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Bartling Fans 10 Batters In Win
Posted by A-Cody on Sunday, June 15, 2008 (14:16:31)
By Mike Besso, Lawrence County Journal
STURGIS â€” 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.
â€œBartling pitched a whale of a game,â€ 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-Deadwoodâ€™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 gameâ€™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 Huffmanâ€™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 visitorsâ€™ 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.
â€œWhen we play well and hit the ball well, we are a tough team to beat,â€ Startz said. â€œWe played well up and down the lineup. It was nice to see all the pieces fit together today.â€
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.
â€œLead-Deadwood came ready to play and we came out flat and went through the motions,â€ Sturgis manager Nic Ewing said.
â€œThey just wanted it more than we did.â€
Lead-Deadwood visits Belle Fourche in a doubleheader Tuesday. Sturgis hosts Hot Springs in a nine-inning game on Tuesday.
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Spearfish Downs Sturgis Behind Pitching
Posted by A-Cody on Sunday, June 15, 2008 (14:12:08)
By Jason Gross, Meade County Times
STURGIS â€” 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 Royerâ€™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 Sturgisâ€™ equalizer in the fifth on Eli Buenoâ€™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 Royerâ€™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 fielderâ€™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.
Wisenerâ€™s two-run, one-hit effort complemented his pitching performance. Royer laced two of Spearfishâ€™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.
â€œDustin pitched one heck of a game,â€ Spearfish manager Matt Kemp said. He added the squad survived four errors, and Wisener excelled in throwing first-pitch strikes.
â€œWe are starting to jell,â€ Kemp said. â€œYou can tell that by looking at the kids. We also had timely hitting tonight.â€
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 Wisenerâ€™s effort and added, â€œHe worked fast. He worked off his fastball. There wasnâ€™t a lot of trickery. He made it work all game.â€
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Mickelson Trail Marathon Draws Praise From Runners
Posted by A-Cody on Wednesday, June 11, 2008 (06:17:56)
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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Searching For A Successor
Posted by A-Ryan on Monday, June 02, 2008 (22:59:57)
By Padraic Duffy
The search for a new activities director at Rapid City Stevens is moving along slowly but surely.
â€œThere isnâ€™t really much to say about it right now,â€ Rapid City assistant superintendent Katie Bray said of the search. â€œThe interview process is still under way and itâ€™s against our personnel regulations to say who those interviewees are. But we are in the process of finding a new activities director at Stevens and are trying to fill the position as soon as possible.â€
The position opened up earlier this year when former activities director Paul Sterling announced that this year would be his last in the position at the school. Sterling has worked at Stevens since 1998, when he took over for longtime activities director Duane Whalen.
Sterling has overseen numerous state championship-winning programs in his tenure at the school in boys cross country, track and field, golf, tennis and wrestling and girlsâ€™ track and field, cross country, volleyball, golf, tennis and gymnastics. The Raiders won 2008 state championships in girls track and field â€” their 13th straight title, which tied a national record â€” wrestling, boys tennis and volleyball. Sports Illustrated called Stevens the No. 1 high school sports program in South Dakota in a 2005 article.
The search for a new AD is currently in the hands of Stevens principal John Julius and a seven-member search committee. The committee is conducting interviews for the position and will turn over its recommendation for the job to the superintendent Peter Whartonâ€™s office for review.
Wharton will then review the committeeâ€™s recommendation and possibly conduct another interview of the candidate or candidates before submitting his recommendation to the school board for a vote. The school board will actually make the hire.
â€œWeâ€™re still in the process of interviewing candidates,â€ Bray said. â€œThen there will be reference checks and possibly another interview before the board has final approval. Itâ€™s quite a process but the position carries a great deal of responsibility. Once Mr. Julius completes his team theyâ€™ll get right into things, but itâ€™s a huge job and they need to find the right candidate.â€
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