cody
on Wednesday, July 09, 2008 (02:22:51)

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   Assistant Principal Named Stevens Activities Director

By Peter Centineo
The Weekly News

After two years as an assistant principal at Rapid City Stevens High School, Tyler Rachetto will return to the world of sports after being named assistant principal in charge of activities for the Raiders.

Rachetto was the athletic director at Lead-Deadwood High School for two years before taking a position in the Rapid City School District at North Middle School. Rachetto will still have duties as an assistant principal, but most of his focus will be on activities.

Rachetto said as activities director his job is to get students involved in extracurricular activities. Whether it's band, chorus or sports, he said he wants students to join up.

"We have a lot of talented kids here and our job is to promote activities. Research shows that kids do better in the classroom when they participate in other things," he said. "My job is also to help the coaches and advisors succeed in what they do."

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Posted by A-Cody
on Wednesday, July 09, 2008 (02:17:22)

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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


Chadron-12 Post 320 Split Squad-0

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

KDSJ Local Sports
   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)

KDSJ Local Sports
   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)

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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   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)

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